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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Unitary Confirmation

I am asked to show that an new defined operator: $$U_{\beta} = \exp(\displaystyle\frac{i\beta L_z}{\hbar})$$ is unitary, where $$L_z = -i\hbar\,\,(x\displaystyle\frac{\partial}{\partial y} - y ...
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What do the $j$ and $m$ stand for in $|j,m\rangle$ for angular momentum in quantum mechanics?

I'm assuming it is a jth state with m value as total angular momentum?
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Poisson brackets and angular momentum

I'm trying to find $[M_i, M_j]$ Poisson brackets. $$\{M_i, M_j\}=\sum_l \left(\frac{\partial M_i}{\partial q_l}\frac{\partial M_j}{\partial p_l}-\frac{\partial M_i}{\partial p_l}\frac{\partial ...
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Directionality of angular momentum

I was told that the sum of linear and angular momentum is conserved. Given that angular momentum's direction as a vector is completely arbitrary (I believe there is no physical reason for choosing ...
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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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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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Will a spinning object come to rest?

Will a sphere spinning on its own axis come to rest given enough time, provided no other forces act upon it? I know that if you have two spinning spheres in the depths of space and orbiting each ...
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Inelastic collision and conservation of linear and angular momentum

Is it possible for two spheres (a & b) to have an inelastic collision with BOTH the total linear and angular momentum preserved? I'm doing some physics simulation of some spheres attracting each ...
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Why isn't the maximum eigenvalue of $J_z$ squared equal to the maximum eigenvalue of $J^2$?

During a standard derivation of the eigenvalues of the angular momentum operators, $J^2$ and $J_z$, where $$J^2|\alpha, \beta\rangle =\hbar^2\alpha|\alpha, \beta\rangle$$ and $$J_z|\alpha, ...
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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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Angular momentum conservation in pion decay?

I have seen the charged pion decay $$\pi^{-}~\to~ \bar{\nu}_{\ell} +\ell^{-}$$ represented with diagrams containing a $W^-$ in the $s$-channel. The $\pi^-$ and $W^-$ have angular momentum $0$ and $1$ ...
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Can a particle with non-zero angular momentum pass through the center of a spherical potential?

Suppose you have a particle of mass $m$ moving in a potential $V(r) = -\frac{k}{r^2}$, with $r^2 = x^2+y^2+z^2$ and $k > 0$. Since the angular momentum $l$ is conserved, the particle will move in a ...
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Is angular momentum conserved if you move off at a Tangent?

Lets imagine a binary system of two astronauts in space connected to one another via light rope. The rope is taut and they're spinning round and round with their axis of rotation being the the axis ...
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Angular Momentum Operators Non-Degenerate

Typically one writes simultaneous eigenstates of the angular momentum operators $J_3$ and $J^2$ as $|j,m\rangle$, where $$J^2|j,m\rangle = \hbar^2 j(j+1)|j,m\rangle$$ $$J_3 |j,m\rangle = \hbar ...
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Appearing To Reverse Object's Rotation

Can it be done, and if so, how does one you explain mathematically the ability to cause a rotating object to appear to change the direction of rotation? I believe it has something to do with angular ...
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Ice skater increase of energy

This may be a very basic question but I am not seeing how it works. Consider the standard example of an ice skate rotating about his/her center of mass and pulling in his/her arms. The torque is zero ...
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Converting Angular Momentum?

I am aware of three apparently different forms of angular momentum: spin, orbital and macroscopic, like a spinning crystal or baseball. Can angular momentum be transferred or converted from one of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Effect of incoming force on linear vs. angular velocity

First of all, I should note that I'm a programmer and have only an extremely basic understanding of physics; I only know how to explain my question in layman's terms and I apologize if I'm unclear or ...
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spin parity $J^P$ notation

In particle physics, when you read $J^P$, does it mean Spin parity or total angular momentum parity? I know that the letter $J$ is used for TOTAL angular momentum but I think I read somewhere that ...
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Total Angular Momentum of deuteron

I'm studying for my nuclear physics exam and the book we use is Introductory Nuclear Physics by K.S. Krane. In the chapter on Basic Nuclear Structure, we research the deuteron. However, when ...
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What is the correct arrangement of the elements of Pauli matrices?

I'm dealing with angular momentum, or particularly spin, on my quantum mechanics course; I guess the Pauli matrices thing is a more general one, but I'd like to illustrate my doubt with them (maybe ...
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Slowdown rate of rotating body due to friction force [closed]

This isn't a homework question, but it might as well be. The problem I have been pondering is: If a disc (or children's roundabout if you like), of radius r, mass m, is spun around it's center ...
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Fundamental properties of motion

The first paragraph of the Wikipedia article on the angular momentum operator states that In both classical and quantum mechanical systems, angular momentum (together with linear momentum and ...
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Internal/Rotational angular momentum

I have some difficulties to understand the relation between the internal and the rotational angular momentum of a rigid body which is also known as König's theorem, so what physical intuition lies ...
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Having hard time with Angular Momentum and Parallel axis theorem

I'm having hard time with Angular Momentum and Parallel axis theorem. Please explain these 2 formulas. Is one formula derived from the other? $$J = J_{cm} + R_{cm} \times P_{cm}$$ $$I = I_{cm} + ...
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Displacement with zero velocity

I know that we can rotate a deformable object using internal forces only in space. Thus we can cause an angular displacement without the use of any external forces. The following youtube video shows ...
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Angular momentum conservation in a central field through the Hamiltonian

In my teacher's notes there is a discussion of the Hamiltonian for a central force field with potential $V(r)$. The Hamiltonian is formulated in spherical polar coordinates: ...
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Direction of torque precession of a spinning wheel

Consider a spinning wheel, which is held up by one end of it's axis like this: To explain why the change of angular momentum is directed as shown in the figure above, one usually says that there is ...
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Angular Momentum and Average Torque

Refer to number 6. This is the one I'm stuck on. So angular momentum is conserved right, so initial angular momentum is equal to final angular momentum. Initial is 7.87 so final must be 7.87, right? ...
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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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Finding angular momentum about the center of mass?

If we have a couple of particles of an equal, unknown mass: $$r_{+} = (c + e^{-Bt} \cos({\theta}))\textbf{x} + (d + e^{-Bt} \sin({\theta}))\textbf{y}$$ $$r_{-} = (c - e^{-Bt} ...
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How can a black hole have spin?

How is it possible, or even meaningful, to say that a black hole has spin? (Tangentially, if the singularity is assumed to be a point, it must have either zero or infinite angular momentum, in both ...
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Does turning sharply on a bicycle conserve more energy than a wide turn?

I use a bike to commute, so I spend a lot of time thinking about how to get the most bang out of my momentum. Aside from the extra distance traveled in a wide turn, does making a sharp turn save you ...
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If a spaceship was pulled toward a sun, would it spin?

I was watching a movie. A spaceship was forced into "warp speed". The co-ordinates could not be set. The spaceships trajectory was that of a nearby sun. Forcing the spaceship to power down was the ...
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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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Question regarding mass hanging from center edge of rotating disc

So, say you have a free to rotate disc, assuming no external torques, and you have a spool, radius 7.93 mm, attached to its centre. Say the spool has a string attached to a point on its edge and ...
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Angular Momentum of Two Non-interacting Particles

I'm reading a book (An Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner) where they calculate the angular momentum $l$ of a system of two non-interacting particles, but I don't understant what are they doing. ...
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What is the significance of electron spin quantum number?

Somewhere I read that spin quantum number is a particularly interesting theory of quantum mechanics as what it really implies is that particles like electrons do not come back to the initial state of ...
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Shouldn't the addition of angular momentum be commutative?

I have angular momenta $S=\frac{1}{2}$ for spin, and $I=\frac{1}{2}$ for nuclear angular momentum, which I want to add using the Clebsch-Gordon basis, so the conversion looks like: $$ \begin{align} ...
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Commutation of abstract $O(3)$ generators and vectors

I've been given the following problem, and I'm quite lost with it. Let $L_1$, $L_2$, and $L_3$ denote the abstract o(3) algebras. You are given that $\vec{A} = (A_1, A_2, A_3)$ and $\vec{B} = (B_1, ...
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Total angular momentum - single electron

I have been dealing with total angular momentum of the single electron which is outside the closed shells in which sum of the angular momentums is zero. My book says that total atomic angular ...
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Conservation of linear momentum magnitude along a trajectory

I was once criticized for "taking angular momentum as momentum going in a circle". I was loosely trying to state, in classical mechanics, that in using conservation of momentum, one can switch between ...
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How to write the single electron spin-orbit coupling under an external magnetic field?

As we know, without the external magnetic field, the single electron spin-orbit coupling(SOC) has the form $\boldsymbol{\sigma}\cdot(\boldsymbol{\nabla} V\times \mathbf{p})$ up to a coefficient, ...
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Physics of the point of contact for a spinning top

I understand how spinning tops don't tip over, cf. e.g. this and this Phys.SE questions. What I'm more interested is in identifying the factors that determine the direction the spinning top moves to? ...
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Commutation relation of $J^2$ and $R(\alpha,\beta,\gamma)$

If $R(\alpha,\beta,\gamma)$ is the Rotation operator and $\alpha,\beta,\gamma$ are Euler angles and $J$ is the total angular momentum then how to get to this: $$[J^2,R]~=~0?$$ This is stated in ...