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

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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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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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Temperature in the Hamiltonian limit

There is a well known connection between statistical mechanics in D spatial dimensions and quantum field theory in D-1 spatial dimensions. Changing the temperature in statistical mechanics corresponds ...
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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 ...
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What is time evolution operator?

Could you explain to me (level 1 years undergrade) what is a time evolution operator? I read on Wikipedia, and it confuses me.
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Effective theories and unbounded operators

If you have two operators, one the true Hamiltonian $H$ and one we call an effective Hamiltonian $H_{eff}$ and say they agree on every eigenvector with eigenvalue up to $E_{eff}.$ Above that, they can ...
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Do time-invariant Hamiltonians define closed systems?

In classical mechanics, every time-invariant Hamiltonian represents a closed dynamical system? Can every closed dynamical system be represented as a time-invariant Hamiltonian? Or are there closed ...
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Time-ordering and Dyson series

In Dyson series we use a time-ordered exponential by arguing that a Hamiltonian at two different instants of time does not commute. Why is it that so? Can anyone explain with example why should the ...
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How to include Berry connection in Hamiltonian?

When we calculate Berry connection, $A(R)=i<\psi(x,y)|\frac{d}{dR}|\psi(x,y)>\hat{R}$ corresponding to the Berry phase of any system, the gauge potential is related to the $R$ of the parameter ...
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Why does Hamiltonian follow the property $H^*_{ij} = H_{ji} $?

I was reading Feynman's Lectures III's Hamiltonian Matrix. There I found this property of Hamiltonian Matrix: The Hamiltonian has one property that can be deduced right away, namely, that ...
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Why does time evolution operator have the form $U(t) = e^{-itH}$?

Let's denote by $|\psi(t)\rangle$ some wavefunction at time $t$. Then let's define the time evolution operator $U(t_1,t_2)$ through $$ U(t_2,t_1) |\psi(t_1)\rangle = |\psi(t_2)\rangle \tag{1}$$ and ...
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Complex scalar theory: annihilation and creation operators give wrong commutators with Hamiltonian

The theory of a real (hermitian) scalar field can be found in many books and everywhere online. On the other hand, if we take the field non-hermitian, then I can only find notes on path integrals. I ...
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How to get Heisenberg equation of motion? [closed]

A system Hamiltonian is given by $$ ...
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Example where Hamiltonian $H \neq T+V=E$, but $E=T+V$ is conserved

I'm looking for an example of a Hamiltonian $H$, where $H\neq T+V$, but the total energy in the system, $E=T+V$, is still conserved. While I'm at it, I might as well add that I'd be most interested ...
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Trapped ion Hamiltonian: simultaneous blue and red sidebands

In the paper "Spin-motion entanglement and state diagnosis..." (Home et al., Nature, 2015), the authors talk about a single trapped ion, optically pumped, simultaneously driving the red and blue ...
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Is the Klein-Gordon Hamiltonian unbounded below?

This question is about the Klein-Gordon Hamiltonian for simplicity, but the problem seems to remain when dealing with other fields (e.g. Dirac, photon...). One usually writes the Hamiltonian ...
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A trace formula of two noncommutative operators

In many cases of quantum many-body problems, the Hamiltonian $H$ can always be divided into two parts, i.e. $H_0$ and $H'$. In this occasion, one can systemically calculate the partition function ...
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What is the form of the kinetic energy operator on a one-dimensional (real space) lattice? (In second quantization)

I'm trying to figure out how one would write down the Hamiltonian of a free fermion system (eventually in second quantization) on a one dimensional lattice and I'm having trouble both coming up with ...
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Any three-body Hamiltonian? [closed]

Is there an extension of spin interactions into three-body interactions such as $$H\sim \sum J \sigma_1\otimes \sigma_2 \otimes \sigma_3$$
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Quantum mechanic particle

In non relativistic quantum mechanic, we are dealing with a problem involving a particle in one dimensional space, and it has been given the potential and it reads: ...
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Constructing a dispersion relation from the Hamiltonian

I'll begin by saying that I'm not entirely clear on if this is possible. I have a Hamiltonian of the form $$ \left( \begin{array}{cccc} \text{$\omega $1} & \text{J12} & 0 & \text{J14} \\ ...
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Why do $H$ and $L^2$ commute in spherically symmetric potential?

In this PDF document (a lecture by Shivaly Reddy, page 13), he says that $L^2$ is independent of $r$; therefore it commutes with any function of $r$. This seems related to a problem in ...
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Would $[\hat{Q},\hat{H}]$ correspond to an observable? [closed]

Would $[\hat{Q},\hat{H}]$ correspond to an observable? Where $\hat{Q}$ is an observable and $\hat{H}$ is the Hamiltonian. Surely that would just mean that $[\hat{Q},\hat{H}]$ would commute i.e. = 0?: ...
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How does the Hamiltonian change when going to a moving frame?

The Hamiltonian of a free particle in a rotating frame is given by $$ H = H_0 - \omega \cdot J, $$ where $H_0$ is the Hamiltonian in the non-rotating frame, $\omega$ is the angular velocity of the ...
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Changing the zero-point energy

I have the following Hamiltonian $$\mathcal{H}(\{x_i,y_i \})=-l\sqrt{2}\sum_{i=1}^N \mathbf{f}_i \cdot \hat{\mathbf{b}}_i+E_0$$ For calculating things like the partition function it would be ...
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Mean field theory Weiss Approximation for the Isling Model of a Protein

A model for protein in 2D can be formed by adding bonds of fixed length $l\sqrt{2}$ on a square lattice along the diagonal, ie $\hat{\mathbf{b}}_i=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\pm \hat{\mathbf{x}}\pm ...
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What does it mean for a quantum particle to have energy $E_n$? And what is its general normalised state?

In this particular case, I have found the energy to be quantised with energy levels $\frac{h^2n^2}{2m} >0 $ where $n$ is an integer. Suppose a particle has energy $E=\frac{4h^2}{2m}$, then this ...
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Does the time Evolution operator commute with the both free and interaction Hamiltonian?

Consider a quantum system (finite dimensional) which has overall Hamiltonian: $H_s = H_0 + w(s)H_c$ with $H_0, H_c$ constant in time and traceless and $w(t)$ a, not too badly behaved, function of ...
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How do we find the phase space density from the Hamiltonian?

How do we find the phase space density from the Hamiltonian? For example: Consider a classical gas made of N identical non-interacting particles in 1d. Each molecule is characterised by centre mass ...
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Trick for reformulating in terms of centre of mass and relative variables

I am working through a problem that has caused me difficulties in the past. I have the Hamiltonian $$\mathcal{H}=\frac{p_1^2}{2m_1}+\frac{p_2^2}{2m_2}+\frac{k}{2}(q_1-q_2)^2$$ I want to express the ...
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The grand partition function of non interacting hamiltonians

In the case of non interacting particles I know we can write the Hamiltonian as $$H(\mathbf{q}_1,\dots,\mathbf{p}_1,\dots)=\sum_{i=1}^N h(\mathbf{q}_i,\mathbf{p}_i)$$ but I am having trouble ...
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Hamiltonian flow?

I was wondering what the Hamiltonian flow actually is? Here is my idea, I just wanted to know if I am correct about this. So let $(x(t),p(t))' = X_{H}(x(t),p(t))$ are the Hamilton's equations and ...
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What is the meaning of commuting Hamiltonians?

I have two quantum mechanical Hamiltonians such that \begin{equation} [\hat{H}_1,\hat{H}_2] = 0, \end{equation} where $\hat{H}_1$ and $\hat{H}_2$ act on the same set of states. What is there to ...
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Commutator and Hamiltonian [closed]

Assume that $[\hat{A},\hat{H}]_-=0$ and $[\hat{B},\hat{H}]_-=0$ but we know that $[\hat{A},\hat{B}]_-\neq 0$. Then there exists degenerate stationary states of $H$. How to prove it?
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Time dependent Hamiltonian and Gauge invariance

In general, in quantum mechanics we can prove probability current or the Schrodinger equation and other quantities are gauge invariant. However, the Hamiltonian isn't gauge invariant. Under a gauge ...