Applies also to pre-Hilbert spaces, rigged Hilbert spaces, and spaces with negative norm or zero-norm states.

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Finding the Expectation value of harmonic oscillator

What is the expectation value for $e^{{\alpha}a^{\dagger}}e^{-\alpha^*{a}}$ of any two states of harmonic oscillator (let say $|n\rangle$ and $|m\rangle$) given below, $$\langle n|e^{{\alpha}a^{\...
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Coordinate determines the speed and thus coordinate [on hold]

I have a question about configuration space. You say that coordinate and momentum have one-to-one correspondence in Quantum Mechanics. Imagine that coordinate of a particle is known absolutely in ...
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Express state as eigenkets

This is very basic but I just suddenly got confused. Any state can be expressed as complete set of eigenkets with discrete eigenvalues: $$|P\rangle = \sum^n c_n |p_n\rangle$$ I understand the above. ...
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Where does a fermionic coherent state live (which Hilbert space)?

There have been a couple of questions on fermionic coherent states, but I didn't find any that covered the following question: If I define a coherent fermionic state in the 2-level-system spanned by $...
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Is it possible to reconstruct the Hamiltonian from knowledge of its ground state wave function?

Is it possible to "construct" the Hamiltonian of a system if its ground state wave function (or functional) is known? I understand one should not expect this to be generically true since the ...
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Completeness relation for coherent states of the quantum harmonic oscillator

For the Quantum harmonic oscillator with energy eigenstates $|n\rangle$ one defines a coherent state for every complex number $z$ by setting (note that the normalization varies across the literature) $...
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Trouble understanding Nielsen & Chuang exercise

I am probably just stuck on something very simple, but I'm having trouble understanding a premise of Exercise 10.40 in Nielsen & Chuang. The full details of the exercise are not important for my ...
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Representation of spin operators in a two electrons system

I've studied that the spin space of an electron is a two-dimensions Hilbert space. A possible representation of this space can be constructed defining: $$\chi_+ = \begin{pmatrix}1 \\ 0 \end{pmatrix} \...
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$\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(1 + i)|0\rangle$ on the Bloch sphere

By definition, a quantum state can be expressed as $$|\psi\rangle = a |0\rangle+b |1\rangle.$$ Here, $a, b\in\mathbb{C}$ and $|a|^2 + |b|^2 = 1$. Now, I would like to take $a = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(1 +...
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Eigenvalues of Hermitian operators are real and the dependence/independence of boundary conditions

Without reproducing proofs: Eigenvalues of a Hermitian operator are real (proof does not rely on the boundary conditions). The momentum operator is Hermitian (proof does not rely on the boundary ...
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Linear combination of eigenstates problem [closed]

Let's say that we have a system such that $$\Psi(x,0)=\frac{\sqrt3}{2}\phi_1(x)+\frac12\phi_2(x)$$ where both $\phi(x)$ are eigenfunctions of the Hamiltonian operator. I want to find $\Psi (x,t)$ ...
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How to understand the electric-field operator in quantum optics?

I know the positive field operator $\mathbf{E}^{+}$ is actually an annihilation operator $a$ while the negative field $\mathbf{E}^{-}$ is a creation operator $a^{+}$. I also learned that the ...
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Normalization operator

Is it possible to define an $\widehat N:\mathscr{H\to H}$ such that $\forall\left|\psi\right>\in\mathscr{H}: \widehat N\left|\psi\right>=\frac1{\sqrt{\left<\psi\middle|\psi\right>}}\left|\...
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π , σ - atomic transitions with respect to a quantization axis

In the absence of a magnetic field, how does one physically (i.e perhaps in a thought expt) access delta_m = 0 or +-1 transitions since (as I understand it) the choice of quantization axis is ...
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Why are general wave functions expressed in terms of energy eigenfunctions?

I have read that the eigenfunctions of any hermitian operator can be used as a basis to express any function, but I have only ever really seen the eigenfunctions of the Hamiltonian used. Why is this? ...
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In handling two 1/2-spin particles, why is there only one singlet state? [closed]

Why is $\left|\uparrow\uparrow\right\rangle +\left|\downarrow\downarrow\right\rangle$ not discussed, despite having a total spin s = 0?
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How should Dirac notation be understood?

If vectors $|\vec{r}⟩$ and $|\vec{p}⟩$ are defined as $$ \hat{\vec{r}} |\vec{r}⟩ = \vec{r} |\vec{r}⟩ \\ \hat{\vec{p}} |\vec{p}⟩ = \vec{p} |\vec{p}⟩ $$ then one can see that products like $$ ⟨\vec{...
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Understanding the relationship between Phase Space Distributions (Wigner vs Glauber-Sudarshan P vs Husimi Q)

I am moving into a new field and after thorough literature research need help appreciating what is out there. In the continuos variable formulation of optical state space. (Quantum mechanical/Optical)...
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What is the difference between active and passive transformations in Quantum Mechanics?

I am trying to understand what each transformation means and what their differences are but many books that don't state which transformation they are referring to make it a bit confusing to understand ...
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Curvature of Hilbert space

That may appear as a dumb question, but: Does Hilbert space have curvature, or is it a flat space? How and why?
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Expectation value of an Observable and Eigenstates

I am learning about Quantum Mechanics at the moment and I was wondering about Eigenfunctions and Observables. The question I would like to ask is, If a wavefunction is not an eigenstate of an ...
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Are Fock spaces just a special type of tensor algebra?

Are Fock spaces just a special type of tensor algebra? The definitions I am using: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fock_space http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tensor_algebra From what I can tell, the ...
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Two qubits system in polar co-ordinates

I know that I can write a single qubit state in terms of polar co-ordinates $(r,\theta,\phi)$ on a Bloch sphere. \begin{equation} \rho = \begin{pmatrix} \frac{1+r \cos\theta}{2} &\frac{r \exp(-i\...
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What does coherent superposition mean?

There is only one coherent state: $$|\alpha\rangle=e^{-\frac{|\alpha|^2}{2}}\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{\alpha^n}{\sqrt{n!}}|n\rangle $$ Also, a pure state does not mean a coherent state. But when does ...
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In quantum double slit experiment what is the state vector or density matrix of the electron after the electron passes through the two slits?

Also I would like to confirm my thinking on quantum double slit experiment. Before it passes through the two slits (slit 1 and slit 2), is the electron state vector $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left(\left|...
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Why Does the Dirac delta Function Fix the Normalization of the Basis Vectors in Infinite Dimensions? [duplicate]

On page 60 of Shankar's intro to QM at the very bottom he says that the Dirac delta function fixes the normalization of the basis vectors with an infinite amount of dimensions. I don't understand why ...
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Is the usage of the Fock space a postulate in QFT?

In this question, when I write Fock space, I mean "the direct sum of the symmetric or antisymmetric tensors in the tensor powers of a single-particle Hilbert space H", as it is described by Wikipedia. ...
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How to understand permutations of particles in Quantum Mechanics?

I'm studying identical particles in Quantum Mechanics and I'm having a hard time to understand the idea of permutations of particles from a mathematical standpoint. From one intuitive point of view ...
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Coherent states and completeness

Consider one possible definition of a Gaussian (coherent) state in the position representation $$ \langle r | \psi(r_i,p_i) \rangle = \left( \frac{ 2 \gamma}{\pi} \right)^{\frac{1}{4}} \exp \left[ -\...
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Normalisation of angular wave function: particle in a circular box

For a particle in a circular box (with radius $R$) with zero potential inside the circle and infinitely high potential outside of the circle, the Schrödinger equation in polar coordinates is: $$-\...
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Want to measure entanglement of the state [closed]

Good day, I want to measure the state with concurrence and negativity. I do local unitary transformation with represented by $U\in SU(4)$ (Lie group). After the transformation (rotation of angle) ...
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Probability in QM: derivation or interpretation? [duplicate]

It is known that coordinates $C_k\in\mathbb{C}$ of the QM-state vectors $|\psi\rangle$ has an interpretation as probability weights $p_k$ in the whole state through the formula like $|C_k|^2=p_k$. We ...
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Properties of spectrum of a self-adjoint operator on a separable Hilbert space

So, if I understand it correctly, the spectrum of a self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space $H$ consists of two parts: $ \newcommand{\ket}[1]{\,\lvert{#1}\rangle} \newcommand{\op}[1]{\hat{#1}} $ ...
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Why Does there Have to be Linearity in Ket and Skew Symmetry?

I'm reading Shankar's "Principles of Quantum Mechanics," and on page 8 he states that one axiom in Dirac notation is linearity in ket, and because they are also skew symmetric there is anti-linearity ...
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Significance of the exception to Gleason's Theorem when n = 2

Gleason's Theorem famously asserts that (appropriately defined) measures on the lattice of a complex Hilbert space can be implemented by density operators via the trace operation, except in the case ...
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Rigorous way of box normalisation

This is follow up from an answer to my previous question about unitarity in rigged Hilbert space. As it turns out, that there is no idea of unitarity in rigged Hilbert space (hence no meaningful QM ...
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Norm preserving Unitary operators in Rigged Hilbert space

If we take the free particle Hamiltonian, the eigenvectors (or eigenfunctions), say in position representation, are like $e^{ikx}$. Now these eigenfunctions are non-normalisable,so they don't belong ...
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What kets represent on QFT?

In Quantum Mechanics kets are used to represent states of a system. This is indeed well written in the first postulate of Quantum Mechanics which states that to describe a quantum system we use a ...
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How can we justify identifying the Dirac delta function with the eigenfunction of position? [duplicate]

I can think of at least two different ways to understand eigenfunctions of operators in quantum mechanics. But neither one seems to provide a good explanation for why we take the position-basis ...
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How can I show that $\mathrm{Tr}\left( f(G^\dagger G)\right)=\mathrm{Tr}\left( f(G G^\dagger)\right)$?

I'm slightly stuck on the following question: Prove that: $\mathrm{Tr}\left( f(G^\dagger G)\right)=\mathrm{Tr}\left( f(G G^\dagger)\right)$ where $G$ is any operator. Using the definition of the ...
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Hilbert Space axiom in QM

My question is about the standard axiom on Hilbert's space in orthodoxal QM. It seems that this axiom appeares actually as an external pure mathematical axiom in all textbooks. Say, Mackey introduces ...
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Dirac notation - trace of product of (bipartite) density matrices

I'm getting confused by the Dirac notation. Suppose I have the following two objects. $$\rho = \sum_k p_k (\rho_A \otimes \rho_B) = \sum_k p_k |k \rangle \langle k | \otimes |k\rangle \langle k | ,$$...
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Does the Hamiltonian time-evolution operator actually change the state of the system?

According to my understanding of things, the time evolution operator in QM looks something like this, $$U = \exp(-iHt/\hbar)$$ Which acts on the state vector / wave-function of the system to ...
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What kind of product is $\prod^n_{j=1}\sigma^{(j)}_x$?

In the section 4.1 of Quantum Computation by Adiabatic Evolution, Farhi et al proposes a quantum adiabatic algorithm to solve the $2$-SAT problem on a ring. The adiabatic Hamiltonian is defined as $$...
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Are negative energy eigenstates orthogonal to plane wave states?

Orthogonality in discrete Hilbert spaces is straightforward - those encountered by typical examples of infinite wells of any type, spin systems etc. Continuous Hilbert spaces are fine too - we ...
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Expand a state in the position basis

Assume we have a state $\rvert\psi\rangle$ in a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. As seen in many introductory texts, the state can be expanded in the position basis as $\rvert\psi\rangle=\int_{-\infty}^{\...
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Product of two Pauli matrices for two spin $1/2$

In the lecture, my professor wrote this on the board $$ \begin{equation} \begin{split} (\vec{\sigma}_{1}\cdot\vec{\sigma}_{2})|++\rangle &= |++\rangle \;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;(\...
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Heisenberg EOM for $\langle x \rangle$ in momentum eigenstate - where is my error?

Equation of motion for expectation value of a quantum particle in a momentum eigenstate: $$\frac{d}{dt} \langle x \rangle = \frac{1}{i h} \langle [x,H] \rangle$$ and since it's in a momentum ...
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Question about Eigenvalues of Hermetian Operators Being Real Numbers

I'm still slogging through Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum and I've reached another area that baffles me. Susskind uses the following to show that the eigenvalues of Hermitian operators ...
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What is the significance of Dirac ortho-normality? [duplicate]

What is the significance of Dirac ortho-normality? We know for momentum eigenfunction $f(p,x)$ for eigenvalue $p$ , $$\langle f(p',x) | f(p,x)\rangle~=~ \delta(p - p') $$ I am not clear why it is ...