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

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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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Constructing a POVM to “almost distinguish” $m$ 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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Density matrix: error with diagonalization claim and fixing it

On page 174 of Townsend's "A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics", 2nd edition, it says the following: "For a mixed state, one for which $p_k$ is the probability that a particle is in the state ...
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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) = ...
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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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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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Intuitive understanding of vector spaces [on hold]

I want to understand the intuitive meaning of vector spaces (Hilbert, Banach, metric, normed). I have read a lot of texts and understand the mathematical formalism given but how does it correspond to ...
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Why do we use Hermitian operators in QM?

Position, momentum, energy and other observables yield real-valued measurements. The Hilbert-space formalism accounts for this physical fact by associating observables with Hermitian ('self-adjoint') ...
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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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CNOT Gate for quantum systems [on hold]

A you know the CNOT gate is 4 by 4 matrix, is there any way to show it by a 2*2 matrix? if yes what will be the elements?
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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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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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Simple QFT simulation - how to do it

I would like to write a simple QFT simulation for a free scalar field with a cubic interaction term. However, I got stuck a bit. I will try to describe what I think I understand. I want to have a ...
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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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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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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 is the ground state chosen in a spontaneous symmetry breaking process?

This question is about how the ground state is chosen in a spontaneous symmetry breaking process. Say we have a Mexican Hat potential (e.g. the one for the Higgs field) and are sitting at the unstable ...
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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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Where the time-dependent wavefunction $\Psi(\vec{x},t)$ lies?

Supose $\vec{x}=(x,y,z)\in \mathbb{R}^3$. The state of a physical system is described by the function $\Psi(\vec{x},t)$, where it must satisfy $$\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} ...
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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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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 ...
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Shape of the state space under different tensor products

I am currently studying generalized probabilistic theories. Let me roughly recall how such a theory looks like (you can skip this and go to "My question" if you are familiar with this). Recall: In a ...
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Expectation values of commutator and anti-commutator (momentum and position)

What are the expectation values of commutator and anti-commutator for momentum and position operators? In the case of commutator: $$\langle[x,p]\rangle=\langle i\hbar\rangle=~?$$ In the case of ...
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What is a wave function in simple language?

In my textbook it is given that 'The wave function describes the position and state of the electron and its square gives the probability density of electrons.' Can someone give me a very ...
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The Wigner angle for two-particle state

Suppose we have the Wigner angle $\theta (\mathbf k, \Lambda)$, which is defined through the Lorentz group transformation $U(\Lambda)$ of one-particle state $|\mathbf k , \sigma\rangle$ ($\sigma$ ...
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How to represent the spherical wave by using Fock basis?

Suppose I have two particles with opposite momentum: $$ |\psi \rangle_{\mathbf k} = |\mathbf k; -\mathbf k\rangle ,\quad |\mathbf k| = M $$ I want to represent the spherical symmetric distribution of ...
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How to get explicit value of Wigner angle for massless one-particle state transformation?

The one-particle massless state $|\mathbf p , \sigma\rangle$ is transformed under the Lorentz group $U(\Lambda) \equiv U(\Lambda , 0)$ as $$ U(\Lambda)|\mathbf p, \sigma \rangle = \sqrt{\frac{(\Lambda ...
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Continuum of states after 2-particle states

In the Hilbert space of some free theory one can define single-particle states as $|\vec{p}>$, 2-particle states as $|\vec{p},\vec{q}>$ and so on. The $total$ 4-momentum eigenvalue of the ...
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Generators of a certain symmetry in Quantum Mechanics

In Classical Mechanics to describe symmetries like translations and rotations we use diffeomorphisms on the configuration manifold. In Quantum Mechanics we use unitary operators in state space. We ...
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Extending projection operator to infinite-dimensional case

Hi I have a basic question regarding bra-ket notation. Given that $\{|e_n \rangle \}$ is a discrete orthonormal basis, $$\langle e_m | e_n \rangle = \delta_{mn}$$ then $$\sum_{n}|e_n \rangle \langle ...
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Dirac Notation With Comma

Does $\langle A,B\rvert$ mean $\langle A\rvert\langle B\rvert$? If so how is an operator applied to this in $\langle A,B\rvert \hat O $? For an example say the annihilation operator acting on ...
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Tensor product in quantum mechanics?

I often see many-body systems in QM represented in terms of a tensor products of the individual wave functions. Like, given two wave functions with basis vectors $|A\rangle$ and $|B\rangle$, belonging ...
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Allowed Wave Functions of System

Given a single-particle system with Hamiltonian $H$, what constraints can be put on the wave function at a particular point in time $\psi(x)$? Of course $\psi(x)$ must obey boundary conditions given ...
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Same quantum states represented in different basis

In literature on an introduction to quantum mechanics which I am working through, there is a section which explains that a vector has different representations based on the basis you choose and then ...
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Schrödinger equation in momentum space

In literature on an introduction to quantum mechanics which I am working through, there is a section which explains that a vector has different representations based on the basis you choose. It then ...
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Expectation value of total angular momentum $\langle J \rangle$

[I am working with Griffiths Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 3rd Edition. My problem is general but if you want to look I am reading from ch 4.1 in which the weak-field Zeeman Effect is being ...
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Quantum computing entanglement dimensions question

While trying to understand the basics of how quantum computers work, I recently read this statement. "...consider that single-qubit states can be represented by a point inside a sphere in ...
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The Origins of the Second Quantization

I've been studying quantum theory for a while now and have a number of closely related questions that are not giving me any peace. I am not sure if such a long format is appropriate here, but I'd like ...
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What do the wave functions associated to the Fock states of each mode of a bound state system mean?

$\renewcommand{\ket}[1]{\left \lvert #1 \right \rangle}$ Consider a string of length $L$ under tension and clamped on each end. This system is described by the wave equation and has a set of modes. ...
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Given any two quantum states and the information that the system is in one of these two states

Given any two quantum states and the information that the system is in one of these two states, one cannot reliably devise a single measurement which could determine with certainty which state the ...
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What exactly does No cloning mean, in the context of Quantum Computing?

I am trying to get an intuitive idea of how the No-Cloning theorem affects Quantum computation. My understanding is that given a qubit $Q$ in superposition $Q_0 \left| 0 \right> + Q_1 \left| 1 ...
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Angular Momentum Addition in Phase Space QM

In my very limited understanding of geometric quantization, we quantize spin by choosing as our phase space $S^2$ with a suitably normalized area form as the symplectic form. Depending on the ...
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Representation of the states of a quantum system

Is it true that the states of a quantum system are represented by vectors in a Hilbert space? I've read something about "rays" and I'm confused.
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Single particle tunneling Hamiltonian

In reference to Problem 9, Chapter 2 in Modern Quantum Mechanics by JJ Sakurai, For a single particle tunneling in a 1D double well potential, with position eigenkets $\mid R\rangle$, $\mid ...
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Is the Noether charge always a Hermitian operator?

Noether's theorem tells us that to every continuous symmetry of the Lagrangian there corresponds a conserved current $j^\mu$. From the time component of this current, we can then define the Noetherian ...
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CFT: from States to Operators

I'm having trouble finding the general algorithm for moving from states to operators under the state-operator correspondence in a CFT. Does anyone have any hints as to how one might go about ...
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Can we have discontinuous wavefunctions in the Infinite Square well?

The energy eigenstates of the infinite square well problem look like the Fourier basis of L2 on the interval of the well. So then we should be able to for example make square waves that are an ...
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What is many-body bound state?

Bound state by definition is a state when particles are bounded together, so then "many-body bound state" would be bound state for a system of many bodies. Then I have several puzzles: is the state ...