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Spin-½ and beyond: Measuring spin components other than ± ħ / 2: How to formulate the probability function?

It is my understanding that in quantum mechanics (for 1/2 spin particles) the probability function that describes the direction of a particle's spin state is proportional to the overlap of the ...
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Why do we look at the representations of $SO(3)$ in QM?

I have a bit of an understanding issue why the representations of $SO(3)$ are so important for Quantum Mechanics. When looking at its Irreps one gets the Spin and Angular Momentum operators and thus ...
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Why do rotations of a multicomponent state function take this form?

I am reading Leslie Ballentine's Quantum Mechanics, section 7.2, which is all about the explicit form of the Angular Momentum operators. I understand how he gets the form for the single component ...
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Why angular momentum about three independent axes?

The generic commutation relations for the angular momentum operator are $[J_x, J_y] = i \hbar J_z$, where the $J_i$, $i = x,y,z$ are the components of the angular momentum vector operator, $\mathbf ...
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Where do $L_+$ and $L_-$ live, if not in $\mathfrak{so(3)}$?

This question is continuation to the previous post. The lie algebra of $ \mathfrak{so(3)} $ is real Lie-algebra and hence, $ L_{\pm} = L_1 \pm i L_2 $ don't belong to $ \mathfrak{so(3)} $. However, ...
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Rotation matrix for a coupled spin system

For an angular momentum basis with magnitude $F$ and magnetic numbers $m_F\in [-F,F]$, the unitary matrix that will perform the Euler rotations is the Wigner-D matrix of order $F$. I have applied the ...
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Visualizing irreps of SU(N)

What physical system can one use as an example while considering irreps of SU(N)? What is the correspondence between the system and the irreps?
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Intuitive understanding of the irreps like Wigner-D matrix?

Wikipedia defines Wigner D-matrix as an irreducible representation of groups SU(2) and SO(3). What is a good way to visualize this representation? Is there any physical system which can be kept in ...
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QM -group reps and transforming wavefunctions

QM texts seem to have many ways of motivating the angular momentum operators and deriving the l and m quantum numbers . But the connection between physical rotaions in 3 dim space and an operator in ...
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When are there enough Casimirs?

I know that a Casimir for a Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ is a central element of the universal enveloping algebra. For example in $\mathfrak{so}(3)$ the generators are the angular momentum operators ...
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Angular Momentum Addition Theorem

If I have, for example a particle with $s = 3/2$ and $\ell = 2$, what are the allowed values of $j$? I'm slightly confused because I know that $j = \ell + s$, so surely there is only one allowed ...
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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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How is multiplicity given by 2S+1?

Suppose there are two electrons in an atom with $s_1 = \frac{1}{2}$, $l_1 = 1$ and $s_2 = \frac{1}{2}$, $l_2 = 1$. Hence the total $S$ (of the atom) may be +1 or 0. And total $L$ is either $+2$, $+1$ ...
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Quantum mechanical angular momentum and spin formalism/notation

I am currently stuck on the following notation: $\frac{1}{2}\otimes\frac{1}{2} = 0 \text{ (antisym) } \oplus 1 \text{ (sym) }$ No matter what I tried, I couldn't derive the identity. I am sure that ...
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Tensor product decomposition of SU(2)

I have a rather trivial question. I am looking for the decomposition of $1/2\otimes 1/2\otimes 1/2$. It should give, $0,1/2$ and $3/2$. I thought one must get as the overall dimension of this space 8, ...
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Adding 3 electron spins

I've learned how to add two 1/2-spins, which you can do with C-G-coefficients. There are 4 states (one singlet, three triplet states). States are symmetric or antisymmetric and the quantum numbers ...
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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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Wigner-Eckart projection theorem

I'm following the proof of Wigner-Eckart projection theorem which states that: $$\langle \bf{A} \rangle ~=~ \frac{\langle \bf{A} \cdot \bf{J} \rangle}{\langle {\bf{J}}^2 \rangle} \langle \bf{J} ...
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How could $\textbf{S}^2$ not be a multiple of the identity?

I'm self-studying quantum mechanics with Sakurai's book (Modern Quantum Mechanics, 2nd edition) and came across the following in reference to the operator $\textbf{S}^2$: As will be shown in ...
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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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General procedure for Clebsch-Gordan expansions

I'm wondering if the Clebsch-Gordan series generalize to any orthonormal set of basis functions? If so, how would one go about deriving an expression for an arbitrary set of basis functions (perhaps ...
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The Asymmetry between Real and Imaginary in the three Pauli Spin Matrices

The Pauli spin matrices $$ \sigma_1 ~=~ (\begin{smallmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{smallmatrix}), \qquad\qquad \sigma_2 ~=~ (\begin{smallmatrix} 0 & -i \\ i & 0 ...
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Coupling Coefficients in SO(4)

I have two equations (from two distinct authors) for the decomposition of a coupling coefficient of SO(4) (i.e. Wigner 3j-symbol for SO(4)). In the first: ...
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Simultaneously commuting set

How does one determine the members of an simultaneously commuting set (of operators)? For example, I have read that for orbital angular momentum, the set is {$H,L^2,L_z$}. How does one know that these ...