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A description of quantum mechanics in phase space a common ambit with classical mechanics, through the Wigner map from Hilbert space. May be used to address Quantum Mechanics in phase space, the star product binary operation controlling composition of observables, and Wigner, Husimi, and other distribution functions in phase space.

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Vanishing Poisson bracket with non-vanishing Moyal bracket

Let $M=\mathbb{R}^{2n}$ be the phase space with standard Poisson bracket on smooth functions on $M$. Fix a classical hamiltonian $h$ (function on $M$) and function $f$ generating symmetry of $h$ i.e. $...
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What is a Borel subalgebra?

Borel subalgebra appears here https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9508170 in the context of quantum double of $SU(2)$. I request a layman explanation of what a Borel subalgebra is.
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Resource recommendation: Relation between q-deformed groups and non-commutative field theory

I would like to know if non-commutative field theory is related to $q$-deformed groups in any way. There is a relation between non-commutative field theory and group field theory which I understand is ...
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Relationship between $\star$-products in phase-space QM and NC geometry

What exactly is the relationship between $\star$-products in phase-space quantum mechanics, i.e. $$ (f \star g) (x,p) = f(x,p) e^{\frac{i \hbar}{2} ( \overleftarrow{\partial_x} \cdot \overrightarrow{\...
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Quantum mechanics in phase space - what are coordinate components?

I'm trying to understand the answer provided by Qmechanic to this question: What's the intuitive reason that phase space flow is incompressible in Classical Mechanics but compressible in Quantum ...
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A question about $\delta(x) \star \delta(p)$

Using the Moyal product between two delta functions in $(x,p)$-space one gets $$ \delta(x) \star \delta(p) = \frac{1}{\pi} e^{2ixp}. $$ However, $\delta(-x)=\delta(x)$ and last time I checked $e^{...
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Non-commutative Fourier transform of an operator

Wigner-Weyl transform relates an operator to its distribution function in phase space through an operator Fourier transform which is said to be non-commutative. $$ \hat{\rho} \xrightarrow[non-comm]{...
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Derivation question of WKB method

Quantum Mechanics (2nd Edition) by Bransden and Joachain contains the following passage: Substituting (8.176) into (8.171), we obtain for $S(x)$ the equation $$-\frac{i\hbar}{2m}\frac{\mathrm{d}^...
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What's the intuitive reason that phase space flow is incompressible in Classical Mechanics but compressible in Quantum Mechanics?

One of the most important results of Classical Mechanics is Liouville's theorem, which tells us that the flow in phase space is like an incompressible fluid. However, in the phase space formulation ...
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Physical interpretation of differences between classical and quantum ensemble dynamics

The Groenewold-Moyal (phase space) picture of quantum mechanics describes the evolution of a probability density corresponding to a wavefunction that evolves as described by Schrödinger's equation. ...
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Physical aspects of representations of $C^{*}$ algebras

Suppose I have a $C^{*}$ algebra $\mathcal{A}$ of quantum observables. I could have used deformation quantization to obtain it from the classical Poisson manifold, or I could've just guessed it – for ...
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Symplectic reduction to moduli space in Chern-Simons theory

In QFT and the Jones polynomial, Witten claims that it is possible to perform symplectic reduction from the distributional Poisson bracket on the unconstrained phase space to a symplectic structure on ...
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Constructing Quantum Theories without Semiclassical Quantization

This question builds off of this previous question particularly the excellent answer by @Cosmas Zachos and the this document which he attached. Quantization whatever form it takes always seeks to ...
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On Groenewold's Theorem and Classical and Quantum Hamiltonians

I recently encountered Groenewold's Theorem or the Groenewold-Van Hove Theorem which shows that there is no function which can satisfy the following mapping $$ \{A,B\} \to \frac{1}{i\hbar}[A,B].$$ ...
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Star Product and Poisson Brackets

I have the following definition of star product, \begin{equation} \star=\exp\left[\frac{i\hbar}{2}\left(\frac{\overleftarrow{\partial}}{\partial Q^{I}}\frac{\overrightarrow{\partial}}{\partial P_{I}}-\...
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Solving the *-genvalue equation of a free particle

The background I want to solve the $\star$-genvalue equation $$ H(x,p) \star \psi(x,p) = E~\psi(x,p),$$ where $\star$ denotes the Moyal star product given by $$ \star \equiv \exp \left\lbrace \...
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Measurements in the phase space picture of quantum mechanics

Suppose we are dealing with non relativistic quantum mechanics of point particles, that is we are in the realm of 'classic' quantum mechanics (no quantum fields ect.). In the Heisenberg picture, ...
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Proof of “non-existence” of marginals of the Husimi $Q$-function

There are many ways to consider the Husimi ($Q$) quasi-probability distribution function, e.g. as the expectation of the density operator in a coherent state or as the Weirstrass transform of the ...
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Is the Moyal-Liouville equation $\frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t}= \frac{1}{i\hbar} [H\stackrel{\star}{,}\rho]$ used in applications?

This answer by Qmechanic shows that the classical Liouville equation can be extended to quantum mechanics by the use of Moyal star products, where it takes the form $$ \frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t}~...
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Groenewold's derivation of the star product (On the principles of elementary Quantum Mechanics) [closed]

$\newcommand{\dd}{{\rm d}}$ In the paper "On the principles of elementary Quantum Mechanics" am trying to get from equation EQN 4.25 to EQN 4.27. I need help on exponential identities and integration ...
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Definition of symmetrically ordered operator for multi-mode case?

As I know, Wigner function is useful for evaluating the expectation value of an operator. But first you have to write it in a symmetrically ordered form. For example: $$a^\dagger a = \frac{a^\dagger ...
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Classical limit in deformation quantization

In deformation quantization, when dealing with the Moyal product, the classical limit is \begin{align} \lim_{\hbar\to0}\frac{1}{i\hbar}[f,g]_{\star_M}=\{f,g\}\, \end{align} which is just the Poisson ...
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Dequantizing Dirac's quantization rule

In this blog post, Lubos Motl claims that any commutator may be shown to reduce to the classical Poisson brackets: $$ \lim \limits_{\hbar \to 0} \frac{1}{i\hbar} \left[ \hat{F}, \hat{G} \right] =...
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Wigner's function in geometric quantisation

Let $\overleftarrow{a}$ and $\overrightarrow{a}$ represent the action of the operator $a$ in arguments to the left and to the right of it, respectively. Define, then, $$\star := \exp \left \{ \frac{i ...
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Heisenberg group deformation

I was wondering if there are some relations between deformations within small parameters and the Heisenberg group operation. We can think about the Heisenberg group $\mathbb{H_3}$ as $(\mathbb{R^3}, \...
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Quantum systems without a classical analogue? [closed]

I am now reading the quantum mechanics textbook by Dirac (chap. 4, $\S21$, p. 88). He says that his quantization procedure does not include all possible systems in quantum mechanics and there are ...
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Angular Momentum Addition in Phase Space QM

In my very limited understanding of geometric quantization, we quantize spin by choosing as our phase space $S^2$ with a suitably normalized area form as the symplectic form. Depending on the ...
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References on deformation quantization

I'm looking for books or introductory review papers or lecture notes on the topic of deformation quantization. (And preferably, geometric quantization as well.) I'm mainly interested in the ...
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What new does geometric or deformation quantization give to physics? [closed]

What new does geometric quantization or deformation quantization give to physics? For example: prediction of new physical phenomena or just better tool for quantization. What can these schemes do in ...
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Tropical Geometry and Quantization

Recently I saw this question posted on Math Overflow asking about the motivations behind tropical geometry. The OP mentions that tropical geometry can be viewed as the classical limit of regular ...
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Physical intuition for deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds

First of all, I know almost nothing about physics. I was reading Kontsevich´s paper on Deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds, however I could not figure out what´s the intuition for such ...
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How functions become operators in quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

What used to be functions in the context of classical mechanics like position, linear momentum, angular momentum, etc in quantum mechanics are operators (these operators act on the state to get ...
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Star product of two commuting spinors

Ok so this might be a very stupid and trivial question but I have spent a couple of hours on this little problem. I am trying to derive a simple formula in a paper. We have a real commuting spinorial ...
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How to promote algebraic expressions to operators in quantum mechanics?

Okay, I know that in quantum mechanics the quantum observable is obtained from the classical observable by the prescription $$ X \rightarrow x,\quad P \rightarrow -i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial x} $...
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Moyal Product in Non Commutative Quantum Mechanics

Can someone please explain me what is a Moyal product? Also, how does putting $$X_a(\psi) ~=~ x_a\star\psi$$ realise $$[X_a,X_b]=i\theta_{ab}{\bf 1}?$$ Ref: Quantum mechanics on non-commutative ...
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Weyl Ordering Rule

While studying Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics I have found that [Srednicki: Eqn. no. 6.6] the quantum Hamiltonian $\hat{H}(\hat{P},\hat{Q})$ can be given in terms of the classical Hamiltonian $H(...
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What is the connection between Poisson brackets and commutators?

The Poisson bracket is defined as: $$\{f,g\} ~:=~ \sum_{i=1}^{N} \left[ \frac{\partial f}{\partial q_{i}} \frac{\partial g}{\partial p_{i}} - \frac{\partial f}{\partial p_{i}} \frac{\partial g}{\...