Operator ordering and causality beyond the rotating wave approximation

Tutkimustuotos: Lehtiartikkelivertaisarvioitu

Tutkijat

  • L. I. Plimak
  • S. T. Stenholm

Organisaatiot

  • Ulm University
  • Royal Institute of Technology
  • Aalto University

Kuvaus

Conventional definition of the time-normal operator ordering (Kelley P. L. and Kleiner W. H., Phys. Rev., 136 (1964) A316) is prone to causality violations (de Haan M., Physica A, 132 (1985) 375; 397). We show that such violations disappear if this definition is amended outside the rotating wave approximation. Nonrelativistic causality of an arbitrary time-normal product turns out to be a property of quantum kinematics, while relativistic causality is demonstrated for a time-normal product of two operators under the most general assumptions about quantum dynamics (commutativity of operators at space-like intervals). This eliminates the key obstacle preventing phase-space techniques of quantum optics from being extended to arbitrary quantum fields including fermions.

Yksityiskohdat

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Artikkeli34002
JulkaisuEPL
Vuosikerta96
Numero3
TilaJulkaistu - marraskuuta 2011
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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