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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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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Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors [on hold]

what is the physical meaning of eigenvalues and eigenvectors? Is there any relation between them and the energy states if there is any reference please provide it
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Why are eigenfunctions which correspond to discrete/continuous eigenvalue spectra guaranteed to be normalizable/non-normalizable?

These facts are taken for granted in a QM text I read. The purportedly guaranteed non-normalizability of eigenfunctions which correspond to a continuous eigenvalue spectrum is only partly justified by ...
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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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Why do we use Hermitian operators in QM?

Position, momentum, energy and other observables yield real-valued measurements. The Hilbert-space formalism accounts for this physical fact by associating observables with Hermitian ('self-adjoint') ...
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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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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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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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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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Dirac Delta Potential and bound/scattered states

Why does the attractive Dirac Delta distribution (function) potential $V = \alpha\delta$(x) (for negative $\alpha$) yield both bound AND scattered states? Is this due to the definition of the Dirac ...
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How does one describe a state with a density matrix after measuring position?

My question is about position measurement in non relativistic quantum mechanics. I've been taught that when you measure the value of an observable for some state of a system described by ...
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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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How does a state in quantum mechanics evolve?

I have a question about the time evolution of a state in quantum mechanics. The time-dependent Schrodinger equation is given as $$ i\hbar\frac{d}{dt}|\psi(t)\rangle = H|\psi(t)\rangle $$ I am ...
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Help understanding proof in simultaneous diagonalization

The proof is from Principles of Quantum Mechanics by Shankar. The theorem is: If $\Omega$ and $\Lambda$ are two commuting Hermitian operators, there exists (at least) a basis of common eigenvectors ...
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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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Diagonalize a dot product with Pauli matrices

How can I diagonalize the following operator? $$\lambda \hat{\vec{\sigma}}\cdot\vec{r}$$ where $\lambda$ is a real constant, $\hat{\vec{\sigma}}=(\hat{\sigma_{x}},\hat{\sigma_{y}},\hat{\sigma_{z}}) ...
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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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Meaning of Eigenvalues/Eigenvectors of a linear system of equations

I have a 41x41 system of linear equations (inhomogen) which I derived with Eureqa by describing the timecourse of fMRI haemodynamic data from a brain area as a function of the timecourses of 40 other ...
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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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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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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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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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Eigenstate of field operator in QFT

Why don't people discuss the eigenstate of the field operator? For example, the real scalar field the field operator is Hermitian, so its eigenstate is an observable quantity.
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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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Why does the measurement of some observable $A$, the measured value is always an eigenvalue of the operator?

Explain why when we make a measurement of some observable $A$ in QM, the measured value is always an eigenvalue of the operator $A$.
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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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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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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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Constructing differential equation from arbitrary Hamiltonian

Suppose I begin with the time-independent Schrodinger equation $$ \left(-\frac{1}{2m}\partial_x^2 + V(x)\right)\psi_n(x) = E_n\psi_n(x), $$ ordinarily we specify the function $V$ and then solve for a ...
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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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In quantum mechanics, given certain energy spectrum can one generate the corresponding potential?

A typical problem in quantum mechanics is to calculate the spectrum that corresponds to a given potential. Is there a one to one correspondence between the potential and its spectrum? If the ...
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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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Quick question on sketching wavefunction in well

Usually for an infinite well, the sketch for n=3 level is this: Now I think if one side of the potential barrier is higher, the particle will be more likely to spend time on the left side than ...