Wigner function for a free particle in two dimensions: A tale of interference

W. P. Schleich, Jens Peder Dahl, S. Varro

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Abstract

The familiar wave function for a free particle in two dimensions and in a state with definite values of energy and angular momentum shows some unusual effects. We identify the origin of these subtleties as interference in two-dimensional space where Huygens' principle breaks down. Our arguments are based upon the corresponding Wigner function.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Communications
Volume283
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)786-789
ISSN0030-4018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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