We consider a classically chaotic system that is described by a Hamiltonian H (Q, P; x), where x is a constant parameter. Specifically, we discuss a gas particle inside a cavity, where x controls a deformation of the boundary or the position of a "piston." The quantum eigenstates of the system are |n(x)>. We describe how the parametric kernel P(n | m) = |n(x) | m(x 0)| 2 evolves as a function of δx = x - x 0. We explore both the perturbative and the nonperturbative regimes, and discuss the capabilities and the limitations of semiclassical as well as random waves and random-matrix-theory considerations.
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- Physics and Astronomy (all)