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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Does the Heisenberg uncertainty principle preclude moving in a straight path with certainty?

The uncertainty principle is σₓσₚ ≥ 0.5 ℏ where x is position and p is momentum. Consider a 2d plane. If one moves along a straight line along the plane (possibly backtracking or moving forwards but ...
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Spin 1/2 particle in rotating magnetic field

So, I'm attempting a solution to the following problem: I am given a particle with spin 1/2 in a constant vertical magnetic field and a rotating field in the (x,y) plane. $$B(t) = [B_1\cos(\omega ...
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Why does transmission probability decrease, increase, then decrease again?

We did a quantum tunneling lab online. We used a Java program to model the electron wave function and show what happens when there is a step potential (U is less than E). Our value for the ...
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How is light slowing down in a medium thought of in the photon picture? [duplicate]

The speed of light in any medium besides vacuum is smaller than $c$. In a classical way, I just look at that as a wave that propagates less fast, the change in EM-field is passed on slower. How should ...
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Constructing solutions to the time-dependent Schrödinger's equation

The following question is from David Griffiths' Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: Problem 2.13 A particle in the harmonic oscillator potential starts out in the state $$\Psi(x,0) = A[3 ...
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Fillings of dispersion bands (E-K diagram)

I struggle in understanding why in some references the bands filling by electrons in the E-k diagram is shown as an area delimited below by the dispersion curve and above by the Fermi energy (if in ...
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Is the Energy of an absorbed photon exactly the energy of the band gap?

I was wondering, if the Energy of a Photon which is absorbed by an Electron, hast to be exactly the Energy of the bound gap. So if i have two energy levels in an atom $E_2$ and $E_1$, does my ...
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Parity of $n$-photon system

The $C$-parity (charge conjugation) of an $n$-photon system is given by $(-1)^n$. If I'm not totally wrong, the intrinsic parity of a photon is $(-1)$. What is the parity $P$ of a system of $n$ ...
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Spherical representation of field operators of scalar field [on hold]

I want to ask how to construct the field operators using spherical harmonics.... of a scalar field operator ?
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Fourier transformation and mode expansions [duplicate]

Sorry as this is a rather trivial question, but I'm stuck with a certain implication. I'm working on exercise 1.7 from Polchinski where we are given an open string with boundary conditions ...
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Does measurement change the evolution of wave function?

Basically any measurement is on wave function $|\psi\rangle$ is done by operator $X$ such that $X|\psi\rangle$ results observable $x$ with some probability. But what happens to $|\psi\rangle$? Does ...
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Probability conservation in WKB tunneling

Suppose we have quantum mechanical plane waves of energy $E$ incident upon a one-dimensional potential barrier $V(x)$ with sloping sides. One can compare the WKB solutions in the three relevant ...
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Fourier transformation and commutators

Sorry as this is a rather trivial question, but I'm stuck with a certain implication. I'm working on exercise 1.7 from Polchinski where we are given an open string with boundary conditions ...
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Integration by parts to derive $d\langle x \rangle / dt$

I am reading "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" by David Griffiths and I am having trouble understanding part of a derivation of $\frac{d\langle x\rangle }{dt}$ in section 1.5 - Momentum - of the ...
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Why Electron Does Not Radiate In Bohr Orbits? [duplicate]

Maxwell said that charged particles radiate when are in accelarating motion. I understand that $nλ=2πr$ must be fulfilled in order to create a sinusoidal standing wave and to satisfy the probability ...
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Preventing Heat Escape

Is is possible to completely prevent heat from escaping from a closed container? Here is a diagram of vacuum flask, which tries to implement the design - Vacuum Flask prevents heat from escaping ...
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Quantum computing can be done via measurement alone, why is this significant?

I read in the Afterword section of Nielsen and Chuang's book Quantum Computation and Quantum Information that A second area of progress has been in understanding of what physical resources are ...
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Fun physics book for high school student [duplicate]

can anyone recommend me a physics book for a highschool student (not these typical school books) a book that will let you think mostly interested in theoretical /quantum physics done with the ...
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Can a photon have little to no energy and/or speed?

Can a photon move more slowly than the speed of light and behave 'non-relativistically,' so to speak. Perhaps another way to express my thought is: could we stop a photon from moving?
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Quantum mechanics and the atom

I was thinking about the nature of the atom, specifically, why electrons do not spiral into the nucleus. My physics book says the principal quantum number $n$ must be an integer number of wave ...
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Solution of the Radial Part of the Schroedinger Equation [closed]

The general Schroedinger Equation is: $$\left[-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\triangle +V(r,\vartheta,\varphi)\right]\psi_{nlm}=E\psi_{nlm}$$ When considering free waves, i.e. $V(r,\vartheta,\varphi)=0$ and a ...
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Does new energy creation exist?

I know that basic physics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but why is that true? For example, one theory called Quantum Fluctuation states that 'normal' and anti energy is constantly ...
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Probability flux

I was reading a text on Quantum Mechanics in which it said that $$\int{d^3 x \, j(x,t)} = \frac{\langle p\rangle}{m},$$ where $\langle p\rangle$ is the expectation value of the momentum operator at ...
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Possible values of an observable are the eigenvalues of an operator

Ok, so I'm beginning to study quantum mechanics. For reference, the book I'm using is "Konishi-Paffuti/Quantum Mechanics-A New introduction". Now, I get that the quantum state of something (say, a ...
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Why we need to suppose the chemical potential is zero here?

I've been working on some statistical mechanics problems and one of them asks to compute the pressure with chemical potential zero of a boson gas whose particles do not interact and whose energies are ...
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Particle annihilation - mathematical description, equations governing it? [duplicate]

I was wondering about this and I would like to know an explanation why do particles and antiparticles annihilate? I would be interested in phenomenological, but most importantly mathematic explanation ...
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Relation between Von Neumann entropy (and other entanglement measures) and thermodynamical entropy

Suppose I have a bipartite system (with Hilbert space $H = H_a \times H_b$) and the following state: $$\sigma = \sum_{n} \frac{e^{-\beta E_n}}{Z} \rho_n$$ where $Z = \sum_n e^{- \beta E_n}$ and ...
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Direct definition of density of states

I've been studying statistical mechanics and in the book there's something the author calls density of states which he introduced in a kind of indirect way. Basically, the author argues that if we ...
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Electron energy in magnetic field

For a problem early in a book I'm reading (Quantum Mechanics by Albert Messiah), I'm asked the following: Consider an electron following a circular trajectory in a constant magnetic field $H$ (I'm ...
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Time dependence of the displacement operator

I am following the derivation of the master equation (and application of this) in these lecture notes. Unfortunately I do not follow the step of eliminating the driving terms of the harmonic ...
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Property of the wave functions of a free particle

How can I show that the following holds? $$\langle nlm\mid \partial_z^2\mid nlm\rangle=-\int_0^{4\pi}d\Omega\int_0^{\infty}drr^2\left|\partial_z\psi_{nlm}\right|^2$$ The wave functions of a free ...
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How is measurement on system in a Hilbert space seen?

I am a bit confused about different kinds of measurements on a system in state $W$ where $W$ is the density operator in Hilbert space $H$. A general measurement can be given by POVM's, let ...
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Can I use the Chi squared test to see if my data fit to the Wigner-Dyson distribution indicating chaotic behaviour? [migrated]

I recently read the paper about Quantum Chaos in Feshbach resonance spectra of ultracold Erbium [1]. The authors analyze their data statistically using the random matrix theory framework for ...
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Is every bra vector the complex conjugate of ket vector?

$\renewcommand{\ket}[1]{\lvert #1 \rangle}\renewcommand{\bra}[1]{\langle #1 \rvert}$Suppose we are taking the inner product of two vectors, say $a$ and $b$ as $$\bra{a}b\rangle$$ where $\bra{a}$ is a ...
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Why is it necessary for all the component-states to have same phase for interference?

I am currently reading Decoherence. In this site, it is written : Now here is the absolutely key point: every component eigenstate has an associated phase . It is this phase$^1$ which gives the ...
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Do the interference terms disappear really after decoherence?

I was reading decoherence from this site, where I found the following bold words which states that the out-of-phase components do not really get dissappear after decoherence: What happens to a ...
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Is it possible for two events happen at the exact same time?

Is it possible for any two thing to occur at the exact same time? As I see it, because time can always be split up into smaller units (it is infinitely divisible), we can always be more and more ...
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Why doesn't Many-Worlds interpretation talk about many worlds?

I was reading this interpretation from this site, where these lines are noteworthy enough to talk for the fact that this interpretation doesn't actually talk about many-worlds: These are the "many ...
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Position operator for wave function of entangled system? [closed]

When I read about EPR paradox, I have the following confusion. Consider the whole system, it is a pure state, so it can be described by a wave function. (For sub-system(one of the electrons), it is ...
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How long does it take for an excited electron to return to ground state?

During a mock Cambridge interview, one of the questions was about how small a computer could theoretically be.The way I approached it was in terms of what something must be to be considered a ...
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What is the significance of being equivalent up to local isometry?

Background : I am reading the paper device independent outlook on quantum mechanics. The author mentions the concept of two pure states being equivalent up local isometry. From what I understood two ...
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Quantum Mechanics - Induction Methods [closed]

Let $a$ be a lowering operator and $a^\dagger$ be a raising operator. Prove that $$a(a^\dagger)^n = n (a^\dagger)^{(n-1)} \, .$$ My professor suggested to use induction method with formula: $$\left( ...
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Approximating a target operator

I was wondering if anyone knew how the author got to equation 12 on page four of this paper, I will attempt to explain the situation below. Given $C$, a target operator, we wish to create an ...
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Energy of a system if the nuclear repulsion increases

I have calculated the optimised geometry for a molecule. I have noticed that the energy of the nuclear repulsion increases with each iteration of optimisation. What is the logic behind this?
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Simple question about using determinant to find eigenvalues of $\hat{S_x} + \hat{S_y}$ [closed]

The problem is: Find the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the operator $\hat{S_x} + \hat{S_y}$ where $\hat{S_i}$ is the spin operator in the i direction (i = x,y,z). The first step of their ...
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Theoretical proof of the Bohr's postulates

It was proved in an experimental way that the energy of a photon equals $E = h \nu$ electrons radii satisfy the equation $mvr = n \hbar$ Is it possible to prove these properties in a theoretical ...
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Quantum Mechanics - Lowering Operator [closed]

Let $a$ be a lowering operator. Show that $a$ is a derivative respects to raising operator, $a^\dagger$, $$a = \frac{\textrm{d}}{\textrm{d}a^\dagger}$$ Can someone please explain how to prove the ...
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Collision between electrons & nucleus [duplicate]

I am new with physics and I have a confusion that since electron and nucleus has opposite charges then why they do not collide with each other inside an atom?
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Interpretation of the diode constant in a LED

For a real diode the current as function of the potential difference between its terminals (for big enough voltage) is given by: $$I=A e^{\frac{eV-E}{\eta k_B T}} \tag{1}$$ So in the case of LEDs ...
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Two questions about Variational Method of quantum mechanics

I have two question about variational method of quantum mechanics. Why we always find the ground state energy by this approach. Why not the other excited states? When we find the ground state energy ...