Comment on “Quantum phase for an arbitrary system with finite-dimensional Hilbert space”
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A construction of covariant quantum phase observables, for Hamiltonians with a finite number of energy eigenvalues, has been recently given by?D. Arsenovic et al. [ Phys. Rev. A 85 044103 (2012)]. For Hamiltonians generating periodic evolution, we show that this construction is just a simple rescaling of the known canonical "time" or "age" observable, with the period T rescaled to 2p. Further, for Hamiltonians generating quasiperiodic evolution, we note that the construction leads to a phase observable having several undesirable features, including (i) having a trivially uniform probability density for any state of the system, (ii) not reducing to the periodic case in an appropriate limit, and (iii) not having any clear generalization to an infinite energy spectrum. In contrast, we note that a covariant time observable has been previously defined for such Hamiltonians, which avoids these features. We also show how this "quasiperiodic" time observable can be represented as the well-defined limit of a sequence of periodic time observables.
Physical Review A
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Quantum Information, Computation and Communication
Quantum Physics not elsewhere classified