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Original languageEnglish
Article number022127
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume95
Issue2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2017

Abstract

We consider quantum phase space dynamics using the Wigner representation of quantum mechanics. We stress the usefulness of the integral form for the description of Wigner's phase space current~$\bm J$ as an alternative to the popular Moyal bracket. The integral form brings out the symmetries between momentum and position representations of quantum mechanics, is numerically stable, and allows us to perform some calculations using elementary integrals instead of Groenewold star-products. Our central result is an explicit, elementary proof which shows that only systems up to quadratic in their potential fulfil Liouville's theorem of volume preservation in quantum mechanics. Contrary to a recent suggestion, our proof shows that the non-Liouvillian character of quantum phase space dynamics cannot be transformed away.

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This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of the following article: Dimitris Kakofengitis, Maxime Oliva, and Ole Steuernagel, ‘Wigner's representation of quantum mechanics in integral form and its applications’, Physical Review A, Vol. 95, 022127, published 27 February 2017. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.95.022127 ©2017 American Physical Society.

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