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On the path integral representation of the Wigner function and the BarkerMurray ansatz
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Abstract
The propagator of the Wigner function is constructed from the WignerLiouville equation as a phase space path integral over a new effective Lagrangian. In contrast to a paper by Barker and Murray (1983) [1], we show that the path integral can in general not be written as a linear superposition of classical phase space trajectories over a family of non-local forces. Instead, we adopt a saddle point expansion to show that the semiclassical Wigner function is a linear superposition of classical solutions for a different set of non-local time dependent forces. As shown by a simple example the specific form of the path integral makes the formulation ideal for Monte Carlo simulation.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Physics letters: A. - Amsterdam, 1967, currens
Publication
Amsterdam : 2012
ISSN
0375-9601
Volume/pages
376:6/7(2012), p. 809-812
ISI
000301167300005
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