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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Kirchoff's law (Thermal Radiation) is Wrong !! (Maybe)

Lately I've been researching about the black-body spectrum and the historical development of Planck's Law. I mainly wanted to understand a little bit more why many different objects (Stars, Hot ...
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Meaning of expectation value of product of non-commuting operators

Let $\hat{A}$ and $\hat{B}$ be Hermitian observables with spectra labeled by $a$ and $b$. Then we can write \begin{equation} \hat{A} = \sum_a a\, \hat{P}_a \end{equation} \begin{equation} \hat{B} = ...
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Books on waves with Fourier Transforms

There are many waves and oscillations books out there that also include Fourier analysis but very few give the subject a thorough treatment, they just pass it in a few pages. If anybody has any ...
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Lippmann-Schwinger equation and $T$ expansion

Lippmann-Schwinger equation, in operator form, is: $$ T=V+V\frac{1} {E-H_0+i \hbar \varepsilon} T=:V+V\Theta_0T, $$ where $H_{tot}=H_0+{V}$ is the hamiltonian ($H_0$ is the free particle hamiltonian ...
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Can there be a link between non-locality and non-Markovianity?

Non-locality is a curious feature that is linked to the violation of Bell inequality of any form. It arise from the impossibility of simultaneous joint measurements of observables. The ...
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Problem with tracing over the environment and obtaining reduced density operator

I'm reading an article by Bas Henson given here. On page 25 he deals with the double slit experiment Given the wavefunction which is his equation 1.75, he claims he has traced over the environment ...
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Why is local realism not possible with QM?

In Mermin's thought experiment (pdf) particles are sent to two detectors A and B with 3 settings each. If the particle passes the test, we get a green (G) light, else red (R). Now in QM we could send ...
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Is entropy a meaningful concept on a quantum level?

My naive assumptions, as I really am at a pretty basic stage in QM, are as follows: Classically, entropy gives us a practical measure of the direction of time, as opposed to our physical laws which, ...
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Is there free will? [on hold]

From what I've understood about the answer to this question quantum physics doesn't contradict determinism, but instead it simply isn't achievable only because of our universe's nature: we are unable ...
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Fourier expansion and transform - what about the phase of the waves that i am adding?

Say we have a wave on the surface of the water and we want to describe it as a sum of other waves. So we use Fourier expansion to add waves of different wavelengths. For simplicity, say we have to ...
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How to form a density matrix? [on hold]

forming a density matrix when two independent states are there
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Can QKD nodes use a constantly evolving key?

In QKD we know that we can generate random secret keys using quantum entangled photons, measuring their qubits and then using noise reduction to negotiate probably similar bits between Alice and Bob. ...
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Is there an example of a situation where you need a continuous spectrum?

If you had a hydrogen atom you could say that you want to be able to ionize them. But if you then add the potential due to the earth, e.g. ...
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Is there a proof that the number of eigenstates is countable for a bound system?

When you solve Schrödinger equation for a free particle with no boundary conditions your eigen states are indexed by quantum number $k \in \mathbb R $ and $\mathbb R$ isn't countable but if you add a ...
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magnet repulsion in a cylinder [on hold]

Firstly, Am doing a research project on the use of repulsion of magnets to form a car shock absorbers. Can the forces of repulsion manage to absorb the shock of a 2.0 ton car?
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Decay of excited electron from Schrödinger equation?

I'm currently studying for a quantum mechanics exam. I found some old exams which has the following question I'm trying to solve. Please tell me if my reasoning is wrong. Can you see from the ...
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Can you have more than two entangled particles? [duplicate]

Given the diagram on the wikipedia page for Quantum Entanglement we a beam of photons hitting a crystal which splits the beam into to entangled particles. Is it possible to split the beam into four ...
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How to model matter in code [on hold]

I've always had a passion for science, understanding and programming. Given my interests, I thought a cool thing to do would be to model real world theories in code (with visuals) so that others may ...
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Is there any $SU(\infty)$ gauge theory in quantum field theory?

The groups $U(N)$ and $SU(N)$ are the most important Lie groups in quantum field theory. The most popular are the $U(1),SU(2),SU(3)$ groups (these gauge groups form the Standard model). But is there ...
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Bell's inequality, “complete plans” and spooky action at a distance

What am I proposing and asking? In Mermin's thought experiment entangled particles, i.e. photons are sent to two machines A and B with 3 settings each. The idea of a "complete plan" how to react to ...
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how to solve the following question about quantum mechanical wave function? [on hold]

How to solve this question regarding quantum mechanical wavefunction ?
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Are the produced entangled photons in type II SPDC always in phase?

Are the produced entangled photons in type II SPDC (spontaneous parametric down conversion) always in phase? In Kim's delayed choice quantum eraser, two entangled photons are produced by a BBQ ...
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Children of entangled particles

Theres a photo on the wikipedia page Quantum Entanglement there's a image of a photon being split into two entangled photons via crystal. I used this picture to demonstrate the scenario below. ...
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is there an operator which measures the mass of particles?

When I studied a spin, the textbook said spin is an intrinsic quantity like mass. However, while we can calculate just expectation values $ \langle \textrm{S}^2\rangle $ or $ \langle S_z\rangle $, the ...
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Natural Philosophy [on hold]

My question is an extension of the celebrated question on the moon’s existence if unobserved. “do we still have tides on earth if the moon is unobserved?”
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Can an electron go along different paths at once in a circuit

A single electron moves along a circuit and comes to a fork in the wires. The wires separate but come back together near the end of the circuit. From what I know, the electron will travel along all ...
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Can one detect a single photon through measuring its impulse/momentum on a mirror?

Can one detect a single photon through measuring its impulse/momentum on a mirror? If the answer if YES or theoretically possible, photon path and interference fringes can be detected simultaneously ...
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How to deal with eigenvectors which are not square integrable?

In Quantum Mechanics there is one type of situation I'm still unsure on how to deal with. First of all, I want to make clear I'm trying to understand how to deal with this rigorously. What I'm talking ...
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Quantum entanglement thought experiment

One can "filter" a collection of electron pairs generated in an entangled (fixed-direction) spin state (e.g. singlet $\left|\uparrow \downarrow \right\rangle - \left|\downarrow \uparrow\right\rangle$) ...
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How to produce a given entangled state of two quantum bits?

I was watching Leonard Susskind's video series on quantum entanglement, where he looks at the spins of two electrons. In particular, there are entangled states of the form $$\alpha\left|\uparrow ...
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Does a Buckyball spin like an electron or like a baseball?

Does a Buckyball spin like an electron or like a baseball? We are often told that an electron does not really spin like a baseball. Only one (or two, if you count up and down) spin states, for ...
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Infinite square well that suddenly decreases in size

A well known exercise in basic quantum mechanics is the sudden (diabatic) increase of the length of an infinite square well. Now consider a particle in an eigenstate of an infinite well that is ...
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Expected value of an operator in the microcanonical ensemble

I am following professor David Tong's lecture notes on Statistical Mechanics and on page 9 of this file http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/statphys/one.pdf he states that the expected value of an ...
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Show that the minimum energy value for a given $l$ increases as $l$ increases

"Consider a particle in a central field and assume that the system has a discrete spectrum. Each orbital quantum number $l$ has a minimum energy value. Show that this minimum value increases as $l$ ...
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Quantum Mechanics is not for lazy [on hold]

Quantum Physics is not a subject for lazy.... How I can be an expert in Quantum Mechanics? I'm a student of Physics, currently i'm studying Quantum Mechanics as a course of mine. But, I don't ...
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Fourier Transforms of position and momentum space in Quantum Mechanics

Fourier transformations: for momentum space and for position space. How do we know that Ψ is not the Fourier transform of Φ but we suppose that its the other way around(Ψ would be ...
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how could the sun photons be the source of light to our vision? [on hold]

if the atom has 99.99% empty space and the photon has no mass while our universe is 2dimensional flat so how could the sun photons be the source of our vision? how could photons be reflected by ...
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Does Quantum Collapse occur?

Collapses, Quantum Jumps, and the Born interpretation. In my mind they are all the same. But some serious physicists (Schlosshauer, for example) claim there is no evidence for the existence of ...
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Symmetry in quantum mechanics

I originally asked this on the maths site, but I'll repost it here. Let $\mathcal{H}$ be the separable Hilbert space associated to some quantum system, and let $\langle\cdot,\cdot\rangle ...
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Transition from the second excited state to the ground state in 3d oscillator [on hold]

The problem: 3d harmonic oscillator is in a second excited state. Suddenly a perturbation is applied which depends only on the length of the position vector $|\vec{r}|$. Can the oscillator fall into ...
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Commutation between Dirac hamiltonian and angular momentum

In reading about angular momentum and spin, I came across a derivation showing that the Dirac Hamiltonian does not commute with orbital angular momentum, and hence L is not conserved. What is it about ...
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Can someone explain why this QM FTL communication setup is wrong?

So I thought I understood the double-slit experiment and EPR paradox until this setup occured to me. It combines EPR entanglement with "which-way" double slit setups. I know it must be wrong, but I ...
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Trivial representation in Clebsch-Gordan decomposition

My professor defined the Clebsch-Gordan series as the direct sum decomposition of the tensor product of two representations of the Lie group SU(2): $$ D_{j_1} \otimes D_{j_2} = D_{j_1+j_2} \oplus ...
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Sources to learn about Berry phases and Adiabatic Theorem

I recently went through Griffiths' Quantum Mechanics text and there is a chapter called the Adiabatic Theorem that includes Berry phase and the Aharonov-Bohm effect. As I found them very ...
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Quantum mechanics: clarification about $S \cdot n$ [on hold]

I haven't understood what is the role of $S\cdot n$ (projection of the Spin in the $n$ direction?) in the determination of the transition probability... Could you explain me and give me an example? ...
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Can we reconstruct 1D potentials in QM from the spectrum? [duplicate]

Knowing the potential, we can find the spectrum of the Schrödinger operator. The converse question is: Knowing the spectrum, can we reconstruct the potential? As an example, a harmonic potential has ...
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Can a density matrix be complex? [on hold]

Normally a density matrix is thought of as a statistical ensemble of pure states. However, after using the Time-Evolution Equation (or Master Equation) to evolve a density matrix, they start to have ...
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How to find $\langle x^2 \rangle$ of a wavefunction $\psi(x,t)$ [closed]

I know how to find $\langle x \rangle$ of such a function, but I'm not sure of how to find the variance or $\langle x^2 \rangle$ of this continuous function. Any help would be greatly appreciated. ...
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Is there a version of “delayed choice” for sound waves?

I'm familiar with the uncertainty principle in harmonic analysis, which states that you can't localize the support of a function in both the time domain and the Fourier domain. One of the physical ...
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Planck's constant and phase space in quantum mechanics

During my undergrad physics classes, I've come across several seemingly related phenomena dealing with $h$ and phase space in quantum mechanics. Let $T_x$ be a translation operator by $x$ in ...