Friday, September 21, 2012

1209.4584 (José F. Cariñena et al.)

A geometric approach to a generalized virial theorem    [PDF]

José F. Cariñena, Fernando Falceto, Manuel F. Rañada
The virial theorem, introduced by Clausius in statistical mechanics, and later applied in both classical mechanics and quantum mechanics, is studied by making use of symplectic formalism as an approach in the case of both the Hamiltonian and Lagrangian systems. The possibility of establishing virial's like theorems from one-parameter groups of non-strictly canonical transformations is analysed; and the case of systems with a position dependent mass is also discussed. Using the modern symplectic approach to quantum mechanics we arrive at the quantum virial theorem in full analogy with the classical case.
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