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Probability of measuring a pure qubit state after some unitary rotation [on hold]

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 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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probability of finding the system in the ground state [on hold]

$\renewcommand{\ket}[1]{\left \lvert #1 \right \rangle}$ 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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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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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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transition from Physics to Quantitative Finance [closed]

I apologize if my first post has to be a question and not a contribuiton, but I'd like to have some ideas about something that has been on my mind for a while. I'm a 25 year old student who has a ...
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Can we predict throwing a dice?

What happens if we throw a dice from same position, with same force, by creating a vacuum environment on earth? Will it be predictable now i.e. will the dice have same results all the time? If answer ...
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Quantum mechanics and probability quick question [closed]

After reading some articles about quantum mechanics and probability I came up with a conclusion - there is a nonzero probability of existence for every world which is deemed as a fantasy world, with ...
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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 $ ...
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Probability and double slit

if a beam of identical particles at random distances from each other (or exactly 1/2 lambda between each other) travelling with the same v towards a double sllit do not interfere with each others wave ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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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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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 ...
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Normalization of basis vectors with a continuous index?

I have an infinite basis which associates with each point, $x$, on the $x$-axis, a basis vector $|x\rangle$ such that the matrix of $|x\rangle$ is full of zeroes and a one by the $x^{\mathrm{th}}$ ...
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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 is a quasi-probability distribution?

I have some questions about the quasi-probability distribution. What is it? And why it is important in quantum mechanics? And what does "quasi" mean?
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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 ...
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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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The Theoretical Minimum: Probability/Spin Question

Background In The Theoretical Minimum, it states that any spin state can be represented by a linear combo of the basis vectors $|u\rangle$ and $|d\rangle$ It then goes on to show how this is done ...
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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 ...
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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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Motivation for Wigner phase space distribution

Most sources say that Wigner distribution acts like a joint phase-space distribution in quantum mechanics and this is justified by the formula $$\int_{\mathbb{R}^6}w(x,p)a(x,p)dxdp= \langle ...
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Quantum Mechanics: How to compute how fast must a function go to zero at infinity? [closed]

We say that the wave function must go to zero at infinity faster than $1/x^{0.5}$ in order for it to be normalizable. What about other quantities like the probability current? What is the general rule ...
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Is the probability current an observable?

Is the probability current in Quantum Mechanics an observable? If so, how can it me measured (directly or indirectly)?
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Why is the reflection coefficient in quantum mechanical scattering defined this way?

In Griffiths' "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, second edition" section 2.5.2, p. 73, he states: For the delta-function potential, when considering the scattered states (with $E > 0$), we have ...
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Fermi's golden rule and infinite probablity?

I am slightly confused about the application of Fermi's golden rule. Which during standard derivations indicates a probability of transitioning from the state $|i \rangle$ to the state $|f\rangle$ of: ...