In physics, an operator is almost always either a square matrix or a linear mapping from one space of functions (often on $\mathbb{R}^N$ or $\mathbb{C}^N$) to the same or other like space of functions. Operators serve as *observables* and as *time evolution operators* in Quantum Mechanics. This tag ...

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Proof of: if $\hat H | a_n\rangle=a_n|a_n\rangle$ then $f(\hat H)| a_n\rangle=f(a_n)|a_n\rangle$?

In Quantum Mechanics you have the eigenvalue equation: $$\hat H | a_n\rangle=a_n|a_n\rangle \tag{1}$$ where $\hat H$ is the Hamiltonian operator, $\{|a_n\rangle\}$ is a complete set of eigenstates ...
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How to determine the observables rigorously?

In Quantum Mechanics, as I know, if a system is described by a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$, each physical quantity is associated with some hermitian operator $A : U\subset \mathcal{H}\to \mathcal{H}$ ...
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Quantum mechanics Hermitian problems [on hold]

how to determine its non zero Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions how to prove A is hermitian in problem 2
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Conceptual questions on the path integral formulation of QFT

I'm currently trying to teach myself the path integral formulation of QFT (having studied the canonical approach previously), but I'm having some conceptual difficulties that I hope I can clear up ...
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Possible values for $L_x$

I've a physical system with $l=1$ and I have to calculate the values I can obtain if I measure $L_x$ and their probability. I know that: the values I can obtain are $\ m=0, \pm 1$ $\displaystyle ...
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What quantum measurement formalism is easiest to implement physically?

As part of my studies and research, I have learned to work with three different measurement formalism which I define to avoid any ambiguity with the nomenclature: General measurements, which are ...
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Electric field operator in 2D geomatry

In the free field (3D), transverse electric field operator is given by the below expression; $$e^{\bot}(\textbf{R}) =i \sum_{\textbf{p},\lambda}\Big( \frac{\hbar cp}{2V\epsilon_{0}}\Big)^{1/2} ...
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What does $(I + iδH^t)(I-iδH)$ equal to? [on hold]

$I$ is equal to 1, $δ$ is a small change. According to 43:04-43:10 of this video http://theoreticalminimum.com/courses/quantum-mechanics/2012/winter/lecture-4 \begin{align} \ i{ δ }(H^t-H)=0 ...
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Completeness relations of eigenstates in the Heisenberg picture

I've been reading Srednicki's introduction to path integrals and I'm slightly unsure of the notation that he uses for the completeness relation of position eigenstates in the Heisenberg picture. In ...
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Meaning of expectation value of product of non-commuting operators

Let $\hat{A}$ and $\hat{B}$ be Hermitian observables with spectra labeled by $a$ and $b$. Then we can write \begin{equation} \hat{A} = \sum_a a\, \hat{P}_a \end{equation} \begin{equation} \hat{B} = ...
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Lippmann-Schwinger equation and $T$ expansion

Lippmann-Schwinger equation, in operator form, is: $$ T=V+V\frac{1} {E-H_0+i \hbar \varepsilon} T=:V+V\Theta_0T, $$ where $H_{tot}=H_0+{V}$ is the hamiltonian ($H_0$ is the free particle hamiltonian ...
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How to deal with eigenvectors which are not square integrable?

In Quantum Mechanics there is one type of situation I'm still unsure on how to deal with. First of all, I want to make clear I'm trying to understand how to deal with this rigorously. What I'm talking ...
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Klein-Gordon Field Angular Momentum Operator in Terms of Creation and Annihilation Operators [on hold]

I am computing the angular momentum operator for real Klein-Gordon field (essentially question six of here (though please note this is not a homework question, I am following through Tong's course via ...
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Lowering operator and degenerate eigenvalue [duplicate]

In this video at 5:00: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xniXpD3bCYU David Miller derives how the lowering operator $\hat a$ produces some wave function that has the eigenvalue $(n-1)$; thus it ...
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Schroedinger equation for hydrogen atom

I have got a problem understanding the meaning of the Laplace operator in the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom. $$\Big(-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m_e} \Delta_{r_e} - \frac{\hbar^2}{2M_P} \Delta_{r_p} ...
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What is time evolution operator?

Could you explain to me (level 1 years undergrade) what is a time evolution operator? I read on Wikipedia, and it confuses me.
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Boson ladder operator $n+1$ factor [closed]

Looking at Boson creation and annihilation operators, I come across that \begin{equation} b_a|n_\alpha\rangle=\sqrt{n_\alpha}|n_\alpha-1\rangle \end{equation} and \begin{equation} ...
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Adjoint Fokker-Plank operator

In Zwanzig's book "nonequilibrium statistical mechanics" he defines the Fokker-Plank equation for a probability distribution $f$ and with it an operator $D$: $${ \partial f(a,t) \over \partial t} = ...
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Definition of Hamilton operator

The Hamilton operator is by definition a self-adjoint operator $H\text{: }D\left(H\right)\to\mathcal{H}$ with $D\left(H\right)\subset\mathcal{H}$ a dense linear subspace of the Hilbert space ...
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One-electron reduced density matrix: Argument for positive semidefiniteness

I cannot follow an argument for positive-semidefiniteness of the one-electron density matrix given in "Molecular Electronic-Structure Theory" by Helgaker/Jorgensen/Olsen. First some definitions: ...
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How to construct the operator and the physical experiment needed to perform an arbitrary 'measurement in a basis'?

I have taken an introductory level course in QM and have covered some advanced topics by myself and don't really understand what it means to 'measure in a particular basis'. A projective measurement ...
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Derivation of the low-energy effective Hamiltonian

In the quantum mechanics, the Hamiltonian $H$ satisfies the Schroedinger equation $$ H\psi = E\psi. $$ Suppose that $P$ is a projection operator, and $Q=1-P$. The low-energy effective Hamiltonian is ...
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Time-ordering and Dyson series

In Dyson series we use a time-ordered exponential by arguing that a Hamiltonian at two different instants of time does not commute. Why is it that so? Can anyone explain with example why should the ...
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Both Eigenvalues and Operators are “Observables”? [duplicate]

I am having a bit of difficulty wading through the what seems to be multiple usages for Observables in Quantum Mechanics. " Mathematically observables are postulated to be Hermitian operators.. " ...
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Why isn't the time-derivative considered an operator in quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

Based on my understanding when doing quantum mechanics we deal with a small set of mathematical objects: namely scalars, kets, bras, and operators. But then in the Schrodinger equation we have this ...
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Can operators be argument of Dirac Delta function

In one part of Marc Bee's book on Quasielastic Neutron Scattering, he defines the pair correlation function $$ G(\textbf r,t) = \frac{1}{(2\pi)^3}\int I(\textbf Q,t)\text e^{-i\textbf Q.\textbf r}\ ...
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Eigenstates of a harmonic oscillator

Using ladder operators, I can find eigenstates $\psi_n$ with eigenenergies $$E_n=\hbar\omega\left(n+\frac{1}{2}\right). $$ In my textbook, ladder operators work like $$ a\psi_n = c_n \psi_{n-1}$$ $$ ...
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Find the expression of $j_+$ and $j_-$operators [closed]

I have just started to do exercises about quantum mechanics and I have some difficulties. I have a particle with spin $j=1$ and the Hamiltonian is $H=\gamma(j_xj_y+j_y j_x)$ (where $\gamma$ is a ...
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Can the inverse operator be expressed as a series?

I've seen the claim that a function of an operator can be defined as a series. For example, say $A: H_1 \mapsto H_2$ is an operator. Then $$ e^A \equiv \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{A^n}{n!}. \tag{1}$$ In ...
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Do I have some freedom when I define the quantum SHO ladder operators? [closed]

I tried to solve the quantum harmonic oscillator via the operator method. After doing it and looking up the solution I noticed that for some reason the ladder operators got an additional factor of (i) ...
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Continuous spectrum of hydrogen atom

I wonder if there is a nice treatment of the continuous spectrum of hydrogen atom in the physics literature--showing how the spectrum decomposition looks and how to derive it.
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A particle in a 1D box: what is the meaning of velocity?

In the box $x = 0$ to $x = L$, $V = 0$, and for $x < 0$ and $x > L$, $V = \infty$ (infinite potential well). The eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian are: $$E_n = \frac{n^2 h^2}{8L^2} \, .$$ Since ...
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In QFT do we always use normal-ordered Hamiltonian? [duplicate]

In quantization of the Dirac field I learned that we use normal ordering to get rid of negative energy vacuum state. From this point is there any reason we would use original Hamiltonian?
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Why does time evolution operator have the form $U(t) = e^{-itH}$?

Let's denote by $|\psi(t)\rangle$ some wavefunction at time $t$. Then let's define the time evolution operator $U(t_1,t_2)$ through $$ U(t_2,t_1) |\psi(t_1)\rangle = |\psi(t_2)\rangle \tag{1}$$ and ...
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What is a single-phonon?

From what I understood from wikipedia, as well as some other resources, each phonon corresponds to a normal mode oscillation, and the creation operator to create a phonon of wavevector $k$ is: $$ ...
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$[A_1, H] =[A_2, H] = 0$ but $[A_1, A_2] \neq 0$?

I am having a difficult time understanding this problem. Suppose $[A_1, A_2] \ne 0,$ $[A_1, H] = 0,$ $[A_2, H] = 0.$ Show that the energy eigenstates of $H$ are in general ...
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Is Hamiltonian a differential operator in second quantization?

Normally, a free particle Hamiltonian is written $$ \hat{H} = - \frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \Delta $$ which is a differential operator because Laplacian $\Delta$ is. On the other hand, in second ...
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Commutation relations in second quantization

I know that for operators $a(\chi_1), a(\chi_2)$ of the same type (fermionic or bosonic) $$ [a(\chi_1), a(\chi_2)]_{-\xi} = [a^\dagger (\chi_1), a^\dagger (\chi_2)]_{-\xi} = 0 \tag{1}$$ where $$\xi ...
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How to write electron hole Hamiltonian into quasi-boson form?

V Chernyak, Wei Min Zhang, S Mukamel, J Chem Phys Vol. 109, 9587 (can be freely downloaded here http://mukamel.ps.uci.edu/publications/pdfs/347.pdf ) Eq.(2.2), Eq. (B1) Eq.(B4)-(B6). When I substitue ...
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Polchinski Exercise 2.2, can I show that a function is harmonic by applying $\partial\bar{\partial}$?

I'm working on the following exercise: Exercise 2.2: Work out explicitly the expression $$:X^{\mu_1}(z_1, \overline{z}_1) \dots X^{\mu_n}(z_n, \overline{z}_n): \qquad \qquad\qquad $$ $$ ...
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Smoothness of the energy levels of a generic Hamiltonian

Let us take an Hamiltonian $H(\xi)$ which depends on a set of parameters $\xi$, and assume that the matrix elements $h_{ij}(\xi)$ of the Hamiltonian are smooth complex functions of the parameters ...
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How to express a convex function of a Hermitian operator in terms of its eigenvalues and eigenvectors?

The Hermitian operator $\hat O$ can be expressed as $$\hat{O}=\sum_i O_i|O_i\rangle\langle O_i|.$$ How to prove that a convex function $f(\hat O)$ can be expressed like $$f (\hat O)=\sum_i ...
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The dual role of (anti-)Hermitian operators in quantum mechanics

Hermitian (or anti-Hermitian) operators are of central importance in quantum mechanics in at least two different incarnations: Observables are represented by Hermitian operators on the quantum ...
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Prove: $A$ and $B$ commute, therefore functions $f(A)$ and $g(B)$ will always commute with one another [closed]

How do I / can I actually prove the relationship $[a,b]=0 \Rightarrow [f(a),g(b)]=0$ for all functions $f,g$. I'm asking because the following sentence in the solution to my quantum mechanics ...
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How is Lippmann-Schwinger equation derived?

I'd like to know the derivation of Lippmann-Schwinger equation (LSE) in operator formalism and on what assumptions it is based. I consulted the Ballentine book as advised in this Phys.SE post, but I ...
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Minus sign in the time ordering operator

The time ordering operator is usually defined as $$\mathcal{T} \left\{A(\tau) B(\tau')\right\} := \begin{cases} A(\tau) B(\tau') & \text{if } \tau > \tau', \\ \pm B(\tau')A(\tau) & \text{if ...
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Angular Momentum Operators - Commutation Relations

I was going over past PGRE exam questions, and came across this one. The components for the angular momentum operator $\mathbf{L}=(L_x,L_y,L_z)$ satisfy the following commutation relations. ...
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The $n$-th root of the NOT gate

I simply can not find material containing facts about the $n$-th root of the NOT gate and it's realization in Q.M. and also in C.M.. Does anyone have material? A comparison of the $n$-th root NOT ...
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Eigenstates of sum of creation and annihilation operators

Does the operator $a+a^\dagger$ have eigenstates? If yes, what are they?
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Mode operators in the Virasoro algebra

This questions concerns Exercise 2.11 in Polchinski. We are asked to compute the commutator $$L_{m}(L_{-m}|0;0\rangle) - L_{-m}(L_{m} |0;0\rangle)$$ By plugging the mode expansions, we use the ...