Classical and Fluctuating Paths in Spaces with Curvature and Torsion
Abstract
This conference talk elaborates on a recently discovered mapping procedure by which classical orbits and path integrals for the motion of a point particle in flat space can be transformed correctly into those in curved space. This procedure evolved from well established methods in the theory of plastic deformations where crystals with defects are described mathematically by applying nonholonomic coordinate transformations to ideal crystals. In the context of timesliced path integrals, there seems to exists a quantum equivalence principle which determines the measures of fluctating orbits in spaces with curvature and torsion. The nonholonomic transformations produce a nontrivial Jacobian in the path measure which in a curved space produces an additional term proportional to the curvature scalar canceling a similar term found earlier by DeWitt from a naive formulation of Feynman's timesliced path integral. This cancelation is important in correctly describing semiclassically and quantum mechanically various systems such as the hydrogen atom, a particle on the surface of a sphere, and a spinning top. It is also indispensible for the process of bosonization, by which Fermi particles are redescribed in terms of Bose fields.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 June 1996
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.quantph/9606001
 arXiv:
 arXiv:quantph/9606001
 Bibcode:
 1996quant.ph..6001K
 Keywords:

 Quantum Physics
 EPrint:
 Lecture presented at the 5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PATH INTEGRALS FROM meV TO MeV, Dubna, May 2731, 1996 For more info, see http://www.physik.fuberlin.de/~kleinert/