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ID 20815
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Sasaki, Misao
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Physics
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We reformulate the WKB wave function for a multidimensional tunneling system, which represents the quasi-ground-state of the metastable vacuum, in a covariant manner. Then we extend the formalism to the case of field theory and develop a systematic method to construct the mode functions which determine the quantum state after tunneling. A clear interpretation of the resulting quantum state is given in the language of the conventional second quantization picture. As a simple example, we apply our method to a scalar field on the background of spatially homogeneous false vacuum decay. The resulting quantum state is found to be highly nontrivial, having some similarity with a thermal state. Some implications of the results are discussed.
journal title
Physical Review D
volume
Volume 49
issue
Issue 2
start page
1039
end page
1046
date of issued
1994-01
publisher
American Physical Society
issn
1550-7998
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language
eng
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Journal Article
HU type
Journal Articles
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Copyright (c) 1994 The American Physical Society
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Graduate School of Science