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

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How might I show that an operator is, by definition, an 'observable'? [on hold]

Here is my problem: I understand what is meant by 'observable' but don't have a formal definition at hand. How do I 'show' it?
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Example for System Given Hilbert Space

What are some concrete examples of physical systems such that their corresponding Hilbert space is given by $\mathbb{C}$? Also, what is the physical difference between a system whose corresponding ...
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What's the advantage of using bra-ket notation over inner-product notation? [migrated]

Both notations look pretty similar, and appear similar when undergo algebraic operations. Apart from personal taste (aesthetics) concerning commas (<,>) vs. pipes (<|>), what is (are) the ...
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Quantum mechanics not in $L_2$-space [duplicate]

As far as I understand the postulates of quantum mechanics use only properties of abstract Hilbert space. So could we use any other Hilbert space for calculations instead of $L_2$? What could it be? ...
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Adjoints in occupation number representation

I am having some trouble understanding how to compute things in occupation number representation. I believe my problem is only implicitly dealt with in the notes I have read. A simple example should ...
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Are hilbert spaces invariant under gauge transformations?

I'm trying to work out if the physical hilbert space is invariant under any gauge transformation? I have found situations where under some transformations they don't change but I've now gotten very ...
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What is the difference between general measurement and projective measurement?

Nielsen and Chuang mention in Quantum Computation and Information that there are two kinds of measurement : general and projective ( and also POVM but that's not what I'm worried about ). General ...
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Adiabatic Theorem in Terms of Eigenvector Derivatives

The necessary conditions for quantum Adiabatic Theorem validity is usually stated in terms of eigenvalue gaps for parameterized Hermitian matrices, or Hamiltonians. If $H(t)$ is a parameterized ...
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Partial Measurement and the Math Behind it

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left| #1 \right>}$ $\newcommand{bra}[1]{\left< #1 \right|}$ Talking about the partial measurement the professor defines the state $\ket \psi$ to be $$\ket{\psi} = ...
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When can I swap around the order of operators?

I was doing this question: Using $\left< x \middle| p\right> = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi \hbar}}e^{ipx/\hbar}$ show that: $$ \left<x \middle| \hat{p} \middle| \psi \right> = -i\hbar ...
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How to act an operator on a two-particle spin state?

I'm doing an assignment for my quantum class at the moment and I'm having trouble figuring out how to act a Spin operator on a two-particle state - specifically in finding the eigenvalues - I've spent ...
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If two kets are each orthogonal to a third ket, are they also orthogonal to each other?

Is there a proof for this either way? For the normalized kets $\left|a \right\rangle, \left|b\right \rangle, \left|c\right \rangle $ If $$ \left\langle a\middle| b \right\rangle = 0 ...
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How to guarantee square integrable solutions to time-independent Schrödinger's equation?

Given the time-independent Schrödinger’s equation in one dimension $$H\psi = E\psi$$ what restrictions can we place on V(x) (inside the hamiltonian) and E to guarantee that the solutions won't have ...
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Expansion of a ket-physical interpretation of coefficients

Consider I have a state represented by the Ket: $$|\psi\rangle=\sum_i a_i |\phi_i\rangle$$ What are the physical interpretations of the coefficients $a_i$? My guess is that $|a_k|^2$ represents the ...
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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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How can I tell if the spectrum of an operator in QM is degenerate?

I know that the collection of all the eigenvalues of an operator $\hat{Q}$ is called its point spectrum, and sometimes two or more linearly independent eigenfunctions share the same eigenvalue, and in ...
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How to physically prepare a qubit in a certain state?

I earlier asked the question about definition of a qubit. From it I understood that its the experimental setup that actually defines the qubit. But I don't get it's physical realization. How a qubit ...
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Correct vector space of eigenkets of angular momentum

When we say an particle is in the state: \begin{equation} |l,m\rangle, \end{equation} what is the underlying state space, as a vector space? Is it a tensor product vector space, of dimension: ...
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Quantum Physics - What is the probability of it being in specific state (Stuck on question) [closed]

The normalised wavefunction for an electron in an infinite 1D potential well of length 65 pm can be written: $$\psi=(0.038 \psi_{n=1})+(-0.227\ i \psi_{n=10})+(g \psi_{n=5}).$$ If the state is ...
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Quantum Harmonic Oscillators

I'm having trouble with quantum harmonic oscillators and I'm not sure how to approach these questions: . I'd really like to get my head around these concepts but I'm struggling to understand fully. ...
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How do you find the projection operator onto an eigenspace if you don't know the eigenvector?

I was working on exercise 2.60 of Nielsen-Chuang which is as follows: Show that $\vec{v}\cdot\vec{\sigma}$ has eigenvalues $\pm 1$, and that the projectors onto the corresponding eigenspaces are ...
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Role of Hilbert Space in physics [duplicate]

Why in quantum mechanics do we require that the state space be a Hilbert space rather than just an inner product? Does the completeness of the norm have any clear physical role?
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How to count total spin degeneracies for many spin one half particles?

Given the spin operator for particle $j$ \begin{align} \bar{S}_{j} = \left( \bigotimes_{k=1}^{j-1} I_{k} \right) \otimes \left(\tfrac{\hbar}{2}\bar{\sigma}\right)_{j} \otimes \left( ...
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What is the idea behind canonical quantization?

From what I understand, canonical quantization of a classical theory consists of replacing the observables by abstract operators, of which only the commutation rules, which have to correspond to the ...
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What state does the particle in a box occupy?

My textbook derives the equations for the different energy states $E_n$ of the particle in a box. But my professor in class said this example was a good one because it spoke about the "superposition ...
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Normalization problem with hydrogen wavefunction

Suppose you have a mix of states made up of the Hydrogen $\lvert nlm \rangle$ states where one of the coefficients is unknown. For example: $$ \lvert \psi\rangle=A\lvert 100\rangle + ...
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Why must the Gamow state be exponentially increasing?

Why must the Gamow state be exponentially increasing? Why cannot it be exponentially decreasing? The energy is $E- i \Gamma$, but the square root of $E- i \Gamma $ can have either positive or negative ...
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Why is probabilty conserved under time evolution of a system in quantum mechanics?

I've studied quantum mechanics to a certain degree, but one question that I've never been able to get a fully satisfactory answer to is why probability is conserved (by this I mean that it has either ...
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What does it mean: “If you scream in Hilbert space, nobody will hear you!” [closed]

This question may not be appropriate for this site and if it so, sorry for that. Today, I have heard the following quote from one of my friends: If you scream in Hilbert space, nobody will hear ...
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Why do $S_x$ and $S_y$ flip up/down spin states but $S_z$ does not?

By using the notation $S\lvert s,m_s\rangle$, such that $\bigl\lvert\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2}\bigr\rangle=\lvert+\rangle$ and $\bigl\lvert\frac{1}{2},-\frac{1}{2}\bigr\rangle=\lvert-\rangle$ we can ...
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Summing over quantum states

For a system of $N$ identical particles we deal in quantum mechanics with wave functions $\langle \{\mathbf{r}_i \} \mid \Psi \rangle=\Psi(\mathbf{r}_1,\dots,\mathbf{r}_N)$ from which determine the ...
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What is meant by the term “single particle state”

In a lot of quantum mechanics lecture notes I've read the author introduces the notion of a so-called single-particle state when discussing non-interacting (or weakly interacting) particles, but none ...
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Unitary evolution operator

Assume we have a system in a state $\psi$ that is a superposition of eigenvectors of some observable $A$. Now we make a measurement of the observable $A$; the state after the measurement $\phi$ is a ...
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What really is the self-adjoint extension?

Going through the Quantum mechanics book by Capri, am time and again held with some stupid doubts on this topic of self-adjointness. We have for the momentum operator in finite domain, $$ p = ...
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Why does trying to remove a non-existing electron from a state give zero?

Setup Creating an electron that is already in a basis set is zero (Pauli's principle): \begin{equation} a_i^+ | \chi_i \cdots \chi_k \cdots \chi_l \rangle = | \chi_i \chi_i \cdots \chi_k \cdots ...
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Methods to distinguish between pure/mixed states and entangled/separable states

I'm a little confused about how we can distinguish between pure/mixed states and entangled/separable states and I would really appreciate some help! I understand a density operator $\rho$ represents ...
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Quantum state of a system after measurements with non-commutative operators

a) Assume two operators $A$ and $B$. 1) Assume $$[A,B]=0 $$ and $$ ψ= \sum c_n u_n ~~~~\text a~ wavefunction~ describing~ the~ state~ of~ the~ system $$ with $$Aψ=a_n u_n $$ $$Bψ=b_n u_n$$ If we ...
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Ground state for interacting field thoeries

Are there references where the ground state of an interacting quantum field theory is explicitly written in terms of states of the underlying free theory? For example, let us suppose to have a self ...
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I have a problem with the variational method approximation in quantum mechanics. Is my issue valid, or am I misunderstanding something?

The variational method for approximating the ground state of a Hamiltonian $H$ by providing a lower bound is simple enough. If we construct any test wave function $|\bar{0}\rangle$ then the claim is ...
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Representations of Lie group symmetries on Hilbert space

I have some troubles understanding Hilbert representations for (eg) the standard free quantum particle On the one hand, we can represent Heisenberg algebra [Xi,Pj]= i delta ij on the space of square ...
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Quantum Mechanics Notation

Generally we have that $$|\psi\rangle=\int_{all space} \psi(\mathbf x)|\mathbf x\rangle d^3\mathbf x$$ and therefore $\psi(\mathbf x)=\langle\mathbf x|\psi\rangle$. When discussing the mutual ...
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Using creation and annihilation operators to prove the expression for the $n$th excited state in terms of the vacuum state

How does one prove that the $n^{th}$ excited state of a quantum harmonic oscillator (QHO) can be obtained by applying the creation operator $a^{\dagger}$ $n$-times to the vacuum state $\vert ...
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Eigenvectors of $p_x$ in a particular domain

Defining the $p_x$ operator for the problem of particle in a infinite well. In the book by Capri on Quantum mechanics, the domain of the operator is given by, $$ p = -i\hbar \frac{\partial ...
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Precisely when is a matrix representation of Hermitian operator also Hermitian?

I asked a question on math exchange Are properties of linear operators reflected in matrix representations with different output and input basis?. In that question I asked: if I had a Hermitian ...
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Why does replacing bra and ket basis vectors by their row and column representations give the wrong matrix representation in a non-orthogonal basis?

I have a Hermitian operator (for a 2D Hilbert space) given by $$H=|\psi\rangle \langle \psi|+|\phi\rangle \langle \phi|$$ where $|\psi\rangle$ and $|\phi\rangle$ are normalized but not necessarily ...
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Hermitian Adjoint of Spinor

Say we have a four component spinor $\psi$: $$ \psi=\begin{pmatrix}\psi_L\\\psi_R\end{pmatrix} $$ Is the Hermitian adjoint of this: $$ \psi^\dagger =\begin{pmatrix}\psi_L^\dagger ...
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Expectation value of Commutator of Hermitian operators [closed]

Assume $\hat{A},\hat{B},\hat{C}$ are Hermitian. $$[\hat{A},\hat{B}]=i\hat{C}$$ and $$\hat{A}|a\rangle=a|a\rangle.$$ Then $$\langle a|i\hat{C}|a\rangle=\langle a|[\hat{A},\hat{B}]|a\rangle =0 .$$ ...
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Mapping quantum states of different (quantum) physical systems to the same Hilbert space [duplicate]

Is it possible to map quantum states of different physical (quantum) systems to the same Hilbert space? For example if I consider two different molecules in the ground state, may I represent them as ...
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When is matrix representation of a Hermitian operator invertible?

If I have a Hermitian operator $H:V \to V$ on a finite-dimensional vector space $V$, and I write down its matrix representation in some basis $B$ with matrix representation being $[H]_B$, then in what ...
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Why is $\theta \over 2$ used for a Bloch sphere instead of $\theta$?

I'm a beginner in studying quantum info, and I'm a little confused about the representation of a qubit with a Bloch Sphere. Wikipedia says that we can use $$\lvert\Psi\rangle=\cos\frac{\theta}{2} ...