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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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 ...
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Do I need to take both particles' momentum into account in photoelectric emission? [closed]

An aluminum dust particle of mass $m=2.2*10^{-18}$ grams is floating in space ( initial velocity is zero). The particle emits electron under influence of a photon whose frequency is $8*10^{17}$ ...
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Showing that the maximum possible uncertainty for any observable is half the difference between its maximum and minimum eigenvalues

Show that the maximum possible uncertainty for any observable is $\frac{1}{2}|x_2 - x_1|$ where $x_1$ and $x_2$ are the extreme eigenvalues of X (Maximize $\Sigma_i p_ix_i^2 - (\Sigma_i p_ix_i)^2$) ...
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Why do we must initially assume that the wavefunction is complex?

The sound waves are real, and they can interfere, so corresponding apparat may be used in quantum mechanics. We also may use the time dependence in a form of orthogonal matrix multiplying the initial ...
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Free particle propagator - Evaluating Integral

In path integral formalism, when evaluating the free particle propagator, we obtain the functional integral of the form, $$ K_0 = \lim_{n\rightarrow\infty} \bigg( \frac{m}{2\pi ...
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Completeness of the state space and Hilbert space [duplicate]

I am wondering just why is it supposed that quantum states lie in a Hilbert space, which mathematically requires completeness? In other words, what does completeness (defined in terms of Cauchy ...
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What is probability current in quantum mechanics?

What is probability current in quantum mechanics? Why define such a thing? I mean the meaning of probability current. I know the formula for it but I just don't get the idea of a flow of probability ...
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Perturbative Quantum Mechanics

I am, in full generality, confused about perturbation theory in quantum mechanics. My textbook and Wikipedia have the same general approach to explaining it: given some Hamiltonian $H=H^{(0)} + ...
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Why the distance between peaks of the probability distribution function decreases when n increases?

In the solution of Schrödinger Equation for harmonic oscillator why the distance between peaks of the probability distribution function decreases when n increases? Is there a good reason for it or is ...
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Addition of spin angular momentum for massless particles

How do I add the spin angular momentum of massless particles, like photons, where only the transverse polarizations are allowed? If all three polarizations were allowed, this would be an easy ...
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Momentum and position operators in Schrödinger representation

I was going through some intro notes on path integral (for QFT), and am stuck with this equation for position and momentum in Schrödinger (position) representation, $$ \hat{1} =\int ...
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How symmetry is related to the degeneracy?

I have several questions about symmetry in quantum mechanics. It is often said that the degeneracy is the dimension of irreducible representation. I can understand that if the Hamiltonian has a ...
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band gaps in tight binding model

What happens at the zone boundaries of the brillouin zones in the tight binding model? How does the band gap originate in the TB model?
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Is there any connection between “Lagrangian and Eulerian formalism of fluid” and “Heisenberg and Shrodinger picture”

Is there any connection between "Lagrangian and Eulerian formalism of fluid" and "Heisenberg and Shrodinger picture of Quantum mechanics"? Thanks!
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Does nonlocal theory violate causality?

Let's talk about two kinds of nonlocal theories. The first one frequently derives from integrating out part of the degrees of freedom to obtain a kind of effective theory. Probably, we get an integral ...
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Solving the 1-d time-independent Schroedinger's equation with an infinite boundary

In my introductory modern physics class we have examined time-independent solutions to the Schrödinger equation in 1 dimension. We looked at a few cases without finite boundary, e.g., free particles ...
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Sudden Approximation for Beta Decay of Tritium Atom

I am working out this problem right now, and I'm confused by the answers I'm getting. Problem: A tritium nucleus (Z = 1) in a tritium atom undergoes beta decay, i.e., a neutron in the nucleus emits an ...
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Could the phase factor $i$ be replaced by “matrix representation” totally in quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

It seems that $i$ plays an important role in quantum mechanics (Q.M.). On the other hand, linear algebra plays such an important role in Q.M. too. So would linear algebra, such as a matrix be able to ...
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Electromagnetic force interaction

As far as I know, the electromagnetic force only interacts on particles with electrical charge, but I was told that the electromagnetic force was involved in the following reaction: ...
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A question about Gell-Mann Low theorem?

Let $|\Psi_0\rangle$ be an eigenstate of $H_0$ with energy $E_0$ and let the 'interacting' Hamiltonian be $H=H_0 + gV$, where $g$ is a coupling constant and $V$ the interaction term. We define a ...
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A few questions about interacting quantum field?

In interacting quantum field, we think that interaction is adiabatic switch on/off. So in the infinite past, we can think there is no interaction, so we can have particle interpretion. There are four ...
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Quantum fluctuations in the non-relativistic limit

Is there any way to describe quantum fluctuations in ordinary quantum mechanics? For instance, a proton fluctuating into a proton-$\pi^0$ state and then back to a proton? What are the relevant ...
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The gauge covariant derivative and it's substitution

I was wondering wether it would make a difference (in general) if I were to were introduce the gauge covariant derivative $$D_\mu=\partial_\mu+ieA_\mu$$ In the Lagrangian density and then derive the ...
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Solve Eigenvalues for Particles enclosed in a hard surface?

Is there a way to calculate the energy eigenvalues for a particle enclosed in an impenetrable enclosing surface? I tried evaluating the Fourier transformation of the Laplacian operator \begin{align} ...
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Why have $n$, $\ell$, $m_\ell$, $m_s$ been picked as quantum number symbols *in this order*?

I’m learning about electron configurations and don’t quite understand why $n$, $\ell$, $m_\ell$, $m_s$ have been picked as symbols for the quantum numbers. As far as I understand it, the principal ...
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Total energy of a quantum gas

I'm dealing with a quantum gas, thought as a system of N non-interacting particles. I would be tempted to say that the total energy of the system equals the sum of the energies of the single ...
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electron in the nucleus

In the event that the electron is in nucleus of the atom (via tunneling effects and other things I don't understand), How does QED deal with this situation?
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Average value of consecutive measurements of two observables

Suppose we had two boxes named "1" and "2", and suppose we can measure observables $A_1$ and $A_2$ from these boxes, respectively. $A_1$ and $A_2$ commute, meaning we can find a basis of simultaneous ...
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Expectation Value of a Dynamical Variable

In quantum mechanics, we generally take about "expectation values of dynamical variables". However, by the postulates of quantum mechanics, every dynamical variable in quantum theory is represented by ...