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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Non-locality and topology

This is a purely speculative question: Has there been any work that describes non-locality/entanglement in QM by using exotic topologies in configuration space? The 'conceptual' picture that I have ...
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Implementing a transformation as $UaU$ and not $UaU^{-1}$?

I know one associates to each symmetry transformation a unitary/antiunitary operater...etc. But equation 3.123 in Peskin and Schroeder (PS) says that parity is implemented as $(\mathbf{p}$ is the ...
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Hawking evaporation is due to NEGATIVE mass?

So I have seen an animation about Stephen Hawking (after his recent study state universes claim) that Hawking evaporation is due to negative mass; But how is this possible? I mean, there is no such ...
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How to think about antiparticles in KG equation?

I am a beginner to study QFT and have a problem. I know, in Dirac equation, thanking to the Pauli exclusion principle and believing that the vacuume is the state that all the negative energy states ...
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How to calculate the total angular momentum (J) values

How can I calculate the values of $J$ (total angular momentum) for a particular term, for instance, ${}^3P$?
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Delta normalization and density of states in the Golden rule of Fermi

In the text-book derivation of first order inelastic scattering amplitude, box normalization is usually used to calculate the result. This leads to a correct result through the Golden Rule of Fermi, ...
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Does light or observation collapse wave functions? [duplicate]

I hear that observation is what causes the wave function collapse, but that doesn't make sense considering that an eye or camera is just a physical system with no particularly special properties. In ...
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Is it only the ground state of the quantum harmonic oscillator that has the minimum uncertainty product?

We know that the uncertainty product of general states is bounded by the inequality described by Heisenberg's uncertainty relation. And the ground state of the quantum harmonic oscillator falls under ...
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Discrete Values for Observables vs Average Values (Quantum Mechanics)

When considering observables and their corresponding operators, would it be correct to believe that discerning discrete values for an observable is possible ONLY when $\psi$ is an eigenfunction of the ...
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Non-Locality of Space - QFT (Srednicki's book)

I was going through Mark Srednicki's book on QFT. It says in the relativistic limit the Schrodinger equation becomes something like : $$ i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t} \psi(\vec x,t) = ...
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Why isn't quantum entanglement just a lack of information?

From this question and answer from joshphysics, I didn't understand one thing, even after reading the comments: Why should assume that entangled electrons will only "decide" their state after ...
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Philosophical take on Schrodinger's cat paradox

I'm a mathematics undergrad currently doing a module on quantum mechanics. I am interested to delve into the more philosophical aspect of the paradox. Could anyone please give me some introductory ...
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Why the lowest order of matrices in Dirac equation are 4x4 matrices?

Why the lowest order of matrices in Dirac equation (Relativistic Quantums) are 4x4 matrices (and can not be 2x2 matrices)? How to prove it?
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Schrödinger's cat; why was it necessary?

Could someone please explain to me the idea that Schrödinger was trying to illustrate by the cat in his box? I understand that he was trying to introduce the notion of the cat being both alive and ...
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photon polarization, uncertainty in Energy

A beam of red light is sent along the $z$ axis through a polaroid filter that passes only $x$ polarized light. The beam is initially polarized at $30$°, and the total energy is $10$ Joules. Estimate ...
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Non-Euclidean spaces in Quantum Mechanics

In quantum mechanics, I have been going through basics of the subject. In general the space of quantum states is Hilbert space (which is Euclidean - I presume). Being just curious, are there any ...
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Understanding Triplet And Singlet States

We know, $2\otimes 2=3\oplus 1$. Thus we have a spin triplet of states and a spin singlet. Can we regard these states as the spin part of wavefunction for the excited states and the ground state of ...
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Theoretical Upper Bound on Processor Speed?

Barring aside considerations such as heat dissipation, capacitance, etc... (aka any sort of technological issue) what is the fastest speed of a processor? I am told that at distances of 1 planck ...
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Total angular momentum in a full shell

I do not understand why it's supposed to be vanishing. Rather than discussing the question in its full generality I prefer to consider the following scenario, which I think sums up anything that's ...
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What does quantum phenomena exist as prior to observation?

It's been said that according to the Schrodinger equation, independent of observation, particles exist in a state of a wave function, which is a series of potentialities rather than actual objects. ...
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Is it true that Macrorealism can be shown false?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leggett-Garg_inequality As you can see by the link above, it claims that if the violation of the Leggett–Garg inequality can be demonstrated on the macroscopic scale, it ...
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What does it mean for the Leggett Inequality to falsify realism in general in Quantum Mechanics?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leggett_inequality As you can see in the above link, it claims that Bell's inequality ruled out local realism in quantum mechanics, and the violation of Leggett's ...
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Representation of operators in quantum mechanics

For which systems we represent the Hamiltonian as a differential operator and for which system we represent it by a matrix? Can the momentum be represented by a matrix operator?
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Quantum explanation of Newton's Third Law of Motion

Newton's law states that for every action there is equal and opposite reaction. This law explains how rockets fly in space and accounts for the the majority of the lift action generated by a ...
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What does it mean that the Higgs has a nonzero vacuum expectation value?

What does it mean that the Higgs has a nonzero vacuum expectation value? Are there any other important field with nonzero VEV? How is this related to the 100-orders magnitude wrong prediction?
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Continuity domain for momentum operator

I know this is essentially a mathematic question, but I received no answer on math SE. Moreover it has a direct application in physics, so I thought to ask this here too. The momentum operator in one ...
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Double connectivity of $SO(3)$ group manifold

Is there any physical significance of the fact that the group manifold (parameter space) of $SO(3)$ is doubly connected? EDIT 1: Let me clarify my question. It was too vague. There exists two ...
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Superposition and density matrix. What are these states?

I just wanted to understand the following. Let's stay with the harmonic oscillator in QM, just to have an example at hand. First, there are all the different states for $n=1,2,...$. (Let's call them ...
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What happens to the atoms and their constituents when we break something ?

My query is: how does an atom stable itself. When we break something, what actually happens in the chemical bonding of its atoms, does it rupture or remain intact?
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How does $SU(2)$ group enters quantum mechanics?

What is the reason that $SU(2)$ group enters quantum mechanics in the context of rotation but not $SO(3)$? What really rotates and which space it rotates? It cannot be the physical electron that ...
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Can Zeno's Dichotomy Paradox be Resolved with Quantum Mechanics?

I would like to start off by saying this is not a philosophical question. I have a specific question pertaining to physics after the following explanation and background information, which I felt was ...
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What are the problems in trying to interpret the Klein-Gordon equation as a single particle equation?

What is the problem if we try to interpret KG equation as a single particle equation? Also I wish to know whether the born interpretation of wavefunction is applicable in relativistic quantum ...
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Harmonic Oscillator - Energy quantisation

The one-dimensional quantum HO can be solved in Schrodinger representation by getting Hermite Differential Equation $$ \frac{d^2y}{dx^2} - 2x \frac{dy}{dx} + \lambda y = 0 $$ with solutions $$ y(x) = ...
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Relation between representations of boson operators?

I have a simple (I think !) question about the representations of boson operators and how they are related. First of all let's define two conjugate observables $Q$ and $P$ (i.e. $\left[Q,P\right]=i$ ...
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Double slit experiment

I can't understand the relation between Schrödinger's Cat and this amazing experiment of the double slit. It seems like in the double slit we know if we observe the particle the wave function ...
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Applying the Schroedinger equation

I hope this isn't a dumb question, but... If we have two fixed sine waves, both of which have a frequency range of +1 to -1, with a ratio between the waves of wave(1):3 to wave(2): 1, what does the ...
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Phase Shift of Tunneling Wave

What is the phase shift of a wave that tunnels through a barrier, meaning the difference in phase between the incoming (in front of the barrier) and the outgoing (behind the barrier) waves? For ...
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Determining the group associated with a given potential?

I'm trying to understand how symmetry groups are related to potentials of the Schrodinger equation. In particular, I wish to know if it is possible to find the symmetry group of this potential $$V(x) ...
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Quantum mechanics formulations [closed]

There are about 9 different formulations of quantum mechanics. What are the merits and setbacks of each formulation? In the path integral formulation, is the sum over all possible paths idea purely ...
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Explanation for the physics behind magnetic monopoles?

Ok so I am looking for a simple explanation of how the process is done from the information I could access and the knowledge I was allowed I have the idea that it is a matter of quantum physics and ...
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How two photons interfere in a double slit experiment

I have a very basic question about photons in double-slit experiment. I am not good at math, and have some Quantum mechanics knowledge. Math free explanation would be very good to me. When we do ...
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How does QFT help with defining measurement in Quantum Mechanics?

I learned that a quantum system has an "overall state", a vector in a Hilbert space. That Hilbert space can be decomposed in a basis of "basic states". For example if in the Universe there is only a ...
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If only one slit is observed in the Double Slit experiment, will the unobserved slit produce an interference pattern?

I am having a difficult time solving this. Say that electrons are emitted from a source S at a very slow rate. If both slits S1 and S2 are observed, we would have roughly 50% probability of detecting ...
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Infinite well particle subject to additional time dep. potential

I am asked to find the wavefunction of the particle in a well subject to an additional potential $$V(x,t)=\frac{\pi x \hbar}{L}\delta(t).$$ I have already solved that ...
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Does Galileo's Tower of Pisa argument contradict quantum mechanics?

(My questions are at the end, but they may not mean much without explanation below.) Galileo argued that because the mass of a falling object can always be redistributed in ways that asymptotically ...
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How do I write the Hamiltonian for a 3-level system?

I came across following types of three-level systems like V-system, Λ-system and 2-photon absorption It seems that their Hamiltonians can be written intuitively by checking out the coupled levels ...
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What is the defining property for two quantum states to become entangled?

What is the defining property for two quantum states to become entangled? Is it just that the combined system cannot be in a product state? Why is this?
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Electric current in quantum mechanics?

Quick question: I want to find an expression for the (electric) current density of an electron, in quantum mechanics. Either a single electron or a general charge distribution $\rho$. Classically ...
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Question about creation operator and its Hermitian adjoint

The definition of creation operator for bosonic system is $$a^{\dagger}|... n_i ...\rangle = \sqrt{n_i + 1} |... n_i + 1 ...\rangle $$ If I take Hermitian adjoint of this I will get ...
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Do holes have wavefunctions?

Do holes (as in the absence of an electron) have wavefunctions? In my understanding, when we talk about holes, we are implicitly invoking two multiparticle wavefunctions: $$\tag{1} \Psi(x_1,...,x_N)= ...