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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Express state as eigenkets

This is very basic but I just suddenly got confused. Any state can be expressed as complete set of eigenkets with discrete eigenvalues: $$|P\rangle = \sum^n c_n |p_n\rangle$$ I understand the above. ...
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Trouble understanding Nielsen & Chuang exercise

I am probably just stuck on something very simple, but I'm having trouble understanding a premise of Exercise 10.40 in Nielsen & Chuang. The full details of the exercise are not important for my ...
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How does an operator transform under time reversal?

We know that a time-reversal operator $T$ can be represented as $$T=UK$$ where $U$ is some unitary operator and $K$ is the complex conjugation operator. Then under time-reversal operation, a quantum ...
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Uncertainty relation for non-simultaneous observation

Heisenberg's uncertainty relation in the Robertson-Schroedinger formulation is written as, $$\sigma_A^2 \sigma_B^2 \geq |\frac{1}{2} \langle\{\hat A, \hat B\}\rangle -\langle \hat A\rangle\langle \...
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Dummy variables in Dyson series

In the Dyson series, it is known that: \begin{align} {\cal T}\exp\left[-\frac{i}{\hbar}\int_0^tH(t')dt'\right] &= I - \frac{i}{\hbar} \int_{0}^{t} dt' H(t') + \left(-\frac{i}{\hbar}\right)^2 \...
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Using the momentum-space definition of the position operator in position space?

For the position operator $\hat X$: $\hat X \rightarrow x$ in position space $\hat X \rightarrow i \frac{\partial}{\partial k_x}$ in momentum space Question: Can $\hat X \rightarrow i \frac{\...
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The formal solution of the Schrödinger equation

Consider the Schrödinger equation (or some equation in Schrödinger form) written down as $$ \tag 1 i \partial_{0} \Psi ~=~ \hat{ H}~ \Psi . $$ Usually, one likes to write that it has a formal solution ...
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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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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 ...
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Time ordered product of operator and Heisenberg equation of motion [on hold]

Can we use time ordered product of operators in Heisenberg equation of motion? Please give me an example.
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Eigenvalues of Hermitian operators are real and the dependence/independence of boundary conditions

Without reproducing proofs: Eigenvalues of a Hermitian operator are real (proof does not rely on the boundary conditions). The momentum operator is Hermitian (proof does not rely on the boundary ...
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Distributive property of the time-ordering symbol

Most derivations of the LSZ reduction formula, e.g. Srednicki (equations 5.13, 5.14, 5.15), Schwartz (equations 6.17, 6.18, 6.19), Wikipedia use a property of the time-ordering symbol that looks like ...
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Does Microcausality follow from Lorentz Invariance?

In a Lorentz Invariant theory, does microcausality automatically hold? In a free theory this is obvious. In an interacting theory I found some 'proof's in this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/0709.1483 ...
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What happens to Pauli's argument (that says that there is no time operator) when applied to $X$ operator for some simple systems?

An argument by Pauli is usually referred to in the literature when it is stated that there cannot be a time operator in quantum mechanics. This argument can be found as a footnote to P63 of W. Pauli, ...
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Using Dyson formula in Schrodinger picture

From Time-ordering and Dyson series and what I learnt, Dyson formula is used in the situation of interaction picture: $$i\frac{dU_I}{dt} = H_{I}(t)U_I$$ where $H_I(t)$ is interaction Hamiltonian ...
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How to understand the electric-field operator in quantum optics?

I know the positive field operator $\mathbf{E}^{+}$ is actually an annihilation operator $a$ while the negative field $\mathbf{E}^{-}$ is a creation operator $a^{+}$. I also learned that the ...
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Projection operators in quantum mechanics

I'm reading a book on quantum mechanics and a topic in there was not well explained. I couldn't find an answer on the web. Say $\psi(x)$ is a position wave function of a one dimensional free particle,...
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Commutation Relation between Annihilation & Creation Operators and Ascending & Descending Operators

I am currently working on a QD-Cavity system. After the point Heisenberg Equation of motion is obtained from corresponding Hamiltonian of the system, in order to find the expression for bosonic ...
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Normalization operator

Is it possible to define an $\widehat N:\mathscr{H\to H}$ such that $\forall\left|\psi\right>\in\mathscr{H}: \widehat N\left|\psi\right>=\frac1{\sqrt{\left<\psi\middle|\psi\right>}}\left|\...
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How can I take the Wigner transform of an operator with an absolute value?

I want to be able to find the Wigner transforms of operators of the form $\Theta(\hat{O})$, where $\Theta$ is the Heaviside function and $\hat{O}$ in general depends on both $x$ and $p$. For the ...
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Why isn't there a Time Operator in Quantum Mechanics? [duplicate]

I was wondering about a scenario where you subject a quantum particle to an intense gravitation field. Why can't we apply a sort of time operator to the particle to see how time changes for the ...
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How to construct Hermitian(quantum) operator from a physical experiment?

Suppose I want to study a quantum mechanical quantity of a single particle. I have designed an appropriate apparatus, accuracy of which is limited by relevant laws of quantum theory. I have obtained a ...
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How to find the corresponding Hamiltonian in quantum, if Hamiltonian in classical mechanics is given? [closed]

Hamiltonian in classical mechanics is $$H=wxp $$ $x=$ position, $p=$ momentum coordinate. Find the corresponding Hamiltonian in quantum mechanics!
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The Holstein-Primakoff Representation (approximation)

I have a question regarding the Holstein-Primakoff representation. In the HP-representation we define the spin operators in terms of bosonic creation and annihilation operators. $$ S_j^+ = \sqrt{2S -...
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Euler-Lagrange Equation in Quantum Field Theory

The quantum fields are operator valued distributions. In some sloppy books like Peskin and Schroeder the Euler-Lagrange equation are used to get the equations of motion. What does it mean to take a ...
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Invariance of State Vector under Two Operations

I am trying to understand why if you measure one non degenerate operator you get a new state w1v let's say with w1 eigenvalue, then let's say u measure a new operator that has degenerate eigenvalue v ...
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Is there an angular velocity operator in quantum mechanics?

In classical mechanics we can write as velocity of a rotating object $\vec{v} = \vec{\omega} \times \vec{r} $ or in analogy the momentum $\vec{p} = m (\vec{\omega} \times \vec{r})$ using the angular ...
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Shape of the state space under different tensor products

I am currently studying generalized probabilistic theories. Let me roughly recall how such a theory looks like (you can skip this and go to "My question" if you are familiar with this). Recall: In a ...
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How to promote algebraic expressions to operators in quantum mechanics?

Okay, I know that in quantum mechanics the quantum observable is obtained from the classical observable by the prescription $$ X \rightarrow x,\quad P \rightarrow -i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial x} $...
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In quantum mechanics, how exactly do we associate Hermitian operators to classical observables? [duplicate]

In a first course on quantum mechanics, everybody learns some version of the following statement: Postulate: To every classical observable $A$ of a physical system, there corresponds a Hermitian ...
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How to compute the normal ordered angular momentum of a Klein-Gordon real scalar in terms of ladder operators?

I'm trying to compute the angular momentum $$Q_i=-2\epsilon_{ijk}\int{d^3x}\,x^kT^{0j}\tag{1}$$ where ${T^\mu}_\nu=\frac{\partial\mathcal{L}}{\partial(\partial_\mu\phi)}\partial_\nu\phi-{\delta^\mu}_\...
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Why the Hamiltonian and the Lagrangian are used interchangeably in QFT perturbation calculations

Whenever one needs to calculate correlation functions in QFT using perturbations one encounters the following expression: $\langle 0| some\ operators \times \exp(iS_{(t)}) |0\rangle$ where, ...
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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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Expectation value of an Observable and Eigenstates

I am learning about Quantum Mechanics at the moment and I was wondering about Eigenfunctions and Observables. The question I would like to ask is, If a wavefunction is not an eigenstate of an ...
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Why hermitian, after all? [duplicate]

This question is going to look a lot like a duplicate, but I've read dozens of related posts and they don't touch the subject. Here we go. Why are observables represented by hermitian operators? ...
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Random operator in heisenberg/schrödinger picture (heisenberg's equation of motion) [closed]

Consider a system whose hamiltonian isn't explicitly dependent on time. Let A be the operator for the eigenvalue a in the Schrödinger picture and $A_H=U^\dagger A U$ the corresponding operator in the ...
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Commuting operators and Direct product spaces

Under what conditions is the common eigenspace of two commuting hermitian operators isomorphic to the direct product of their individual eigenspaces? When can an eigenket $|\lambda$1$\lambda$2$\rangle$...
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Expectation value of total angular momentum $\langle J \rangle$

[I am working with Griffiths Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 3rd Edition. My problem is general but if you want to look I am reading from ch 4.1 in which the weak-field Zeeman Effect is being ...
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How to form the matrix representation of $|O|^3$

I'm interested in getting the matrix representation of the absolute value of an operator. I know the matrix representation of the operator $O$. Now how do I take its absolute value?
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Properties of spectrum of a self-adjoint operator on a separable Hilbert space

So, if I understand it correctly, the spectrum of a self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space $H$ consists of two parts: $ \newcommand{\ket}[1]{\,\lvert{#1}\rangle} \newcommand{\op}[1]{\hat{#1}} $ ...
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Quantum Operators: An Identity

I came across the following neat property: For an operator $\hat{A}$ which is a linear combination of creation and annihilation operators, we have: $$ \langle e^{\hat{A}} \rangle = e^{\langle \...
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Why is a Hermitian operator a “quantum random variable”?

To me, as a stupid mathematician, a random variable is a measurable function from some probability space $(\Omega, \sigma, \mu)$ to $(\Bbb{R}, B(\Bbb{R}))$. This makes sense. You have outcomes, events,...
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How can $\hat p = - i \hbar \partial_q$ be derived starting from the definitions of $\hat q$ and $\hat p$ in terms of creation/destruction operators? [duplicate]

Consider the position and momentum operators $\hat q$ and $\hat p$, defined respectively in terms of creation and destruction operators in the usual way: $$ \hat q = c (\hat a + \hat a^\dagger), \...
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Must bounded operators have normalisable eigenfunctions and discrete eigenvalues?

When we have bound states, to my knowledge, we have states that are normalisable and a discrete energy spectrum. However, in the case of scattering states that have a continuous energy spectrum, the ...
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Functional Analysis for Quantum Mechnanics [duplicate]

I have completed three sequences of courses in QM, and I'm very much eager to to do the functional analysis of QM on my own in my spare time. Can someone suggest some books? I like books with ...
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Quantum non-unitary transformation? [closed]

Let us say that I apply a non-unitary transformation $\def\ket#1{| #1\rangle} \def\braket#1#2{\langle #1|#2\rangle} \hat A$ to the ket's: $$\ket{\psi} \rightarrow \hat A \ket{\psi}$$ $$\ket{\phi}\...
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Time dependence of canonical variables

As far as I understand it, at least in scalar QFT, the canonical variables are the field operator $\hat{\phi}(x)$ and its conjugate momentum $\hat{\pi}_{\phi}(x)=\frac{\partial\mathcal{L}}{\partial\...
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Are quantum operators dimensionless?

I'm slightly confused as to whether quantum (hermitian) operators, which we get by promoting observables to operators, are dimensionless or not? Clearly the Hamiltonian of the system, say of the ...
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Cross-product within commutator

I've been trying to prove some commutator identities of angular momentum, and I don't want to go brute force and prove for each coordinate seperately. So I tried using the Levi-Civita formalism for ...
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Does an odd potential commute with parity operator?

I can prove when a Hamiltonian commute with the partity operator if the potential is even. But what about an odd potential? my understanding is that the parity operator mirrors the coordinate system, ...