Quantum hydrodynamics, Wigner transforms and the classical limit

Ingenuin Gasser*, Peter Markowich

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We analyse the classical limit of the quantum hydrodynamic equations as the Planck constant tends to zero. The equations have the form of an Euler system with a constant pressure and a dispersive regularisation term, which (formally) tends to zero in the classical limit. The main tool of the analysis is the exploitation of a kinetic equation, which lies behind the quantum hydrodynamic system. The presented analysis can also be interpreted as an alternative approach to the geometrical optics (WKB)-analysis of the Schrödinger equation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-116
Number of pages20
JournalAsymptotic Analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1997


  • Classical limit
  • Quantum hydrodynamics
  • WKB-asymptotics of the Schrödinger equation
  • Wigner transform

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)


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