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Non Hermitian Quantum Mechanics

I was just reading about Non-Hermitian Quantum Mechanics dealing with Hamiltonians $H$ that are not Hermitian operators. Then it is unclear that we get orthonormal eigenstates. Now, I was reading a ...
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Deriving general boundary conditions from first principles for elastodynamic scattering

It seems that most of the relevant books only give the linear case and the rest say something along the lines of "here are common examples of boundary conditions." What are the most general boundary ...
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Is there a reason why the subset of our Hilbert space that corresponds to a particle is a vector subspace?

I'm trying to gain some intuition behind the definition that states a particle is an irreducible unitary representation of the restricted Poincare group (or more specifically, its double cover). ...
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Can we avoid singularities by embedding the manifold on a bigger space, maybe Euclidean or Riemannian?

Can singularities be avoided by embedding Riemannian manifold on bigger space, or more specifically black hole singularities can be avoided or not by embedding in any other manifold. We don't have ...
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Simulating of Fraunhofer Diffraction of Zigzags by FFT

I tried to study the diffraction pattern of the following zigzag grating by Matlab(FFT of this image).. And the result showed like this(please ignore the scale bar in this img) I think the ...
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Derivation of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation

I was trying to understand the derivation of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation in Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics, Section 6.1. Our teacher presented a much simpler derivation, similar to that on ...
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How does the Hermiticity of an operator imply that functions have an expansion in in multiple bases?

In Shankar QM it is stated that since the $\boldsymbol K$ operator is Hermitian, vectors, which are expanded in the $\boldsymbol X$ basis with components $f(x) = \langle x | f \rangle$, must have an ...
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Is there a general theorem stating why the restricted Lorentz group's exponential map is surjective?

The exponential map for the restricted Lorentz group is surjective. An outline of why is shown on the wiki page Representation Theory of the Lorentz Group. Is there a more general theorem that states ...
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Legendre Transformation for multiple variables

I need to show that for $F(x_1, .., x_n)$, the Legendre transformation is, $$G(s_1, ..., s_n) = \sum_{i}^{N} x_i s_i - F$$ where $$s_i = \frac{\partial F}{\partial x_i}$$ and has the property that ...
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QM scattering in a finite-sized box

Background Consider a non-relativistic particle in a one-dimensional box of length $L$ with (for definiteness) an attractive delta function at the origin: $H = \frac{P^2}{2m} -|c|\delta(x), \qquad ...
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How do we know there are dimensions above the third?

Excluding the interpretation of time being the forth dimension, what mathematical evidence is there that suggests it exists? When talking about string theory they say how there is 12 dimensions and I ...
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How much does it cost to become a theoretical physicists? [closed]

Does becoming a theoretical physicist require a huge amount of money? Does theoretical physics require the same resources as mathematics: just papers and pencil?
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Identifying irreps of $SU(2)$

How does one verify that, the representations of $SU(2)$ corresponding to $j=1/2$ or $j=1$ is irreducible? I think showing the irreducibility (taking the representative matrices into a block-diagonal ...
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What relative masses are required for them to collide n times in this scenario?

Consider two masses, m and M, where M>m. They begin at rest on an infinite frictionless surface that is flat in one direction and sloped in the other direction. Mass m is placed a little bit up the ...
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What is the wave propagated away from an impulsively excited spherical shell?

Consider a spherical shell of radius $R$ centered on the coordinate origin, and an impulsive excitation $\delta (t)$ distributed over its surface ('ie. a single layer'). Each point on the sphere’s ...
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Applications of partial differential equations in material science [closed]

I've been asked to find a partial differential equation that has applications in material science. However we are not allowed to use the heat equation. I have found Fick's laws (basically the heat ...
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Computing the angular momentum in spherical coordinates

How to compute the angular momentum of a particle in spherical coordinates? It's given by: $$x_1=r\cdot\cos(\phi)\cdot\sin(\theta)$$ $$x_2=r\cdot\sin(\phi)\cdot\sin(\theta)$$ ...
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Symplectic geometry in thermodynamics

There seems to be analogues between Hamiltonian dynamics and thermodynamics given the Legendre transforms between Lagrangian and Hamiltonian functions and all of Maxwell's relations. Poincarè tried to ...
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How can projection operators be expressed in form $\frac{1}{d} (I + \sum_i r_i \lambda_i)$?

How can projection operator be expressed in form $\frac{1}{d} (I + \sum_i r_i \lambda_i)$? I was reading a paper and found out that the density matrix in $d$-dimensional Hilbert Space can be ...
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Momentum Space Renormalization of $\phi ^6 $ Model

I'm trying to find the RG flow to lowest order in $\epsilon = 3 -d $ for the energy functional: $$ f=\frac{1}{2} \phi ^2 +u \phi ^6 +\frac{c}{2} (\nabla \phi ) ^2 $$ where $\ d$ is the dimension ...
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Must the wavefunction be analytic?

In order to show the preservation of normalization of the wave function (in one dimension for now), one shows that the time differential is zero, which entails the following step: $$ ...
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Hodge dual and the Moyal bracket? Any link? [closed]

I have already asked this on the mathematics Stack exchange but I thought I'd try it here too! The Hodge star operator $\star$ is a linear map between $\bigwedge ^pV$ and $\bigwedge ^{n-p}V$ for an ...
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What's the physical meaning of the integral of the squared temperature in a one-dimensional rod, used to prove uniqueness of soln. in heat eqn.?

Before getting to the question, some background. Let $u(x,t)$ be the temperature in a laterally insulated rod of length $L$, at position $x$ and time $t$. The temperature satisfies the heat equation ...
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What is mathematical physics and where to start learning it? [closed]

I don't understand completely the difference between theoretical and mathematical physics. I heard many people using the two words as synonyms, but I feel that there is a subtle difference between the ...
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Mathematically, what is the kernel in path integral?

Mathematically, what is the kernel in path integral? At first, I thought that it is the kernel in the integral transform because when we use the (physical) kernel to transform the wave function (Eq ...
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Recommendations for Complex variable calculus [Physics Oriented]

I'm looking for a good book Complex variable calculus that give a really good mathematical background for a physicist. I already know real-variable calculus and vector calculus and I'm also ...
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Advice on Major Selection [closed]

I need a bit of an advice in deciding my major. My university allows only one major (along with minors) and I'm having a little bit of trouble in deciding what to do. Here's the thing. I want to go ...
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Quantum mechanics in a metric space rather than in a vector space, possible?

Quantum mechanics starts with wave functions living in Hilbert space. But later for Born's interpretation, the wave function need to be of unit energy (I mean total probability = 1, ...
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0+0 self interacting QFT - $ e^{-\sin^2 x}$ type integral — Bessel function expansion around infinity

In a physics paper (here) I found this variant of the Bessel function of the first kind. $$ \tag{1} Z(g) ~=~ \frac{1}{\sqrt{g}} \int_{-\frac{\pi}{2}}^{\frac{\pi}{2}} e^{-\frac{1}{2g} \sin^2 x} \, dx ...
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Functional derivatives as distributions

I have asked this on math stack exchange, due to its mostly mathemtical content, but aside from one upvote and minimal views it has not garnered any attention, so I am trying here as well. This isn't ...
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Help needed in finding the integral curves given by orbits of one-parameter groups

Equip $\mathbb{R}^2$ with standard symplectic structure and inner product. Consider a Hamiltonian $$H=(x,y)A(x,y)^t$$ where $$A=\begin{pmatrix} \alpha & \beta \\ \beta & \delta \end{pmatrix}$$ ...
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What's the difference between “numerical methods” & “mathematical analysis” as said by Feynman in his lectures?

While reading his lectures, I came to these lines: On the basis of Newton's second law of motion,which gives the relation between the acceleration of any body & the force acting on it,any ...
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Why drops form spheres?

Consider a drop of water floating in an inertial frame in STP air (e.g., the ISS). Intuitively, the equilibrium shape of the drop is a sphere. How would one prove that? Is it equivalent to showing ...
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Akin to gauge field, why GR's lagrangian is not $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$? What's the mathematical or physical meaning of $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$?

For gauge field theory, the Lagrangian of the gauge field is $$\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}\mathrm{tr}(\mathcal{F}_{\mu\nu}\mathcal{F}^{\mu\nu})=-\frac{1}{8}F_{a\ \mu\nu}F^{a \ \mu\nu}$$ The field ...
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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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Does the Hermitian operator $H=-\frac{d^2}{dx^2}$ have imaginary eigenvalues?

In quantum mechanics, Hermitian operators play a very important role because they possess real eigenvalues. Considering $-\frac{d^2}{dx^2}$, it is a Hermitian operator (Actually it's the simplest ...
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Spectral properties in Solid state physics

So assume we have a periodic 1d Schrödinger operator $$- f'' + V(x) f(x)= \lambda f(x)$$ and we want $V$ to be periodic. Now if we assume that we are on a finite interval and that we have periodic ...
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Solving Special Function Equations Using Lie Symmetries

The lie group + representation theory approach to special functions & how they solve the ode's arising in physics is absolutely amazing. I've given an example of it's power below on Bessel's ...
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Contradiction in classical analysis of the hamiltonian $\mathcal{H}=xp$?

I am writing an essay on the Berry Keating article proposing to use the $\mathcal{H}=xp$ hamiltonian to get a correspondence between the nontrivial riemann zeros and the eigenvalues of an Hermitian ...
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Why is quantum mechancis is not content with symmetric operators, but wants self-adjoint operators?

A symmetric operator has only real eigenvalues and different eigenvectors corresponding to different eigenvalues are orthogonal. These are exactly what we want for a physical observable. I think ...
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Discrete vs Continuous spectra of operators [duplicate]

Why is it that if an operator $Q$ has a discrete spectra, that the eigenfunctions are all in Hilbert space? Why is it that if the spectrum is continuous we automatically know that the eigenfunctions ...
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Symplectic Structure without predefined Hamiltonian

Here there is a link which has helped me understanding the relationship between symplectic geometry and classical mechanincs. In short, the symplectic form transforms the derivative of the ...
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Hilbert space and Hamiltonians

Assume a system described by a Hamiltonian H, and assume that the eigenstates of H, $φ_i$(r) are integrable in absolute square. We say that these states belong to a Hilbert space (they can even form a ...
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Is the metric-induced topology relevant at all in a (psuedo) Riemannian manifold? [duplicate]

A (pseudo) Riemannian manifold is a tuple: $$(M,g)$$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold (in particular, a topological space with an atlas) and $g$ is a (pseudo) Riemannian metric tensor. It is apparent ...
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The index of a Dirac operator and its physical meaning

I recently read Witten's paper from the 1980s and he often uses the notion of the index of a Dirac operator in K-theory. What is the meaning of the index of a Dirac operator? What exactly is the ...
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About the postulates of quantum mechanics and self-adjointness

I am a freshman trying to understand the very basics of quantum mechanics but I met barriers at the beginning. What really matters is the postulates of quantum mechanics and their relationship with ...
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What is the relation between renormalization and self-adjoint extension?

What is the relation between renormalization and self-adjoint extension? It seems that a renormalization scheme can be rigorously treated mathematically using the self-adjoint extension theory. Is ...
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debates on “infinity” in contemporary physics?

During the seventeenth century many philosopher-scientists, such as Leibniz, were preoccupied with the philosophy and mathematics of infinity. Famous problem were the "labyrinth of the continuum," ...
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Intuition behind $U(1)$-gauge model of Electrodynamics in a general spacetime

As the article Electrodynamics in general spacetime greatly explains, the $U(1)$-gauge theory is a good base for working in non-simply connected spaces. But I wonder whether there is a deep reason to ...
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The relationship between the structure of spacetime and the existence of spinor field?

We all know that the existence of spinor fields implies that spacetime must be time-orientable. Thus that spacetime is time-orientable is a necessary condition for existence of spinor fields. Geroch, ...