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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Peculiarity about a system of three electrons

Consider three (or any number bigger than 2) electrons without spatial degrees of freedom, thus the only degree of freedom is the spins. The Hilbert space is then formed by the tensor product of the ...
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Why does an electron shell further away from nucleus has higher energy level?

Using electrical potential energy $V=\frac{1}{4\pi \varepsilon_0} \frac{Q_1 Q_2}{r}$ , a particle further away from nucleus has lower magnitude of energy. Using Coulomb's law, a particle further away ...
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Squeeze operator

If $\phi(x)$ is an arbitrary normalized function, and $S$ the squeeze operator, $$ S=e^{\frac{\mu\cdot h}{2\pi}(a^{\dagger2}-a^{2})} $$ with $\mu \in \mathbb R$. How can I find the value and the ...
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Application of the concept of hidden variables in Bell's article

This question is with regards to Bell's article, "On the problem of hidden variables in quantum mechanics." I am confused about how hidden variables (I concept I understand vaguely but fail to see ...
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Is Everything Vibrating?

It is often said that "everything is in a state of constant vibration". What led to this statement? And can I get any source of this statement that I can cite? Thank you.
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Commutation relation for Weinberg's rigid rotator

In Weinberg's discussion of the rigid rotator, (section 4.9 of Lectures on Quantum Mechanics), he defines a rotation operator in terms of the position operator in the laboratory frame and the (assumed ...
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Feynman's Path Integral Approach: The Complex Exponentiated Action [duplicate]

I'm working on a project covering Feynman's Path Integral Approach. I'm having trouble intuitively grasping what motivates the introduction of the expression $e^\frac{iS}{\hbar}$, where S is the ...
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Help needed for Simple derivation for duality of matter

A teacher told showed me a way to derive an equation which shows the duality of matter. We know, $E=hc/\lambda$. and $E=mc^2$ So, $hc/\lambda=mc^2$ We get, $p$ ( momentum ) = $h/\lambda$. How ...
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What is the cause of discrete or quantized energy levels in an atom? [duplicate]

I understand how it is that electrons move from one energy state to another, however I've not been able to find anywhere that describes why an atom has any particular states. Why should an atom of ...
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Can a strange property of entangled particles be expressed as a physical analogy in our everyday world or is this argument suspect?

If it is possible for one to find a physical analogy in our everyday world to one of the strange properties of entangled particles does this mean that a similar concept should be considered at the ...
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Why do the ladder operators in harmonic oscillators work?

The Hamiltonian can be diagonalized by transforming $x$ and $p$ to $a$ and $a^\dagger$. I understand how one proceeds from there to find the spectrum of $a^\dagger a$, the ground state $|0\rangle$ and ...
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Why characteristics graph of Geiger Muller Counter always goes up?

The characteristics graph of Geiger Muller Counter always keeps going up and does not drop down . It may remain constant over an interval but does not drop down on the graph scale. Why it does not ...
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What is known about the hydrogen atom in $d$ spatial dimensions?

In a first (or second) course on quantum mechanics, everyone learns how to solve the time-independent Schrödinger equation for the energy eigenstates of the hydrogen atom: $$ ...
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Fermi's golden rule and the DoS of scattering states

Can the Fermi's golden rule $$\Gamma_{fi} ~=~ \rho(E_f) \frac{2\pi}{\hbar} |M_{fi}|^2$$ be applied for transitions of discrete states to scattering states? If yes, then what should the density of ...
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Ground state energy of spin 1 particle

So I have this Hamiltonian for a particle with spin 1: $$ H=aS_{z}^2+\frac{\hbar\omega}{\sqrt2}S_{x}$$ where ($a$ and $\omega$ both real constants): $$ S_{z}=\hbar\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0 & 0 ...
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Why the constancy of an observable w.r.t time depends on whether it commutes with $H$ or not?

I have been reading Modern Quantum Mechanics by J.J.Sakurai. Under the chapter Quantum Dynamics, the author says if an observable $A$ initially commutes with the Hamiltonian operator $H$, then it ...
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CNOT gate with trapped ions

I'm interested in knowing the structure of a CNOT gate, in quantum computing. THe problem with that is, that I've read how the structure of a nuclear quantum computer works, but I still don't ...
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Why is the Hermitian conjugate of the Fourier transform of an operator not the transform of the Hermitian conjugate? [migrated]

It is defined that: \begin{align} O(\omega)&=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int O(t)e^{-i\omega t} \mathrm{d}t \tag{1} \\ O^{\dagger}(\omega)&=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int O^{\dagger}(t)e^{-i\omega t} ...
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Behavior of atom's wave packets in a gas

It is my understanding that the wave packet of a free localized particle spreads with time. My question is what is the best description of the particles in a gas inside a closed container: Do they ...
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Magnetic field induce photons?

So silly question, can a oscillating magnetic field excite electrons around atoms such that they produce photons (In other words can an applied magnetic field increase the energy level of electrons ...
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What knowledge do I need to learn Quantum Physics? [duplicate]

I have a quick question. What prior knowledge do I need to learn and understand quantum physics. For example, what type of math do I need to know, what level of physics, etc.
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How to check if a Hamiltonian is PT symmetric or not?

Consider the Hamiltonian $$H=p^2+ix^3+ix.$$ This paper by Carl M bender claims this is a $PT$ symmetric Hamiltonian. In this he describes $PT$ symmetry as parity $P$, whose effect is to make ...
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Can't quantum teleportation be superluminal some percentage of times?

I apologize if this is a really silly question. In the (textbook) quantum teleportation algorithm, in the step right after Alice has measured her system but before she has sent her classical ...
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Overtone Transition Probability

For an anharmonic potential, like the morse potential, higher order transitions (overtone) with $\Delta n=\pm2,\pm3,..$ are allowed. How do I calculate the probability $P$ for such transitions? My ...
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Propagating a Gaussian wavepacket backwards in time

So, I'm following the MIT OCW lectures on 8.04 quantum mechanics by Prof. Allan Adams. I have the expression for the probability distribution of a gaussian wavepacket for a free particle situation. No ...
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Rate of the increase of width of a Gaussian wavepacket

So, I'm following the MIT OCW lectures on 8.04 quantum mechanics by Prof. Allan Adams. I have the expression for the probability distribution of a gaussian wavepacket for a free particle situation. No ...
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Where are the photons coming from?

Particles and Antiparticles can annihilate, and they are completely destroyed in the process, which creates photons. From wikipedia: ...
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What makes the probability distribution of a wavefunction in QM intrinsic? [closed]

I know that the usual interpretation of the wavefunction in QM is that it´s associated with a probability distribution of measurable quantities. Not a deterministic probability (like the probabilities ...
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How come light waves don't get caught and absorbed by the electrons of oxygen atoms in the in air?

Shouldn't air be opaque since instead of coming into our eye, the lightwaves get caught in the electrons? If oxygen does absorb light waves, how come air is not hot and you can see through it? The way ...
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How is no-conspiracy theory compatible with determinism? [closed]

Bell's theorem states that any physical theory that incorporates local realism and the no-conspiracy assumption cannot reproduce all the predictions of quantum mechanical theory. Hence, we cannot ...
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Expressing eigenstates of $\mathbf{L}^2$ and $L_z$ in terms of the Cartesian eigenstates $|n_x\, n_y\, n_z\rangle$

I want to express the degenerate eigenstates of the three-dimensional isotropic harmonic oscillator written as eigenstates of $\mathbf{L}^2$ and $L_z$, in terms of the Cartesian eigenstates $|n_x\, ...
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Obtaining wave function from field equation

The Dirac field $\Psi(x)$ satisfies the Dirac equation $$(i\gamma^\mu\partial_\mu-m)\Psi(x)=0$$ When we quantize, each of the four components of the Dirac field becomes an operator that creates or ...
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Rotations acting on quantum states

Suppose I have a free relativistic massive particle described by a state $|p,\sigma\rangle,$, with $p^\mu=(p^0,0,0,p^3)$, so that $P^3|p\rangle=p^3 |p,\sigma\rangle$ and ...
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Can conducting electrons in a metal be modeled at all as classical particles?

I have seen computational models that treat the highest energy electrons in a conducting metal as classical particles in a plasma, the ions being held in place with some sort of heuristic ...
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What does it mean to take a derivative with respect to $\hbar$?

Problem 6.32 of Griffiths Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2ed is In part (b), we take a derivative with respect to $\hbar$. Since $\hbar$ is a constant, what does it mean to take a derivative ...
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Introducing a phase, what changes?

This question is related to: Mach-Zehnder interferometer and the Fresnel-Arago laws Let us say we have unpolarised wave taking the form: $$\psi=\psi_0 e^{i(kx-\omega t)+i\phi(t)}$$ Where $\phi$ ...
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Spread of the energy levels and sharp energy eigenvalues of the Schrodinger equation of the H-atom

Solving the Schroedinger equation for the H-atom (or any other system, say a particle in a box, or harmonic oscillator or anything), we obtain the energy eigenvalues are sharp with no spread. However, ...
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What is the explanation for the interference patterns in MWI?

In Young's double-slit experiment, MWI states that in some "worlds" the particle goes through one slit, and in others it goes through the other. If this is so, why do we get an interference pattern? ...
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Is electron phonon interaction important away from fermi surface?

In weak coupling superconductor, the effective electron phonon interaction can be written as $$ H_{eff}=\frac{1}{2}\sum_{q,k_1,k_2,\sigma_1,\sigma_2} V_{k_1,q}C^{\dagger}_{k_1+q,\sigma_1} ...
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Why is the interaction energy of the electrons in an atom positive?

Consider a simple Hamiltonian for the Helium atom (where $e'^2 = e^2/4\pi \epsilon_0)$: ...
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Why does a system try to minimize its total energy?

Why does a system like to minimize its total energy? For example, the total energy of a $H_2$ molecule is smaller than the that of two two isolated hydrogen atoms and that is why two $H$ atoms tries ...
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Feynman lecture - bell's theorem, entanglement

My question regards this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyejXtZrGb0 Feynman is illustrating entanglement, bell's theorem etc... using correlated boxes. I take the entangled boxes as ...
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What causes the universe to manifest a given value upon measurement in super-deterministic theory? [closed]

Bell's inequalities show that we have to give up freedom or local realism. If we give up freedom, we have super-determinism, if we give up local realism, we have free-will. In super-deterministic ...
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A question on the Chern number and the winding number?

Let $\mid \psi(x,y) \rangle$ be a normalized wavefunction living in a $d$-dimensional Hilbert space and depend on two real parameters $(x,y)$ that belong to a closed surface (e.g., $S^2, T^2$, ...). ...
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Can nonrelativistic QM, as used in bound states, be derived from QFT? [duplicate]

Nonrelativistic QM can be applied to bound states like a hydrogen atom. QFT is used for free particles (whatever one means by particles) that shortly interact with each other and are free again after ...
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If E= hv then E= mc2 then h=mc2/v! [closed]

E= pc (1) = hv (2), p= mc (3) From (1) and (2): c= hv/p (4) We put (4) in (3): p=hv/p.m => p2=hvm (5) If we use E=hv in (5) we will get: E= p2/m (6) We use (3) in (6) we will get: E= mc2 From ...
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Finding similar quantum superposition pairs [closed]

I am not sure if my thinking is correct and I'd like to ask if someone can confirm it, or give explanation, what am I doing wrong. I did task where I was asked to tell if pairs of expressions for ...
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Multiplication of associated probabilities

If a state $\psi $ is in the $ S_{z} $ basis represented by $\mid\psi\rangle = c_{+}\mid z\rangle + c_{-} \mid -z\rangle$ Does the associated probabilities change when I multiply $ \psi $ by $ ...
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Concerning The Oil Drop Experiment: How does ionizing radiation create the electron(s) that the droplets of oil collect?

Concerning the Oil Drop Experiment: I read, “Ionizing radiation is used to create the electron that the droplets of oil collect. When the air in the apparatus is bombarded by this ionizing radiation ...
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Implications of weak measurement on entanglement

What are the implications of weak-measurement on entangled particles, and how does that resolve the problem of non-superluminal quantum "communication"? If I understand correctly, entangled particles ...