Joint Wigner distribution for spin-1/2 particles Academic Article uri icon


  • The Wigner distribution has proven to be a useful tool in many quantum problems requiring a joint distribution of position and momentum. In the present paper we develop a joint distribution for spin components within the spirit of the Wigner distribution. This distribution provides an insight into the quantum theory of measurement. We also discuss how one may write joint distributions for two arbitrary noncommuting operators. 1986 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

published proceedings

  • Foundations of Physics

author list (cited authors)

  • Cohen, L., & Scully, M. O.

citation count

  • 59

complete list of authors

  • Cohen, Leon||Scully, Marlan O

publication date

  • April 1986