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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Questions about the formalism of Quantum Mechanics

I have to do a presentation on this. I'm not expected to do something really detailed, but I'm not understanding the mathematical formalism. I would like to receive general answers to these questions: ...
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Quantum Mechanics and Economics… What [migrated]

I was reading this paper: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2002698&download=yes The author has the model presented here: ...
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What state does the particle in a box occupy?

My textbook derives the equations for the different energy states $E_n$ of the particle in a box. But my professor in class said this example was a good one because it spoke about the "superposition ...
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What is the meaning of “ Ψ is not a measurable quantity in itself”?

I want to know that why the wavefunction Ψ as a complex quantity (i.e $A+iB$ form) in quantum mechanics and somewhere I have studied that Ψ is not a measurable quantity in itself that's why we ...
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About shift operators

The question is this: Does $$L_+ L_- Y_{lm} $$ ,where $Y_{lm}$ is a spherical harmonic function, equals to zero. If so, why? The two operators above are defined as $$L_+ ={L_x + iL_y } $$ $$L_-={L_x ...
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Considering $\langle \underline{q} \mid \underline{p} \rangle=\frac{1}{(2\pi\hbar)^{n/2}}e^{i\underline{q}\cdot\underline{p}/\hbar}$ [duplicate]

I have been given the following complete systems of eigenvectors $$\mathbf{Q}\mid\mathbf{q} \rangle=\mathbf{q}\mid\mathbf{q} \rangle, \quad \mathbf{P}\mid\mathbf{p} \rangle=\mathbf{p}\mid\mathbf{p} ...
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Deriving effective model without integrating out degrees of freedom in path integral formalism?

In path integral formalism of quantum field theory (particle physics or condensed matter), one can in principle integrate out part of the degrees of freedom so as to attain an effective model ...
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what is a clock state?

What is a clock state in atomic physics ? I read this term here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2708678/ and tried to find a reference to explain the same but have been unable to find this ...
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Angular momentum wavefunctions with respect to different axes

I've been learning about quantum angular momentum, and I have a question about the relationship between quantum mechanical angular momentum wavefunctions with respect to different axes. I know that ...
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What happens in a universe with only two electrons? [closed]

What happens in a universe with only two electrons? Do they stay as waves or do they collapse into particles?
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For an entangled state consisting of systems A and B, if A is measured when does the wavefunction at B collapse? [duplicate]

If there are two systems A and B, with an entangled state consisting of $$\mid \psi \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} (\mid \uparrow _A \rangle \,\, \otimes \mid \uparrow _{B} \rangle \,+ \mid \downarrow ...
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Commutator and Hamiltonian [closed]

Assume that $[\hat{A},\hat{H}]_-=0$ and $[\hat{B},\hat{H}]_-=0$ but we know that $[\hat{A},\hat{B}]_-\neq 0$. Then there exists degenerate stationary states of $H$. How to prove it?
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Derivation of plane wave from inner product of position ket and momentum ket

In textbooks it seems to be taken for granted that $$\langle \mathbf{r}|\mathbf{k}\rangle ~=~ \frac{1}{\sqrt{\Omega}}\exp(i\mathbf{k}\cdot\mathbf{r}).$$ I'm sure it's obvious but is there a ...
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Understanding notation regarding particles states and wavefunctions

In the development in my notes of second quantisation I have a problem in understanding notation. We start by considering a basis $\psi_i(\mathbf{r})$ for the Hilbert space of single particle ...
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Quantum mechanics and Classical limit(s)

I have tried to make sense of this and i am not sure i get it. What i gather from this page about the classical limit is: You need coherent states something like $\hbar \to 0$ is not really enaugh. ...
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Physical meaning of quantum interpretations [closed]

Do interpretations of quantum mechanics have physical meaning? An argument for no would be the fact that no matter the interpretation, one gets the same measurements. They also do not follow logical ...
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Can reduced density matrices of sub systems of an entangled composite system be different?

In a 4-dimensional hilbert space, only 4 entangled states( normalized ) are possible ( if I am not wrong ), the bell basis. In each of the state in bell basis the reduced density matrix is ...
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Is there a physical interpretation of Neumann boundary conditions for the free Schrodinger equation on a domain?

Let $\Omega$ be a domain in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Consider the time-independent free Schrodinger equation $\Delta \psi = E\psi$. Solutions subject to Dirichlet boundary conditions can be physically ...
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Monoatomic fluids and free space around atoms

In monoatomic fluids the atoms can move quite freely around each other. Is there any thermodynamic/statistical mechanic equation how much free space there is between the atoms? This has to be ...
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Classical limit and generalized coherent states

In quantum optics coherent states introduced by Glauber have a localized probability distribution in classical phase-space with maximum following classical equations of motions. This is not a ...
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Measurement of two qubits in a tensor product space

I understand that if we have two qubits, say $\Psi \in \mathcal{H}_1 \bigotimes \mathcal{H}_2$ where Alice has the first qubit, and she makes a measurement and ends up with the state $\phi \in ...
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Physical significance of Cayley Transform

In the book on Quantum Mechanics by Capri (in Chapter 6), its said that an operator $A$ is self adjoint if the operator, $U$ given by $$ U = (A - i I)(A + i I)^{-1} = -(I+iA)(I-iA)^{-1} = -\text ...
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Normalization problem with hydrogen wavefunction

Suppose you have a mix of states made up of the Hydrogen $\lvert nlm \rangle$ states where one of the coefficients is unknown. For example: $$ \lvert \psi\rangle=A\lvert 100\rangle + ...
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Unitarity of Symmetrisation operators

How can i proove that the symmetrisation operators $S_{\pm}$ are unitary? Defining $S_{\pm}$ on the $N$ Particle Fock Space by it's effect on $|\Psi \rangle=| \Psi_1 \rangle \otimes... \otimes| ...
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Is my window's semi-transparency a consequence of elementary quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

Studying mathematical concepts of quantum mechanics, I have recently become familiar with the classical model of one-dimensional particle being scattered by a potential barrier. As a mathematician, I ...
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Why do we not require higher derivatives to match at boundary when solving the Schrödinger equation in a given potential?

When solving the time independent Schrödinger equation for a given potential in 1D, the main part of the solving involves matching boundary conditions. Usually, we require the value and the first ...
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Question regarding NaCl equilibrium separation

So I am tutoring someone later and one of the problems is from Eisberg/Resnick Ch 12. The potential energy $V$ of NaCl can be described emperically by $$V = \frac{-e^2}{4\pi\epsilon_0 ...
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what does the i-v curve in josephson junction mean?

according to the i-v curve for Josephson junction tunneling for S-I-S (superconductor-insulator-superconductor): do we have any tunneling current for 0< V<= Vc ? if yes, then why don't we show ...
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Rotation of a spin polarization meaning

I've got some quantum state $|s\rangle =\left( \begin{array}{c} cos(\frac {\theta}{2})\\ {e}^{i\phi}sin(\frac {\theta}{2})\end{array} \right)$ I operate on it with a Paul matrix $\sigma_z$ and get a ...
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What is the relation between phase space formulation with Wigner quasi-probability distributions and path integral formulation of quantum mechanics?

I am trying to conceptually connect the two formulations of quantum mechanics. The phase space formulation deals with Wigner quasi-probability distributions on the phase space and the path integral ...
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Why do flux qubits have to be micrometer-sized?

Flux qubits are made using micrometer sized Josephson junctions. They exploit superconducting properties to create and interfere with the magnetic flux between them. My question is that I've seen ...
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Shor's quantum error correction code with unknown basis [migrated]

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\lvert #1 \rangle}$I've met a problem in quantum secret sharing which involves the use of a quantum error-correction code. (let's make it simple to be the 9-qubit Shor code) In ...
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Why must the Gamow state be exponentially increasing?

Why must the Gamow state be exponentially increasing? Why cannot it be exponentially decreasing? The energy is $E- i \Gamma$, but the square root of $E- i \Gamma $ can have either positive or negative ...
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Why is probabilty conserved under time evolution of a system in quantum mechanics?

I've studied quantum mechanics to a certain degree, but one question that I've never been able to get a fully satisfactory answer to is why probability is conserved (by this I mean that it has either ...
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Quantum mechanics question in derivation of Heisenberg-Euler Lagrangian in Schwartz “QFT” notes

In http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic1246957.files/IV-9-EffectiveActions.pdf (Page 20) Schwartz derives the Heisenberg-Euler Lagrangian using Schwinger's proper time method. To do so, he ...
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Why is this spin expectation value a vector

I'm given a spin state: $|s\rangle$ = some linear combination of $|\uparrow\rangle + |\downarrow\rangle$ possibly with an imaginary component. $\hat{\mu}_e = g\mu_B\hat{\sigma}$ $g$ is the ...
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How do I operate on a spin state with a sigma operator?

For any arbitrary spin state $|s\rangle$. How do I operate on it with the Pauli spin matrix, $\hat{\sigma_z}$? Does this have something to do with a Bloch sphere?
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Use of termination in solving quantum harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom etc

I can't seem to understand the use of termination to make the series solutions physically acceptable (when solving the linear harmonic oscillator etc.). So what if the series does not terminate, it's ...
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Polarized Filtering Frequency Shift?

A polarized filter is exposed to a unpolarized light source. The output of the filter should be of lower intensity, hence lower energy. Should not the filtered light be of a lower frequency to ...
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How do I find an expectation value for an electron's magnetic moment?

Given a spin state: $|s\rangle$ = some linear combination of $|\uparrow\rangle + |\downarrow\rangle$ possibly with an imaginary component. How do you get from the definition of a magnetic momentum ...
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What does it mean: “If you scream in Hilbert space, nobody will hear you!” [closed]

This question may not be appropriate for this site and if it so, sorry for that. Today, I have heard the following quote from one of my friends: If you scream in Hilbert space, nobody will hear ...
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The meaning of the phase in the wave function

I have just started studying QM and I got into some trouble understanding something: Let's say there is a wave function of a particle in a 1D box ($0\leq x\leq a$): $$\psi(x,t=0) = ...
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Why do $S_x$ and $S_y$ flip up/down spin states but $S_z$ does not?

By using the notation $S\lvert s,m_s\rangle$, such that $\bigl\lvert\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2}\bigr\rangle=\lvert+\rangle$ and $\bigl\lvert\frac{1}{2},-\frac{1}{2}\bigr\rangle=\lvert-\rangle$ we can ...
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can one distinguish between superposition with randomized phase and classical probability?(an experiment)

I hope that the following experiment will help me understand the topic better. Let's say my friend is sending me photons via two channels and he is doing it in one of the following two ways: he is ...
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Resources for introductory quantum statistical mechanics

I am currently struggling to understand my basic introductory course on quantum statistical mechanics and I have done a basic course on single particle quantum mechanics. I was wondering whether ...
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Summing over quantum states

For a system of $N$ identical particles we deal in quantum mechanics with wave functions $\langle \{\mathbf{r}_i \} \mid \Psi \rangle=\Psi(\mathbf{r}_1,\dots,\mathbf{r}_N)$ from which determine the ...
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Why is the position space free particle wavefunction a function of momentum?

This is one of those little things that has always confused me. If someone said to you "in quantum mechanics, the eigenfunctions of a free particle are $\exp(ipx/\hbar)$" how would you know that ...
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Double slit experiment with animals as observers

I was searching about the double slit experiment, reading and watching videos, etc. If I understood correctly, when they measure the photon it behaves like a particle. On the Youtube video Tom ...
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Necessary and sufficient conditions for a function to be the Wigner function of state

For any quantum state defined with a continuous position, the Wigner function is a quasiprobability distribution on phase space. It has many properties, such as that its marginal are probability ...
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Infinite Energies of a particle in a rectangular box

For a particle trapped inside a rectangular box of side lengths $l_x$ $l_y$ and $l_z$, the energies are ...