Wigner Measures in Noncommutative Quantum Mechanics

Research paper by C. Bastos, N. C. Dias, J. N. Prata

Indexed on: 25 Jul '09Published on: 25 Jul '09Published in: Mathematical Physics


We study the properties of quasi-distributions or Wigner measures in the context of noncommutative quantum mechanics. In particular, we obtain necessary and sufficient conditions for a phase-space function to be a noncommutative Wigner measure, for a Gaussian to be a noncommutative Wigner measure, and derive certain properties of the marginal distributions which are not shared by ordinary Wigner measures. Moreover, we derive the Robertson-Schr\"odinger uncertainty principle. Finally, we show explicitly how the set of noncommutative Wigner measures relates to the sets of Liouville and (commutative) Wigner measures.