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Bayesian Inverse Quantum Theory[*]

Jörg C. Lemm[*], Joerg Uhlig

Institut für Theoretische Physik I, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str.9, D-48149 Münster, Germany


A Bayesian approach is developed to determine quantum mechanical potentials from empirical data. Bayesian methods, combining empirical measurements and a priori information, provide flexible tools for such empirical learning problems. The paper presents the basic theory, concentrating in particular on measurements of particle coordinates in quantum mechanical systems at finite temperature. The computational feasibility of the approach is demonstrated by numerical case studies. Finally, it is shown how the approach can be generalized to such many-body and few-body systems for which a mean field description is appropriate. This is done by means of a Bayesian inverse Hartree-Fock approximation.

Joerg_Lemm 2000-06-06