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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||ON THE SYMPLECTICALLY INVARIANT VARIATIONAL PRINCIPLE AND GENERATING-FUNCTIONS|
|Abstract:||The generating function for canonical transformations derived by Marinov has the important property of sympletic invariance (i.e. under linear canonical transformations). However, a more geometric approach to the rederivation of this function from the variational principle reveals that it is not free from caustic singularities after all. These singularities can be avoided without breaking the symplectic invariance by the definition of a complementary generating function bearing an analogous relation to the Woodward ambiguity function in telecommunications theory as that tying Marinov's function to the Wigner function and the Weyl transform in quantum mechanics. Marinov's function is specially apt to describe canonical transformations close to the identity, but breaks down for reflections through a point in phase space, easily described by the new generating function.|
|Editor:||Royal Soc London|
|Appears in Collections:||Artigos e Materiais de Revistas Científicas - Unicamp|
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