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A question about metric tensor and their minors and cofactors in general relativity

In Einstein's book- 'the meaning of relativity', he says- The equation 55 mentioned is this one- I don't understand what the equation (62) means or how it can be proved. I know that the metric tensor ...
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Selection rules for electric quadrupole radiation

The selection rules for electric quadrupole radiation in a Hydrogen-like atom are: $$ \begin{aligned} \Delta l &= 0,\pm2 \hspace{1cm}(l=0\leftrightarrow l'=0 \textrm{ is forbidden}) \\ \Delta m &...
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Matrix representation of the radial Laplace operator isn't symmetric (or hermition as a result)

I'm working with the cylindrical coordinates. I'm using the central difference to convert the radial part of Laplace operator into a matrix. $\nabla^2 u = \frac{\partial ^2u}{\partial r^2}+\frac{1}{r}...
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Individual terms in a Hamiltonian matrix

Reference to Problem 2, Chapter 2 in Modern Quantum Mechanics by JJ Sakurai, Consider the following Hamiltonian of a two state system $$ H=H_{11}|1\rangle\langle1|+H_{22}|2\rangle\langle2|+H_{12}|1\...
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How to construct the matrix of Hamiltonians for a hexagonal lattice

For part of a project I need to solve the TISE, HΨ=ESΨ (where H is the matrix with elements <Ψi|H|Ψj>, and S is a matrix with elements <Ψi|Ψj>) for different lattices. I've done this for a ...
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Matrix representation of a fermionic creation and annihilation operator in graphene nanoribbons?

From the other question Matrix representation for fermionic annihilation operator, what if we have to find the matrix representation for the operators $a_{\sigma}^{\dagger}(k,n)$ and $b_{\sigma}(k,n)$ ...
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Ray transfer matrix analysis (Fiber)

I'm currently trying to read into ray transfer matrix analysis and am fiddling around with some of the exercises in the workbook. This one is especially annoying, since I don't know if my approach was ...
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Physical meaning of $\left \langle \psi_{nml} | x | \psi_{n'm'l'} \right \rangle$ for hydrogen atom?

I know how to calculate the matrix element $\left\langle \psi_{nml} | x | \psi_{n'm'l'} \right\rangle$, but what is the physical meaning of it? In general, what does the following mean: $$ \left \...
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Expectation value of an imaginary operator acting on a real function

In a video (http://youtu.be/r_gBQ_qhg8U?t=9m58s) it's stated that a matrix element of an imaginary operator acting on a real wave function is zero, i.e. $$\langle\text{real}|\text{imaginary}|\text{...
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Determining the three Euler angles from the acceleration

I want to know, given the measurement of an accelerometer at rest (so not really an acceleration but a force per unit of mass) the inclination of this accelerometer, along the three axis. For this, I ...
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3D frame stiffness matrix local to global

I am working on a simple script to be able to solve frame structure using direct stiffness method. I am having following stiffness matrix for 2 node frame element: What is the correct way of ...
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Colour decomposition in QCD

I am looking to compute the matrix element for the process gg -> u ubar at leading order. It is straightforward to calculate the non-colour part of the usual s, t and u channels. I will call these ...
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Scattering from a potential, matrix elements of momentum eigenstates, and the Fourier transform [closed]

I am working on my last quantum homework and don't know where to begin with part (i) in this question 4. Do I need to use a product rule in the FT and use convolution? Not sure how to go about the ...
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matrix elements of the electronic molecular Hamiltonian between a hartree product and a Slater determinant

This may belong in Chemistry, but I thought I might try my luck here first. In Szabo's book, an exercise requires a proof that = (N!)^(1/2) * given that |K(HP)> is the Hartree product wave ...
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Matrix elements of the operator $\hat{x} \hat{p}$ in position and momentum basis

I want to calculate the matrix elements of the operator $\hat{x} \hat{p}$ in momentum and position basis, that is the two quantities ($p,q$ - momenta, $x,y$ - positions): $$\langle p|\hat{x} \hat{p}|...
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Perturbation of an operator - Meaning of matrix element [closed]

Let be $B$ an operator and $\left|\Psi\right>$, $\left|\Phi\right>$ two states (not necessarily equals). What is the meaning of a matrix element $\left<\Psi\right| B \left|\Phi\right>\...
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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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Derivation of matrix element

I have tried to understand paragraph 10.7 (Kallen-Lehmann Representation) in Weinberg's Quantum theory of fields (vol.1). He calculated matrix element $$\langle0|\Phi(0)|p\rangle =(2\pi)^{-3/2}\left(...
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Bath Hamiltonian in second quantization

I'm trying to write down the bath Hamiltonian for a system of dimers and trimers. Imagine each of the monomers in the excited state can interact with several phonons with given frequencies. The bath ...
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1D Ising Model (NN and NNN interactions) with 2 transfer matrices

I've tried an alternative solution for finding the partition function of this model. So is what I've done correct? If it isn't then please prove and explain why not. (I'm pretty sure I made a ...
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Matrix elements of a one-fermion operator (first and second quantizations)

I'm currently struggling with the expression of operators in second quantization. I did an exercise in which I had to consider a fermion in a central potential $V(\vec{r})$ and show that the matrix ...
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How to show that basis of space of Dirac gamma-matrices is given by following matrices?

How to show that 16 matrices $$ \mathbf E , \quad \gamma^{\mu}, \quad \gamma^{5} = \frac{i}{4}\gamma^{0}\gamma^{1}\gamma^{2}\gamma^{3}, \quad \eta^{\mu \nu} = -\frac{1}{4}\left(\gamma^{\mu}\gamma^{\nu}...
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When Eigenfunctions/Wavefunctions are real?

When the Hamiltonian is Hermitian(i,e. beyond the effective mass approximation), generally under which conditions the eigenfunctions/wavefunctions are real? What happens in 1D case like the finite ...
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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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What is the correct arrangement of the elements of Pauli matrices?

I'm dealing with angular momentum, or particularly spin, on my quantum mechanics course; I guess the Pauli matrices thing is a more general one, but I'd like to illustrate my doubt with them (maybe ...
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Diagonal matrix in k-space

I'm having some trouble with an integration I hope you guys can help me with. I have that: ${{\mathbf{v}}_{i}}\left( \mathbf{k} \right)=\frac{\hbar {{\mathbf{k}}_{i}}}{m}$ and ${{\mathbf{v}}_{j}}\...
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Element of area in 4-dimensional space-time

How would you proof that $$ \mathrm {Tr} (\mathbf{S\cdot \bar S })=0$$ where $\mathbf S$ is an element of area delimited for the 4-vectors $\mathbf u$ and $\mathbf v$ given by $$S^{\alpha \beta}\equiv ...
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Is the momentum operator well-defined in the basis of standing waves?

Suppose I want to describe an arbitrary state of a quantum particle in a box of side $L$. The relevant eigenmodes are those of standing waves, namely $$ \left<x|n\right>=\sqrt{\frac{2}{L}}\cdot ...
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Path integral on matrix model

I was looking at a 0-dimensional matrix model, where the variables are $N\cdot N$ Hermitean matrices. It had a gauge symmetry, e.g. $U(N)$. And in the path integral, the Faddeev-Popov trick was used. ...
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How to express continuous values as a matrix

Usually a quantity of a matrix is defined as the eigenvalues of the matrix. If so, how can anyone express continuous values, as in Schrodinger picture, into a matrix?
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Matrix Representations of Quantum States and Hamiltonians

I am a high school student trying to teach himself quantum mechanics just for fun, and I am a bit confused. As a fun test of my programming/quantum mechanics skill, I decided to create a computer ...
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Creation and Annialation Operators and Kinetic Energy Matrix Elements

I'd like to write equations for $c_{ij}(t)$, With a hamiltonian of the form $$H=\sum_{kn}a^{\dagger}_k t_{kn}a_n + \frac{1}{2}\sum_{klmn}a^{\dagger}_k a^{\dagger}_l v_{klmn}a_m a_n$$ with $t_{kn}$ ...
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If the S-matrix has symmetry group G, must the fields be representations of G?

If the fields in QFT are representations of the Poincare group (or generally speaking the symmetry group of interest), then I think it's a straight forward consequence that the matrix elements and ...
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Vector space of $\mathbb{C}^4$ and its basis, the Pauli matrices

How do I write an arbitrary $2\times 2$ matrix as a linear combination of the three Pauli Matrices and the $2\times 2$ unit matrix? Any example for the same might help ?
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Decay Amplitudes Notation

This question is mostly about how to interpret notation used in Particle Physics. I am given that at lowest order the rate of $b\rightarrow s\gamma$ is proportional to $\langle B_p|b^\dagger b|B_p\...