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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How asymptotically efficient is quantum state tomography of a flat qubit?

Suppose you receive $n$ copies of a qubit rotated by an unknown angle. That is to say, you're given the state: $$T(\theta) = \left(\sin(\theta) \left|0\right\rangle + \cos(\theta) ...
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Ghost in the quantization of relativistic particle

It is well known that in the quantization of certain relativistic theories such electromagnetism or relativistic string negative norm states could arise when quantizing covariantly. Acting with ...
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Does the trial index of typical CHSH experiments constitute a “hidden variable”?

In typical experiments related to the CHSH inequality there are individual detections being made by two separate (analyzer-and-)detector systems, "System $A$: $(D_A^+, D_A^-)$" and "System $B$: ...
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Understanding quantum coherence in biological processes (Magnetoreception)

Moved my questions to the top. Context below. Why is the strength of the electric field and the coupling constant being compared to the inverse coherence time? What is the inverse coherence time? Is ...
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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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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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How does a Bell measurement physically look like?

I do know how Bell states look like. They can be distinguished by doing a Bell measurement. A measurement has 4 possible outcomes (as there are 4 states, which form orthonormal basis). However I have ...
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Why is the water diamagnetic?

I checked using my permanent magnet that water is diamagnetic. But why is it like that? Does this have any important consequence for life?
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Geometric measure of entanglement for fermions or bosons?

For a system consisting of multiple components, say, a spin chain consisting of $N\geq 3 $ spins, people sometimes use the so-called geometric measure of entanglement. It is related to the inner ...
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What physical effects cause materialization of a system of particles for a short time?

It is well-known from physics that a photon with enough energy creates a pair of particles: one electron and one positron. This pair of particles can only exist for a short time. This process is ...
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commutation relations for operators in projected subspaces

I am looking for a consistent re-definition of commutators for certain operators when I work in a projected subspace. Basically, I have a spin defined in terms of 4 Majorana operators $b_{x}$, ...
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How to calculate the ground states' Berry phases with doubly degeneracy, such as that due to the particle-hole symmetry or time reversal symmetry?

Suppose the ground states of a system are doubly degenerate due to an anti-unitary symmetry $K$, which are $|\psi>$ and $|K\psi>$. If the system is an one-dimensional Fermion system and ...
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Why does this 'Quantum Pinned' superconductor allow easy repositioning

I'm confused by videos such as this (popular demonstration of 'Quantum Levitation'): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws6AAhTw7RA So my current understanding of superconductors is that when in the ...
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Double slit experiment in the Heisenberg picture

In the Schrödinger picture the wave function evolves and the observables stay constant. In that picture it's not too hard to imagine how does the wave function spreads interferes and diffracts, and ...
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Relation between representations/classifications

Generally a quantum system can be characterized in the following way: its states form a representation space for every symmetry group of that system. The representation has to be unitary (or ...
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Why does a damped quantum harmonic oscillator have the same decay rate as the equivalent classical system?

$\newcommand{ket}[1]{|#1\rangle} \newcommand{bbraket}[3]{\langle #1 | #2 | #3 \rangle}$ Why does the decay rate for a damped quantum harmonic oscillator exactly match the classical limit? Background ...
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What is the symmetry group of this Hamiltonian?

Consider a Hamiltonian $$\hat H=-\partial_x^2-\partial_y^2+(x-y)Q,$$ where $x,y\in[0,a]$ (homogeneous Dirichlet boundary conditions assumed), and $Q$ is some real parameter. When $Q=0$, the ...
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Majorana zero mode and 1D Ising model

It is known that the one-dimensional (1D) Ising model can be mapped to a free Majorana model using a Jordan-Wigner transformation and its two degenerated ground states are well interpreted by the two ...
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Simplification of matrix-element given the Wigner-Eckardt theorem and Clebsch-Gordon coefficients of a 1,1/2 system

How can I simplify the following matrix-elements $$\left\langle 1,1/2;m_1,m_2\left| S \right| 1,1/2;m_1^{'},m_2^{'} \right\rangle$$ given the Wigner-Eckard theorem $$\left\langle j,m|S|j^{'},m^{'} ...
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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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Is it possible extend Schrodinger theory in relativistic contexts with naive consideration?

Preamble Let's consider a generic sinusoidal wave $\Psi (\mathbf{r},t) = A e^{i(\mathbf{k} \cdot \mathbf{r} - \omega t + \phi)}$ and let's insert it into Schroedinger equation (please note that $ ...
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Is time depending on the observer in string theory?

I heard that in the theory of relativity the time of an action is depending on the observer. But in string theory, is the time also depending on the observer? Are strings acting according to the ...
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A problem with the Gamow state

Consider a form of potential $U(r)$ as follows $$ U(r)=\begin{cases}0 & 0<r\leq a \\ U_0 & a<r\leq b \\ 0 &r>b\end{cases} $$ In this problem $r$ is the distance from the origin, ...
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Why does the time-independent perturbation theory become no longer useful when its order gets larger?

In Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics p. 256, after figuring out $$E_n^2=\sum_{m\neq n} \frac{|\langle\psi_m^0|H'|\psi_n^0\rangle|^2}{E_n^0-E_m^0}$$ he says We could go on to calculate ...
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Physical interpretation of a certain Hamiltonian

Consider a $2 \times 2$ Hermitian (or symmetric) matrix-valued function $$g(x) = \{ g_{jk}(x)\}_{j,k=1,2}, \quad x \in \mathbb{R}^{2},$$ such that $0 < m_{-}I \leq g(x) \leq m_{+}I$, for some ...
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Estimate of the second shallowest bound state?

Suppose we have a 1D potential $V(x)$ of finite range, i.e., $$ V(x) ~=~0 $$ for $|x| > b $. The potential is assume to support at least two bound states, but might have more, say $n\geq 2$. ...
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Making An Energy Momentum Plot For A Rashba Model (Using Discretization)

I want to make a plot of the Energy versus the Momentum of the Rashba model, using discrete matrices. First Ill show how I did this for the free particle. Subsequently I will show what goes wrong for ...
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Do coupled angular momentum eigenstates depend on angle between particle positions?

Suppose we have two particles with positions $\vec r_1$ and $\vec r_2$. The corresponding coupled angular momentum eigenstates would be expressed via Clebsch-Gordan coefficients as (according to this ...
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Rationale for definition of input/output operators in quantum langevin equations

I am going through Gardiner & Zoller's 'Quantum Noise', and following the derivation of the Langevin equations in terms of input/output operators. Let the bath Hamiltonian be: ...
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On the Equivalence of Schrodinger and Heisenberg Descriptions of Quantum Mechanics and Observability

I'm not a physicist, but rather a control (feedback) systems engineer eager to understand more than just a cursory explanation of quantum mechanics. The StackExchange has been an excellent forum for ...
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Bose Enhancement Factor

How may one explain the fact that the probability of a boson transferring to a state with an occupation number n is 'enhanced' by a factor of (1+n), compared to the classical case? (In the classical ...
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Statistics of many body systems in pure states

My understanding of describing a system in thermal equilibrium is that we introduce an ideal thermal reservoir for convenience and then imagine that the system+reservoir samples all states of constant ...
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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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Para and ortho hydrogen angular momentum values

In Wikipedia, it is said that: Orthohydrogen, with symmetric nuclear spin functions, can only have rotational wavefunctions that are antisymmetric with respect to permutation of the two protons. ...
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SUSY QM - working out energy spectrum and wavefunctions from a given superpotential

I'm currently self-studying F. Cooper and al.'s Supersymmetry in Quantum Mechanics, and I need help working out a particular case on shape-invariance. From a given superpotential of the form ...
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Local unitary transformation that maximizes overlap

Could anyone point me in the right direction (reference to papers would suffice) regarding the following: Given two quantum states $|\psi\rangle ,|\phi\rangle \in (\mathbb{C}^d)^{\otimes n}$, where ...
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Detailed Balance for Quantum Master Equations from System Hamiltonians with Degenerate Spectrum

Kossakowski, Andrzej, et al. ("Quantum detailed balance and KMS condition." Communications in Mathematical Physics 57.2 (1977): 97-110) gave a proof that the stationary state of a quantum dynamical ...
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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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“Good” States In Degenerate Perturbation Theory

During the section on Degenerate Perturbation Theory, Griffiths (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2ed) starts with a general linear combination of two orthogonal eigenfunctions of $H_0$. He walks ...
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How does a photon travel through an electron cloud?

We all know that the exact position and exact velocity of an electron in an atom cannot be determined simultaneously, as per the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. We only talk about the probability of ...
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Problem with derivation of phonons in crystal

In this derivation of phonon solutions, everywhere, we are forcefully assuming the wavelike characteristics along the length of the chain. While all we can deduce for finding out the fundamental ...
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Lack of scale in Schrödinger equation for square-inverse potential

I see that if we set our potential in schrodinger equation to be a inverse-square dependence we don't have a typical unit of length as we have for hydrogen atom. $$-{\hbar^2\over 2m}\nabla^2\psi + ...
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Momentum operator of a particle in an electromagnetic field

In quantum mechanics, to all observables correspond some self-adjoint operators. In the absence of an electromagnetic field the momentum operator is clearly $\vec{P}:=\frac{\hbar}{i}\vec{\nabla}$. ...
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The relationship between angular and linear momentum

Why is orbital angular momentum not 0 when spin and linear momentum are not collinear? Why can it be 0 when spin and linear momentum are parallel? Like in the example of a scalar field at rest ...
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Are universally valid possibilistic theories possible?

This is a spin-off of the following question: Are Thomas Breuer's subjective decoherence and Scott Aaronson's freebits with knightian freedom the same things in essence? Given that Thomas ...
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Use of Boltzmann over Maxwell distribution

Why is the Boltzmann distribution used over the Maxwell distribution in many cases such as the derivation of Plancks law of thermal radiation, derivation of Einstein A and B coefficients, Langevin ...
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About memory effect in E&M when E and B field has dependence in the history of E and B fields

How should one define the memory effect in E&M formally? What is the physical way to visualize the memory effect? How should one understand it intuitively?
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Symmetry and Algebra

I'm trying to get a more concrete idea how symmetry is understood in quantum theories, as broad as possible. Consider a infinitesimal transformation of states in quantum physics of the form: $$ ...
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Quantum Boltzmann Equation

What is the Quantum Boltzmann equation and what does it describe? I think it describes the propagation of electrons and photons but I am not sure.
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How to prove that the ground state of the Hubbard model is not a Slater determinant?

Of course it is expected. But how to prove it analytically? Slater determinant is mentioned in almost every quantum mechanics textbook. But it is necessary to warn the undergraduate students that not ...