Friday, October 12, 2012

1210.3163 (Jean-Pierre Antoine et al.)

Partial inner product spaces, metric operators and generalized

Jean-Pierre Antoine, Camillo Trapani
Motivated by the recent developments of pseudo-hermitian quantum mechanics, we analyze the structure of unbounded metric operators in a Hilbert space. It turns out that such operators generate a canonical lattice of Hilbert spaces, that is, the simplest case of a partial inner product space (PIP space). Next, we introduce several generalizations of the notion of similarity between operators and explore to what extend they preserve spectral properties. Then we apply some of the previous results to operators on a particular PIP space, namely, a scale of Hilbert spaces generated by a metric operator. Finally, we reformulate the notion of pseudo-hermitian operators in the preceding formalism.
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