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|DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:||http://doi.org/10.1088/0305-4470/39/44/009|
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The modulus squared of a class of wavefunctions defined on phase space is used to define a generalized family of Q or Husimi functions. A parameter lambda specifies orderings in a mapping from the operator psi)(sigma to the corresponding phase space wavefunction, where sigma is a given fiducial vector. The choice lambda = 0 specifies the Weyl mapping and the Q-function so obtained is the usual one when sigma is the vacuum state. More generally, any choice of of lambda in the range (-1,1) corresponds to orderings varying between standard and anti-standard. For all such orderings the generalized Q-functions are non-negative by construction. They are shown to be proportional to expectation of the system state rho with respect to a generalized displaced squeezed state which depends on lambda and position (p,q) in phase space. Thus, when a system has been prepared in the state rho, a generalized Q-function is proportional to the probability of finding it in the generalized squeezed state. Any such Q-function can also be written as the smoothing of the Wigner function for the system state rho by convolution with the Wigner function for the generalized squeezed state.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||Wigner function; Q function; Weyl correspondence; squeezed state|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
|Depositing User:||Tom Smith|
|Date Deposited:||14 Nov 2006|
|Last Modified:||08 Aug 2016 13:52|
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