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space of states (in geometric quantization)

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There are at least two formalizations of quantization, one of them is geometric quantization. In this context a quantum state is identified with a certain section (a polarized section) of a certain complex line bundle: the prequantum line bundle.

Here a section of the prequantum line bundle is what is physics is called a wave function or probability amplitude on the space of field configurations. A choice of polarization on this space is a choice of “canonical coordinates” and “canonical momenta”. Hence a polarized section, and hence a quantum state in the sense of geometric quantization, is, in physics language, a wave function of the canonical coordinates.

For details see at geometric quantization – Space of quantum states.

duality between algebra and geometry in physics:

algebrageometry
Poisson algebraPoisson manifold
deformation quantizationgeometric quantization
algebra of observablesspace of states
Heisenberg pictureSchrödinger picture
AQFTFQFT
higher algebrahigher geometry
Poisson n-algebran-plectic manifold
En-algebrashigher symplectic geometry
BD-BV quantizationhigher geometric quantization
factorization algebra of observablesextended quantum field theory
factorization homologycobordism representation

holographic principle in quantum field theory

bulk field theoryboundary field theory
dimension n+1n+1dimension nn
fieldsource
wave functioncorrelation function
space of quantum statesconformal blocks

Revised on July 17, 2013 23:33:56 by Urs Schreiber (82.169.65.155)