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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Perturbation theory in quantum harmonic oscillator [closed]

This question concerns the quantum harmonic oscillator: (a)Express the operator $\hat B = \hat x \hat p + \hat p \hat x + \hbar$ in terms of $\hat a_{\pm}$ and $\hbar$ (b)Write the matrix ...
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Do electric sinusidal waves rotate 45 degrees too when light pass through a hollow cylindrical magnet or just the sinusoidal magnetic waves do that?

Do electric sinusoidal waves rotate 45 degrees too when light pass through a hollow cylindrical magnet or just the sinusoidal magnetic waves do that?
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Orbital angular momentum of electrons

In a QM class, to study the hydrogen atom, we started by defining the Hamiltonian $H$ for a central potential, then made an orbital angular momentum operator appear as part of $H$, then down the line ...
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Blackbody cavity relationship between energy of oscillators and EM radiation

This question is based on Planck's view of blackbody radiation in a cavity. Here is a quote from here: ...where $\langle E \rangle$ is the average energy of the oscillators present on the walls of ...
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What does it mean for a particle to have spin of 2? [duplicate]

When I first started to study quantum mechanics, my physics text book told that particles have spin of either 1/2 or -1/2. Then I recently read an article saying that gravitons are expected to be ...
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Ehrenfest's Theorem “contradiction”?

Ehrenfest tells us that for $\hat{p}$ $$\partial_t \langle p \rangle = \langle -\partial_x V \rangle$$ I also understand the basic steps in deriving this result directly by taking the time ...
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Planck's postulate for oscillators or for light?

I know that Planck originally postulated that the energy of an oscillator in a black body was quantised to $E=nh\nu$ but did he know at the time that this meant the energy of light was also quantised ...
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Ground State energy as a function of $N$ and $B$, $E_0(N,B)$

The one-particle Hamiltonian is given by: $$\hat{H}=\frac{1}{2m}\left(p+\frac{e}{c}A\right)^2$$ where $p=\hbar\vec{k}$ with $e > 0$ and vector potential $A=(0,x,0)B$, such $B=\triangledown ...
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Enforcing the exchange criteria for two particles in a box in different states

Suppose you have two identical particles (for simplicity we can think of spin 0 bosons for which are represented as a scalar wave-functions, but fermions have a similar problem) in a 1D box that ...
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What is the equation for the pressure at which neutrons can no longer be supported by neutron degeneracy pressure?

What is the equation for the pressure at which neutrons can no longer be supported by neutron degeneracy pressure? At which point they would collapse into each other. There seems to be one for ...
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An analogy for qubits and quantum computing?

I have understood that qubits are special ways to store data where they exist in more than the conventional 2 states. However, I do not understand how they are read, interpreted and manipulated ...
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Polarisation states in 1d?

I am working through a derivation of the spectral energy density in a 1d cavity. The derivation says that the number of modes (per unit volume) in a frequency interval $dv$ is given by: $$g(\nu)d\nu ...
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What is the meaning of commuting Hamiltonians?

I have two quantum mechanical Hamiltonians such that \begin{equation} [\hat{H}_1,\hat{H}_2] = 0, \end{equation} where $\hat{H}_1$ and $\hat{H}_2$ act on the same set of states. What is there to ...
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How do particles “know” when to decay?

So, as I understand it, in a substance that is made of radioactive elements, the half-life tells us how long until the half of those atoms decay into their next atom [is there a name for that: the ...
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Tensor product of operators in QM

If I wanted to find the coefficients of a linear transformation between 2 vectors in the basis for 2 spin $1/2$ paticles (let's say for starters we are not even looking for a unitary transform): ...
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Applying Schrodinger equation to find the energies of a free electron model in a metal [closed]

The one-particle Hamiltonian is given by $$\hat{H}=\frac{1}{2m}\left(p+\frac{e}{c}A\right)$$ with $e > 0$ and vector potential $A=(0,x,0)B$, such $B=\triangledown \times A=(0,0,B)$ Question: "I ...
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Probability Amplitude AA* source?

I was watching a video about fundamental Quantum Mechanics. The video lecture is excellent but I am confused after hearing the part at the 9.46 sec of this video . He said repeatedly from the ...
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Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Locality

I have read these posts here: Why do people still talk about bohmian mechanics/hidden variables Disproof of Bell’s Theorem What combinations of realism, non-locality, and contextuality are ruled ...
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How to count total spin degeneracies for many spin one half particles?

Given the spin operator for particle $j$ \begin{align} \bar{S}_{j} = \left( \bigotimes_{k=1}^{j-1} I_{k} \right) \otimes \left(\tfrac{\hbar}{2}\bar{\sigma}\right)_{j} \otimes \left( ...
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Atomic orbitals

I just studied atomic orbitals in a theoretical QM class, and I'm left with several questions, that are probably more questions in quantum chemistry: Many orbitals seem to have a preferred axis - ...
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Understanding electronic band structure diagrams

Currently I'm trying to understand electronic band structures such as depicted below: And following questions were arisen. Why are there multiple lines in valence side and conduction side? Where ...
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Periodic Boundary Conditions in 2D Box [duplicate]

In a 2D box with both dimensions of $L$, the electron can move freely within this large box. Use periodic boundary condition, and find the wavefunctions and corresponding energies in this 2D box. I'm ...
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Intuition behind modeling quantum impurities as two-level systems

I've been trying to get a basic understanding of quantum impurity problems, starting with the Anderson model. The Wikipedia article (along with some review articles) seems to explain the simplest ...
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How to determine if a potential admits bound states?

According to Griffith's Quantum Mechanics, "$E$ must exceed the minimum value of $V(x)$, for every normalizable solution to the time independent Schroedinger equation" As an example, there is no ...
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What is the implication of Schmit decomposition?

According to schmidt decomposition if I have pure state $|\psi\rangle$ in the composite hilbert space $AB$ ( both $A$ and $B$ are hilbert spaces of dimension $n$ ) then it can be writen as ...
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Time evolution of interaction Hamiltonian in the Heisenberg picture

How does the interaction Hamiltonian of a (finite dim) quantum system with Hamiltonian: $H(t) = H_0 + w(t) H_I$ evolve in time in the Heisenberg picture. Is there anything special about the way ...
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Do 2-body elliptic orbits precess in special relativity?

Einstein famously explained the anomalous precession of Mercury by showing that in general relativity elliptic orbits precess even in the 2-body problem. But apparently in the early days of quantum ...
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Scintillation from wave function

Suppose we have a system with a (non-relativistic) electron whose state is described by a time-dependent wave function $\psi(x,t)$. Then I think it's correct to say that if we introduce a phosphor ...
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Question about group velocity and travelling waves

I'm trying to learn some basic quantum mechanics and I have a question related to group velocity of a travelling wave. I know there are already a few questions related to group velocity, but I ...
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How to show time reversal symmetry does not break in the tight binding Hamiltonian for the honeycomb lattice?

The Hamiltonian of the honeycomb lattice is $$ H=\sum_{k\sigma}t(k) a_{k\sigma}^\dagger b_{k\sigma}+h.c $$ Where $t(-k)=t^*(k)$. If we do a time reversal transformation(according the answer to this ...
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What is the idea behind canonical quantization?

From what I understand, canonical quantization of a classical theory consists of replacing the observables by abstract operators, of which only the commutation rules, which have to correspond to the ...
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The wavefunction of the superconductor A consists of two parts: B and C

In reading this article, I come across this paragraph: The pink marked place is where I can't understand, why can we use direct product of the former but not the later? This is may be a basic ...
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Path dependent phase in quantum mechanics

In elementary treatments of quantum mechanics, we are taught that the wavefunction of a single particle is complex valued ($\Psi : \mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{C}$). In particular, the wavefunction has a ...
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Metastable bound state in resonance scattering

In resonance scattering, why does the mean lifetime of the "metastable" bound state depend inversely on the width of the resonance?
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Spin State Energy Levels

When a spin-1/2 particle is placed in a magnetic field that is strong enough and varies slowly enough in space and time, it will become polarized and its spin will either align or anti-align with the ...
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“Equidistant” spectra in quantum mechanics [duplicate]

In one-dimensional quantum mechanics, it seems that the only kind of potential able to produce an "equidistant" spectrum, i.e. with $E_{n+1}-E_{n}=\text{constant}$, is the harmonic oscillator. Why is ...
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Why superpositions? [closed]

I've seen a lot of stuff on superpositions, namely the double slit experiment. And every video I watch, it tells me the same thing: It's amazing that when these particles are being observed they ...
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How can I calculate the partial trace for a combined state of a pair of two-level atoms to get a reduced state?

Let's say I have a combined state of a pair of two-level atoms, $A$ and $B$, given by the density matrix: $$ \rho = \frac{1}{2}\mid g_A, g_B \rangle \langle g_A, g_B\mid + \frac{1}{2} \mid g_A, e_B ...
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What would be the Slater's determinant representation for an excited state?

Setup Introducing this spinorbital notation: \begin{align} \Psi_1=\chi_{(r1)}\alpha_{(\omega1)} = 1 \\ \Psi_1=\chi_{(r1)}\beta_{(\omega1)} = \bar{1} \end{align} and the Slater's determinant, for ...
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What is the connection between Bragg's condition with reduced EK diagram?

In my course notes the professor mentioned that there was some relationship between the Bragg's condition and the first Bernoulli zone of the reduced EK diagram. Specifically, the boundary before ...
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Levi-Civita symbol and Hermitian conjugate

When we take the Hermitian conjugate/dagger of an operator expression which contains a Levi-Civita symbol, do we need to transpose the Levi-Civita symbol? E.g., for the crossproduct ...
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Questions about the formalism of Quantum Mechanics

I have to do a presentation on this. I'm not expected to do something really detailed, but I'm not understanding the mathematical formalism. I would like to receive general answers to these questions: ...
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Quantum Mechanics and Economics… What [migrated]

I was reading this paper: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2002698&download=yes The author has the model presented here: ...
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What state does the particle in a box occupy?

My textbook derives the equations for the different energy states $E_n$ of the particle in a box. But my professor in class said this example was a good one because it spoke about the "superposition ...
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What is the meaning of “ Ψ is not a measurable quantity in itself”?

I want to know that why the wavefunction Ψ as a complex quantity (i.e $A+iB$ form) in quantum mechanics and somewhere I have studied that Ψ is not a measurable quantity in itself that's why we ...
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About shift operators

The question is this: Does $$L_+ L_- Y_{lm} $$ ,where $Y_{lm}$ is a spherical harmonic function, equals to zero. If so, why? The two operators above are defined as $$L_+ ={L_x + iL_y } $$ $$L_-={L_x ...
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Considering $\langle \underline{q} \mid \underline{p} \rangle=\frac{1}{(2\pi\hbar)^{n/2}}e^{i\underline{q}\cdot\underline{p}/\hbar}$ [duplicate]

I have been given the following complete systems of eigenvectors $$\mathbf{Q}\mid\mathbf{q} \rangle=\mathbf{q}\mid\mathbf{q} \rangle, \quad \mathbf{P}\mid\mathbf{p} \rangle=\mathbf{p}\mid\mathbf{p} ...
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Deriving effective model without integrating out degrees of freedom in path integral formalism?

In path integral formalism of quantum field theory (particle physics or condensed matter), one can in principle integrate out part of the degrees of freedom so as to attain an effective model ...
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what is a clock state?

What is a clock state in atomic physics ? I read this term here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2708678/ and tried to find a reference to explain the same but have been unable to find this ...
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Angular momentum wavefunctions with respect to different axes

I've been learning about quantum angular momentum, and I have a question about the relationship between quantum mechanical angular momentum wavefunctions with respect to different axes. I know that ...