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Detailed balance condition for coupled Langevin equation

Suppose $a$ and $m$ are real variables and they satisfy the following two coupled Langevin equations: $$ \dot{a}=F_a(a,m)+\eta_a(t);\quad\dot{m}=F_m(a,m)+\eta_m(t); $$ where $\eta_a$ and $\eta_m$ are ...
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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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probability amplitude and path integrals [closed]

Recently, I have been learning about path integrals and I was wondering, can the probability of a certain path be weighted more in a path integral? Said in another way, can certain paths have more ...
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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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Canonical Ensemble (Probability)

In canonical ensemble, $$\rho_{normalized}=\frac{e^{-\beta H}}{Z}$$ where Z is a partition factor, now why $$dP(q_{i},p_{i})=\frac{\rho d^{3N}pd^{3N}q}{h^{3N}}$$
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Ising model on lattices with (vertical side length) $\neq$ (horizontal side length)

Consider the Ising model with nearest neighbours interactions on a rectangular lattice $L\times M$. If $L=M$ (2-dimensional square lattice), it is known (e.g. by Peierls argument or Onsager explicit ...
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How was phase randomly changing in CHSH test (M. A. Rowe and others)?

Measuring phase of photon should always be random while checking CHSH inequality, but i can't explain this: http://qudev.ethz.ch/content/courses/QSIT08/pdfs/Rowe01.pdf (the most clear experiment i ...
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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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Which position and momentum distributions arise from some wave function?

Consider a particle in one dimension with wave function $\psi(x)$. The probability density function describing how likely it is to find it in a given position is given by ...
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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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Why is time evolution of wavefunctions non-trivial?

(Note: This post focuses on a single simple example, however I'm asking about the error in general in my logic). Consider the infinite potential well "particle in a box" system described by ...
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Question about interpreting probabilities in QM [duplicate]

For the example of an infinite square well, $\psi(x)=0$ for $x$ outside the well/interval, and we are to interpret this as the particle cannot be found outside the well because ...
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Probability distribution of phase-space reconstructions

I am unable to find resources regarding the probability density and distribution of non-linear chaotic systems in phase space. For example, if a discrete one-dimensional system, say the logistic ...
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Wavefunction, probability and impossible events

A friend of mine asked me a question, which I considered trivial at first, but after a while gave rise to some doubts. For instance, we have a potential well in 1 dimension defined by $$ V(x)= ...
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X-ray diffraction analyisis: The angle of elastic x-ray scattering

What is the scattering angle distribution for x-rays (in the 8keV range) scattered elastically? I work with XRD analysis, which is fundamentally basede on these elastic scatterings of x-rays. I read ...
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Expectation value expression Quantum Mechanics

Whilst working on a project I kept stumbeling across two different expressions for the standard deviation $\Delta{X}^2 = <(X - <X>)^2 >$ and the other $\Delta{X}^2 = <X^2> - ...
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Second Law from Statistics

Hi all I hope you can help me with the statistical origins of the Second Law. I cannot find anything that mathematically proves that order from disorder is impossible only improbable Leading me to ...
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Entropy-A question. [closed]

If I have 100 coins then a macrostate is how many heads/tails I have, a micro state is the facing of each individual coin of the 100, but what then is a "configuration" in this example? It is a basic ...
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Distribution and different ways of distribution

Is "the number of ways of of distributing $N$ things across a fixed set of energy levels the same as "the number of ways a particular distribution can be realised? My book seems to say that $W$ is ...
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Boltzmann distribution - statistical mechanics

I have just followed a derivation of the Boltzmann distribution which I have never seen before, and I must say it is really intuitive. However I have a question as to how we can think of the Boltzmann ...
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If the universe is spatially infinite, and if something (A) is possible, does that mean the thing (A) happens?

Assuming that the universe is spatially infinite, extending outwards in all directions without end, and is consistent with what we have thus far observed, and predict to find (and predict to be out ...
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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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Can you pre-determine the result of a coin toss?

The question is fairly simple. Consider the following parameters which are known to you: 1.) Mass of the coin 2.) The force applied on the coin 3.) The point where the force is applied on the coin ...
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Relaxation time approximation in Drude model apparant paradox

In the Drude model of the free electron gas to explain the conduction of a metal, the relaxation time approximation that the electron has a collision in an infinitesimal time interval $dt$ is ...
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Probability density of electron orbital

Why the probability of density is higher in the area that is closer to the nucleus? I'm a high school student. I don't know much about wave functions.
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Charge density within radius r from the nucleus

The probability of finding an electron within radius $r_b$ for Hydrogen near the center ($r_b<< a_0$) is approximately equal to zero (according to 1s orbital curve). Does this imply that the ...
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Why does Law of Large Numbers work?

Often I see books and professors reasoning that, in order to make a good experiment, many measurements are necessary because then the average value of a quantity is closer to the expected value ...
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If the universe is infinite, should there be a duplicate of me with probability 1? [duplicate]

I was just wondering: if the universe is really infinite, and there is a certain probability to find a life form just like me on another planet (for example $1.0 \cdot 10^{-150}$), is it therefore ...
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$\sigma$-additivity of Probability and Quantum Mechanics

$\sigma$-additivity - probability of a sum of countable number of pairly disjoint events equals a sum of probabilities of these events. (3. Axiom of Probability) For pairly disjoint sets $A_k$ ...
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Noise of a fiber optic gyro

I have not much experience with noise handling or calculations, furthermore in my researches couldn't find a similar problem, so here is my attempt: Having a fiber optic gyro that is rated with a ...
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To find the probability? [closed]

The mass of the earth is 5.975 X 10^27 g of average atomic weight 30.00 g. The fraction (by weight) of the earth that is gold has been estimated to be 3 X 10^-9. The atomic weight of gold is about ...
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Why can't we use the Neyman-Pearson likelihood ratio directly?

If you have a bunch of events and would like to choose a cut to distinguish background and signal, you can take the likelihood ratio $$ \lambda(\vec x) = \frac{f(\vec x| s)}{f(\vec x| b)} $$ and the ...
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Do doomsday arguments influence doomsday hypotheses?

The doomsday argument supposes that in the absence of any other knowledge, if we know the age of something now, we may assume that we are seeing it in the middle of its lifetime and then calculate our ...
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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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Why, in spin sums, we sum over final spin states and average over initial states?

I am reading Halzen's book about quarks and leptons and on page 120 he talks about spin sums. He says that in order to calculate the amplitude between unpolarized states we have to sum over FINAL ...
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Why the self-information is -log(p(m))?

Why is self-information given by $-\log(p(m))$? Shannon derived a measure of information content called the self-information or "surprisal" of a message $m$: $$I(m) = \log \left( ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...