Dynamical Properties of the Mukhanov-Sasaki Hamiltonian

(Master thesis)

Publication Details

Author(s): Kobler M, Giesel K
Publication year: 2018
Language: English


The inflationary epoch at the beginning of the universe is commonly described within the frame- work of (linear) cosmological perturbation theory. The corresponding equation of motion for the gauge-invariant perturbations is the Mukhanov-Sasaki equation, which resembles a time-dependent harmonic oscillator. At first we will consider a mechanical analogue of the Mukhanov-Sasaki equa- tion and use the known Lewis-Riesenfeld invariant and the extended phase space formalism in- troduced in previous works in order to analyse the system. These techniques allow to construct an extended canonical transformation that maps an explicitly time-dependent Hamiltonian into a time-independent one. The generators of this symplectic map can in turn be canonically quan- tised on the original part of the phase space, which is the constraint hypersurface of the extended theory, connecting to recent publications. Our further analysis leads us to a closed form of the time-evolution operator for the single-mode Mukhanov-Sasaki Hamiltonian, that is to the associ- ated Dyson series. We will analyse the characteristic properties of this time-evolution operator and discuss whether it can be extended to the full Fock space. Finally we give an outlook towards possible applications of these techniques to inflationary quantum cosmology.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Giesel, Kristina Prof. Dr.
Professur für Theoretische Physik
Kobler, Michael
Professur für Theoretische Physik

How to cite

Kobler, M., & Giesel, K. (2018). Dynamical Properties of the Mukhanov-Sasaki Hamiltonian (Master thesis).

Kobler, Michael, and Kristina Giesel. Dynamical Properties of the Mukhanov-Sasaki Hamiltonian. Master thesis, 2018.


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