Spin, angular momentum and spin-statistics for a relativistic quantum many-body system

Lawrence Horwitz

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The adaptation of Wigner's induced representation for a relativistic quantum theory making possible the construction of wave packets and admitting covariant expectation values for the coordinate operator xμ introduces a foliation on the Hilbert space of states. The spin-statistics relation for fermions and bosons implies the universality of the parametrization of orbits of the induced representation, implying that all particles within identical particle sets transform under the same SU(2) subgroup of the Lorentz group, and therefore their spins and angular momentum states can be computed using the usual Clebsch-Gordan coefficients associated with angular momentum. Important consequences, such as entanglement for subsystems at unequal times, covariant statistical correlations in many-body systems and the construction of relativistic boson and fermion statistical ensembles, as well as implications for the foliation of the Fock space and for quantum field theory are briefly discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number035305
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number3
StatePublished - 25 Jan 2013


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