Appearance of gauge structure in simple dynamical systems

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Generalizing a construction of Berry and Simon, we show that non-Abelian gauge fields arise in the adiabatic development of simple quantum mechanical systems. Characteristics of the gauge fields are related to energy splittings, which may be observable in real systems. Similar phenomena are found for suitable classical systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2111-2114
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number24
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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