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

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Why is quantum mechancis is not content with symmetric operators, but wants self-adjoint operators?

A symmetric operator has only real eigenvalues and different eigenvectors corresponding to different eigenvalues are orthogonal. These are exactly what we want for a physical observable. I think ...
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Discrete vs Continuous spectra of operators [duplicate]

Why is it that if an operator $Q$ has a discrete spectra, that the eigenfunctions are all in Hilbert space? Why is it that if the spectrum is continuous we automatically know that the eigenfunctions ...
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Normalize Triplet State of Hydrogen

For hydrogen, the total spin of the electron and proton is $s = 1$, while $m_s = -1,0,1$. If $m_s = 1$, one of the states can be written as $$\left| 1\;1 \right > = \left |\uparrow \uparrow\right ...
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Hilbert space and Hamiltonians

Assume a system described by a Hamiltonian H, and assume that the eigenstates of H, $φ_i$(r) are integrable in absolute square. We say that these states belong to a Hilbert space (they can even form a ...
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Hamiltonian acting on sum operator

I am following a derivation in a book. It is implementing a state $|{\psi}\rangle$ into the eigenvalue equation $\hat{H}|{\psi}\rangle=E|{\psi}\rangle$. The $|{\psi}\rangle$ term contains a ...
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About the postulates of quantum mechanics and self-adjointness

I am a freshman trying to understand the very basics of quantum mechanics but I met barriers at the beginning. What really matters is the postulates of quantum mechanics and their relationship with ...
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Is operator $\hat{O}_{\alpha}:|\phi,\psi\rangle\mapsto |e^{i~\alpha[\phi,\psi]}~\phi,e^{-i~\alpha[\phi,\psi]}~\psi\rangle$ unitary?

Is the operator $\hat O_{\alpha}$ which is defined in the following a unitary operator? Operator $\hat O_{\alpha}$ is supposed to act on composite states with two explicit components, such that ...
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Projection operators in a direct product space

The things I'm pretty sure I understand: Let's say I have a single particle hamiltonian $H$ represented by a $2$x$2$ matrix, so it has two eigenstates $|\lambda_1\rangle$ and $|\lambda_2\rangle$. I ...
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Why do we need infinite-dimensional Hilbert spaces in physics?

I am looking for a simple way to understand why do we need infinite-dimensional Hilbert spaces in physics, and when exactly do they become neccessary: in classical, quantum, or relativistic quantum ...
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What is the relation between renormalization and self-adjoint extension?

What is the relation between renormalization and self-adjoint extension? It seems that a renormalization scheme can be rigorously treated mathematically using the self-adjoint extension theory. Is ...
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Addition of angular momenta, coefficient in the |10> state

In Griffith's text, they apply the lowering operator on the |$11\rangle$ state to get the |$10\rangle$ state. They show this result in two forms on pg. 185: $S_{-}\left(\uparrow\uparrow\right) = ...
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How is $\langle \psi |\psi \rangle$ meaningful in Dirac notation?

I'm reading Quantum Mechanics - A Modern Development, and it explains bra-ket notation, if I understand it correctly, as follows. Let $V$ be a vector space, and let $F$ be a linear function mapping ...
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String Excited States / Spectrum

I am working through David Tong's lecture notes on string theory. The bit I am stuck on is page 41/42 in Chapter 2. The PDF file is here. In 2.3.2 "The First Excited States" on page 41/42, he says: ...
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Separability of a Hilbert space and its implications for the formalism of QM

In the text I'm using for QM, one of the properties listed for Hilbert space that is a mystery to me is the property that it is separable. Quoted from text (N. Zettili: Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and ...
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State vector vs density operator

We formulate quantum mechanics using language of state vectors. One alternative formulation is possible using density operator or density matrix. Why we are doing this alternative approach? Is the ...
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Creation and annihilation operators in Hamiltonian

If I find a Hamiltonian $H = \sum_{k} \varepsilon_k a_k^{\dagger} a_k + \sum_k V_k a_k^{\dagger} a_k$ then I was wondering: As far as I know this is many body theory and so these operators act on ...
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Ambiguity in ordering of isospin states for Clebsch-Gordan coefficients

In studying isospin for nuclear physics, I am confused a bit by an ambiguity I found. If a process that goes from $K^- + p \rightarrow \Sigma^0+ \pi^0$, I can write the isospin for the left hand side ...
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Where did I go wrong in ket vector in quantum mechanics? [closed]

Consider a system of total angular momentum j = 1. The operator jx is given by: What are the possible values when measuring jx? My attempt: The eigenvalues after calculation are -1, 0, 1. Now I ...
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Probability of energy from wavefunction

In general, given a wavefunction $\psi(x)\equiv\langle x\vert\psi\rangle$ for some system, how can one compute the probability that the system will be at a given energy level $E_n$? That is, how can ...
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What lives in the Hilbert Space? [duplicate]

Consider the eigenvalue equation: $$\hat{Q}\Psi = q\Psi$$ where $q$ and $\Psi$ are eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the hermitian operator $\hat{Q}$. If the spectrum of the hermitian operator is ...
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Integral over scalar product of eigenfunction of momentum operator and harmonic oscillator one

Recently I've met following expression: $$ \tag 2 \sum_{n}f(n)\int dp~ |\langle p | n\rangle|^{2} = 2\pi \sum_{n}f(n). $$ Here $|n>$ is eigenfunction of harmonic oscillator with energy $$E_{n} = ...
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Commutation relation of position and momentum using Dirac notation

This is likely a very trivial/silly question, but in following a derivation of the position and momentum commutation relation using the dirac notation, I am having trouble justifying a certain step. ...
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What is the physical meaning of $a_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! 0 \rangle$

$a^\dagger_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! 0 \rangle = \mid \! p \rangle$ is interpreted as a creation of a particle with momentum $p$ from the vacuum. $a_{\vec{p}} \! \mid \! p \rangle = \mid \! 0 \rangle$ is ...
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Difference between kets $\left| -x\right\rangle$ and $-\left |x\right\rangle$?

While using dirac bra-ket notation for quantum mechanics, what's the difference if the minus sign is inside or outside the ket ? I know that $\left| -x\right\rangle$ and $- \left|x \right\rangle$ ...
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Quantum mechanics, operator commutes with Hamiltonian

My textbook said, if an operator $\hat{O}$ commutes with the Hamiltonian, then we can use the eigen vectors of the Hamiltonian as a basis of the Hilbert space, then express the operator $\hat{O}$ in ...
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How to identify the represented group from the basis states?

There is a 6 dimensional multiplet belonging to an irreducible representation of a unitary group of rank less than 3. How does one check if the states $|i\rangle$ belong to spin 5/2 representation of ...
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How would you go about evaluating $\langle \psi \mid 100 \mid \psi \rangle$? [closed]

How would you go about evaluating $\langle \psi \mid 100 \mid \psi \rangle$? I just can't seem to figure this out, and I know it isn't hard.
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Interpreting some domain issues of (potential) momentum operators

In the context of mathematical quantum mechanics, a well known no-go theorem known as Hellinger-Töplitz tells us that an unbounded, symmetric operator cannot be defined everywhere on the Hilbert space ...
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Proof of inability to obtain global phase

I'm curious if there's a quick proof of the inability to obtain global phase from a quantum state, since they're supposedly indistinguisable. I suppose to measure this, you would need a Hermitian ...
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Having trouble understanding some stuff about delta functions [closed]

I was going through one of the examples in Griffith's Quantum book and there was a few things in Example 3.3 that I didn't understand that I was hoping to get some clarification on. For instance, we ...
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Are complex planes (Gaussian plane) examples for a Hilbert Space?

My assumption: Yes, even though from physical application point of view it looks like different. (A complex plane is used in complex AC analysis, while Hilbert Space refers usually to QM.)
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Variational Theorem proof

I have been trying to prove variational theorem in quantum mechanics for a couple of days but I can't understand the logic behind certain steps. Here is what I have so far: \begin{equation} ...
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These two operators commute…but their eigenvectors aren't all the same. Why?

The Hamiltonian $$H = \left[ \begin{array}{cccc} a & 0 & 0 & -b \\ 0 & 0 & -b & 0\\ 0 & -b & 0 & 0\\ -b & 0 & 0 & -a \end{array} \right] $$ commutes ...
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Is it sensible to speak of the parity operator in 4 dimensional Hilbert space?

So I'm dealing with a system of two qubits, with the hamiltonian given by $$H = \left[ \begin{array}{cccc} a & 0 & -b & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & -b\\ -b & 0 & 0 & 0\\ 0 ...
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Position operator in QFT

My Professor in QFT did a move which I cannot follow: Given the state $$\hat\phi|0\rangle = \int \frac{d^3p}{(2\pi)^3 2 E_p} a^\dagger_p e^{- i p_\mu x^\mu}|0\rangle,$$ he wanted to show that this ...
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Momentum operator in Dirac formalism

Could you derive the momentum operator as follows: Since $\mathcal{T}(\Delta x)=\exp(-ip_{x} \Delta x/ \hslash)$, if we set $\Delta x=x-0$ then it follows that $\left \langle x\right | ...
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Mathematical understanding of Quantum Mechanics

Assuming that $\phi(r) = F (\psi(r))$ for some operator $F$ in Quantum Mechanics. Then, in our lecture today, we said that $$\phi(r) = \langle r|F |\psi\rangle = \int_{\mathbb{R}} \langle r |F| r' ...
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Normalization of a wavefunction that's superposition of two unknown energy eigenfunctions

Question:$$\psi(x)=A(3u_1(x)+4u_2(x))$$where $u_1(x)$ and $u_2(x)$ are energy eigenfunctions. How to normalize function $\psi(x)$? My intuitive solution: I got ...
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Motivating Irreducibility of Hilbert Space for Quantization Axioms

In the context of geometric quantization, we usually look for a map from the Poisson algebra of classical observables to the algebra of quantum observables (or rather, a sub-algebra of the classical ...
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Is $0 | \psi \rangle=0$?

For example, the spin operator for spin 1 particle is $\hat{S}_z\doteq\hbar\begin{pmatrix} 1&&\\&0&\\&&-1\end{pmatrix}$ for state ...
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Should the eigenkets be weighted in $|P\rangle = \sum\limits_{r}|\xi^r\rangle$?

Page 37 of Dirac's book The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, states The condition for the eigenstates of $\xi$ to form a complete set must thus be formulated, that any ket $|P\rangle$ can be ...
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Domain of simple quantum harmonic oscillator

When discussing the spectral theory of unbounded operators, one often starts with an operator defined on a densely defined subspace of your Hilbert space, and then proves that the operator is ...
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Momentum Representation vs Position Representation

We are given an operator $g$ from $\mathcal{l}^2(\mathbb{Z})$ to $\mathcal{l}^2(\mathbb{Z})$, i.e., the space of functions that are square summable over $\mathbb{Z}$ such that ...
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Is it possible that we have a physical state which is a mixture of discrete eigenstates and continuous ones?

For a system has both continuous and discrete spectrum, is it possible that a physical states is something like: ...
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Determine eigeinvalue and eigenvector of two operators R and L [closed]

Question: Let H be a Hilbert space with countable-infinite orthonormal basis ${|n>}_{n \in N}$. The two operators R and L on H are defined by their action on the basis elements \begin{align} ...
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Why do electrons in an atom occupy only the stationary states?

When we talk about the elementary problems in quantum mechanics like particle in a box, we first calculate the energy eigen-function. Then we say that the most general state is the linear combination ...
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How is a bound state defined in quantum mechanics?

How is a bound state defined in quantum mechanics for states which are not eigenstates of the Hamiltonian i.e. which do not have definite energies? Can a superposition state like ...
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Two-state Hamiltonian matrix in basis

I have a homework problem as following: Write the two-state Hamiltonian matrix in a certain basis |1>, |2> in a general form as \begin{array}{ccc} H_{11} & H_{12} \\ H_{21} & H_{22} ...
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Physical interpretation of applying a unitary operator to a state

When we apply one of the Pauli matrices $\sigma_y$ on one of its eigen-vectors $| \odot \rangle$, what does the eigen-value tell us about $| \odot \rangle$? Is this considered a measurement of $| ...
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Hilbert space decomposition into irreps

I'm currently following a course in representation theory for physicists, and I'm rather confused about irreps, and how they relate to states in Hilbert spaces. First what I think I know: If a ...