A linear operator (including a matrix) acting on a non-zero *eigenvector* preserves its direction but, in general, scales its magnitude by a scalar quantity *λ* called the *eigenvalue* or characteristic value associated with that eigenvector. Even though it is normally used for linear operators, ...

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Eigenstates of position and momentum operators in QM

In Griffiths pages 103-105 "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" 2nd editiion he states that the eigenfunctions of the position and momentum operators are $$g_y(x) = \delta(x-y)$$ where the eigenvalue ...
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probability of finding the system in the ground state [on hold]

$\renewcommand{\ket}[1]{\left \lvert #1 \right \rangle}$ Assume that a quantum mechanical system is described by two orthonormal states $\ket{+}$ and $\ket{-}$, defined by the property of being ...
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Eigenvalues and states of hamiltonian [closed]

A quantum mechanical system is described by a two dimensional Hilbert space of states, spanned by an orthonormal basis {|1>, | − 1>}, with the following Hamiltonian: $ H | 1> = | ...
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How to check if a Hamiltonian is PT symmetric or not?

Consider the Hamiltonian $$H=p^2+ix^3+ix.$$ This paper by Carl M bender claims this is a $PT$ symmetric Hamiltonian. In this he describes $PT$ symmetry as parity $P$, whose effect is to make ...
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Physical Meaning of Over- / Underdetermined Acoustic Eigenvalue Problem

I am performing an eigenmode study on a system of acoustic ducts. The system consists of two large cylindrical volumes connected by several smaller cylindrical volumes (modeling a combustion chamber ...
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Generalized Eigenvalue Problem from linear stability analysis

I am trying to solve a generalized eigenvalue problem raised by linear stability analysis $$AV=\lambda BV.$$ $A$ and $B$ are non-symmetric complex valued matrices. The set of equations I am trying to ...
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How strong is the HCN Union when modelling with springs

I'm modeling the HCN Molecule with springs, giving the bounds between H and C the name k1 and between C and N k2. Is there any information of how strong is the bound? We were asked to get the ...
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Diagonalisation: Schmidt vs eigenvalue - when to use which?

In physics we encounter diagonalisation of matrices or operators in a variety of areas. But there are different kinds, the main two being Schmidt decomposition and eigenvalue diagonalisation. The two ...
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What does a zero eigenvalue mean to its eigenstate?

Assume that initial wave function had the form of $\psi(x)= u_1(x) + u_2(x)$ where $u_1$ and $u_2$ are eigenfunctions of $\psi(x)$ to an observable operator $S$. The eigenvalues of $u_1$ and $u_2$ are ...
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Taking Measurements of Quantities in QM

I have a quick question relating to Annihilation and Creation operators, and in taking observables in general. Let's say, for instance, that I prepare a particle so that I consider the projection of ...
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Deriving eigen values of $\hat{N}$

So let's say we have an operator $\hat{a}$ (ladder operator), where $\left[\hat{a},\hat{a}^\dagger\right] = 1$, and $\hat{a}^2 |\phi\rangle = 0$. How do I show that the eigenvalues of ...
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Particle in a $V(\rho)$ potential in cylindrical coordinates

Consider cylindrical coordinates $(\rho,\phi,z)$ and consider a particle with a potential energy $V(\rho)$. If we write the Hamiltonian operator in these coordinates we find that $$H = ...
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Quantum mechanics - measuring position

I am watching Susskind's Stanford Lectures on quantum mechanics. The eigenvectors (eigenfunctions) of the position operator are of the form $\delta(x-k)$. But $$\int\delta^{*}(x-k)\delta(x-k)\, ...
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What is localization length of eigenvectors?

Apology if this question is not appropriate. I was looking to associate entropy to eigenvectors for some of my work and I found the link http://chaos.if.uj.edu.pl/~karol/pdf/ZK94.pdf . This leads to ...
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How to estimate the ground state of a potential well when a confinement dimension is added

I have a finite harmonic potential where I trap an electron. The confinement length changes in size. Now, I'm interested in the ground state energy, so I have this 1D Poisson solver which gives me the ...
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eigenvalues and eigenvectors for a generalized Pauli matrix in spherical coordinates [closed]

If we have $nz=\cosθ$, $nx=\sinθ\cosφ$ and $ny = \sinθ\sinφ$, how we can compute the eigenvectors of the Linear Operator of the spin ?
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Eigenvalues of Hamiltonian with on-diagonal coordinate

A bit abstract, but if I take the standard graphene Hamiltonian (around the Dirac point) and introduce an on-diagonal term proportional to the coordinate $\hat{y}$, how would I find the eigenstates ...
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Eigenvalue problem $−\psi''(x) − (ix)^ N \psi(x) = E\psi(x)$ in complex plane

To find the eigenvalue in the complex plane of $x$ for one dimensional Schrodinger equation $$ −ψ''(x) − (ix)^ N ψ(x) = Eψ(x). $$ where $N$ can be any real number, the boundary condition $ψ(x) → 0$ ...
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what is eigenvalue of $P^{1/n}$ operator if we know eigenvalue equation of $P$ ? [closed]

If $P$ is an operator and $PΨ=pΨ$ ( $p$ as the eigenvalue ) then is it true to say $P^{1/n}Ψ=p^{1/n}Ψ$ ( n is an integer and positive number )
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Eigenvalue physical meaning [closed]

What is the physical significance of eigenvalues or eigenvectors?? Please try to explain in very simple language simple harmonic oscillator , potential well could you support your answer by ...
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Can I *always* decompose a normalizable function into the discrete Hydrogen spectrum?

This question has been bothering me for a while now: can one reconstruct an arbitrary (normalizable) function $\phi(\mathbf r)$ in $\mathbb R^3$, with only the discrete set of Hydrogen wavefunctions ...
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Expectation value of a state eigenvalue [closed]

Why is it such that Expectation value of an Observable quantity is always equal to one of the eigenvalue of the its operator?? an it be proved mathematically??
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Combination of quantum numbers for a particle in a 3D box

For a second excited state, the three combination of quantum number corresponds to $$n_{1}=2,n_{2}=2,n_{3}=1$$ or $$n_{1}=2,n_{2}=1,n_{3}=2$$ or $$n_{1}=1,n_{2}=2,n_{3}=2.$$ This is from the text ...
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Shifting momentum by a constant in the Schrodinger Equation

My book states that if we perturb a given Hamiltonian for the Schrödinger Equation $$ H = \frac{p^2}{2m} +V(x) $$ to $$ H' = \frac{p^2}{2m} + V(x) + \frac{\lambda p}{m} $$ then we can rewrite ...
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Are the eigenstates of an operator time independent?

In the Schrodinger picture, are the eigenstates of an operator time independent? Is it their expectation values that evolve in time rather than the actual eigenstates? For example, say I have an ...
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Pauli Matrices & 2D Rotation Operators?

I was doing a strange calculation with my teacher the other day: find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the 2D rotation operator. Intuitively, there should be no solution to this problem in ...
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Showing two wavefunctions are proportional to one another [duplicate]

I am struggling to answer the following question: Let ψ₁(x) and ψ₂(x) be normalisable energy eigenfunctions for a particle of mass m in one dimension moving in a potential V(x). Suppose that ψ₁ and ...
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Optimizing the second, third,… eigenvalues - applications

I'm working on some topics related to spectral optimization as a function of the domain. For example it is known for almost a century (lord Rayleigh and Faber, Krahn) that the shape which minimizes ...
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Confused on how to interpret the energy eigenfunction of Hydrogen

So here is an image of the third lowest energy eigenfunction of an electron in a hydrogen atom: Image from http://imgur.com/Lu4MocL I understand well the eigenfunctions given by Schrodinger's ...
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quantum mechanics probability of +1 spin between arbitrary directions

So there are two unit vectors $\hat{m}$ and $\hat{n}$ with arbitrary directions in 3D space. There is a spin operator along a particular direction in space, say that of $\hat{r}$, is: $\sigma_r= ...
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Calculate mean number of particles of time evolution coherent state [closed]

I seem to be missing some identities. I know you need to calculate P_n = |<n|alpha_t>|^2 and mean number of particles is the infinite sum of nP_n. However I ...
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Closure relation for degenerate eigenkets

Consider an observable in quantum mechanics, with a degenerate eigenvalue in a continuous spectrum. Is it possible for such an eigenvalue to have a finite degeneracy? If the degeneracy is infinite, ...
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Why Hamiltonian is Hermitian? [duplicate]

Everyone knows that this is needed to make eigenvalues real, but still why we enforcing such a structure at first place? An arbitrary operator can have as complex as real eigenvalues, we can simply ...
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LinAlg based physics textbooks [duplicate]

I'm in my second year studying physics, and ever since I took LinAlg, I've been noticing LinAlg-related concepts pop up all over the place, but it has never been presented directly as matrices, bases, ...
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Distinguishing degenerate states physically

Suppose there is a free particle on a circle with radius r. The energy spectrum is then $$E_n = \frac{n^2\hbar^2}{2mr^2} \,.$$ Thus, when $n \neq 0$, then the spectrum of energies is degenerate ...
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What is the main difference between a free particle on a line and a free particle on a circle?

The energy spectrum for a free particle in a circle with radius $r$ is $$E_n=\frac{n^2\hbar^2}{2mr^2}.$$ The energy spectrum for a free particle on an infinite line is similar. If so, what is the ...
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What is the meaning of definite total energy of the wave function?

David J. Griffiths in Introduction to Quantum Mechanics asked: What's so great about separable solutions of time independent Schroedinger equation? His answer was They are states of ...
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Operator vs. Matrix in quantum formalism

We use in Dirac formalism of QM the tool of operators and kets in spatial and spin spaces to obtain eigenvalues and eigenkets. But the operation here is simply that of a matrix multiplication. Now ...
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Determine the number of bound states admitted in Schrodinger system

Is there a general method for determining the number of bound states admitted by a potential in the Schrodinger equation? Certainly the number of dimensions must factor in somehow: the delta ...
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Physical meaning of eigenvectors of mass matrix

What is the physical meaning of the eigenvectors of the mass matrix? If I consider a 2-dof system with one mass linked to two orthogonal springs and I write the equations in any orthogonal system of ...
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Decompose a Hermitian Operator into Eigenvalues and Projectors

Quantum Computing - A Gentle Introduction by Eleanor Rieffell and Wolfgang Polak states on p57 : Any Hermitian operator $O$ with eigenvalues $\lambda_j$ can be written as $O = \sum_j \lambda_j ...
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Difference between operators used to represent quantum gates vs that to represent physical observables?

I have learnt that informations about a physical observable property is buried in the state vector of a quantum system. To get the possible value of a property all we need to do is multiply the state ...
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Intuitive way to think about discrete energy levels

I'm currently taking an introductory quantum mechanics course and we just finished learning about the infinite square square well scenario. I understand all the maths used for calculating the ...
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Eigenvector of spin half particle in applied magnetic field at angle

I am very new to this field of physics so sorry if this is basic. I was recently trying understand how you go about calculating energy splits of electrons in applied fields. I understand that given a ...
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Non-scalar-valued eigenvalues

In quantum mechanics, an operator $\hat{O}$ is related to its eigenkets $|o_i\rangle$ via the relation $$ \hat{O}|o_i\rangle = o_i |o_i\rangle$$ The eigenvalues $o_i$ gives the result of measuring the ...
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Eigenvalue for the creation operator for a coherent state [closed]

For a coherent state $$ |\alpha\rangle=e^{-\frac{|\alpha|^{2}}{2}}\sum_{n}\frac{\alpha^{n}}{\sqrt{n!}}|n\rangle $$ I can't solve the eigenvalue problem for $\hat{a}^{\dagger}|\alpha\rangle$ where ...
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Fourier Transforms of position and momentum space in Quantum Mechanics

Fourier transformations: $$\phi(\vec{k}) = \left( \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}} \right)^3 \int_{r\text{ space}} \psi(\vec{r}) e^{-i \mathbf{k} \cdot \mathbf{r}} d^3r$$ for momentum space and ...
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Proton spin independent fine structure “Hamiltonian” $W_f$

To find the perturbation correction (fine structure) in the case of a degenerate energy $E_n^0$, we can diagonalize the operator $W_f^n$, the restriction of $W_f$ to the eigen-space associated to ...
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spin independent observable [closed]

Let's consider a spin independent observable $O$ (the terms of the operator don't depend upon the spin operator). If we are interested to find an eigenfunctions' basis of the wave-functions' space, ...
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Both Eigenvalues and Operators are “Observables”? [duplicate]

I am having a bit of difficulty wading through the what seems to be multiple usages for Observables in Quantum Mechanics. " Mathematically observables are postulated to be Hermitian operators.. " ...