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Weak Coherent States and their Path Integrals

Authors
  • Hartmann, Lorenz
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Aug 27, 2003
Submission Date
Aug 27, 2003
Identifiers
arXiv ID: hep-th/0308185
Source
arXiv
License
Unknown
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Abstract

Weak coherent states share many properties of the usual coherent states, but do not admit a resolution of unity expressed in terms of a local integral. They arise e.g. in the case that a group acts on an inadmissible fiducial vector. Motivated by the recent Affine Quantum Gravity Program, the present work studies the path integral representation of the affine weak coherent state matrix elements of the unitary time-evolution operator. Since weak coherent states do not admit a resolution of unity, it is clear that the standard way of constructing a path integral, by time slicing, is predestined to fail. Instead, a well-defined path integral with Wiener measure, based on a continuous-time regularization, is used to approach this problem. The dynamics is rigorously established for linear Hamiltonians, and the difficulties presented by more general Hamiltonians are addressed.

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