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Title: Boundaries without boundaries
Authors: Facchi, Paolo
Garnero, Giancarlo
Marmo, Giuseppe
Samuel, J.
Sinha, Supurna
Keywords: Reduction theory
Quantum boundary conditions
Quantum dynamics on a manifold
Issue Date: 2-May-2018
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
Citation: Annals of Physics, 2018, Vol.394, p139-154
Abstract: Starting with a quantum particle on a closed manifold without boundary, we consider the process of generating boundaries by modding out by a group action with fixed points, and we study the emergent quantum dynamics on the quotient manifold. As an illustrative example, we consider a free nonrelativistic quantum particle on the circle and generate the interval via parity reduction. A free particle with Neumann and Dirichlet boundary conditions on the interval is obtained, and, by changing the metric near the boundary, Robin boundary conditions can also be accommodated. We also indicate a possible method of generating non-local boundary conditions. Then, we explore an alternative generation mechanism which makes use of a folding procedure and is applicable to a generic Hamiltonian through the emergence of an ancillary spin degree of freedom.
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ISSN: 0003-4916
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Copyright: 2018 Elsevier Inc.
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