On coherent-state representations of quantum mechanics: Wave mechanics in phase space

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In this article we argue that the state-vector phase-space representation recently proposed by Torres-Vega and co-workers [introduced in J. Chem. Phys. 98, 3103 (1993)] coincides with the totality of coherent-state representations for the Heisenberg-Weyl group. This fact leads to ambiguities when one wants to solve the stationary Schrodinger equation in phase space and we devise two schemes for the removal of these ambiguities. The physical interpretation of the phase-space wave functions is discussed and a procedure for computing expectation values as integrals over phase space is presented. Our formal points are illustrated by two examples. (C) 1997 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume106
Issue number17
Pages (from-to)7228-7240
ISSN0021-9606
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Publication statusPublished - 1997

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