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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Interpretation of boundary conditions in time-independent Schrödinger equation

The time-independent Schrödinger equation: $$\ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2\psi}{dx^2} + V\psi = E\psi$$ is second order, so we should expect the solution to have two "degrees of freedom" which can ...
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A book to read that explains the principles of quantum mechanics [duplicate]

I abandoned a formal education in physics in favor for a medicine degree, but I still can't shake my love for physics. However, I only want to read about the principles and ideas, not so much be able ...
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Generators of a certain symmetry in Quantum Mechanics

In Classical Mechanics to describe symmetries like translations and rotations we use diffeomorphisms on the configuration manifold. In Quantum Mechanics we use unitary operators in state space. We ...
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Second Order Coherence of NOON State

Given the entangled state $\vert NOON \rangle =\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\vert N,0\rangle + \vert 0,N\rangle)$ how can the second order coherence function at time $\tau$ and 0 be calculated? I know that ...
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Extending projection operator to infinite-dimensional case

Hi I have a basic question regarding bra-ket notation. Given that $\{|e_n \rangle \}$ is a discrete orthonormal basis, $$\langle e_m | e_n \rangle = \delta_{mn}$$ then $$\sum_{n}|e_n \rangle \langle ...
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Why can we set the coefficient $c_- = 0$ in the solution of the quantum particle on a ring?

In the quantum particle in a ring problem, the general solution for the wavefunction, with $k = R \sqrt{2 m E / \hbar^2}$, $R$ being the ring radius, $c_{+, -}$ being constants, $E$ the energy, and ...
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Smallest thing ever measured and quantum mechanic bs [closed]

Is it possible to prove in 2016 that the universe is made up of more discrete units than say an atom or quark? What is the smallest thing we have been able to measure, like not theorize about, but ...
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Thomas-Fermi energy level

Following Hitoshi's notes on the Thomas-Fermi levels (http://hitoshi.berkeley.edu/221B/atomic.pdf) i was able to solve for the potential $\phi(r)$ for the Al$^+$ ion. Now I want to solve for the ...
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Dirac Notation With Comma

Does $\langle A,B\rvert$ mean $\langle A\rvert\langle B\rvert$? If so how is an operator applied to this in $\langle A,B\rvert \hat O $? For an example say the annihilation operator acting on ...
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Spin Orbital Coupling matrix in p-orbital basis

So I have the following Hamiltonian inherited from atomic Physics: $H_{SOC}=\alpha \vec{L}\cdot \vec{S}=\frac{\alpha}{2}(L^{+}\sigma^{+}+L^{-}\sigma^{-}+ L^{z}\sigma^{z})$ Where L is the angular ...
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Is quantum entanglement feasible for communication? [duplicate]

Is it possible to have two entangled particles, say electrons, and transmit information through a property, like spin? I was recently watching a video on how qubits work. In the video a group of ...
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How much analysis do we need to define a (classical) quantum system?

I'm trying to figure out to what extent is analysis involved in the definition of a (classical) quantum system. Classical meaning not QFT. Here's a definition I came up with: Defnition: A quantum ...
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Detecting position of electrons [duplicate]

To detect particles like electrons, why would the accuracy of the position determined be affected by the wavelength of EM wave used?
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Tensor product in quantum mechanics?

I often see many-body systems in QM represented in terms of a tensor products of the individual wave functions. Like, given two wave functions with basis vectors $|A\rangle$ and $|B\rangle$, belonging ...
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Plane Wave Solutions to the Majorana Equation with Zero Momentum

My question concerns the plane wave solutions to the Majorana equation. First, recall the Dirac equation: $$(i\gamma^\mu \partial_\mu-m)\psi=0$$ I suggest a solution in the form of a plane wave with ...
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Allowed Wave Functions of System

Given a single-particle system with Hamiltonian $H$, what constraints can be put on the wave function at a particular point in time $\psi(x)$? Of course $\psi(x)$ must obey boundary conditions given ...
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How to find the minimum value of potential in QM?

In MIT problem sets I followed a solution of an exercise which focuses on odd-parity energy eigenstates in finite square well. The point of problem is how to know or find the minimal value of ...
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Do any elements form stable doubly-charged negative ions?

It is perfectly possible for an atom - particularly on the electronegative end of the periodic table to form negatively-charged ions by attracting an electron, and these species can be stable, ...
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If a quantum state is pure why are its observables still probabilistic?

As I understand it, a pure quantum state is one that can be represented as a ket $\lvert\psi\rangle$ in a Hilbert space, and it contains all the information about the state of the system. As such, we ...
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Spin Orbit Coupling Hamiltonians

I am really struggling with something fundamental. I keep coming across two versions of the hamiltonian for spin orbit coupling: $H_{soc}=\frac{\mu_B}{2c^2}(v \times E) \cdot \sigma $ $\mu_B =$ ...
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How could we describe the electric bound state like hydrogen by QED? [duplicate]

We can solve the Schrodinger equation for the Hamiltonian operator from the classical Hamiltonian of hydrogen bound state, consisting of proton and electron attracting each other electrodynamically, ...
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Deriving eigen values of $\hat{N}$

So let's say we have an operator $\hat{a}$ (ladder operator), where $\left[\hat{a},\hat{a}^\dagger\right] = 1$, and $\hat{a}^2 |\phi\rangle = 0$. How do I show that the eigenvalues of ...
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Same quantum states represented in different basis

In literature on an introduction to quantum mechanics which I am working through, there is a section which explains that a vector has different representations based on the basis you choose and then ...
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quantum entanglement and its application in migratory birds [closed]

Explain the concept of quantum entanglement.Also explain its application in migratory birds. i know that it also has a relation with the magnetic field of the earth.
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Quantization of non-variational systems?

In undergraduate courses the introduction to Hamiltonian mechanics usually starts from a Newtonian view point. One has equations of motions of the form (not sure if it is ok to use covariant notation ...
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Schrödinger equation in momentum space

In literature on an introduction to quantum mechanics which I am working through, there is a section which explains that a vector has different representations based on the basis you choose. It then ...
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What is a weak value really?

There have been a lot of recent experiments performing weak measurements. Some of the conclusions seem to be quite surprising (e.g. this paper) and there is still debate if the weak measurement is ...
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Mathematical proof of Bohr's complementarity principle

Complementarity principle, in physics, tenet that a complete knowledge of phenomena on atomic dimensions requires a description of both wave and particle properties. Depending on the experimental ...
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What is $V(x)$ in Schrödinger's equation?

In the time-independent Schrödinger equation it is stated that $$-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2\psi(x)}{dx^2}+V(x)\psi(x)=E\psi(x)$$ And it is common to give $V(x)$ some standard "forms": the infinite ...
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Adjoint momentum Dirac equation

So we have the commonly quoted momentum space version of the Dirac equation and the adjoint Dirac equation: $$ (\gamma^{\mu}p_{\mu}-m)u=0 $$ Often, we are asked to show that the adjoint momentum ...
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Reflection in Finite Square Wells

For a Finite Square Well where we have a wavefunction $\psi(x)$ which is an energy eigenfunction with eigenvalue $E = 2V_0$ in the following potential: $V(x) = \begin{array}{ll} 6V_0 ...
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Nodes for a hydrogen atom probability?

It is said that the wave function $\psi_{n,m,l}$ has $n-1$ nodes; $n-l-1$ from the radial part of the wavefunction and $l$ from the angular part. However, the probability of finding a particle at a ...
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Wavefunction of a system of particles

A three-dimensional volume $V$ contains a certain number $N$ of electrons and they can't escape the volume $V$. Assume for simplicity that the potential $\mathcal{V}(\mathbf{r})$ is zero in all the ...
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Linear Combinations of Energy Eigenfunctions in 1D

Given that a particle is in a state defined by the wavefunction: $$\Psi (x,t) = \psi_0(x)e^{-iE_0t/\hbar}+\psi_1(x)e^{-iE_1t/\hbar}$$ where $\psi_0(x)$ and $\psi_1(x)$ are the energy eigenfunctions of ...
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What is a wave function in simple language?

In my textbook it is given that 'The wave function describes the position and state of the electron and its square gives the probability density of electrons.' Can someone give me a very ...
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Given any two quantum states and the information that the system is in one of these two states

Given any two quantum states and the information that the system is in one of these two states, one cannot reliably devise a single measurement which could determine with certainty which state the ...
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Quantum computing entanglement dimensions question

While trying to understand the basics of how quantum computers work, I recently read this statement. "...consider that single-qubit states can be represented by a point inside a sphere in ...
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What's the difference between an exciton and a geminate pair?

In the context of organic solar cells, electron-hole dissociation is sometimes mentioned with regard to excitons (refs 1, 2) and sometime with regard to geminate pairs (refs 3, 4). Also, exciton ...
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Wigner-Eckart theorem and Van Vleck paramagnetism

Using the Wigner-Eckart theorem, we can express the matrix elements of Langevin's paramagnetic Hamiltonian $L_z + g_S S_z$ using only the quantum numbers of the total angular momentum, $J$ and $m_J$, ...
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Relation between the electromagnetic wave and quantum wavefunction

I have been thinking about this for a while. I think I misunderstood something about the basics of quantum waves. Let's look at light diffracted in conditions similar to the double slit experiment. ...
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Showing the transmission coefficient is valid

In a semiconductor device, electrons accelerated through a potential difference of 7V attempts to tunnel through a barrier of width 0.5nm and height 10V. Assume the potential is zero outside the ...
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Quantization of the Hamiltonian of a particle in a uniform magnetic field

If a particle of mass $m$ and charge $q$ is subject to a uniform magnetic field and if we have a vector potential $\mathbf{A}$ then we know that classically the dynamics of the particle will be ...
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Degrees of degeneracy of energy values

Let us consider the harmonic oscilator in three dimensions whose hamiltonian is: $$H = \dfrac{1}{2m} \mathbf{P}^2+\dfrac{m\omega^2}{2 }\mathbf{R}^2.$$ The nicest way to solve the eigenvalue equation ...
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Lagrangian derivation of Thomson scattering cross section (ie photon-electron)

Does anyone know a quick way to obtain the classical Thomson scattering scattering cross section (for photons scattering on electrons) from quantum mechanics/quantum field theory, avoiding the lengthy ...
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Do bosons and fermions produce the same interference pattern in a double slit experiment?

I have read that when bosons interfere they do so by adding the probability amplitudes, then I read that when fermions interfere they do so by subtracting the probability amplitudes. The usual double ...
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Why does the electron lose energy? [duplicate]

We all know that when a photon impacts on an electron it delivers all its energy to the electron and the electron's energy increases and it goes to a higher-energy state -- meaning farther from the ...
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Calculating Natural Broadening of Emission Lines

I'm trying to demonstrate the small effect of Natural Broadening as compared to other types of broadening (Doppler, Stark, van der Waals, etc.) and my calculations don't match the accepted values. My ...
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Practical Calculation of Geometric Phase

I'm a graduate student working in the field of quantum chemistry, specifically in the field of non-adiabatic dynamics of molecular systems. I've run into a slight problem in a project that I've ...
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Lippmann-Schwinger equation and time dependence

Consider the Lippmann-Schwinger equation (LSE) $$ |\psi\rangle = |\phi\rangle + \hat{G}_0(\epsilon) \hat{V} |\psi\rangle \tag{1}$$ where $\hat{G}_0(\epsilon) = \frac{1}{\epsilon - \hat{H}_0 + ...
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Why not measure the velocity of a quantum particle by $\frac{\Delta \vec{x}}{\Delta t}$

Why is it not possible in quantum mechanics to measure the velocity (and thus momentum) of a particle just by two position and time measurements and get it approximately by $$ \vec{v} = ...