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Can a wave possess spin?

Since a matter wave is associated with a particle in quantum mechanics, does the wave spins? I mean, can we visualize the spinning of wave or is it possible that the wave spins?
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How to derive the commutation relationship between $\hat{L}^2$ and $\hat{\textbf{p}}$ [closed]

How to prove that $$[\hat{L}^2,\hat{\textbf{p}}] = i\hbar(\hat{\textbf{p}}\times\hat{\textbf{L}} - \hat{\textbf{L}} \times \hat{\textbf{p}})$$ I tried to expand $\hat{L}^2$: ...
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Calculating the $J$ value for atomic terms, having a lot of trouble with this. Already attempted

I am trying to understand this, and want to be very very clear. This is a homework question but I already attempted to answer it, so please don't put this question on hold. The question What ...
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Angular Momentum Expectation in Magnetic Field

I am trying to find the time dependent expectation value for J ($\langle J(t) \rangle$) for a spin 3/2 particle in a uniform magnetic field (in the z direction). My method is as follows: ...
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Eigenstates of coupled Angular Momentum

SO I have a hamiltonian: $$H=\alpha J_1\cdot J_2$$ And I am asked to find the eigenstates and eigenvalues of this Hamiltonian in terms of products of the eigenstates of the z components of the ...
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Angular momentums addition in QM

We know that the spatial inversion parity for eigenfunctions of $\hat {L}_{z}$ operator (spherical functions) is $(-1)^{l}$, where $l$ refers to angular momentum. So for product of two eigenfunctions ...
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Addition of spin angular momentum for massless particles

How do I add the spin angular momentum of massless particles, like photons, where only the transverse polarizations are allowed? If all three polarizations were allowed, this would be an easy ...
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Why have $n$, $\ell$, $m_\ell$, $m_s$ been picked as quantum number symbols *in this order*?

I’m learning about electron configurations and don’t quite understand why $n$, $\ell$, $m_\ell$, $m_s$ have been picked as symbols for the quantum numbers. As far as I understand it, the principal ...
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Angular momentum of 2d harmonic oscillator

So, I have the problem of determining the spectrum of H and L, in terms of creation and annihilation operators of angular momentum... The problem goes along with what is happening on this page. ...
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Addition of Angular Momentum

I am tring to find the eigenvectors of a two spin system, with $j_1=3/2$ and $j_2=1/2$. To start, $$m_1 =-3/2,-1/2,1/2,3/2$$ $$m_2=-1/2,1/2$$ For $j_1$, there are 4 possible states, and 2 possible ...
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Difference between expectation values of $L^2$, $L_z$ and measuring $L^2$, $L_z$

I was given with this hydrogen radial wavefunction $$ R_{21} =\left(\sqrt{\frac{1}{3}}Y^0_1 + \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}Y^1_1\right) $$ and was asked to find a) What are the expectation values of the ...
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Spherical Harmonic projection on axis

I am trying to solve for the Spherical harmonics $Y^m_{l=1}$ with a second axis at an angle $\alpha$ with respect to the z axis. Then this can be used to find the probability that a particle with ...
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How does $\bar{r}\times(\bar{\nabla}\times) - \bar{\nabla}\times(\bar{r}\times)$ relate to the orbital angular momentum operator?

When I attempted to calculate the following by hand $$\bar{r}\times(\bar{\nabla}\times\bar{F}) - \bar{\nabla}\times(\bar{r}\times\bar{F}),$$ I noticed some of the terms I extracted looked similar to ...
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What is $\langle \sigma_\mu \rangle$ $\langle \sigma_\mu \rangle$ for the Pauli Matrices?

What is \begin{align} \sum_{\mu=0}^{3} \langle \sigma_{\mu} \rangle^2 = ? \end{align} $\sigma_{\mu}$ are the Pauli matrices. The Bra-Ket notation is used in this question: \begin{align} \langle ...
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Transforming the angular momentum operator (from spherical to Euler and the internal valence angle) for a reduced 3-body problem

Let me introduce the problem: In a two electron fixed nucleus problem the "body" is the atom, whose electrons are located relative to the nucleus by the coordinates $r_1$ and $r_2$, and the angle ...
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QM: How to compute position/momentum relation in polar coordinates

So if we are working in one dimensional space, we have the formula: $$\langle x|p\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi\hbar}} e^{ipx/\hbar}$$ Suppose instead we are confined to a circle of radius $R$ so that ...
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Rotation of angular momentum eigenfunctions?

I am struggling to understand this apparently obvious example in my group theory notes: Where do the $e^{i\phi} $ and $e^{-i\phi} $ factors come from? I know that the $m_l$ = -1,0 and +1 angular ...
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Orbital angular momentum selection rules for three identical particles

I'm trying to figure out if there are selection rules for the total orbital angular momentum for a system of three identical particles, say bosons. For two identical bosons one can argue that the ...
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What is the difference between the process in which energy converts to matter and that in which it converts to antimatter?

What is the difference between the process in which energy converts to matter and the process in which it converts to antimatter? In colliders, for instance, is the product (either being the matter or ...
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Can (quantum) angular momentum $L$ be zero?

I am trying to calculate the orbital magnetic moment, $\bar{\mu}$, for Sodium, which has an electron configuration of $1s^2 2s^2 2p^6 3s^1$. The full shells do not contribute to $\bar{L}$ and ...
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What are the assumptions behind “term symbols”?

In multi-electron atoms, the electronic state of the optically active "subshell" is often expressed in "term symbols" notation. I.e. $^{2S+1}L_J$. This presumes that the system of electrons has ...
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Understanding Triplet And Singlet States

We know, $2\otimes 2=3\oplus 1$. Thus we have a spin triplet of states and a spin singlet. Can we regard these states as the spin part of wavefunction for the excited states and the ground state of ...
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Total angular momentum in a full shell

I do not understand why it's supposed to be vanishing. Rather than discussing the question in its full generality I prefer to consider the following scenario, which I think sums up anything that's ...
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Intuitive explanation for angular momentum uncertainty?

The basic commutator relation $$[J_1,J_2]=i \hbar J_3$$ of quantum mechanics yields the uncertainty relation $$\Delta(J_1)\Delta(J_2)\ge \frac{\hbar}{2}|\langle J_3\rangle|.$$ However, unlike the ...
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How does $SU(2)$ group enters quantum mechanics?

What is the reason that $SU(2)$ group enters quantum mechanics in the context of rotation but not $SO(3)$? What really rotates and which space it rotates? It cannot be the physical electron that ...
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Larmor Precession - Determing frequency

Every time I go through some literature about Larmor Precession, i.e. the precession of orbit charged particle in the presence of a Magnetic Field. It doesn't give convincing arguements in calculating ...
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Rotational invariance and operator-squares

My mind is drawing a blank right now. In systems with spin and orbital angular momentum, I know that rotational invariance implies that $[H, \mathbf{J}]=0$ where $\mathbf J=\mathbf L+\mathbf S$. But ...
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Commutator not transitive

I noticed the following: $$[L_{+},L^2]=0,\qquad [L_{+},L_3]\neq 0,\qquad [L^2,L_3]=0.$$ This would suggest, that $L^2,L_+$ have a common system of eigenfunctions, and so do $L^2,L_3$, but $L_+,L_3$ ...
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Fixed Angular Momentum

Say I'm given the following Schrodinger equation $$\frac{d^2u}{dx^2}+ \left[E - V(x)+ \frac{a}{x^2}\right]u(x) =0$$ Where $a \in \mathbb{R}$. What are the physical interpretations of this equation? ...
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Tricky operator identity: $[L^2,[L^2,\vec{r}]]=2 \hbar ^2 \{ L^2, \vec{r}\}$?

This operator identity showed up in a course I was taking, and it was given without proof. $$[L^2,[L^2,\vec{r}]]=2 \hbar ^2 \{ L^2, \vec{r}\}$$ The curly brackets denote the anticommutator, $AB+BA$. ...
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Raising and lowering operators of orbital angular momentum

For the orbital angular momentum, the raising and lowering operators are given by, $$ L_+ = e^{i\phi} \bigg(\frac{\partial}{\partial\theta} + i\: cot\theta\frac{\partial}{\partial\phi}\bigg) $$ $$ ...
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Eigenvalues of the Spin Operator on a two-spin-system

I am not sure if I understand spin operators correctly. Given a two spin system in state $|++\rangle$ and an operator $S = S^{(1)} + S^{(2)}$ Then I have $$ S_z |++\rangle = (S^{(1)}_z + S^{(2)}_z) ...
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Matrix representation angular momentum

We are supposed to give a matrix representation of $L\cdot S$ for an electron with $l=1$ and $s=\frac{1}{2}$. I read $L\cdot S$ as $L \otimes S$. Is this correct? Then we would have e.g. for ...
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Angular momentum and spin

I am having problems with this excercise. We look at a system where the total angular momentum is given by an electron with $l=1$ and $s=\frac{1}{2}$. Now I am supposed to calculate the ...
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Is there a way of measuring the spin along an arbitrary direction of a spin 1 particle?

I am familiar with the expression for spin 1/2 but haven't seen one for spin 1.
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Possible spin states?

Given a system of two particles with spin up and down, I have troubles to understand the possible states of this system. I would have normally thought, that the possible states are the tensor ...
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Sign wrong in angular momentum (Quantum Mechanics)

For small angles $\theta$ the rotation along a particular axis $n$ is given by $R(n,\theta)(r)=Id+ \theta (n \times r)+ o(\epsilon)$. Now, the rotation operator in Quantum Mechanics is given by ...
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Can the quantum angular momentum operator be derived from its commutation relations with position and momentum?

Exercise 12.2.2 in Shankar's Principles of Quantum Mechanics asks to derive the expression for the angular momentum operator $L_z$ \begin{equation} L_z = XP_y-YP_x \end{equation} using its ...
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On an Uncertainty Relation for Angular Variables

I'm looking for a proof of the Angular Momentum - Angle uncertainty relation $$\frac{\Delta L \Delta \theta}{1-(3/\pi^2)\Delta \theta^2} \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$$ which does not involve solving the ...
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How to calculate the $x$-component of the angular momentum $L_x$

I am considering the hydrogen atom. Given $L_z$ and each of the $n,\ell,m$ values, is there a way to calculate $L_x$? In the same way that $L_z=\hbar m$ is there a similar expression for $L_x$?
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Angular momentum of hydrogen from $n,l,m$ values

Given a wavefunction for hydrogen $\psi(n,l,m)$ it is possible to calculate its associated energy from $E=-13.6/n^2$. Does a similar equation exist for $L^2$ and $L_z$? That is, if we are given the ...
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Does this commutation relation hold?

I was wondering whether it is true that $[L_x^2,x^2+y^2+z^2]=0$. I could not find it in the internet and therefore I wanted to ask here whether anybody here knows that this is true or false.
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Triangle inequality Clebsch-Gordon coeffcients

The Clebsch-Gordon coefficients can only be non-zero if the triangle inequality holds: $$\vert j_1-j_2 \vert \le j \le j_1+j_2$$ In my syllabus they give the following proof: $$-j \le m \le j$$ $$-j_1 ...
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Why does $\ell=0$ correspond to spherically symmetric solutions for the spherical harmonics?

In quantum mechanics why do states with $\ell=0$ in the Hydrogen atom correspond to spherically symmetric spherical harmonics?
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How does the expectation value of the square of angular momentum transform under translations?

In quantum mechanics the angular momentum operator is defined as $$ \mathbf{\hat L}=\mathbf{\hat x} \times \mathbf{ \hat p} $$ This definition explicitly depends on the choice of the origin of the ...
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Finding possible values of $L_x$ given $L^2$

Here's a homework problem I'm working on. I am not asking for the answer, but any guidance or comments on the approach are appreciated. Given that a measurement of $L^2$ for a free particle has ...
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What made Bohr quantise angular momentum and not some other quantity?

Bohr's second postulate in Bohr model of hydrogen atom deals with quantisation of angular momentum.But, I was wondering why he quantised angular momentum and any other quantity?
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Why does $[xp_{y},x]$ commute?

I'm looking at a solution in my book that says $[xp_{y},x]$ commutes. Does bracket notation imply: $[A,B]=AB-BA$ so that $[xp_{y},x]=xp_{y}x-xxp_{y}$ Taking the comment from Max Graves and ...
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Matrix operations on Quantum States in a composite quantum system

Intro (you may skip this if you're an expert, I'm including this for completeness): Say I have two bases for two systems, The first is a spin-1/2 system $|+\rangle = \left(\begin{array}{c} 1\\0 ...
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Is total angular momentum conserved in particle interaction?

Imagine that two electrons interact by exchanging a virtual photon. I know that the total energy and linear momentum of the two electrons is conserved by the interaction. Is the total (orbital) ...