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

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Must bounded operators have normalisable eigenfunctions and discrete eigenvalues?

When we have bound states, to my knowledge, we have states that are normalisable and a discrete energy spectrum. However, in the case of scattering states that have a continuous energy spectrum, the ...
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Hilbert space, does $|r\rangle$ satisfy $\langle r |r\rangle = 1$?

Let's say we start with no particles: $\mid0\rangle$. We have $\vec{p}\vert0\rangle = 0$, $H\vert0\rangle = 0$, where we are ignoring $\infty$ vacuum energy. Also, $a(\vec{k})\vert0\rangle = 0$ for ...
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What are the functions of these coefficients $c_1,c_2,c_3,c_4$ in $ \psi_{sp^3}= c_1\psi_{2s}+ c_2\psi_{2p_{x}} + c_3\psi_{2p_y}+ c_4\psi_{2p_{z}}$?

Hybridised orbitals are linear combinations of atomic orbitals of same or nearly-same energies. Atomic orbitals interfere constructively or destructively to give rise to a new orbital which is what we ...
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Decompose a Hermitian Operator into Eigenvalues and Projectors

Quantum Computing - A Gentle Introduction by Eleanor Rieffell and Wolfgang Polak states on p57 : Any Hermitian operator $O$ with eigenvalues $\lambda_j$ can be written as $O = \sum_j \lambda_j P_j$...
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What is the time evolution operator in quantum mechanics [duplicate]

I'm curious about what happen to a system when the configuration of the system changes. If we have a system in a state $|\psi_{\textrm{in}}\rangle$ and we change the configuration of the system, the ...
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Trying to understand inner product notation

I I'm taking a QM course and I'm trying to make sense of why observables are sometimes conjugated for no apparent reason in their inner products. Right now I'm watching Dr. Susskind's lecture on ...
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How to describe time evolution in relativistic QFT?

I must confess that I'm still confused about the question of time evolution in relativistic quantum field theory (RQFT). From symmetry arguments, from the representation of the Poincare group through ...
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Probability to find a particle in a particlar state $\psi_{n}$ [closed]

I have a problem to understand the probabilities in QM. In particular, if I have a particle in state $\psi_{n}$, then we change the system and we ask for the probability to find the particle in a ...
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How to make rigorous the idea of a continuous complete set?

In Quantum Mechanics, when using Dirac's formalism one of its features is the expansion of state vectors into continuous basis of eigenvectors of unbounded self-adjoint operators. Let $\mathcal{H}$ be ...
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When can a Hilbert space with a given Hamiltonian be decomposed into non-interacting tensor product factors?

Let's say I have a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ (either finite-dimensional or with a countably infinite basis) with a specified Hamiltonian $\hat{H}$, representing some quantum system. Under what ...
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How to prove $\mathrm{Tr}\left[|\alpha\rangle\langle\alpha|\hat{A}\right]=\langle\alpha|\hat{A}|\alpha\rangle$

For a coherent state $|\alpha\rangle=e^{-\frac{|\alpha|^2}{2}}\sum\frac{\alpha^n}{\sqrt{n!}}|n\rangle$, please show me how to prove, $$ \mathrm{Tr}\left[|\alpha\rangle\langle\alpha|\hat{A}\right]=\...
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Hilbert space of a quantum system

The first postulate of Quantum Mechanics as I've learned can be stated as: The states of a quantum system can be described by vectors in a Hilbert space. I've seem also some people also ...
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Commutator of position and momentum

I'm reading Sakurai's Quantum Mechanics. One of the problem in the book asks to use the relation $$ \langle{x}|p\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi\hbar}}e^{\frac{ipx}{\hbar}} $$ to evaluate $\langle{x}|[X,P]|...
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Superposition of two wave functions of different Hilbert spaces

I am trying to think of this problem for quite some time. Let's say, we have two sets of wave functions $\lbrace|\psi\rangle\rbrace$ and $\lbrace|\phi \rangle\rbrace$ and they belong to two different ...
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Hermitian conjugate of differential operator

Help me find $\hat{B^\dagger}$, when we know that $$\hat{B}=i\frac{d}{dr}$$ with the condition that $\hat{B}$ is defined in spherical coordinates. My approach: $$ \langle\psi|\hat{B}\psi\rangle=\int_{...
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Field operator eigenstate vs. single-particle state

I would like to make sure I understand some basic QFT. My understanding so far is that field operators measure field intensity and their Fourier transform measure intensity of field oscillation. In ...
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Are the position eigenkets $\lvert x \rangle$ really a basis for the space of states?

In my current understanding, matrix formulation and wave-function formulation of QM are basically the same because $\left|\psi\right>$ and $\psi(x)$ are really the same mathematical object: A ...
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How the position operator and the position basis are correctly defined?

In Quantum Mechanics, if one deals with wave functions, the Hilbert space in question is $L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ for a particle in $n$-dimensions, and the position operator corresponding to the $i$-th ...
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Pole in reflection/transmission coefficient and bound states

I was working on a scattering problem in a quantum mechanical system with Hamiltonian $$H_1=A^{\dagger}A=(-\partial_x+W(x))((\partial_x+W(x))).$$ One can show that a 'supersymmetric' partner to this ...
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State time evolution of a quantum harmonic oscillator with a Dirac-Delta function as an initial state [closed]

I have a question just like this Phys.SE problem here with a difference that our system is a harmonic oscillator (rather than a free particle). A particle with mass $m$ is connected to a string with ...
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Physical interpretation of the creation operators in string theory?

Is there any way to describe phsycially which each creation operator $a^{(i)+}_{n}$ in string theory does to the ground state string? Here would be my guess (although it is likely to be totally wrong)...
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BRST quantization and norm

States with definite ghost number have zero norm (since ghost number is anti-hermitian and has real eigenvalues). E.G. when quantizing relativistic point particle, physical spectrum turns out to ...
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Why don't non-Hermitian operators with all real-eigenvalues correspond to observables? [duplicate]

Suppose you could construct an operator that was non-Hermitian but had all real eigenvalues or could at least be restricted in a way to create only real eigenvalues, why would this operator not ...
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When do two operators act on the same Hilbert space?

Suppose I want to represent the quantum state of a spinless particle. To do so, I employ a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}_X$, which is an infinite-dimensional Hilbert space equipped with a position ...
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Probability amplitude for motion from $x_i$ to $x_f$ in Heisenberg picture

In M. Nakahara's book Geometry, Topology and Physics on page 19, the probability amplitude for a particle to move from $x_i$ at time $t_i$ to $x_f$ at time $t_f$ is given as $$ \tag{1} \langle x_f, ...
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Is there an intuitive explanation to the fact that the solutions to the time-independent Schrödinger equation form a complete basis?

We were always told that the solutions to the time-independent Schrödinger equation form a complete eigenbasis for the space of all functions (all functions?) but I never understood why this is the ...
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Time evolution in Quantum Mechanics abstract state space

As I've learned the first postulate from Quantum Mechanics can be stated as follows: The states of a quantum system are described by vectors in a complex Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. The book ...
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Physical meaning of quantum operators

Let's say we have a wavefunction $\psi$ and a measurement operator $\hat A$. I understand how eigenvalues and eigenvectors of $\hat A$ describe the possible outcomes of the measurement. I also ...
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Eigenvalue for the creation operator for a coherent state [closed]

For a coherent state $$ |\alpha\rangle=e^{-\frac{|\alpha|^{2}}{2}}\sum_{n}\frac{\alpha^{n}}{\sqrt{n!}}|n\rangle $$ I can't solve the eigenvalue problem for $\hat{a}^{\dagger}|\alpha\rangle$ where $\...
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Ordering of eigenstates in the quantum adiabatic theorem

Suppose we have an 'initial' Hamiltonian $H_{i}$ whose eigenvalues are all non-degenerate, which we order as follows: $ E^{0}_{i} < E^{1}_{i} < \dots < E^{N-2}_{i} < E^{N-1}_{i}$ Suppose ...
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Expectation value of $S_x$ [closed]

$$\chi=A\begin{bmatrix} 3i \\ 4 \end{bmatrix}$$ I am asked to evaluate the expectation value of $S_x$. I understand the equation $$\langle S_x \rangle=\frac{\hbar}{50} \begin{pmatrix} -3i & 4 \...
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Hermitian 2x2 matrix in terms of pauli matrices [closed]

In my studies, I found the following question: Show that any 2x2 hermitian matrix can be written as $$ M = \frac{1}{2}(a\mathbb{1}+\vec{p}\cdot \vec{\sigma}) $$ with $a=Tr(M)$, $p_i = Tr(M\sigma_i)$...
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Electron Spin state probability [closed]

Suppose there is a spin 1/2 particle in a state $\chi = {1 \over \sqrt{5}} \begin{bmatrix} 1\\ 2\\ \end{bmatrix} $. To determine the probability of finding the particle in a spin up($\hbar/2$) state, ...
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How to determine the observables rigorously?

In Quantum Mechanics, as I know, if a system is described by a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$, each physical quantity is associated with some hermitian operator $A : U\subset \mathcal{H}\to \mathcal{H}$ ...
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Wavefunctions in different Hilbert spaces

The state of a quantum system is represented by a wavefunction usually in some specific Hilbert space, .e.g of position, spin, momentum etc. But before deciding in which of these bases to decompose ...
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Possible values for $L_x$

I've a physical system with $l=1$ and I have to calculate the values I can obtain if I measure $L_x$ and their probability. I know that: the values I can obtain are $\ m=0, \pm 1$ $\displaystyle ...
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Superposition in Quantum Mechanics

First of all, let $V$ be a vector space over the field $\mathbb{F}$. It is possible then to show, by Zorn's Lemma that there is a basis for $V$. The main point is that although basis are quite ...
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State of a system in Quantum Mechanics and state vectors

I'm taking a course in Quantum Mechanics and there is something I'm not being able to fully understand. On more elementary courses on Quantum Mechanics I've been told that the idea of Quantum ...
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Completeness relations of eigenstates in the Heisenberg picture

I've been reading Srednicki's introduction to path integrals and I'm slightly unsure of the notation that he uses for the completeness relation of position eigenstates in the Heisenberg picture. In ...
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Distinction between state space and space of functions

In Quantum Mechanics a particle is described by its wave function $\Psi : \mathbb{R}^3\times \mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{C}$. In that sense, the state of a particle at time $t_0$ is characterized by a ...
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Is the perturbation Hamiltonian an observable?

In fine structure calculation we use the perturbation theory. The basic Hamiltonian $H_0$ is perturbed as: $H = H_0 + W$ First, the basic problem assume that $H_0$ is an observable. That allows to ...
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Function of observables in mathematical words

In mathematical words, an observable is an operator that a set of linearly independent eigenfunctions constitutes a complete basis of the wave-functions' space. Now, let's consider some observables: $...
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Unitarily Inequivalent Representations

The definition of unitarily equivalent representations I am using is the one given here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haag%27s_theorem. Now in this text http://www.sa.infn.it/Massimo.Blasone/...
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Both Eigenvalues and Operators are “Observables”? [duplicate]

I am having a bit of difficulty wading through the what seems to be multiple usages for Observables in Quantum Mechanics. " Mathematically observables are postulated to be Hermitian operators.. " ...
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Confusion about Fock subspace

I'm currently reading Folland's book on quantum field theory and came along some definitions. On p.90 of his book, Folland defines the symmetric Fock space as $$\mathcal{F}_s(\mathcal{H})=\bigoplus_{k=...
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Basis states for many-particle system

I'm reading these notes about second quantization. In section 1.4 the author introduces many-particle wavefunctions. But I can't understand how basis are defined here. I know that if $\{\chi_i | i=1, ...
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Hermitian conjugate of an antiunitary transformation

In quantum mechanics, one often considers symmetry transformations which are defined in terms of operators which do not change the norm of states in the Hilbert space. For the Wigner's theorem, this ...
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The definition of the vacuum state of quantum field by path-integral

In the review Entanglement entropy of black holes by Sergey Solodukhin (arXiv:1104.3712, equation 13), I see a definition of vacuum state of quantum field by path integral over half of the total ...
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Eigenstates of sum of creation and annihilation operators

Does the operator $a+a^\dagger$ have eigenstates? If yes, what are they?