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Negative probabilities in quantum physics

Negative probabilities are naturally found in the Wigner function (both the original one and its discrete variants), the Klein paradox (where it is an artifact of using a one-particle theory) and the ...
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Operator norm directly from phase space representation of photonic quantum operator

I'm interested in calculating the operator norm of a Hermitian operator, say $B$, acting on the Hilbert space of square integrable functions. The context is I have an optical system in all its ...
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Interpretation of Wigner function in optics

I work in the field of synchrotron radiation sources where radiation (often x-rays) is produced from an electron beam going through magnetic fields. The quality of the resulting x-ray beam is ...
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Motivation for Wigner Phase Space Distribution

Most sources say that Wigner distribution acts like a joint phase-space distribution in quantum mechanics and this is justified by the formula ...
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Are negativity of the Wigner function and quantum behaviour equivalent?

I've read the following question: Negative probabilities in quantum physics and I'm not sure I understand all the details about my actual question. I think mine is more direct. It is known that the ...
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an example of a quantum system for which wigner function transitions to negative values

I want to check my understanding of the Wigner transform and try to understand why and how exactly the probabilistic interpretation drops down as the function goes to zero and then to negative values ...
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How can I take the Wigner transform of an operator with an absolute value?

I want to be able to find the Wigner transforms of operators of the form $\Theta(\hat{O})$, where $\Theta$ is the Heaviside function and $\hat{O}$ in general depends on both $x$ and $p$. For the ...
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Deriving probability distributions from the Wigner distribution

I know that I can calculate the probability distributions of $x$ and $p$ from the Wigner quasiprobability distribution, and I can calculate the probability distributions of other operators by ...
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What is the physical meaning of the “projection” of the mutual intensity function of a given signal?

Let's consider an optical wave $$\psi(t) = \psi(t, x=0)$$ Its mutual intensity function is defined as : $$ \gamma(t,\theta) := \psi(t+\theta/2).\psi(t-\theta/2) $$ So, what is the physical meaning of ...