# Tagged Questions

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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### The uncertainty in angular momentum

It is known that the different spatial components of the angular momentum don't commute with each other. $$[L_x,L_y] \propto L_z \\ [L_y,L_z] \propto L_x \\ [L_z,L_x] \propto L_y$$ Also it is known ...
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### Difference between operators used to represent quantum gates vs that to represent physical observables?

I have learnt that informations about a physical observable property is buried in the state vector of a quantum system. To get the possible value of a property all we need to do is multiply the state ...
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### Gauge covariant derivative of a creation operator

Suppose we define the (gauge) covariant derivative or as $$\tilde{\nabla}=\nabla+ie\textbf{A},$$ where the vector potential $\textbf{A}$ has a matrix structure where only the diagonal has nonzero ...
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### Definition of the “support” of the reduced density matrix

Some of the papers in condensed matter physics use the word "support" (space). For example, the following papers use the support especially for the reduced density matrix. http://journals.aps.org/prb/...
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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: $F(M)$...
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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 ...