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Weyl functional calculus

In Weyl quantization of the flat space R n\mathbf{R}^n, the classical observables of the form f(x,p)f(x,p) are replaced by suitable operators which in the case when ff is a polynomial correspond to writing ff with xx and pp replaced by noncommutative variables xx and ihxi h\frac{\partial}{\partial x} in symmetric or Weyl ordering. This means that all possible orderings between xx and ihxi h\frac{\partial}{\partial x} are summed with an equal weight. More generally, one can extend this rule to more general functions via integral formulas due Weyl and Wigner. This is also useful in fundations of the theory of pseudodifferential operators.

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  • Robert F. V. Anderson, The Weyl functional calculus, J. Functional Analysis 4:240–267, 1969, MR635128; On the Weyl functional calculus, J. Functional Analysis 6:110–115, 1970, MR262857
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