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Maxwell meets Reeh-Schlieder: The quantum mechanics of neutral bosons

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Debierre,  Vincent
Division Prof. Dr. Christoph H. Keitel, MPI for Nuclear Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Hawton, M., & Debierre, V. (2017). Maxwell meets Reeh-Schlieder: The quantum mechanics of neutral bosons. Physics Letters B, 381(23), 1926-1935. doi:10.1016/j.physleta.2017.04.004.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0000-FA26-C
Abstract
We find that biorthogonal quantum mechanics with a scalar product that counts both absorbed and emitted particles leads to covariant position operators with localized eigenvectors. In this manifestly covariant formulation the probability for a transition from a one-photon state to a position eigenvector is the first order Glauber correlation function, bridging the gap between photon counting and the sensitivity of light detectors to electromagnetic energy density. The position eigenvalues are identified as the spatial parameters in the canonical quantum field operators and the position basis describes an array of localized devices that instantaneously absorb and re-emit bosons. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.