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

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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: ...
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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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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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What happens when two wavefunctions meet?

Apologies for the over-broad question(s), but I'm having a hard time finding out where to look to answer these myself: If a particle is a wavefunction describing a probability amplitude distributed ...
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Why can't a classical bit behave like a qubit?

For example i have a 2 qubits which can have 4 possibilities i.e. 00, 01, 10, 11 so this shows that the 2 qubits can contain four bits of information as they are superpositioned but i think 2 ...
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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) = ...
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Eigenvalues and states of hamiltonian [closed]

A quantum mechanical system is described by a two dimensional Hilbert space of states, spanned by an orthonormal basis {|1>, | − 1>}, with the following Hamiltonian: $ H | 1> = | ...
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Show transpose not completely positivity using a bell state [closed]

In Nielsen&Chuang Box 8.2, an example is given to show that transpose map is not completely positive using bell state: "Suppose a qubit is part of a two qubits system initially in: ...
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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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Prove the solution of von Neumann equation will never stabilize if Hamiltonian and initial density matrix commutes

Given von Neumann equation $$\frac{d}{dt} \rho(t) = -i [H, \rho(t)] = -i e^{-iHt}[H, \rho(0)]e^{iHt}.$$ If we know that $[H, \rho(0)] \neq 0$, how do we prove in details the solution of von Neumann ...
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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}} ...
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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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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 ...
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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 $ ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Can superpositions of baryons with different 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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Representation of U(1) on fock space

I am currently reading up on the use of group theory in physics using Peter Woit's book draft (available on his homepage). I do understand the mathematical concepts but have a bit of a problem making ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Why are eigenfunctions which correspond to discrete/continuous eigenvalue spectra guaranteed to be normalizable/non-normalizable?

These facts are taken for granted in a QM text I read. The purportedly guaranteed non-normalizability of eigenfunctions which correspond to a continuous eigenvalue spectrum is only partly justified by ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...