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Blanco Cabanillas, Anna
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2022-01-22
[en]Number theory is being used in physics as a mathematical tool more and more. At the end of the 20th century, $p$-adic numbers made its appearance in quantum gravitational theories like string theory. This was motivated by the non-archimedian nature of space time at Planck scale. In this work we aim to formalize the basis of $p$-adic physics by exploring how to translate complex Quantum Mechanics to $p$-adic Quantum mechanics. This will be done using Weyl's formalism, which defines bounded operators and allows to relate different time-evolution pictures in quantum mechanics. This is done by the means of representation theory. We will be exploring the representation theory of $p$-adic reductive groups, specially induced, supercuspidal and projective representations. With that knowledge we will define the $p$-adic Heisenberg group that encodes the information on the $p$-adic phase space and study the SchrÃ¶dinger representation. We will explain the importance of the Stone-von Neumann theorem that states uniqueness up to equivalence and we will study the Maslov indices of the group.
http://hdl.handle.net/2445/186255
$p$-adic groups in quantum mechanics