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

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Norm of quantum state in three dimensions

The Born interpretation states that for a particle with a wave function $\Psi(x)$, the total probability of finding that particle at some point in space is equal to $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\Psi(x)^*\...
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Understanding operator bra-ket notation

Hi I have a question that might be a bit trivial. I have just completed learning a section on the bra-ket notation. There is a statement that the following is prohibited $$\hat{A}\langle\psi|, ~|\psi\...
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Verification of proof of complete set of commuting operators

Hi I am interested in the validity of the following proof. I am interested in the validity of this particular proof as I am aware of how to prove this result in a different way. Theorem: If two ...
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Does Unitary operator take a pure state to a pure state or can it take a pure state to a mixed state? [closed]

Does Unitary operator take a pure state to a pure state or can it take a pure state to a mixed state? I think so but why? I assume the Unitary operator acts on a pure state only.
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Definition of the S-matrix

when I think about scattering process I reach to slightly another definition to the S-matrix. because I understand my reasoning I hope someone could refine it to a correct one so that I can have a ...
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Bloch sphere representation of $\sigma_x$ operator on $|1\rangle$

I am trying to visualize a Hamiltonian H=$\hat{\sigma_x}$ $$ \hat{\sigma}_{x} = \left( \begin{array}{cc} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{array} \right) $$ acting on the state $| 1 \rangle$. I can write ...
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Different postulates and statistical interpreations of quantum mechanics

Hi I have a query about the difference of two aspects of the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics given in the popular introductory quantum mechanics books "Introduction to Quantum ...
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Can every density operator be written as an outer product of two vectors?

I have a feeling this is a very basic question. I apologize if it is. Using Dirac's notation, can every (mixed) density operator $\rho_A$ of system $A$ be written as the ket-bra (outer) product $|a_1 ...
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Our choice of basis surely cannot effect possible outcomes of a measurement?

Common sense says that, of course, the outcome of a measurement on a quantum system cannot be affected by what base we choose to represent it in. However, while studying QM text, it seems like they ...
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Homework question on the Poynting vector

I need to show what the Poynting vector becomes when i insert the definition of A through creation and annihilation operators, what i get is the expected answer plus a term containing two creation ...
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Global and relative phases of kets in QM

In one of the questions I'm trying to solve it is asked to, first, compute probabilities for the respective results of the Stern-Gerlach measurements performed on each state $\lvert\psi_1\rangle$, $\...
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Dirac Equation in RQM (as opposed to QFT) is written in which representation?

In introductory Quantum Mechanics treatments it is common to see the Schrödinger's equation being written, simply as: $$-\dfrac{\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2\Psi(\mathbf{r},t)+V(\mathbf{r})\Psi(\mathbf{r},t)=...
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Where does $\hat{P}\psi(x) = -i\hbar \partial_x \psi(x)$ come from?

It's a very basic question, where does the relation $$\hat{P}\psi(x) = -i\hbar \partial_x \psi(x)$$ for any square integrable $\psi(x)$ come into existence? Some texts I found states that the above ...
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Vacuum expectation value in presence of a source

If a vacuum is translationally invariant i.e., $P^\mu|0\rangle=0$ or $e^{(\pm ip\cdot x)}|0\rangle=0$, we can express the the vacuum expectation value of a field as $\langle 0|\phi(x)|0\rangle$ as $$\...
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Is superposition state of SHO ever observed? [closed]

Feynman says, "It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." So, is superposition state of Simple ...
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Inner product of standard-momentum one-particle states in Weinberg

My question has essentially already been addressed in Questions concerning some parts of the section on one-particle states in Weinberg's first volume on QFT (third question), but unfortunately ...
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What is the physical states in Heisenberg picture?

The physics states in Quantum mechanics is represented by vectors in Hilbert space, however in Heisenberg's picture, the equation of motion $$ \frac{d}{dt}A_H(t) = \frac{i}{\hbar}[H,A_H(t)]+\frac{\...
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Why do the ladder operators in harmonic oscillators work?

The Hamiltonian can be diagonalized by transforming $x$ and $p$ to $a$ and $a^\dagger$. I understand how one proceeds from there to find the spectrum of $a^\dagger a$, the ground state $|0\rangle$ and ...
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Question about a formula in the book by Green, Schwarz, Witten

In chapter 7 of superstring theory, it is written $$ g\langle0;k_1|\zeta\cdot\alpha_1V_0(k_2)\zeta_3\cdot\alpha_{-1}|0;k_3\rangle=g\langle0;k_1|\zeta\cdot\alpha_1e^{k_2\cdot\alpha_{-1}} e^{-k_2\cdot\...
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What makes the probability distribution of a wavefunction in QM intrinsic? [closed]

I know that the usual interpretation of the wavefunction in QM is that it´s associated with a probability distribution of measurable quantities. Not a deterministic probability (like the probabilities ...
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Expressing eigenstates of $\mathbf{L}^2$ and $L_z$ in terms of the Cartesian eigenstates $|n_x\, n_y\, n_z\rangle$

I want to express the degenerate eigenstates of the three-dimensional isotropic harmonic oscillator written as eigenstates of $\mathbf{L}^2$ and $L_z$, in terms of the Cartesian eigenstates $|n_x\, ...
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Non-separable solutions of the Schroedinger equation

I'm studying an undergraduate Quantum Mechanics course and I have some doubts about the solution of the Schroedinger equation by the separation of variables method. If we suppose that the solutions ...
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Finding similar quantum superposition pairs [closed]

I am not sure if my thinking is correct and I'd like to ask if someone can confirm it, or give explanation, what am I doing wrong. I did task where I was asked to tell if pairs of expressions for ...
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Multiplication of associated probabilities

If a state $\psi $ is in the $ S_{z} $ basis represented by $\mid\psi\rangle = c_{+}\mid z\rangle + c_{-} \mid -z\rangle$ Does the associated probabilities change when I multiply $ \psi $ by $ e^{i\...
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Find unitary for given rotations on Bloch sphere

I want to characterize a unitary by given rotations on the Bloch sphere. I know, that when I send in the State $|\Psi\rangle =\begin{pmatrix}1\\0 \end{pmatrix}$, I get the state $U|\Psi\rangle=\...
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Heisenberg Representation of Quantum Computers explain observable transformations

The Heisenberg Representation of Quantum Computers (Daniel Gottesman) http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/9807006 Suppose we have a quantum computer in the state $|\psi\rangle$, and we apply the ...
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Can superpositions of baryons with different electric charge and strangeness exist?

I am trying to find out whether the following baryons can exist: $$ |X\rangle = \frac{|u u u\rangle + |d d d\rangle + |s s s\rangle}{\sqrt{3}} $$ $$ |Y\rangle = \frac{|u u u\rangle + |d d d\rangle - ...
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Calculating amplitude for chain of polaroids [closed]

I've recently started reading the book "Quantum Computing, A Gentle Introduction". After each chapter there are exercises for self study. For some of them there are answers, for some not. So far I've ...
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Show that partial derivative with respect to time is anti-hermitian [closed]

I have a definition that $$<s_1,s_2> = \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}s_1^*(t)s_2(t) dt$$ I need to show that $\partial_t$ operator which is just the partial derivative with respect to time is anti-...
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Annihilation operator in harmonic oscillator

In Wikipedia's QHO page there is a moment when the following is stated: I don't know why "the ground state in the position representation is determined by $a|0\rangle=0$". I would say that the ...
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Transformation of $| JM\rangle$ under the group of rotations

I am following the Quantum Mechanics I, Galindo A., Pascual P. and in page 207 explaining the matrix representations of the Rotation Operators in the angular momentum it appears the next (obvious) ...
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Transforming to a rotating frame in the $x$-basis

I was reading this paper on analytically Solvable driven time-dependent two level quantum systems. The Hamiltonian considered in the paper is the following: $$H=\sigma_z\cdot J(t)/2)+\sigma_x\cdot h/2$...
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Heisenberg's uncertainty principle derivation in a ring [duplicate]

The standard derivation But now suppose the space is a ring of length $L$, it seems the derivation could work out exactly the same and we get $$\Delta p \Delta x \geq \hbar/2.$$ But since $\Delta x$ ...
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Is the existence of a sole particle in an hypothetical infinite empty space explicitly forbidden by QM?

Suppose the universe is completely empty with one sole particle trapped in it. To simplify, I will only be looking at the one dimensional case. However, all arguments are applicable for three ...
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Constructing a POVM to discriminate $m$ quantum states. What if they're linearly dependent?

I've come across this problem in Nielsen & Chuang's Quantum Information book (problem 2.64) Suppose Bob is given a quantum state chosen from a set $|ψ_1 \rangle, . . . , |ψ_m\rangle$ of linearly ...
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Quantum Mechanics: Rotation operators

How do I know what direction of the rotation operator to use on the initial state of a spin-1/2 particle? For example, a spin-1/2 particle initially in the $\lvert y \rangle$ state enters a SGz ...
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Decoupling coupled differential equations in dynamically coupled two state system

Consider the following dynamically coupled two state hamiltonian, $$H=-B\sigma_z-V(t)\sigma_x.$$Taking the eigenfunctions of $\sigma_z$ ($|+>$ and $|- >$) as basis vectors, we have the wave ...
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Quantum Mechanics: how exactly does “delta function normalization” work for eigenfunctions in 1-d free space case?

The definition of "delta function normalization" says a basis of eigenfunctions of a particle in free space are orthonormal when $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\phi_n^*(\vec{r})\phi_m(\vec{r})\mathrm{d}\vec{...
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Order of operators and numbers inside a bracket

I had an argument with my professor. Let $H$ be an operator (e.g. hamiltonian). Let capital $X$ denote the position operator. Let $f$ and $g$ be functions of $X$ that do NOT commute with $H$. Now ...
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Diagonalisation: Schmidt vs eigenvalue - when to use which?

In physics we encounter diagonalisation of matrices or operators in a variety of areas. But there are different kinds, the main two being Schmidt decomposition and eigenvalue diagonalisation. The two ...
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Time-ordered product of two normal-ordered products of fields

Suppose you have a scalar field theory with field operators $\phi(x)=\phi(x)_+ + \phi(x)_- $ that can be decomposed into terms of annihilation and destruction operators. Let $$ D(x-y) = <0|T(\phi(...
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How do (and don’t) particles emerge from fields?

I am aware of the following field- and particle-like notions: QFT particle, a unit of excitation in (the Fock space of) a QFT; SR field, an extremal $A = A(\mathbf x)$ of a Lorentz-invariant action; ...
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Using symmetry to determine a hydrogen electron's decay route from $|300\rangle$ to $|100\rangle$

Lets say we have an electron in state $|nlm\rangle = |300\rangle$ of the hydrogen atom. By selection rules, we know that it can only decay to ground state in 3 ways, namely through the $|21m\rangle$ ...
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Tensor products of Hilberts spaces: definition of outer products and commutators

Suppose one has two single-particle Hilbert spaces $\mathcal{H}_{A}$ and $\mathcal{H}_{B}$ and consider the tensor product of these such that $\mathcal{H}_{A}\otimes\mathcal{H}_{B}$ is a two-particle ...
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What is the qualitative difference between quantum superpostion and mixed states? [duplicate]

As I understand it, if one has a complete knowledge of the state of a quantum system (insofar as one knows the statistical distributions of all the observables associated with the state) then one can ...
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What is meant by the term “completeness relation”

From my humble (physicist) mathematics training, I have a vague notion of what a Hilbert space actually is mathematically, i.e. an inner product space that is complete, with completeness in this sense ...
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How did Max Born come up with his rule? [duplicate]

In his rule, he stated that the probability is norm-squared of wave function, $|\psi|^2$. And as far as I knew, no one else at that time had "right" interpretation of the wave function. Even ...
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Is the Wave Function a Unitary Operator? [closed]

A unitary operator can be represented as an exponential $$e^{iA}$$ and as we represent the wave function in general as $$e^{i k x}.$$ Does that mean that the wavefunction is unitary as the exponent is ...
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Measurement on two Qubits

Assuming I have two Qubits, i.e. a four-dim. Hilbert space. In the following, I choose the basis {|11>,|10>,|01>,|00>}. I want to have a look on the non-diagonal part <11|$\rho$|00>. How can I ...
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Eigenfunctions of translation operator

I had an HW assignment in which we were asked to find the eigenfunctions of the translation operator which is defined as follows: $$\hat{D}(a)=e^{-(i/\hbar)a\hat{P}}$$ where $\hat{P}$ is the momentum ...