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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: A velocity field and operator for spinning particles in (nonrelativistic) quantum mechanics
Author: Salesi, G
Recami, E
Abstract: Starting from the formal expressions of the hydrodynamical (or "local") quantities employed in the applications of Clifford algebras to quantum mechanics, we introduce - in terms of the ordinary tensorial language - a new definition for the field of a generic quantity. By translating from Clifford into tensor algebra, we also propose a new (nonrelativistic) velocity operator for spin-1/2 particle. This operator appears as the sum of the ordinary part p/m describing the mean motion (the motion of the center-of-mass), and of a second part associated with the so-called Zitterbewegung, which is the spin "internal" motion observed in the center-of-mass from (CMF). This spin component of the velocity operator is nonzero not only in the Pauli theoretical framework, i.e., in the presence of external electromagnetic fields with a nonconstant spin function, but also in the Schrodinger case, when the wavefunction is a spin eigenstate. Thus, one gets even in the latter case a decomposition of the velocity field for the Madelung fluid into two distinct parts, which constitutes the nonrelativistic analogue of the Gordon decomposition for the Dirac current. Explicit calculations are presented for the velocity field in the particular cases of the hydrogen atom, of a spherical well potential, and of an electron in a uniform magnetic field. We find, furthermore, that the Zitterbewegung motion involves a velocity field which is soienidal, and that the local angular velocity is parallel to the spin vector. In the presence of a nonuniform spin vector (Pauli case) we have, besides the component of the local velocity normal to the spin (present even in the Schrodinger theory), also a component which is parallel to the curl of the spin vector.
Country: EUA
Editor: Plenum Publ Corp
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1023/A:1018849804045
Date Issue: 1998
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