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Most General Canonical Transformation?

  1. Feb 1, 2008 #1


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    In classical Hamiltonian mechanics, the concept of a canonical transformation ("CT")
    preserving the form of Hamilton's eqns is well known. Textbooks (e.g., Goldstein)
    distinguish "restricted" CTs that just mix the q's and p's (generalized coordinates and
    generalized momenta respectively). These form the usual group of symplectomorphisms
    on Poisson manifolds discussed in the more high-brow books.
    Textbooks also mention "extended" CTs that involve the time parameter.

    But I can also imagine transformations that only mix H and t, but still preserve the
    form of Hamilton's eqns (assuming the various functions and derivatives are
    sufficiently well-behaved).

    So... what are the most general CTs, and what group is formed from them?

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