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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Schrödinger operator with a potential defined implicitly

let be the problem $$ -\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}y(x)+f(x)y(x)=E_{n}y(x)$$ however we have a problem, we do not know the potential but its inverse $$ f^{-1}(x)=g(x) $$ we know $ g(x) $ but not $ f(x) $ ...
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Quantum mechanics textbooks that use path integrals

I'm looking for a textbook in quantum mechanics that relies heavily on Green functions and the path integral formalism to supplement my QM books. I want to do some calculations using alternative ...
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Plane wave expansion in cylindrical coordinates

I am trying to solve scattering problem in 2D and got to expand the wave function in cylindrical system which comes out to be Hankel function. Can you tell me how to expand the plane wave $\exp(i ...
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How to make timelike entanglement in the laboratory?

http://io9.com/5744143/particles-can-be-quantum-entangled-through-time-as-well-as-space http://arxiv.org/abs/1101.2565 How to make timelike entanglement in the laboratory? How to test whether mixed ...
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What exactly are Hamiltonian Mechanics (and Lagrangian mechanics)

What exactly are Hamiltonian Mechanics (and Lagrangian mechanics)? I want to self-study QM, and I've heard from most people that Hamiltonian mechanics is a prereq. So I wikipedia'd it and the entry ...
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Finding the energy levels of an electron in a plane perpendicular to a uniform magnetic field

Suppose we have an electron, mass $m$, charge $-e$, moving in a plane perpendicular to a uniform magnetic field $\vec{B}=(0,0,B)$. Let $\vec{x}=(x_1,x_2,0)$ be its position and $P_i,X_i$ be the ...
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How to explain Tsirelson's inequality using extended probabilities?

How to explain Tsirelson's inequality using extended probabilities? Some people have tried explaining the Bell inequalities using extended probabilities. For instance, a pair of entangled photons ...
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Generalized quantum mechanics

I wonder if it's possible to discover another version of quantum theory that doesn't depend on complex numbers. We may discover a formulation of quantum mechanics using p-adic numbers, quaternions or ...
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Dirac notation question

I don't understand this equality $$\int \!d^3p~\langle\textbf{x}|e^{-i(\hat{\textbf{p}}^2/2m)t}|\textbf{p}\rangle\langle\textbf{p} | \textbf{x}_0 \rangle ~=~\int\! ...
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Implications of rotational invariance

The state $$|\psi\rangle ={1\over \sqrt 2}(|+\rangle|-\rangle-|-\rangle|+\rangle)$$ of system made up of 2 spin-$1\over 2$ particles is invariant under the operator $$\exp{i\theta S_y}.$$ What ...
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A question about Pauli’s exclusion principle and electron orbital

According to Pauli’s exclusion principle, $s$ orbital contains at most two electrons with the opposite spin(up and down). Why can't $s$ orbital contain a third electron whose state is the linear ...
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Physics background for Quantum Mechanics

Very often on this site people ask what background in math is needed to be able to understand quantum mechanics (based on a short search of this site). So that question is answered. However, I want to ...
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Is it really a particle?

Forgive the stupid question but when colliding particles together, how does one know that a particle is actually a new form of sub-atomic matter and not simply just some shattered fragment of the ...
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Variational approach to search the excitations. What will happen if start from wrong reference state?

By 'wrong reference state' I mean a state which cannot be transformed into desired ones via variational ansatz $\left|\Psi\left[\mathbf{n}\right]\right\rangle ...
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Angular momentum confusion

Could somebody please explain what is going on here? We have a system of two indistinguishable spin-1 bosons. We shall adopt the center of mass frame. Let $S$ = total spin $L$ = relative orbital ...
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Dipole moment of the electron

I've read that there are some restrictions on the value of a possible intrinsic electric dipole possessed by the electron, but isn't the dipole value dependent on the electron's wavefunction? Assuming ...
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Perturbation method & eigenvalues

I have a problem but I don't understand the question. It says: "Show that, to first order in energy, the eigenvalues ​​are unchanged." What does it mean? It means that if the Hamiltonian has the ...
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Unstable particles and quantum field theory

I am searching for not too old literature on the quantum description of unstable particles. I am referring to something beyond the ad-hoc S-matrix description based on the optical theorem common to ...
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Does quantum mechanics predict instantaneous action at a distance even without entanglement?

The suggestion that quantum mechanics implies that instantaneous action at a distance occurs is normally based on the contention that this follows from the entanglement of particles that share a ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the density matrix in a double continuous basis $|\alpha\rangle$, $|\beta\rangle$?

(a) Any textbook gives the interpretation of the density matrix in a single continuous basis $|\alpha\rangle$: The diagonal elements $\rho(\alpha, \alpha) = \langle \alpha |\hat{\rho}| \alpha ...
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What does it mean to apply an operator to a state?

Let's say I have an operator $\hat{A}$ and a state $|\psi\rangle$. What exactly is the state $\hat{A}|\psi\rangle$? Is it just another different state that I am describing using my $\hat{A}$ and ...
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Right topology for infinite dimensional “Hilbert” spaces with indefinite or semidefinite norm

For positive definite infinite dimensional Hilbert spaces, there is the standard Cauchy norm topology. What if this state space has an indefinite norm or a positive semidefinite one, as in gauge ...
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Quantum Mechanics - The Normalization of $\psi_{3,1,1}$

Show that the hydrogen atomic wavefunction $\psi_{3,1,1}$ is normalized, and that it is orthogonal to $\psi_{3,1,−1}$. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to consider the radial part. I can show that ...
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Information faster-than-light and GR vs. QM

What is meant by the statement that information cannot travel faster than light? If I write down something on a paper, isn't there according to QM a non-zero probability that an identical paper can ...
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Isn't a single Quantum one single string? [duplicate]

In physics, a quantum (plural: quanta) is the minimum amount of any physical entity involved in an interaction. In Quantum Mechanics There is no difference between one Quantum to another one. ...
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Meaning of instantaneous probability densities in time dependent wavefunctions

For a time dependent wavefunction, are the instantaneous probability densities meaningful? (The question applies for instances or more generally short lengths of time that are not multiples of the ...
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How does relativity lead to multi particles in Dirac and QFT, exactly

I have asked this question before on other forums, but only got the classical answer of the impossibility of the probability interpretation for single particle in QFT. Now, there seems to be also ...
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Yang Mills Hamiltonian: why do we use the Weyl's temporal gauge?

Do you know why in the quantization of SU(2) Yang Mills Gauge Theory, it is always chosen the Weyl (temporal) gauge to derive the Hamiltonian? Is it possible to fix another gauge?
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How can I prove this inequality?

Prove that $$ \lambda _{1}\lambda _{2}^{*}\varphi _{1}\varphi _{2}^{*}+\lambda _{1}^{*}\lambda _{2}\varphi _{1}^{*}\varphi _{2} \leq \left | \lambda _{1} \right |\left | \lambda _{2} \right |\left \{ ...
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What is the relativistic particle in a box?

I know people try to solve Dirac equation in a box. Some claim it cannot be done. Some claim that they had found the solution, I have seen three and they are all different and bizarre. But my main ...
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Simulating a proton

How much computing power would it take to simulate a single proton from the bottom up, without taking any shortcuts whatsoever? My current understanding is that: A proton is basically a seething ...
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Minimal coupling of an atom to the EM field

The Hamiltonian of an atom coupled to an EM field, both described quantum mechanically is: $$H = \frac{1}{2m}(\hat{p}-q\hat{A})^2 = \frac{\hat{p}^2}{2m} ...
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What is the Landé g factor?

What is the Landé g factor? I know that it gives the relation between magnetic moment and angular moment, but i wanted to know why are those magnitudes related to each other and why is the magnetic ...
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How to compute the expectation value $\langle x^2 \rangle$ in quantum mechanics?

$$\langle x^2 \rangle = \int_{-\infty}^\infty x^2 |\psi(x)|^2 \text d x$$ What is the meaning of $|\psi(x)|^2$? Does that just mean one has to multiply the wave function with itself?
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What are the properties and characteristics of a single Quantum?

In Quantum mechanics , a quantum of energy called Quanta is origin of everything. In physics, a quantum (plural: quanta) is the minimum amount of any physical entity involved in an interaction. ...
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Wave function of Hydrogen Atom [closed]

Wavefunction of a Hydrogen atom is expressed in eigenfunctions as: $$\psi(\boldsymbol r,t=0)=1/\sqrt{14}(2\psi_{100}(\boldsymbol r)-3\psi_{200}(\boldsymbol r)+\psi_{322}(\boldsymbol r) ).$$ Is ...
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Are a quantum mechanical system a chaotic (yet deterministic) system?

The title is slightly misleading. I really want to know if the randomness and probabilities observed in quantum mechanics is really just the result of a chaotic (yet deterministic) system. If it is ...
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The role of representation theory in QM/QFT?

I need help understanding the role of representation theory in QM/QFT. My understanding of representation theory in this context is as follows: there are physical symmetries of the system we are ...
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Takhatajan's mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics

So I began skimming L. Takhatajan's Quantum Mechanics For Mathematicians, and saw the mathematical formulation of QM that he uses (page 51). (The PDF file is available here.) I've only taken a basic ...
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If superposition is possible in QM, why do we often assume systems are already in their eigenstates?

My understanding is that an arbitrary quantum-mechanical wavefunction can be written as a linear combination of eigenfunctions of some Hermitian operator, most commonly the Hamiltonian; when a ...
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Show that purity = 1 in a pure state

How can you show that for any pure state, the purity = 1? Pure state: $\rho^2 = \rho$ and $Tr(\rho^2)=1$ Mixed state: $\rho^2 = \rho$ and $Tr(\rho^2)<1$
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What does superposition mean in quantum mechanics?

What does superposition mean in quantum mechanics? When I say $A+B=C$ (forces). I can mean push something with force $A$ + force $B$ together, and that is same as I push it with force $C$. But when ...
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Schrödinger function: Separable wave function with even potential function of x

I have done the Problem 2.1 in Griffiths' quantum mechanics, and it seems not making sense to me. What if the wave function isn't symmetric at all? Then obviously the proof doesn't work. The ...
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Aharonov-Bohm Effect and Integer Quantum Hall Effect

What is the relationship between Aharonov-Bohm effect and Integer Quantum Hall effect?
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Practical meaning of making a measurement/observation in QM?

When an argument like 'measure the spin along the $x$ axis', 'observe the position of a particle' and so on is made, what is the implied experimental procedure? Since laboratory equipment is ...
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How can we create superposition in QM?

How can we force a particle (let's say that we know this particle has spin up) to be in a superposition of spin up and down? Wouldn't literally any interaction of it with anything cause it to be in ...
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Does every measurement correspond to an eigenstate of an observable?

In the postulates of quantum mechanics, physical observables are described by Hermitian matrices on the state space of a system. In another of my questions, the measurements of Rydberg-Ritz spectral ...
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What determines which observables are QM?

Spin, position, and velocity are observables which are QM for quantum particles. My question is, what determines whether an observable is QM or not? For example, why is electric charge not QM? That ...
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Classical Communication in Quantum Teleportation

How we could define the classical communication in the quantum teleportation protocol? I mean, classical communication means to send a classical signal. But what happens if we are in an unclear ...
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How do you assign an observable to spectral lines in Heisenberg's resolution of Rydberg-Ritz?

Ron's comment essentially answers the question below: Here's what I really want to know: Suppose I have an experiment that yields 6 spectral lines corresponding to (one-way) transitions between 4 ...