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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Vector operators in quantum mechanics

Vector operators $\vec{V}$ in quantum mechanics are usually defined as those that commute in a particular way with the spatial Angular Momentum $\vec{L}$: $[L_i,V_j]=i\hbar\varepsilon_{ijk}V_k$. I am ...
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Second order quantum coherence function

I have one question from the course of quantum optics. In general the second order quantum coherence in time is defined as, $$g^{(2)}(\tau)=\frac{\left\langle ...
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Can the occupation of Floquet bands be calculated from the Keldysh Green's function?

A periodically driven band structure can be semiclassically described by Floquet theory, resulting in photon-dressed Floquet bands (non-equilibrium steady states). Usually, for non-equilibrium ...
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Can different Floquet replicas be distinguished (within Floquet's theorem)?

According to Floquet's theorem, two quasi-energies separated by $n\hbar \omega$ represent the same state. According to this, I would think different replicas are indistinguishable experimentally. ...
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In quantum descriptions of atoms why are observables (which we derive from the wave function) attributed to electrons?

For example the orbital angular momentum, for the hydrogen atom. Is this the total angular momentum of the atom(electron and proton) or just the electron? I am asking because, I am learning about how ...
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Density matrix and entangled states

I am studying the density matrix formalism. I gather that: the trace of a density matrix, $tr(\rho)$ is always 1, if $tr(\rho^2) < 1$ we have a mixed state, otherwise a pure state, if $\rho$ ...
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commutation relations in terms of eigenstates scalar product

This question has caught my attention because I was unaware of the fact that the position-momentum canonical commutation relations could be derived out of the only assumption for $\langle x | ...
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Why Use the Non-Relativistic Momentum Operator in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics?

In deriving the Klein Gordon equation one starts out with the relativistic energy relation E^2 = p^2 + m^2 and substitutes the quantum momentum operator that corresponds to non-relativistic QM, p = -i ...
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Improper integral of the product of exponential function and Laguerre polynomial

I saw this integral in the book [Gerry C.C.,Knight P.L.] Introductory quantum optics: ...
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Picture-independence of quantum mechanics

I've been thinking about the equivalence of the Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures of quantum mechanics in the following terms lately: a quantum system is a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ equipped with ...
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Phase transitions, Landau Ginzburg theory and Symmetry reduction

On one side of critical temperature (usually for $T<T_{c}$), symmetry is reduced w.r.t the symmetry on the other (usually $T>T_{c}$) regime. I heard on the road (near a theoretical physics ...
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Dirac Delta in definition of Green function

For a inhomogeneous differential equation of the following form $$\hat{L}u(x) = \rho(x)$$ solution can be written in terms of the Green function $$u(x) = \int dx' G(x;x')\rho(x')$$ such that ...
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Magnetic dipole moment of $^3$Li$^7$ nucleus

In a quantum book I am reading for self-study it is noted that the magnetic dipole moment of the $^3$Li$^7$ nucleus can be calculated as $\mu = 1.67 \times 10^{-26} J\cdot T^{-1}.$ However there is ...
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Solving the quantum an-harmonic oscillator pertubatively?

Background Generally while solving the quantum an-harmonic oscillator: $$ -\frac{d^2 y}{dx^2} + k_1 x^4 y + k_2 x^2 y= E y $$ Most people (I've googled) on the internet always solve this using: ...
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In twistor theory, what's the relation between points with dual Plucker coordinates? Also about a special null line

In twistor theory, each point $Z=[Z0,Z1,Z2,Z3]$ in the complexified Minkowski space $CM$ has a correspondent Plucker coordinate $P(Z)$ embedded in $CP^5$ and we can also find its dual $P(Z)^{*}$. My ...
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Is there a quantum mechanical analog to classical rheonomic constraints wherein the Hamiltonian is not the total energy?

The Wikipedia article on the Hamiltonian operator in QM says that the Hamiltonian corresponds to the total energy of the system, but qualifies that statement with a "in most cases" tacked on the end. ...
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What determines the spatial variation in phase in a superconductor?

I'm assuming that since a superconductor is in one common wave function, the time evolution is governed by the typical global phase variation: $$ \psi (t) = e^{-\frac{i}{\hbar}E_nt}\psi(0) $$ ...
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Driving $\sigma$ transition with light in superposition of $\pi_x$ and $\pi_y$ polarization of slightly different frequencies

Lets assume the following experiment. Circularly polarized laser light is sent through a Mach-Zender interferometer $\left(l_1 = l_2 \sim \,\mathrm{cm}\right)$ made up of polarizing beam splitters ...
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Toric Code and the String-Net Model

What, exactly, makes the toric code a quantum error-correcting code as opposed to any other string-net model? What makes it special? The way I understand it, it's a normal string-net model on a torus, ...
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joint probability distribution in QM

The problem of incompatible observables in quantum mechanics is often explained in terms of their (self-adjoint) operators having different sets of eigenstates. This causes their commutator to be ...
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Where does an LED use energy other than emitting light?

I have a quantum formula describing what kind of photon should be emitted by an LED depending on its voltage. Of course the colour is depending on the material, but every type of LED also needs its ...
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MRI and precession

A lot of explanations of the quantum mechanics of MRI discuss the precession of a proton in an external magnetic field, for example here: http://www.physicscentral.com/explore/action/mri.cfm Doing ...
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How to do time evolution of operators in the Heisenberg Picture while staying in the Heisenberg Picture

Consider the time evolution of an operator in the Heisenberg picture: $$\tag{1}i\hbar \frac{d}{d t} \hat{A}_{H}(t) = \left([ \hat{A}_S(t), \hat H_S (t)] + i\hbar \frac{d}{d t} \hat{A}_S(t) ...
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Are there resources for simulating and/or theoretically describing solitons?

Recently there are striking new ideas emerging on "lower level" dynamics with respect to quantum mechanics involving fluid mechanics principles, including hints of soliton-like aspects to particle ...
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The Dirac equation for helium?

How to write down the Dirac equation for the two electrons in the helium atom? The problem is the interaction term, as $1/|r_1 - r_2|$ is apparently not Lorent-covariant.
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Derivation of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation

I was trying to understand the derivation of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation in Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics, Section 6.1. Our teacher presented a much simpler derivation, similar to that on ...
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What exactly goes wrong when using the Klein-Gordon equation to calculate the spectrum of hydrogen?

In many textbooks and lecture notes, it says that the Klein-Gordon equation was discarded first because when interpreting it as an equation for a single-particle wave function and trying to calculate ...
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Free will theorem

Can somebody indicate a proof of the free will theorem based on the singlet state of two spin 1 particles, $$\lvert S_b\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{3}} \left( \lvert 1\rangle \lvert -1\rangle - \lvert ...
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Quantum Mechanical Thinking

I've just been wondering about how atoms and molecules can be quantum mechanically thought about, and I have a question. It is often said that intermolecular bonding is purely "electrostatic". I hope ...
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Quantum vs classical degrees of freedom

It is sometimes stated that any classical underpinnings (rightly non-local) of a general quantum system are unrealistic or unphysical because these require exponentially more information to store what ...
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black body simulation

black body radiation is typically understood from Planck's argument of light resonance in a box, from which the density of states is computed. Now, suppose I want to simulate a black body ...
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Symmetry, gauge, and projective symmetry group (PSG)?

My following questions come from the understanding of the relations between the PSGs for two gauge-equivalent mean-field (MF) Hamiltonians (or MF ansatz). Considering the Schwinger-fermion ...
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Tunneling from Dirac material into Schrodinger material?

When a Dirac material, like graphene or TI, has a connection with a normal metal which Schrodinger equation govern on their carriers, how could we manipulate the tunneling of electron from Dirac side ...
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States of “positronium” with chiral fermions?

When I combine positron and electron to form positronium, or generically two spin 1/2 particles, I have four possible spin combinations that arrange into a singlet and a triplet state, which in turn ...
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Spontaneous breaking of a discrete non-Abelian symmetry

Can someone give an example of an one dimensional local gapped quantum lattice model with a discrete non-Abelian global internal symmetry that is spontaneously broken in the ground state? In ...
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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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Bound states and continua in the spectral function

Okay, let me try hard to pose this question as clear as I can. Let's take a quantum system where a single charge carrier interacts with a bosonic mode. Examples would be the Holstein model where a ...
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Double Slit Experiment with Two Independent Sources

Imagine a variation on the double slit experiment. I'll describe it in 2D using the $x-y$ plane. The $x$-axis is impenetrable other than the two slits, which are positioned at $(-1,0)$ and $(+1,0)$. ...
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What is a covalent bond?

What is a covalent bond, quantum mechanically? How does it hold the two atoms together, and at one point can you qualify the electron as being shated between two atoms, versus feeling attractive ...
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Probability density of Klein-Gordon equation

This may, perhaps, stir some healthy debate; at least I am having some "fun" thinking about it, hopefully I can solicit some outside views too. It is often regarded that the Klein-Gordon equation ...
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Literature on the time reversal operator

Time reversal symmetry seems to be a very useful concept and is mentioned in a good number of papers I recently came across. Most of the time people claim that a certain system or Hamiltonian is time ...
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What are the parameters for Pauli's repulsion pseudo-force?

I have found the following formula for the repulsion potential due to the overlap of the electron clouds arising from Pauli's exclusion principle: $$V = A\exp(-r/\phi)$$ where r is the distance ...
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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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Does quantum mechanics require classical measurement apparatus?

I am trying to learn quantum mechanics and I have a question. Landau, in his quantum mechanics book says that it is in principle impossible to formulate basic concepts of quantum mechanics without ...
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Born approximation to Lippmann-Schwinger integral equation

I am having the following problem understanding the Born approximation in the case of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation. This exercise is for something which is entitled "computational physics lab ...
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Can Pauli exclusion be described locally?

Is it possible, in principle, to define the exclusion principle in a "local" sense, as a property of the tangent space at a point, or a single fiber of a spin bundle? Or does it necessitate a global ...
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physical intuition behind quasi-bound state formation in feshbach resonance

In Feshbach resonance, by scattering theory formalism it is found that the resonance in cross-section happens when bound state energy of the closed channel is near to the scattering state energy of ...
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how is feshbach resonance potential term physically produced?

In Feshbach resonance model, a 2*2 potential term with space dependent diagonal and non-diagonal terms is written $\left(\begin{array}{cc} V_{11}(\mathbf{r}) & V_{12}(\mathbf{r})\\ ...
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Alternative ways to take particle tracks photographs in a cloud chamber

I know that the most common type of particle tracks photography is in photographic plates, but i'm using a cloud chamber and I would like to know if there are alternative ways to take photographs of ...
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What are the assumptions behind “term symbols”?

In multi-electron atoms, the electronic state of the optically active "subshell" is often expressed in "term symbols" notation. I.e. $^{2S+1}L_J$. This presumes that the system of electrons has ...