Foundations of Physics

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 375-387

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Physical basis for minimal time-energy uncertainty relation

  • Y. S. KimAffiliated withCenter for Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Maryland
  • , Marilyn E. NozAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, New York University

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A physical basis for the minimal time-energy uncertainty relation is formulated from basic high-energy hadronic properties such as the resonance mass spectrum, the form factor behavior, and the peculiarities of Feynman's parton picture. It is shown that the covariant oscillator formalism combines covariantly this time-energy uncertainty relation with Heisenberg's space-momentum uncertainty relation. A pictorial method is developed to describe the spacetime distribution of the localized probability density.