Perturbation theory refers to methods for understanding physical systems by treating them as small modifications to exactly solvable systems.

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General two state system with general pertubation

I am trying to solve this two-level system with time independent perturbation problem Consider an atomic system with only two stationary states $|1\rangle$ and $|2\rangle$ , of respective energies ...
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Question about derivations in Sakurai's Quantum mechanics, section 5.8 [duplicate]

If anyone is familiar with Sakurai's book, specifically section 5.8 on energy shift and decay width, I am stuck and could use some help. I can't see how he derives 5.8.9 (in the revised edition). He ...
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Sakurai QM section 5.8

If anyone is familiar with Sakurai's book, specifically section 5.8 on energy shift and decay width, I am stuck and could use some help. I can't see how he derives 5.8.9 (in the revised edition). He ...
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Transition Probabilities for the Perturbed Harmonic Oscillator

I consider the following Hamiltonian $$H=\frac{p^2}{2m}+\frac{m\omega^2}{2}x^2+\Theta(t)Fx,$$ where $F$ is an external constant force. So the Hamiltonian describes an unperturbed harmonic oscillator ...
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On GR with perturbation

Could anyone explain to me what I have misunderstood/missed when trying to understand this paper on GR perturbation? The paper is http://arxiv.org/pdf/0704.0299v1.pdf In equation 25 for $R_{00}$, ...
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A question about first order perturbation in the Stark effect.

Consider ground state of a hydrogen atom which influenced with external uniform weak electric field. What does mean the following statement? $$\left< 100|\quad Z\quad |100 \right> =\int { |{ ...
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Integrability of the many body problem

In classical canonical perturbation theory of many degrees of freedom we encounter the problem of small divisors when attempting to find a solution for the generating function of the canonical ...
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Renormalization of perturbation theory in non-relativistic quantum mechanics

A simple example: In calculating the nonlinear polarization of an atom, in perturbation theory, we typically get something like: $$p^{(n)} = \sum_{m=0}^n \left< \psi^{(m)} \right| \mu \left| ...
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Gauge invariance of Fermi's golden rule

I am having some issues with gauge invariance of Fermi's golden rule. Say we have a system Hamiltonian for a particle in an electric field and some additional potential $V$ with ...
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What does the first order energy correction formula in non-degenerate perturbation theory means?

I'm studying for a test in quantum mechanics and I'm currently trying to learn about perturbation theory and I've realized that I don't quite understand what I'm doing when I'm doing my calculations. ...
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Time Dependent Perturbation Theory Probabilities

(This is taken from Griffiths Quantum Mechanics): So suppose I have two states $\psi_{a}$ and $\psi_{b}$, and the particle starts out in the state $\psi_{a}$: $$ c_{a}(0)=1\qquad c_{b}(0)=0. $$ To ...
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Cubic perturbation to coupled quantum harmonic oscillators

I recently came across this two-dimensional problem of a particle in a potential of the form $$V = \displaystyle{\frac{1}{2}m \omega^2} \big(y^2 + x^2y \big) - \alpha y,$$ where $x$ and $y$ are known ...
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Applications of the study of Hamiltonians with constant magnetic fields

I am interested in understanding possible applications for the study of quantum systems with constant magnetic fields. For definiteness, consider the Landau Hamiltonian $$H_{0} = ...
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Why does the time-independent perturbation theory become no longer useful when its order gets larger?

In Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics p. 256, after figuring out $$E_n^2=\sum_{m\neq n} \frac{|\langle\psi_m^0|H'|\psi_n^0\rangle|^2}{E_n^0-E_m^0}$$ he says We could go on to calculate ...
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Hartree-Fock correction to $e$-$e$ interaction

The corrections to the energy per electron in a jellium model (uniform distribution of positive ion charge approximation to the regulated long range order ionic array) is given by (in units of Ry) ...
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What's the importance of background field gauge?

Recently I've read that background field gauge is very convenient for gauge theories, because it fixes the connection between normalization constants of gauge field and gauge coupling constant one. I ...
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WKB approximation for multiple turning points

I'm working on a numerical program which approximates the eigenvalues of a Schrödinger equation by making use of the WKB approximation formulas. For example, if the Schrödinger equation is $$ y''(x) = ...
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Projectile motion, solved with perturbation theory [closed]

A ball is dropped from rest, the initial height is $h_1$. There is air resistance given by $-mkv$. In the downward motion, the equation of motion can by written as $$\dot v = -g-kv$$ with the y ...
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Fine Structure Degenerate Perturbation Theory Hydrogen

Note: We are dealing with perturbation on the states $|nlm_lm_s>$ where n is the principle quantum number, l is the angular momentum quantum number, and $m_l$ and $m_s$ are the eigenvalues of $L_z$ ...
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On nonlinearity parameter in Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation (NLS)

While I am studying the wave propagation in fluids, the amplitude modulation seems to be governed by the NLS equation. In some of the journal papers the nonlinearity parameter, $N$ seems to be of high ...
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LSZ reduction vs adiabatic hypothesis in perburbative calculation of interacting fields

As far as I know, there are two ways of constructing the computational rules in perturbative field theory. The first one (in Mandl and Shaw's QFT book) is to pretend in and out states as free ...
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“Good” States In Degenerate Perturbation Theory

During the section on Degenerate Perturbation Theory, Griffiths (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2ed) starts with a general linear combination of two orthogonal eigenfunctions of $H_0$. He walks ...
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Textbooks on algorithms for the perturbative calculation of High energy physics

For the perturbative calculation of High energy physics, I have known some packages such as FeynArts, FeynCalc, MadGraph, CompHEP, GiNaC, and so on. But I am wondering whether there exists a textbook ...
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How to carry out the perturbation expansion of an anharmonic oscillator to high orders?

I think this is a standard problem in quantum mechanics. Consider the anharmonic oscillator $E \psi = \left(- \frac{1}{2} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial^2 x } + \frac{1}{2}x^2 + \epsilon x^4 \right) ...
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Estimating volume of moduli space of genus-g Riemann surface with n marked points

I wanted to know how can I estimate the volume of the moduli space of a Riemann surface of genus $g$ and having $n$ marked points. I am reading some old string theory papers which discuss divergences ...
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Coulomb Exhaustion

In thinking about a perturbation model for Coulomb's law, one could imagine photons spewing off of a charge in all directions. The chance of interaction with a near by charge being proportional to ...
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Splitting of degenerate energy levels with a perturbed particle in a box

Suppose you have a particle in a square box $[0,L]\times[0,L]$. As the box is a square, the (2,1) and (1,2) eigenfunctions will have the same energy. If you were to apply an oscillating electric field ...
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Electron photon interaction potential in old fashioned perturbation theory (OFPT)

In this PDF on old fashioned perturbation theory (OFPT) we find from equation (14) the potential describing the interaction between the electron and photon: $$ V = \frac{1}{2}e \int \mathrm{d}^3x\, ...
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Expansion in Quantum Fluctuations of the Path Integral

In this post: Dimensionless Constants in Physics there is a discussion about dimensionful vs. dimensionless constants in physics. In the context of this discussion, I'm wondering about the ...
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A question about the asymptotic series in perturbative expansion in QFT

Related post I heard about the argument that the perturbative expansion in QFT must be asymptotic, such as http://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/perturbation+theory#DivergenceConvergence Roughly this can ...
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When is Fermi golden rule exact?

My recent study Nonsmooth and level-resolved dynamics illustrated with a periodically driven tight binding model motivates me to ask this question: Is there any example in which the Fermi golden rule ...
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Is WKB really applicable for the ground state?

It seems that WKB is applicable for a given $E$ if and only if $\hbar$ is sufficiently small. Or in other words, WKB is applicable if and only if the quantum number is large enough. Is this ...
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Perturbation theory emitting high order powers

For my second-order energy correction for a harmonic oscillator in an electric field I have the following: $$q^2\varepsilon^2\sum_{m\neq n}\frac{|\langle m|x|n\rangle|^2}{E^{(0)}_n-E^{(0)}_m}+\text{ ...
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What does it mean to expand a Hamiltonian using perturbation theory?

On UC Davis chemwiki website, the Hamiltonian for quadrupolar coupling in NMR is analyzed. (The details of this aren't important.) It is said in the analysis that: The expansion of the ...
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Does first quantization perturbation theory imply a large scale web of electron entanglement?

My question may seem quite esoteric given the title, but I think it's relatively straightforward when explained properly. Imagine a relatively simple situation of 2 hydrogen atoms (numbered 1 and 2), ...
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Effect of small variable transverse force on satellite orbital precession

Consider a small satellite which moves in a 2D elliptical orbit around a much larger body (e.g. the Sun) under the influence of Newtonian gravitational acceleration $$Ar = G.M/d^2 $$ Next imagine ...
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One question about renormalization

The idea of renormalization of "naked" perturbation theory is in principal possibility of addition counterterms which reduce infinity when calculating matrix elements. But I have met such concepts as ...
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Ambiguity in Asymptotic Perturbative Series and Instantons

I know there are a number of questions about the asymptoticity of perturbative series and about instantons on StackExchange (e.g. Instantons and Non Perturbative Amplitudes in Gravity from user566, ...
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Perturbative vs. non-perturbative approaches to a well-defined Yang-Mills theory in 4 dimensions

Another question regarding the Yang-Mills Existence and Mass Gap problem (http://www.claymath.org/sites/default/files/yangmills.pdf). Does the problem require that the "construction" of a four ...
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What does it mean by complex frequencies? (Quasinormal Modes)

Something I've taken for granted and not yet thought about physically, is how the frequency of quasinormal modes related to a black hole are $\textit{complex}$. I know that it's something to do with ...
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Why are the zeroth order terms in degenerate perturbation theory the eigenstates of the perturbing Hamiltonian?

I have for quite some time now tried to find a satisfactory answer to this, but I haven't yet. In perturbation theory, with small parameter $\lambda$, we expand the eigenstate as $$| E \rangle=| ...
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How does one expand gravity Lagrangians about an $AdS$ background?

I had previously asked this question. This is kind of a continuation of that. I recently found this expression which seems to be called the "Fierz-Pauli action" which is apparently the quadratic ...
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Perturbation of an operator - Meaning of matrix element [closed]

Let be $B$ an operator and $\left|\Psi\right>$, $\left|\Phi\right>$ two states (not necessarily equals). What is the meaning of a matrix element $\left<\Psi\right| B ...
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Vanishing diagonal matrix elements of pertubation

In time-dependent pertubation theory we can denote the Schrödinger equation by a set of two equations $$\dot{c_a} = -\frac{i}{\hbar}\Big[c_aH'_{aa}+c_bH'_{ab}e^{-i(E_b-E_a)t/\hbar}\Big] \\ \dot{c_b} ...
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Quick question on perturbation theory

Suppose we have a particle in an infinite potential well, with $V(x) = 0,\space 0< x < a $ and infinity everywhere else. Now suppose we have a perturbation on the LHS of the well: $V_1(x) = v, ...
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Time-dependent perturbation - details in derivation

I get confused about two things when deriving the time-dependent perturbative approach. We have the Hamiltonian $$H = H_0 + \lambda H^{(1)}$$ and we have solved (from Schroedinger) $$\dot{C_f(t)} ...
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What makes laminar cascade break?

Near my house there is a mall that have a cascade, which has a pratically constant flow, and doesn't seem to have perturbations (at least near the edge where water falls), between its two levels. ...
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How to connect the dimension of perturbation constant with renormalizability

Let's have the Lagrangian $$ L = L_{0} + \lambda V , \qquad (1) $$ where $\lambda$ is constant which is small in the next senses: if $\lambda$ is dimensionless, it means that $\lambda < 1$; if it ...
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Metric Perturbations in General Relativity and quasi-normal modes?

I am familiar with the tools that appear in (linear) perturbation theory for general relativity, that is namely that one writes: $$g_{\mu \nu} = g^{(0)}_{\mu \nu} + \epsilon g^{(1)}_{\mu \nu} + ...
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Effective Hamiltonian / Perturbation theory for non-degenerate case

Trying to wrap my head around the following situation. Consider first a case that I understand well: Let's assume a three level system where the lowest two levels are degenerate and individually ...