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Angular Momentum and Spin

  • Brian C. Hall
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Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 267)

Abstract

Classically, angular momentum may be thought of as the Hamiltonian generator of rotations (Proposition 2.30). Angular momentum is a particularly useful concept when a system has rotational symmetry, since in that case the angular momentum is a conserved quantity (Proposition 2.18). Quantum mechanically, angular momentum is still the “generator”of rotations, meaning that it is the infinitesimal generator of a one-parameter group of unitary rotation operators, in the sense of Stone’s theorem (Theorem 10.15).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian C. Hall
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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