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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How to solve bound states of 2D finite rectangular square well?

I want to solve bound states (in fact only base state is needed) of time-independent Schrodinger equation with a 2D finite rectangular square well \begin{equation}V(x,y)=\cases{0,&$ |x|\le a ...
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Uncertainty principle implies the non-deterministic universe? [duplicate]

Does the uncertainty principle imply the non-deterministic universe, or just the fact that our model of the universe, the one based on observation, can be at most non-deterministic, since we will not ...
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I don't get band structure of solids

If the energy levels of bound electrons are discrete, why do band structures in solids arise?
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Has the photon both gravitational and inertial mass?

The theory of relativity shows that the inertial mass of a body increases with the energy it contains; if the increase of energy amounts to $E$, the increase in inertial mass is equal to $E/c^2$, ...
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Significance of 'chiral' form for a quibit?

Say I have a qubit with probability amplitude divided evenly among $|0\rangle$ and $|1\rangle$ $$\frac{1}{\sqrt 2}|0\rangle + \frac{1}{\sqrt 2}|1\rangle$$ So it seems that we have a, loosely ...
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Basis in quantum mechanics

My quantum mechanics textbook (Primer of Quantum Mechanics, by Marvin Chester) says that both the momentum space and the position space are basis spaces. It also says that the momentum space is ...
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What is the complete quantum description of a free electron

Basically, what are all the parameters that completely describe an electron in quantum theory. In classical physics a complete and fundamental description of an electron is given by its mass, charge, ...
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How can the reduction postulate be removed with the other postulates of QM still leading to correct predictions?

In the axiomatic presentation of QM, I've seen it stated many times that the reduction postulate is not needed and/or incorrect, and could be gotten rid of. However, without the reduction postulate, ...
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Blackbody and standing waves

I'm reading articles about black body radiation and why classical mechanics fails to explain it. My question is: Why do EM waves have to be standing wave in a cavity?
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Representation of operators in quantum mechanics

For which systems we represent the Hamiltonian as a differential operator and for which system we represent it by a matrix? Can the momentum be represented by a matrix operator?
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Where does the electron get its high magnetic moment from?

I have always found the concept of spin a little weird. I had read somewhere that for the charge or size of electrons, their magnetic field is very high. In order to produce such fields, they must be ...
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Quantum computing implications [closed]

This May a canadian company has begun preliminary leasing on a first generation Quantum computer. I wanted to ask if any community members have come across any articles on how quantum computing may ...
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When you measure position of an electron in a energy pure state, what happens to the energy?

When you measure the position of an electron that is in a pure energy state, what happens the energy becomes non-deterministic. That is future measurements of energy can only be predicted with respect ...
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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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Thermionic emission, delayed emission and predissociation

In molecular photodissociation, the thermionic emission, delayed emission and predissociation are the same? Otherwise, what is the difference between them? My question is not about the solids, but I ...
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Is there a formalism for talking about diagonality/commutativity of operators with respect to an overcomplete basis?

Consider a density matrix of a free particle in non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Nice, quasi-classical particles will be well-approximated by a wavepacket or a mixture of wavepackets. The ...
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matrix elements of the electronic molecular Hamiltonian between a hartree product and a Slater determinant

This may belong in Chemistry, but I thought I might try my luck here first. In Szabo's book, an exercise requires a proof that = (N!)^(1/2) * given that |K(HP)> is the Hartree product wave ...
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Noether's Theorem: Foundations

I'm wondering on what principles Noether's theorem foots. More precisely: The action is a functional on the fields only. Why do we consider then variations of the space time too? In principle careful ...
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Adding versus multiplying identical photons' wavefunctions?

I am currently confused with understanding many identical photons' wavefunctions. I think that photon wavefunctions are supposed to be multiplied together to describe the total state of all bosons. ...
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Entropy and the uncertainty principle

According to the second law of thermodynamics, the total entropy of the Universe must always increase after any interaction (as I understand). So in the hydrogen atom, the electron has a high ...
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Are Thomas Breuer's subjective decoherence and Scott Aaronson's freebits with knightian freedom the same things in essence?

In his remarkable works (1,2 and their recent development 3) Thomas Breuer proves by diagonalization the phenomenon that the observer cannot distinguish all phase space states of a system where he is ...
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Density matrix and irreducible tensor operators

I'm reading those lecture notes on atomic physics. Yesterday I posed a question on reducible tensors, and today I have a question on their relation to the density matrix. If there's any information ...
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Writing Schrodinger equation with central potential in Atomic unit

I'm struggling to write Schrodinger equation with a central potential in Atomic unit. $$ ...
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What is the transpose of the displacement operator? [closed]

How do we calculate the transpose of this expression? $$ \hat{D}(\alpha) = \exp \left( \alpha \hat{a}^\dagger - \alpha^* \hat{a}\right) $$ What is the simplified result? Displacement Operators: ...
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Can an electron spontaneously be emitted/ejected from a hydrogen atom?

In elementary QM, an electron is typically viewed as a cloud around a proton. The idea is that it's position can only be determined once a measurement is made. The probability that the electron will ...
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Is this double “double slit experiment” involving entanglement possible?

The experiment goes as follows: Put a particle emitter (photon, electron etc.) between a pair of double slits. The emitter launches pairs of particles that are entangled in such a way that if one ...
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Is this theory about Universe information true?

I recently saw this video about information and randomness. At some point, it states that a completely predictable universe would infringe the second law of thermodynamics, because it would imply that ...
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Kronig-Penney model

I am studying the Kronig-Penney model as treated in the book by Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics. In this model one considers a period potential which is zero in the region $[0,a]$ ...
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Position Representation in Quantum Mechanics

How does the 3d position operator look like in position representation? I know that in 1d the position operator $\hat{x}$ is just multiplication by $x$.
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Eigenstates of an observable

Can we use eigenstates of ANY observable as base of the Hilbert space? If we can, is this equal to the statement that those eigenstates are orthogonal to each other and normalizable?
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Quantum entanglement and spooky action at a distance

When quantum entanglement is explained in "layman's terms", it seems (to me) that the first premise, that we have to accept on faith, is that a particle doesn't have a certain property (the particle ...
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Why does the probability of obtaining a value of a measurement follow from Dirac's general assumption?

In Dirac's The Principle of Quantum Mechanics he makes the general assumption that "if the measurement of the observable $\xi$ for the system in the state corresponding to $|x\rangle$ is made a large ...
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How is temperature related to color?

I spent some time studying about temperatures and color of objects. It turns out that as we heat something it turns to red, then yellowish white and if we heat it more it turns to bluish-white. Like ...
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Could there be a correlation between the earth's magnetic field and quantum superposition

I do apologise in advance for what might seem like a stupid question coming from a non-physicist. But I was wondering if the earth’s magnetic field could influence the wave pattern that one observes ...
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Solution of the time independent Schrödinger wave equation using Green function [closed]

Green function are famous for solving inhomogeneous differential equations. However in some examples it is also used for solving the homogeneous differential equations. So is there any way that we can ...
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Time-orded operator in Srednicki

On page 51 Srednicki states, "Note that the operators are in time order...we can insert $T$ without changing anything". This I agree with. But then on the next paragraph he states "The time order ...
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Does entanglement not immediately contradict the theory of special relativity?

Does entanglement not immediately contradict the theory of special relativity? Why are people still so convinced nothing can travel faster than light when we are perfectly aware of something that ...
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How does QFT help with entanglement?

I'm a bit confused. QFT is claimed to incorporate both Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity. Therefore it should address the problem of non-locality caused by entanglement. However when I search ...
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Evaluating position vector between 2 hydrogen states

I am trying to find the quantity: $$\langle1,0,0|\vec r|2,0,0\rangle$$ Where $|n,l,m\rangle$ are the hydrogen states. For this, can I just integrate r from? 0 to infinity? Or do I have to break it ...
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Quantum Mechanics: Time dependence of an expectation value

In Griffiths's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, he says that the time dependence of an expectation value is $$\frac{d\langle Q\rangle}{dt}=\frac{i}{\hbar}\langle [H,Q]\rangle+\langle \frac{\partial ...
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Entropy at the Quantum Level [closed]

Does entropy affect subatomic particles? Can particles spontaneously decay into energy
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How can molecule of a few angstroms absorb visible light of a few hundred nanometers?

I guess visible light is visible, because it has the right wavelength to be absorbed (or not) and emitted (or not) by many different molecules. Now visible light has a wavelength in the order of a few ...
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How is the theory of partial coherent light related to quantum-mechanics?

Background Let me start this question by a long introduction, because I assume that only few readers will be familiar with the theory of partial coherent light and concepts like a mutual coherence ...
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Existence and Quantum Mechanics [closed]

I am not a physics major but I'm interested in studying quantum mechanics. Does matter (or energy, they're the same anyways :P) really gets created and destroyed very fast in a subatomic field or in ...
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Superposition principle

If $S=(v_{1},v_{2}......v_{n})$ is a basis for vector Space V, then every vector v in V can be expressed in the form of $v=c_{1}v_{1}+.......c_{n}v_{n}$ in an unique way. Explain the significance of ...
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Is kinetic energy in QM a state-property or is it distributed?

Suppose we have a quantum mechanical system, which is well described by its wave function in r-representation $\Psi$. We are interested in the properties of an observable, say the kinetic energy $T$. ...
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Does electromagnetic field collapse the wave function of charged particles?

In an electron double slit experiment, let's put two charged plates behind the slits in an attempt to move the pattern up and down on the the screen. What will happen? Will it just shift the ...
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What does it mean to expand a Hamiltonian using perturbation theory?

On UC Davis chemwiki website, the Hamiltonian for quadrupolar coupling in NMR is analyzed. (The details of this aren't important.) It is said in the analysis that: The expansion of the ...
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Modern physics photoelectric effect [closed]

In a photo electric experiment, energy of photon is 5eV incident on a metal surface. They liberate electrons which are just stopped by an electrode at a potential of -3.5V w.r.t the metal. The work ...
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I am learning Quantum Mechanics and I have some questions about some basic concept [closed]

What does a "STATE" exactly mean in quantum mechanics? What is the equivalence of "STATE" in classical mechanics? If we have a wave function $\Psi$ , its absolute square $|\Psi|^2$ is the ...