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Is there any operator behind probability, in quantum mechanics?

In Quantum mechanics, the probability of finding a particle at position $x$ is given by $|\psi(x)|^2$, where $\psi$ is the wave function. Wonder what is the operator which gives this probability? Is ...
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Quantum version of the Galton Board

If classical particles fall through a Galton Board they pile up in the limit of large numbers like a normal distribution, see e.g. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/GaltonBoard.html What kind of ...
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Probability density of detection of collinearly emitted photons in two detectors

Update: As proposed by @dmckee, I added equation numbers and improved the display of some equations. The answer by @Trimok inspired me to look at coordinate systems which are not specific to the ...
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Definition of transmission and reflection probability

This is a basic question, but it does not seem to be well defined anywhere. Generally, two terms are mixed somewhat randomly: transmission PROBABILITY and transmission coefficient. So to be clear, ...
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Probability to be in a particular state

If I have a wavefunction $\psi = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} a_n e^{i \phi_n} | n \rangle$ and $(|n \rangle)$ is a set of orthonormal functions. Is it correct that the probability to be in a state $|k\rangle ...
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Was Max Born the first to notice a connection between quantum mechanics and randomness?

Max Born introduced the Born Rule in a paper from 1926. But was this really the first time that a connection between quantum mechanics and randomness was noticed? Today, quantum mechanics and ...
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Expectation/Probability that a certain event would occur? [closed]

I have this problem: A gas is composed of 1% ions that will eventually recombine in the gas and the gas will become neutral. I calculated the mean free path and the velocity of the particles (from ...
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Fermi-Dirac Statistics

In Fermi-Dirac statistics the probability of being in a certain energy state is $$f(E) = \left[1 + \exp\left(\frac{E-E_F}{k T}\right)\right]^{-1}$$ In the area that I'm looking at the texts always ...
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How can you test to see if a dice is weighted?

I was browsing Etsy today and came across this. What tests are there to see if the dice are usable, ie, if one side isn't favored over another, and if all sides are balanced? Would this just be to ...
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Books on collision probability and collision processes

Are there any books specifically on collision processes between atoms and molecules and collision probability? I would like to get an overview of the factors that determine collision probability ...
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Proof of Liouville's theorem: Relation between phase space volume and probability distribution function

I understand the proof of Liouville's theorem to the point where we conclude that Hamiltonian flow in phase-space is volume preserving as we flow in the phase space. Meaning the total derivative of ...
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probability of sequence for given rate constants

lets consider a copolymer, $C_{r,s}^A$ containing r number of A monomers and s number of B monomers with A at the reactive end of the polymer. The equilibrium constant for A-A, A-B, B-A, and B-B bonds ...
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Probability and lifetime

What is the relation between the lifetime of a particle and the probability of decaying that particle? Here it says that the probability of survival is exponential if the decay process is a Poisson ...
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Fermi's golden rule and Probabilities in QM

In Fermi's golden rule $$P_{ab}(t)=2\pi t/\hbar \left|\langle\psi_b|V|\psi_a\rangle\right|^2 \delta(E_f-E_i)$$ for transition probability from state $a$ to $b$, how can the probability grow with ...
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Random walks on resistive network

I have been referring to a paper http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0405135 to determine the effective resistance using random walks for an infinite square resistive lattice Though the author seems to ...
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Differences between probability density and expectation value of position

The expression $\int | \Psi\left(x\right)|^2dx$ gives the probability of finding a particle at a given position. If wave function gives the probabilities of positions, why do we calculate ...
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Would one actually find their doppleganger in a “Googolplex Universe”?

Related: Infinite universe - Jumping to pointless conclusions I've recently become a fan of Numberphile, and today I happened to watch their video regarding Googol and Googolplex. In the video, ...
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What do matrices in the Gaussian orthogonal ensemble look like?

I've been reading a fair amount about quantum chaos, and random matrix theory comes up a lot. I get that they're looking at the distribution of eigenvalues from an ensemble of random matrices, but I ...
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Differences between wave function and set of orthonormal wave functions?

I'm reading a QM book. It first says for wave function: "The state of a physical system (or particle) is completely specified by an entity associated with it called a wave function, Ψ , that in ...
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an example of a quantum system for which wigner function transitions to negative values

I want to check my understanding of the Wigner transform and try to understand why and how exactly the probabilistic interpretation drops down as the function goes to zero and then to negative values ...
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About the definition of expectation value in quantum mechanics

In quantum mechanics, the expectation value of a observable $A$ is defined as $$\int\Psi^*\hat A\Psi$$ But in probability theory the expectation is a property of a random variable, with respect to a ...
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Help with deriving an asymptotic expression

Note: I don't know if this is the best place for this question, because it is very specific. However, I'm not sure of a better place to go (apart from one of the other SE's). If you have a ...
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How many state configurations are possible for $N$ particles in completely different states?

How many state configurations are possible for $N$ particles in completely different states? I cannot remember if the total number of state configurations for $N$ particles in completely different ...
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Differences between wavefunction, probability and probability density?

I am trying to understand the differences between wavefunction, probability and probability density. There are different definitions on the internet. For example: ...
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Why does the probability of obtaining a value of a measurement follow from Dirac's general assumption?

In Dirac's The Principle of Quantum Mechanics he makes the general assumption that "if the measurement of the observable $\xi$ for the system in the state corresponding to $|x\rangle$ is made a large ...
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Mathematical calculation of probability of existence of planet similar to earth [duplicate]

Having a layman level of logic about probability ( read about it 10 years ago, so pardon if it's still not right completely) what i know that the calculation requires some knowledge about the number ...
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Probability and the propagator

Due to the Wiki article, "...In quantum mechanics and quantum field theory, the propagator gives the probability amplitude for a particle to travel from one place to another in a given time, or to ...
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From where randomness comes from and why it exists? [closed]

I recently began to study statistics and probability and I have two questions: Where does randomness come from? What is the source of randomness? Why does the randomness exist? Is it possible to ...
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Quantum mechanics and probability

I've done an intro course on QM and I'm now hoping to understand exactly how to use probability theory rigorously in solving problems. My question is: How do I do the same thing, or the closest thing ...
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Modeling Quantum Aspects with Probability

This is a question I've had a while about quantum theory. Many times when I look at books and equations about this subject matter I see that the use many concepts in probability. (Correct me if Im ...
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Stochastic process corresponding to Schrödinger evolution

In probability theory, the Fokker-Planck equations governs the trajectory of a sample path of a stochastic process -- say the heat equation in the case of a Wiener process. Consider a Gaussian ...
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How does determinism manifest out of QFT?

Classical electrodynamics is deterministic. QED is indeterministic, or probabilistically random. Yet they agree with each other? What am I missing?
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Probability of measuring momentum [closed]

Suppose we have this wavefunction: $$ \psi = A \left( cos(kx) + cos (2kx) \right) $$ I have to find the possible results of measurement of momentum and their probabilities. Attempt For a momentum ...
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Mathematically possible vs physically probable outcomes

A good buddy of mine and I have had a friendly debate about the origins of the current state of our universe (namely; Earth and life on Earth) and have fundamentally disagreed in our stances with ...
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Conceptual questions about chaotic signals

Are chaotic signals stationary or non stationary signals? They are ergodic and ergodic signals are a kind of stationary signals. But, from statistics point of view, are chaotic signals classified as ...
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tritium beta decay - probability of being in 1s state

Hydrogen-like wavefunctions have the form: $$R_{10} = \left(\frac{Z}{a_0}\right)^{\frac{3}{2}} 2\space e^{-\frac{Zr}{a_0}}$$ $$Y_{00} = \frac{1}{\sqrt {4\pi}} $$ where $a_0 = \frac{4\pi \epsilon_0 ...
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Change of variables in calculating the integral of multivariable differential entropy

I have already asked this question in math.SX but here might be more proper. So I decided to put a copy here and delete the one which is not the one that got an answer: I know that for one ...
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Why is the application of probability in QM fundamentally different from application of probability in other areas?

Why is application of probability in QM fundamentally different than application of probability in other areas? Quantum mechanics applies probability according to the same probability theory that ...
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Is it really impossible to calculate in advance the result of throwing dice?

Is it really impossible to calculate in advance the result of throwing dice? After all, the physics of dice throwing is in the world of classical mechanics, rather than quantum mechanics.
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Probability density of Klein-Gordon equation

This may, perhaps, stir some healthy debate; at least I am having some "fun" thinking about it, hopefully I can solicit some outside views too. It is often regarded that the Klein-Gordon equation ...
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Reference for stochastic processes which helps moving from a basic level to a measure theory one

I'm looking for a reference (books, notes, lectures) which helps a physicist to understand the language of measure theory in the context of stochastic processes (in particular markov chains). I've ...
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Intuition/derivation behind the probability current definition

The definition is: $${\bf{j}} = \frac{\hbar}{2mi} (\psi^* \nabla \psi - \psi \nabla \psi^*)$$ However: Where ever I have looked, the above "pops out of nowhere". I was wondering how can I obtain ...
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Measurement of the amplitude

I want to ask how do we actually measure the probability amplitude that appears in Schrödinger equation. From what I read in quantum mechanics textbooks, it appears that after the measurement, the ...
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Reflection Probability for Different Potentials - Quantum Mechanics

My question is above. Firstly, I don't actually know whether it is true or not (!). Secondly, if I were to try to prove it, then I have very little idea how to. The potential steps that I have ...
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Are negativity of the Wigner function and quantum behaviour equivalent?

I've read the following question: Negative probabilities in quantum physics and I'm not sure I understand all the details about my actual question. I think mine is more direct. It is known that the ...
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Deriving probability distributions from the Wigner distribution

I know that I can calculate the probability distributions of $x$ and $p$ from the Wigner quasiprobability distribution, and I can calculate the probability distributions of other operators by ...
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Probability and the many-worlds interpretation

If I toss a coin, then according to the many worlds interpretation of QM, in half those worlds I'll get a head. If I then toss again, then in a quarter I will have got two heads. And so on. There will ...
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Interpreting the Partition Function and Free Energy Mathematically

Given that The partition function in statistical mechanics tells us the number of quantum states of a system that are thermally accessible at a given temperature ...
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Quantum Rigid Rotor Perturbation

As the title says, I have a rigid rotor with a perturbation given below $$H=\frac{L^2}{2I}-\alpha B L_z.$$ So I know that the eigenvalues of $H$ will be $\ell(\ell+1)/2I -\alpha B m$ where $m$ is our ...
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Why was quantum mechanics regarded as a non-deterministic theory?

It seems to be a wide impression that quantum mechanics is not deterministic, e.g. the world is quantum-mechanical and not deterministic. I have a basic question about quantum mechanics itself. A ...