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Complex phase space coordinates !

  1. Dec 24, 2015 #1
    First post ! I hope that my question will not make some long time physicists laugh. It is about geometrical quantization and the phase space in which we use : z=1/sqrt(2)(q+ip)
    My question is simple what is this 1/sqrt(2) ? And what is it is interpretation ?
    Thank you !
     
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  3. Dec 24, 2015 #2

    PeterDonis

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    The magnitude of ##z## has to be 1, because the probabilities have to all add up to 1. That is what the ##1 / \sqrt{2}## factor is there for.
     
  4. Dec 24, 2015 #3
    Thanks a lot ! You just confirmed my intuition. Is there any relation to do with heisenberg principle since we talk about poistion (q) and momentum (p) ?
     
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