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Eigenstate vs collapsed wave function

An eigenstate, or determinate state, is a state where the measurement of some observable always yields the same result. This means that the standard deviation of the observable is zero. If a ...
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Books on Quantum Measurement

I have been trying to understand clearly the concept of non locality, hidden variables, quantum measurement etc through research papers. I also read Quantum Theory and measurment by Wheeler and Zurek ...
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The uncertainty principle and spin

I realize that this may be a very basic question, but I've been unable to find the answer elsewhere so thanks in advance for the help. Suppose an electron's spin is measured about an axis, and then ...
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How do probabilities emerge in the many-worlds interpretation?

My understanding is that at each quantized unit of time that a split occurs, every possible recombination of particles occurs in the 'objective' universe. If this is the case, what relevance to ...
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Explanation for the EPR-like paradox

I am trying to understand the process of Quantum Entanglement for use in Quantum computers. The problem I have is this: Suppose some nuclear process emits an electron-positron pair. Now after ...
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Eigenstates into which a system can be projected after a measurement

I'm currently reading Dirac's Principles of Quantum Mechanics, on page 36, he says: Another assumption we make connected to the physical interpretation of the theory is that, if a certain real ...
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finetuned quantum experiments by Murch lab, do any have dynamics outside of basic QM formalism/ axioms?

a series of very finetuned quantum experiments have been reported by the Murch lab eg in 2 articles in Nature & analysis there,[1][2][3] some leading to dramatic accounts in the media.[4] do ...
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Would a pair of independent quantum coin tosses be perfectly anti-correlated?

Background Suppose we attach a button to an electronic flip flop such that an LED will toggle when we press the button with 50% probability, where the source of the randomness is a quantum event, ...
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If I want to determine a particle's momentum or position, do I get this information from the wave function?

I am confused about how one measures the dynamical variables (eg position) of a particle. I thought the wave function $\Psi(x,t)$ was the probability amplitude and $|\Psi(x,t)|^2$ represents the ...
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So far, what has been proven about the definition of an observer? [duplicate]

I've seen people reason that nearly any particle could be an observer, causing electrons in the double-slit experiment to have definite locations. The idea of what exactly the universe/quantum physics ...
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Is there enough information in a given quantum state to determine the state beforehand?

If I knew all the information about a state, and I knew the laws of physics in their complete totality, could I "reverse engineer" it to find, with 100% certainty, the state before it?
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How to infer the wave function $\psi$ of a EM wave?

There was a claim I read somewhere that said the wave function $\psi$ of a EM wave is measurable via $\vec E$ and $\vec H$ Can someone show how this works?
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How does De Broglie–Bohm theory or pilot wave theory explain the results of the Stern–Gerlach experiment?

The Copehagen interpretation of QM explains the Stern–Gerlach experiment by asserting that a particle is in a superposition of states and doesn't have a definite spin until measured. However, the de ...
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Uncertainty Principle - measuring momentum on one entangled particle, position on the other

If two entangled particles are sent far apart and then at exactly the same time the position of one, and the momentum of the other, is measured, won't this mean that, because the corresponding values ...
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Born-like measuring rule in classical experiments

this 2011 paper "Born's rule from measurements of classical signals by threshold detectors which are properly calibrated" by Khrennikov investigates the theoretical possibility of Born-like ...
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Tight bounds between maximum weight and precision

Scales are rated according to their precision and maximum load -- attributes which seem to be universally close to one another (within about 3x10^4 grams). Eg, a scale that can measure up to a ...
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How does many-worlds interpretation make measurement unitary?

Does many-worlds interpretation of QM make the process of measurement (wavefunction collapse) be an unitary transform? If so, how does it do this? If we have an "object" qubit in state ...
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Why isn't transformation, caused by measurement, unitary?

It is said, that when measured, a quantum system undergoes "wave function collapse", which is a non-unitary transformation. Why? The wave function is $\Psi = \alpha \left|0\right\rangle + \beta ...
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How did we come to know that electrons actually 'move' in an atom?

Rutherford's experiments confirmed the existence of light-weight electron clouds in a mostly empty atom, and that they occupy some space around the nucleus. What made us conclude that they can move? ...
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Do electrons have a location before they are observed/measured? [closed]

Is this in all interpretations of QM? What about interpretations that are realist (MWI, penrose, ect)?
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Entanglement and simultaneity

According to the special theory of relativity, distant simultaneity depends on the observer's reference frame. And, according to the quantum theory, in the case of two entangled particles, a measure ...
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Are wave functions real physical objects? [duplicate]

Are wave functions (ex. electron waves) real physical objects or just mathematical tools?. Some researchers say that they have proof that they are real objects. Here's [the link] ...
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How do I calculate the most probable orbital an electron is in?

If I saw a snapshot in time of an electron near a proton (Hydrogen), then the electron can be in any orbital as long as it doesn't lie on a node of the wave function. So how would I determine which ...
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What are observables? [closed]

What are observables and how are they related to quantum decoherence and wavefunction collapse. I read this: Observables - what are they? but it was about the technical details on observables. Even ...
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Simple example showing why measurement & interaction are different

Does someone know of a clear (pedagogical) example where one can really see(with the math) where interaction and measurement are not synonymous in quantum mechanics? I know that every measurement ...
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Would it be possible to Loschmidt reverse Wigner's friend using future technology?

Would it be possible to Loschmidt reverse Wigner's friend using future technology? Why or why not? Can a human be isolated in a decoherence shielded box? Can we have fine control over every single ...
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How does a Wavefunction collapse?

I have been wondering and researching... How does a wavefunction collapse into one state?More specifically, what conditions cause a wavefunction for a quantum particle to collapse? Does this have to ...
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How does quantum decoherence occur?

My question is how does quantum decoherence happen. What happens with a quantum system when "observed?" Can you give a mathematical explanation that is simple, precise, and easy to understand?
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Wave Function Collapse Versus Decoherence

I'm aware that wave function collapse is still a topic of debate-and that decoherence is a pretty good explanation for how things might approach wave function collapse, in some sense. But the way I've ...
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Must Matter Particles Have A Hard Edge?

It's my understanding that electrons are particles, and it's also my understanding that their location while orbiting an atom cannot be determined precisely and must be determined by statistics and ...
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Why do we care about compatible observables?

Going through my first treatment of quantum mechanics at the Griffiths level, and I was wondering why we care about observables being compatible and what is the significance of having an eigenstate ...
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How does “observation” affect physics?

I watched this video which very very comprehensively demonstrates concept that sometimes particles behave differently based on whether or not they're being observed. The idea that observing something ...
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Visualisation of electron

first things first, I'm not by any means a physicist nor a student of physics. I study graphic design. Theme of my bachelor thesis is visualisation of physical and mathematical phenomenons, long story ...
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Collapse of the wave function and Heisenberg uncertainty

I have been studying quantum mechanics for a few weeks, in particular wave mechanics, as created by Schrodinger, and his equation. As a high school student, I haven't found an answer to this question ...
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Superposition and simultaneous observation

Trying to understand superposition. Ok, so double slit experiment. The multiple paths the particle simultaneously travels interfere with each other but as it is absorbed, it chooses one "actual" ...
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Why does the measurement of some observable $A$, the measured value is always an eigenvalue of the operator?

Explain why when we make a measurement of some observable $A$ in QM, the measured value is always an eigenvalue of the operator $A$.
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Can we find the definite path of electron?

Light can crisscross in all directions. Source: Can photons pass through each other? In a given volume, we can have light throughout, such that there is no space with no light in it (with the ...
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Why does the Copenhagen interpretation assert randomness if this cannot be tested?

Why does the Copenhagen interpretation of QM assert that random events occur if such a claim cannot ever be proven or disproven? A related question: How to tell if QM is really random? Edit On ...
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How do we physically apply the operators of quantum mechanics on a particle?

What do we have to perform physically that is equivalent to applying those quantum mechanical operators on a state $|\psi\rangle$? Edit: I have removed the part I was asking regarding measurement ...
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In Quantum Physics would a camera count an observer that causes wave collapse? [duplicate]

Would the observation from a camera have the same effect on wave function as the observation from a living being?
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Quantum decoherence and Schrodinger's equation

In non-relativistic quantum mechanics, the equation of evolution of the quantum state is given by Schrodinger's equation and measurement of a state of particle is itself a physical process. Thus, ...
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Is there an objective, external reality according to quantum physics?

In quantum physics, a particle can be in a superposition of two states until it is measured. In other words, the aforementioned particle doesn't have a definite state until it is "looked at" ...
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The electron: why can't it have both momentum and position [duplicate]

Total amateur here. I've been watching video lectures on Quantum Mechanics and it's said that there is no way to know both position and momentum of an electron at the same time. But is it because when ...
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Interesting (new to me) things in the exposition of Landau's book on QM

In section I.1 (The uncertainty principle), a principle I already know, the author suggests a "relaxing" picture (Unusual): "We have defined "apparatus" as a physical object which is governed, ...
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Is the uncertainity principle a practical reality, a theoretical law or a measurement problem?

I understand we cannot state with arbitrary precision the position and momentum of a micro-particle as we superpose infinite waves to create a wave packet at the exact position of the particle and ...
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What is the best article presenting counterarguments to a many-world interpretation? [duplicate]

I'd like to see a clear overview of why the many-world interpretation (WWI) of quantum is wrong, written by someone who believes that. This would be aimed at a technically aware audience, yet as an ...
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Two quantum observers

It is considered that a quantum mechanics parameter is undefined until it is measured.But what happens if two independent observers measure the same quantum parameter? Do they get the same value or ...
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Measuring non-commuting observable at once

Given an Hilbert space $H$ (finite dimensional for sake of clarity), and two non-commuting operators $$A = \sum_a a |a\rangle\langle a|$$ and $$B=\sum_a b |b\rangle\langle b|,$$ is it possible to find ...
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What is a measurement in MWI

I was reviewing the MWI, and couldn't figure what a measurement is in the MWI? Everett claims that split happens when you measure, but what is it for MWI (not for general QM)? Yes, I know about ...
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QM interpretations

I don't fully appreciate what the discovery of the decoherence phenomenon adds to the Copenaghen interpretation of QM. I will be more precise: the Copenaghen interpretation, if I am not wrong, is ...