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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Koopmann- Von Neuman Theory

I was just wondering does anyone have any informative sources apart from the obvious wikipedia articles regarding KvN theory? Or if its possible could someone explain the basic premise? Thank you in ...
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Does momentum operator commute with pauli matrix?

I tried to calculate the effect of spin orbit coupling $H_s=\alpha(\sigma_xp_y-\sigma_yp_x)$ as is described in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashba_effect. But I just find out it is not hermitian. ...
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Is the spin and charge of an atom a quantum or classical concept?

I have no idea whether these properties of an atom fall under quantum or classical physics, or perhaps both. Some clarification would be helpful.
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Is there a chance an object isn't where we think it is?

At first, I know the question sounds ambiguous and maybe pseudo-scientific, but it's a thing I've been arguing about with my colleage for quite some time and while neither of us knows much about ...
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How does Dirac show that $\langle B|\bar{\bar{\alpha}}|P\rangle\;=\; \overline{\langle P|{\bar{\alpha}}|B\rangle}\;=\; \langle B|{\alpha}|P\rangle$?

Dirac shows that the conjugate imaginary of $\langle \!P|\alpha$ is $\bar{\alpha} |P\!\rangle$ and then starts with the identity on page 27 in his book: $$\langle B|\bar{{\alpha}}|P\rangle\;=\; ...
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How to check whether a given $W(x,p)$ represents a Wigner function of a physical state?

For simplicity let us consider one-dimensional quantum-mechanical systems only. Given any state $\rho\in\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$ and its Wigner function $W_\rho(x,p)$, there are several properties it ...
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Question on spin-orbit interaction

When you study the spin-orbit interaction in quantum mechanics, even for a simple hydrogen atom, you find only the electric field in the nucleus reference system, while in the electron reference ...
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What is the spin of an electron along the x-axis?

I know that an electron or any other particle for that matter, has a measured spin which is either up or down. This spin is along the z-axis. But what if we do not measure it along the z-axis and do ...
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Can an arrangement of particles be duplicated precisly?

Is it possible to teleport or clone someone or something? After watching this TED talk by Max Tegmark - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzCvlFRISIM I find myself wondering if it is then possible to ...
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Rate of change of a normalised wave function

I'm reading Weinberg's Lectures on QM. On top of p23 it says $$i\hbar\frac{d}{dt}\int|\psi(x,t)|^2d^3x=i\hbar\int\psi^*(x,t)\frac{\partial}{\partial ...
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Bound states in 1D & 2D

Why does Mother Nature allow bound states in arbitrarily weak attractive potential in 2D but not in 3D? See, for example, this article: ...
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Dimension of separable state

I'm from a pure mathematics background (BSc and MSc). I’m reading Quantum Computing: From Linear Algebra to Physical Realization by Nakahara. Please can you help me to understand how the dimension ...
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What does “coherent wave function of a macroscopic body” mean?

What is meant by the "coherent wave function of a macroscopic body"? I found this phrase in a paper on QM, but am unfamiliar with the terminology.
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Inner products with orthonormal bases

Probably a stupid question here - I think it's a case of me not having sufficient mathematical background to follow this through. In Leonard Susskind's Theoretical Minimum book, he represents the ...
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Can we make a camera that fits in one of the bands of the double slit experiment?

So, in Young's double slit experiment, we see where the particle lands on the back wall. What if we were standing at the back wall, looking toward the slits? Could we gain more information not by ...
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Lack of scale in Schrödinger equation for square-inverse potential

I see that if we set our potential in schrodinger equation to be a inverse-square dependence we don't have a typical unit of length as we have for hydrogen atom. $$-{\hbar^2\over 2m}\nabla^2\psi + ...
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Quantum field theory: field operators in terms of creation/annihilation operators

I am learning Quantum Field Theory and there is a step in my notes that I do not really understand. It starts with the classical definitions of position $q$ and momentum $p$: $$ q = ...
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$\exp(i\alpha\hat {\bf n}\cdot{\bf \sigma} )=\cos\alpha I+i(\hat {\bf n}\cdot{\bf \sigma})\sin\alpha$

Could anyone tell me $\hat {\bf n}\cdot{\bf \sigma}$ is defined in such way? In the book they have not defined what is $n_z,n_x,n_y$. It is from Quantum Computing: From Linear Algebra to Physical ...
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Notation in a paper on quantum mechanics and gravitation (2)

I am currently reading the paper "Gravitation and quantum mechanics for macroscopic objects" by F. Karolyhazy (1966). The author defines formally rigorous equations in order to describe the decay of ...
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What does the notation $\Psi_k/(\Psi_k,\Psi_k)^{1/2} $ mean?

I am currently reading the paper "Gravitation and quantum mechanics for macroscopic objects" by F. Karolyhazy (1966). In his paper, he uses certain notation that I haven't come across before (he also ...
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Can someone please qualitatively explain unitary group from a physics perspective?

Unitary Groups is the most mysterious thing for me when studying physics. All my physics endeavor ends when author starts talking about unitary groups. This is often the case because in a lot of the ...
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Quantum Scales and the Flatness of Space-time

I know that on the smallest scales, general relativity predicts that space-time is flat. But I've also read that space-time can be described as a sort of "quantum foam" for distances smaller than the ...
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Why there is limit to size of the atom? [on hold]

As far as I know quantum mechanics does neither put an upper limit to the outermost orbit of an atom nor a lower limit to the radius of the ground state. Even quantisation of angular momentum never ...
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Why do people look for a field formalism for String Theory

String theory was originally formulated from a perturbative description (using quantum mechanics (QM) and replacing points by strings and evaluating path integral). Still, although QM has an upgrade ...
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Was the firewall paradox resolved?

For quite sometime there has been a claim that the firewall paradox has been resolved (via lasers). For instance, http://global.ofweek.com/news/Lasers-to-solve-the-black-hole-information-paradox-9867 ...
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General definition of vector spinor and spin

I am looking for basic and exact definitions of fundamental physical consepts in graduate level. I reach this following definitions. Could you please help to improve these definitions. Spin: ...
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Glauber's Formula

In the Cohen-Tannoudji Quantum Physics book, Complement BII, says: [...] two operators $A$ and $B$ with both commute with their commutator. An argument modeled on the preceding one shows that, if we ...
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What measurement of time is so small that it qualifies as quantum?

Quantum mechanics (QM; also known as quantum physics, or quantum theory) is a branch of physics which deals with physical phenomena at nanoscopic scales where the action is on the order of the ...
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Integral over a product of two Green's functions

Need some help here on a frequently encountered integral in Green's function formalism. Forgive me since I am a junior student. I have an integral/summation as a product of a retarded and advanced ...
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Quantum chaos in interacting discrete time quantum walk?

I have situation where I am simulating discrete time quantum walk (DTQW) for various graphs. I have two quantum walkers on the graph and they can interact with each other by the fact that where the ...
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“Delayed choice” quantum imaging experiment - why wouldn't it work?

I was just reading a Nature news article (Entangled photons make a picture from a paradox, 27 August 2014) about a way to form an image of an object out of photons that have not interacted with the ...
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Continuous spectra of photons

I guess this is a basic quantum mechanics problem, but I'm not entirely sure of my answer. Suppose we have an electron in a hydrogen atom having the state \begin{equation} ...
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Commutator algebra in exponents

Considering $X$ and $Y$ such that $[X,Y]=\lambda$, which is complex, and $\mu$ is another complex number, prove: $$e^{\mu(X+Y)}=e^{\mu X} e^{\mu Y} e^{-\mu^2\lambda/2}$$ My attempt (so far) is: ...
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What forces determine the distance of the electron from the proton in a hydrogen atom? [closed]

I mean to conceptually grasp the size and shape of the hydrogen atom's 1s orbital. I've seen it explained in terms of electrostatic energy and the Pauli Exclusion Principle. If possible, please ...
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Gaining symmetry through boundary conditions

Can Hamiltonian gain/lost some symmetry through boundary conditions? Initial expression may not have symmetry, but after specyfing boundary conditions and predicted form of the wavefunction it will ...
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Bell State Measurement From Parametric Down Conversion Source

My question is about whether or not there exists any scheme to distinguish between symmetric and antisymmetric Bell states from entangled pair of down converted photons. State of Down Converted ...
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Measurement of observables with continuous spectrum: State of the system afterwards

Suppose my system, described by a separable Hilbert space $H$, is in the state $\Psi$ when I measure an observable that has only continuous spectrum. What is the state of the system after the ...
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Correlation between Relativity and Quantum Mechanics [closed]

By which theory we can connect Quantum Mechanics and Relativity?
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Momentum operator of a particle in an electromagnetic field

In quantum mechanics, to all observables correspond some self-adjoint operators. In the absence of an electromagnetic field the momentum operator is clearly $\vec{P}:=\frac{\hbar}{i}\vec{\nabla}$. ...
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Is quantum indeterministic? [duplicate]

The question might look clear from a viewpoint of a non-physics guy but let me be more specific. Can we say quantum leaps or waves or maybe the universe itself are completely indeterministic or do ...
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Is the harmonic oscillator potential unique in having equally spaced discrete energy levels?

I was wondering if the good old quadratic potential was the only potential with equally spaced eigenvalues. Obviously you can construct others, such as a potential that is infinite in some places and ...
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What is the status of Everett's Thought Equation?

Here is Hugh Everett's PhD Thesis: http://philosophyfaculty.ucsd.edu/faculty/wuthrich/PhilPhys/EverettHugh1957PhDThesis_BarrettComments.pdf On page 9 he says: "We have the task of making ...
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The relationship between angular and linear momentum

Why is orbital angular momentum not 0 when spin and linear momentum are not collinear? Why can it be 0 when spin and linear momentum are parallel? Like in the example of a scalar field at rest ...
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Is there in quantum physics really a coincidence? [closed]

Coincidence doesn't make a sense in our universe. Something that hasn't any cause of existence just doesn't exist. Even coincidence what computers calculate is not a real coincidence - they calculate ...
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1-particle momentum eigenfunction in terms of field operator for real Klein-Gordon field

Suppose $\phi(x)$ is a real Klein-Gordon field, then the single-particle wave function $\psi(x)$ corresponding to a momentum $p$ is given by (QFT, Ryder) $$\psi_p(x)=\langle0|\phi(x)|p\rangle.$$ The ...
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Is there any difference between massless Dirac fermions and Weyl fermions?

In graphene we call the low energy excitations around the Dirac point Dirac fermions, which are massless. Is this just by convention or is there any further differences between massless Dirac ...
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Slit width for minimum spot size in electron slit diffraction if involving uncertainity principle

I don't believe the following is an accurate description of the physical but a homework problem to help understanding. A beam of electron of energy 0.025 eV moving along x-direction, passes ...
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The need for a 'particle description' of electrons

Is there any phenomenon where the 'wave description' of the electron's motion is not applicable? The reason for this question is to find out if there are any situations were quantum wave theories ...
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Joint-measure of POVM's

I feel disturbed by this question: Suppose $A$ and $B$ are POVM's with respective $\sigma$-algebras $\mathcal{F}_A$ and $\mathcal{F}_B$ and outcome spaces $\Omega_A$ and $\Omega_B$. Then why can't I ...