Questions tagged [wigner-function]

A quasiprobability distribution function proposed to account for quantum corrections to classical statistical mechanics with a goal to link the wavefunction that appears in Schrödinger's equation to a probability distribution in phase space.

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What is the relation between density matrices and phase-space probability distributions?

According to its tag description, a density matrix is the quantum-mechanical analogue to a phase-space probability measure (probability distribution of position and momentum) in classical statistical ...
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Relation between Wigner quasi-probabability distribution and statistical second-moment

Is there any relation between the Wigner quasi-probability distribution function $W$ and the statistical second-moment (also known as covariance matrix) of a density matrix of a continuous variable ...
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Does a Wigner function uniquely determine a quantum state?

We know that the Wigner function of a Gaussian quantum state is (up to a constant) a Gaussian distribution. The first moment and the covariance of this distribution uniquely specify a quantum state. ...
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What does negative probability represent?

"Negative energies and probabilities should not be considered as nonsense. They are well-defined concepts mathematically, like a negative of money." -Paul Dirac The abstract from Photon-phonon-photon ...