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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Expectation to uncertainty

We know that in the case of $O$ being an operator, $\langle O^2\rangle-\langle O\rangle^2$ equals to uncertainty as long as $\langle\rangle$ means the mean value (expectation value). if we have $A$ ...
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Can momentum have a complex expectation value?

I'm making examples of wave functions to incorporate in a QM exam. I came up with the following wave function, which gives me some troubles: $$\psi(x,0) = \begin{cases} A(a-x), & -a \leq x \leq ...
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Mutual or same set of eigenfunctions if two operators commute

If two operators commute, do they have "a mutual set of eigenfunctions", or "the same set of eigenfunctions"? My quantum chemistry book uses these as if they are interchangeable, but they do not seem ...
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Spin operators in quantum mechanics

I'm reading for my exam on Monday. In my notes I have written that the teacher has told us that: $S_1 \cdot S_2 = [(S_1 + S_2)^2 - S_1^2 - S_2^2]/2 = S_{tot}^2 - \frac{3 \hbar^2}{4}$ Where $S_i = ...
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Expectation value of an operator and commutator relation

I have a quantum operator $A.$ It's expectation value is constant respect to time. I mean $$\langle \psi(t)|A|\psi(t)\rangle$$ is a constant values. If I know $|\psi(t)\rangle$ is not an eigenstate ...
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Is there a time operator in quantum mechanics?

The question in the title has been asked many times on this site before, of course. Here's what I found: Time as a Hermitian operator in QM? in 2011. Answer states time is a parameter. Is there an ...
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Inserting the resolution of identity correctly

In a text on path integrals, I find the following: \begin{equation} \langle q_{j+1}|e^{-i(\hat{p}/2m)\delta t}|q_j\rangle = \int\frac{dp}{2\pi}\langle q_{j+1}|e^{-i(\hat{p}/2m)\delta ...
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Perturbation Theory Question

How can you work out the average perturbation, from a normal hamiltonian, of all states that rely on the quantum numbers of s = __ and l = __, with the perturbation being proportional to the product ...
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Momentum in quantum harmonic oscillator with step up and step down operators [closed]

I'm hitting a wall in my understanding of the momentum operator in a quantum harmonic oscillator. I've showed that $p = (a^\dagger - a)\sqrt{\frac{m w \hbar}{2}}i$ where $a^\dagger$ and $a$ are the ...
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Derivation of momentum operator

From a video lecture on quantum mechanics at MIT OCW I found that you didn't need to know Schrödinger's equation to know the momentum operator which is $\frac{\hbar}{i}\frac{\partial}{\partial x}$. ...
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How do we take the limit of this quantum operation?

I am wondering how to take the following limit: \begin{align} L= \lim_{\tau \to \infty} \frac{1}{\tau} \int_{-\tau/2}^{\tau/2} dy \, \left(1 - \frac{1}{\sqrt{ \pi} \sigma } ...
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Hamiltonian in commutator contradiction [duplicate]

Consider the following: $$[ \hat H, \hat x]=\left[-\frac{\hbar^2 \hat p^2}{2m}+V,\hat x\right]\ne0 \text{ in general}$$ But $$[ \hat H, \hat x]=\left[i\hbar \frac{\partial }{\partial t},\hat ...
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Nonabelian global symmetries, $SO(N)$ charges in terms of creation and annihilation operators

Consider an $SO(N)$ symmetric theory of $N$ real scalar fields,$$\mathcal{L} = {1\over2} \partial_\mu \Phi^a \partial^\mu \Phi^a - {1\over2} m^2 \Phi^a \Phi^a - {1\over4} \lambda (\Phi^a ...
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How do I know that I've found all eigenstates of an operator? [closed]

Given some Hermitian operator $\hat{A}$, how do I know that I've found all its eigenstates? For Hermitian $n \times n$ matrices, this is easy, because then I know that that the number of eigenstates ...
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Operators for a Perturbed Hamiltonian: Heisenberg Picture ($\hat{x}$, $\hat{p}$)

Problem I am trying to calculate the Equations of Motion in the Heisenberg picture for $\hat{x}$ and $\hat{p}$ in a perturbed Hamiltonian, $$ \tag{1} \hat{H} = \hat{H}_0 + \hat{H}' $$ Assume ...
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How to Fourier transform creation/annihilation operators?

Zee's QFT in a Nutshell pages 65-66. For a complex scalar QFT $$ \varphi(\vec{x},t) = \int\frac{d^Dk}{\sqrt{(2\pi)^D2\omega_k}}\left[a(\vec{k})\mathrm{e}^{-i(\omega_kt-\vec{k}\cdot\vec{x})} + ...
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Momentum operator derivation in QFT from QM

In David Tong`s QFT notes there is a chapter about the derivation of the momentum operator from quantum mechanics (page 44) where he is showing that the momentum operator can be expressed by the ...
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Do different creation/annihilation operators always commute?

In a complex (non-hermitian) scalar QFT, is it correct that the creation/annihilation operators $a,a^\dagger$ (particle) and $b,b^\dagger$ (anti-particle) commute, i.e. $[a,b] = [a,b^\dagger] = ...
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State operator map, and scalar fields in $R\times S^{D-1}$ to $R^D$

This question is generalized version of my previous questions State operator map in $R \times S^{D-1}$ to $R^D$ , State-operator map, and scalar fields and State operator correponding $i.e$ $S^1\times ...
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Parity operator eigenstates [closed]

I have a problem I cannot solve on my own. I have given two states $\psi_1$ and $\psi_2$ and an Operator $O$ such that $P \psi_1 = \epsilon_1 \psi_2$, $P \psi_2 = \epsilon_2 \psi_2$ and $POP^{-1} = ...
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Is the scalar field operator self-adjoint?

In A. Zee's QFT in a Nutshell, he defines the field for the Klein-Gordon equation as $$ \tag{1}\varphi(\vec x,t) = \int\frac{d^Dk}{\sqrt{(2\pi)^D2\omega_k}}[a(\vec k)e^{-i(\omega_kt-\vec k\cdot\vec ...
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State operator map in $R \times S^{D-1}$ to $R^D$

This question is relevant in my former question State-operator map, and scalar fields and State operator corrponding $i.e$ $S\times S$ to $R^2$. (which was wrong, corrected one was states in $R \times ...
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Parity operator with other operators

I need to show the following: $$P x P^{-1} = -x, \ P p P^{-1} = -p, \ P L P^{-1} = L$$ where $P$ is the parity operator and $x$, $p$ and $L$ are the position, momentum and angular momentum ...
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State-operator map, and scalar fields

Up so far, i have been studied state-operator correspondence, $i.e$, i have been questioned State operator corrponding $i.e$ $S\times S$ to $R^2$ which was wrong question. By studing Ginsparg's ...
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quantum mechanics probability of +1 spin between arbitrary directions

So there are two unit vectors $\hat{m}$ and $\hat{n}$ with arbitrary directions in 3D space. There is a spin operator along a particular direction in space, say that of $\hat{r}$, is: $\sigma_r= ...
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In nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics, is the expectation value of a sum of operators always equal to the sum of the expectation values?

Suppose that $\lvert \psi_n \rangle$ are the eigenvectors of a Hamiltonian, $\hat{H}$, which span some Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ and satisfy $$\hat{H}\lvert \psi_n \rangle = E_n \lvert \psi_n ...
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Commutation of vector operators

I'm supposed to show that $\left[\mathbf A,\mathbf B\right]=0$ (for two vector operators $\mathbf A$ and $\mathbf B$) if and only if all components of $\mathbf A$ commute with all components of ...
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Real versus complex Hamiltonian

While a Hamiltonian must be a Hermitian matrix, it can either be real or complex. Is there a significance for having a real Hamiltonian? Does it have any additional physical symmetries? For ...
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Dirac notation - specific acting orientation for operators

I have this doubt: Imagine two operators $A$ and $B$ and the state $\psi$. I know that the following statement is true: $$\langle\psi| A|\psi\rangle^*=\langle\psi| A^\dagger|\psi\rangle$$ But ...
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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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Relativistic Commutation relation for momentum and position

We all know that the canonical commutation relation give you $$[x_i,p_j]=i\hbar\delta_ij,$$ is there a relativistic version such as $$[x^a,p_b]=i\hbar\delta_a^b?$$ If so what is the time ...
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Simple QFT simulation - how to do it

I would like to write a simple QFT simulation for a free scalar field with a cubic interaction term. However, I got stuck a bit. I will try to describe what I think I understand. I want to have a ...
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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. ...
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What does a line above a commutator, e.g. $\overline{[x, H]}$ mean?

What does this notation mean in relation to quantum mechanics? $$\overline{[x,H]}\qquad\text{or}\qquad\overline{[p,H]}\tag{1}$$ I know $[x,H]$ is just the commutator e.g $xH-Hx$, and the ...
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Calculate mean number of particles of time evolution coherent state [closed]

I seem to be missing some identities. I know you need to calculate P_n = |<n|alpha_t>|^2 and mean number of particles is the infinite sum of nP_n. However I ...
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Show that $|n\rangle$ is correctly normalized [closed]

Prove that $$|n\rangle = \frac1{\sqrt{n!}} (\hat a^\dagger)^n |0\rangle$$ is correctly normalized. I know I must show its bra-ket equals 1 but I don't know what bra-ket notation really means, so ...
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Canonical Commutation Relations in arbitrary Canonical Coordinates

If one were to formulate quantum mechanics in an arbitrary canonical coordinate system, does he impose canonical commutation relations using Dirac's recipe? ...
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Is there a physical significance to non-normal states of the algebra of observables?

Quantum theory may be formalized in several different ways. Generally, the physical discussion of different states of a quantum system distinguishes pure and mixed states, and then subsumes both in a ...
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Closure relation for degenerate eigenkets

Consider an observable in quantum mechanics, with a degenerate eigenvalue in a continuous spectrum. Is it possible for such an eigenvalue to have a finite degeneracy? If the degeneracy is infinite, ...
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Particle Hole Transformation of Hamiltonian

The particle hole transformation for a bipartite lattice $\Lambda$ (with sublattices $A$ and $B$) can be written as $$U^\dagger c_{i,\uparrow} U = \epsilon(i) c^\dagger_{i\uparrow} \\ U^\dagger ...
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Inverse Quantum Operator

In the quantum harmonic oscillator problem, how would one go about calculating $$\left\langle n\left|\frac{1}{X^2}\right|n\right\rangle$$ using raising and lowering operators $a^{\dagger}, a$ only, ...
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The momentum representation of $x$ and $ [x,p]$ [duplicate]

To deduce the momentum representation of $[x,p]$, we can see one paradom $$<p|[x,p]|p>=iℏ$$ $$<p|[x,p]|p>=<p|xp|p>−<p|px|p>=p<p|x|p>−p<p|x|p>=0$$ Why? If we ...
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Why Hamiltonian is Hermitian? [duplicate]

Everyone knows that this is needed to make eigenvalues real, but still why we enforcing such a structure at first place? An arbitrary operator can have as complex as real eigenvalues, we can simply ...
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Is there any theorem that suggests that QM+SR has to be an operator theory?

UPDATE To make my question more precise, I'll define what I mean by an operator theory: An operator theory is a theory in which the dynamical objects are operators, i.e., the equations of motion ...
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Show that translation and rotation operator are unitary

I have a problem understanding how to show that operators are unitary if they are not in the "normal" matrix form. The translation operator is defined as $$(T_v \psi)(x) = \psi(x-v)$$ and the ...
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Distinguishing degenerate states physically

Suppose there is a free particle on a circle with radius r. The energy spectrum is then $$E_n = \frac{n^2\hbar^2}{2mr^2} \,.$$ Thus, when $n \neq 0$, then the spectrum of energies is degenerate ...
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Why are eigenspaces of a Hermitian operator mutually orthogonal? [closed]

In Quantum Mechanics, from the properties of the solution of Schrodinger's Equation inside the infinite well, is that they are: Mutually orthogonal for different eigenvalues. Orthonormal. Complete. ...
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Explaining causal completion axiom in Haag-Kastler axioms?

There are several variants of the Haag-Kastler axioms for algebraic quantum field theory. Usually one associates an algebra $\mathcal{A}(O)$ to each open region $O$ of spacetime. An often-suggested ...
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Relation of field creation operators to path integral?

Applying two field creation operators to a vacuum I get: $$\hat{\psi}^\dagger(x)\hat{\psi}^\dagger(y)|0\rangle = (\hat{\phi}(x)\hat{\phi}(y) - s^{-1}(x-y)) |0\rangle$$ where the quantum field ...