Quantum mechanics describes the microscopic properties of nature in a regime where classical mechanics no longer applies. It explains phenomena such as the wave-particle duality, quantization of energy and the uncertainty principle and is generally used in single body systems. Use the ...

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Can I state that $\Psi (x_1, \dots , x_n,t)= \sum_{i=1}^n a_i \psi (x_i,t) $ via superposition?

Given that the hamiltonian $\hat H$ of a system is a linear operator and $\dot \psi (x_i,t)$ does not depend on spatial coordinates $x_1, ..., x_n$ with bases $\hat e_1, ... , \hat e_n$ can I state ...
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Quantum mechanical expectation of angular momentum along different axes

This is a question from Concepts of Quantum Mechanics by Mathur & Singh, and I don't know where I should start from: Show that, for a state $|j,m \rangle$, corresponding to a definite value of ...
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Uncertainty of energy for harmonic oscillator at ground state and first excited state

How does one calculate the energy uncertainty of the harmonic oscillator in the ground state and first excited state?
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How does one normalize this wavefunction? [on hold]

Here is the question: So I could write $ N = \dfrac{1}{{\sqrt{<Ψ|Ψ>}}} $, right? Considering the parentheses in the exponential term, it looks like a good idea to switch to spherical polar ...
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Can I have superposition equation? [on hold]

I would like superposition equation. I learn functions, boundaries of strings, boundaries of functions, differential equations, derivatives and integrals to understand superpositions from Mathematical ...
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Non-degenerate or degenerate perturbation theory for a non-degenerate level of a system with other levels degenerate?

To decide whether I have to use non-degenerate or degenerate perturbation theory, I have to look only on whether the energy level I am calculating corrections to is degenerate, the degree of ...
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How to derive De Haas–van Alphen effect?

I was reading Solid State Physics by Kittel and they manage to derive De Haas–van Alphen effect by invoking the Bohr-Sommerfeld model. This feels unsatisfactory to me. Can someone derive this using ...
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How to check whether Schrödinger's cat was in superposition of states?

Suppose we can make an arbitrarily precise preparation of a Schrödinger's cat (and isolate it arbitrarily well so that decoherence is not a problem). If we prepare lots of cats in this state, what ...
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Eigenstate vs collapsed wave function

An eigenstate, or determinate state, is a state where the measurement of some observable always yields the same result. This means that the standard deviation of the observable is zero. If a ...
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Is it possible to get the (Pauli) repulsive term in the Lennard-Jones potential from theoretical considerations?

Title says it: Is it possible to get the form of the (Pauli) repulsive term in the Lennard-Jones potential from theoretical considerations, or is it purely found experimentally through fits?
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Continuum Wave Function for the electron

I'm trying to understand certain processes like the photoelectric effect and Bremsstrahlung. In Bremsstrahlung I need to use the wave function of an electron coming from the continuum, and there is ...
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Quantum relativistic effects

I was performing a thought experiment: let us assume an object is traveling so close to the speed of light that the length of the object is small enough for quantum effects to become noticeable to a ...
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Probability density function of a particle for computation

I'm writing a program, part of which relies on a particle being able to change location similar to a how a real particle would behave (pardon my physics). For example, on a grid of 100x100, a ...
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When generalizing from discrete (but infinite) eigenstates to continuous eigenstates, Why do we change the definition?

The propagator function for discrete eigenstates is $$u(t)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}|E_n\rangle\langle E_n|e^{-iE_nt/ \hbar } \tag{1}\ .$$ But when we have continuous eigenstates, (like for the case of ...
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Question about angular momentum operator

To show that the eigenvalue to $L^2$ is proportional to $\hbar^2$ is shown from $L_z=xP_y-yP_x$ $p_y=-i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial y}$ $p_x=-i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial x}$ ...
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Particles that are distinguishable and indistiguishable at the same time

Thinking about a question and my answer to it and another question I asked earlier. I've come up with the following problem: Consider two otherwise very similar marbles, a red one and a blue one. Let ...
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What is the exhaustive set of experiments a quantum theory has to satisfy?

Any theory that is to explain the world correctly has to provide a mechanism by which the interesting results of quantum mechanics happen (e.g. diffraction patterns, momentum/position uncertainty, ...
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Books on Quantum Measurement

I have been trying to understand clearly the concept of non locality, hidden variables, quantum measurement etc through research papers. I also read Quantum Theory and measurment by Wheeler and Zurek ...
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Is energy of a quantum mechanical moving particle conserved?

From the Schroedinger equation $$ H\psi=E\psi, $$ if we want to measure the total energy of a quantum mechanical moving particle, then we have to apply the Hamiltonian operator to the wave function ...
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How does Sachs derive QM mass term from general relativity?

I am interested in finding Mendel Sachs' derivation of the mass term in the Dirac equation, using the covariant derivative terms. The discussions as to the merits of Dr. Sachs' work are often prefaced ...
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Time evolution of a discrete 1-d lattice of spin-(1/2) particles under a given Hamiltonian, or special cases thereof

I am trying to get some feel for the dynamics induced on a discrete 1-d lattice of spin-(1/2) quantum particles by the following Hamiltonian $\hat{H} = \sum_{i, j} r_{i j} \left[ ...
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Quantum mechanics for playmen [on hold]

I am a student who is working on a small game and I played around with the idea of using Quantum Mechanics as the base of the game. Which concepts and results would be cool to play around with ...
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Quantum Fields From Cluster-Decomposition Principle

My question is asking for an explanation of Weinberg's claim that QFT is the only way to satisfy Lorentz invariance and the cluster-decomposition principle. The theory is in his QFT Vol. 1. Below I've ...
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Functions of commuting operators and interactions

The action of a function of an operator $A$ can be determined by the action on the eigenstates of $A$. If I have two commuting operators $A$ and $B$ and $|a,b\rangle$ is a common eigenstate, I get ...
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Can conservation of momentum be violated?

The law of the conservation of momentum was accepted for year-hundreds. Even in Quantum field theory every particle collision must be momentum-conserving if there is homogenity in space. Can this ...
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Understanding the interpretation of wave-particle duality by W.L.Bragg

W.L.Bragg, the pioneer in x-ray diffraction, gave this lucid but vivid interpretation:"The dividing line between the wave & particle nature of matter & radiation is the moment now. As this ...
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How to connect these two formulations regarding the need for a density matrix in quantum mechanics?

I found these two formulations: The density matrix is: 1) "needed if we consider a system that is part of a larger closed system." 2) "needed for a system to be ...
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Commutation of Magnetic Translation Operator with Hamiltonian [on hold]

How can I prove that magneic translation operator commutes with Hamiltonian where the translation operator does not for a non-zero non uniform magnetic field in general?
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Why do wave functions need to be normalized? Why aren't the normalized to begin with? [duplicate]

Before I started studying quantum mechanics, I thought I knew what normalization was. Just pulling off Google, here's a definition that matches what I've understood normalization to mean: ...
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Why tensor product? [duplicate]

Let $A$ an $B$ be two discrete observables (like spins). When exactly and why we have to consider their tensor product when talking about the mutual observation of the corresponding phenomena?
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How do we arrive on this kernel equation?

In Feynman and Hibbs, we see the following equation: $$K(b,a)~=~\sum_{\text{paths from $a$ to $b$}} \phi [x(t)] \tag{2-14}$$ which is valid always. Now, they write $$\phi[x(t)] ~=~ \text{const} ...
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Probability flux: spatial variation of the phase equal to momentum?

We can write any wave function as $$\psi(\vec x, t) = \sqrt{\rho(\vec x,t)}\exp{\left[\frac{iS(\vec x,t)}{\hbar}\right]}$$ for $S$ real and $\rho >0$. Here we interpret $\rho$ as the probability ...
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Funny quantum joke [duplicate]

Ok guys, this should be a fuzzy/silly question, but I have to understand why we do that (id est: the sign meaning). Let's suppose I want to describe, as a joke, the classical state of a coffee ...
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Does magnetic monopole violate $U(1)$ gauge symmetry?

Does a magnetic monopole violate $U(1)$ gauge symmetry? In what sense and why? Insofar as I know, there are at least two types of magnetic monopoles. One is the Dirac monopole while the other is the ...
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Quantum mechanics class [on hold]

I have a (strange) question about quantum mechanics graduate level courses. I am a first-year graduate student currently taking graduate quantum mechanics. We were given an exam this morning which I ...
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Fermions in a well

I have two identical fermions in an infinite potential well. They are non-interacting. How should I show that the first excited state is four-fold degenerate? Is the wavefunction just the ...
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How can mean value of a quantity $be$ an operator?

In Laundau & Lifshitz Quantum Mechanics. Non-relativistic theory in $\S29$ a problem is given: PROBLEM Average the tensor $n_in_k-\frac13\delta_{ik}$ (where $\mathbf{n}$ is a unit vector along ...
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Is the formula for Schrodinger's equation on Wikipedia incorrect?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger_equation#Time-dependent_equation On Wikipedia, the SWE contains a term called reduced mass. After consulting several peers, no one knows what this has to ...
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Increasing Lattice Size in Quantum Espresso [closed]

Quantum Espresso, a DFT simulation software, currently simulates only 8 atoms. How can be increase the number of atoms to say 64? Do we manually insert the ...
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What is the logic behind the thinking that electron must take a complicated path through the two slits?

Electrons moved in lumps, but unlike bullets, there was interference at the backstop. How? How can such an interference come about? Perhaps we should say: "Well, that means, presumably that it is ...
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Why are holes (in a semi conductor) regarded as particle?

Can I say that holes in a semiconductors are treated as current-carrying conventional direction ?
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What is the purpose of knowing the value of ground state energy of a potential well?

Using the formula $$E ~=~ \frac{\pi^2\hbar^2}{2 m a^2}$$ where $a$ is the length of an infinite potential well. It is apparent that as $a$ get smaller i.e. from a metal to the size of an atom, the ...
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Do electrons actually spin (what is spin)? [duplicate]

I read that electrons give off a magnetic field from their "spin" but I also read that they don't spin in the way we usually consider as spinning. So my question is what is spin, if particles aren't ...
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Meaning of spin operator

I am learning about spin in QM and I was wondering if $\langle{\psi}|\hat{S}_z|\psi\rangle$ where $\psi$ is a spin wave function, is a meaningful quantity? In the case of the Hamiltonian $\hat{H}$, ...
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An error in my understanding of entanglement

Based on my knowledge of quantum entanglement, I can set up a scenario which leads to a contradiction with the No-communication theorem. Please help me find the flaw. Suppose Alice wants to ...
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how far away from stable equilibrium is sys+res master equation valid?

just wondering how reliable the standard development of system+reservoir master equation model is from equilibrium. Thanks!
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Derivative of a function of an operator [closed]

I would like to calculate something like $$K\left(z\right)=\dfrac{dF\left(A\left(z\right)+B\left(z\right)\right)}{dz}$$ i.e. the derivative of a function $F$ of a sum of two operators $A$ and $B$ ...
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What Quantum Entanglement is NOT? [closed]

What are the most insightful experiments on Quantum Entanglement undertaken in the last few years showing what it is not? What insights did we gain from does constructive failures? Is there a current ...