Canonical quantization of systems with time-dependent constraints

Research paper by Sami I. Muslih

Indexed on: 13 Feb '01Published on: 13 Feb '01Published in: Mathematical Physics


The Hamilton-Jacobi method of constrained systems is discussed. The equations of motion of a singular system with time dependent constraints are obtained as total differential equations in many variables. The integrability conditions for the relativistic particle in a plane wave lead us to obtain the canonical phase-space coordinates with out using any gauge fixing condition. As a result of the quantization, we obtain the Klein-Gordon theory for a particle in a plane wave. The path integral quantization for this system is obtained using the canonical path integral formulation method.