The conserved quantity arising from a rotational invariance. Combine with rotational-dynamics for the classical mechanics approach and quantum-mechanics for the QM interpretation

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Why does the electron spin with a particular tilt?

I found this image for the classical description of the electron spin at hyperphysics Can you explain why the axis of rotation makes an angle of 60° with the z-axis and how this particular ...
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How to associate a Hilbert space with a QM system?

I couldn't really find a fitting title for this question. I'm still relatively new to QM and am trying to get the basics down. I understand that a physical system is associated with a Hilbert Space, ...
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How does a spinning electron produce a magnetic field?

I learned in my undergraduate physics class that atoms have magnetic fields produced by the orbit of electrons and the spin of electrons. I understand how an orbit can induce a magnetic field because ...
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If angular momentum corresponds to linear momentum, what corresponds to energy?

Angular momentum is defined from linear momentum via $\vec L = \vec r\times\vec p$, and is conserved in a closed system. Since energy is the time part of the linear four-momentum, is there a quantity ...
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Can a linear momentum generate angular momentum at collision?

I'm trying to get the facts straight here. Suppose I'm throwing a ball with no angular momentum. It collides with the ground and Newton's third law tells us that a force opposite to the gravity will ...
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Quantization of orbital angular momentum

Probably a very simple question, but I can't find the answer on the Internet. I know nearly to nothing about quantum mechanics, but in statistical physics I'm confronted with the idea that the orbital ...
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Trilinear gauge couplings: Spin

In non-abelian gauge theories self interaction of gauge fields is permitted, allowing coupling such as $WWZ$ (i.e. $Z$-boson decaying to $W^+W^-$) or ggg (i.e. gluon splitting into two new gluons). ...
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Angular Momentum Addition Theorem - Sanity Check

Looking back at my quantum mechanics notes, the angular momentum addition theorem is listed as: $j=j_1+j_2,j_1+j_2-1, ..., |j_1-j_2| $ (Using conventional notation) , but I'm a little unsure how to ...
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Conservation of total angular momentum in $\Phi$-meson decay

I am looking into the decay of a $\Phi$-meson decaying into $K^+$, $K^-$. My problem is, the $\Phi$-meson has a total angular momentum of 1 and the two Kaons have a total angular momentum of 0. On the ...
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How is angular momentum conserved if a bullet hits a wheel?

Suppose my system involves: 1) A mounted wheel with some outward flap 2) A bullet already in motion Initially the net angular momentum is 0 and the net kinetic energy is just that of the speeding ...
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Paradox of angular velocity

For a torque-free symmetric top, the Inertia tensor has an inverse $I^{-1}$, and $L=I\omega$. Which implies that $\omega=I^{-1}L$. But since $I, L$ are constants, $\vec\omega$ is a constant. However, ...
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Example where angular momentum and angular velocity are not parallel

I am unable to visualize any case where angular momentum and angular velocity of an object are not parallel.
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Why doesn't this equation for orbital motion change with position in the orbit?

The question and answer are on pg.8-10 of this PDF: At first, I went through it, thinking nothing of it. But then, I wondered: "What if we picked a final state in which the space junk was NOT at ...
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Why, for a spin-½ particle, are the possible outcomes of measuring spin projection along any direction the same?

If one measures the projection of spin of a spin half particle along the $x$ axis one will always get $\pm\tfrac12\hbar$. Measuring it along the $y$ axis one will always get $\pm\tfrac12\hbar$. ...
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N particles, will there be any rotation after a period of time or everything will collapse

This is in context of classical Newtonian physics. Consider a system of n different point mass particles. Initially all are spread around on one plane. No particle possess any velocity to begin with. ...
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How does the kinetic energy of a ballerina increase? [duplicate]

When a ballerina pulls her arms in, her rotational kinetic energy increases because angular momentum is conserved. That means that work must have been done on her. I saw somewhere that there is work ...
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What's the significance of the difference between the quantum numbers, $\ell$ and $m_{\ell}$?

I know that $m_{\ell}$ is associated with the projection of the angular momentum vector onto the $z$ axis and $\ell$ is associated with the length of the angular momentum vector. To me this implies ...
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What would cause a spinning fluid to stop spinning?

I once saw a demonstration where an electric current caused a drop of mercury to spin. The drop contained bits of iron, which could be seen flowing around in a circular pattern. As soon as the ...
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A tensor product of two spin-1 particles

I'm rather confused, and I was hoping if someone could help me figure out this (probably rather elementary) issue. I have two particles with spin 1, whose state I describe by $m_S$ and $m_I$ ...
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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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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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Where do the conservation laws come from?

I know the conservation of energy comes from Noether's theorem via the time-translational symmetry, and if I remember correctly, the conservation of momentum comes from space-translational symmetry. ...
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Space Quantization of Quantum Angular Momentum

I am trying to understand what my book is trying to convey. Quantum angular momentum is $L_z = m_l \hbar$ "Choosing arbitrarily a z axis and using an appropriate experimental technique, we measure ...
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Mathematically, how do we deduce that angular momentum is bounded?

So, how do we know $J_{+}|j,(m=j)\rangle =|0\rangle$? I.e. that m is bounded by j. We know that $J_{+}|j,(m=j)\rangle =C|j, j+1\rangle$, but how do I know that gives zero? Is it by looking at its ...
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What causes precession or nutation in a spinning object?

What causes precession in a spinning object? What causes nutation in a spinning object? What causes a top, gyroscope, and the earth to wobble? Just because it's a simple question, I'm not ...
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Why is there a phase factor when the two composite angular momentum is exchanged in Clebsch–Gordan coefficients

An identity exists for CG coefficients: $$\langle j_1 m_1 j_2 m_2 |J M \rangle = (-1)^{j_1+j_2-J} \langle j_2 m_2 j_1 m_1|J M\rangle,$$ But why is there a phase factor $(-1)^{j_1+j_2-J}$? It seems ...
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What determines a progenitor's fate as a spiral or elliptical?

I was thinking about my answer to Are the inner planets on planar orbits because there was more dust in the inner solar system (early on in planetary accretion)? - when it occurred to me that maybe I ...
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Correct vector space of eigenkets of angular momentum

When we say an particle is in the state: \begin{equation} |l,m\rangle, \end{equation} what is the underlying state space, as a vector space? Is it a tensor product vector space, of dimension: ...
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Angular momentum-torque relationship in a rotating frame?

I have read that $$\vec\tau=\frac{\mathrm{d}\vec L}{\mathrm{d}t}$$ holds true whenever the origin is not accelerating. But I cannot see why this holds true for a rotating frame of reference (such as ...
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Why is acceleration significant to generating power in racket sports?

I'm reading a paper on badminton stroke power (see Figure 4 on page 8). It says: For most of the trials the racket head reached peak speed just at the time of impact. The racket head showed ...
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Paradox: electric current in a coil on a disc - will this disc spin if the circuit is opened?

I encountered this problem in a book, but there were no solution written there. The setup: there is a plastic (insulator) circular disc, that is suspended in a way, that can very easily rotate (so ...
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Introducing angular momentum for the first time to a class

What is the best way to introduce the notion of angular momentum to a class without making it appear an unnecessary and artificial construction?
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Why does matter gather as discs around massive objects? [duplicate]

Why do discs, like rings of Saturn and the spiral shape of our galaxy form around massive objects, instead of just a (spherical?) cloud of matter?
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Shell model of an odd-odd nucleus: $^6$Li

Lithium-6 isotope has an approximate magnetic momentum of $0.88\ \mu_N$ in its fundamental nuclear state. I'm trying to find its angular momentum and parity. I found in a standard table: $I=1^+$ and ...
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State with non-zero angular momentum - cannot be described by spherical harmonic?

For a state with non-zero angular momentum, why is it that it cannot be described by the spherically symmetric spherical harmonic?
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How do you measure proton's spin? [duplicate]

I've probably read it somewhere in Sakurai but I cannot recall it at the moment. So how does one really measure the proton's spin? I mean the proton's spin and not its constituents. Do you measure ...
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Hamiltonian matrix off diagonal elements?

I'm trying to understand how Hamiltonian matrices are built for optical applications. In the excerpts below, from the book "Optically polarized atoms: understanding light-atom interaction", what I ...
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Angular momentum of a rotating black hole

Is there an upper limit to the angular momentum of a rotating (Kerr) black hole?
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Conservation of angular momentum in helicopter

I have a small RC-controlled toy helicopter with removable tail rotor. Suppose I remove the tail rotor, hold the tail with my hand, start the rotor until it moves with constant angular velocity and ...
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Equation that tells me the rpm and mass of a spinning disk needed to keep a second large mass stable using gyroscopic effects

I am trying to figure out how large of a mass and how quickly I need to spin said mass to keep a two-wheeled robot stable. Ideally, I am looking for a formula that relates m1=mass of robot, m2=mass of ...
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generalizing spin rotations

I have a question about the relation: $\exp(-i \vec{\sigma} \cdot \hat{n}\phi/2) = \cos(\phi/2) - i \vec{\sigma} \cdot \hat{n} \sin(\phi/2)$. In my texts, I see $\phi\hat{n}$ always as c-numbers. My ...
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3D isotropic oscillator and angular momentum algebra

In our QM class, the prof said: "We are ready to begin constructing the individual states of the 3D isotropic harmonic oscillator system. The key property is that the states must organize ...
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Why Does Angular Velocity Increase as Radius Decrease?

Suppose a child were to ask you why a tetherball (picture below) seems to speed up as it wraps around the pole. How would you explain this to them? Certainly you wouldn't say something like, "Angular ...
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Conservation of angular momentum in Earth-Moon system

We all know about the fact that tidal friction is slowly slowing down the Earth's rotation about its axis, and that subsequently the Moon is slowly drifting away, in order for the angular momentum of ...
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How does the Gordon Decomposition of Dirac Current give rise to spin angular momentum?

How does the Gordon Decomposition of Dirac Current give rise to spin angular momentum? I used the Gordon Decomposition to split the Probability Current of the Dirac Field into its orbital current and ...
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Photon Angular Momentum

Essentially I am wanting to evaluate $$\langle j\, m \mid a^\dagger(\mathbf{k}, \lambda) \mid 0 \rangle \,,$$ where $\lambda$ indicates the circular polarization (about $\mathbf{k}$). We have that ...
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Diagonal Hamiltonian of 3 Spin 1/2 Particles

I have three Spin 1/2 Particles and a Hamiltonian given by $$H=A(S_1\cdot S_2)+B(S_2\cdot S_3+S_1\cdot S_3)$$ In order to find the energy spectrum, I want to diagonalize H in terms of ...
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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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Decay of metastable state: spontaneous vs. stimulated emission.

I have a question about the upper laser level (the metastable level) in a 3-level laser system. I will call the ground level of the 3-level laser system by "g" and the metastable level by "m". The ...
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When a moving body collides with a stationary body, far from its centre, how do you calculate the resulting spin

Imagine you had a long heavy rod in space with no significant gravity acting upon it. And a projectile is flying towards it, perpendicular to the orientation of the rod, with the impact some between ...