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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Unitary transformation between complete + orthonormal bases

Suppose the complete orthonormal bases $\{|\psi_n\rangle\}$ and $\{|\psi{'}_n\rangle\}$ are related by the transformation matrix $U$: $$ |\psi{'}_n\rangle = U|\psi_n\rangle \\ \langle\psi{'}_n| = ...
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Four-current, Induced Charge and Magnetic Flux

I'm studying Jackiw's "Fractional Charge and Zero Modes for Planar Systems in a Magnetic Field" DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.33.2500 but I have difficulties at some points. One of the problems is $$\langle ...
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Pure State Non-zero Entropy Paradox

Entropy measures the number of microscopic states of a given system. For a pure state, the count is one. Thus, entropy ~ log(1) = zero. However, on the other hand, if we calculate the entropy of ...
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Can scientists tell the energy levels of the atom?

In the hydrogen spectral series how did the scientists know the number of the energy level which the electron is moving from or to?
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Orthogonality of summed wave functions

Problem. I know that the two wave functions $\Psi_1$ and $\Psi_2$ are all normalized and orthogonal. I now want to prove that this implies that $\Psi_3=\Psi_1+\Psi_2$ is orthogonal to ...
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Advantage of taking qutrits in place of qubits

In general, all the quantum algorithms which I have read so far use qubits (so the space is $\mathbb{C}^2$) and the tensor products of the qubit spaces (space is ${\mathbb{C}^2}^{\otimes n}$). So my ...
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Computer simulation of Schrödinger equation [duplicate]

I am looking for a computer program which simulates the Schrödinger equation (say for a single particle) in two dimensions and for potentials and initial states specified by the user. Typical ...
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Physically realizable quantum circuits

How do we decide whether a quantum circuit can be realized physically or not ? I was wondering for physical realization of Shor's factoring algorithm using NMR ( I mean can we do it? ).
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Is there a handwavy way to explain what quantum correlation means?

Is there a simple way to explain the difference between a classical and truly quantum correlation to a non-quantum person who has basic understanding classical correlation? I mean without invoking ...
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Effect of pressure increase on electron orbital wave functions

One of my nuclear physics exercises was to find out if increasing the pressure of a sample of $^{7}\textrm{Be}$ would increase the chance of electron capture to $^{7}\textrm{Li}$ occur. My reasoning ...
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A good book for Quantum Cryptography

I am interested in Quantum Information and Cryptography in particular. I have gone through Neilson's text and Preskill's notes . Can someone suggest me some good text for Quantum Cryptography ? I ...
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Positivity and Complete positivity of Simon Map [migrated]

Simon map in a specific basis is defined as $$ \left[ {\begin{array}{ccc} A & B & C \\ D & E & F \\ G & H & I \\ \end{array} } \right] \rightarrow \left[ ...
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State of constant motion

Why does an object remains in its state of constant motion if there are no forces acting on that object? My understanding is that all the energy of the motion will be kept inside and a change in the ...
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Is the reduction map completely positive? [duplicate]

I am struggling with proving the complete positivity of a general map ( granted it is CP ). The reduction map is defined as $$ \rho \rightarrow \mathrm{Tr}(\rho)I - \rho $$ It is a trivial job to ...
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Design a quantum circuit from a matrix

I have unitary matrix and I would find the quantum circuit associated. There are 3 qubits input so it's a 8x8 matrix but it's not a simple operation. The number of gates is not specified. Is there a ...
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How are anti-matter atoms created?

What is the reaction, or reactions that make anti-matter? I don't understand how anti-matter is created by CERN if interaction with normal matter causes annihilation.
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Adiabatic approximation and time-dependent problems

I am an undergraduate physics student. I have a question in approximation methods for time-dependent problems in quantum mechanics. I read the proof of the adiabatic theorem but I didn't understand ...
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Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) Upper and Lower Bounds

Many papers on Quantum Key Distribution protocols discuss the protocols upper and lower bounds (on quantum bit error rate QBER). For example, BB84 has a lower bound of 11% and an upper bound of ...
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Uncertainty Definition QM

On my introductory course in Quantum Mechanics, the uncertainty of an operator $A$ in the state $\psi$ is defined by $$(\Delta A)^2_{\psi}=\langle(A-\langle A \rangle_{\psi})^2\rangle _{\psi}$$ I'm ...
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Expectation of dipole is vector in x direction

So I am asked to find a state $|\Psi(t)\rangle$ in terms of the hydrogen wave functions, such that the expectation of the dipole operator -$e\hat r$ is a vector in the x direction. I am not ...
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Quantum Expectation Values

I'm having trouble understanding the motivation for the definition of the expectation of a self adjoint operator $A$: $$\langle A \rangle _\psi=\int_{\mathbb{R}}\psi^*A\hspace{0.2cm} \psi ...
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Commutator summation notation

I have the relation $ e^L M e^{-L}=\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac 1{n!} [L,M]_{(n)}$ where $L$ and $M$ are operators. What does the subscript $n$ after the commutator bracket denote?
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How to find density matrix?

The Beam-splitter matrix is $ B = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1\\ 1 & -1 \end{pmatrix} $. I want to apply $a^{\dagger}_{1}a^{\dagger}_{2} |00\rangle_{12}$ as the input state for ...
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Calculating the $J$ value for atomic terms, having a lot of trouble with this. Already attempted

I am trying to understand this, and want to be very very clear. This is a homework question but I already attempted to answer it, so please don't put this question on hold. The question What ...
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Why is an electron still an elementary particle after absorbing / emitting a photon?

When an electron absorbs a photon, does the photon become electron "stuff" (energy); or, is it contained within the electron as a discrete "something"?
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Differential equation for evolution of probability density in Quantum Mechanics?

I have come up with this differential equation for the evolution of $\vert \Psi \vert^2$, the probability density in quantum mechanics. Is there a name for this equation? Is the logic sound? So I ...
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How can we show that a map is a completely positive map? [migrated]

I am doing a homework problem where I have to find whether the map $$ \rho ~\rightarrow~ {\rm tr}(\rho) I - \rho $$ is completely positive. If the map is not completely positive, a counter-example ...
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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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Hilbert space in quantum mechanics

I think in quantum mechanics we assign to each system a specific Hilbert space i.e. if systems are different then their Hilbert spaces are different. Is this true? If not why? For differernt system I ...
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Quantum Mechanics - Rectangular Potential Barrier - Normalisation

I have a quick question regarding the normalisation of the wave function of a particle incident on a potential barrier specifically regarding the normalisation of the wave functions. The problem is ...
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Perturbation theory in quantum mechanics

In perturbation theory perturbed eigenstates expanded by unperturbed eigenstates, but we know when the system perturbed its Hilbert space altered and hence its basis changed, then we can't state this ...
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Which coordinate system confirms quantum-level experimental data?

We often use the Cartesian coordinate system, since it is the naive approach at macro level (placing a box just "next to" or "above" the other box). There are, however, many more such systems, incl. ...
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Stern Gerlach with spin in opposite directions

So for the Stern-Gerlach apparatus, we assume that we either have a particle spin up or spin down. We also have the varying field, $\partial B/\partial z$. This initial configuration results in the ...
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Determinism loophole?

I was thinking about the question I posted yesterday, and I thought of a better way to ask it. I'm trying to figure out why QM necessitates "pure randomness". Assume you have a photon that has a ...
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Angular Momentum Expectation in Magnetic Field

I am trying to find the time dependent expectation value for J ($\langle J(t) \rangle$) for a spin 3/2 particle in a uniform magnetic field (in the z direction). My method is as follows: ...
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Eigenstates of coupled Angular Momentum

SO I have a hamiltonian: $$H=\alpha J_1\cdot J_2$$ And I am asked to find the eigenstates and eigenvalues of this Hamiltonian in terms of products of the eigenstates of the z components of the ...
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Correct way to write the eigenvector of a diagonalized hamiltonian in second quantization

I am studying diagonalization of a quadratic bosonic Hamiltonian of the type: $$ H = \displaystyle\sum_{<i,j>} A_{ij} a_i^\dagger a_j + \frac{1}{2}\displaystyle\sum_{<i,j>} [B_{ij} ...
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Why is QM maximally predictive?

Let's suppose I'm in the lab and I claim that I can predict more than QM can, specifically, I can predict exactly at which moment in time a particle decays. You don't believe me (naturally) so I set ...
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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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Non-Hermitian operator with real eigenvalues?

So we know that in Quantum Mechanics we require the operators to be Hermitian, so that their eigenvalues are real ($\in \mathbb{R}$) because they correspond to observables. What about a non-Hermitian ...
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Angular momentums addition in QM

We know that the spatial inversion parity for eigenfunctions of $\hat {L}_{z}$ operator (spherical functions) is $(-1)^{l}$, where $l$ refers to angular momentum. So for product of two eigenfunctions ...
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What is conductivity?

I read that if we have spin $\frac{1}{2}$-particle, where a magetic force acts on, then the force is given by a drift speed times a conductivity. This conductivity is determined to be $\frac{kT}{D}$, ...
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Spin drift velocity?

I am currently reading this Phys Rev paper by H C Torrey. In this paper, he derives the Bloch equations with an additional diffusion term. He says that the current density is given by $$\mathbf ...
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Why doesn't Fermi's golden rule distinguish attraction from repulsion?

Let's say I have two distinguishable charged particles interacting electrostatically. In Fermi's golden rule, the two particles can change state at a rate proportional to: $$|\langle \psi_f | H_{int} ...
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Free particle Schrödinger Equation

Some sources give the free-particle solution to Schrödinger equation as $$\psi(x,t) =Ae^{i(kx-\omega t)} + Be^{-i(kx+\omega t)}$$ while some sources give it as $$\psi(x,t) =Ae^{i(kx-\omega t)}$$ ...
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Physical consequences of non-trivial quantum states homology

The set of quantum states of a finite dimensional system is a complex projective space, whose homology groups are non-trivial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_projective_space#Homology. Has this ...
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Uncertainty principle in Quantum mechanics

The Uncertainty principle says that "△x△p>h/2"; we cannot precisely obtain both position $x$ and momentum $p$ simultaneously. Is this because the uncertainty is the natural characteristic or it is ...
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Free-particle solution to Schrödinger Equation

The free particle solution in stationary state (with definite energy) to the Schrödinger equation is $$\psi(x,t) =Ae^{i(kx-\omega t)} + Be^{-i(kx+\omega t)}$$ Since the energy is definite, and ...
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What happens when we bring an electron and a proton together?

I have a couple of conceptual questions that I have always been asking myself. Suppose we have an electron and a proton at very large distance apart, with nothing in their way. They would feel each ...