An Interdisciplinary Journal

2002, Vol.5, No.4, pp.393-406

Periodic Orbit Quantization of the Closed Three-disk Billiard as an Example of a Chaotic System with Strong Pruning.
Kirsten Weibert, Jörg Main, and Günter Wunner

Classical chaotic systems with symbolic dynamics but strong pruning present a particular challenge for the application of semiclassical quantization methods. In the present study we show that the technique of periodic orbit quantization by harmonic inversion of trace formulae, which does not rely on the existence of a complete symbolic dynamics or other specific properties, lends itself ideally to calculating semiclassical eigenvalues from periodic orbit data even in strongly pruned systems. As the number of periodic orbits proliferates exponentially in chaotic systems, we apply the harmonic inversion technique to cross-correlated periodic orbit sums, which allows us to reduce the required number of orbits. The power, and the limitations, of the method in its present form are demonstrated for the closed three-disk billiard as a prime example of a classically chaotic bound system with strong pruning.
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