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[eng] The general construction of self-adjoint configuration space representations
of the Heisenberg algebra over an arbitrary manifold is considered. All such
inequivalent representations are parametrised in terms of the topology classes
of flat U(1) bundles over the configuration space manifold. In the case of
Riemannian manifolds, these representations are also manifestly diffeomorphic
covariant. The general discussion, illustrated by some simple examples in non
relativistic quantum mechanics, is of particular relevance to systems whose
configuration space is parametrised by curvilinear coordinates or is not simply
connected, which thus include for instance the modular spaces of theories of
non abelian gauge fields and gravity.
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