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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Parity operators and spin

Consider the following excerpt from Weinberg's Lectures on Quantum Mechanics: I follow everything up until the last statement in the excerpt. In fact, from other things I've read, it seems that one ...
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Does $[A^2,B]=0$ imply $[A,B]$=0? [closed]

The commutator $[A^2,B]$ can be written as $A[A,B]+[A,B]A$. So if $[A,B]=0$, $[A^2,B]$ is also zero. But is the converse also true? If $[A^2,B]$ is given to be zero, then is [A,B]=0? Let $C=[A,B]$. ...
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What is the physical states in Heisenberg picture?

The physics states in Quantum mechanics is represented by vectors in Hilbert space, however in Heisenberg's picture, the equation of motion $$ \frac{d}{dt}A_H(t) = \frac{i}{\hbar}[H,A_H(t)]+\frac{\...
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Squeeze operator

If $\phi(x)$ is an arbitrary normalized function, and $S$ the squeeze operator, $$ S=e^{\frac{\mu\cdot h}{2\pi}(a^{\dagger2}-a^{2})} $$ with $\mu \in \mathbb R$. How can I find the value and the ...
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Why do the ladder operators in harmonic oscillators work?

The Hamiltonian can be diagonalized by transforming $x$ and $p$ to $a$ and $a^\dagger$. I understand how one proceeds from there to find the spectrum of $a^\dagger a$, the ground state $|0\rangle$ and ...
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Is there a difference between the adjoint and conjugate?

Is there a difference between the adjoint and conjugate? I have recently started some work for a quantum field theory module and I'm wondering if there is a difference between the adjoint or conjugate ...
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Why the constancy of an observable w.r.t time depends on whether it commutes with $H$ or not?

I have been reading Modern Quantum Mechanics by J.J.Sakurai. Under the chapter Quantum Dynamics, the author says if an observable $A$ initially commutes with the Hamiltonian operator $H$, then it ...
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Question about a formula in the book by Green, Schwarz, Witten

In chapter 7 of superstring theory, it is written $$ g\langle0;k_1|\zeta\cdot\alpha_1V_0(k_2)\zeta_3\cdot\alpha_{-1}|0;k_3\rangle=g\langle0;k_1|\zeta\cdot\alpha_1e^{k_2\cdot\alpha_{-1}} e^{-k_2\cdot\...
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Plane wave shift in a differential operator

Does anyone can help me to prove the following equation \begin{equation} e^{-i\vec{k}\cdot\vec{x}}f(\partial_{\mu})e^{i\vec{k}\cdot\vec{x}} = f(\partial_{\mu}+ik_{\mu}) \end{equation} Where $\vec{k}\...
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Non-separable solutions of the Schroedinger equation

I'm studying an undergraduate Quantum Mechanics course and I have some doubts about the solution of the Schroedinger equation by the separation of variables method. If we suppose that the solutions ...
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Does Heisenberg's uncertainty hold for any two quantum measurements?

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle is most commonly expressed in terms of the uncertainty in measurement of position and momentum of a particle, $$\Delta x\Delta p \geq \hbar$$and uncertainty in ...
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Taylor expansion of exponential operator

I have an operator: $$ \hat O = e^{\hat A+\hat B}$$ Is it correct to write its first order Taylor expansion by: $$\hat O = 1+\hat A+\hat B$$
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Uncertainty Principle with the corresponding operators

Why does the corresponding operator do not commute if there is uncertainty related to two observables A and B that states $\Delta A\,\Delta B > 0 $ ?
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Heisenberg Representation of Quantum Computers explain observable transformations

The Heisenberg Representation of Quantum Computers (Daniel Gottesman) http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/9807006 Suppose we have a quantum computer in the state $|\psi\rangle$, and we apply the ...
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Show that partial derivative with respect to time is anti-hermitian [closed]

I have a definition that $$<s_1,s_2> = \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}s_1^*(t)s_2(t) dt$$ I need to show that $\partial_t$ operator which is just the partial derivative with respect to time is anti-...
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Annihilation operator in harmonic oscillator

In Wikipedia's QHO page there is a moment when the following is stated: I don't know why "the ground state in the position representation is determined by $a|0\rangle=0$". I would say that the ...
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Transforming to a rotating frame in the $x$-basis

I was reading this paper on analytically Solvable driven time-dependent two level quantum systems. The Hamiltonian considered in the paper is the following: $$H=\sigma_z\cdot J(t)/2)+\sigma_x\cdot h/2$...
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Heisenberg's uncertainty principle derivation in a ring [duplicate]

The standard derivation But now suppose the space is a ring of length $L$, it seems the derivation could work out exactly the same and we get $$\Delta p \Delta x \geq \hbar/2.$$ But since $\Delta x$ ...
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Writing operator evolution as a quantum dynamical map

In the Heisenberg picture we have the evolution of the operator in time given by: $$A(t)=U^+A(0)U$$ I was looking into the theory of open quantum systems where we introduce the concept of a quantum ...
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Calculating the expectation value of spin [closed]

Consider the state-space with a base formed by the eigenstates of the operator $\hat{S}_z$. For the state $|\phi\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt2}|+\rangle_z-\frac{1}{\sqrt2}|-\rangle_z$, what is the value of $\...
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Time-ordering of fermion operators

If $A$ and $B$ are fermion operators then the time ordering is defined as \begin{eqnarray} T(AB) = \left\{ \begin{array}{rl} AB, & \mbox{if $B$ precedes $A$}\\ -BA, & \mbox{if $A$ precedes $B$...
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Quantum Mechanics: Rotation operators

How do I know what direction of the rotation operator to use on the initial state of a spin-1/2 particle? For example, a spin-1/2 particle initially in the $\lvert y \rangle$ state enters a SGz ...
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Momentum operator in effective mass approximation

When we calculate the band structure of some solid then we often find that in the bottom of the conduction band the dispersion looks approximately quadratic with some new effective mass: $$E(k) = \...
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Unitary operators evolving the set of Pauli matrices

Consider the Heisenberg picture of Quantum Mechanics. For a two state system we have the Pauli matrices evolving according to the relation $$\sigma_i(t)=U^+\sigma_i(0)U$$ where $U=e^{-iHt/\hbar}$ and $...
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Order of operators and numbers inside a bracket

I had an argument with my professor. Let $H$ be an operator (e.g. hamiltonian). Let capital $X$ denote the position operator. Let $f$ and $g$ be functions of $X$ that do NOT commute with $H$. Now ...
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Time-ordered product of two normal-ordered products of fields

Suppose you have a scalar field theory with field operators $\phi(x)=\phi(x)_+ + \phi(x)_- $ that can be decomposed into terms of annihilation and destruction operators. Let $$ D(x-y) = <0|T(\phi(...
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Exact solution of Qubit Decoherence using Transfer Matrix

I'm going through a particular paper on decoherence: Exact Solution of Qubit Decoherence models by a transfer matrix method I'm having trouble understanding a particular step in the mathematics ...
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How to recognize a Complete Set of Commuting Operators (CSCO)

A question about 'completeness'. These two operators are commuting, but I want to know more about their completeness. How do you know if {H}, {B}, {H,B} and/or {$H^2$,B} are forming (a) Complete Set(...
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Are the path integral formalism and the operator formalism inequivalent?

Abstract The definition of the propagator $\Delta(x)$ in the path integral formalism (PI) is different from the definition in the operator formalism (OF). In general the definitions agree, but it is ...
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Elegant method to show $[L^2,[L^2,\vec{r}\,]\,] = 2\hbar^2\{L^2, \vec{r}\}.$ [duplicate]

Show that $[L^2,[L^2,\vec{r}\,]\,] = 2\hbar^2\{L^2, \vec{r}\},$ where $\vec{r} = x\, {\hat x} + y\, {\hat y} + z\, {\hat z}.$ "Edit: $\{A,B\} = AB + BA$ is the anti-commutator." I am able to solve ...
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Gaussian Minimizes Uncertainty - Statement Qualification [duplicate]

On the last page of this paper, the following statements are made (I'll jump right to around the point of interest): Example: Consider $A=p_x$, $B=x$. Then $$\langle A\rangle=\langle B\...
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Is the Wave Function a Unitary Operator? [closed]

A unitary operator can be represented as an exponential $$e^{iA}$$ and as we represent the wave function in general as $$e^{i k x}.$$ Does that mean that the wavefunction is unitary as the exponent is ...
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Is the eigenvalue of Hamiltonian invariant under linear transformation of momentum operator?

It is given The dynamics of a particle moving one-dimensionally in a potential V(x) is governed by the Hamiltonian $H_0 = p^2 /2m + V(x) $, where $p = -i\hbar d/dx$ is the momentum operator. ...
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Eigenfunctions of translation operator

I had an HW assignment in which we were asked to find the eigenfunctions of the translation operator which is defined as follows: $$\hat{D}(a)=e^{-(i/\hbar)a\hat{P}}$$ where $\hat{P}$ is the momentum ...
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Relating $C_j(t-t') = \left<\hat{B}_j(t)\hat{B}_j(t')\right>$ to $\left<\hat{B}_j(t)^2\right>$

I'm trying to relate a known quantum correlation function $C_j(t-t') = \left<\hat{B}_j(t)\hat{B}_j(t')\right>$ (which is not real!) of a (time dependent, but this is not super relevant) quantum ...
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Can a sum of Pauli matrices be a real value?

In the page 2 of Quantum Annealing for Constrained Optimization, the authors introduced a constraint term under the Constrained quantum annealing (CQA) section. The ultimate goal is to work out a ...
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Generators of a certain symmetry in Quantum Mechanics

In Classical Mechanics to describe symmetries like translations and rotations we use diffeomorphisms on the configuration manifold. In Quantum Mechanics we use unitary operators in state space. We ...
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Deriving eigen values of $\hat{N}$

So let's say we have an operator $\hat{a}$ (ladder operator), where $\left[\hat{a},\hat{a}^\dagger\right] = 1$, and $\hat{a}^2 |\phi\rangle = 0$. How do I show that the eigenvalues of $\hat{N}=\hat{...
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Quantization of the Hamiltonian of a particle in a uniform magnetic field

If a particle of mass $m$ and charge $q$ is subject to a uniform magnetic field and if we have a vector potential $\mathbf{A}$ then we know that classically the dynamics of the particle will be ...
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Lippmann-Schwinger equation and time dependence

Consider the Lippmann-Schwinger equation (LSE) $$ |\psi\rangle = |\phi\rangle + \hat{G}_0(\epsilon) \hat{V} |\psi\rangle \tag{1}$$ where $\hat{G}_0(\epsilon) = \frac{1}{\epsilon - \hat{H}_0 + i\eta}$...
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Field Coherent State relationship to annihilation operator

I am trying to show that $|\Psi_{\lambda\bar{n}}> = \sum c_{\lambda\bar{n}m}\exp(-i(n+\frac{1}{2})\omega_\lambda t)|n_\lambda>$, where $c_{\lambda\bar{n}m} = \sqrt{\frac{\bar{n}^{n_\lambda}e^{-\...
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Particle in a $V(\rho)$ potential in cylindrical coordinates

Consider cylindrical coordinates $(\rho,\phi,z)$ and consider a particle with a potential energy $V(\rho)$. If we write the Hamiltonian operator in these coordinates we find that $$H = -\dfrac{\hbar^...
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Uncoupled and coupled bases for electrons in hydrogen atom?

I'm given that for an electron in a hydrogen atom, $L=2$ and $S=1/2$ (quantum numbers associated with $L^2$ and $S^2$). I'm also given that for the uncoupled representation, the basis function is $|L,...
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Construct any Hamiltonian that is the linear combination of existing constructable Hamiltonians

In the paper Quantum Computation over Continuous Variables, it states that since $$e^{iAt}e^{iBt}e^{-iAt}e^{-iBt} = e^{-[A,B] t^2} + O(t^3)$$ when $t\rightarrow 0$, if one can apply a set of ...
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Single particle tunneling Hamiltonian

In reference to Problem 9, Chapter 2 in Modern Quantum Mechanics by JJ Sakurai, For a single particle tunneling in a 1D double well potential, with position eigenkets $\mid R\rangle$, $\mid L\rangle$....
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Three dimensional isotropic harmonic oscilator Hamiltonian

Let us consider the Hamiltonian for the isotropic three dimensional harmonic oscilator: $$H = \dfrac{\mathbf{P}^2}{2m}+\dfrac{m\omega^2\mathbf{R}^2}{2},$$ where $\mathbf{P}$ and $\mathbf{R}$ are the ...
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Going to the interaction picture in the Jaynes–Cummings model [closed]

In the Jaynes–Cummings model for a two level atom, the Hamiltonian for the atom is defined as (I let $\bar{h}=1$) $$H_a=\omega_a\frac{\sigma_z}{2}$$ and the field Hamiltonian is $$H_f=\omega_ca^{\...
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CFT: from States to Operators

I'm having trouble finding the general algorithm for moving from states to operators under the state-operator correspondence in a CFT. Does anyone have any hints as to how one might go about ...
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Action of Swap operator

I am trying to understand concept of swap operator, introduced in the article http://arxiv.org/pdf/1001.2335v2.pdf by means of simple example. Swap operator is supposed to act on two identical(?) ...
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What is $\langle \phi | H | \psi \rangle$ in QM?

I know that $\langle \phi | \psi \rangle$ is the probability of going from the $\psi$-state to the $\phi$-state, and that $\langle \phi | H | \phi \rangle$ is the expectation value of the energy for ...