ISSN:
1089-7690

Source:
AIP Digital Archive

Topics:
Physics
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Chemistry and Pharmacology

Notes:
This paper addresses the general problem of zeroth order representation of resonant dynamics. We investigate the classical, quantum mechanical, and semiclassical transformation properties of two-dimensional isotropic and anisotropic uncoupled harmonic oscillators. The classical and quantal theories are presented in a manner that emphasizes the strong correspondence between the two, and in particular, the SU(2) symmetry exhibited by both the classical and quantum oscillators. The classical canonical transformations relating the action-angle variables appropriate for normal, local, and precessional motion of the isotropic oscillator are derived by explicit calculation of the generating functions. By employing a simple mapping relating the anisotropic and isotropic oscillators, expressions for action-angle variables appropriate for the topology of an arbitrary m:n resonance are determined. The resulting invariant tori are compared with the corresponding quantum mechanical wave functions and phase space densities. The relationship between the classical and quantum mechanical theories is illustrated by determining semiclassical approximations to the unitary transformation matrix elements, which are given in terms of the classical generating functions. Applications to problems of current interest, such as the adiabatic switching method for semiclassical quantization of nonseparable systems, are briefly discussed.

Type of Medium:
Electronic Resource

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