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Why Does the Dirac delta Function Fix the Normalization of the Basis Vectors in Infinite Dimensions? [duplicate]

On page 60 of Shankar's intro to QM at the very bottom he says that the Dirac delta function fixes the normalization of the basis vectors with an infinite amount of dimensions. I don't understand why ...
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How to Solve this Integral

I am currently doing a problem in Quantum optics, specifically the problem of finding Wigner Function for Number states or Fock states. I am actually did the problem in a different way and found that ...
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How can we justify identifying the Dirac delta function with the eigenfunction of position? [duplicate]

I can think of at least two different ways to understand eigenfunctions of operators in quantum mechanics. But neither one seems to provide a good explanation for why we take the position-basis ...
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What does the Dirac delta function physically do while deriving Gauss Law form Coulomb's law?

While doing this derivation, the the source coordinates are mentioned as "$s$" and the coordinate of the point at which field is to be calculated is mentioned as "$r$". Kindly follow this Wikipedia ...
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Heisenberg EOM for $\langle x \rangle$ in momentum eigenstate - where is my error?

Equation of motion for expectation value of a quantum particle in a momentum eigenstate: $$\frac{d}{dt} \langle x \rangle = \frac{1}{i h} \langle [x,H] \rangle$$ and since it's in a momentum ...
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Matrix elements of momentum operator in position representation

I have two related questions on the representation of the momentum operator in the position basis. The action of the momentum operator on a wave function is to derive it: $$\hat{p} \psi(x)=-i\hbar\...
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Deriving the expectation of $[\hat X,\hat H]$

For a free particle of mass $m$, with Hamiltonian $$\hat{H} = \frac {\hat{P}^2} {2m},$$ where $$\hat{P} = -i \hbar \frac{\partial} {\partial x}.$$ The commutative relation is given by $$[\hat{X}, \...
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What's wrong with this derivation that $i\hbar = 0$?

Let $\hat{x} = x$ and $\hat{p} = -i \hbar \frac {\partial} {\partial x}$ be the position and momentum operators, respectively, and $|\psi_p\rangle$ be the eigenfunction of $\hat{p}$ and therefore $$\...
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Dirac delta function definition in scattering theory

I'm studying scattering theory from Sakurai's book. In the first pages he gets to the following expression: $$\langle n|U_I(t, t_0)|i\rangle=\delta_{ni}-\frac{i}{\hbar}\langle n|V|i\rangle\int_{t_0}^...
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How to make rigorous the idea of a continuous complete set?

In Quantum Mechanics, when using Dirac's formalism one of its features is the expansion of state vectors into continuous basis of eigenvectors of unbounded self-adjoint operators. Let $\mathcal{H}$ be ...
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What, exactly, is a “delta function p-form” as used in the theory of branes?

In string theory, when dealing with branes, the following happens: We rewrite a worldvolume action $S = \int_{\Sigma_{p+1}} \omega^{(p+1)}$ of a $D_p$-brane as an integral over the whole $\mathbb{R}^{...
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Integration by parts with Dirac Delta function

I am having some hard time trying to understand the following "heuristic" integral, involving integration by parts with the Dirac's Delta. We start with the following relation $$ f(x) = \int_{-\infty}^...
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Potential of an axisymmetric disc with constant rotation velocity

I am having trouble understanding why the form of the 3D potential for a disc with a constant rotation velocity for circular orbits of stars within the disc \begin{equation} v(R) = v_0, \tag{1} \end{...
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Question on doing the integral for Fermi golden rule

Today in the lecture, my professor did something which confused me As an example, we consider the photoelectric effect, in which an electron bound in a Coulomb potential is ionized after ...
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Inner product of standard-momentum one-particle states in Weinberg

My question has essentially already been addressed in Questions concerning some parts of the section on one-particle states in Weinberg's first volume on QFT (third question), but unfortunately ...
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Unfamiliar Notation in Sakurai

In chapter 5 section 9 of Sakurai, 2nd edition, he uses some notation that I am unfamiliar with. This may be suited for Math.se but I figured it could be peculiar physicist notation. Anyways it is ...
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How does a $\Theta$ function arise in this correlator?

I am currently reading the paper by Coleman on Symmetry breaking in 2d, which can be found here. On page 262 (4th page in the document), he is evaluating the following distribution: $$ F_{\mu}(k)=\...
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What is the charge density for line and surface charges?

In electrostatics it is common to see line, surface and volumetric charges being described differently. A line distribution is a function defined on the line, a surface charge distribution is a ...
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Derivation of generation of time between two subsequent particle enters into computational domain

I have problem with understanding derivation of one equation in following problem. You have 1D computational domain (it is not 1D but because it is symmetrical and we are watching only radial ...
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Derivation of Biot Savart law for a curve

I'm ok with the following expression for Biot-Savart: $$ {\mathbf B}({\mathbf r}) = \frac{{\mu _0}}{{4\pi }}\int\frac{{{\mathbf J}({\mathbf r'}) \times {(\mathbf{r-r'})}}}{{|\mathbf{r-r'}|^3 }}dV'. $$ ...
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Quantum Mechanics: how exactly does “delta function normalization” work for eigenfunctions in 1-d free space case?

The definition of "delta function normalization" says a basis of eigenfunctions of a particle in free space are orthonormal when $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\phi_n^*(\vec{r})\phi_m(\vec{r})\mathrm{d}\vec{...
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How to calculate the second functional derivative of the action of a one-particle system?

Given the Lagrangian $$L(q,\dot{q})=m\dot{q}^2/2-V(q)$$ and the corresponding action $$S[q]\equiv\int_0^t dt' (m\dot{q}^2/2-V(q)),$$ I need to be able to evaluate the second functional derivative $\...
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What is the origin of the Dirac delta term in the dipole electric field?

I am a bit lost how one has deduced the formula for electric field with electric dipole because of some inconsistency between different sources. The Wikipedia article contains a delta function in the ...
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Surface density charge, divergence of the electric field and gauss law

It´s known that the divergence of the electric field at a certain point is given by this formula: $$\nabla \cdot E=\dfrac{\rho (r)}{\epsilon_{0}}$$ Being $\rho (r)$ the volume charge density at that ...
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Commutation Relations in Second Quantization

I understand that if I have the field operators $\psi(r)$ and $\psi^\dagger(r)$, then I have the canonical commutation relation (in the boson case) $$[ \psi(r) , \psi^\dagger(r')]=\delta(r-r').$$ My ...
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Book to study Dirac delta function from a physics point of view [duplicate]

I am a beginning physics graduate student. I am often bewildered by the strange properties of the Dirac delta function such as: $\delta (a x)= \frac{1}{a} \delta (x)$ The derivative of $\delta (x)$ ...
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Imaginary Part of the Free Energy - Sohotski Plemenj theorem

I have posted this question already on Math Stack Exchange and I hope not to annoy the community if I post it here again, looking maybe for a better suited audience. I need to understand how the ...
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Normalization of basis vectors with a continuous index?

I have an infinite basis which associates with each point, $x$, on the $x$-axis, a basis vector $|x\rangle$ such that the matrix of $|x\rangle$ is full of zeroes and a one by the $x^{\mathrm{th}}$ ...
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Why is the inner product of position eigenstates not normalised? [duplicate]

I have read that $$<{\bf r}|{\bf r}'> = δ({\bf r}-{\bf r}').$$ I don't understand how this is correct, I want to say it is equal to 1 or 0, rather than an unnormalised delta function. Clearly ...
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Why is the propagator the Green's function for Schrodinger equation? [duplicate]

Sakurai says that the propagator is simply the Green's function for the time-dependent wave equation satisfying $$\left [ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \triangledown ''^2+V(\mathbf{x''})-ih\frac{\partial }{\...
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graphical representation of Maxwell velocity distribution law

I have read Maxwell's distribution law it is the probabilistic representation of no. Of particles having velocity between $c$ to $c+DC$,through this representatation we can get the number of particle ...
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On the completeness relation in Quantum Mechanics

Why does $$ \sum_n \Phi^{\ast}_n(x)\Phi_n(r)=\delta(x−r) $$ represents a completeness relation? Or, put differently, why does it imply completeness? Is there any way to see it intuitively? Maybe an ...
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Delta functional in path integrals

In a few articles dealing with path integral quantization I came across some calculations where apparently identities of the form \begin{equation} \int (\mathcal{D}\Phi)\, \delta(-\partial_0\Phi+j)\,\,...
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Transition probability derivation

I have encountered this limit while learning time dependent perturbation and transition probability in Sakurai. How to show this limit? I tried to integrate around $x=0$ but didn't get anything useful?...
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Operators, Distributions and States in QFT

First of all, I will mention what I understand (pls. correct if wrong): States are vectors in the Hilbert space, to include continuous spectrum (and thus distributions), we expand this space to ...
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Representing propagators as Dirac delta functions [closed]

I have found online, in particular on the wolfram site, http://mathworld.wolfram.com/DeltaFunction.html, certain identities that allow one to represent a delta function as limits. Of particular ...
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Normalized wave functions in position and momentum space

Using the following expression for the Dirac delta function: $$\delta(k-k')=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{i(k-k')x}\mathrm{d}x$$ show that if $\Psi(x,t)$ is normalized at time $t=0$, ...
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In nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics, is the expectation value of a sum of operators always equal to the sum of the expectation values?

Suppose that $\lvert \psi_n \rangle$ are the eigenvectors of a Hamiltonian, $\hat{H}$, which span some Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ and satisfy $$\hat{H}\lvert \psi_n \rangle = E_n \lvert \psi_n \...
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Don't understand the integral over the square of the Dirac delta function

In Griffiths' Intro to QM [1] he gives the eigenfunctions of the Hermitian operator $\hat{x}=x$ as being $$g_{\lambda}\left(x\right)~=~B_{\lambda}\delta\left(x-\lambda\right)$$ (cf. last formula on ...
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energy distribution of electrons from the heated cathode in magnetic field

I have a very specific question which is troubling me. I use a heated disk cathode as an electron emitter. I know that the energy distribution of the electrons emitting from the cathode is $g(E)=\...
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How is Gauss' Law (integral form) arrived at from Coulomb's Law, and how is the differential form arrived at from that?

On a similar note: when using Gauss' Law, do you even begin with Coulomb's law, or does one take it as given that flux is the surface integral of the Electric field in the direction of the normal to ...
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Why is it true that Laplace's equation does not hold within the sphere in this case?

Find the average potential over a spherical surface of radius $R$ due to a point charge $q$ located inside. (In this case Laplace's equation does not hold within the sphere) This is a question from ...
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Hilbert space of harmonic oscillator: Countable vs uncountable?

Hm, this just occurred to me while answering another question: If I write the Hamiltonian for a harmonic oscillator as $$H = \frac{p^2}{2m} + \frac{1}{2} m \omega^2 x^2$$ then wouldn't one set of ...
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Can momentum have a complex expectation value?

I'm making examples of wave functions to incorporate in a QM exam. I came up with the following wave function, which gives me some troubles: $$\psi(x,0) = \begin{cases} A(a-x), & -a \leq x \leq a\...
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Heuristics behind Dirac delta function in Master equation for probability?

I'm reading this paper [Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 160601 (2011)] and it studies simple diffusion where a particle stochastically resets to its initial position $x_0$ at a constant rate $r$. As you can see,...
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Integral Represation of Four Current with proper time

I have a question about the four current in covariant representation. the four current is defined as $$ J^{\alpha} = \binom{c\rho}{\vec{j}} $$ and i'm having a point charge, $$\rho(\vec{x},t)=e\...
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The momentum representation of $x$ and $ [x,p]$ [duplicate]

To deduce the momentum representation of $[x,p]$, we can see one paradom $$<p|[x,p]|p>=iℏ$$ $$<p|[x,p]|p>=<p|xp|p>−<p|px|p>=p<p|x|p>−p<p|x|p>=0$$ Why? If we ...
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How exactly is the propagator a Green's function for the Schrodinger equation

Sakurai mentions that the propagator is a Green's function for the Schrodinger equation because it solves $$\left(H-i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\right)K(x,t,x_0,t_0) = -i\hbar\delta^3(x-x_0)\...
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The boundary condition for delta function

Beginning with the Schr\"odinger equation for $N$ particles in one dimension interacting via a $\delta$-function potential $$(-\sum_{1}^{N}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x_i^2}+2c\sum_{<i,j>}\delta(...
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Units INSIDE of a Dirac Delta function

I know that the units of a Dirac Delta function are inverse of it's argument, for example the units of $\delta(x)$ if $x$ is measured in meters is $\frac{1}{meters}$. But, my question is what are ...