Quantum corrections to the Weyl quantization of the classical time of arrival
Theoretical Physics Group, National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines, 1101, Diliman, Philippines
Accepted: 6 February 2023
Published online: 16 February 2023
A time of arrival (TOA) operator that is conjugate with the system Hamiltonian was constructed by Galapon without canonical quantization in Galapon (J. Math. Phys. 45:3180–3215, 2004). The constructed operator was expressed as an infinite series but only the leading term was investigated which was shown to be equal to the Weyl-quantized TOA-operator for entire analytic potentials. In this paper, we give a full account of the said operator by explicitly solving all the terms in the expansion. We interpret the terms beyond the leading term as the quantum corrections to the Weyl quantization of the classical arrival time. These quantum corrections are expressed as some integrals of the interaction potential and their properties are investigated in detail. In particular, the quantum corrections always vanish for linear systems but nonvanishing for nonlinear systems. Finally, we consider the case of an anharmonic oscillator potential as an example.
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