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What are the odds of finding an electron a long way from an atom? As in metres away? [on hold]

Pretty self-explanatory, heard that there is a chance that you might find an electron on the other side of the universe, just wanted to know.
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SU(2) Coherent State and Probabilities

The SU(2) Corherent State for a for more than 1 two level system is given by: $$ | \eta, J \rangle = (1 + |\eta|^2)^{-J} \sum_{m=-J}^{J} \sqrt{\binom{2J}{J + m}} \times \eta^{J + m} |J, m \rangle, ...
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Most probable radius of hydrogen in its ground state [closed]

I'm having trouble understanding how we do this. I know we must find the probability density function and then we can optimise it to find the most probable radius. I thought we would just take the ...
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Why must the separation constant be real in a time dependent wave function?

I'm not sure if I'm asking this right. I'm reading ''Introduction to Quantum Mechanics'' by Griffiths and in the chapter 2 exercises he asks to prove that the separation constant, $E$, must be real. ...
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Why Does the Dirac delta Function Fix the Normalization of the Basis Vectors in Infinite Dimensions? [duplicate]

On page 60 of Shankar's intro to QM at the very bottom he says that the Dirac delta function fixes the normalization of the basis vectors with an infinite amount of dimensions. I don't understand why ...
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Probability in QM: derivation or interpretation? [duplicate]

It is known that coordinates $C_k\in\mathbb{C}$ of the QM-state vectors $|\psi\rangle$ has an interpretation as probability weights $p_k$ in the whole state through the formula like $|C_k|^2=p_k$. We ...
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Diffusion Equation for Particle Hopping with drift

First of all, I haven't studied partial differential equations yet, hence this question might sound silly. I am doing a simulation for particle hopping on a lattice with python. I was said that in ...
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Probabilities with the Density Matrix

The density matrix of the system is given by: $$ [\rho_{S}(t)]_{mn} = [\rho_{S}(0)]_{mn} e^{-i\omega_{0}(m - n)t} e^{-i \delta(t)(m^2 - n^2) - \gamma(t)(m - n)^2}, ...
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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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Feynman random walk

In Richard Feynman's lectures on physics, chapter six, part 3, he explains something called the random walk, in which, in a succession of trials, a system moves forward one step or backward by one ...
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Is it possible to build a logical theory in QM based on quantum logic? [closed]

Quantum Probabilities as Bayesian Probability, Quantum probabilities as degrees of belief Above are two articles about quantum Bayesianism. I don't know why quantum Bayesianism use some results from ...
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Why is collision of electrons different from alpha particles in terms of probability amplitude?

In The Feynman lectures on physics volume 3, chapter 3, page 3-11, there is the following paragraph: An even more perplexing thing happens when we do the same kind of experiment by scattering ...
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Fermi-Dirac distribution - holes and electrons

The density of probability of an energy state $E$ being occupied by an electron is $$f(E,T)=\frac{1}{1+e^{\frac{E-E_F}{kT}}}$$ and the density of probability of an energy state being occupied by a ...
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Probability of measuring a pure qubit state after some unitary rotation [closed]

Suppose I have the prepared state $$|+\rangle = \frac{|0\rangle + |1\rangle}{\sqrt{2}}$$ and the unitary $Z_{\pi/2}$ which rotates a state in the Bloch sphere by $+\pi/2$ about the $z$-axis. As I ...
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probability of finding the system in the ground state [closed]

$\renewcommand{\ket}[1]{\left \lvert #1 \right \rangle}$ Assume that a quantum mechanical system is described by two orthonormal states $\ket{+}$ and $\ket{-}$, defined by the property of being ...
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Measurement of $L_z$ in a state which includes spin

I'm working through a problem on finding probabilities for measurements performed for quantities associated with one electron in three dimensions with spin. In that case we know that the state space ...
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What makes the probability distribution of a wavefunction in QM intrinsic? [closed]

I know that the usual interpretation of the wavefunction in QM is that it´s associated with a probability distribution of measurable quantities. Not a deterministic probability (like the probabilities ...
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Multiplication of associated probabilities

If a state $\psi $ is in the $ S_{z} $ basis represented by $\mid\psi\rangle = c_{+}\mid z\rangle + c_{-} \mid -z\rangle$ Does the associated probabilities change when I multiply $ \psi $ by $ e^{i\...
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Time Scales Of Processes In Molecular Dynamics

Suppose I run a molecular dynamics simulation of a fluid sandwiched between solid walls which are periodic in the lateral directions and finite in the direction of the fluid film thickness. Now, I ...
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Why is the standard deviation the error on the singular measurement?

I'm a beginner with the study in data analysis in Physics. I'm trying to understand the meaning, in the field of experimental Physics, of the standard deviation $\sigma$ of a series of data. There ...
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Mach-Zehnder probabilities

Where can I find the computations of probabilities for Mach-Zehnder experiments, say at the undergraduate level? For example I'm thinking of the type of experiments described at the beginning of David ...
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Derivation of generation of time between two subsequent particle enters into computational domain

I have problem with understanding derivation of one equation in following problem. You have 1D computational domain (it is not 1D but because it is symmetrical and we are watching only radial ...
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How did Max Born come up with his rule? [duplicate]

In his rule, he stated that the probability is norm-squared of wave function, $|\psi|^2$. And as far as I knew, no one else at that time had "right" interpretation of the wave function. Even ...
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Is there a Bayesian theory of deterministic signal? Prequel and motivation for my previous question

This is a prequel to my question: What's the probability distribution of a deterministic signal or how to marginalize a dynamical system? Clearly my question looks at the same time fairly ...
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What's the probability distribution of a deterministic signal or how to marginalize dynamical systems?

In many signal processing calculations, the (prior) probability distribution of the theoretical signal (not the signal + noise) is required. In random signal theory, this distribution is typically a ...
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Relation between probability density and transmission probability of a wavefunction?

Problems I did on current densities in elementary quantum mecanics course gives the answer contains transmission coeffecients, I am wondering is there any relation among them.
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Conservation of energy and realm of possibility

The law of conservation of energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Based on this principle, you can safely conclude that any effect resulting from a cause must somehow keep all ...
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If I repeated a quantum measurement, would it be the same? [closed]

I was thinking about the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics and that if I measured the position of an electron twice in succession, the outcomes would depend on a probability. However, what if ...
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If a quantum state is pure why are its observables still probabilistic?

As I understand it, a pure quantum state is one that can be represented as a ket $\lvert\psi\rangle$ in a Hilbert space, and it contains all the information about the state of the system. As such, we ...
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Relevance of pure mathematics vs statistics to physics [closed]

For someone currently studying physics, with an interest in experimental physics, would pure mathematics or statistics be more relevant?
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What is a wave function in simple language?

In my textbook it is given that 'The wave function describes the position and state of the electron and its square gives the probability density of electrons.' Can someone give me a very ...
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How can absorbtion of a photon in an atom take place? [duplicate]

I will come back to a question posed here and the comment given by John Rennie: If the photon energy doesn't match an allowed transition energy it won't be absorbed and won't excite any transition. ...
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Multiple measurements and the any worlds interpretation

My question has some similarities to but also differs significantly from this question which was described in many of its answers as not being a quantum mechanical measurement and was I think, ...
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Counting the accesible microestates compatible with the macrostate conditions

Let be a system consisting of $N$ magnetic dipoles with magnetic dipole $\vec{\mu}$ in a magnetic field $\vec{B}$. I want to count the micro states accessible to the macro estate defined by $E=-\mu B$ ...
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Does it make sense to add overlapping probabilities > 1?

I read about a variation of Bell's inequality, expressed as $$P_\text{same}(A, B) + P_\text{same}(A, C) + P_\text{same}(B, C) ≥ 1$$ It is later shown that the inequality is violated using QM. ...
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Why does this formula for the partition function not include the multiplicity?

I am having problems understanding the formulas used for describing the partition functions and the probability distributions for canonical ensembles. In the first case I have two formulas for the ...
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How to calculate probability of complex wave functions? [closed]

An election has an equation as such: $$Ψ(x) = e^{iαx^2}.$$ How am I supposed to find the probability of finding the electron over a certain range? Is Fourier Transform involved in this?
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probability of striking the circular ring by gas molecules

In kinetic theory we use probabilistic case to derive pressure, no. Of molecules having speed c to c+dc or in such cases.and to derive such equations we introduce a term called "SOLID ANGLE" I come ...
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Quantum Mechanics: Can the probability of finding a particle in the whole space be smaller or higher at certain times?

In the book Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (by David Griffith) there is an Example 2.1: Suppose a particle starts out in a linear combination of just two stationary states: $$\Psi(x,0)~=~c_1\...
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Probability of finding vacuum?

Consider a real scalar quantum field $\varphi (x)$, interacting with a classical real scalar field $J(x)$ : $$ \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2}(\partial \varphi)^2 - \frac{m^2}{2} \varphi^2 + \varphi J$$ ...
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Itô or Stratonovich calculus: which one is more relevant from the point of view of physics?

Langevin equation provides an example of a physical model which involves a differential equation with a stochastic term. Now, I wonder, how should one treat this? When I studied stochastic processes, ...
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Ambiguity in True Quantum Phase-Space Distribution

In this paper, the following is stated: It is well known that the uncertainty principle makes the concept of phase space in quantum mechanics problematic. Because a particle cannot simultaneously ...
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Why is the inner product of position eigenstates not normalised? [duplicate]

I have read that $$<{\bf r}|{\bf r}'> = δ({\bf r}-{\bf r}').$$ I don't understand how this is correct, I want to say it is equal to 1 or 0, rather than an unnormalised delta function. Clearly ...
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Problem on probability expectation value

I have go through a lesson of classical probability and it is the no. of trial divided by the total number. And I have already read the three types of probability distribution such as Binomial ...
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What does it mean to find a particle in a range at a given value?

Find the probability of finding the electron in the range $\Delta r = 0.02a_0$ at (a) $r = a_0$ and (b) $r = 2a_0$ for the state $n = 2$, $l = 0$, $m = 0$ in hydrogen. I don't understand the first ...
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Can the quantum mechanical current density be imaginary?

I am dealing with a situation where I get an imaginary transmission current density. Is this possible? Does it imply a zero transmission probability?
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Does light with opposite spins cancel out the probability of an event?

I'm an A level student and as i was reading QED by Richard Feynman, I came across something really interesting, that light can be reflected from all parts of the mirror according to the quantum theory....
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Pearson correlation of neural responses with it's linear estimation

I am trying to anderstand the following fact: Suppose I have a linear estimation of a stimulus: $ \hat{s} = \mathbf{w}^T(\mathbf{r} - \mathbf{f}(s_0)) + s_0$ where $\mathbf{w}$ is a vector of ...
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Understanding the Mathematics of Wigner function [duplicate]

I fully understand that Wigner function provides the complete information of a state of a quantum system, i.e. quantum phase space, while not violating Uncertainty principle. But can anyone tell me ...
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Connection between Hamiltonian version of the least action principle and probability amplitude in the Schrödinger equation

If I'm not mistaken, Schrödinger was influenced to look at wave equations because of de Broglie's assertion about particles having a wavelength. He started with the Hamiltonian equation which is ...