Peierls bracket

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{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Refimprove |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} In theoretical physics, the Peierls bracket is an equivalent description of the Poisson bracket. It directly follows from the action and does not require the canonical coordinates and their canonical momenta to be defined in advance.

The bracket

is defined as


as the difference between some kind of action of one quantity on the other, minus the flipped term.

In quantum mechanics, the Peierls bracket becomes a commutator i.e. a Lie bracket.



Peierls, R. "The Commutation Laws of Relativistic Field Theory," Proc. R. Soc. Lond. A August 21, 1952 214 1117 143-157.