T. Fischer, S. Nimmrichter, and K. Hornberger

Wigner function for the orientation state

New J. Phys.

Abstract:

We introduce a quantum phase space representation for the orientation state of extended quantum objects, using the Euler angles and their conjugate momenta as phase space coordinates. It exhibits the same properties as the standard Wigner function and thus provides an intuitive framework for discussing quantum effects and semiclassical approximations in the rotational motion. Examples illustrating the viability of this quasi-probability distribution include the phase space description of a molecular alignment effect.

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doi:10.1088/1367-2630/15/6/063004