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Unitarily Equivalent Operators

  1. Nov 12, 2011 #1
    Hi!
    Could anyone please tell me the meaning of
    Tow operators are unitary equivalent.
    I tried Wiki but I did not get my goal.
     
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  3. Nov 12, 2011 #2

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    On this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Similar_matrix, about "similar matrices", Wikipedia says that two matrices, A and B, are "unitarily equivalent" if and only if there exist a unitary matrix, P, such that [itex]P^{-1}AP= B[/itex]. Two matrices are "similar" if there exist any matrix, P, such that [itex]AP= PB[/itex], with P not necessarily unitary. Two matrices are unitarily equivalent if and only if they have the same eigenvectors. That is the same as saying they represent the same linear transformation in different bases.
     
  4. Nov 12, 2011 #3
    Thank you, But I wonder if this can be generalized to the operator case instead of matrices
     
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