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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Why do people say the phase oscillates in time and the amplitude stays the same but the intensity of a traveling beam does oscillate with time?

I'm confused why people say the phase oscillates in time and the amplitude stays the same (the reason for having complex numbers). But on the other hand, the intensity of a traveling beam does ...
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How to express a Hamiltonian operator as a matrix

Suppose we have Hamiltonian on $\mathbb{C}^2$ $$H=\hbar(W+\sqrt2(A^{\dagger}+A))$$ We also know $AA^{\dagger}=A^{\dagger}A-1$ and $A^2=0$, letting $W=A^{\dagger}A$ How can we express $H$ as $H=\hbar ...
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How to tackle 'dot' product for spin matrices

I read a textbook today on quantum mechanics regarding the Pauli spin matrices for two particles, it gives the Hamiltonian as $$ H = \alpha[\sigma_z^1 + \sigma_z^2] + ...
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Is there a physical reason for level repulsion and avoided crossings?

Suppose we have a Hamiltonian that depends on various real parameters. When tuning the values of these parameters, the energy eigenvalues will often avoid crossing each other. Why? Is there a ...
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Question about a finite time interval step in the derivation of the Feynman path integral in Sakurai

This may be a possible errata but Sakurai (pp 126 in the 2nd Edition) states that starting with $$S = \int dt \,\,\scr{L_{\mathrm{classical}}}$$ Looking at a finite-time-interval of the action: ...
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Unitary Operator apply to Entangled vector

I am trying of resolve this exercise: Show that if $|\psi \rangle$ is an entangled state of two Qbits, then the application of a unitary operator of the form $U_1 \otimes U_2$ necessarily generates an ...
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Nature of perturbed state in perturbation theory?

I'm interested in the “nature” of the perturbed state in perturbation theory in quantum physics. The first order perturbed state is given by $$ \psi^{(1)}_{n}=\Sigma_{m}a_{m}\psi^{(0)}_{m} ~, $$ ...
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Why does the wave description say that probability oscillates, while the phase interpretation says constant amplitude?

The wave description of a particle illustrates an oscillating probability of the particle being found in any point in space. When a particle travels, it carries along with it a phase that oscillates ...
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Slater determinant space vs real space

Could someone explain to me what this snippet of text means? Although it is possible for DMC to be used as a benchmark for quantum-chemistry methods and vice versa, DMC does not operate in a ...
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Are photons deterministic?

I propose the following scenario: At $t=0$, a photon is emitted from a star. At $t=n$, said photon is received and interpreted by some detector. My question is whether or not it is accurate to say ...
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How does a state in quantum mechanics evolve?

I have a question about the time evolution of a state in quantum mechanics. The time-dependent Schrodinger equation is given as $$ i\hbar\frac{d}{dt}|\psi(t)\rangle = H|\psi(t)\rangle $$ I am ...
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Does performing a measurement on a system change its internal energy?

I'm studying Quantum Mechanics in my spare time from a general point of view (no technical details) so some fundamental question came into my mind: How is it possible to detect a single photon ...
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Math of eigenvalue problem in quantum mechanics

I learned the eigenvalue problem in linear algebra before and I just find that the quantum mechanics happen to associate the Schrodinger equation with the eigenvalue problem. In linear algebra, we ...
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normalizing a wavefunction

I have a homework problem that I can't get started on, below is the first bit. I feel like I should just be able to integrate to find $C$ but I get a divergent integral. Can someone give me a hint as ...
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Relation between Black-Scholes equation and quantum mechanics

I am interested in the link between the Black & Scholes equation and quantum mechanics. I start from the Black & Scholes PDE $$ \frac{\partial C}{\partial t} = -\frac{1}{2}\sigma^2 S^2 ...
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Wave equations for two intervals at Potential step

Lets say we have a potential step as in the picture: In the region I there is a free particle with a wavefunction $\psi_I$ while in the region II the wave function will be $\psi_{II}$. Let me ...
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Can we use intensities in the superposition principle?

In using the superposition principle to calculate intensities in interference patterns, can we add the intensities of the waves instead of their amplitudes? I think that amplitude account for the ...
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Trotter splitting and entanglement entropy

I have heard that a numerical solution to the Schrodinger equation using the Trotter splitting formula for a many-body Hamiltonian can cause an artificial increase in the entanglement entropy. I was ...
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Quantum mechanics - how can the energy be complex?

In section 134 of Vol. 3 (Quantum Mechanics), Landau and Lifshitz make the energy complex in order to describe a particle that can decay: $E = E_0 - \frac{1}{2}i \Gamma$ The propagator $U(t) = ...
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Is it easier to determine the number of states with raising/lowering operators or using scattering?

A particle is bound by $$V(x) = \begin{cases}\infty,& x <0 \\ \frac{-32\hbar^2}{ma}, & x\le a \\ 0, & x \le a\end{cases}$$ a) how many states are there? i'm attempting ...
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Question about the HVZ theorem

In this paper1 the authors cite the HVZ theorem2 saying that it follows from the method used by M. Reed & B. Simon without modifications; I don't really understand this point. Is there anyone who ...
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Why does the quantum Heisenberg model become the classical one when $S\to\infty$?

The Hamiltonian of the spin $S$ quantum Heisenberg model is $$H = J\sum_{<i,j>}\mathbf{S}_{i}\cdot\mathbf{S}_{j}$$ I have read that when the spin quantum number $S\to\infty$, quantum fluctuation ...
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A question on the existence of Dirac points in graphene?

As we know, there are two distinct Dirac points for the free electrons in graphene. Which means that the energy spectrum of the 2$\times$2 Hermitian matrix $H(k_x,k_y)$ has two degenerate points $K$ ...
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Bloch sphere representation

Suppose you know that a qubit is either is in state $|+\rangle$ with probability $p$ or in state $|-\rangle$ with probability $1-p$. If this is the best you know about the qubit's state, where in the ...
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Energies and numbers of bound states in finite potential well

Hello I understand how to approach finite potential well (I learned a lot in my other topic here). However i am disturbed by equation which describes number of states $N$ for a finite potential well ( ...
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EPR vs. EPRBB? Why can't we perform the original EPR experiment?

The EPR gedanken experiment was invented by Einstein Podolsky and Rosen in 1935. It involved positions and momenta. In 1957, Bohm revised this gedanken experiment into one involving spins, or ...
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If inherent randomness exist in quantum mechanics, what then of eternalism implied by relativity?

I am nothing but a curious layman so don't go too technical on me. First of all, I am well aware that a lot of people consider the question of determinism vs indeterminism to be unsolved and others ...
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Why is the energy spectrum continuous for a plane wave when it has energy less than the potential barrier?

Please explain it in the context of this task: we have a potential barrier that looks like $\prod$, with $E<U$. There are 3 regions: 1) no field 2) barrier 3) no field Solution could be ...
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What is wrong with these ways of determining the mean occupation number?

Could anyone point out what went wrong in this argument? Setup: We have a system with 2 energy levels say with energies $0,e$ respectively. We consider the grand canonical ensemble for the system ...
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linear response for a simple harmonic oscillator

Really sorry for this simple question, but I think it will be useful/interesting in general. Consider a quantum simple harmonic oscillator. Add a perturbation $H_I = -\lambda \hat{x}$ Calculate ...
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Does the observer or the camera collapse the wave function in the double slit experiment?

Ok so if we setup a camera before the slit we will find a single photon and will follow through accordingly, likewise by having a camera setup after the slit, we can retroactivly collapse the wave ...
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About Heisenberg uncertainty principle [duplicate]

What would happen if someone invented a way to measure both position and momentum precisely? If it is impossible why?
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What prevents bosons from occupying the same location?

The Pauli exclusion principle states that no two fermions can share identical quantum states. Bosons, one the other hand, face no such prohibition. This allows multiple bosons to essentially occupy ...
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Is there anything to prevent paired-up neutrons from a complete overlap

The reason "neutrons don't overlap", as DarenW explained it, has to do with intricate forces at play that take into account the spins, iso-spins and symmetry of the wavefunctions. However, assume I ...
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Is this statement about quantum mechanics valid?

In Philosophy of Language by William G. Lycan, there are the lines: Even apparent truths of logic, such as truths of the form "Either P or not P", might be abandoned in light of suitably weird ...
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Is a blackbody real or imagined?

In my reading of blackbody radiation I am always asked to imagine this or that body being a perfect absorber or emitter of radiation, and I am always left with the impression that a blackbody exists ...
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Bohr-van Leeuwen theorem and quantum mechanics

Preamble: If one considers an ideal gas of non interacting charged particles of charge $q$ in a uniform magnetic field $\mathbf{B} = \mathbf{\nabla} \wedge \mathbf{A}$, then the classical partition ...
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Show that for QM operator A: $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\psi A^{\dagger}A\psi dx = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}(A\psi)^*(A\psi)dx $

I need to show for $$A = \frac{d}{dx} + \tanh x, \qquad A^{\dagger} = - \frac{d}{dx} + \tanh x,$$ that $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\psi^* A^{\dagger}A\psi dx = ...
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Curious relation between the dependance in ℏ of Planck units and units dimensions

Looking at Planck units, there seems to be a curious rule between the dependance in $\hbar$ of a Planck unit and the unit dimensions of the corresponding physical quantity. Let the dimensions of the ...
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Interference and which-path information

My understanding is that in a double-slit experiment, quantum interference disappears if which-path information is available. How is available defined? Consider the following experiment: SPDC is used ...
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First order coherence through double slit

The state $$|\Psi \rangle = |0\rangle + \sum_j \int d\omega f_j(\omega)\hat{a}^\dagger_j (\omega) |0\rangle $$ is coming from a far field and incident on a double slit setup. Here j is the index of ...
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Coordinate representation of quantum ladder operator?

I can't seem to figure out how to derive the coordinate representation of the $a_+$ ladder operator in quantum mechanics. I know that $a_-$ is $\sqrt{\frac{1}{2mwh}} (mwx + i\dot{p}) $ in which where ...
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Plotting $\psi$ for finite square well potential

Lets say we have a finite square potential well like below: This well has a $\psi$ which we can combine with $\psi_I$, $\psi_{II}$ and $\psi_{III}$. I have been playing around and got expressions ...
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Finite potential well - transcendent equation for even solutions

I have a finite square well like the one on the picture below: I have done some calculations on it and got a transcendental equation for even solutions which is like this: $$ ...
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exponential potential quantization [duplicate]

What are the energies $E_{n}$ of the Schroedinger operator $$ -\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}y(x)+ae^{bx}y(x)=E_{n}y(x) $$ for some real and positive 'a' and 'b' with the Boundary conditions $ ...
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Probabilistic vs Statistical interpretation of Double Slit experiment

Why is it assumed that the results seen in the double slit experiment are probabilistic and not just a statistical result of some unknown variable or set of variables within the system.
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How does a photon leave trace of its polarization state in a photon detector but not trace of which direction it came in?

Some quantum erasure experiments involve polarization of photons. In one such experiment with a double slit, a horizontal polarizer is used in front of one slit, and a vertical polarizer is used for ...
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double slit experiment with two opposite quarter waveplates

Consider the usual double slit experiment involving laser and a double slit and a screen. Now place in front of the left slit a quarter waveplate (let's call it QWP1) that changes a certain linear ...
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Quantum Mechanics of Lenz's Law?

I've searched the internet and two famous QM books (Sakurai and Messiah) for Lenz's Law, but haven't found anything. So my question is what the quantum mechanical explanation to Lenz's law is? Can ...
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Does quantum reversibility require many worlds?

The source S sends a photon into the beam splitter below. There is a 50% chance that it will be detected at A and a 50% chance it will be detected at B. ...