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Physical significance of Cayley Transform

In the book on Quantum Mechanics by Capri (in Chapter 6), its said that an operator $A$ is self adjoint if the operator, $U$ given by $$ U = (A - i I)(A + i I)^{-1} = -(I+iA)(I-iA)^{-1} = -\text ...
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Does it mean anything if the commutator of an operator with the Hamiltonian is equal to the Hamiltonian?

Question says it all, really. I have $[\hat{H},\hat{O}]=-2i\hbar\hat{H}$. Does this mean that the operator $\hat{O}$ (an observable) is special in some way?
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When is matrix representation of a Hermitian operator invertible?

If I have a Hermitian operator $H:V \to V$ on a finite-dimensional vector space $V$, and I write down its matrix representation in some basis $B$ with matrix representation being $[H]_B$, then in what ...
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Unitary base transformation applied to continous bases

For discrete vector spaces one can define a unitary base transformation between two complete orthogonal bases $\{ | b_k \rangle \}$ and $ \{ | a_k \rangle \}$ as $$U = \sum \limits_k | b_k \rangle ...
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commutation relations for operators in projected subspaces

I am looking for a consistent re-definition of commutators for certain operators when I work in a projected subspace. Basically, I have a spin defined in terms of 4 Majorana operators $b_{x}$, ...
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Can All 4-D column matrices be given as tensor product of 2-D column matrices?

I am familiar with entanglement concept. But it feels bit weird to me that all possibilities of a system in a $4$-dimensional vector space cannot be given as tensor product of two $2$-dimensional ...
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Hadamard Gate application help

I need to prove that if you apply Hadamard gates on the input/output before and after a CNOT gate that you get the same answer as flipping the target and control qbits of a CNOT. So for example I'm ...
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Why is the matrix representation in the same basis not same for a density operator?

I have a $\rho : V \to V$ density operator of a $n$ dimensional space $V$ and $\{i\}=\{i_1,i_2..i_n\}$ is an orthonormal basis of this space. The density operator is defined as $$\rho=\sum ...
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Energy levels in close-proximity of each other in time-independent degenerate perturbation theory

I've applied second order time-independent degenerate perturbation theory corrections to the energy with the method presented in Modern Quantum Mechanics by J.J. Sakurai. I shortly summaries this ...
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Relation between Vector space $V$ and its dual $V^{*}$ [closed]

I asked the same question in Math.SE, but I was suggested to ask it here as well. I am studying relativity, and as you know the theory extensively uses the notion of covariant and contravariant ...
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The Simon's Algorithm, confusing equation

I'm approaching the Simon's Algorithm and have troubles with understanding a logic in an introduction. Above the eq. 6.5.4 they introduce that set S which has 2 elements. As far as I understand, ...
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Is there a simple proof that Kirchhoff's circuit laws always provide an exactly complete set of equations?

Suppose I have a complicated electric circuit which is composed exclusively of resistors and voltage and current sources, wired up together in a complicated way. The standard way to solve the circuit ...
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Dealing with tensor products in an exponent

I am looking at the following problem and I am struggling to follow the steps involved. Consider the non-interacting Hamiltonian $$H_{AB}=H_A\otimes I_B+I_A\otimes H_B$$ So I'm trying to prove that ...
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Finding the matrix representation of a superoperator

I am trying to express superoperator (e.g. the Liouvillian) as matrices and am having a hard time finding a way to do this. For instance, given the Pauli matrix $\sigma_y$, how do I find the matrix ...
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Extension of Lami's theorem

I was experimenting with the triple scalar product and forces in equilibrium when I came to this result: Consider 4 forces $ \pmb{F_i}$ for $i=1,2,3,4$. $\pmb{F_i}=F_i\hat{e_i}$ where $\hat{e_i}$ is ...
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What's the degree of freedom of this kind of matrix?

We first have a unitary matrix $$\{a_{ij}\}\quad(n\times n)$$ I know how to calculate its degree of freedom, which is $n^2$ if we consider a real variable as one degree of freedom. Now we have a ...
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Can a component of vector be greater than the vector itself?

...we have at our disposal an infinite variety of ways of resolving a given force into components. . . . The fact that any component may happen to be larger than the vector itself doesn't ...
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Tensors as multilinear maps

Sean Carrol's in his book on GR introduces tensors as a multilinear map of a set of dual vectors and vectors onto R. I usually think of tensors as a multidimensional array of numbers with fixed ...
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Linear response theory for Gross Pitaevskii equation

I am trying to linearize the following GP eq: \begin{equation} i\partial_{t}\psi(r,t)=\left[-\frac{\nabla^{2}}{2m}+g\left|\psi(r,t)\right|^{2}+V_{d}(r)\right]\psi(r,t) \end{equation} The ansatz for ...
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Finding all decompositions of mixed states

Some quantities, such as the entanglement of formation, are defined using a quantity that is minimized over all possible decompositions of a mixed state. A closed form can be found for this in some ...
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Proving the unitary relation of ensemble decompositions

In my class it was told that ensemble decompositions of a density operator $\rho$ are not unique, but that the ones that exist are related by a unitary operator. I'm trying to prove this, but I get ...
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distance random matrix

In some physics problems it is sometimes useful to define a distance matrix for a system of particles with positions denoted by $x_1$, ..., $x_N$. Then the matrix would be given by ...
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The abstract space of metrics in GR

I know this is a general (har har) question, but has any work been done understanding the mathematical space the allowed metrics in GR form? (I guess it'd be called a tensor space???)
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What is the relationship between the formal definition of a tensor and the frequently discussed notion of a “higher order matrix”?

I've been doing some self study on the principles of tensors & manifolds in preparation for a first course in general relativity. I tend to learn better when presented with the full mathematical ...
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Infinite dimensional vector spaces vs. the dual space

I just happened across this over on Math Overflow. It references the following theorem from linear algebra: A vector space has the same dimension as its dual if and only if it is finite ...
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Decompose a massive four vector in to two massless ones

I'm trying to decompose a massive four-vector, $p_1$ with $p_1^2=m^2\neq0$, in to two massless ones, $k_i$ with $k_i^2=0$. But I'm having trouble find basis vectors $k_i$ such that I can always ...
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Hamiltonian acting on sum operator

I am following a derivation in a book. It is implementing a state $|{\psi}\rangle$ into the eigenvalue equation $\hat{H}|{\psi}\rangle=E|{\psi}\rangle$. The $|{\psi}\rangle$ term contains a ...
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Probabilities with a qubit

A two-state quantum system has orthonormal energy eigenstates ψ1 and ψ2, with energy eigenvalues E1 and E2 = E1 + ∆E (∆E > 0). These energy eigenstates form a complete set of wavefunctions for the ...
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Importance of Kronecker product in quantum computation

To get product state of two states $|\phi \rangle$ and $|\psi \rangle$, we use Kronecker product $|\phi \rangle \otimes |\psi \rangle$. Instead of Kronecker product $\otimes$, can we use Cartesian ...
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Principal axes: Are they unique?

Mathematically, principal axes are the eigenvectors of the Inertia Tensor. Physically, They are the axes that satisfy , Angular momentum || Angular Velocity || Principal Axis. Inertia tensor depends ...
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What makes a system linear?

Lately I have been interested in Image Processing, and I started by following this course: https://class.coursera.org/digital-001, which is quite awesome in my opinion. But in weeks 2, Linear ...
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Free groups and their appearance, emergence and applications in physics

While trying to develop my knowledge of group theory in physics from a more formal point of view, I noticed an entity called a free group. I'm aware that it is extremely important in pure mathematical ...
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How do I derive the eigenvalues of the 1D Heisenberg model? (Bethe Ansatz)

I've been trying to work through Introduction to the Bethe Ansatz I (by Michael Karbach and Gerhard Muller) in spare time and I am having trouble deriving the eigenvalues given in equation (5) for ...
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The definition of transpose of Lorentz transformation (as a mixed tensor)

In the appendix of the textbook of Group Theory in Physics by Wu-Ki Tung, the transpose of a matrix is defined as the following, Eq.(I.3-1) $${{A^T}_i}^j~=~{A^j}_i.$$ This is extremely confusing for ...
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Dropping vertices of an overdetermined statics system graph

In statics, the problem of determining the tensions of K cables that connect a structure made of N points and keep all points in static equilibrium implies $ND$ systems of equations, where $D$ is the ...
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Learning how to use Levi-Civita symbol

I've recently started my second course in Quantum Theory and am now often required to prove more complex commutation relations. I'm aware that the Levi-Civita symbol often makes this sort of thing a ...
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These two operators commute…but their eigenvectors aren't all the same. Why?

The Hamiltonian $$H = \left[ \begin{array}{cccc} a & 0 & 0 & -b \\ 0 & 0 & -b & 0\\ 0 & -b & 0 & 0\\ -b & 0 & 0 & -a \end{array} \right] $$ commutes ...
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Forces exerted on legs of a table

This is actually for a computer science homework problem, but I haven't studied any physics in five years so I'm having a bit of trouble. I'm given a table of three legs with their coordinates and I ...
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Change of Basis For Pauli Matrix From Z Diagonal to X Diagonal Basis

I want to find a matrix such that it takes a spin z ket in the z basis, $$ \lvert S_z + \rangle_z $$ and operates on it, giving me a spin z ket in the x basis, $$ U \lvert S_z + \rangle_z = ...
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What is the physical meaning of complex eigenvalues?

I understand the mathematical origin of complex eigenvalues, and that complex eigenvalues come in pairs. But what is the meaning of the imaginary part? In particular I refer to an acoustic problem ...
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What does “projection of a vector” really mean?

Let $\vec{a}$ & $\vec{b}$ be two non-collinear, non-zero co-initial vectors having angle $\theta$ between them. The projection of $\vec{b}$ on $\vec{a}$ is given by the dot product of $\vec{b}$ ...
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Kraus operator rank

All quantum operations $\mathcal{E}$ on a system of Hilbert space dimension $\mathcal{d}$ can be generated by an operator-sum representation containing at most $\mathcal{d^2}$ elements. Extending ...
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How long does it take for $25~\text{mC}$ to pass a point if the current is $12.5~\text{mA}$? [closed]

How long does it take for $25~\text{mC}$ to pass a point if the current is $12.5~\text{mA}$? I = 12.5mA Q = 25mC t = ? The formula for this question was: I = Q/t, where I is amps, Q is Coulombs and ...
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When is the product of a hermitian unitary and another unitary hermitian?

I have a Hermitian unitary $\hat{H}$ and I want to know, if $\hat{U}$ is some other unitary, when is $\hat{H}\hat{U}$ a Hermitian unitary? Specifically, what are the conditions on $\hat{U}$? I know ...
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why non orthogonal states are indistinguishable?

I want to know what does it mean by distinguishable quantum state from Mathematics perspective I mean mathematically. As a non physics background student could any one explain me why non orthogonal ...
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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 ...