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 does Planck's law for black body radiation have that bell-like shape?

I'm trying to understand Planck's law for the black body radiation, and it states that a black body at a certain temperature will have a maximum intensity for the emission at a certain wavelength, and ...
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What is the “direction” of the transition dipole moment? (Understanding Eq. 9.29, Charge and Energy Transfer 3rd Ed, May & Kuhn)

For a real vector $\mathbf{r}$, the direction is given by: $\hat{\mathbf{n}}=\mathbf{r}/\left|\mathbf{r}\right|$. The transition dipole moment is a complex vector. How do you define its direction? ...
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The bizarre behaviour of superfluids! Climbing up walls and geting out of glass beakers

SUPERFLUIDITY: Superfluidity is one of the most amazing quantum phenomena, which we can sit and watch them happening before our eyes! Watch this video, it is only a couple of minutes long, which ...
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Double slit experiments - basic pondering

I have some ponderings about the double slit experiment(s) and mainly their interpretations. Some of my questions may exhibit insufficient scholarship so please bear along, or please point out the ...
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Product of exponential of operators

in the context of non-relativistic quantum mechanics I want to show that, for any $A$ and $B$ operators $$e^{A}e^{B}=e^{A+B} $$ if and only if $$[A,B]=0$$ I remember my professor told use about ...
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Tunneling v. Hopping

Can someone explain the difference between hopping and tunneling? The context I'm considering is conduction in semiconductors, specifically between impurity states within the bandgap. It's always ...
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What's vison in Z2 resonating valence bond (RVB) state?

I have a problem on the "vison" exitation in the Z2 RVB state. The vison exitation is a topological exitation of the system like topological defect in nematic liquid , if I got it right. Because the ...
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How to prove that the symmetrisation Operator is hermitian?

Let $\mathcal{H}_N$ be the $N$ particle Hilbert space. So a quantum state $\left| \Psi \right>$ may be representated by $$\left| \Psi \right> = \left| k_1 \right>^{(1)}\left| k_2 ...
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Couldn't we measure electrons with good enough technology? [duplicate]

I am a bit confused about the Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle - just read about it in How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, by Chad Orzel. He states that the reason electrons can't be measured is ...
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Operators explaination and momentum operator in QM

I know and understand why equation below holds. But i am new to operator thing in QM and would need some explaination on this. $$\langle x \rangle = \int\limits_{-\infty}^\infty |\Psi|^2 x \, ...
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Validity of naively computing the de Broglie wavelength of a macroscopic object

Many introductory quantum mechanics textbooks include simple exercises on computing the de Broglie wavelength of macroscopic objects, often contrasting the results with that of a proton, etc. For ...
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Image formation [duplicate]

What is the real cause behind the formation of an image? It is explained as" when rays of light focus at a point image is formed." So here we have two events, one focusing of light and another ...
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2-body interaction energy of 3 particles

If only two-body interaction is considered then what's the energy if I put three particles on one site? Assume delta-interaction and interaction strength is proportional to scattering length $a_F$ ...
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Is quantum mechanics similar newtons laws of gravity? In a way [duplicate]

Is quantum mechanics similar to Newtonian gravity in respect that it explains how something works but not why it works? Or does Quantum mechanics explain why it works? (I haven't actually studied QM) ...
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How to measure a qubit in a random basis

Let a two dimensional system be in the state $\phi=|0\rangle\langle0|$, for any basis $M$ spanned by the orthogonal vectors $|\psi_0\rangle,|\psi_1\rangle$, we can measure $\phi$ in basis $M$ and ...
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What can be the smallest chaotic system?

As I am talking about 'smallest' can I expect that it should be a quantum system? I understand that we use quantum chaos theory instead of perturbation theory when the perturbation is not small. For ...
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Weyl Ordering Rule

While studying Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics I have found that [Srednicki: Eqn. no. 6.6] the quantum Hamiltonian $\hat{H}(\hat{P},\hat{Q})$ can be given in terms of the classical Hamiltonian ...
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Quantum Mechanics Notation for BRA KET

I've been given this homework problem, but I do not understand its notation. Please perform the following where the wavefunctions are the normalized eigenfunctions of the harmonic oscillator ...
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Find $\hat{x}$ operator given $\hat{p}$ operator

This is problem $1.2$ of Molecular Quantum Mechanics by Atkins, 4th edition. I'm given the momentum operator $$p=\sqrt{\frac{\hbar}{2m}}(A+B)$$ with $$[A,B]=1$$ and I need to find $x$ in this ...
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What is this state as a matrix?

In QM I have the state $\lvert 00 \rangle \langle 00 \rvert$. Can anyone tell me what this would look like as a matrix? I know that $$ \lvert 00 \rangle = \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 \\ 0 & 0 ...
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Two photons transition

if an atom in its ground state is coupled to an electromagnetic field it can absorb a photon if the EM field contains one with the right frequency. These transitions depends on $⟨f|H_i|i⟩$ (from ...
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Is edge state of topological insulator really robust?

I am a little confused! Some people are arguing that the gapless edge state of Topological insulator is robust as long as the time reversal symmetry is not broken,while other people say that it is ...
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Is the momentum operator diagonal in position representation?

The matrix elements of the momentum operator in position representation are: $$\langle x | \hat{p} | x' \rangle = -i \hbar \frac{\partial \delta(x-x')}{\partial x}$$ Does this imply that $\langle x ...
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Question about the linearity of wave functions

For piece-wise constant potential, the potential energy is constant so the time dependent wave function can take the form $\psi(x,t)=C_1e^{i(kx- \omega t)}+C_2e^{i(-kx-\omega t)}$ where ...
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reversible cellular automata

Let's suppose a cellular automaton has a value $b(r,t)$ belongs to $Q$ at site $r$ and time $t$, where $Q$ is the set of possible states at each site. Let $N(r, t)$ be the values of the states of all ...
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Where is a particle bound in a delta potential?

I can picture a bound state in a harmonic oscillator, or in an infinite square well, but where is a particle bound in a delta potential?
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Does universal wave function exist?

Does universal wave function exist? What the science tells us?
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How is parity relevant to determining angular momentum?

Question: Particle A, whose spin $\mathbf{J}$ is less than 2, decays into two identical spin-1/2 particles of type B. What are the allowed values of the orbital angular momentum $\mathbf{L}$, ...
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Why is Heisenberg's uncertainty principle not an experimental error since it is the error created by photons striking on elementary particles? [duplicate]

Why is Heisenberg's uncertainty principle not an experimental error since it is the error created by photons striking on elementary particles?
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Stark effect in two level atomic, laser-driven system?

In a two level atomic system (Rabi oscillating problem) the perturbative potential is oscillating / sinusoidal because it comes from the electric field from the laser. Now stark effect is the ...
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Number of configurations of the universe

I have read that quantum mechanics says that the amount of possible particle configurations is $10^{10^{122}}$ to be exact in the universe. Do we know this figure to be exactly true to the exact ...
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Going through a ring of black holes

Mathematician here with a speculative physical question -- feel free to boot me if the level isn't right. Suppose one finds, or builds, a constellation of several black holes arranged in a circle. ...
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Local explanation of the Aharonov-Bohm effect in terms of force fields

Here is an interesting paper for the Physics SE community: On the role of potentials in the Aharonov-Bohm effect. Lev Vaidman. Phys. Rev. A 86 no. 4, 040101 (R) (2012). arXiv:1110.6169 ...
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The uncertainty principle and black holes

What are the consequences of applying the uncertainty principle to black holes? Does the uncertainty principle need to be modified in the context of a black hole and if so what are the implications ...
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rephrasing my question on QFT and path intergrals? [duplicate]

I wanted to know, if particles turn out to be excitions in quantum fields, does that mean path intergrals is how nature really works in reality as in the Hawking/Stenger interpretation? or can ...
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Photon detection rate for pure / mixed states coming from single mode point source

Let the pure states be in superposition of horizontal and vertically polarized basis states. They are arriving at the point detector one at a time. So, a pure state is $|\Psi\rangle = \alpha|V\rangle ...
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Quantum gate: Phase shift

I dont undestand how to apply a phase shift gate to a qubit. By example how to map $|\psi_0\rangle = \cos (30^\circ) |0\rangle + \sin (30^\circ) |1\rangle$ to $|\psi_1\rangle = \cos(-15^\circ) ...
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What is the path integral exactly?

I asked a question here about path integrals and QFT. I just want to confirm something. Is the path integral in quantum field theory a mathematical tool only? I thought the path integral meant that ...
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mixture of maximally mixed and maximally entangled state

Consider the quantum system $\mathcal{B}(\mathbb{C}^d\otimes\mathbb{C}^d)$ and $|\psi\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{d}}\sum_{i=0}^{d-1}|i,i\rangle$ be the (standard) maximally entangled state. Consider the ...
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Why can't we use entanglement to defy Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

In principle, it is possible to entangle any property of two particles, including speed and momentum. Surely then, this could be used to defy the Uncertainty Principle, which states that the momentum ...
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Renormalization: Why is only a finite number of counter-terms allowed?

I have a question please about renormalization in QFT. Why a renormalizable theory requires only a finite number of counter-terms?
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Quantum Chemistry Kronecker Delta formality

In semi-empirical quantum chemistry, one frequently encounters the so called zero differential overlap approximation $$\langle \mu \nu | \lambda \sigma \rangle = \delta_{\mu\nu}\delta_{\lambda\sigma} ...
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Atomic physics through classical resonance?

I have a rather general question regarding the theory of Quantum Mechanics. To preface this question, consider a violin string. When a violinist exposes the string to a bow, this is exposing the ...
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Why doesn't a marble rolling on a table ever reflect back at the edge?

In light of the fact that when encountering a potential step there is a non-zero probability of a particle reflecting back, I was just wondering why it is that a marble doesn't "reflect" back from the ...
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What properties are entangled in quantum entanglement?

When two particles are entangled, one can measure the properties of one of the particles and instantaneously know the properties of the other. This is because the two particles possess the same ...
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Space Quantization of Quantum Angular Momentum

I am trying to understand what my book is trying to convey. Quantum angular momentum is $L_z = m_l \hbar$ "Choosing arbitrarily a z axis and using an appropriate experimental technique, we measure ...
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What are hidden variables exactly?

What are hidden variables in quantum mechanics? I am aware there are many types but what exactly do they mean or even "do" exactly? Do they mean that the quantum indeterminacy becomes hidden but ...
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Photon in a weighted superposition of states

Consider an experiment that produces photons in an entangled state such as $1/\sqrt{2}(|{H,H}\rangle+|{V,V}\rangle)$. The photons are in a superposition of horizontal and vertical polarization, and ...
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POVM advantage in state discrimination

Suppose we are given the task of discriminating, with minimum error, between a set of states $\{|\psi_1\rangle,|\psi_2\rangle,\ldots,|\psi_N\rangle\}$. In other words, we are given an unknown state ...
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Pure state - density matrix - real life example of boxes in warehouse

So if there are a billion boxes in a warehouse, I would like to know conceptually how to tell if it is in a pure state. I know that if it is in a pure state (not mixed) that the density matrix has ...