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Localizability and Space in Quantum Physics / edited by Henri Bacry

Contributor(s): Resource type: Ressourcentyp: Buch (Online)Book (Online)Language: English Series: Springer eBook Collection Physics and Astronomy | Lecture notes in physics ; 308Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1988Description: 1 Online-Ressource (VII, 84 p)ISBN:
  • 9783540459088
  • 9783540500520
Subject(s): Additional physical formats: 9783540500520 MSC: MSC: *53B50 | 83A05 | 81P05 | 81T20 | 81-02 | 81-03LOC classification:
  • QC173.96-174.52
DOI: DOI: 10.1007/BFb0019319Online resources: Summary: This book discusses in detail the concept of light quanta (photons) and presents a historical survey of the ideas involved. It analyses critically the principles of complementarity and correspondence as well as the quantization procedure. The work of Wigner, Newton and Wightman on localized states is discussed. The author presents many new ideas and gives a new way of defining the position operator. He invites physicists to look in new directions and aims to convince the reader that light quanta are not compatible with our present concept of space in quantum physics. The book should be of interest to students as well as to researchers in modern physics and should revive the discussion of the foundations of modern physicsSummary: Contents: Introduction -- Historical Sketch on the Nature of Light -- The Correspondence Principle, the Wave Corpuscle Duality, the Complementarity Principle and the Slit Experiment -- The Spin Quantization Problem -- Localizability. The Photon Scandal. Quantization Helpless!- A Position Operator for the Photon. Giving up the Complementary Principle -- Departing from the Newton-Wigner-Wightman Axioms -- Is Minkowski Space-time Suitable for Particle Physics?- Appendix A. The Symplectic Structure of Coadjoint Orbits -- Appendix B. The Quantization of the Sphere S2 -- Appendix C. The Angular Momentum of an Electric Charge in the Monopole Field (an Application of the Noether Theorem) -- Appendix D. Non Localizability of the Classical Massless Particle with Helicity -- Appendix E. The Maxwell Equations and the Poincaré Group -- Appendix F. The Zitterbewegung. The Pryce-Foldy-Wouthuysen Transformation -- Quotations -- Index of NamesPPN: PPN: 749094966Package identifier: Produktsigel: ZDB-2-BAE | ZDB-2-LNP | ZDB-2-PHA | ZDB-1-SLN
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