The central term in the hamiltonian formalism. Can be interpreted as an energy input, or "true" energy.

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Liouville's Theorem: Prove the relationship between $\nabla\cdot\underline{v}=0$ and Hamiltonian Conservation

Let: $\underline{r} = (q_{1}, q_{2},...., p_{1}, p_{2}..)^{T}$ where $p$ and $q$ are the normal canonical co-ordinates. Then for $\underline{v} = \dot{\underline{r}}$, it can be shown $\nabla \cdot ...
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How does commutation between the hamiltonian and angular momentum operator (squared) imply conservation of Angular momentum?

So we are looking at central potentials in QM; The lecturer poses the question, when is $\textbf{L}$ conserved? He then considers the commutator of $\hat{H}$ and $\hat{L^2}$. We have; ...
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Conservation of energy in quantum mechanics

In Griffiths' book Introduction to quantum mechanics (second edition, page 37) it states: The time-independent Schrödinger equation says $$\hat{H} \psi_{n} = E_{n}\psi_{n}$$ so $$\langle H ...
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What is meant by taking the partial derivative of the Hamiltonian in this situation?

I'm doing a computation involving the quantum mechanical harmonic oscillator, and I have an expression of the form $\frac{\partial}{\partial \omega} \hat{H}$ where $$\hat{H} = \frac{1}{2m} \left( - ...
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How I can prove the Commutation between hamiltonian and Runge-Lenz vector? [closed]

I am a undergraduate student in physics. I found this page that shows a way to prove the commutator between Runge-Lenz vector and Hamiltonian .$\left [\hat{A}_{i},\hat{H}\right]=0$ I believe he did a ...
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Transfer from Heisenberg to Ising model

It is well know, that ferromagnets can be described using Hamiltonian $$ H = -\sum\limits_{i<j}J_{ij}\, (\mathbf{s}_i \cdot \mathbf{s}_j). $$ where (three dimensional) spins $\mathbf{s}_i$ ...
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Transforming operators and minus signs

If I have an operator $A_H$ in the Heisenberg picture, then it obeys the equation $-i \frac{\partial}{\partial t}A_H=[H,A_H]$. However, if I plug in the expression $H=i\frac{\partial}{\partial t}$ I ...
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Expectation value of the Hamiltonian [closed]

How to calculate expectation value of the Hamiltonian for hydrogen atom? $$\langle H \rangle_{\alpha l} \equiv \frac{\langle \psi_{\alpha l m}|H(r)| \psi_{\alpha l m}\rangle} {\langle \psi_{\alpha l ...
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Energy conservation Hamiltonian dependency

Suppose the a system has a Hamiltonian $H = H(q,p)$, and suppose $H$ does not depend explicitly on time. If $H\neq E$ the total energy of the system, does this necessarily say that $E$ is not ...
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Can one write down a Hamiltonian in the absence of a Lagrangian?

How can I define the Hamiltonian independent of the Lagrangian? For instance, let's assume that i have a set of field equations that cannot be integrated to an action. Is there any prescription to ...
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Energy of hydrogen atom - Schrodinger equation [closed]

The wavefunction of the electron in the hydrogen atom is $ k* exp(-r/a)$ (k is the normalization constant), but it does not take n into account, whereas the solution of Schrödinger's equation ...
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Hamiltonian operator in spherical coordinates

I'm studying the hydrogen atom from a quantum mechanics perspective, but I'm having troubles understanding a step. Consider the stationary Schroedinger equation: $$\hat H \psi = E\psi$$ Let $M$ be ...
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Can we measure the energy of one of several identical particles?

Suppose we have a many-particle system described via a many-particle wavefunction that involves single-particle states $\lvert\lambda_{a}\rangle$, $\lvert\lambda_{b}\rangle$, ...
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Broadband light term in a Hamiltonian

In atomic systems, for a two-level system, the Hamiltonian can be written in the form: $$H=\left( \begin{array}{cc} E_1 & C_{12} \\ C_{21} & E_2 \\ \end{array} \right)$$ where $E_1$ and ...
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Liouville's theorem for systems with dissipation described by a single hamiltonian

Following this link, one can treat dissipation in the lagrangian by using a factor $e^{\frac{t \beta}{ m}}$ in addition to the Lagrangian $L_0$ of a system without disspation: $ L_0[q, \dot{q}] = ...
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Hamiltonian average of energy of two stationary states

In quantum mechanics, the description of the infinite square well is given with the potential energy defined as $$V(x) = \begin{cases} 0 & \text{if } 0 \leq x \leq a,\\ \infty & ...
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Constructing a Hamiltonian from a mass matrix?

I was solving some questions regarding the Hamiltonian, which required a lot of algebra, but as I finished and looked professor answer I saw that he constructed a matrix from the kinetic energy and ...
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Energy Expectation Value

I had an assignment question in which I was asked to calculate the expectation value of energy, $\langle E\rangle (t),$ and in the solution to it, the following was stated: \begin{align*} \langle ...
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Interaction Hamiltonian and shifts

When we quantize a free field theory, we set $\phi(x)$ to be the operators and we take the Fourier transform to determine the creation and annihilation operators $a_\omega,a^\dagger_\omega$ such that ...
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A mysterious conserved quantity for a central potential

In teaching a course in classical mechanics and I have come across (from my predecessor) a to me mysterious conserved quantity. We are considering a gravitational (or electric) potential with the ...
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Dispersion relation from Hamiltonian

Note: This is obviously for homework so I'm not asking for the answer to be spoon fed, I'm just not understanding the steps I have to take. I have a fairly simple Hamiltonian for a ring tight binding ...
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Diatomic/Triatomic gas

Using the hamiltonian for N particles $H=\sum_{i=1}^N[b|\vec x_{i}|^{n_{x}} + a|\vec p_{i}|^{n_{p}}]$ we get that the average energy per particle is $\frac EN=d(\frac 1n_{x}+\frac 1n_{p})k_{b}T$ where ...
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Hamiltonian of a 1D Linear Harmonic Oscillator [closed]

Show that for the one-dimensional linear harmonic oscillator the Hamiltonian is: $$H = \frac{1}{2}[P^2+\omega ^2 X^2]-\frac{1}{2}\omega \hbar$$ $$=\frac{1}{2}[P+i\omega X][P-i\omega X]+\frac{1}{2} ...
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Commutation between angular momentum and Hamiltonian

Consider the following Hamiltonian of a 3-dimensional system: $$H=\frac{p^2}{2m}+V(r)$$ If the components of the angular momentum, $L_i$, commute with $H$, then: $$[H,L_i]=0$$ This condition can ...
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What happens to the wave function of a particle immediately after measuring its energy?

For this question, I will be adhering to the Copenhagen interpretation (since that's what I've learned in university so far). For the sake of brevity/clarity, also, assume the Hamiltonian here has ...
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Hamiltonian in commutator contradiction [duplicate]

Consider the following: $$[ \hat H, \hat x]=\left[-\frac{\hbar^2 \hat p^2}{2m}+V,\hat x\right]\ne0 \text{ in general}$$ But $$[ \hat H, \hat x]=\left[i\hbar \frac{\partial }{\partial t},\hat ...
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What's the point of hamiltonian mathematical formalism of classical mechanics? [duplicate]

Just what the title asks. What are the applications of it?
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Operators for a Perturbed Hamiltonian: Heisenberg Picture ($\hat{x}$, $\hat{p}$)

Problem I am trying to calculate the Equations of Motion in the Heisenberg picture for $\hat{x}$ and $\hat{p}$ in a perturbed Hamiltonian, $$ \tag{1} \hat{H} = \hat{H}_0 + \hat{H}' $$ Assume ...
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how to reduce the order of the hamiltonian equation for electrical problem given below?

I am having my FYP in this Hamiltonian project to analysis the integrator for Hamiltonian system. Can anyone please guide me how to reduce the equations to first order using substitution method?
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How to reduce the order of Hamiltonian equation for electrical problem [duplicate]

I want to reduce the order of this Hamiltonian but I don't know how to proceed. The equations are given below: $$H(p,q) = \frac{1}{2} (kq^2) + \frac{p^2}{2m} $$ This is the Hamiltonian for a simple ...
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ray tracing through a stack of flat plates

Say I want to trace rays in 3 dimensions through a stack of flat plates of various refractive indices. My rays have canonical coordinates {Q,P}. The plates are normal to the z axis, all the rays start ...
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Real versus complex Hamiltonian

While a Hamiltonian must be a Hermitian matrix, it can either be real or complex. Is there a significance for having a real Hamiltonian? Does it have any additional physical symmetries? For ...
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Constants of motion of a Hamiltonian matrix

Given a Hamiltonian $H$ on $\mathbb{C}^n$ represented by some $n \times n$ matrix, I would like to find all constants of motion in the Heisenberg's picture. I know that in principle the Heisenberg ...
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Time evolution of wave function in QM

Recently I've been studying quantum dynamics with Sakurai's modern quantum mechanics, but I am confused with why the time evolution operator is written as ...
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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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Can all symplectic-form preserving canonical transformations generated by generating functions

This question is related to this fascinating post and this post and this post, but more limited in scope in discussing the practical definition canonical transformations. Canonical transformation ...
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Off-diagonal elements of Hamiltonian matrix $H_{12}$ & $H_{21}$: energy of transition from $|1\rangle$ to $|2\rangle$ or amplitude of transition?

$$ \newcommand{\k}[1]{\left| #1 \right\rangle} \newcommand{\dd}[1]{\frac{d #1}{dt}} $$ In a Hamiltonian Matrix like this: $$H = \begin{pmatrix} E_{11} & E_{12} \\ E_{21} & E_{22} ...
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How/Why did Feynman relate the element of Hamiltonian matrix $H_{12}$ to the amplitude to go from $|1\rangle$ to $| 2\rangle$?

$$ \newcommand{\bk}[2]{\left\langle #1 | #2 \right\rangle} \newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left| #1 \right\rangle} \newcommand{\bra}[1]{\left\langle #1 \right|} \newcommand{\biik}[3]{\left\langle #1 | #2| ...
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The second order scalar quartic field theory Feynman diagrams

I'm trying to find the second order Feynman diagrams for the scattering of a scalar phion, described by the Lagrangian $$ L = L_0 + L_I \\ L_0 = \frac{1}{2}[\partial_{\mu} \phi(x)]^2 - \frac{1}{2}m^2 ...
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Derivation of Schrodinger equation using unitary operators

I encountered the derivation of Schrodinger time dependent equation using expansion of a unitary time propagation operator into power series in a small quantity $\delta t$, working to first order in ...
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Does the poisson bracket $\{f,g\}$ have any meaning if neither of $f$ or $g$ is the system's Hamiltonian?

Say one has a mechanical system with hamiltonian $H$, and two other arbitrary observables $f,g$. $H$ is super useful since $\{H, \cdot\} = \frac{d}{dt}$. But does $\{f,g\}$ give any useful information ...
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Multiple-scale analysis for 2D Hamiltonian?

I came across a technique called "multiple-scale analysis" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-scale_analysis where the equation of motion involves a small parameter and it is possible to obtain an ...
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Finding the Hamiltonian for sound vibrations in a gas in the momentum representation

I am working on a problem where I have been given the following Lagrangian density for describing sound vibrations in a gas: $\mathcal{L}=\frac{1}{2}[\rho_0\dot{\eta}^2+2P_0\nabla\cdot\eta-\gamma ...
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Complex Inner Product for Integral Expressions

I am currently working through some QFT derivations and running into conceptual problems. In particular, I am deriving the free field Hamiltonian of the form: $H_{k} = \frac{1}{2} \int d^{3}k ...
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Dirac equation in the presence of a defect

The 1D Dirac equation in the presence of a defect is described by a position dependent mass term known as a "kink" or "soliton". It is sign changing and tends to a constant at positive and negative ...
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Hamiltonian describing a 3D Weyl point: seperability

A 3D analogue of a Dirac point is a Weyl point, with first quantized Hamiltonian $H = \sigma_x p_x + \sigma_y p_y + \sigma_z p_z $ where $\sigma_i$ are Pauli's matrices and $p_i$ are momentum ...
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Hamiltonian in Majorana basis

I read (for example here: cond-mat/0010440) very often that if we transform the Hamiltonian from a fermionic basis to the basis of Majorana operators by expanding the fermionic operators in real and ...
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Independence of generalised coordinates and momenta in Hamiltonian mechanics [duplicate]

I am told that in Hamiltonian mechanics, we put the generalised coordinates $q_i$ and generalised momenta $p_i$ on equal footing, and treat them as being independent from one another. But I'm ...
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Poisson brackets and magnetic field [closed]

I'm a maths student trying to teach myself some physics so sorry if I'm missing something simple here. I think the main problem is lack of experience with the Levi-Cevita symbol. We have a particle ...
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Commutation between Dirac hamiltonian and angular momentum

In reading about angular momentum and spin, I came across a derivation showing that the Dirac Hamiltonian does not commute with orbital angular momentum, and hence L is not conserved. What is it about ...