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Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A

A Journal of Physical Sciences

Editor-in-Chief: Holthaus, Martin

Editorial Board: Fetecau, Corina / Kiefer, Claus

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Volume 15, Issue 5-6


Indefinite Metrik im Zustandsraum und Wahrscheinlichkeitsinterpretation

Siegfried Schlieder
Published Online: 2014-06-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zna-1960-5-610

The purpose of the following paper, which is published in three parts, is to show the possibility of making consistent use of an indefinite metric in the space of states and of the probability interpretation of quantum mechanics. In the part I bilinear forms, which are invariant under the transformations of symmetry groups, are constructed. The construction of the fundamental metric tensor for the various types of representations is exemplified for the case of inhomogenious LORENTZ group. The results are also applicable for other groups. The representations of the finite and compact group are however normal. In these cases the use of an indefinite metric does not bring about a new look for the theory of representations.

In the parts II and III besides invariance of bilinear forms further conditions are stated, which are sufficient for the propability interpretation. The existence of superselection rules by which the space of states breaks up into coherent sectors leads to two procedures. In the part II the facts within one coherent sector are solely studied. These results are important for the representations of those symmetry groups, which leave the coherent sectors invariant (e. g. the inhomogenious LORENTZ group). Each sector is divided by a cut into a subspace, the elements of which represent physical systems, and a rest. The representations in the „subspace of physical systems“ of these symmetry groups, which leave the sectors invariant, are unitary.

In the part III the space of states as a whole is investigated. The symmetry group of isotopic spin for a simple case is discussed there as an example of mapping from one coherent sector to another. At the end a possible generalization for the dual vector of a vector is discussed.

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Received: 1960-03-03

Published Online: 2014-06-02

Published in Print: 1960-06-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung A, Volume 15, Issue 5-6, Pages 448–460, ISSN (Online) 1865-7109, ISSN (Print) 0932-0784, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zna-1960-5-610.

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