Tuesday, April 10, 2012

1204.1858 (Vladimir V. Kisil)

Classical/Quantum=Commutative/Noncommutative?    [PDF]

Vladimir V. Kisil
In 1926, Dirac stated that quantum mechanics can be obtained from classical theory through a change in the only rule. In his view, classical mechanics is formulated through commutative quantities (c-numbers) while quantum mechanics requires noncommutative one (q-numbers). The rest of theory can be unchanged. In this paper we critically review Dirac's proposition. We provide a natural formulation of classical mechanics through noncommutative quantities with a non-zero Planck constant. This is done with the help of the nilpotent unit, which squares to zero. Thus, the crucial r\^ole in quantum theory shall be attributed to the usage of complex numbers.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.1858

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