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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Subnuclear physics vs wave function

This question is more a philosophical question than a physics one. When we appreciate particle physics we study that in order to explain some experimental results we have to introduce a new particle ...
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Why is there no interference pattern at D0 in the delayed erasure experiment?

The apparatus below represents an apparatus for the typical delayed erasure experiment. My question is, why is there no interference pattern observed at D0 in this experiment (interference is only ...
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Quantum Rigid Rotor Perturbation

As the title says, I have a rigid rotor with a perturbation given below $$H=\frac{L^2}{2I}-\alpha B L_z.$$ So I know that the eigenvalues of $H$ will be $\ell(\ell+1)/2I -\alpha B m$ where $m$ is our ...
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Should Brillouin zone be a continuous object rather than a discrete one in the thermodynamic limit?

For example, just consider a 1D atom chain with $N$ sites and lattice constant $a=2\pi$, under periodic boundary conditions, the crystal momentum reads as $k=\frac{n}{N}\frac{2\pi}{a}=\frac{n}{N}$, ...
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Does the application of a magnetic field on degenerate spin states (zeeman effect) cause photon emission?

In zeeman effect, before applying any magnetic field, we have two spin states, up and down each of energy $E_0$. Apply a magnetic field, and get $E_+\neq E_- \neq E_0$. Now the question is the ...
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Galilean Transform

I tried to solve a problem using two different ways and I had some trouble, the problem is: We define a symmetry transform of the expected value of $\vec{P}$ like this: $$\langle \psi|\vec{P}|\psi ...
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Raising and lowering 3D harmonic oscillator state

A good solution to the 3D harmonic oscillator is shown here. This gives the basis states $|n,\ell\rangle$ My question is if there are some operators comparable to the 1D SHO that will raise either n ...
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Exact wavefunction of superconducting state

Eventhough we know the mechanism of superconductivity (conventional superconductors) why couldn't we obtain the exact wavefunction of this state? Edit: is there any simpler example in which we know ...
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Condensate fraction and single-particle density matrix

In Bose–Einstein condensation (BEC), how to prove the largest eigenvalue of the single-particle density matrix $$\rho_{ij}=\frac{\langle\Psi|a_i^{\dagger}a_j|\Psi\rangle}{N}$$ is ...
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Uncoupling a coupled oscillator Hamiltonian by change of variables

I'm working on the problem of two entangled harmonic oscillators with Hamiltonian: $$H = \frac{1}{2} [p_1^2 + p_2^2 + k_0(x_1^2 + x_2^2) + k_1(x_1 - x_2)^2].$$ Introducing the variables $x_± = ...
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How to calculate relative branching fractions of the $Z$ boson to specific pairs of “neutral lepton and anti-lepton”?

The PDG is listing values of "$Z$ couplings to neutral leptons" as $$ \begin{eqnarray} g^{\nu_{\ell}} & = & 0.5008 \, \pm \, 0.0008 \\ g^{\nu_{e}} & = & 0.53 \, \pm \, 0.09 \\ ...
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Mirror symmetry in spin

We just saw parity symmetry and we were told about the experiments to see the non parity symmetry of disintegration, in particular one involving the reaction: $$^{60}Co\longrightarrow^{60}Ni+ e + ...
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Degeneracy, spherical harmonics

In a 3D oscillator, the energy levels are known to be $(n_x + n_y + n_z + \frac{3}{2})\hbar \omega = (n + \frac{3}{2})\hbar \omega$. Say for $n = 1$, any of the $n$'s can be $1$ and the rest are $0$. ...
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Heisenberg Uncertainity Principle

If any senior member of the group has access to the book, The Physical Principles of Quantum Theory by W. Heisenberg, then please help me in understanding the first section of chapter 2 where he gives ...
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Entropy of Reeh-Schlieder correlations

Any state analytic in energy (which includes most physical states since they have bounded energy) contains non-local correlations described by the Reeh-Schlieder theorem in AQFT. It is further shown ...
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Rewriting $\langle {\bf k} \vert E,l,m \rangle$ as $\langle {\bf k} \vert ~k,l,m \rangle$ Spherical Harmonics

From Sakurai eq. 6.4.21a we have that $$\langle {\bf k} \vert E,l,m \rangle=\frac{\hbar}{\sqrt{M k}}\delta\left(E-\frac{\hbar^2 k^2 }{2M}\right) Y_l^m({\bf\hat k}),$$ where $M$ is the mass of the ...
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Proving two forms of atom-field interaction perturbation Hamiltonian are equivalent

In the presence of an electromagnetic field in the dipole-approximation (${\boldsymbol A} = {\boldsymbol A}(0,t)$) we have the two forms $$H_{{\boldsymbol d}\cdot {\boldsymbol E}} = - q {\boldsymbol ...
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Physical Meaning of Linear dependence of vectors in quantum mechanics

I have got some questions regarding the mathematical concepts in Quantum Mechanics that I have listed below- 1) What is the physical meaning of linear dependence of vectors in Quantum Mechanics ? 2) ...
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Ion-neutralization processes and its energies

Ionization energies/Electron affinities are well mapped. I wonder about opposite processes... I imagine for anion the necessary energy will be equal to the electron affinity (energy released when ...
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Multiple Entanglement

What happens when certain percentage in a group of multiple photons with same quantum state change their state. Does it affect all photons in the group or some members?
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Zero Energy States in 2D Systems

Since we are on a planar system (2D system) the massless Dirac equation reads $$\vec{\alpha}\cdot(\vec{p}-e\vec{A})\psi_E=E\psi_E$$ Here Dirac matrices are Pauli matrices ($\alpha^1=-\sigma^2$ , ...
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Four-current, Induced Charge and Magnetic Flux

I'm studying Jackiw's "Fractional Charge and Zero Modes for Planar Systems in a Magnetic Field" DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.33.2500 but I have difficulties at some points. One of the problems is $$\langle ...
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Adiabatic approximation and time-dependent problems

I am an undergraduate physics student. I have a question in approximation methods for time-dependent problems in quantum mechanics. I read the proof of the adiabatic theorem but I didn't understand ...
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Angular momentums addition in QM

We know that the spatial inversion parity for eigenfunctions of $\hat {L}_{z}$ operator (spherical functions) is $(-1)^{l}$, where $l$ refers to angular momentum. So for product of two eigenfunctions ...
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What is conductivity?

I read that if we have spin $\frac{1}{2}$-particle, where a magetic force acts on, then the force is given by a drift speed times a conductivity. This conductivity is determined to be $\frac{kT}{D}$, ...
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Momentum and position operators in Schrödinger representation

I was going through some intro notes on path integral (for QFT), and am stuck with this equation for position and momentum in Schrödinger (position) representation, $$ \hat{1} =\int ...
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Does nonlocal theory violate causality?

Let's talk about two kinds of nonlocal theories. The first one frequently derives from integrating out part of the degrees of freedom to obtain a kind of effective theory. Probably, we get an integral ...
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A few questions about interacting quantum field?

In interacting quantum field, we think that interaction is adiabatic switch on/off. So in the infinite past, we can think there is no interaction, so we can have particle interpretion. There are four ...
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Quantum fluctuations in the non-relativistic limit

Is there any way to describe quantum fluctuations in ordinary quantum mechanics? For instance, a proton fluctuating into a proton-$\pi^0$ state and then back to a proton? What are the relevant ...
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Variational principle

In the LMTO method, the interstitial region is approximated by plane waves and the muffin tin region of the potential by solutions to the radial Schrodinger equation. In using the variational method ...
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How does $\bar{r}\times(\bar{\nabla}\times) - \bar{\nabla}\times(\bar{r}\times)$ relate to the orbital angular momentum operator?

When I attempted to calculate the following by hand $$\bar{r}\times(\bar{\nabla}\times\bar{F}) - \bar{\nabla}\times(\bar{r}\times\bar{F}),$$ I noticed some of the terms I extracted looked similar to ...
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Including special relativistic effects in momentum in Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

I've been told that an electron is somewhere within the space of $10^{-10}m$ and am supposed to find the uncertainty in its velocity. Simply applying $m\Delta x \Delta v \geq \frac{h}{4\pi}$ results ...
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Why cannot we apply perturbation theory in Born-Oppenheimer approximation

In Weinberg's Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, he mentions Unfortunately, we cannot simply use first-order perturbation theory, with $T_{nuc}$ taken as the perturbation and the state vectors ...
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Does quantum mechanics require classical measurement apparatus?

I am trying to learn quantum mechanics and I have a question. Landau, in his quantum mechanics book says that it is in principle impossible to formulate basic concepts of quantum mechanics without ...
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How do I properly express adding perturbed states to unperturbed states?

I have a problem set due tomorrow, and the last problem is driving me nuts. Been combing through griffiths trying to find similar examples to no avail, so it'd be greatly appreciated if stackexchange ...
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Effective Spin Interaction in Helium

My question is: what is the point of forming an effective spin-spin interaction for the exchange term in the variational analysis of Helium? Is there any significance to this term other than on ...
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group velocity VS probability current

Think about an electron been accelerated from rest in a static electricfield. If we treat the problem classically, in which the electron is just a point charge. The velocity of the electron would ...
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How does a complex wavefunction “hold” energy?

Feynmann Lectures Vol 3 Ch 8 Sec 6 describes how an ammonia molecule can have two definite energy states. If the amplitudes of the base states are $ C_1(t) ...
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Coherent State in 2 dimensions

I am looking at a 2D harmonic oscillator $$H=\frac{1}{2m}(p_x^2+p_y^2)+\frac 12m(\omega_x^2x^2+\omega_y^2y^2)$$ Where $\omega_x=5\omega_y$. I am told that the oscillator is prepared in a coherent ...
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Orbital angular momentum selection rules for three identical particles

I'm trying to figure out if there are selection rules for the total orbital angular momentum for a system of three identical particles, say bosons. For two identical bosons one can argue that the ...
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Partition Function of a three state particle system

I've just finished studying the partition function of a two-state particle system, where particles can have a 0 energy value or E energy value . That is: Where $t_j$ is a variable of value ...
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Interpretation of $\langle p \rangle (t)=0$

If for a quantum mechanical particle $\langle p \rangle(t)=0$ at all time t, in any state $|\psi(t)\rangle$, can I interpret this as the center of mass of the system remains stationary? EDIT: Is ...
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spread of fock state distribution and infinite revival time of rabi oscillation in spontaneous emission

In cavity QED for a 2-level atom, the revival time for oscillation b/w the states $\left|\ e\ 0\right\rangle$ and $\left|\ g\ 1\right\rangle$ (absorbing the same photon that is emitted) is said to be ...
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POVM positive density matrix decomposition

I have to prove that given a density matrix $\rho$ in a finite d-dimensional Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}_d$, it always exists at least one informationally complete POVM measure $\{E_i\}_{i=1}^{d^2}$ ...
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Can (quantum) angular momentum $L$ be zero?

I am trying to calculate the orbital magnetic moment, $\bar{\mu}$, for Sodium, which has an electron configuration of $1s^2 2s^2 2p^6 3s^1$. The full shells do not contribute to $\bar{L}$ and ...
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Electrostatic potential of a proton

I have been working on a quantum mechanical problem regarding the ground state of the Hydrogen atom. It appears that the best way to solve the underlying problem is to modify the electrostatic ...
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Particle in a higher-dimensional box with an attractive delta potential

Suppose you have a particle in the box $[0,L]^d$, with an attractive Dirac delta potential $-\delta_{\vec w}(x)$ at $\vec w$. How do you solve the Schroedinger equation for this system? In the case ...
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Fine grained vs. coarse grained measurements and MWI

Alright, so it is my understanding that the idea that measuring systems do a coarse grained measurement which give the appearance of decoherence. I understand that the claim implicit there is that ...
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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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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 ...