# Null Phase Curves and Manifolds in Geometric Phase Theory

Bargmann invariants and null phase curves are known to be important ingredients in understanding the essential nature of the geometric phase in quantum mechanics. Null phase manifolds in quantum-mechanical ray spaces are submanifolds made up entirely of null phase curves, and so are equally important for geometric phase considerations. It is shown that the complete characterization of null phase manifolds involves both the Riemannian metric structure and the symplectic structure of ray space in equal measure, which thus brings together these two aspects in a natural manner.

Article:

Null Phase Curves and Manifolds in Geometric Phase Theory

Journal:

ArXiv preprint

Year:

2013

URL:

http://arxiv.org/abs/1302.0206