Cross-ambiguity and Wigner Functions
The Heisenberg–Weyl and Grossmann–Royer operators allow us to define in a particular simple way two classical objects from symplectic harmonic analysis, namely the cross-ambiguity and Wigner functions, which are symplectic Fourier transforms of each other. Wigner introduced the eponymic distribution in 1932 as a substitute for a phase space probability density, but he did that in an ad hoc way, a kind of “lucky guess” one could say. It has since then been realized that the Wigner distribution (and its companion, the cross-ambiguity function) have a very natural meaning in Weyl calculus, and that they can be simply defined in terms of the Grossmann–Royer and Heisenberg–Weyl operators of last chapter.
KeywordsWigner Function Inversion Formula Modulation Space Wigner Distribution Ambiguity Function
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