In this thesis we explore the mathematical foundations that unite physics at a quantum scale, quantum mechanics, with a macroscopic scale, classical mechanics. We seek to understand the mathematical motivation behind the quantum-classical correspondence and how it unites two seemingly different theories of the physical world. We show how this correspondence binds the Hamiltonian theory of classical physics to the Hilbert space theory in quantum mechanics, and establish a way to translate between classical observables and quantum operators, using the Fourier transform. These approaches to “quantizing” a physical state can be applied generally to a wide variety of observable quantities in classical mechanics.
Matt Salomone (thesis supervisor)
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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.
Culver, Nina. (2015). A Mathematical Foundation of the Quantum-Classical Correspondence. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 82. Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/82
Copyright © 2015 Nina Culver