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Coherent states in mathematical physics

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Abstract: Methods are developed for discussing the photon statistics of arbitrary fields in fully quantum-mechanical terms. In order to keep the classical limit of quantum electrodynamics plainly in view, extensive use is made of the coherent states of the field. These states, which reduce the field correlation functions to factorized forms, are shown to offer a convenient basis for the description of fields of all types. Although they are not orthogonal to one another, the coherent states form a complete set. It is shown that any quantum state of the field may be expanded in terms of them in a unique way. Expansions are also developed for arbitrary operators in terms of products of the coherent state vectors. These expansions are discussed as a general method of representing the density operator for the field. A particular form is exhibited for the density operator which makes it possible to carry out many quantum-mechanical calculations by methods resembling those of classical theory. This representation permits clear insights into the essential distinction between the quantum and classical descriptions of the field. It leads, in addition, to a simple formulation of a superposition law for photon fields. Detailed discussions are given of the incoherent fields which are generated by superposing the outputs of many stationary sources. These fields are all shown to have intimately related properties, some of which have been known for the particular case of blackbody radiation.

4,939 citations

27 Aug 1986
Abstract: I Generalized Coherent States for the Simplest Lie Groups.- 1. Standard System of Coherent States Related to the Heisenberg-Weyl Group: One Degree of Freedom.- 1.1 The Heisenberg-Weyl Group and Its Representations.- 1.1.1 The Heisenberg-Weyl Group.- 1.1.2 Representations of the Heisenberg-Weyl Group.- 1.1.3 Concrete Realization of the Representation T?(g).- 1.2 Coherent States.- 1.3 The Fock-Bargmann Representation.- 1.4 Completeness of Coherent-State Subsystems.- 1.5 Coherent States and Theta Functions.- 1.6 Operators and Their Symbols.- 1.7 Characteristic Functions.- 2. Coherent States for Arbitrary Lie Groups.- 2.1 Definition of the Generalized Coherent State.- 2.2 General Properties of Coherent-State Systems.- 2.3 Completeness and Expansion in States of the CS System.- 2.4 Selection of Generalized CS Systems with States Closest to Classical.- 3. The Standard System of Coherent States Several Degrees of Freedom.- 3.1 General Properties.- 3.2 Coherent States and Theta Functions for Several Degrees of Freedom.- 4. Coherent States for the Rotation Group of Three-Dimensional Space.- 4.1 Structure of the Groups SO(3) and SU(2).- 4.2 Representations of SU(2).- 4.3 Coherent States.- 5. The Most Elementary Noneompact, Non-Abelian Simple Lie Group: SU(1,1).- 5.1 Group SU(1,1) and Its Representations.- 5.1.1 Fundamental Properties ofU(1,1) 67.- 5.1.2 Discrete Series.- 5.1.3 Principal (Continuous) Series.- 5.2 Coherent States.- 5.2.1 Discrete Series.- 5.2.2 Principal (Continuous) Series.- 6. The Lorentz Group: SO(3,1).- 6.1 Representations of the Lorentz Group.- 6.2 Coherent States.- 7. Coherent States for the SO(n, 1) Group: Class-1 Representations of the Principal Series.- 7.1 Class-I Representations of SO(n,1).- 7.2 Coherent States.- 8. Coherent States for a Bosonic System with Finite Number of Degrees of Freedom.- 8.1 Canonical Transformations.- 8.2 Coherent States.- 8.3 Operators in the Space ?B(+).- 9. Coherent States for a Fermionic System with Finite Number of Degrees of Freedom.- 9.1 Canonical Transformations.- 9.2 Coherent States.- 9.3 Operators in the Space ?F(+).- II General Case.- 10. Coherent States for Nilpotent Lie Groups.- 10.1 Structure of Nilpotent Lie Groups.- 10.2 Orbits of Coadjoint Representation.- 10.3 Orbits of Nilpotent Lie Groups.- 10.4 Representations of Nilpotent Lie Groups.- 10.5 Coherent States.- 11. Coherent States for Compact Semisimple Lie Groups.- 11.1 Elements of the Theory of Compact Semisimple Lie Groups..- 11.2 Representations of Compact Simple Lie Groups.- 11.3 Coherent States.- 12. Discrete Series of Representations: The General Case.- 12.1 Discrete Series.- 12.2 Bounded Domains.- 12.3 Coherent States.- 13. Coherent States for Real Semisimple Lie Groups: Class-I Representations of Principal Series.- 13.1 Class-I Representations.- 13.2 Coherent States.- 13.3 Horocycles in Symmetric Space.- 13.4 Rank-1 Symmetric Spaces.- 13.5 Properties of Rank-1 CS Systems.- 13.6 Complex Homogeneous Bounded Domains.- 13.6.1 Type-I Tube Domains.- 13.6.2 Type-II Tube Domains.- 13.6.3 Type-III Tube Domains.- 13.6.4 Type-IV Domains.- 13.6.5 The Exceptional Domain Dv.- 13.7 Properties of the Coherent States.- 14. Coherent States and Discrete Subgroups: The Case of SU(1,1).- 14.1 Preliminaries.- 14.2 Incompleteness Criterion for CS Subsystems Related to Discrete Subgroups.- 14.3 Growth of a Function Analytical in a Disk Related to the Distribution of Its Zeros.- 14.4 Completeness Criterion for CS Subsystems.- 14.5 Discrete Subgroups of SU(1,1) and Automorphic Forms.- 15. Coherent States for Discrete Series and Discrete Subgroups: General Case.- 15.1 Automorphic Forms.- 15.2 Completeness of Some CS Subsystems.- 16. Coherent States and Berezin's Quantization.- 16.1 Classical Mechanics.- 16.2 Quantization.- 16.3 Quantization on the Lobachevsky Plane.- 16.3.1 Description of Operators.- 16.3.2 The Correspondence Principle.- 16.3.3 Operator Th in Terms of a Laplacian.- 16.3.4 Representation of Group of Motions of the Lobachevsky Plane in Space ?h.- 16.3.5 Quantization by Inversions Analog to Weyl Quantization.- 16.4 Quantization on a Sphere.- 16.5 Quantization on Homogeneous Kahler Manifolds.- III Physical Applications.- 17. Preliminaries.- 18. Quantum Oscillators.- 18.1 Quantum Oscillator Acted on by a Variable External Force..- 18.2 Parametric Excitation of a Quantum Oscillator.- 18.3 Quantum Singular Oscillator.- 18.3.1 The Stationary Case.- 18.3.2 The Nonstationary Case.- 18.3.3 The Case of N Interacting Particles.- 18.4 Oscillator with Variable Frequency Acted on by an External Force.- 19. Particles in External Electromagnetic Fields.- 19.1 Spin Motion in a Variable Magnetic Field.- 19.2 Boson Pair Production in a Variable Homogeneous External Field.- 19.2.1 Dynamical Symmetry for Scalar Particles.- 19.2.2 The Multidimensional Case: Coherent States.- 19.2.3 The Multidimensional Case: Nonstationary Problem..- 19.3 Fermion Pair Production in a Variable Homogeneous External Field.- 19.3.1 Dynamical Symmetry for Spin-1/2 particles.- 19.3.2 Heisenberg Representation.- 19.3.3 The Multidimensional Case: Coherent States.- 20. Generating Function for Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients of the SU(2) group.- 21. Coherent States and the Quasiclassical Limit.- 22. 1/N Expansion for Gross-Neveu Models.- 22.1 Description of the Model.- 22.2 Dimensionality of Space ?N= ?O in the Fermion Case.- 22.3 Quasiclassical Limit.- 23. Relaxation to Thermodynamic Equilibrium.- 23.1 Relaxation of Quantum Oscillator to Thermodynamic Equilibrium.- 23.1.1 Kinetic Equation.- 23.1.2 Characteristic Functions and Quasiprobability Distributions.- 23.1.3 Use of Operator Symbols.- 23.2 Relaxation of a Spinning Particle to Thermodynamic Equilibrium in the Presence of a Magnetic Field.- 24. Landau Diamagnetism.- 25. The Heisenberg-Euler Lagrangian.- 26. Synchrotron Radiation.- 27. Classical and Quantal Entropy.- Appendix A. Proof of Completeness for Certain CS Subsystems.- Appendix B. Matrix Elements of the Operator D(y).- Appendix C. Jacobians of Group Transformations for Classical Domains.- Further Applications of the CS Method.- References.- Subject-Index.- Addendum. Further Applications of the CS Method.- References.- References to Addendum.- Subject-Index.

3,386 citations

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Abstract: The concept of coherence which has conventionally been used in optics is found to be inadequate to the needs of recently opened areas of experiment. To provide a fuller discussion of coherence, a succession of correlation functions for the complex field strengths is defined. The $n\mathrm{th}$ order function expresses the correlation of values of the fields at $2n$ different points of space and time. Certain values of these functions are measurable by means of $n$-fold delayed coincidence detection of photons. A fully coherent field is defined as one whose correlation functions satisfy an infinite succession of stated conditions. Various orders of incomplete coherence are distinguished, according to the number of coherence conditions actually satisfied. It is noted that the fields historically described as coherent in optics have only first-order coherence. On the other hand, the existence, in principle, of fields coherent to all orders is shown both in quantum theory and classical theory. The methods used in these discussions apply to fields of arbitrary time dependence. It is shown, as a result, that coherence does not require monochromaticity. Coherent fields can be generated with arbitrary spectra.

2,909 citations

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Abstract: In this review, a general algorithm for constructing coherent states of dynamical groups for a given quantum physical system is presented. The result is that, for a given dynamical group, the coherent states are isomorphic to a coset space of group geometrical space. Thus the topological and algebraic structure of the coherent states as well as the associated dynamical system can be extensively discussed. In addition, a quantum-mechanical phase-space representation is constructed via the coherent-state theory. Several useful methods for employing the coherent states to study the physical phenomena of quantum-dynamic systems, such as the path integral, variational principle, classical limit, and thermodynamic limit of quantum mechanics, are described.

1,256 citations

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Abstract: The concept of coherent states originally closely related to the nilpotent group of Weyl is generalized to arbitrary Lie group. For the simplest Lie groups the system of coherent states is constructed and its features are investigated.

1,123 citations

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