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Deriving photon propagator

In Peskin & Schroeder's book on page 297 in deriving the photon propagator the authors say that $$\left(-k^2g_{\mu\nu}+(1-\frac{1}{\xi})k_\mu k_\nu\right)D^{\nu\rho}_F(k)=i\delta^\rho_\mu ...
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Examples of application of detour matrices in physics?

Are there any good examples of application of detour matrices in physics?
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Commuting operators and Direct product spaces

Under what conditions is the common eigenspace of two commuting hermitian operators isomorphic to the direct product of their individual eigenspaces? When can an eigenket $|\lambda$1$\lambda$2$>$ ...
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What information does the trace of a matrix give?

I was recently thinking what information do we get from a matrix. So if we say the columns (or rows) of a matrix define the basis of a system, say vectors of 3 dimensional space. Then the determinant ...
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Why eigenvector points to principal stress plane?

I can represent a tensor by a matrix. Suppose we are talking about a 2nd order tensor, and the matrix is therefore 3x3. If I find one eigenvector of that matrix; that vector represents normal vector ...
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How is it shown that the composition of two real operators is generally not real? [duplicate]

Dirac on page 28 of his QM book writes: Thus the conjugate complex of the product of two linear operators equals the product of the conjugate complexes of the factors in the reverse order. As ...
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Calculate static magnetic field in a volume of air with known sample points

So I know some calculus and I know some linear algebra, but do not really master electromagnetism (did a course ten years ago). There is a problem someone else has solved in a matlab script for me ...
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A question on partial trace and density matrix computation

Consider a Pure state of a two dimensional system $|\psi\rangle={1\over\sqrt{2}}(|e_1\rangle|e_1\rangle+|e_2\rangle|e_2\rangle)$ where $\{|e_i\rangle\}$ is an orthonormal basis. Could any one just ...
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Dimension of separable state

I'm from a pure mathematics background (BSc and MSc). I’m reading Quantum Computing: From Linear Algebra to Physical Realization by Nakahara. Please can you help me to understand how the dimension ...
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$\exp(i\alpha\hat {\bf n}\cdot{\bf \sigma} )=\cos\alpha I+i(\hat {\bf n}\cdot{\bf \sigma})\sin\alpha$

Could anyone tell me $\hat {\bf n}\cdot{\bf \sigma}$ is defined in such way? In the book they have not defined what is $n_z,n_x,n_y$. It is from Quantum Computing: From Linear Algebra to Physical ...
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How to define tensor contraction without referring to summation?

The textbook defines a tensor to be an element in $(T^*)^k×T^l→R$. It then expresses tensors as arrays of components with respect to a certain basis, and defines tensor contraction using summation ...
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Geometry topics in physics [closed]

I'd like to learn modern physics at an advanced level, but since I've no access to university, I'm self-teaching, and appeal to the Internet for information about what to study and how. Currently, ...
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Physical applications of matrices and determinants

Other than notation devices, I don't see any direct application of matrices/determinants in physics. For example, they are just a different way to write a partial derivative and determinants find if ...
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Why are the energy eigenstates realized in atomic transitions?

I have a question like "Why is it often assumed that particles are found in energy eigenstates?", it is a little different, though. When one solves the hydrogen atom, one can use a polynomial Ansatz ...
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Complex semi-definite programming

I'm doing some calculations and I want to simulate them in python or matlab (or whatever). However I use hermitian matrices and I don't really manage to find a library which enables me to calculate ...
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Link between Quantum and Classical Mechanics [duplicate]

In classical mechanics we have momentum as generator of translation by following definition: $$f(x+\delta x)=f(x)+[f(x),p]\delta x+....$$ I was wondering whether using this relation and commutation ...
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Differences between wave function and set of orthonormal wave functions?

I'm reading a QM book. It first says for wave function: "The state of a physical system (or particle) is completely specified by an entity associated with it called a wave function, Ψ , that in ...
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Straight line on 8-axis [closed]

How would a straight line appear in a 8-axis co-ordinate system. Will it continue to look like a straight line or will it appear like zig-zag line. We can see that straight line appears like a dot in ...
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Showing Dirac equation's Lorentz invariance and use of unitary matrix $U$

Dirac equation is $i \hbar \gamma^\mu \partial_\mu \psi - m c \psi = 0 $ To show its Lorentz invariance, we convert spacetime into $x'$ and $t'$ from $x$ and $t$ and then $( iU^\dagger \gamma^\mu ...
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Expanding a ket in the position basis?

My textbook says that to find the ket $|ψ\rangle$ in the same position basis as the ket $|ø\rangle$ we do the following: $$|ψ\rangle=\int dø|ø\rangle \langle ø|ψ\rangle$$ Firstly can $|ø\rangle$ be ...
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Formular for interior product, example

In Nakahara's Geometry,Topology and Physics, the interior product is defined like this : $$i_X: \Omega^{r}(M) \rightarrow \Omega^{r-1}(M).$$ Where $ X \in X(M)$ and $\omega \in \Omega^{r}(M)$ ...
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How coordinate system shifting is related to similarity transformations?

I know that coordinate system shifting can be represented using matrices. But how exactly are similarity transformations related to coordinate shifts ?
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Idempotent Operators

If $P$ is an idempotent operator, $P^2 = P$ and we have a vector $|\psi\rangle$, $P\neq1$, and the relation $$PL |\psi\rangle = L|\psi\rangle,$$ what conclusions can we draw about $L$, which is a ...
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Infinite-dimensional Hilbert spaces in physical systems

Can anyone give an example of when infinite-dimensional Hilbert spaces are required to describe a physical system? The standard answer to this question is yes, and I'm sure some of you will be quick ...
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Terminologies for moment of inertia

Perhaps someone can suggest the right terms for the following mathematical objects related to moment of inertia? A inertia tensor $I$. $$I \equiv \begin{bmatrix} I_{1,1} & I_{1,2} & I_{1,3} ...
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Local fermionic symmetry and GS action

I have a trouble understanding an argument which I think has a simple answer but I am not getting it. The question is that if you don't impose local fermionic symmetry the GS action has only one term ...
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Advanced atomic physics: From Liouville Equations to the Bloch equations

I'm trying to derive the Bloch equations from the Liouville equation. This should be possible according to this paper, where it discusses higher order Bloch equations (second order spherical tensors). ...
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Shankar's Active/Passive Change of Basis

I'm working my way through Shankar's Quantum Mechanics (7th printing, and I'm doing it alone, so I apologize if I have core concepts completely wrong). He has a section on Active and Passive ...
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Eigenvectors of Pauli $\sigma_x$ matrix

I solve for eigenvectors of Pauli X matrix. I get {1,-1} and {1, 1}. In exercises I solve, there is an answer $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} $ * {1,1} and $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} $ * {1,-1}. Where does that ...
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How are matrices used to represent quantities, and what is the meaning of a matrix?

So I'm reading this text on Quantum Mechanics, and it goes through a few chapters that I understand fairly well including probability. But then it says that all quantities, like position and energy ...
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Manipulation with braket notation

I am still getting used to the braket notation. Is this manipulation correct? $$ \frac{-\hbar^2}{2m}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{\partial^2\phi_n^*}{\partial z^2} \phi\,dz = ...
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How to make a base tranformation for a linear operator in QM? [closed]

I have 2 bases A and B with the following kets: Base A: $|a_1\rangle$ and $|a_2\rangle$ Base B: $|b_1\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt2} \cdot(|a_1\rangle + i\cdot|a_2\rangle)$ $|b_2\rangle = ...
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What does $\left|x,t\right>$ actually mean (Heisenberg picture)?

I am pretty much confused with this notation I believe. The Heisenberg states are denoted by $\left|x,t\right>$ and the Schrodinger states are given by $\left|x(t)\right>$. It seems like both of ...
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Trouble with proof about operators in QM

I would like to complete the following exercise: Prove that if the operators $P_i$ satisfy $P_i^{\dagger}$ = $P_i$ and $P_i^2$ = $P_i$, then $P_iP_j=0$ for all $i\neq j$. From $P_i^2 = P_i$ I ...
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What do matrices in the Gaussian orthogonal ensemble look like?

I've been reading a fair amount about quantum chaos, and random matrix theory comes up a lot. I get that they're looking at the distribution of eigenvalues from an ensemble of random matrices, but I ...
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Characteristic polynomial of a Matrix

In fact, this problem is more likely to be a math problem. When I read a paper(http://arxiv.org/abs/0707.2875), the author includes the characteristic polynomial for a type of matrix $A_k$ with ...
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Converting between (abstract) linear operators and their position representations

Just as we have an abstract state vector $|\psi\rangle$ and its position representation $\psi(\vec{x}) = \langle \vec{x} | \psi \rangle$, how do we transform between a linear operator, say $H$, that ...
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Some question about symplectic transformation

I read Arnold's book Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics and come across with three problems in page 229. 1.Let $\lambda$ and $\bar{\lambda}$ be simple (multiplicity 1) eigenvalues of a ...
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Rotation operator for a point in a coordinate system linearly derived from Cartesian coordinates

For some experimental and practical reason, I have created a new coordinate system in the form $$x^\prime_i=T_{ij}x_j$$ where $T_{ij}$ isn't a square matrix. $x_i$ is standard Cartesian coordinates, ...
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Trace in non-orthogonal basis?

Physicists define the trace of an operator $\rho$ as the follows, $Tr(\rho)=\sum\limits_{|s\rangle \in B} \langle s| \rho |s\rangle$ where B is some orthonormal basis, and this quantity is ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the dot/inner/scalar product of two vectors?

What is the physical interpretation of the dot/inner/scalar product of two vectors? See, if we multiply two scalars like 2*3 we say two times three is six. I also do understand multiplication of ...
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Unitary transformation between complete + orthonormal bases

Suppose the complete orthonormal bases $\{|\psi_n\rangle\}$ and $\{|\psi{'}_n\rangle\}$ are related by the transformation matrix $U$: $$ |\psi{'}_n\rangle = U|\psi_n\rangle \\ \langle\psi{'}_n| = ...
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Could the phase factor $i$ be replaced by “matrix representation” totally in quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

It seems that $i$ plays an important role in quantum mechanics (Q.M.). On the other hand, linear algebra plays such an important role in Q.M. too. So would linear algebra, such as a matrix be able to ...
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Trace of an operator matrix (Quantum computation and quantum information)

I'm reading the book Quantum computation and quantum information by Mike & Ike and I'm stuck at 2.60/2.61. There, the author says that, given the operator $A|ψ⟩⟨ψ|$, its trace is: $${\rm ...
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Matrix elements of linear operators - orthonormal basis required?

In an early linear algebra class of mine, I learnt that a linear map $\mathcal{A}$ acting on a vector space could be represented by a matrix $A_{ij}$ according to the rule: $$\mathcal{A}({e_j}) = ...
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Precise meaning of composition of ket and bra, e.g. $|\psi\rangle\langle\psi|$

I'm currently studying density matrices, and have been frequently coming across the construction $$|\psi\rangle\langle\psi| \,.$$ What is the formal meaning of this composition? I understand ...
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Special relativity: how to prove that $g = L^t g L$?

We have $$X^\textrm{t}gX = 0 \iff X^\textrm{t}L^\textrm{t}gLX = 0,$$ where $X$ is a column vector of length four, $L$ is a non-singular $4 \times 4$ matrix, 't' denotes matrix transpose, and $$g = ...
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Mutually unbiased bases

This question can be formulated in two ways. Let there be two $d$-dimensional orthonormal bases $B_{1}$ and $B_{2}$. I refer to the elements of $B_{1}$ by $\lvert\nu_{i}\rangle$ and to the elements of ...
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Second Rank Tensors [duplicate]

I'm a little confused, for the twentieth time, on what tensors are. I thought they were a generalization of matrices-but then they have special transformation rules. I'm looking for a concise ...
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How can (in Dirac's terminology) the product of two “real” linear operators be “not real”?

I'm puzzled about a statement from Dirac's book, The principles of quantum mechanics, (§8, p.28): As a simple examples of this result, it should be noted that, if $\xi$ and $\eta$ are real, in ...