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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Regarding derivation of Probability Current

The question for the full derivation of Probability Conservation -> Probability Current was already asked here: Probability current. I apologize for not retyping it out, but it's already beautifully ...
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When do we see particles to be in a superposition of energy states?

I have two doubts: Exactly when does this happen? and If we are in a superposition of states (lets say E1 and E2) and the particle absorbs a photon, what will happen? If E3-E1 = hf, will it go to E3? ...
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Particle/antiparticle annihilation and entanglement

This is a basic question. Suppose that A and B are completely entangled particles and so are C and D. If B and C are antiparticles that annihilate each other will A and D be entangled as a result. It ...
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Electrons skip randomly around their orbits

I read where the electron (as well as a few other particles) skips around in its orbit randomly rather than move around the orbit smoothly. This effect has been repeatedly observed in the laboratory ...
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How to derive Schrödinger equation?

How is the Schrödinger equation $$\frac {\partial }{\partial t}\psi=-\frac {i }{\hbar }H{\psi }$$ being derived?
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Born approximation to Lippmann-Schwinger integral equation

I am having the following problem understanding the Born approximation in the case of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation. This exercise is for something which is entitled "computational physics lab ...
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Derivation of existence of energy band gap in semiconductor (solid State)

I am looking for both a mathematical and a physical reason for energy band gap in metals. For Physical reason, I was told that at each reciprocal lattice, you could have Bragg scattering, that would ...
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Numerical problem in solving the Bogoliubov de Gennes equations- methods to solve?

I am trying to solve an assignment on solving the Bogoliubov de Gennes equations self-consistently in Matlab. BdG equations in 1-Dimension are as follows:- $$\left(\begin{array}{cc} ...
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Electron speed in Atoms

Is the speed of electrons in Atoms consistent in all Atoms or clusters/groups/individual elements, and if it is consistent in any atom, is that speed constant?
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Conduction and propagation [duplicate]

What is the difference between conduction of electric wave in conductor and propagation of electromagnetic wave in dielectric? Why propagation term is used for dielectric and conduction for ...
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Interesting Harmonic Oscillator Solution

On page 89 of Griffith's QM book, an exact solution to the time-dependent SE equation for the harmonic oscillator is mentioned: $$ ...
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Relating Schrödinger's Wave Equation and Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

A homework question that I don't conceptually understand: A quantum particle of mass M is trapped inside an infinite, one-dimensional square well of width $L$. If we were to solve Schrodinger's wave ...
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How to find different operator representations in QM?

I read that any observable operator may be represented as: $$\Omega = \sum_n \omega _n | \omega _n \rangle \langle \omega_n |$$ Where the little omegas are the eigenvectors/eigenvalues of the ...
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Physical interpretation of Fermi golden rule? [duplicate]

What is the physical interpretation of Fermi's golden rule?
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Self-adjoint and unbounded operators in QM

An operator $A$ is said to be self-adjoint if $(\chi,A\psi)=(A\chi,\psi)$ for $\psi, \chi \in D_A$ and $D_A=D_{A^\dagger}$. But for the free particle momentum operator $\hat{p}$ these inner products ...
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Two identical particles with spin $s$. What is the spin of its corresponding “center-of-mass” and “relative” particles?

Consider a system of two identical quantum particles with spin $s$ and mass $m$. Using center-of-mass coordinates one obtains an equivalent system given by a particle of mass $2m$ and one of mass ...
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Quantum computing records (entangled qubits)

What is the current record number of entagled qubits and how has this number been increased? The latest result on stack exchange, which is 3 years old, reports 14 via this post: How many stabilised ...
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Are there forces which do not involve a change in momentum?

I am familiar with the equation $$\vec{F}=m \vec{a}$$ I am wondering as to whether it is possible for something to exert a force on another object without changing the momentum of said object. My ...
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Basic concepts in quantum theory to start learning semiconductor physics [closed]

What basic concepts in quantum theory one must known to start learning semiconductor physics?
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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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Questions on electron orbits

I have three questions to ask: Why do electrons (in an atom) specifically move in orbits and not some other type of motion? Where does the energy comes from, for the electron to move at much higher ...
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Why not drop $\hbar\omega/2$ from the quantum harmonic oscillator energy?

Since energy can always be shifted by a constant value without changing anything, why do books on quantum mechanics bother carrying the term $\hbar\omega/2$ around? To be precise, why do we write $H ...
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Schrödinger's Equation and the depth of a finite potential well

Before I ask my question, I have to stress: I have absolutely no idea what the math is going on. I've read my textbook, several Wikipedia articles, scoured the internet, and don't feel anymore ...
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Quantum State Function $\psi$

If I write in QM at an instant, that the quantum state that describes the particle completely at an instant $\psi(x)=\cos(6\pi x)$. Does that mean $|\psi(x)|^2dx$ after normalisation gives me the ...
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Does limit $\hbar \rightarrow 0$ in Quantum Mechanics mean anything? [duplicate]

Assuming that I learn Quantum Mechanics first, and then I approach Classical Mechanics as a special case of Quantum Mechanics, I will definitely find the relationship between Quantum Mechanics and ...
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black body radiation graph [duplicate]

I got really confused about the graph of the relationship between wavelength and intensity of black body radiation. What does the peak stand for? And what does the graph tell us?How can we analyze it? ...
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Relation between different quantum excitation energy, mass energy and kinetic energy

When a particle enters an excited state, the energy appears in its quantum wavefunction according to $E = h \nu$. Does the $E$ in this equation also include kinetic energy, and rest mass energy? ...
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Doesn't the uncertainty principle mean all particles with identical energy are indistinguishable and hence have an amplitude for exchange?

I wonder if someone could tell me where my logic is going wrong here? If two particles both have definite energy, then they have indefinite position. As their positions could literally be anywhere ...
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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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What prevents the nucleus from wandering into the electron cloud?

I have seen the question about why the electrons don't fall into the nucleus, and I understand that completely. However, the converse of this question is very interesting as well: "What prevents the ...
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Valley meaning explanation for foreigner

English is not my native language and I have some hard time translating this word. I was searching in couple dictionaries(both paper and online) and could not find it. Could anyone provide me ...
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Rotation of angular momentum eigenfunctions?

I am struggling to understand this apparently obvious example in my group theory notes: Where do the $e^{i\phi} $ and $e^{-i\phi} $ factors come from? I know that the $m_l$ = -1,0 and +1 angular ...
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Photoelectric effect with protons

Is it possible to make a metal plate emit protons (not electrons) when it is illuminated with light? If possible, how?
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prove: $[p^2,f] = 2 \frac{\hbar}{i}\frac{df}{dx}p - \hbar^2 \frac{d^2f}{dx^2}$

I need to prove the commutation relation, $$[p^2,f] = 2 \frac{\hbar}{i}\frac{\partial f}{\partial x} p - \hbar^2 \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial x^2}$$ where $f \equiv f(\vec{r})$ and $\vec{p} = p_x ...
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Unitary gauge for non-abelian case

I'm reading Chapter 19 of Mandle and Shaw's Quantum field theory. In the first section it is explained that one can go with a $SU(2)$ followed by a $U(1)$ transformation from ...
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Gaussian Integral by Substitution [duplicate]

I am trying the derive a path integral representation. I understand this involves Gaussian integrals of the form: $$\int_{-\infty}^\infty e^{-x^2}\text dx=\sqrt\pi$$ However, I am trying to evaluate ...
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QM state probability

What does $|<\psi|\psi>|^2=1$ physically mean ? Can we use born's rule for superpositioned states ? Does it carry any physical meaning ? Why don't wquwe ever observe a superosotioned state then? ...
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Quantum entanglement and uncertainty

I have a question about measuring entangled particles and the uncertainty principle. I know that this has been asked before, but I am still not clear on the explanations, so I will try to explain why ...
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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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Position and momentum bases in quantum mechanics

I have seen the following two descriptions of the position basis: $$\tag{1}| x\rangle=\delta(x-x_0)$$ and also $$\tag{2}\langle x_0| x\rangle=\delta(x-x_0),$$ which (if either) of these is ...
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Schrödinger's cat and the difficulty of macroscopic superposition state

The Schrödinger's cat was regarded as peculiar since we seldom encounter a superposition state in macroscopic scale: $$ | \mathrm{dead \,\,cat} \rangle + | \mathrm{alive \,\, cat}\rangle $$ We more ...
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de Broglie formula inconsistency

I recently stumbled across a small peculiarity I don't understand: According to de Broglie, the frequency of a matterwave can be written as $f=\frac{E}{h}$, and its wavelength as $\lambda = ...
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Correlation Function of ground state; Physical Meaning

I was asked to find the correlation function of the ground state of the QHM: $$\langle0|\hat x(t)\hat x(t-\tau)|0\rangle$$ I found that this evaluated to $\frac{\hbar}{2m\omega}e^{i\omega \tau}$. I ...
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Energy difference between symmetric and antisymmetric wavefunctions [closed]

Is there any energy difference between a particle in a symmetric wavefunction and an identical particle in an identical potential but in a state with an anti-symmetric wavefunction? Or is it ...
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What is the derivation of the formula for the probability of transmission through a barrier?

This site has a formula for the transmission probability over a barrier (in transistors): $$ T \propto \exp [-2(2m^*/\hbar ^2)^{1/2}(q\phi)^{1/2} d ]. $$ Where $T$ is the transmission probability ...
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How can (in Dirac's terminology) the product of two “real” linear operators be “not real”?

I'm puzzled about a statement from Dirac's book, The principles of quantum mechanics, (§8, p.28): As a simple examples of this result, it should be noted that, if $\xi$ and $\eta$ are real, in ...
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Fermi-Dirac distribution derivation?

I am trying to derive the Fermi-Dirac statistics using density matrix formalism. I know that $$<A>= Tr \rho A.$$ So I started from $$<n(\epsilon_i)>= Tr \rho n(\epsilon_i)=\frac {1}{Z} ...
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Exponential of a differential operator

I have a differential operator $L$, $\displaystyle L = i (t\frac{\partial}{\partial z} - z\frac{\partial}{\partial t})$ I can trivially hit this operator to $x,y,z$ and $t$ as $L x$, $L t$, $L y$, ...
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The Holstein-Primakoff Representation (approximation)

I have a question regarding the Holstein-Primakoff representation. In the HP-representation we define the spin operators in terms of bosonic creation and annihilation operators. $$ S_j^+ = \sqrt{2S ...
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“Spooky action at a distance” or particle correlation at the time of their creation?

In Bell test experiments, two particles that are a singlet are measured and are found to be correlated. The correlation leads us to believe that they are somehow connected non-locally: the ...