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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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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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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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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Is linear polarization of entangle photons in 2-particle decay always correlated?

In Aspect's paper "Bell's Theorem: The naive..." and in an 2002 AJP article by Dehlinger and Mitchell "Entangled photon apparatus..." the photons are described to be in the $|xx\rangle+|yy\rangle$ ...
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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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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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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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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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Does elementary particle decay simply swap mass for speed?

I'm looking at different decays of elementary particles. And I am wondering about the masses (in energy) not matching up. For example, W and Z bosons are far more massive than the particles that decay ...
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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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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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How to recognize a Complete Set of Commuting Operators (CSCO)

A question about 'completeness'. These two operators are commuting, but I want to know more about their completeness. How do you know if {H}, {B}, {H,B} and/or {$H^2$,B} are forming (a) Complete ...
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Thermal de Broglie wavelength - definition

The thermal de Broglie wavelenght is often defined by the formula $\lambda=\frac{h}{\sqrt{2\pi mkT}}$ but equally frequently is it defined as de Broglie wavelength for a free ideal gas of massive ...
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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. ...
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Separation of center of mass and relative frame for 2 particles in Haldane model in coulomb impurity

In the following paper http://journals.aps.org/prb/pdf/10.1103/PhysRevB.81.045428 the author says that the center of mass and relative motion cannot be decoupled. But the Hamiltonian can be separated ...
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Using symmetry to determine a hydrogen electron's decay route from $|300\rangle$ to $|100\rangle$

Lets say we have an electron in state $|nlm\rangle = |300\rangle$ of the hydrogen atom. By selection rules, we know that it can only decay to ground state in 3 ways, namely through the $|21m\rangle$ ...
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Counting the possible states for an electron configuration

How do you find the terms and energy levels for the electron configuration $(n_1p)(n_2 p)(n_3 s)$ in the case of LS coupling, where $n_1, n_2$ and $n_3$ are different? How do you find the number of ...
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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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Tensor products of Hilberts spaces: definition of outer products and commutators

Suppose one has two single-particle Hilbert spaces $\mathcal{H}_{A}$ and $\mathcal{H}_{B}$ and consider the tensor product of these such that $\mathcal{H}_{A}\otimes\mathcal{H}_{B}$ is a two-particle ...
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How is the lifetime of a symmetric and antisymmetric state determined by its constituents

In the context of quantum information, there is the concept of so called symmetric and antisymmetric states, bright and dark, or superradiant and subradiant depending on the source you are using. The ...
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How is conversion inside heat engines of heat (random motion) to work (organized motion) explained in quantum physics?

When heat engines convert heat into work, they change the random motion of millions of particles into motion in a single direction. What is the phenomenon responsible for this alignment of ...
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Electron travel speed in spinning object [closed]

My question is in the hypothetical circumstance that you could spin a disk or something close to the speed of light how would that effect the travel of electrons through the material. Picture a circle ...
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Elegant method to show $[L^2,[L^2,\vec{r}\,]\,] = 2\hbar^2\{L^2, \vec{r}\}.$ [duplicate]

Show that $[L^2,[L^2,\vec{r}\,]\,] = 2\hbar^2\{L^2, \vec{r}\},$ where $\vec{r} = x\, {\hat x} + y\, {\hat y} + z\, {\hat z}.$ "Edit: $\{A,B\} = AB + BA$ is the anti-commutator." I am able to solve ...
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A doubt regarding Black Hole Complementarity

A friend was explaining Black Hole Complementarity to me, and at one point he said that to get a (horrendously) mixed quantum state, i.e. a thermal density matrix without a heat bath, one takes a ...
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Uncertainty in orientation of angular momentum

To calculate the uncertainty it looks like I'm going to find an expression for the root mean square of either $J_x$ or $J_y$, or the $J$ in the x/y plane? But I'm not sure if that's what it means by ...
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Gaussian Minimizes Uncertainty - Statement Qualification [duplicate]

On the last page of this paper, the following statements are made (I'll jump right to around the point of interest): Example: Consider $A=p_x$, $B=x$. Then $$\langle A\rangle=\langle ...
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How do you state the quantized radial acceleration of an orbiting electron? [closed]

Assuming that each electron in the orbit around the atomic nucleus possesses the radial acceleration, is it feasible to write down the statement that the radial acceleration is quantized?
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Backing out of interactions: Does physics account for such a thing?

Does physics account for interactions between light and matter ever being "not completed" or backed out of? Here's what led me to the question. In learning about interference in light, I ended up ...
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A seemingly paradox for Eigenstate Thermalization Hypothesis (ETH)

ETH states that for a system, all of its eigenstates thermalize. To be more specific, consider an energy eigenstate of the full system $H|n\rangle=E_n|n\rangle$. If the full system is in this ...
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Semiconductor physics resonant tunneling diode

What happened if the barrier in resonant tunneling diode is of unequal width?
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Quantum mechanics - “God does not play dice” - does he? Or might he not? [duplicate]

I'm a mechanical engineer by training, so please forgive ignorance in my question. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states (to my understanding) that one cannot measure both position and momentum ...
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How is Mössbauer spectroscopy so resistant to thermal motion?

Mössbauer spectroscopy detects tiny shifts (on the order of $\mu$eV or meV) in a gamma ray's energy due to the chemical environment of the nucleus. The scan consists of moving a source of excited ...
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If we can't clone quantum states, then how does stimulated emission work? [duplicate]

So we know we cannot fully copy a quantum state. But doesn't stimulated emission does just that? Say, a photon in a particular qubit state $|\psi\rangle = \alpha |0\rangle + \beta |1\rangle$ passes ...
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What is the qualitative difference between quantum superpostion and mixed states? [duplicate]

As I understand it, if one has a complete knowledge of the state of a quantum system (insofar as one knows the statistical distributions of all the observables associated with the state) then one can ...
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What does $(\delta\vec{r}\cdot\nabla)^2$ mean in the derivation of the Lamb shift, and how do you find its expectation?

The Wikipedia page on the Lamb shift includes the following first steps: $$\Delta V = V\bigl(\vec{r}+\delta \vec{r}\bigr)-V(\vec{r})=\delta \vec{r} \cdot \nabla V (\vec{r}) + \frac{1}{2} \bigl(\delta ...
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Collective angular momentum , Dicke states and indistinguishable particles

During course of quantum mechanics we dealt with addition of angular momenta. If we have two particles with spin $j_1$ and $j_2$ we can introduce total spin operator: $$\mathbf{J} = \mathbf{j}^{(1)} ...
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Is every individual immortal? [closed]

Humour me. According to Schroedinger, The cat could be alive or dead. If a cat cannot perceive death, to the cat, It never died at all (possible insertion of multiple possibilities making multiple ...
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What is meant by the term “completeness relation”

From my humble (physicist) mathematics training, I have a vague notion of what a Hilbert space actually is mathematically, i.e. an inner product space that is complete, with completeness in this sense ...
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Undergraduate research project ideas [closed]

I want to work on interesting project on quantum mechanics using the knowledge I gained from studying thoroughly the standard texts(Shankar,Griffith's and had a semester long course up to the level of ...
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How did Max Born come up with his rule? [duplicate]

In his rule, he stated that the probability is norm-squared of wave function, $|\psi|^2$. And as far as I knew, no one else at that time had "right" interpretation of the wave function. Even ...
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Is there a simple man's perspective of Pauli’s exclusion principle [closed]

I've been pondering over a questions from a while. Please forgive me if I am being too naive. We all know that because of Pauli's exclusion principle no two electrons can populate one state. This ...
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Is expectation value of the Hamiltonian always the energy? [duplicate]

There are time dependent & space dependent systems (magnetic fields) and time independent (particle in a box or harmonic oscillator). In the latter the expectation value is the 'average' energy ...
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Can particle quantum spin be described with a wave function? [closed]

I'm a little confused about the idea of spin. It's been non-technically described to me as "like magnetic dipole moment", except only two possible "directions". But I feel like that's a bad analogy, ...
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How do particles entangle and how does polarization work? [closed]

I am trying to learn about how particles get entangled and when I searched it up I did not understand how polarization worked. I am still in elementary school so if please make the definition simple! ...
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Particle in a Spherically Symmetric Box [closed]

Problem The spherically symmetric potential energy of a particle with mass $m$ is given by $V(r)=0 $ if $ a<r<b$ $V(r)=\infty$ elsewhere where $r^2 = x^2+y^2+z^2$. (a) ...
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Matrix representation of the radial Laplace operator isn't symmetric (or hermition as a result)

I'm working with the cylindrical coordinates. I'm using the central difference to convert the radial part of Laplace operator into a matrix. $\nabla^2 u = \frac{\partial ^2u}{\partial ...
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Help finding CG coefficient in Wigner-Eckart Theorem

Here is a Wigner-Eckart problem from class that I am having trouble understanding. $$\langle 310|T_{10}|300\rangle =\langle 31||T_1||30\rangle\langle 10;00|10\rangle $$ where $\langle 10;00 | ...
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Neutrino interaction probability [closed]

Just a quick question, if a single 1GeV neutrino (muon neutrino) were fired at a block of iron with a given density, $\rho$, and the neutrino-nucleon interaction cross section is $\sigma$, what would ...
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Parts of the Quark Wavefunction

Quarks are fermions meaning that they have an antisymmetric wavefunction. Under particle exchange the sign of the wavefunction. The wavefunction is made up of a few different parts $$ \psi_{Total} = ...
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Connection between statistical and quantum mechanics

I am aware of Gibbs measures, given the energy (Hamiltonian) of an arrangement, one can determine the frequency of the arrangement. Plug the energy level in the Boltzman equation and there you go. I ...