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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An error in my understanding of entanglement

Based on my knowledge of quantum entanglement, I can set up a scenario which leads to a contradiction with the No-communication theorem. Please help me find the flaw. Suppose Alice wants to ...
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Derivative of a function of an operator [closed]

I would like to calculate something like $$K\left(z\right)=\dfrac{dF\left(A\left(z\right)+B\left(z\right)\right)}{dz}$$ i.e. the derivative of a function $F$ of a sum of two operators $A$ and $B$ ...
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Size of positronium

Positronium consists of an electron and a positron. By what factor is a positronium atom bigger than a hydrogen atom? The solution has been explained to me. The characteristic length when solving ...
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Tensor product notation in quantum mechanics

I'm a bit confused about the use of Tensor products in Quantum mechanics. For instance if two electrons are in the state $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(a(r_1)b(r_2)-b(r_1)a(r_2))\otimes \lvert \downarrow ...
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How can a spinor represent an “epistemic” state?

I have read a lot of stuff on the seemingly endless debate on ontology/epistemology of the quantum state $\psi$. But I always wonder: how can a spinor be considered epistemic when $\psi$ really ...
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Connection between half and whole integer eigenvalues for orbital angular momentum [duplicate]

I have been trying to follow this derivation from Sakurai and Shankar, pulling from both. I would like to see how the following derivation can be extended to orbital angular momentum, and thus find ...
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The uncertainty principle and spin

I realize that this may be a very basic question, but I've been unable to find the answer elsewhere so thanks in advance for the help. Suppose an electron's spin is measured about an axis, and then ...
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What do atoms really look like?

When considering the orbital model of the atom it seems like the shape of each orbital corresponds the shape that contains a volume such that there is a 90% chance of an electron being there. I also ...
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Measuring the coherence between degenerate atomic ground states [closed]

Given a 2-level atom with the degenerate ground state and excited state with $j_g =j_e =1/2$. Assume that initially the atom is prepared in pure state with all the population in its ground state. What ...
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Is there an equivalent probability distribution for fermions and bosons to the expression for distinguishable particles

So the particle distribution of two particles is simply $$ P_{12}=P_1(r_1)P_2(r_2) $$ where $ P_{12}$ is simply the modulus of the total wavefunction squared and $ P_1 $ and $ P_2$ are the the ...
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Expression of density operator

States in Quantum Mechanics can be thought of as density operators, i.e., positive semi-definite, normalized trace class operators on a Hilbert Space $\mathcal{H}$. In the case ...
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Are there resources for simulating and/or theoretically describing solitons?

Recently there are striking new ideas emerging on "lower level" dynamics with respect to quantum mechanics involving fluid mechanics principles, including hints of soliton-like aspects to particle ...
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Why do we need a wave function?

Assuming our only aim is to solve double slit experiment (or other problems that can be mapped into that). Knowing that electron does some strange thing not expected of a particle, we need a function ...
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Are all properties entangled when one property is entangled?

When one or more particles are quantum entangled by say their spin property, do their other measurable properties (e.g., momentum, polarization, whatever?) become entangled as well?
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Wigner $d$-matrix for $j=1$ [closed]

In Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics p.198-199, he states that for the matrix $$J_y^{(j=1)} = \frac{J_+-J_-}{2i} = \frac{\hbar}{2} \begin{pmatrix} 0 & -\sqrt{2}i & 0 \\ \sqrt{2}i & 0 ...
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How does independence of two systems follow from the fact that they are both completely described?

A quote from Landau & Lifshitz (Quantum Mechanics - Non-relativistic Theory, §2): "Let us consider a system composed of two parts, and suppose that the state of this system is given in such a way ...
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Can expectation value be imaginary?

I was solving a problem and the result of the expectation value of an operator came out to be $-\frac{\hbar}{4}$ $i$. Is this result possible? It seems counter intuitive.
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How do probabilities emerge in the many-worlds interpretation?

My understanding is that at each quantized unit of time that a split occurs, every possible recombination of particles occurs in the 'objective' universe. If this is the case, what relevance to ...
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Does $\lvert\langle p\lvert\psi\rangle\rvert^2$ have any meaning at all?

I used to think $\lvert\langle p\lvert\psi\rangle\rvert^2$ had the meaning of some likelihood of the particle's momentum being $p$ (within some tolerance interval $\Delta p$). Now I'm just confused. ...
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Energy conservation if photon absorbed below resonance

Suppose I have some quantum system (like atom) with excitation energy $E_{exc}$ which is homogeneously broadened due to finite lifetime. I shine light with narrow spectrum centred around energy ...
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What exactly happens at the second-order phase transition of the 2D Toric code?

For a 2D Toric code specified by $$H = -J_s\sum_{s} \prod_{j\in s} \sigma^x_j - J_p\sum_{p} \prod_{j\in p} \sigma^z_p - h_x\sum_{l} \sigma^x_l - h_z\sum_{l} \sigma^z_l$$ where $s$ denotes stars, $p$ ...
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What kind of potentials can be used in Schrödinger's equation?

I have a couple of questions about what kind of potentials can be used in Schrödinger's equation: How about the potential from a magnetic field? Isn't Dirac's equation more appropriate in that case, ...
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Calulate the eigenvalues and the possible states after measurement [closed]

An observable is given by $$\sum\limits_{n= 1}^N a_n|a_n\rangle\langle a_n | $$ Here $\langle a_n |a_m\rangle = \delta_{nm}$. What are the possible measurement results corresponding to the operator ...
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Asymptotic Analysis of 1-D Schrödinger Equation [closed]

I'm looking to do a small personal project regarding the time independent Schrödinger equation in 1-D: $$y'' +V(x)y=Ey$$ $$y''=Q(x)y$$ where $ Q(x):=E-V(x) $. There is obviously nothing stopping ...
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Can someone clarify which (if any) of these three QM assumptions is wrong?

I am trying to learn more about quantum mechanics. I am reading a book by Griffiths that I like. I'm trying to summarize what I've learned. So below I provided three assumptions. I'd like to know if ...
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Is the Hilbert space spanned by both bound and continuous hydrogen atom eigenfunctions?

As e.g. Griffiths says (p. 103, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd ed.), if a spectrum of a linear operator is continuous, the eigenfunctions are not normalizable, therefore it has no ...
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Variational Principle to find Energy Eigenfunctions

In Quantum Mechanics one can estimate an upper bound for the ground state energy with the following functional: $$\mathcal{F}[\psi(x)] \equiv \int_{-\infty}^\infty \psi^*(x)\hat{H}\psi(x) \,\, dx ...
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Bell's original inequality in "Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics

I'm having difficulty in understanding the setting for the derivation of Bell's inequality. The passage which sets the context below is from the beginning of the second essay in "Speakable and ...
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Cayley's expansion

Is Cayley's expansion $$\exp(-iH\delta t) \psi(x,t)=\frac{1-\frac{i\delta t}{2}H}{1+\frac{i\delta t}{2}H}\psi(x,t)$$ valid for any operator $H$? What conditions should $H$ fulfill?
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Contructive Proof of 2nd Quantization form of Operators

Is there a constructive proof for these forms of operators in second quantization $$R= \sum \limits_a \sum \limits_b \langle a | R_1 | b \rangle C_a^\dagger C_b $$ using the general form $R = \sum ...
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About long range entanglement [closed]

“topologically non-trivial” ground states have long-range entanglement. Is this possible to process the quantum information with help of the studies in topological non-trivial ground states for ...
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QM rotation operator

I have seen the proof that for fermions a rotation of $2 \pi$ does not return a spin angular momentum eigenstate to its original form, but instead multiplies the wavefunction by $-1$. Here is an ...
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Fock Space and fermionic annihilation & creation operators

I have been trying very hard to understand, I am reading Ballentine's book on this topic, but I need help: I realized that I don't understand how many particle states work with the creation & ...
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How do I show that a given Hamiltonian does not affect the overall number of particles in a given state?

I'm struggling with the following problem: Consider a system of an arbitrary number of indistinguishable bosonic particles. The system has two sites and $a_i^{\dagger}$ and $a_i$ are the ...
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Relation between number of photons and energy?

Please can anyone explain it. If number of photons are increased will it increase the providing energy. Suppose, we are sending a limited number of photons each carrying energy. We have a energy ...
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Complete derivation of generator of rotations

I have been look all across the internet and every book I could find trying to get a full derivation of the generator of rotations and more specifically angular momentum as a generator of rotations. I ...
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When does Pauli's exclusion principle kick in?

Imagine that I prepare a fermion in the $\left|\uparrow \right\rangle$ state and a second one far away in the $\left|\downarrow \right\rangle$ state and set them in a path for collision. According to ...
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Explanation for the EPR-like paradox

I am trying to understand the process of Quantum Entanglement for use in Quantum computers. The problem I have is this: Suppose some nuclear process emits an electron-positron pair. Now after ...
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What Planck units are limits?

Some Planck units, like time, length, or temperature, describe a physical maximum or minimum, at least approximately: you can't get hotter than the Planck temperature, measure anything smaller than ...
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If a theory gets two predictions right, how likely it is that the rest of the predictions are true too? [closed]

The question lucidly defines what I am trying to inquire, so there is no need to elucidate it any further. Another question would be, General/Special Relativity has gotten some predictions right as ...
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Calculate the approximate number of conduction electrons

So i have the following problem: A cube of gold 0.1 meters on an edge, calculate the approximate number of conduction electrons whose energies lie in the range from 4.0 ev to 4.025 ev. But I'm not ...
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What is the necessity of wave packet in studying matter wave?

I am new to this realm of physics. I have literally understood the matter wave, wave function; read the trapped electron in an infinite potential-well. But what I didn't understand is the concept of ...
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Electron-Hole Spin Exchange Interaction

I am stuck with this seemingly "simple" Hamiltonian. I am dealing with an exchange term of a Hamiltonian for two different spin species: $$H_\text{exchange} = - \lambda J \cdot S = ...
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Why is the potential minimum of a molecule shifted towards greater nucleii separation for excited electron states?

I know it has to do with symmetry of the wave function, but I am having trouble piecing it all together. For a positive H ion we have a symmetric wave function $\psi_{+}$, which base functions ...
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Nodes of the ground state of a system of Schrödinger equations

In 1D, a single wave function that satisfies Schrödinger's equation representing the ground state for some $V(x)$ has no nodes. Suppose now that you have a system of $N\neq 1$ coupled Schrödinger ...
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Normalizing the solution to free particle Schrödinger equation

I have the one dimensional free particle Schrödinger equation $$i\hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t} \Psi (x,t) = -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} \Psi (x,t), \tag{1}$$ with ...
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grand-canonical ensemble

I was wondering if the following reasoning is correct for example for electrons in the classical or qm grand-canonical ensemble? Is it always valid in the grandcanonical ensemble to calculate the ...
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Half-integer spin and infinitesimal rotations

On p. 692 of 'Quantum Mechanics' by Cohen-Tannoudji, he states that: Every finite rotation can be decomposed into an infinite number of infinitesimal rotations, since the angle of rotation can ...
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Energy uncertainty in a general state

Suppose we have a hamiltonian H and two of it's eigen states. $H\psi_1 = E_1\psi_1$ and $H\psi_2 = E_2\psi_2$. Now what's the uncertainty of energy in the state $\psi_1 + \psi_2$. $$ \Delta E = ...
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Find the energy eigen value given wave function

I'm given the ground state wave function $\psi(x)=A\operatorname{sech}(bx)$. Potential is not given but told that it goes to 0 at $\infty$. How to find the eigen value of energy in this state? My ...