The effective bosonic Hamiltonian for excitons reconsidered
GPS, Université Denis Diderot and Université Pierre
et Marie Curie, CNRS Tour 23, 2 place Jussieu, 75251 Paris
Cedex 05, France
Accepted: 15 January 2002
The effective bosonic Hamiltonian for excitons, extensively quoted up to now, cannot be correct because it is (surprisingly) non-Hermitian. The oversight physically originates from the intrinsic difficulty of properly defining electron-hole interactions between excitons when dealing with exchange terms. By using our commutation technique, we show that the fermionic character of the excitons cannot be forced into a dressed Coulomb interaction only: The effective bosonic Hamiltonian must contain purely fermionic terms of the same order as the Coulomb terms. They are necessary to ensure hermiticity, and they do not reduce to a two-body interaction, Pauli exclusion being N-body by essence.
PACS: 71.35.-y – Excitons and related phenomena
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