93-289 N.P. Landsman
Rieffel induction as generalized quantum Marsden-Weinstein reduction (119K, LaTeX) Nov 10, 93
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Abstract. A new approach to the quantization of constrained or otherwise reduced classical mechanical systems is proposed. On the classical side, the generalized symplectic reduction procedure of Mikami and Weinstein, as further extended by Xu in connection with symplectic equivalence bimodules and Morita equivalence of Poisson manifolds, is rewritten so as to avoid the use of symplectic groupoids, whose quantum analogue is unknown. A theorem on symplectic reduction in stages is given. This allows one to discern that the `quantization' of the generalized moment map consists of an operator-valued inner product on a (pre-) Hilbert space (that is, a structure similar to a Hilbert $C^*$-module). Hence Rieffel's far-reaching operator-algebraic generalization of the notion of an induced representation is seen to be the exact quantum counterpart of the classical idea of symplectic reduction, with imprimitivity bimodules and strong Morita equivalence of $C^*$-algebras falling in the right place. Various examples involving groups as well as groupoids are given, and known difficulties with both Dirac and BRST quantization are seen to be absent in our approach.

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