• Speaker: Jonathan Kress, University of NSW
  • Title: Coupling constant metamorphosis and conformally covariant Laplacians
  • Location: Room V206, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 4:00 pm, Wed, 12th Feb 2014
  • Abstract:

    This talk will give an introduction to the Kelper-Coulomb and harmonic oscillator systems fundamental in both the classical and quantum worlds. These systems are related by "coupling constant metamorphosis", a remarkable trick that exchanges the energy of one system with the coupling constant of the other. The trick can be seen to be a type of conformal transformation, that is, a scaling of the underlying metric, that maps "conformal symmetries" to "true symmetries" of a Hamiltonian system.

    In this talk I will explain the explain the statements above and discuss some applications of coupling constant metamorphosis to superintegrable systems and differential geometry.

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