By F. E. Close

ISBN-10: 0121751503

ISBN-13: 9780121751500

This ebook is superb for higher point undergraduates or decrease point physics graduate scholars. it's a resource for knowing the fundamental thought of the traditional version. For a few sections a data of matrix arithmetic is believed, notwithstanding, loads of the e-book could be understood even with no this history.

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4) as well as the defining relations in Eqs. 5). 17) As we see, the matrix elements of the Weyl ordered Hamiltonian leads to what is known as the mid-point prescription and this is what we will use in all of our discussions. We are now ready to calculate the transition amplitude. Let us recall that in the Heisenberg picture, for tf > U, we have U (tf,Xf]ti,Xi) = H(Xf,tf\Xi,ti)H. Let us divide the time interval between the initial and the final time into N equal segments of infinitesimal length e.

The Euler-Lagrange equation for the action in Eq. 5) and the general form of the transition amplitude, as we have seen in Eq. 28), is given by U(tf,xf; U, Xi) = A Vx e%s[x]. 6) To evaluate this functional integral, let us note that the action is at most quadratic in the dynamical variables x(t). 8) X—Xc\ We note from Eq. 5) that the action is an extremum for the classical trajectory. Therefore, we have 5S[x] 5x(t) 0. 9) Harmonic 33 Oscillator Consequently, we can also write Eq. 10) X—Xc\ If we evaluate the functional derivatives in Eq.

24) U Namely, it is proportional to the action in the mixed variables. To obtain the more familiar form of the path integral involving the Lagrangian in the configuration space, let us specialize to the class of Hamiltonians which are quadratic in the momentum variables. Namely, let us choose H(x,p) = ^ + V(x). 25) n such a case, we have from Eq. 22) U(tf,xf,ti,Xi) = hm / dzi • • • dxN-i„ fc • dpN 2-KK N—>oo y/xn+xn. Vv xe *)). 26) The momentum integrals are Gaussian and, therefore, can be done readily.

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