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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How to calculate relative branching fractions of the $Z$ boson to specific pairs of “neutral lepton and anti-lepton”?

The PDG is listing values of "$Z$ couplings to neutral leptons" as $$ \begin{eqnarray} g^{\nu_{\ell}} & = & 0.5008 \, \pm \, 0.0008 \\ g^{\nu_{e}} & = & 0.53 \, \pm \, 0.09 \\ ...
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Mirror symmetry in spin

We just saw parity symmetry and we were told about the experiments to see the non parity symmetry of disintegration, in particular one involving the reaction: $$^{60}Co\longrightarrow^{60}Ni+ e + ...
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Questions on the degenerate ground states and Lieb-Schultz-Mattis theorem?

For example, let's consider a $N$ spin-1/2 system on a lattice described by the Hamiltonian $H$. My questions are ordered as follows: (1) If $H$ has either global $SU(2)$ spin-rotation symmetry or ...
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Markovianity vs Ohmic spectral density in Brownian Motion

It is a relationship between the assumption of taking for the spectral density a ohmic behavior ($J(\omega)\sim\omega$) and the fact that the Markovianity of the dynamics arise naturally? Someone has ...
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Hydrogen Transition Rate from n',l to n',l'

I am trying to solve Problem 9.22 in Griffiths' Intro to Quantum Mechanics (2nd Ed.) that asks to show the spontaneous emission rate for a transition from n,l to n',l' in hydrogen is given by ...
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Quantum physics particle in a box [on hold]

A problem I've been given states: Without calculation, write down and explain the energy expectation value $\langle H\rangle$ and the uncertainty $σ_H$ for the $ψ_n$ energy eigenstate of the ...
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How are the Lagrange equation and Feynmann path integral related? [duplicate]

My question is, where could I get some more info on how the Euler-Lagrange equations are related $$ \delta S [y(x)] =0 $$ with the Feynmann path integral formulation $ \int D[y(X)]e^{iS[y(x)]/\hbar} ...
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Will all physical quantities unchanged by this transformation?

I am reading an article about Bloch-Floquet state. My questions is in Part II.B and Appendix A of this paper, I will describe them below. The original Schordinger equation we consider is: ...
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Why do we need non-trivial fibrations?

I am currently reading this paper. I understand how the Bloch sphere $S^2$ is presented as a geometric representation of the observables of a two-state system: $$ \alpha |0\rangle + \beta |1\rangle ...
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Is there any non-hermitian operator on Hilbert Space with all real eigenvalues?

The property of hermitian is the sufficient condition for eigenvalue being real. Is there any non-hermitian operator on Hilbert Space with all real eigenvalues? If there exist, then can all ...
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Why don't we need to normalize wavefunction to find probability distribution?

Consider an unormalized wavefunction of a rotor at $t = 0$, a combination of $n=0$ and $n=2$ states: $$\psi(\phi) = 3 - 2 \cos (2\phi).$$ Find the probability distribution in angle. The ...
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Dipole matrix elements through parity argument

I am trying to find the following dipole moment matrix element $(|n,\ell,m\rangle)$. $$e\langle1,0,0|\vec r|2,0,0\rangle$$ I believe that I can say this matrix element is zero because of parity. The ...
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Thermodynamic entropy vs. quantum mechanical entropy

Is there a fundamental difference in the definition of entropy when considering the classical thermodynamic picture vs. the quantum mechanical picture, or are they both fundamentally equivalent?
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Mass or no mass?

Do all forms of energy have a mass? We know by $E=mc^2$ that mass and energy are directly proportional, but there are massless forms of energy such as electro-magnetic waves. I am also told that there ...
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What does the Pauli Exclusion Principle say about a superposition of spin states?

Suppose we have an atom. It is commonly said that because of the PEP, two electrons can't be in the ground state unless they have opposite spins, because no two electrons can have the same ...
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Calculating the expectation value of a Hamiltonian

I want to calculate the expectation value of a Hamiltonian. I have a wave function that is $$\psi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{5}}(1\phi_1 + 2\phi_2).$$ I want to know if I set this up properly. The ...
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quantum mechanics. Electromagnetics

In electromagnetics the intensity of a wave is calculated taking the squared of its amplitude. What is the reason why in quantum waves this cannot be applied to calculate it?
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Schroedinger equation. Why Potential energy instead of Force?

What is the reason Schroedinger equation is quoted in terms of potential energy instead of force?
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How do I overlap this two-particle symmetric wavefunction?

Suppose we have a symmetric wavefunction that composed of a two-particle system: $$ \psi_s = \frac{1}{\sqrt 2} \left(|u,A\rangle|v,B\rangle + |v,A\rangle|u,B\rangle\right)$$ where $u_{(x)}$ and ...
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Can a wave possess spin?

Since a matter wave is associated with a particle in quantum mechanics, does the wave spins? I mean, can we visualize the spinning of wave or is it possible that the wave spins?
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Stern Gerlach Experiment

Since l=0 for a valence electron in 5s state of silver, L=0 and therefore magnetic dipole moment is also 0 which means that the beam should not have deflected at all. So, we introduced the property of ...
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Characteristic polynomial of a Matrix

In fact, this problem is more likely to be a math problem. When I read a paper(http://arxiv.org/abs/0707.2875), the author includes the characteristic polynomial for a type of matrix $A_k$ with ...
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Classical Scattering of Slow Neutrons by a Diatomic Molecule [on hold]

Consider an experiment in which slow neutrons of momentum $\hbar k$ are scattered by a diatomic molecule; suppose that the molecule is aligned along the $y$ axis with one atom at $y=-b$ and the ...
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Quantization of linear momentum in 'particle in a box' problem [on hold]

I am new in Quantum Mechanics. I am 2nd year UG (Physics Major). I had few conceptions to clear.. I was going through particle in a box problem ...So while deriving that we used the time independent ...
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First Order Time Depenent Perturbation theory of particle in magnetic field

So I am dealing with the following hamiltonian, and the following perturbation: $$H=-\mu B_0\sigma_z$$ $$V=\mu B_1(\cos(\omega t)\hat x-\sin(\omega t)\hat y)\cdot{\bf \sigma}$$ I am asked for the ...
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Why is $\vert I=1,I_3=1\rangle = -p\bar n$

My book doesn't explain well how to build a doublet of antiparticles that transforms the same way the particle doublet $(p,n)^T$ (proton neutron) does. They claim $$\tag 1 \vert I=1,I_3=1\rangle = ...
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How could there be a truly “pure” state?

If the Universe did start from a single point, then wouldn't all particles be fundamentally entangled? How then could there be a truly "pure" state?
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Quantum entaglement and the arrow of time

I have seen several claims to that quantum mechanics is required to explain the arrow of time which I take to mean the macroscopic irreversibility of physical systems. This is presumably to resolve ...
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Degeneracy, spherical harmonics

In a 3D oscillator, the energy levels are known to be $(n_x + n_y + n_z + \frac{3}{2})\hbar \omega = (n + \frac{3}{2})\hbar \omega$. Say for $n = 1$, any of the $n$'s can be $1$ and the rest are $0$. ...
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Transition between two states probability - Perturbation Theory [on hold]

Part (a): Show probability to transit from state i to j is given by: Part (b)i: Use answer in part (a) to find probability Part (b)ii: Use time evolution to find probability Attempt at question: ...
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How do I simulate this simple quantum circuit in MATLAB

I want to simulate a circuit similar to the one below in MATLAB. If you have a state matrix describing the state of 3 qubits, I understand that you could apply a CNOT matrix tensored with and identity ...
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Understanding Well Defined States

I am self-studying from a text in QM. Well defined states are mentioned several times. By and large these are consistent and seem to be readily apparent: states of well defined energy are basis kets ...
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Converting between (abstract) linear operators and their position representations

Just as we have an abstract state vector $|\psi\rangle$ and its position representation $\psi(\vec{x}) = \langle \vec{x} | \psi \rangle$, how do we transform between a linear operator, say $H$, that ...
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Off-diagonal terms of the Husimi $Q$ function?

The Husimi $Q$ function of a quantum state $\rho $ is defined as $ Q (\alpha)=\langle \alpha \vert \rho \vert \alpha \rangle $, where $\alpha = (x, p) $ is a phase space coordinate and $\vert \alpha ...
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Can “state” be considered a 5th dimension?

I searched for an answer to this question on Google but just found articles that mention either string theory or a 5th dimension in passing (such as Maxwell equations as they relate to Riemann ...
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Quantum vector space - A complex vector space [duplicate]

Why is vector space of states, a complex vector space? and not a real vector space or perhaps a space based on a new field altogether, which we would have to create specifically for quantum mechanics? ...
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A meaningful distinction between determinism and causality

Causality is generally accepted to be a fundamental physical principle. But quantum mechanics is acausal (e.g. there is no 'why' as to the result of a measurement of the position of a particle in an ...
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Quantum entanglement on cosmological scales

This may be a foolish question given my limited understanding of QM but here it is. As I understand quantum entanglement basically means that two particles evolve as a single "unit", i.e., are ...
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How can I simulate a model electronic hole?

Suppose I can solve time-dependent Schrödinger equation for several 1D particles (currently 3). I'd like to see, what an electronic hole is and how it behaves — in a series of numerical experiments. ...
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Ground state of spin in magnetic field

I am trying to solve a time dependent perturbation theory problem, and it involves the Hamiltonian $$H=-\mu B\sigma_z$$ And a perturbation $$V=-\mu B_1\sigma\cdot(\cos(\omega t)\hat x-\sin(\omega ...
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Why uncertainty principle is not like this?

In Griffiths' QM, he uses two inequalities (here numbered as $(1)$ and $(2)$) to prove the following general uncertainty principle: $$\sigma_A^2 \sigma_B^2\geq\left(\frac{1}{2i}\langle [\hat A ,\hat ...
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Degenerate perturbation theory applied to topological degeneracy?

Consider a quantum system described by a gapped Hamiltonian $H_0$ with degenerate ground states (GS), adding a perturbation term $V$ to $H_0$, then the low-energy physics can be described by an ...
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When can I use semiclassical approximation?

I know that I can use semiclassical approximation for path integral approach (in quantum mechanics) $\int d[q]e^{iA}$ when action $A >>1 $. But how shall I use such condition? For example, ...
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Heisenberg Uncertainity Principle

If any senior member of the group has access to the book, The Physical Principles of Quantum Theory by W. Heisenberg, then please help me in understanding the first section of chapter 2 where he gives ...
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Wave Function Integral I need help conceptually and Mathematically

$$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{\partial^2\bar{\psi}}{\partial{x^2}}\frac{\partial\psi}{\partial{x}}~dx.$$ I have read that this is equal to Zero. Only problem is that what I am reading about doesn't ...
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Normalizing the sum of wavefunctions and calculating probabilty - understanding concepts

A state of a particle bounded by infinite potential walls at x=0 and x=L is described by a wave function $\psi = a\phi_1 + b\phi_2 $ where $\phi_i$ are the stationary states. So let's say we want to ...
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“Derivation” of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

Ok, so I posted this in the mathematics StackExchange, but got no response. The question I outline below is my textbook's "derivation" of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. The "derivation" my ...
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Does the energy-time uncertainty principle require energy levels to have finite width?

The uncertainty principle also has the form: $\Delta$$E$$\Delta$$t>h/2\pi$ Now this should mean that the thickness of the lines we draw in the energy level diagrams to show energy change undergone ...
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The momentum of a hole

I'm currently working through "A Guide to Feynman Diagrams in the Many-Body Problem" by R.D. Mattuck (self study, not a homework problem) and am stumped by the following problem: "In a system of free ...
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Can we describe mathematics using filters and matrices? [closed]

Can quantum mechanics be partly explained in terms of mathematical filters? Is there a way to explain some of it with matrices on an amateur level?