SU(2) uncertainty limits
2016 (English)In: PHYSICAL REVIEW A, ISSN 2469-9926, Vol. 93, no 5, 052101Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Although progress has been made recently in defining nontrivial uncertainty limits for the SU(2) group, a description of the intermediate states bound by these limits remains lacking. In this paper we enumerate possible uncertainty relations for the SU(2) group that involve all three observables and that are, moreover, invariant under SU(2) transformations. We demonstrate that these relations however, even taken as a group, do not provide sharp, saturable bounds. To find sharp bounds, we systematically calculate the variance of the SU(2) operators for all pure states belonging to the N = 2 and N = 3 polarization excitation manifold (corresponding to spin 1 and spin 3/2). Lastly, and perhaps counter to expectation, we note that even pure states can reach the maximum uncertainty limit.
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American Psychological Association (APA), 2016. Vol. 93, no 5, 052101
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-188065DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.93.052101ISI: 000375523600001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84964912088OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-188065DiVA: diva2:943021
QC 201606272016-06-272016-06-032016-06-29Bibliographically approved