Questions tagged [phase-space]

A notional even-dimensional space representing all relevant states of a dynamical system; it normally consists of all components of position and momentum/velocity involved in that unique specification. Use for both classical and quantum physics.

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Time derivative of classical position and momentum averages

Consider a one-dimensional Hamiltonian system $H(q,p,t)$, and some classical phase space distribution function $\rho(q,p,t)$ satisfying Liouville's equation $$\frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t} = \{H,\...
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An “upper ceiling” for thermodynamics?

Roger Penrose said in "A Road to Reality" (p.701): “There is a common view that the entropy increase in the second law is somehow just a necessary consequence of the expansion of the universe. ...
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Hamilton-Jacobi Equation: Why does any $F(q,Q,0)=f(q,Q)$ lead to a solution?

I) Given the Hamilton-Jacobi equation,$$\frac{\partial F(q,Q,t)}{\partial t}+H\left(q,\frac{\partial F(q,Q,t)}{\partial q},t\right)=0 $$ it is stated that any function $$F(q,Q,t=0)=f(q,Q)\tag{22}$$ ...
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Density matrix and wigner function from first and second moments

Let's say I know the first and second moments of position and momentum for all times. $\langle x\rangle $, $\langle p\rangle $,$\langle x^2\rangle $, $\langle p^2\rangle $, $\langle xp\rangle $, $\...
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Wigner function of thermal state

I am wondering how you would compute the Wigner Function of a Thermal State with average phonon number $\bar{n}_{\mathrm{th}}$. I know the result should be a Gaussian with variance in position $\...
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Time Dependence on Landau & Lifshitz's Proof of Poisson's Bracket Canonical Invariance

I'm reading Landau & Lifshitz's Mechanics and, at a certain point when discussing canonical transformations, they prove that Poisson brackets are canonical invariants. The proof starts with ...
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How to check if a generating function produces an identity transformation without substituting the CT equations in the Hamiltonian?

In chapter 9, Goldstein ($3^{rd}$ ed.) includes a discussion and a few "trivial special cases" of Canonical Transformation which keeps the form of the Hamiltonian unchanged and named it Identity ...
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Question about using Liouville's theorem to calculate time evolution of ensemble average

With the Liouville's theorem $$\frac{{d\rho }}{{dt}} = \frac{{\partial \rho }}{{\partial t}} + \sum\limits_{a = 1}^{3N} {(\frac{{\partial \rho }}{{\partial {p_a}}}\frac{{d{p_a}}}{{dt}} + \frac{{\...
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Canonical Transformations that are Complex

I'm self studying through a book that has the following question. The book gives the answer, but I'm trying to understand why: Under what condition is the following transformation NOT canonical? $$Q =...
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A proof of Liouville’s theorem

I have found a proof of Liouville's theorem on the internet, which fits me very well except one step I don't understand, the derivation is as follows: In the derivative, it must have used the ...
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The complex form of Hamilton canonical equations

I found an excerpt on page 171 of "The variational principles of mechanics" written by Cornelius Lanczos stated that If, however, the conjugate variables $q_k$, $p_k$ are replaced by the complex ...
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Hamilton's equation of motion with other momentum

I wrote here a problem couple days ago. I figured out what was the problem there, but now it made another problem. Sorry for similiar question. I'm trying to draw phase portrait for my ODE and for my ...
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Relation between Wigner flows and entropy

After reading this question What's the intuitive reason that phase space flow is incompressible in Classical Mechanics but compressible in Quantum Mechanics? and some papers of Steuernagel’s group,...
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Legendre transform and coordinate system independence

I'm self-learning analytical mechanics. Consider a classical mechanical system. Even if it's clear to me that via (the usual) Legendre transform we can get a unique Hamiltonian function from a ...
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How is it possible to have four types of generating functions?

Since the Hamilton's equations of motion remain unchanged in form under a canonical transformation $(q,p)\to (Q,P)$, the Lagrangians must differ by a total time derivative of a function of $q,t$. In ...
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Density Of states derivation

In the aspect of density of state derivation or simply assuming the frequency of a solid as a continuous distribution we have to come up with an equation expressing the density of states. Its derived ...
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Liouville theorem and the ergodic assumption

I am following a course on statistical mechanics. My instructor presented us the following Liouville theorem in two (claimed) equivalent ways: Differential statement: The probability distribution $\...
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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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Prove that a transformation is canonical by using $\mathbb{M}^T\cdot \mathbb{J}\cdot \mathbb{M}$ [closed]

So, I was given the following problem to solve: A system with two degrees of freedom is described by the following hamiltonian \begin{equation} H=p_1^2+p_2^2+\frac{1}{2}(q_1-q_2)^2+\frac{1}{8}(...
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Wigner-Weyl ordering in exponential

If the particle number is $\hat{a}^\dagger\hat{a}\leftrightarrow|\alpha_w|^2-1/2 $, it can be mapped on the Wigner fields by assuming symmetric ordering:$|\alpha_w|^2\leftrightarrow\hat{a}^\dagger\hat{...
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Asymmetry in Hamilton Equations

I noticed that in deriving Hamilton equations from the total deriveative of the Hamiltonian with respect to time, for the first equation $$\frac{dx_k}{dt}=\partial_{p_k}H$$ we do not need Lagrange's ...
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Why are marginal eigenvalues of Jacobian of a periodic orbit related to the symmetry?

In ChaosBook, at page 61 of the unstable version of the book, it is stated that $$J_p (x) \mu (x) = \mu (x,)$$ i.e the velocity vector is an eigenvector of the Jacobian along periodic orbit $p$ ...
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Is there always a canonical transformation such that the new Hamiltonian only depends on the new momenta?

Given the Hamiltonian $H(x,p)$ of a system. Is there always a coordinate transformation such that the new Hamiltonian is $K(x',p')=K(p')$?
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Phase space density function and Probability density function

I am reading a text which talks about the WIMP speed distribution in the galactic halo in the frame of the Sun and Earth. The point where I am stuck it is trying to explain the concept of ...
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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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Couple of non-interacting, non-integrable Hamiltonian systems

I have two Hamiltonians, $H(p_1, q_1, \dots, p_n, q_n)$ and $H'(p_{n+1}, q_{n+1}, \dots, p_m, q_m)$. They are non-interacting, indeed they have different variables. Moreover, I know that they are both ...
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A paradox about canonical transform preserving Poisson bracket?

Let $q,p$ denote the position and momentum. Consider a transform generated by $g$: $q' = q + \epsilon \{q,g\}---(1a)$ $p' = p + \epsilon \{p,g\}---(1b)$ Then: $\{q',p'\} = \{q,p\}+o(\epsilon^2)+\...
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The phase space trajectory of a single particle falling freely from height is? [closed]

The phase space trajectory of a single particle falling freely from height is? Phase space is a plot between momentum and position, and since kinetic energy increases the momentum must increase with ...
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Volume of state in phase space free particle

I have to how a quantum state of a free particle between 0 and a occupies an area of $h$ in the phase space. What I did was to calculate $\Delta x \Delta p$ and show that it was of order $h$, but I ...
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Relation between the canonical partition function and the phase space volume

In Kerson Huang's Statistical Mechanics (2nd ed.), it is claimed that the phase space volume occupied by the canonical ensemble is the partition function: $$ Q_N (V, T) \equiv \int \frac{dp dq}{N! h^{...
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Phase space harmonic oscillator area and probability

I want to find the probability of finding an oscillator between $x$ and $x+dx$. I calculated the volume $\frac{8\pi EdE}{\omega^2}$ enclosed in the phase space for the oscillator with energy between $...
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Free particle 1D phase space

I'm trying to draw the phase space for a particle moving freely between 0 and $L$. I guess $H=E$(total energy, constant)$=\frac{p_{x}^2}{2m}$ so $p_{x}=\pm\sqrt{2mE}$ for every x between 0 and L, and ...
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Wigner phase space operator correspondence: how to order?

According to Gardiner-Zoller (Quantum Noise), operators acting on the density matrix can be mapped via e.g. (I'm taking Wigner space as an example, but the same holds for P and Q) $$a\rho\...
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Finding period from action-angle variable in one dimensional potential [closed]

I want to calculate the period from the action-angle variable for a particle in a one dimensional potential $V = V_0 \tan^2(q \pi/2a)$. After doing some algebra I get $$I = \frac{\sqrt{2mE}}{2\pi} \...
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Why are 2 dimensions needed for every 1 dimension of space in order to determine the motion of a physical system?

In classical mechanics, the phase space of a mechanical system has twice the number of dimensions of "actual" space (i.e. position space). That is, in phase space, each particle has both a position ...
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Thermodynamical conjugate variables

In thermodynamics the potentials are typically only a function of 2 variables, say $$U=U(S,V)$$ with entropy $S$ and volume $V$. I see that conjugate pairs $S,T$ or $p,V$ always have the unit of ...
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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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Is it possible to have discontinuities in the phase portrait of a dynamical system? If yes what does it really mean?

I've been using Mathematica to draw the phase portrait of a system and I got some jumps along the trajectory. I have a deviation term which might be the reason of this but is it possible to have them ...
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Can all phase space conserving dynamics be described by a Lagrangian system? [duplicate]

Given a system described by a set of ODE's that can be shown to conserve phase space, does there necessarily exist a Lagrangian (or Action) formulation that describes my system? I'm comfortable ...
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Generating function depending on $q$, $p$, $Q$ and $P$

If I have a generating function, say, $$G(q,p,P,Q)= qp - e^Q e^P\tag{1}$$ what are the equations that give me the transformations $Q=Q(p,q)$ and $P=P(q,p)$? I have only seen generating functions ...
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Making sense of phase portrait of simple mass-spring oscillator

I'm new to physics, and I'm having trouble making sense of phase portrait of the following system, $$ m \ddot{x} + k x = 0 $$ whose phase portrait is in here. Since $$ x(t) = \sqrt{\frac{2E}{k}} \...
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Wigner map of the product of two operators

Does anyone know how to prove that for the product of two operators $\hat{A}\hat{B}$ the Weyl-Wigner correspondence reads $$ (AB)(x,p) = A\left (x-\frac{\hbar}{2i}\frac{\partial}{\partial p}, p+\frac{\...
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Perelomov coherent states for an arbitrary Hamiltonian

I'm reading about Perelomov coherent states, but I'm not sure if I'm getting it right. From this question and some Perelomov papers I understand the following: The Perelomov coherent states are ...
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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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Fourier transform of cross-spectral density space matrix elements

In order to derive phase space like equation of motion (e.g. the equation of motion for the Wigner function of a single particle in one-dimension), it is an advantage to work with the Fourier ...
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Intuition between this construction of the sympletic form for classical fields

In this paper, Wald presents a quite general construction of a sympletic form for classical fields. If I understood (which I might have not, and in that case corrections are highly appreciated), the ...
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Integration of Poisson brackets by integration by parts [closed]

In the context of Statistical Mechanics I have to show that the following integral is zero: $$\int \sum_{i=1}^{3N}(\frac{\partial O}{\partial q_i}\frac{\partial H}{\partial p_i}-\frac{\partial O}{\...
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What does conservation of probability mean in Classical Mechanics and why is it true?

In the context of the Liouville equation, regularly the conservation of probability is invoked. (Of course, the overall probability is always conserved but this is a truism and not what is meant here. ...
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What does $\frac{d\rho}{dt} =0$ but $\frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t} \neq 0 $ mean intuitively?

For concreteness, let's say that $\rho(q,p,t)$ describes the probability density in phase space. On a superficial level both $\frac{d\rho}{dt}$ and $\frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t} $ tells us how $\...
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Why is a single function sufficient to specify a canonical transformation?

Spivak argues at page 577 in his book Physics for Mathematicians: What are the $2n$ relations he is talking about?