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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Probability density of electron orbital

Why the probability of density is higher in the area that is closer to the nucleus? I'm a high school student. I don't know much about wave functions.
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Separating the hamiltonian for a superlattice — is it this easy?

I've been banging my head against a wall trying to figure out what I'm sure is a very simple problem. I want to solve the Kronig Penney model for a superlattice, which is just a normal periodic 1D ...
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What is the difference between the process in which energy converts to matter and that in which it converts to antimatter?

What is the difference between the process in which energy converts to matter and the process in which it converts to antimatter? In colliders, for instance, is the product (either being the matter or ...
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Is basic quantum mechanics mathematically as robust a theory as special relativity?

This question is specifically about the robustness of mathematical models. Special relativity can be derived from very basic principles. Assuming that space is homogeneous and isotropic and that ...
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Rotation about the $z$-axis on the Bloch sphere

I'm having some trouble with successfully working out a rotation about the $z$-axis on the Bloch sphere. Now, I know how this is performed, in principle. A rotation of the Bloch-sphere around an ...
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Physical position eigenfunction normalisation

We know that the Dirac function $$\delta(a)=\lim_{a \rightarrow 0} \delta_{a}(x)$$ can be written as an infinitesimally narrow Gaussian: $$ \delta_{a}(x) := \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi a^2}}e^{-x^2/2a^2}$$ ...
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Eigenfunction associated with the $\hat{x}$ operator

Consider the following operator $\hat{x}=i\hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial p}$. I am trying to show that the eigenfunctions of $\hat{x}$ are not square-normalizable. I am interested in doing so since ...
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physical intuition behind quasi-bound state formation in feshbach resonance

In Feshbach resonance, by scattering theory formalism it is found that the resonance in cross-section happens when bound state energy of the closed channel is near to the scattering state energy of ...
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how is feshbach resonance potential term physically produced?

In Feshbach resonance model, a 2*2 potential term with space dependent diagonal and non-diagonal terms is written $\left(\begin{array}{cc} V_{11}(\mathbf{r}) & V_{12}(\mathbf{r})\\ ...
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Increased likelihood of photon emission due to “nearby” absorber?

Is an excited atom more likely to emit a photon if there is a similar atom in the ground state nearby ready to absorb it? When I say "nearby" I guess I mean that the absorber has an approximately ...
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Can a particle in superposition act as x*(energy?)

I can't find an answer anywhere - I even asked my physics teacher, he hasn't a clue. Is superposition an illusion, or can a particle literally act as [x] particles?
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Writing down an entanglement in bra-ket notation

I have a relatively complex (for me anyhow) situation which I would like to capture in bra-ket notation, rather than in words. However, I've not been able to find a source which will help me ...
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Does electron in wave form have mass?

I heard from my lecturer that electron has dual nature. For that instance in young's double slit experiment electron exhibits as a particle at ends but it acts as a wave in between the ends. It under ...
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Fundamental Commutation Relations in Quantum Mechanics

I am trying to compile a list of fundamental commutation relations involving position, linear momentum, total angular momentum, orbital angular momentum, and spin angular momentum. Here is what I have ...
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Shortcut to find $\hat{p}^2$ expectation value

I have been going through several calculations where I am asked to calculate $\langle p^2 \rangle$ and the task is proving to be pretty tedious. Does anyone know of a shortcut for this? Such as with ...
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Interpretation of $\langle p \rangle (t)=0$

If for a quantum mechanical particle $\langle p \rangle(t)=0$ at all time t, in any state $|\psi(t)\rangle$, can I interpret this as the center of mass of the system remains stationary? EDIT: Is ...
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Why does $x(0)=0$ for SHO in classical action

In leveraging this PDF to help solve the integral for $S_{cl}$ least action for a Simple harmonic oscillator, I read that I can assume $x_{cl}(0) = 0$ for the classical solution. Why is $x_{cl}(0) ...
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Hydrogen atom: potential well and orbit radii

I happened to open up an old solid-state electronics book by Sah, and in it he says: "it is evident that the electron orbit radius is half the well radius at the energy level En" The orbit radius is ...
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How to derive the Aharonov-Bohm effect result?

In the derivations of the Aharonov-Bohm phase, it is directly mentioned that due to the introduction of the vector potential $A$, an extra phase is introduced into the wavefunction for case $A\neq0$ ...
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Is it true that no one, not even Planck himself, knows how Planck's Constant was arrived at?

Planck's Constant is said to be one of the smallest constants used in Physics. Some even say it is one of the imponderables – something that we know exists and is true but cannot be explained yet. I ...
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Expectation of momentum in the bound state

Is it logically correct to assert that the expectation of the momentum $$\langle \hat p \rangle=0$$ for any bound state because it is bound to some finite region? What is the physical interpretation ...
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Quantum wave interference in 3d space

Why, in the double slit experiment, is there an interference pattern only along the horizontal axis and not along both axes?
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Linear Algebra For Physicists (Book Recommendations) [duplicate]

I am aware that there are plenty of questions regarding book recommendations, however, I have not found one that fully matches what I intend to ask. I have provided a list of links to some similar ...
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Do atoms have an outter shell or boundary?

Do atoms have boundaries or an outer shell? If so, how do photons react to it? Also, if not, then does the atom always have the same set of electrons or do the electrons keep on changing? What I mean ...
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A paradox with spin: Is spin a physical degree of freedom?

Suppose I want to calculate the state associated with a spin particle under a magnetic field. I suppose the particle interacts via the Zeeman effect, and only through it. Then I want to resolve the ...
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Does Energy change sign when time is reversed?

In classical physics if one reverses time then energy does not change sign. For example in the formula for kinetic energy one has: $$E = \frac{1}{2}m v^2$$ If you reverse time the velocity $v$ ...
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Wavefunction Problem wrong in solutions manual? [closed]

Well there is a problem in my book which lists this problem: Calculate the probability that a particle will be found at $0.49L$ and $0.51L$ in a box of length $L$ when it has (a) $n = 1$. Take the ...
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Single-channel vs multi-channel scattering

I am studying quantum scattering and stumbled upon the "scattering channel" and "single- and multi-channel scattering" terms. However, I didn't manage to find any sufficiently formal definitions of ...
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Infinite and Finite Square Wells

For the infinite square well in the first region, outside the well: $$\frac{-\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2 \psi}{dx^2} + V(x) \psi (x) = E \psi (x),$$ where you set $V = 0$. Rearranging gives $$\frac{d^2 ...
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Notation for Propability Amplitudes

I've recently stumbled upon a certain piece of notation that doesn't quite seem clear to me. When discussing the amplituhedron, my teacher mentioned the relation between the volume and the amplitude ...
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Magnetic field due to electron in Hydrogen?

We can calculate the current density $\mathbf{j}$ of the electron in Hydrogen, and it is given by: $$ j_\phi=-e\frac{\hbar m}{\mu r\sin\theta}\left|\psi_{nlm}\left(r,\theta,\phi\right)\right|^2 $$ ...
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How do I obtain the Lagrangian in standard for using action? [closed]

I have action as shown below $$S=\int \mathrm{d}t \int \mathrm{d}x^3 \bar\psi\left(i\partial_t\psi +\frac1{2m}\bar\nabla^2\psi-V(x)\psi\right)$$ How do I manipulate it to obtain the Lagrangian ...
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Any other bound state problems using $a_+$ and $a_-$?

Why is it that creation and annihilation operators ($a_+$ and $a_-$) can only be defined for the problem of quantum harmonic oscillator and nothing else? Can any other bound state problem be solves ...
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Dispersion Relation (e vs. k) clarification (crystal momentum or electron momentum)

If we get the dispersion relation from the Fourier transform of the lattice vectors then how do we get electrons information? Specifically, for the $k=0$ point of the graph, does this mean the ...
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Relection of light [duplicate]

If I recall my physics correctly, and it was a long time ago, when a photon strikes a reflecting surface that specific photon is not what is reflected--rather the photon excites an electron which ...
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Eigenvalue spectrum of $L_x+iL_y$

Is it possible to find out the generic eigenvalue spectrum of the non-Hermitian operator $L_x+iL_y$, without using any representation?
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Bounded and Unbounded Operator

Can someone explain with a concrete example of how can I can check whether a quantum mechanical operator is bounded or unbounded? EDIT: For example., I would like to check whether $\hat ...
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Physical intuition for deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds

First of all, I know almost nothing about physics. I was reading Kontsevich´s paper on Deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds, however I could not figure out what´s the intuition for such ...
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What is the conclusion from Aharonov-Bohm Effect?

What is the conclusion that we can draw from the Aharonov-Bohm effect? Does it simply suggest that the vector potential has measurable effects? Does it mean that it is a real observable in quantum ...
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quantization with a pure exponential potential

Given the Hamiltonian $$ H=p^{2}-ge^{-x}, $$ are the energies negative? If I impose the boundary condition $y(0)=0$ and $y(\infty)=0$, I get the condition for the energies $$ J_{2i \sqrt{E(n)}}(g) ...
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Three dimensional wave packets in momentum space

I am given the 3D wave packet: $$\psi(x,y,z)=N\,\exp\left(\frac{-(x^2+y^2+2z^2)}{2a^2}\right).$$ I was asked to find N (easy enough). Then I was asked the probability that we measure $z$ greater than ...
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Measurement of quantum state

Consider a particle in a box system. Assume its state to be a superposition of the ground and the first excited energy states. Consider two observers A and B (rest of the world). A made the ...
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Eigenvalue problem for differential equations in QM

I have a very simple question with regard to numerical methods in physics. I want to solve the eigenvalue problem for a particle moving in an arbitrary potential. Let's take 1D to be concrete. I.e. I ...
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Understanding the operation of Thomas precession

How can we physically understand the operation of Thomas Precession? This modifies the effective energy of coupling between the spin and the orbital angular momentum of the electron by an extra factor ...
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Momentum representation of a state

I am trying to figure out the momentum representation of the state which has the properties $$\langle \psi |\hat q |\psi \rangle=-q_0,$$ $$\langle\psi|\hat p|\psi \rangle=p_0, $$$$\Delta q\Delta ...
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Transportation using disintegration [duplicate]

Is it physically possible to have one device, that will scan one object atom by atom and record it to some computer file and then send it to some other machine that could use this blueprint to rebuild ...
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Is there a closed form expression for Landau-level eigenstates?

Is there a closed form expression for the Landau-level eigenstates (preferably in the symmetric gauge)? This is the 2-dimensional quantum mechanical problem of a charged particle moving in a ...
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Alternative ways to take particle tracks photographs in a cloud chamber

I know that the most common type of particle tracks photography is in photographic plates, but i'm using a cloud chamber and I would like to know if there are alternative ways to take photographs of ...
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Commutator of parity and Hamiltonian operators under even potential function

I need to show what is $[H,P]$ where $H$ is the Hamiltonian and $P$ the parity operator. $V(\underset{\sim}x) = V(-\underset{\sim}x)$ in this case. I start off with $$ \langle ...
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Are Black Holes set to take over the Harmonic Oscillator in the 21st century? [closed]

A few years ago I attended a talk given by Andy Strominger entitled Black Holes- The Harmonic Oscillators of the 21st Century. This talk, ...