Volume 82, Number 2, April 2008
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||15 April 2008|
A general treatment of geometric phases and dynamical invariants
Centro de Ciências Naturais e Humanas, Universidade Federal do ABC - Rua Santa Adélia 166, Santo André, São Paulo, 09210-170, Brazil
2 Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de São Carlos - 13565-905, São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil
3 Instituto de Física de São Carlos, Universidade de São Paulo - Caixa Postal 369, São Carlos, São Paulo, 13560-970, Brazil
Accepted: 1 March 2008
Based only on the parallel-transport condition, we present a general method to compute Abelian or non-Abelian geometric phases acquired by the basis states of pure or mixed density operators, which also holds for nonadiabatic and noncyclic evolution. Two interesting features of the non-Abelian geometric phase obtained by our method stand out: i) it is a generalization of Wilczek and Zee's non-Abelian holonomy, in that it describes nonadiabatic evolution where the basis states are parallelly transported between distinct degenerate subspaces, and ii) the non-Abelian character of our geometric phase relies on the transitional evolution of the basis states, even in the nondegenerate case. We apply our formalism to a two-level system evolving nonadiabatically under spontaneous decay to emphasize the non-Abelian nature of the geometric phase induced by the reservoir. We also show, through the generalized invariant theory, that our general approach encompasses previous results in the literature.
PACS: 03.65.Ca – Formalism / 03.65.Vf – Phases: geometric; dynamic or topological / 03.65.Yz – Decoherence; open systems; quantum statistical methods
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