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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Are the particle-wave duality and the quantum uncertainty principle united?

In a recent paper by Patrick Coles, Jedrzej Kaniewski, and Stephanie Wehner at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore, they came to the conclusion that the ...
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Understanding the Quantum Vacuum State [duplicate]

In terms of the creation and annihilation operators $a_{j}$ and $a_{j}^{\dagger}$ (fermionic or bosonic, doesn't matter): Is the vacuum state $\mid\mathrm{vacuum}\rangle$ exactly the zero vector on ...
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$n^\text{th}$ operation of creation and annihilation operators on vacuum

My question is similar to the that posted in this link. In particular I would like to express the following expression in the most compact form: $(\hat{a}^\dagger(x)+\hat{a}(x))^n\vert0\rangle$, ...
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Does a time-varying intensity contribute to the photoelectric effect?

I understand the photoelectric effect demonstrates that electrons are only dislodged from a metal if incident light meets a minimum threshold frequency. I wonder if a varying intensity might also ...
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Binomial expansion of non-commutative operators

I would like to determine the general expansion of $(A+B)^n$, where $[A,B]\neq0$, i.e. A and B are two generally no-commutative operators. How could I express this in terms of summations of the ...
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What exactly is quantum spin? [duplicate]

What is "spin" as it relates to subatomic particles? I've heard that it's similar to angular momentum but I've also heard that's not completely the case.
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Do all the emitted electron in photoelectric effect have same K.E [duplicate]

we calculate Max K.E of emitted electron.why max?
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Is the Wikipedia version of the Heisenberg equation of motion correct?

Back in 2011, this question asked about the Wikipedia version of the Heisenberg equation of motion for an operator $A$: \begin{equation*} \frac{d}{dt} A(t) = \frac{i}{\hbar} \left[ H, A(t) \right] + ...
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Spin in magnetic field and eigenvalues

We have some arbitrary quantum state, lets say $$\vert\Psi\rangle=\alpha_{1}\vert\uparrow\rangle+\alpha_{2}\vert\downarrow\rangle= \begin{pmatrix} \alpha_{1} \\ \alpha_{2} \\ \end{pmatrix}$$. And ...
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Do non-Gaussian states always show negativity in phase space? [closed]

According to Hudson’s theorem, any pure quantum state with a positive Wigner function is necessarily a Gaussian state. In cases, in which the existing well-known Hudson theorem immediately tells that ...
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QM: Why is there a minus sign on the Energy operator when using complex conjugate?

I understand how they get the first equation. But I have no idea why there is a minus sign on the second equation: This is from a derivation for the probability density current found here: ...
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What makes Bell's original inequality unsuitable for experiments?

Bell derives the inequality $$|E(\vec{a},\vec{b})-E(\vec{a},\vec{c})|\leq 1+E(\vec{b},\vec{c})$$ in his book Speakable and unspeakable in quantum mechanics. In this derivation he uses the assumption ...
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Given the quantum Zeno effect, won't continual observations of a photon stop/slow down light?

The quantum Zeno effect states that continual observations will prevent motion. Therefore, won't continual observations of a photon(s) reduce the speed of light? Is my reasoning flawed?
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Velocity of electrons during transition to different energy

I was watching a documentary of quantum mechanics (this video). They said something about quantum leap, jumping of electrons from one energy state to other. I want to ask how electrons travel though ...
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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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What sort of operations can be applied on a Hilbert spaces?

I was reading the paper No Universal Flipper for Quantum States. In this paper they have tried to prove by contradiction that a universal flipping machine cannot exist. By flipping I mean if I have a ...
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Quantum Harmonic Oscillator and the Classical Limit

We can solve for the stationary states of a quantum harmonic oscillator denoted by $|n\rangle$ with energy eigenvalues $(n+\frac{1}2)\hbar\omega$. However if our system is in a stationary state, the ...
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Is there something wrong with quantizing two times in second quantization?

Second quantization is sometimes considered to be a bad name, because a single quantization is enough. For electrons, we can either start from a many body viewpoint and introduce field operators or we ...
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Computations for Quantum Vacuum Fluctuations

For quite some time the notion of quantum vacuum fluctuations is bothering me. What exactly is the theoretical origin of this notion? This notion has become quite common in physics and is used to ...
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Green function in non-relativistic quantum mechanics for particles with complicated isotropic spectrum

Let's consider a free particle with some non-trivial isotropic spectrum. What I mean is that Hamiltonian of the particle depends only on the square of the momentum: $$\hat{H}=f(\mathbf{\hat{p}}^2)$$ ...
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photon wave function, double slit, single photon source

There's an old argument by Newton and Wigner, that the photon as a massless particle can't have a position operator and therefore no position space wave function. How does this tie in with the double ...
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Calculating $\langle x | \hat{x} | p \rangle$ in $p$ basis

I am trying to calculate $\langle x\ |\ \hat{x}\ |\ p\rangle$. I can work in the $x$-basis like so: $$\langle x\ |\ \hat{x}\ |\ p\rangle=\int dx'\langle x\ |\ \hat{x}\ |\ x'\rangle\langle x'\ |\ ...
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CSCO and Hamiltonian

Is there a relationship between the Hamiltonian and the number of observables needed in a CSCO to fully describe a quantum system? I am thinking that a new observable is needed each time there is a ...
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Entanglement of Mixed Quantum State

As per Wikipedia: Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot ...
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Superfluids (meaning, properties)

I am curious as to what a superfluid is? I have seen videos that say that they have zero viscosity, and I know that it means that there is no friction between the layers of the fluid. But what is its ...
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Do some of the laws of Thermodynamics break down in Quantum Mechanics?

I do not know if this is a stupid question as i am not an expert in thermodynamics and certainly no expert in QM. So,we know that the laws of thermodynamics are laws based on statistics.thus require ...
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Energy Conservation in Quantum System?

Let us assume, 2 same mass atoms are moving towards each other at equal velocity and they are in course to crash into each other - so what would happen when they do crash into each other? If we use ...
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When observing the electrons in the double slit experiment, does the light still appear as if it were a wave?

In the quantum double slit experiment it is said that observing the electrons causes them to appear as particles. Does this observation which causes the electrons to "transform" into particles also ...
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Calculating L^2 operator in spherical coordinates [closed]

I found this development for the calculation of angular momentum L^2 operator in spherical coordinates. The image attached shows the latest step of this. I cannot figure out the algebra between these ...
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Double slit experiment where the “particle” is a macroscopic capsule with people inside

I understand that the double slit experiment (i.e. the creation of interference pattern) holds also when the "particle" is not just a single particle but any item, experimentally proven even for a C60 ...
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Probability current in scattering problems

This is a section from Wikipedia: In regions where a step potential or potential barrier occurs, the probability current is related to the transmission and reflection coefficients, respectively ...
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Total angular momentum operator

How do the eigenfunctions of the total angular momentum operator analytically look like? I mean the operator is given by $J = L+S$ so the eigenfunctions have to be tensor-product states, right? Can ...
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Why doesn't a quantum pairwise Hamiltonian couple states in which more than one interaction occurs?

This question is about the standard quantum mechanical pairwise interaction Hamiltonian. I'll phrase it in terms of an example using Rydberg atoms, but you could just as well imagine spins (for ...
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Entanglement, real or just math?

I'm new here, actually this is my first question so I'll just get to it. In quantum entanglement when something acts on one particle the other one reacts also, just in reverse (more or less). From ...
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Why isn't the Time-Independent Schrödinger Equation an equation of motion?

I thought an equation of motion was something where you are given a Lagrangian and, using the Euler-Lagrange equation, you then find the equations of motion for that system. Same basic idea for the ...
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Why did the universe have a low entropy at the big bang?

Sean Carroll, in his book "From Eternity to Here", asks the following question. Why did the universe have a low entropy at the big bang? in John Cramer version of the Wheeler - Feynman absorber ...
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Slowing down the double slit experiment

Towards the end of the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzbKb59my3U the double slit experiment is executed with 'single' photons and it is shown how the interference pattern emerges as ...
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Requirements prior to Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

What are the requirements in physics and mathematics that somebody must have in order to start learning Quantum Mechanics by himself?
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Apply Hamiltonian to position eigenstates

Let $\hat{H}$ be the free Hamilton operator, is it then true that $$\langle {\bf r}| \hat{H} ~=~ - \frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \Delta \langle {\bf r}|~?$$ Where $\Delta\equiv \nabla^2$. I currently don't see ...
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Prove that this operator is unitary

$\hat{O}\equiv(1/\sqrt{2\pi})\int e^{-iNz}dz$ $\hat{O}^\dagger\equiv(1/\sqrt{2\pi})\int e^{iN'x}dx$ We have the operator $\hat{O}$ and its Hermitian adjoint $\hat{O}^\dagger$, in the one dimensional ...
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Help in solving Schrödinger equation for Hydrogen

I have almost finished getting the solution to the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom (got the theta and phi component equations), but am stuck on the r component equation. Can anyone help me ...
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How do I take take the partial derivatives of the general solution to the TDSE for a free particle? [closed]

Consider the general solution to the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for a free particle \begin{align*} \Psi(x,t) &=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \phi(k) e^{i\left(\hbar ...
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Expressing the Schrödinger equation in terms of spinors

I appreciate that the Dirac equation can be thought of in terms of spinors, as it directly implies the presence of spin, in addition to initiating the concept of treating fields as operators. From ...
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Singular points of an orbit space

I am wondering what, precisely, the singular point of an orbit space is. Specifically, I am looking at quantum statistics and the orbit space $M^N/S_N,$ where $M^N$ is the classical configuration ...
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Fourier Transforming a $n$-dimensional ket (QM)

I would like to evaluate the Fourier Transform of $n$ functions. I am aware from the derivation of the convolution how this is done for the case of $n=2$. How could this be generalised for $n=3$? ...
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Double slit experiment paradox

Two observers – A & B - conduct a single double slit experiment and watch the same detector screen for the appearance of an interference pattern. A separate detector records which slit each ...
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Flaw in Einstein's explanation of the photoelectric effect?

The essence of Einstein's idea is like this: if a system is in some bound state with energy $-E_b$ with $E_b> 0$ (the threshold of the continuum band is taken as zero), and we drive the system ...
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What is the reduced width amplitude of an unstable state?

Particularly used in nuclear physics when describing the lifetime (i.e. partial decay width) of a resonant state (a.k.a resonance) is the term "reduced width amplitude". I have searched online, and ...
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Can someone clarify what should and should not be an operator in my verification of the 1D solution to the SE for a free particle?

I just worked out the 1D free particle solution to the Schrödinger equation. My wave function was \begin{equation} \psi(x,t) = Ae^{i(px-Et)/\hbar} \end{equation} So I plugged this into both sides ...
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Simultaneous eigenket

J. J. Sakurai states in his "Modern Quantum Mechanics", this fact as a theorem ($\pi$ is the parity operator): Suppose $$[H,\pi]=0$$ and $| n>$ is a nondegenerate eigenket of $H$ with ...