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 some materials reflect (metals) and other materials reflect and refract (glass) from the quantum perspective?

Recently I was asked to explain the difference between reflection and total internal reflection from a purely conceptual standpoint (no math). Let me explain what I already know. Reflection and ...
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Variational Derivation of Schrodinger Equation

In reading Weinstock's Calculus of Variations, on pages 261 - 262 he explains how Schrodinger apparently first derived the Schrodinger equation from variational principles. Unfortunately I don't ...
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Why doesn't a quantum particle in an attractive 1D potential accumulate at the center?

I have two questions regarding (possibly counter intuitive results) Schrodinger equation and its application to two (strictly hypothetical) scenarios. Consider the 1D potential $V(x) = - ...
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Total angular momentum in multielectron atoms

I have some confusion about orbitals in multielectron atoms. Let's say we consider an atom (Lithium, for example, $1s^2\, 2p^1$) and that the state of the last electron is [n=2, l=1, ml=0, s=1/2, ...
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Solution of 1-D Schrodinger equation for the potential $V(x) = -\frac{1}{|x|}$

May be this question might have already been asked but i couldn't find it, so let me know if its already there. Consider a potential, $V(x) = -\frac{1}{|x|}$ and if we apply this to a one dimensional ...
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Can we apply Schrodinger equation in Newton Gravitational potential and derive the deterministic Newton's gravitation as a special case of it

We know the solutions for wave functions of a an hydrogen atom, and the energy values as given by spectral analysis of radiation emitted by Hydrogen, confirms the possible energy states as predicted ...
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Spin degeneracy in perturbation theory

In pag. 270 of Griffith's "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" a perturbative method for finding relativist correction to the energy levels of the Hydrogen athom is exposed. It is asserted, if I ...
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Virtual Particles and Quantum Brownian Motion

Does the frequency of virtual particles (creation/annihilation) match with nucleus random paths - known as Quantum Brownian Motion?
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Invariance of states under local unitary transformations [closed]

How can I show explicitly that the bell state $$|\psi^{-}>=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|0>|1>-|1>|0>)$$ is invariant under local unitary transformations $U_{1}\otimes U_{2}$ ?
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Why is quantum mechanics based on probability theory? [duplicate]

What makes us formulate quantum mechanics based on probability theory? Isn't the real quantum world based on unknown laws to us? Is it possible that results of an experiment will be measurable in ...
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Finding a discontinuity and jump (time independent Schrodinger eqn)

A particle of mass $m$ is confined to move in a one-dimensional and Dirac delta-function attractive potential $$V(x)=-\frac{\hbar}{m}\alpha\delta(x)\text{ $,\alpha>0$ }.$$ Show that the function ...
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Solving a time independent Schrödinger equation with a given potential

I'm trying to rework this old homework problem, and I am having problems arriving at the same solution on the answer sheet: Let $$V(x)=\begin{cases}\infty &\text{ if } x < 0\\ ...
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Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Which formula is correct?

Some websites and textbooks refer to $\Delta x \Delta p \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$ as the correct formula for the uncertainty principle whereas other sources use the formula $\Delta x \Delta p \geq \hbar$ ...
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Relation/meaning between momentum and contours of constant equal phase of a wave function

Sometimes, mainly due to my limited knowledge of experimental modern physics, whenever I fancy and think about quantum physics, things appear really amusing and counter intuitive, and when if I don't ...
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Operator on Function of Momentum (QM)

I have exactly 0 clue on how to start this problem, but I would be forever grateful for a hint in the right direction. Given the operators $\hat x=x$ and $\hat p=-i\hbar \frac{d}{dx}$, prove the ...
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Why is it often assumed that particles are found in energy eigenstates?

Energy eigenstates provide a convenient basis for solving quantum mechanics problems, but they are by no means the only allowable states. Yet it seems to me that particles/systems are assumed to be in ...
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Is the Ground State in QM Always Unique? Why?

I've seen a few references that say that in quantum mechanics of finite degrees of freedom, there is always a unique (i.e. nondegenerate) ground state, or in other words, that there is only one state ...
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Formulation of the uncertainty principle for a system?

There is a biological system that I can indeed describe by a simple quantum Hamiltonian $H$ having eigenstates $|q\rangle$ labelled by the numbers $q$, and having energies proportional to $f(q)$ - ...
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Can isotropic states have bound entanglement?

Let us consider the maximally entangled state \begin{equation} |\psi\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}(|0,0\rangle+\cdots+|n-1,n-1\rangle) \end{equation} and construct the pseudo-pure state \begin{equation} ...
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Can the entangelement of basis vectors increase under local operations?

Say I have a bipartite state $\rho = \sum_ip_i|\psi_{i}\rangle \langle \psi_{i}|_{AB}$ Where $\{|\psi_{i}\rangle_{AB}\}$ forms an orthonormal basis. I now perform some local quantum operation on ...
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Wavefunction operators and the observable [closed]

So I got this from the exam I had yesterday. I couldn't really answer it other and it played on my mind through the night Show that if a wave function $\psi$ , is an eigenfunction of an operator [Q], ...
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Writing wave functions with spin of a system of particles

Suppose I have 2 fermions in a potential $V(x)$. Both particles are moving in one dimension: the $x$ axis. Then, neglecting the interaction between the particles, the spatial wave function of the ...
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Spontaneous symmetry breaking in classical mechanics, quantum mechanics and quantum field theory

I wondered if someone could help me understand spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB) in classical mechanics, quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. Consider a Higgs-like potential, with a local ...
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How can “quantum particles have positive masses, even though the classical waves travel at the speed of light”?

Clay Mathematics Institute writes about the Yang-Mills and mass gap problem on this page http://www.claymath.org/millennium/Yang-Mills_Theory/: The successful use of Yang-Mills theory to describe ...
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In which direction does the electron move during an electronic transition?

Let's imagine a molecule and put it in a 3D space. Let's also imagine an electronic transition for this molecule. I know how an electronic transition works, how to value if it is possible (using the ...
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Do the states forming an orthonormal basis have the same amount of entanglement?

If $\{|\psi_{i}\rangle\}$ is an orthonormal basis for a bipartite system, will $E(|\psi_i\rangle) = E(|\psi_j\rangle)$ for all $i, j$, where $E$ is some entanglement measure?
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Pauli principle for particles very far apart from each other

Can two electrons be in the same state, when they belong to two different atoms, which are "far enough" (whatever that means) apart from each other? With "same state" I mean that (as far as ...
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Reconciliation of a particle's rest frame and the uncertainty principle

When calculating in a rest frame, doesn't one assume both, definite velocity (zero) and position (origin)? Why is Heisenberg okay with that? Edit: E.g. For a decay we can do calculations in which we ...
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Spin Transition Energies

I am reading a paper: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1305/1305.2445.pdf On p. 22, the following Hamiltonian is given: $$ H = \mu_B g \mathbf{B} \cdot \mathbf{S} + D(S_Z^2+\frac{1}{3}S(S+1)) + ...
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How to evaluate this sum of coupling coefficients?

I would like to evaluate the following summation of Clebsch-Gordan and Wigner 6-j symbols in closed form: $$\sum_{l,m} C_{l_2,m_2,l_1,m_1}^{l,m} C_{\lambda_2,\mu_2,\lambda_1,\mu_1}^{l,m} \left\{ ...
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Sign of the hopping integral in tight binding model

The Hamiltonian of tight binding model reads $H=-|t|\sum\limits_{<i,j>}c_i^{\dagger}c_j+h.c.$, why is there a negative sign in the hopping term?
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Potentials in Feynman path integral

I am trying to understand the Feynman path integral by reading the book from Leon Takhtajan. In one of the examples, there is a full explanation of the calculation of the propagator ...
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Quantum Cyclotron Frequency - Why is it off by a factor of 2?

Say you have a magnetic field $\vec{B}=(0,0,B_0)$. Then the Schrodinger Equation Hamiltonian for a spin-2 particle of charge $e$ moving in this field is: $$H = ...
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Determine whether the ground state is an eigenfunction of [p] and of [p^2] [closed]

Consider a particle confined in an infinite square well potential of width L, $$V(x)=\left\{ \begin{array}{ll}\infty, &{\rm for}\ (x \le 0)\vee (x \ge L) \\0, &{\rm for} \ 0 < x < L ...
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Are there any other mechanisms that can make virtual particles 'real' other than Hawking Radiation and Universe Births?

As I understand it, if virtual particles do not recombine within the plank time they become 'real'. This is proposed to happen in Hawking Radiation, where one virtual particle crosses the black ...
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What is probability to find electron at certain distance from nucleus

Given for example, Hydrogen electron in ground state. What is probability to find that electron at certain distance (not interval of distances) from center of nucleus, for example at radial coordinate ...
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About the microscopic form of magnetocrystalline anisotropy

Currently people write magnetocrystalline anisotropy as $H_{an}=-K s_x^2$ from its classical counterpart: $H_{an}=-K ( \sin \theta)^2$ where $K$ is the anisotropy constant, but for spin 1/2, $s_x^2$ ...
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Indistinguishability in Quantum Mechanics

When describing the defining characteristics of bosons and fermions, I have a problem with the idea of "label switching" - whereby you have the wavefunction for two particles and the particles' labels ...
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The unitary time-evolution in the interation picture

I'm currently consuming a course on QFT where we need to define the unitary time-evolution to get the time evolution of the wave function in the interaction picture: $\hat{U}(t_1,t_0) = ...
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A quantum particle which is almost at rest but whose position is random!

Assume a particle is given by a quantum state which is constructed in such a way that it is equally probable to find it anywhere in an fixed interval $(0,L)$ but has arbitrarily low velocity. The ...
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Fundamentals of Quantum Electrodynamics

In quantum electrodynamics, the classical Hamiltonian is obtained from the classical electromagnetic Lagrangian. Then the classical electric and magnetic fields are promoted to operators, as is the ...
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How can we describe the electrons of multi-electron atoms (i.e. not Hydrogen) when equations/analytic solutions only exist for Hydrogen?

I've been digging into emission spectra of different elements and found that such things as the Rydberg equation, Bohr's model, and quantum mechanics can only fully describe the single electron in the ...
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What physical significance has the Heisenberg Group?

I read that the canonical commutation relation between momentum and position can be seen as the Lie Algebra of the Heisenberg group. While I get why the commutation relations of momentum and momentum, ...
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Is there a hard upper bound to the deBroglie wavelength of a particle with vanishing momentum? [duplicate]

This is probably a stupid and simple question, but does the heisenberg uncertainty principle set this upper bound? That knowledge of the momentum is limited, so it can't reach a very low value and ...
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Eigenstates of half Harmonic Oscillator

This might be a stupid question so pardon me! If I am looking for energy eigenstates to the 1D quantum problem such that there is an infinite barrier at $x<0$ and for $x>0$ the potential is ...
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Particle in a 1D box (momentum representation)

I have this problem. I want to find the wave function in the momentum space for the particle in a 1D box. We know that the wave function in the position space is: $$Y_n(x) = A\sin{(n\pi x/L)}$$ ...
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Photon's multiple frequencies by Fourier

Since any source of light will have a finite duration, the light emited won't have a particular frecuency. It will be a sum of different frequencies (infinite, I think) if we apply Fourier's series ...
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Conceptual doubts in EM waves and old quantum theory [closed]

I have a few questions. I know that EM waves transfer energy. So when they are generated why do they form curves? Are energy packets moving in a curvy path, or energy packets (quanta) not considered ...
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Energy Spectrum of pair of spin-1/2 particles with general Hamiltonian

I found this problem, and so far I am stumped. I was wondering if anyone wanted to solve it with me, or help me calculate eigenvectors, or just give insight on my questions. Consider a system of ...
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Forbidden trajectories in path integrals

In Feynman's path integral formulation we add all the possible trajectories of a particle to get the probability amplitude. What are forbidden trajectories? Not differentiable? Is this related to ...