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Asymptotic boundary layer method for unstable trajectories : Semiclassical expansions for individual scar wavefunctions.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2009
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical Review E
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)056202
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


We extend the asymptotic boundary layer (ABL) method, originally developed for stable resonator modes, to the description of individual wave functions localized around unstable periodic orbits. The formalism applies to the description of scar states in fully or partially chaotic quantum systems, and also allows for the presence of smooth and sharp potentials, as well as magnetic fields. We argue that the separatrix wave function provides the largest contribution to the scars on a single wave function. This agrees with earlier results on the wave-function asymptotics and on the quantization condition of the scar states. Predictions of the ABL formalism are compared with the exact numerical solution for a strip resonator with a parabolic confinement potential and a magnetic field.