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Re: Wigner matrices Dpq(a) implementation

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  • Subject: [mg15943] Re: Wigner matrices Dpq(a) implementation
  • From: Paul Abbott <paul at>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 23:34:07 -0500
  • Organization: University of Western Australia
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Roberto Pratolongo wrote:

> I'm studying a branch of molecular dynamics, so I need to be familiar
> with rotating reference systems, and so son.  Spherical harmonics are
> standard in Math, I know,and I've found the additional package about 3D
> rotation, but I also need to work  with so-called Wigner matrices
> Dpq(a), that are a sort of spherical tensors of rank a=1,2,...
> I'm novice with the argument, but they have almost nothing to do with
> Wigner's 3J Symbol ,page 730 of Math3 manual, I suspect.  

There are very important inter-relationships.

> Has anybody a reference for a suitable implementation of them.

I personally like 

	A R Edmonds, "Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics", Princeton 
		University Press, 1974.

Implementing them is straightforward using the definition (4.1.23) of

In[1]:= d[m_, n_][j_][x_] = Sqrt[((j + m)! (j - m)!)/
	((j + n)! (j - n)!)] Cos[x/2]^(m + n) Sin[x/2]^(m - n)*
		JacobiP[j - m, m - n, m + n, Cos[x]]; 

For example,

In[2]:= FullSimplify[d[1, 1][4][x]]

-- (9 Cos[x] + 2 Cos[2 x] + 7 (Cos[3 x] + 2 Cos[4 x]))


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