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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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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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Linear Operators and their representations

I am currently learning Quantum mechanics on a slightly advanced level. I am curious in knowing if there are Linear Operators (Linear Maps) in the Hilbert Space (finite dimensional ones) that don't ...
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Positive cone of operators: if two selfadjoints $a$, $b$ obey $a^2 + b^2 =1$, must they commute?

The question relates to the structure of the positive cone of operators, in C*-algebra. If $a$ and $b$ are selfadjoints such that $a^2 + b^2 = 1$ can one prove $a$ and $b$ commute? What one ...
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Find force centroid from forces and moments [closed]

A force $\vec F = (F_x,F_y,F_z)$ is applied to a point that its position vector is $\vec r = (x,y,z)$ generating a moment $\vec M = (M_x,M_y,M_z)$. Find position vector of the point ($\vec r$) if $\...
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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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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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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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Determinant expansion

I've seen in a few textbooks now a useful looking expansion procedure for determinants, but I don't understand the details of it. Here is precisely the example I'm thinking of (Ex. 7.6). I don't ...
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Schriffer Wolff Transformation - for first order change in eigenvalues

Step 1 Let me formulate the problem to convey my notation. I have a matrix $A$ which is hermitian - and is diagonalisable by a transformation $$ U_A A\,\,U_A^{-1} = A_{diag}$$ Now the matrix is ...
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Spring-mass system with two springs and three masses [closed]

I'm trying to solve a system of springs and masses that is confusing me. First, the balls are all lined up linearly. Secondly, the ball in the middle has a smaller mass $m$ while the first and last ...
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What is the general approach to calculating time of impact in 3D?

Given two objects a and b moving at fixed velocities, how would you determine (a) whether they will collide at all, and if so, (b) time of impact? (Let us assume these are spherical bodies each with ...
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Two-Band k.p Model is not Hermitian for imaginary wavevectors

In E. O. Kane's original work on Zener Tunneling, he uses a two-band $k\cdot p$ model for the semiconductor bandstructure: $$H=\begin{pmatrix}E_g+\frac{\hbar^2k^2}{2m_0}&(\hbar/m)kp\\(\hbar/m)kp&...
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Prove that a translation operator times a reflection operator is unitary and Hermitian [closed]

I am trying to prove some properties of the product of the (unitary) translation operator $\hat{T}(a)\psi(x) = \psi(x-a)$ and the (Hermitian) reflection operator $\hat{R} \psi(x) = \psi(-x)$. In ...
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Proton spin independent fine structure “Hamiltonian” $W_f$

To find the perturbation correction (fine structure) in the case of a degenerate energy $E_n^0$, we can diagonalize the operator $W_f^n$, the restriction of $W_f$ to the eigen-space associated to $E_n^...
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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 $b_{x}$, $b_{y}$,...
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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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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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Linear Algebra For Physicists (Book Recommendations) [duplicate]

I am aware that there are plenty of questions regarding book recommendations, however, I have not found one that fully matches what I intend to ask. I have provided a list of links to some similar ...
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Eigenvalues of a mean correlation matrix (integral over correlation matrices with arbitrary density)

Consider a stationary dynamic system with state $s(t)$ and correlation structure described by $C_{ij}(\tau)=\mathbb{E}[(s_i(t+\tau)-\bar{s_i})(s_j(t)-\bar{s_j})]$. Given an arbitrary density function $...
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2D - Kinematics - Linkage System using Vector Algebra [closed]

I have this question that I dont know how to solve correctly : My question is, how do I find $V_B$ ? I will find the angular velocities myself, but I want to know the method to get $V_B$ ? I know ...
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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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Vectors with more than 3 components

I have some confusion over Vectors, Its components and dimensions. Does the number of vector components mean that a vector is in that many dimensions? For e.g. $A$ vector with 4 components has 4 ...
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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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Why consider only direction cosines?

Why are these called direction angles? Why do we consider only direction cosines and not direction sines or tans. What is its actual significance? And How to use them? Why are they called ...
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Proof of Pauli group preservation by Clifford group conjugation?

A well know result is that Clifford group preserve the Pauli group under conjugation or, in other words: $C(P_{1} \otimes P_{2})C^{\dagger} = P_{3} \otimes P_{4}$, with $C \in$ Clifford group and $...
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Pauli Matrices & 2D Rotation Operators?

I was doing a strange calculation with my teacher the other day: find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the 2D rotation operator. Intuitively, there should be no solution to this problem in $\mathbb{...
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“Complete” confusion

The word "complete" seems to be used in several distinct ways. Perhaps my confusion is as much linguistic as mathematical? A basis, by definition, spans the space; some books call this "complete" -- ...
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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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Anybody have example of two-qubit non-Pauli and non-Clifford quantum gate?

A lot of known quantum gates are in the Pauli group (I,X,Z,Y) or in the Clifford group (H,P,Cnot). I need examples of the quantum gates that aren't in this groups. Also, are there are matlab functions ...
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Why superposition is useful just for linear functions?

I saw a problem which said that we have a bar between two walls and we increase the temperature. and as you know walls push a force to the bar so the length of it does not change. in the solution I ...
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Kronecker sum or direct sum?

When we write $$H=\sum_k H_k$$ in condensed matter physics, are we using Kronecker sum or direct sum? I think this is direct sum. However, Wikipedia says it is Kronecker sum. Can anyone give some ...
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Non-symmetric Lorentz Matrix

I was working out a relatively simple problem, where one has three inertial systems $S_1$, $S_2$ and $S_3$. $S_2$ moves with a velocity $v$ relative to $S_1$ along it's $x$-axis, while $S_3$ moves ...
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Couple Masses - Change in Basis

I'm having trouble with the linear algebra used to solved a coupled mass problem. $\ddot{x}_1 = -(2k/m)x_1 + (k/m)x_2$ and $\ddot{x}_2 = (k/m)x_1 - (2k/m)x_2$ Shankar then sets the equation up in ...
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Applying angular velocity to a rotation matrix

I have a very simple question. In our project we store an object's orientation as a 3x3 matrix which holds the orthonormal base of that object's local space. For instance if the object is aligned with ...
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Conservation of Linear Momentum with respect to a given direction

Is linear momentum conserved in any direction? More specifically, if you project all momentum vectors in a system onto another vector, will momentum be conserved? I know that momentum is conserved ...
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Metric tensor and its inverse

Is it always allowed to represent the metric tensor $g_{\mu \nu}$ in General Relativity as a $4\times 4$ matrix? If the last one is represented for example with a $4\times 4$ matrix $\mathbf{A}\in{\...
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Exercise 18b in Schutz's First course in GR

The question is as follows: Show that a timelike vector and a non-zero null vector cannot be orthogonal. So we have a timelike vector $\vec{A}$, s.t $\vec{A}^2<0$; and a non-zero null vector, ...
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Eigenvalue physical meaning [closed]

What is the physical significance of eigenvalues or eigenvectors?? Please try to explain in very simple language simple harmonic oscillator , potential well could you support your answer by ...
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Transformation of four-velocity in special relativity

I am revising special relativity introducing more matrix form in the equation. Currently I am reading book in which transformation matrix is defined as $${\Lambda= \begin{bmatrix} \gamma & -v\...
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Find the covariant metric tensor from a given contravariant metric tensor

If given $$g^{\mu\nu}=\pmatrix{\begin{matrix} 1 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & -1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & -1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & -1 \\ ...
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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 Shift-...
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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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Is the spin-singlet state also a Resonating-Valence-Bond(RVB) state?

The spin-singlet state of a lattice spin-1/2 system is defined as $S_x\Psi=S_y\Psi=S_z\Psi=0$, where $S_\alpha=\sum S_i^\alpha(\alpha=x,y,z)$ are the total spin operators, in other words, a spin-...
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The eigenspinors for the spin operator in the $x$-direction?

$$S_x= \frac{\hbar}{2}\quad\begin{pmatrix}0&1\\1&0\end{pmatrix}\quad$$ $$S_x{X_+}^{(x)}=\frac{\hbar}{2}{X_+}^{(x)}$$ How can I find the eigenvalue of $S_x$? My book says $$ \left| \begin{...
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What is the difference between a tensor, vector, and a matrix? [duplicate]

I'm currently going through notes on a physics course and I'm having trouble understanding the difference between a tensor, a vector, and a matrix. I know that a vector is a kind of tensor and that a ...
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Solving systems of equations using Levi-Civita and index notation?

I'm doing some self-studying out of Hughston and Tod's Introduction to General Relativity and I stumbled upon a few problems asking me to solve systems of equations using Levi-Civita and index ...
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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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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 ...