Lagrangian Formulation of Quantum Mechanics

In summary, the Lagrangian formulation of quantum mechanics is a mathematical framework used to study the behavior of quantum systems. It involves the use of a Lagrangian function, which describes the dynamics of a system in terms of its position and momentum. This approach allows for a more elegant and intuitive understanding of quantum mechanics, and has been used to make important predictions and calculations in various areas of physics, including particle physics, condensed matter, and quantum field theory.
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Which textbooks formulate Quantum Mechanics (or, for that matter, QFT) in Langrangian terms?
 
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You can define the action of a QFT in terms of a Lagrangian, but there is no equivalent Lagrangian approach that works in QFT or QM. It's simply not how quantum theory works. You either have the path integral approach or the canonical (operator) approach.

If you just want to look up what the Lagrangians look like: pretty much any book on QFT will treat these.
 
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Related to Lagrangian Formulation of Quantum Mechanics

What is the Lagrangian formulation of Quantum Mechanics?

The Lagrangian formulation of Quantum Mechanics is a mathematical framework used to describe the behavior of quantum systems. It is based on the principle of stationary action, which states that a system will follow the path that minimizes its action, a quantity related to the energy of the system.

How does the Lagrangian formulation differ from the Schrodinger equation?

The Schrodinger equation is a differential equation that describes the time evolution of a quantum system. The Lagrangian formulation, on the other hand, is a more general and abstract approach that can be used to derive the Schrodinger equation and other important equations in Quantum Mechanics.

What are the advantages of using the Lagrangian formulation in Quantum Mechanics?

The Lagrangian formulation allows for a more intuitive understanding of the physical principles behind quantum systems. It also provides a more elegant and concise mathematical framework for deriving important equations and solving complex problems.

Are there any limitations to the Lagrangian formulation?

Like any mathematical framework, the Lagrangian formulation has its limitations. It may not be suitable for describing certain types of systems, such as those with strong interactions or in situations where the number of particles is constantly changing.

How is the Lagrangian formulation related to classical mechanics?

The Lagrangian formulation is closely related to classical mechanics, as it was originally developed as a generalization of classical mechanics. It uses similar principles, such as the principle of least action, but applies them to quantum systems which behave differently than classical systems.

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