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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Quantum random numbers from a laser — simplest setup?

I'm a software / maths guy who would like to build a physical setup for generating quantum random numbers. I have no physics background, so bear with me. Background The project is for a public ...
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Under what conditions does a beam splitter entangle two input photons?

There is a dispute on PhysicsForums related to what are the conditions necessary for two photons to be entangled by a beam splitter. Lots of references given by the forum users but they never arrive ...
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Bell's theorem and fluid-mechanical experiments using droplets: are local hidden-variable theories possible after all?

Recent fluid-mechanical experiments by the groups of Couder in Paris and Bush at MIT, mimic a surprisingly wide range of quantum effects. The essential ingredient of these fluid-mechanical systems is ...
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Does a normal torch emit entangled photons?

I was reading a sciencenews.org post about three photons being entangled. My question here is, why is the chance of producing an entangled pair once in a billion times? Isn't every particle produced ...
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What happens after an electron and hole combine?

OK so I understand that an LED is a pn junction where when a forward bias is placed across the junction, the electric field causes the electrons to combine with the holes and release a photon through ...
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Can anyone explain that “the human body is made of energy (photons)”? and how many photons it contains?

The modern research has shown that our body is basically made of energy not matter in a sense that atom itself is basically consists of energy waves, so it is nothing but energy. How we can explain ...
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Where can I learn about band theory?

I'm studying quantum mechanics and I want to understand perfectly where the bands of the electronic sturcture come from. I've read that it is related with the periodic potential, Bloch waves and ...
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Particle in a box, quantization of energy

I'm learning about how the energy of matter is quantized like how the energy of light is. My textbook illustrates the concept of quantization with the particle in a box: "A particle of mass $m$ ...
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Time variable double slit single photon interference

Has the double slit, single photon interference experiment ever been performed where time is a variable, ie. one photon emitted per day? Would the interference pattern emerge?
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Why is $np$ always equal to $n_i^2$?

For you guys who studied semiconductor physics must be familiar with the equation: $$np=n_i^2$$ I can understand why this is true for the intrinsic case (the broken bonds would always provide ...
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Are there any specific examples of the application of Lewis-Riesenfeld procedure to time dependent Hamiltonians in QM?

Lewis-Riesenfeld invariant theory is a theory applicable to solve time-dependent Schrodinger equations. I have always encountered the theory related to the procedure, however never encountered any ...
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Diagonalisation: Schmidt vs eigenvalue - when to use which?

In physics we encounter diagonalisation of matrices or operators in a variety of areas. But there are different kinds, the main two being Schmidt decomposition and eigenvalue diagonalisation. The two ...
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Superposition and simultaneous observation

Trying to understand superposition. Ok, so double slit experiment. The multiple paths the particle simultaneously travels interfere with each other but as it is absorbed, it chooses one "actual" ...
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why the Laughlin's wave function is an incompressible quantum state?

some comments about the meaning of an incompressible quantum liquid are posted here: Incompressible quantum liquid In the same context, the Laughlin's wave function for a filling factor of 1/3 ...
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Decoupling coupled differential equations in dynamically coupled two state system

Consider the following dynamically coupled two state hamiltonian, $$H=-B\sigma_z-V(t)\sigma_x$$.Taking the eigenfunctions of $\sigma_z$ ($|+> and |- >$) as basis vectors, we have the wave ...
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Good book on the history of Quantum Mechanics?

Can anyone recommend a good book on the history of Quantum Mechanics, preferably one that is technical and not afraid to explain the maths (I did a degree in Physics many years ago) and also that ...
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Are the authors saying that the observer effect plays no role in Bohr's thought experiment of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle?

Here is an excerpt from Eisberg & Resnick's Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles. Here is introducing Bohr's though experiment to establish a physical origin for the ...
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Show the Berry phase is invariant under $U(1)$ unitary transform [on hold]

Recall that $$\gamma_n = \oint A_n(R) \cdot dR = \oint \langle\psi_n(R)|i\nabla_R|\psi_n(R) \rangle \cdot dR.$$ Under the $U(1)$ transform, $$\psi_n \to \psi'_n \equiv e^{i\xi_n(R)}\psi_n,$$ where ...
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Production of entangled photons by spontaneous down conversion [on hold]

I have found that the conditional uncertainty product of position and momentum of any one photon produced in the spontaneous parametric down conversion process using a gaussian pump beam decreases ...
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Why do we use Hermitian operators in QM?

Position, momentum, energy and other observables yield real-valued measurements. The Hilbert-space formalism accounts for this physical fact by associating observables with Hermitian ('self-adjoint') ...
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Kitaev chaing, time reversel symmetry, particle hole symmetry

I was wondering if the Kitaev chain has time reversal symmetry. I think it probably doesn't because by staking Kitaev chains it is possible to create a so called Chern insulator with propagating ...
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Energy (voltage) correction on energy level between metallic electrodes with dielectric and accounting for work function difference

My goal is to understand how to correct for the field drop and the work function difference when performing electrical measurements on a certain energy level of a sandwiched system. The situation is ...
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How many observations over an atom can be made?

In order to determine the orbitals of any unknown atom , is it possible to make and record direct observations of electrons around the atom without disturbing the atom ? How many observations can one ...
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How to obtain a vector relation for the Rabi frequency?

In this paper by Golovach et al.: http://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.74.165319 there is the following equation for spin evolution: $$\langle \dot{\bf{S}} \rangle=({\boldsymbol ...
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How can energy be negative in a finite square well?

Say if the potential $V(x) < 0$ in the well but the sides or the scattered states its zero potential, anyways How is that the energy in the well is less than zero? Is it because the potential ...
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Does QM unequivocally violate the law of bivalence?

I had heard that QM violates the law of bivalence. Does anyone claim that?
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Order of operators and numbers inside a bracket

I had an argument with my professor. Let $H$ be an operator (e.g. hamiltonian). Let capital $X$ denote the position operator. Let $f$ and $g$ be functions of $X$ that do NOT commute with $H$. Now ...
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Solving Schrodinger's Equation in Bunimovich Stadium Boundary Condition [on hold]

I need to solve, as mentioned, Schrodinger's equation in a Bunimovich stadium-shaped infinite potential well with Dirichlet BC Numerically (this isn't possible analytically). In order to do so, I need ...
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What is Loewdin downfolding method?

I am a student in solid state physics. I wonder if somebody could explain the mathematical background of downfolding method that is often used by Ole K. Anderson. Which restriction (conditions) to ...
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Unitary operators evolving the set of Pauli matrices

Consider the Heisenberg picture of Quantum Mechanics. For a two state system we have the Pauli matrices evolving according to the relation $$\sigma_i(t)=U^+\sigma_i(0)U$$ where $U=e^{-iHt/\hbar}$ and ...
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Exact solution of Qubit Decoherence using Transfer Matrix

I'm going through a particular paper on decoherence: Exact Solution of Qubit Decoherence models by a transfer matrix method I'm having trouble understanding a particular step in the mathematics ...
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Why according to Hund's first rule all electron with same spin should occupy orbitals when partially filling?

I get that because of coulomb repulsion initially all the electrons will not occupy the same site but will single occupy the orbitals.But while doing so how do they know to keep their spins aligned ...
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Why was quantum mechanics regarded as a non-deterministic theory?

It seems to be a wide impression that quantum mechanics is not deterministic, e.g. the world is quantum-mechanical and not deterministic. I have a basic question about quantum mechanics itself. A ...
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Measuring compatible observables in quantum mechanics

Suppose a particle that is under a quantum oscillator potential and is, initially, in the state $\Psi(x,0)=\frac{1}{\sqrt3}\phi_1(x)+\sqrt{\frac23}\phi_2(x)$, where $\phi_1(x)$ and $\phi_2(x)$ are ...
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Is the photon truly not absorbed in Raman scattering?

In reading about Raman Scattering, I was thinking while reading it "okay, incident photo absorbed by molecule, molecule goes to higher energy vibrational state, molecule re-emits photon with either ...
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Single particle diffraction: how is this possible?

The intensity distribution of diffraction patterns are typically explained by looking at points of constructive and destructive interference of the diffracted waves on the detector. These diffracted ...
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Oscillation of a Bose Einstein condensate in a harmonical trap

We were asked to try to make a theoretical description of the following phenomenon: Imagine a 2D Bose Einstein condensate in equilibrium in an harmonical trap with frequency $\omega$. Suddenly the ...
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How would a BEC respond to the gravitional force of a small mass so sensitively?

Recently I watched a BBC programme on anti-gravity, most of which was wishful thinking by NASA and BAe Systems 20 years ago. At the end of the program through, they did show what appeared to be a ...
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Relative motion in particle measurements

I was thinking about measurement of particles at almost-zero energies/temperatures and the movement associated with it. Compared to an observer next to the particle who sees the particle moving at ...
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CNOT Gate for quantum systems [on hold]

A you know the CNOT gate is 4 by 4 matrix, is there any way to show it by a 2*2 matrix? if yes what will be the elements?
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Is (rest) mass quantized?

I learned today in class that photons and light are quantized. I also remember that electric charge is quantized as well. I was thinking about these implications, and I was wondering if (rest) mass ...
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Is commutation relation an equivalence relation?

I'm now learning quantum mechanics with Liboff. In the book it deals with "a compete set of mutually compatible observables" in order to make a state maximally informative. How can one find such set? ...
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Is there a physical interpretation to invariant random matrix ensembles?

Disclaimer. I am a graduate student in pure mathematics, so my knowledge of physics more advanced than basic 1st/2nd year undergraduate physics is very limited. I welcome corrections on any ...
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Is this true about low-light/one photon at-a-time double-slit interference?

I've consistently noticed in pictures of double-slit interference when very low-light or one photon at-a-time is used, that there's lots of "stray" photons detected in the areas of destructive ...
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I want to know about the quantization of mass [duplicate]

Is mass quantized? If yes, then why do we see all amounts of mass? Well , can it be said quantized just for smaller masses?
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Uhlhorn's “On the connection between transformations in classical mechanics and …”?

I've looked around online for quite a while for the following paper, but have only been able to find people citing it. And, as you can see, the journal itself hasn't made their papers available, so... ...
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Cooper pairing from repulsive potential

Suppose the Hamiltonian of a many-electron system consists of a potential which is repulsive : $\langle k_1, k_2 |\hat V |k_1',k_2' \rangle > 0$ where $k_1, k_2, \cdots$ are possible momenta that ...
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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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Limits used to find non-rel limit of the Klein-Gordon equation

I just have a question regarding assessing the non-relativistic limit of the Klein-Gordon equation. In the book I'm following (Quantum Mechanics by Bransden & Joachain) they use the limits (Chpt. ...