Heisenberg algebra, umbral calculus and orthogonal polynomials

G. Dattoli, D. Levi, P. Winternitz

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Umbral calculus can be viewed as an abstract theory of the Heisenberg commutation relation [P, M] =1. In ordinary quantum mechanics, P is the derivative and M the coordinate operator. Here, we shall realize P as a second order differential operator and M as a first order integral one. We show that this makes it possible to solve large classes of differential and integrodifferential equations and to introduce new classes of orthogonal polynomials, related to Laguerre polynomials. These polynomials are particularly well suited for describing the so-called flatenned beams in laser theory © 2008 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number053509
Pages (from-to)-
JournalJournal of Mathematical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics

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