- 12-104 John R. Klauder
- Enhanced Quantum Procedures that Resolve Difficult Problems
Sep 26, 12
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Abstract. A careful study of the classical/quantum connection with the aid of coherent states offers new insights into various technical problems. This analysis includes both canonical as well as closely related affine quantization procedures. The new tools are applied to several examples including:
(1) A quantum formulation that is invariant under arbitrary classical canonical transformations of coordinates;
(2) A toy model that for all positive energy solutions has singularities which are removed at the classical level when the correct quantum corrections are applied;
(3) A fairly simple model field theory with nontrivial classical behavior that, when conventionally quantized, becomes trivial, but nevertheless finds a proper solution using the enhanced procedures;
(4) A model of scalar field theories with nontrivial classical behavior that, when conventionally quantized, becomes trivial, but nevertheless finds a proper solution using the enhanced procedures;
(5) A viable formulation of the kinematics of quantum gravity that respects the strict positivity of the spatial metric in both its classical and quantum versions; and
(6) A proposal for a nontrivial quantization of \phi^4_4 that is ripe for study by Monte Carlo computational methods.
All of these examples use fairly general arguments that can be understood by a broad audience.