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Title :Proper time as an operator
Authors :Matsumoto, Shuichi
Authors alternative :松本, 修一
Issue Date :30-Dec-1999
Abstract :When we quantize a system consisting of a single particle, the proper time τ and the rest mass m are usually dealt with as parameters. In the present article, however, we introduce a new quantization rule by which these quantities are regarded as operators in addition to the position and the momentum. Applying this new rule to a scalar particle and to a particle with spin 1/2, we analyze the time evolution of the operator τ. In the former case, the evolution of the proper time perfectly matches several well-established classical formulae. In the case of the particle with spin 1/2, our new rule implies that an oscillation appears in the time evolution of the operator τ. This oscillation is similar to Zitterbewegung which is well-known in the ordinary Dirac theory. We formulate one physical effect of this oscillation by considering the interaction with a gravitational field, and estimate how small it is.
Type Local :紀要論文
ISSN :1344-008X
Publisher :Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12000/15167
Citation :Ryukyu mathematical journal Vol.12 p.37 -51
Appears in Collections:Vol.12 (1999)

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