conjugate variables(redirected from Canonical conjugate variables)
conjugate variables[′kän·jə·gət ′ver·ē·ə·bəlz]
A pair of physical variables describing a quantum-mechanical system such that their commutator is a nonzero constant; either of them, but not both, can be precisely specified at the same time. Also known as complementary variables.
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