Title page for ETD etd-02022007-144916


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Benczik, Sandor Zoltan
URN etd-02022007-144916
Title Investigations on the minimal-length uncertainty relation
Degree PhD
Department Physics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Chang, Lay Nam Committee Chair
Haskell, Peter E. Committee Member
Pitt, Mark L. Committee Member
Takeuchi, Tatsu Committee Member
Tauber, Uwe C. Committee Member
Keywords
  • UV/IR mixing
  • minimal length
Date of Defense 2007-01-22
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
We consider a modified non-relativistic quantum mechanics where the position and momentum operators satisfy a non-standard commutation relation of the form [Xi; Pj] =

i~f(1 + P2) + 0PiPjg. Such a theory incorporates an absolute minimal length, UV/IR mixing and non-commutative position space. The possible representations in terms of differential operators are analyzed and their equivalence to first order is established.

Simple quantum systems, namely the harmonic oscillator, the Coulomb potential and the gravitational well are studied in one of these representations, the pseudo-position one, and results are compared to previously published results. The Coulomb potential is also analyzed by an alternative analytical/numerical method. A constraint of ~ 3 GeV on the scale of

the parameters ; 0 is obtained from precision experimental data on the atomic hydrogen energy levels.

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