Quantum mechanics presents us with a world view with which many of us have become familiar as long as it is restricted to the domain of the very small or very exceptional. It has become so much a part of the tradition of contemporary physics that a new level of intuition regarding such systems has developed for the research physicist. A high-energy physicist or an atomic physicist can often deduce in a non-computational manner the behavior of quantum systems of interest. For example, the identification of forces with exchange of quanta or the behavior of a particle in a potential well; or even the interrelationship of the hierarchy of groups to patterns of particles and interactions are no more mysterious than the “feel” a structural engineer has for the strength of a building design or of a good driver for his automobile. The present generation of physicists have no serious preoccupation with the wave-particle dualism or the indeterminacy principle.


Quantum System Dynamical Variable Density Operator Wigner Distribution Quantum Mechanical System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. C. G. Sudarshan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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