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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When is the product of a hermitian unitary and another unitary hermitian?

I have a Hermitian unitary $\hat{H}$ and I want to know, if $\hat{U}$ is some other unitary, when is $\hat{H}\hat{U}$ a Hermitian unitary? Specifically, what are the conditions on $\hat{U}$? I know ...
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Find Equation of Motion given Hamiltonian

So I am given a harmonic oscillator in an electric field. At $t=0$, we are given that the oscillator is in the ground state. The Hamiltonian is: $$H=\hbar \omega[a^{\dagger}a+\frac12+\kappa ...
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How do we perform transverse measurements in a two level system?

In quantum mechanics any two level system can be mapped onto effective spin variables. If the system is defined by two energy levels, $|E_1\rangle$ and $|E_2\rangle$, the Hamiltonian is $$ H = ...
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What are some good books that link quantum mechanics with concepts such as fate, coincidence and free will? [migrated]

I am more interested in a high level conceptual approach than the quantitative one that talks about how quantum mechanics is/is not relevant to concepts such as what I mentioned above, and why. ...
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anti-symmetric spin wave function of $|^3\text{He}\rangle$

Consider $|^3\text{He}\rangle$ in the ground state (2 protons and 1 neutron). Assume the spatial part of the wave function is symmetric. I have to construct the spin part of the wave function. This is ...
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How is a bound state defined in quantum mechanics?

How is a bound state defined in quantum mechanics for states which are not eigenstates of the Hamiltonian i.e. which do not have definite energies? Can a superposition state like ...
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Particle wave duality question: 2 different detectors observing different properties?

I hear a lot of people saying an observation of the double slit experiement collapses the wave function and doesn't allow you to view the particle in 2 places at the same time or as both wave and ...
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why non orthogonal states are indistinguishable?

I want to know what does it mean by distinguishable quantum state from Mathematics perspective I mean mathematically. As a non physics background student could any one explain me why non orthogonal ...
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Why is it said that the Heisenberg model is a hard-core boson model?

I am confused as to why it is said that the Heisenberg model is a hard-core boson model.
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Tetrad choice for Pauli-Lubanski in the massless case

The Pauli-Lubanski pseudovector coincides with intrinsic spin in the rest frame of the particle. In a more general frame, one defines a tetrad and projects the PL vector on it to define intrinsic spin ...
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Translational operator on potential

In https://wiki.oulu.fi/download/attachments/14553161/lattice.pdf I have a problem with the translational operator: The second line under the first figure says $$\tau^\dagger(a)V(x)\tau(a)=V(x+a).$$ ...
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Hamiltonian split into Mass term and Decay Width

I have encountered the following procedure several times now, and none of the sources ever explain the physical reason behind it: The Hamiltonian $H$ is split into $M$ and $\Gamma$. WHY? Where ...
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When can you apply Ehrenfest's theorem?

I know when the initial state ($\Psi(x,0)$) is given, $\frac{d\langle x\rangle}{dt} \not=$ $\langle p\rangle $. I thought you can only apply Ehrenfest's theorem when $\Psi$ is a function of $x$ and ...
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Quantum master equation

In the framework of Redfield Quantum Master Equation, the popular approach is to use a tight-binding model linear conductor for the modeling of the Fermionic bath. Does someone can refer me to more ...
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How do we find the canonical ensemble density matrix for two spins?

A compound system is constructed by two coupling spins, and the Hamiltonian is $$ \hat H = -J\hat\sigma_1·\hat\sigma_2 - \mu_\mathbf{B}\big( \hat\sigma_{1z}+\hat\sigma_{2z} \big)B. $$ So, how ...
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Definition of spatial and temporal coherence in QM?

It is often said that lasers are spatially and temporally coherent. Is there a simple definition of spatial and temporal coherence in the language of quantum mechanics? More specifically, can these be ...
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Physical interpretation of applying a unitary operator to a state

When we apply one of the Pauli matrices $\sigma_y$ on one of its eigen-vectors $| \odot \rangle$, what does the eigen-value tell us about $| \odot \rangle$? Is this considered a measurement of $| ...
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Bell State vs. Bell Measurement

What is the difference between a Bell state and a Bell measurement? I am studying quantum computation, and Bell states have been introduced. I understand that Bell states can be prepared using the ...
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Precession in the vector model of angular momentum - quantum mechanics?

The vector model of angular momentum in quantum mechanics says that, for example, the angular momentum vector $\mathbf{L}$ precesses about its projection on the $z$ axis, like this: We can add ...
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Expectations values of position in quantum mechanics

In quantum mechanics, we can show that $$ \langle r \rangle^{-1} \neq \langle r^{-1} \rangle $$ I can understand this mathematically as the integrals are different but can anyone explain physically - ...
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Two soft questions about spin and the particle nature of electrons

How can we define spin as the spin of an electron around it's own axis if an electron is described by a probability cloud of finding an electron in a point in space? How does that probability cloud ...
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What is a good book for quantum mechanics and quantum computation? [duplicate]

I am looking for a book in quantum computers for self-learning.The kind of book that teaches quantum-mechanics + quantum-computation. I have basic understanding in calculus , linear-algebra (like ...
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Why does electron move in an elliptical path?

According to Sommerfeld's atomic model, an electron moving around a central positively charged nucleus is influenced by the nuclear charge. As a result of which, the electron moves in an elliptical ...
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An Operator Identity relating to Trace [duplicate]

Suppose that $\hat H$ is an operator (typically a Hamiltonian) and $\beta$ is a positive parameter (typically $\beta=1/k_BT$). Show that $$ \mathbf{Tr}\Big(e^{-\beta\hat H}\Big) \geq ...
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Fine Structure Degenerate Perturbation Theory Hydrogen

Note: We are dealing with perturbation on the states $|nlm_lm_s>$ where n is the principle quantum number, l is the angular momentum quantum number, and $m_l$ and $m_s$ are the eigenvalues of $L_z$ ...
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A few questions on wave packets and uncertainty relations

According to Cohen-Tannoudji the wave-function for a one-dimensional free particle can be written as $$ \psi (x,0)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}} \int g(k) e^{ikx} dk.$$ While $g(k)$ is not specified, there ...
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Dicke states, spin squeezing and quantum metrology

Dicke states are by definition simultaneous eigenstates of the $J_z$ and $J^2$ operator. What is the difference between these states and Dicke squeezed (DS) states? I know that these are "entangled" ...
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If electrons aren't revolving around the nucleus, why do atoms have orbital magnetic moment?

In most introductory textbooks, the explanation of orbital magnetic moment is based on Bohr's model and electrons orbiting around the nuclues, which can be modeled as a current loop. For example, ...
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A quantum mechanical description of a polarizing filter

When a single photon with polarization $\mathbf{a}$ arrives at a linear polarizing filter in the direction $\mathbf{p}$, the photon has a probability of $(\mathbf{a}\cdot\mathbf{p})^2$ to pass through ...
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How to read this state in quantum physics?

I am having a little trouble understanding this state: $$ \,^3D\left[3/2\right]_{1/2} $$ What does the $[3/2]$ indicate here?
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Leakage of X-ray radiation

Suppose a sample of strontium-90 is stored in a lead container with lead walls. It is know that X-ray radiation may be detected outside the lead container. After some discussion with my peers, it ...
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Does there exist a state for which $\Delta\sigma_x^2=\Delta\sigma_y^2=0$? If not, how does one prove it?

I just realized that the uncertainty principle says that $$\Delta\sigma_x^2 \Delta\sigma_y^2 \ge \left(\overline{\hat\sigma_z}\right)^2,$$ where ...
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Uncertainty principle in Harmonic Oscillator

In a single particle Harmonic Oscillator, suppose I prepare it in the ground state and then measure its position. From the relation connecting Total Energy, Kinetic energy and Potential I can ...
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Why can we leave off half of the general solution?

In these pdf notes, it says at the bottom of the first page and beginning of the second: [...] whose solution is: $$\Psi(\theta) = c_1 e^{i\omega\theta} + c_2 e^{-i\omega\theta}$$ Since we are ...
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Correct approach for calculating excited states of circular quantum dot under effective mass approximation

From Asnani, Mahajan et al, Pramana Journal Of Physics 73 #3 (2009) p574-580 "Effective mass theory of a two-dimensional quantum dot in the presence of magnetic field", which can be seen here: ...
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Particle Outside the Box

What prohibits, mathematically, that a particle cannot be found outside the box ? Here, I am referring to particle in a box problem (infinite potential on both ends & zero potential along the ...
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Classical Hamiltonian involving product of factors whose quantum analogues don't commute

Dirac remarked in his quantum mechanics book: One can usually assume that the Hamiltonian is the same function of the canonical coordinates and momenta in the quantum theory as in the ...
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Where to place the operator?

I believe it's standard to place the operator in between the conjugate of the wavefunction and the wavefunction itself. For instance, $$\langle p\rangle = \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\Psi * ...
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How does electron spin change instantaneously without violating inertia principle?

The inertia in one of the main properties of matter. That is why all process in macro world do not happen instantaneously. What I do not understand is how we should apply this general idea of inertia ...
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Is there only radial motion in the Hydrogen ground state?

The ground state of the Hydrogen atom is spherically symmetric. In other words, the wave function Psi depends only on the distance r of the electron from the nucleus. As a consequence all ...
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Why is $\hat{p} \circ \hat{p}$ the operator corresponding to $p^2$?

I understand from several heuristic arguments that in one dimension, the quantum-mechanical operator $\hat{p} = -i\hbar\,\partial_x$ corresponds to the classical momentum $p$, in the sense that a ...
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Uncertainty in position and kinetic energy

How do you find the uncertainties for $x$ and $K$? Knowing that the general uncertainties = $$ \sigma_A \sigma_B \geq 1/2\int \psi ^*[\hat A,\hat B] \psi dx\, $$ I figured out the commutator, for ...
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Normalizing wavefunction

If you are trying to normalize $\psi = A\sin kx$, and you find that $|A|^2 = \frac{2}{a}$, why do you take the positive square root and not the negative? What happens if you take the negative square ...
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Are there any experimental tests of non-locality / Bell inequalities that do not rely on spin?

All the experiments I know, which have been performed to test Bell inequalities, are somehow based on measuring the spin degree-of-freedom of some particle (usually photons, sometimes electrons). I ...
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Could a trial wavefunction providing exact eigenenergy differ from the exact eigenfunction by a zero measure function?

Given the eigenequation of a Hamiltonian $$ H |n \rangle = E_n |n \rangle \tag{1} $$ We write it in the position representation $$ \langle x | H | n \rangle = E_n \langle x | n \rangle \tag{2} $$ ...
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What is the expectation value of the 3D delta function for the Hydrogen atom ground state?

I'm trying to evaluate the expectation value of some perturbation Hamiltonian $$H=\alpha \delta^3(\vec{r}),$$ where $\alpha$ is a positive constant, for the ground state wavefunction of the hydrogen ...
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Problem in Solving an Equation in Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

I am trying to reproduce this paper : http://www.ias.ac.in/pramana/v73/p573/fulltext.pdf But, somehow I am stuck at equation (7). The equation that I am trying to solve for particle outside the well ...
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Forced Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

I'm just starting my journey to QFT and Particles physics and I have a question about the problem of QHO witch we hit with a force $F(t)$ for $ t< t' $, for which the force is zero for $t>t'$. ...
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Time energy uncertainty principle [duplicate]

$ \sigma _{H}\sigma _{Q}\geqslant \frac{h}{4\pi }\frac{d\left \langle Q \right \rangle}{dt}$ $\Delta E = \sigma _{H}$ $\Delta t = \frac{\sigma _{Q}}{d\left \langle Q \right \rangle / dt}$ $\Delta E ...
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Where Does the Exponent Come From in the Expression for the Rotation Operator

I am currently reading John S. Townsend's "A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics." In section 2.2 he introduces the $\hat J$ operator, which he refers to as "the generator of rotations." He gives the ...