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Proof of the Heisenberg Relations

Naturevolume 175page1046 (1955) | Download Citation



SINCE Heisenberg's uncertainty relations play an essential part in quantum mechanics, especially in the discussion of the dual wave-particle aspect of matter, the derivation of these relations is of importance. We became interested in this problem in connexion with a lecture course on quantum mechanics given by one of us. In this course we wished to give a derivation of the Heisenberg relations which was rigorous without, however, involving commutator relations.

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    Moyal, J. E., Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc., 45, 119 (1949)

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    Heisenberg, W., “Die Physikalischen Prinzipien der Quantentheorie” (Hirzel Verlag, Leipzig, 1930).

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  1. Department of Natural Philosophy, University, St. Andrews

    • D. TER HAAR
    •  & W. M. NICOL


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