Wigner trajectory characteristics in phase space and field theory

Thomas Curtright, Cosmas Zachost

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Exact characteristic trajectories are specified for the time-propagating Wigner phase-space distribution function. They are especially simple - indeed, classical - for the quantized simple harmonic oscillator, which serves as the underpinning of the field theoretic Wigner functional formulation introduced. Scalar field theory is thus reformulated in terms of distributions in field phase space. Applications to duality transformations in field theory are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)771-779
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 5 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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