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Lectures on the Geometry of Quantization

Lectures on the Geometry of Quantization

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An approach to quantization going back to Dirac and recently revived in [9][10][11] is based

on the idea that the multiplicative structure of the-algebra of quantum observables is more

central to quantization than the representation of observables as operators on Hilbert space,

and that most of quantum mechanics can be done without regards for the precise nature of

observables. Quantum observables comprise a noncommutative algebra A which is assumed

to belong to a family A of algebras, all with a common underlying vector space, but with

an -dependent multiplication . As 0, the algebra A approaches a commutative

algebra A0, which may be interpreted as the algebra of functions on a classical phase space.

Additionally, it is assumed that the -commutator approaches the Poisson bracket in the

limit of large quantum numbers:

{f,g}= lim


(f gg f)/i .

The abstract goal of algebraic quantization is to construct the familyA of noncommutative

algebras from a Poisson algebra. In this chapter, we sketch two approaches towards this

goal, known as deformation quantization and the method of symplectic groupoids.

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