Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1208.3889 (Bryan W. Roberts)

Kramers degeneracy without eigenvectors    [PDF]

Bryan W. Roberts
Wigner gave a well-known proof of Kramers degeneracy, for time reversal invariant systems containing an odd number of half-integer spin particles. But Wigner's proof relies on the assumption that the Hamiltonian has an eigenvector, and thus does not apply to many quantum systems of physical interest. This note illustrates an algebraic way to talk about Kramers degeneracy that does not appeal to eigenvectors, and provides a derivation of Kramers degeneracy in this more general context.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.3889

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