Time Reversal in Dissipative Systems


An explicit formulation of the time reversal operator K with the property
$$K{\text{ }}q{\text{ }}{K^{ - 1}}{\text{ = q; }}K{\text{ }}p{\text{ }}{K^{ - 1}}{\text{ = - p; K }}\vec \sigma {\text{ }}{{\text{K}}^{{\text{ - 1}}}}{\text{ = - }}\vec \sigma $$
that it preserve the sign of the position operator q, and reverse the signs of the momentum operator p and the spin \(\vec{\sigma }\) was made by Wigner (1932, 1959).1


Master Equation Time Reversal Dissipative System Detailed Balance Phase Fluctuation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Lax
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentCity College of the City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Bell LaboratoriesMurray HillUSA

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