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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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 ...
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Linear viscoelastic differential operators

I am starting with differential operators: $P = \sum_{i=0}^{N}p_i \cfrac{d^i}{dt^i}$ $Q = \sum_{i=0}^{N}q_i \cfrac{d^i}{dt^i}$ $p_i$ and $q_i$ are functions of time only. $K$ is a constant that ...
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Complex conjugate of the Schrödinger equation?

This might be a very simple question but I don't understand how to compute the complex conjugate of the Schrödinger equation: $$ i\partial_t \psi = H\psi $$ where $H$ is an hermitian operator. How to ...
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Representing operators in the Glauber-Sudarshan P-representation

If $| \alpha >$ represents a coherent state (the normalized right eigenstate of the destruction operator $a$ in Quantum Mechanics; $\alpha$ is a complex number), then it is known that: \begin{...
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Fermionic ladder operators [closed]

After reading Dirac's method for finding the eigen energies of a harmonic oscillator by means of ladder operators and commutation relations, I tried making some exercises on them. First I did a ...
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Lower bound on energy is potential minimum

Suppose we have a particle of mass $m$ that is in an eigenstate $|\psi\rangle$ of the Hamiltonian $\hat{H}=\hat{T}+\hat{V}$, where $\hat{T}$ is the kinetic energy operator and $\hat{V}=V(\hat{r})$ is ...
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Show that a linear operator can be written in terms of its spectral decomposition [closed]

Let $\hat Q$ be an operator with a complete set of orthonomal eigenvectors: $$ \hat Q |e_n\rangle=q_n|e_n\rangle\ \ (n=1,2,3,...) $$ Show that $\hat Q$ can be written in terms of its spectral ...
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Statement of vector model of angular momentum in Eisberg and Resnick

While serving as a teaching assistant for a sophomore-level Quantum Physics course, I came across the following paragraph in Eisberg and Resnick regarding orbital angular momentum (section 7-8, page ...
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Correct way to write Pauli matrices

This is purely a question of notation for the Pauli matrices. What is the correct way to write them for use as operators? Would I just write the vector of the matrices as a vector i.e $$\vec{\sigma}\,,...
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Vaccuum expectations for a string of creation and annihilation operators

I want to determine the vaccum expectation value of a string of creation and annihilation operators. They have a very specific form: $$\langle \prod_{i=1}^n \hat{a}(k_i) \, \, \hat{N}_1 \prod_{j=1}^n ...
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Clarification from Griffiths Introduction to quantum mechanics

A question from Appendix Linear algebra A.3 Matrices on page 441 "If you know what a prticular linear transformation does to a set of basis vectors, you can easily figure out what it does on any ...
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Spectral functions in quantum mechanics

I'm a math student and a totally newcomer to quantum mechanics and I'm trying to teach myself this subject by studying Faddeev and Yakubovski's Lectures on Quantum Mechanics for Mathematics Students. ...
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BRST quantization (Green, Schwarz, Witten)

In Green, Schwarz, Witten Volume 1, section 3.2, BRST quantization is introduced in a general way. A Lie algebra $G$ is defined with elements $$ [K_i,K_j] = f_{ij}{}^k K_k \tag{3.2.1}$$ where $f_{ij}{}...
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Is it necessary to prove the existence of an operator representing symmetry on Hilbert space?

Is there any need to prove the existence of an operator $U$ which represents the action of symmetry transformation on rays in Hilbert space? Or is it enough just to prove that it is unitary and linear ...
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Lorentz force derivation in quantum mechanics [closed]

In Sakurai and Napolitano, chapter 2, there's a derivation of the QM Lorentz force. Given $$H=\frac{1}{2m}\left(\mathbf{p}-\frac{e\mathbf{A}}{c}\right)^2+e\phi = \frac{\mathbf{\Pi}^2}{2m}+e\phi$$ ...
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Trace of operator defined by two state vectors in Quantum Mechanics

I'm studying QM from the book 'Quantum Mechanics. Concepts and Applications' by Zettili. There's an example which gives us two state vectors $$ | \psi \rangle = 9i \ | \phi_1 \rangle + 2 | \phi_2 \...
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Physical significance of non-commutativity of ladder operators in Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

If we apply the raising (creation) operator to $Ψ_n(x)$ and the apply to it the lowering (annihilation) operator, we get $Ψ_n(x)$ times a constant. Does it physically say something? Can we get any ...
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Does Operator Product Expansion form an algebra?

The operator product algebra in CFT is defined as $$\mathcal{O}_i(z,\bar{z})\mathcal{O}_j(\omega,\bar{\omega}) = \sum_{k} C^k_{ij}(z-\omega,\bar{z}-\bar{\omega})\mathcal{O}_k(\omega,\bar{\omega}).$$ ...
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What are some resources for Algebraic quantum mechanics for Physicists

I am interested in the GNS construction and other stuff. I am aware of Valter Moretti's book but I want something that is more inclined towards physicists.
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Can I always find an unitary operator $B$ such that $\{A,B\}= 0$ for a given, unitary operator $A$?

Considering an arbitrary unitary operator $A$, what is the least criteria this operator must satisfy in order that it is possible to find at least another unitary operator $B$ that anti-commutes with ...