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 can a two-state ammonia molecule have more than two states?

[...]this molecule, like any other, has an infinite number of states. It can spin around any possible axis; it can be moving in any direction; it can be vibrating inside, and so on, and so on. It ...
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Continuous spectrum of hydrogen atom

I wonder if there is a nice treatment of the continuous spectrum of hydrogen atom in the physics literature--showing how the spectrum decomposition looks and how to derive it.
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Why is there an energy gap in superconductors?

I'm a little out of my depth here... I'm trying to understand quasiparticle tunnelling in superconductor-insulator-superconductor junctions. Many books use the "semiconductor model" to explain this: ...
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What's Wrong With This Quantum Analogy?

"Sometimes the idea of the quantum is compared to the units we use for money. A dollar can be divided into smaller units, where the cent is the smallest possible unit." A question I came ...
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Doppler-shift of AC-electricity

A tram is powered by overhead wire, the wire has alternating voltage of 1000 V RMS, the frequency of the alternating voltage is 50 Hz. The rails are the other wire. The tram is moving at speed 100 ...
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Why is Heisenberg uncertainty principle not valid in waves in string?

We know from high school physics that when the incident wave is traveling from a low density region (high wave speed) region towards a high density (low wave speed) region on a string, the width of ...
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Non-locality vs. non-realism: Arbitrary choice?

After reading this question, I feel I understand why quantum mechanics is so confusing (and so often confused by the media): It can be either local (if A causes B, then there must be time for a signal ...
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A particle in a 1D box: what is the meaning of velocity?

In the box $x = 0$ to $x = L$, $V = 0$, and for $x < 0$ and $x > L$, $V = \infty$ (infinite potential well). The eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian are: $$E_n = \frac{n^2 h^2}{8L^2} \, .$$ Since ...
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Representations of Lorentz group in interacting QFT

In QFT, we obtain a representation of the Lorentz group by defining a set of unitary operators whose action on (spinless) free particle states is given by \begin{equation} U(\Lambda) |k \rangle = ...
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What actually happens when light meets a surface(QED or QM or Condensed matter physics)?

I want to know what actually happens when light meets a surface like water or wood. Quantum mechanics says that objects are neither "transparent" nor "opaque". Rather a system as a whole can accept ...
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If I touch an object, am I touching the atoms on its surface? [duplicate]

If I hit an object with a pen for example, does the pen touch the atoms on the surface of the object? Won't it damage the atoms? If I can't touch it, then where does the sound come from?
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Asymmetry of relativistically treated EM force between atoms

There are two neutral atoms set separated at a long distance $R$ and let's consider them phenomenologically through Bohr model. Let's also assume that the nuclei (charged $+q$) of the atoms are fixed ...
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Is wave-particle duality not clear from the single-slit experiment?

In experiments it is easy to discern between 2 and more-than-2 fringes on a screen, making the double-slit experiment the default one for wave-particle tests. Let's say we shoot massive particles ...
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Dirac delta function definition in scattering theory

I'm studying scattering theory from Sakurai's book. In the first pages he gets to the following expression: $$\langle n|U_I(t, t_0)|i\rangle=\delta_{ni}-\frac{i}{\hbar}\langle ...
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Weyl's (and others') Unitary Basis

Galitski's Exploring Quantum Mechanics says (on p.29) 'the number of (linearly) independent unitary ($N$-dimensional) matirces is also $N^2$'. Since the set of unitary matrices does not form a vector ...
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How to include Berry connection in Hamiltonian?

When we calculate Berry connection, $A(R)=i<\psi(x,y)|\frac{d}{dR}|\psi(x,y)>\hat{R}$ corresponding to the Berry phase of any system, the gauge potential is related to the $R$ of the parameter ...
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Schrodinger's equation with negative sign

In time dependent Schrodinger's equation as given in Schrodinger's lecture (Four Lectures on Wave mechanics, Blackie & Son, 1949, pg22) he arrives at $$\nabla^2\psi-\frac{4 \pi m ...
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What is the reason behind restriction imposed by no-cloning theroem on (k,n) quantum threshold scheme (QTS)?

A $(k,n)$ quantum threshold scheme (QTS) is a method to split up an unknown secret quantum state $\lvert S\rangle$ into $n$ pieces (shares) with the restriction that $k > n / 2$ (for if this ...
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Confusion about Fock subspace

I'm currently reading Folland's book on quantum field theory and came along some definitions. On p.90 of his book, Folland defines the symmetric Fock space as ...
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Why does Hamiltonian follow the property $H^*_{ij} = H_{ji} $?

I was reading Feynman's Lectures III's Hamiltonian Matrix. There I found this property of Hamiltonian Matrix: The Hamiltonian has one property that can be deduced right away, namely, that ...
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Perturbation theory in second quantization

I am dealing with electron/phonon interaction in QM. In particular, given the Hamiltonian of a solid, $$H=H_{el}+H_{ion}+H_{el-ion}$$ we have that the el-phonon Hamiltonian is treatened ...
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Simplifying a formula with Wigner d-functions

I'm following a textbook called A Group-Theoretical Approach to Quantum Optics by Andrei Klimov and Sergei Chumakov. In chapter 10, the authors calculate the Wigner function for the atomic coherent ...
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What do “ℜe” and “A*” mean?

What do "$\mathfrak{Re}$" and "A*" mean in the following equation (taken from James Binney and David Skinner's QM lecture notes, equation 1.12), \begin{align} p(S\text{ or ...
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Number of classical oscillation modes of a Lattice and number of quantum phonons

In solving the Classical model for lattice dynamics [Rossler pag 38] we find that the lattice admits $$d\cdot N\cdot r = \#modes$$ where $d=$dimension of the problem $N=$ number of atoms $r=$ ...
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The GHZ-State in conflict with local realism

Consider three, with respect to their polarisation, entangled particles in the following state: $|\psi\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt2}(|H\rangle_1|H\rangle_2|H\rangle_3 + ...
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Fixing time in Feynman phase space path integral

The phase space version of Feynman's path integral expression for the free particle propagator involves a (formal) sum over paths in phase space with fixed $q$ endpoints and (as far as I'm aware) ...
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Why does time evolution operator have the form $U(t) = e^{-itH}$?

Let's denote by $|\psi(t)\rangle$ some wavefunction at time $t$. Then let's define the time evolution operator $U(t_1,t_2)$ through $$ U(t_2,t_1) |\psi(t_1)\rangle = |\psi(t_2)\rangle \tag{1}$$ and ...
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Why do the two amplitudes need to match together through the region between the boxes?

This is an excerpt from Feynman's lectures 3; Suppose we think of the situation in Fig. 7–3, which has two boxes held at the constant potentials $ϕ_1$ and $ϕ_2$ and a region in between where ...
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Reflection of an Electron

When a mechanical wave goes from one material to an other, some fraction of it returns back. Same thing with light (massless), but what happens with an electron? When the "wave function" changes ...
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Do the eigenstates of the Pauli operators correspond to the six directions of the 3D world?

I understand that the six eigenstates of the three Pauli operators $X, Y, Z$ correspond to the six poles of the Bloch sphere. By fixing an orthonormal basis of our physical word, does "measuring Pauli ...
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Conservation of momentum in Heisenberg's microscope

In working through Heisenberg's microscope, conservation of momentum for the photon and electron tells us that \begin{align} \frac{h}{\lambda}=\frac{h}{\lambda'}\sin\theta+p_x\,, \end{align} where ...
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Quantum Entanglement - How To Interpret [duplicate]

I have thought about quantum entanglement for some time, and I still don't quite understand the reasoning behind the conclusion that entangled particles somehow can communicate their state to each ...
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One Pion Exchange Potential properties for a two-nucleon system

I'm going through my Nuclear Physics book, and has come across a section called "Properties of OPEP for the two-nucleon system". It start out by considering the n-p system in a singlet spin state ...
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variation of electrostatic potential on moving radially outwards from the nucleus of an atom

I was wondering how would the electrostatic potential change on moving radially outwards from the nucleus in an atom, considering the effect of the electron clouds around it.
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Diagonal part of the configuration space of two indistinguishable quantum particles

Why is the configuration space of two indistinguishable particles given by $\frac{M^n-\Delta}{S_n}$? My question is about the $\Delta$. (Notation: $M$ is the configuration space of 1 particle. $M^n$ ...
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Bragg's interference

This may be a little of a stupid question. But I was looking at a diagram describing Bragg's Law of Diffraction. and I was like...how can an interference happen if wave beam C and wave beam C' are ...
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Quantum electron and field interactions

What is the proper way to consider the electric field generated by an electron wavefunction governed by the Schrodinger equation? Can you get a result that would match observation, or is this a ...
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Probability density function as number of particles per unit volume?

In this book Quantum Mechanics by P.J.E. Peebles pg 365 it hints at the idea of the wave function been the probability of finding $n$ particles per unit volume. I have looked in other books and on ...
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Can the uncertainty principle be redefined for different standard deviations?

$$\sigma_x \cdot \sigma_p \ge {{\hbar} \over {2}}$$ Where the $\sigma$ is the standard deviation. What happens to the inequality if you use a different definition of $\sigma$. For instance what ...
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Why can the probability function for a particle in an infinite square well be larger than 1?

For a particle in a one dimensional infinite potential well of width $L$ the probability function is: $$P_n(x)=\left(\frac{2}{L}\right)\sin^2\left(\frac{n\pi x}{L}\right)$$ for $0\leq x\leq L$. The ...
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What makes electrons behave like particles or waves at different times? [duplicate]

I am quite puzzled about the theory that electrons or light often behave as particles and sometimes as waves. So, I wanted to know more about this phenomena and what happens when and why.
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Is harmonic oscillator continuous variable system?

In the literature I have seen that the notions "our system is continuous variable system", "Hilbert space of our system is infinite" were used as if they were equivalent. For example for harmonic ...
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Why is it easier to calculate $\langle \chi|j\rangle\langle j|A| i\rangle\langle i| \phi\rangle$ than $\langle \chi|A|\phi\rangle$?

I was reading Feynman lectures III's Spin One; there at the machinery of quantum mechanics he discusses a situation in which he needs to find the amplitude of finding the particle at ${\chi}$ state ...
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What causes the Shubnikov-de Haas Oscillations?

If I have a 2DEG with a voltage in the $x$-direction and a $B$-Field in the $z$-direction (so I also get a hall-voltage in the $y$-direction (classicaly)). But if I do this stuff at low temperatures I ...
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Delayed choice measurement subsequent analysis [closed]

This is a variant associated with the Scully and Druhl signal-idler photon delayed choice experiment, as described and discussed in Brian Greene's Fabric of the Cosmos. The commentary notes the ...
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Is there a quantum mechanical analog to classical rheonomic constraints wherein the Hamiltonian is not the total energy?

The Wikipedia article on the Hamiltonian operator in QM says that the Hamiltonian corresponds to the total energy of the system, but qualifies that statement with a "in most cases" tacked on the end. ...
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$[A_1, H] =[A_2, H] = 0$ but $[A_1, A_2] \neq 0$?

I am having a difficult time understanding this problem. Suppose $[A_1, A_2] \ne 0,$ $[A_1, H] = 0,$ $[A_2, H] = 0.$ Show that the energy eigenstates of $H$ are in general ...
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Physical Meaning of Phase Ambiguity

What is the physical significance of multiplying a quantum state $|A>$ by a phase factor $e^{i\theta}$. This does not have any effect on the normalization of the state so what is it physically? ...
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Is Hamiltonian a differential operator in second quantization?

Normally, a free particle Hamiltonian is written $$ \hat{H} = - \frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \Delta $$ which is a differential operator because Laplacian $\Delta$ is. On the other hand, in second ...
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Resistance of a cloud of free electron gas by Kubo formula?

How much is the resistance of a cloud of free electron gas, if at all? How much is the resistance of a cloud of free electrons in a periodic potential? Did anyone calculate it using the Kubo ...