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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Understanding Tensor Product

Consider the operator $$e^{-i \hat{H} t/\hbar} = e^{-i (\hat{P} \otimes \hat{X}) t/\hbar},$$ where $\hat{X}$ and $\hat{P}$ are position and momentum operator of two different systems. We know that the ...
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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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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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Quantum fluctuation

According to the quantum fluctuation concept, a particle and its corresponding antiparticle appear out of nothing only to annihilate and emit some energy in the form of electromagnetic waves. Does ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Question on spin-orbit interaction

When you study the spin-orbit interaction in quantum mechanics, even for a simple hydrogen atom, you find only the electric field in the nucleus reference system, while in the electron reference ...
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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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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 ...
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WKB approximation in two dimensions

Does anybody know how to implement the WKB approximation for the two-dimensional Schrodinger equation with a harmonic oscillator potential: $\frac{1}{2}\Biggl[-\biggl(\frac{\partial^2}{\partial ...
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Does quantum entanglement imply the existence of a non-causal structure connecting space-time together?

In contrast to a "time-like" or "causal" structure connecting space-time together, Does quantum entanglement imply the existence of a "space-like" or "non-causal" structure holding space-time together ...
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Proof involving the fine-structure Hamiltonian of the Hydrogen atom

Given the perturbed Hamiltonian of the Hydrogen atom: $$ ...
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Do restrictions on quantum mechanical measurement always just work out to avoid contradictions?

Classically it was said that measurement leads to a collapse of the wave function. However, if there wouldn't be any limit on the process on measurement itself, strange things can happen, e.g. a ...
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Most natural tensor structure for a quantum field

A quantum field is described by a Hilbert space. In many instances, the chosen tensor structure on this Hilbert space corresponds to that of space-like separated regions of space-time. The ...
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Relationship between the Black-Scholes model and path integrals

This question was inspired by some interesting comments by Rod Vance on this answer: Minkowski spacetime: Is there a signature (+,+,+,+)? Could you (Rod), or someone else, expand on these comments ...
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Electron momentum distribution and wavefunction in momentum space

Does there exist any relationship between the electron momentum distribution used in above threshold ionization and the wave function in momentum space? In other words, starting with the wavefunction ...
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How to load Bose-Einstein Condensates into an optical lattice?

In cold atom experiments, what techniques are used to load Bose-Einstein Condensates into an optical lattice??
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Continuous Variable Entanglement Measure for the Statistically Mixed State

Can anybody tell me, which is the best entanglement measure for the Continuous Variable Entanglement of a Statistically Mixed State ? I have read that Schmidt decomposition is not valid in this ...
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superposition versus statistical mixture interpretation

I have an interpretation problem here. It is about the coherent state $$\left|\left.\alpha,\frac{\pi}{2\Omega}\right.\right\rangle = ...
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Coherences in the density matrix

It is said that the off-diagonal elements of density matrix are coherence. When a system interacts with its environment the off-diagonal elements decay and the ...
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Can someone explain to me the Rocksar-Kivelson Hamiltonian?

The following paper shows the hamiltonian of the 2D quantum dimer gas (page 2) http://www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/people/ClaudioCastelnovo/Talks/050209_MIT.pdf Here are some questions I have. Why ...
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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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Classical/ Quantum mechanical view of magnetic monopoles

Is there any classical/ quantum mechanical proof for the non-existence of magnetic monopoles? Or is it just lack of experimental evidence that has led us to the conclusion that monopoles do not exist, ...
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What are you studying when you study a Harmonic Oscillator in QM?

This probably is a naive question - so please forgive a self-studier. In the text I am studying, one builds a HO by placing a particle in a potential that increases quadratically from the origin. The ...
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How to calculate relative branching fractions of the $Z$ boson to specific pairs of “neutral lepton and anti-lepton”?

The PDG is listing values of "$Z$ couplings to neutral leptons" as $$ \begin{eqnarray} g^{\nu_{\ell}} & = & 0.5008 \, \pm \, 0.0008 \\ g^{\nu_{e}} & = & 0.53 \, \pm \, 0.09 \\ ...
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Degeneracy, spherical harmonics

In a 3D oscillator, the energy levels are known to be $(n_x + n_y + n_z + \frac{3}{2})\hbar \omega = (n + \frac{3}{2})\hbar \omega$. Say for $n = 1$, any of the $n$'s can be $1$ and the rest are $0$. ...
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How can I simulate a model electronic hole?

Suppose I can solve time-dependent Schrödinger equation for several 1D particles (currently 3). I'd like to see, what an electronic hole is and how it behaves — in a series of numerical experiments. ...
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When can I use semiclassical approximation?

I know that I can use semiclassical approximation for path integral approach (in quantum mechanics) $\int d[q]e^{iA}$ when action $A >>1 $. But how shall I use such condition? For example, ...
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Different hamiltonians for quantum harmonic oscillator?

The Hamiltonian for a classical simple harmonic oscillator is $$ H = \frac{p^2}{2m} + \frac{1}{2}m\omega^2x^2$$ With the usual choice of the ladder operators $$a = ...