#### Research Publication Title

The Jam Derivative

#### Major

Physics and Mathematics

#### Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Ralph France III, Dr. Hong Yue

#### Keywords

Physics, Mathematics, Quantum Physics, Derivative, Fourier Series

#### Abstract

In Quantum Mechanics the derivative is an anti-hermitian operator in Hilbert Space. In this space this operator can be represented by an infinite dimensional matrix. Considering this, some questions were raised about what could be done with this matrix representation. Letting D represent the derivative operator, we have that DD = D2 represents the second order derivative operator, and thusly Dn represents the nth order derivative operator. Non-integers orders have been considered since the beginning of Calculus. With these defined, it is interesting to consider non-constant orders of differentiation. Letting f(x) be some function, it is interesting to consider the case Df(x), the case of an operator which acts as a derivative of order f(x). Since Quantum Mechanics deals with state vecotrs in a complex space, we shall define this operator using fourier transforms on functions expanded into fourier series. We thus have an an operator from the set of complex functions to itself with utility for any periodic or bounded real or complex function. We notate this new operator Jαm, since within these parameters the operator acts as a multi-ordered variant of the integral operator.

The Jam Derivative

In Quantum Mechanics the derivative is an anti-hermitian operator in Hilbert Space. In this space this operator can be represented by an infinite dimensional matrix. Considering this, some questions were raised about what could be done with this matrix representation. Letting D represent the derivative operator, we have that DD = D2 represents the second order derivative operator, and thusly Dn represents the nth order derivative operator. Non-integers orders have been considered since the beginning of Calculus. With these defined, it is interesting to consider non-constant orders of differentiation. Letting f(x) be some function, it is interesting to consider the case Df(x), the case of an operator which acts as a derivative of order f(x). Since Quantum Mechanics deals with state vecotrs in a complex space, we shall define this operator using fourier transforms on functions expanded into fourier series. We thus have an an operator from the set of complex functions to itself with utility for any periodic or bounded real or complex function. We notate this new operator Jαm, since within these parameters the operator acts as a multi-ordered variant of the integral operator.