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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Angular Momentum Addition Theorem

If I have, for example a particle with $s = 3/2$ and $\ell = 2$, what are the allowed values of $j$? I'm slightly confused because I know that $j = \ell + s$, so surely there is only one allowed ...
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When is classical mechanics valid for describing motion of atoms?

In Molecular Dynamics simulations, the Newton's equation of motion is used to calculate the time evolution of system. Once, I read in an introductory text that when the thermal de Broglie wavelength ...
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Classical results proved using quantum mechanics

Are there any results in classical mechanics that are easier to show by deriving a corresponding result in quantum mechanics and then taking the limit as $\hbar\rightarrow0$? (Are there classical ...
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Quantization of orbital angular momentum

Probably a very simple question, but I can't find the answer on the Internet. I know nearly to nothing about quantum mechanics, but in statistical physics I'm confronted with the idea that the orbital ...
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Maximizing Multiplicity of Einstein Solid == (Temperature = $\infty$)?

If I have a system consisting of 2 Einstein solids (A and B) is it equivalent to say that maximizing the multiplicity of the ...
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Boundary condition Hamiltonian with point tinteractions

I`m studying the Hamiltonian with point interaction centered in $y$ in three dimensions. I know that the elements in the domain of the Hamiltonian are of the form $$\psi=\phi+qG^z(\cdot-y)$$ where ...
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Why does a plane wave have definite momentum?

Apologies if this is a little vague. It might not have a good answer. Given the interpretation of $|\psi(x)|^2$ as a probability distribution it's unsurprising that a wave function that is ...
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Potential step and its transmission / reflection

Lets say we have a potential step with regions 1 with zero potential $W_p\!=\!0$ (this is a free particle) and region 2 with potential $W_p$. Wave functions in this case are: \begin{align} ...
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Bell's Theorem graph

My friends and I got into an argument about determinism, and I brought up that quantum events are random. But I couldn't prove it. I found the Wikipedia page on Bell's theorem, which seems to imply ...
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Observer effect, do this mean literally someone or just any interaction with other matter?

I am a layman and was wondering, the quantum observer effect. The regular notion to laymen seems to be literally "if you look at it", but as I am coming to understand the world I live in better I feel ...
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Questions about entanglement from a laymen/quantum hobbyist

Please note I am not a physicist I just read every article I can on it, I understand a good amount on it though. But no maths. (currently trying to learn the maths) By what means can we as humans ...
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Why uncertainity is minimum for coherent states?

While reading for quantum damped harmonic oscillator, I came across coherent states, and I asked my prof about them and he said me it is the state at which $\Delta x\Delta y$ is minimum. I didn't ...
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Nonseparable Hilbert space

What kind of things can go wrong if we try to do quantum mechanics on a nonseparable Hilbert space? I have heard that usual mathematical manipulations that we take for granted will no longer hold. ...
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Seeing colors: photons vs waves

As an atmospheric physics major I am familiar with electromagnetic radiation in the atmosphere and what dictates what wavelength objects will emit at. When observing radiation in the atmosphere it is ...
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I am interested in learning Quantum Computing what should I do? [closed]

I wish to learn about quantum computing which seems to be a topic of hot research and overall just intrigues me. I have a strong background in discrete mathematics and number theory. And am a pretty ...
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What is a symmetry of a physical system?

If I understand correctly, in many context in physics (quantum mechanics?), a physical system is specified by giving its Hamiltonian. I also hear that symmetries are rather essential. As far as the ...
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Why the hydrogen radial wave function is real?

Why the hydrogen radial wave function is real? Is it a coincidence?
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Understanding de Broglie Wavelengths

I understand the derivation and calculation of de Broglie wavelengths, but what exactly does the wave of a particle represent? What does the wavelength of a particle mean? I'm assuming it's not the ...
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Why is the total interaction cross section larger for incident particles with lower energy?

The cross section of a nuclear interaction is a measurement of the probability of that interaction occuring. These probabilities are typically presented in terms of barns ($10^{-28}$ m$^2$) as a ...
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Measurement and probability for quantum states

Suppose that the physical system is in generic state $|\psi\rangle$. Show that $\sum_{\lambda}p^2_{\lambda} = 1$ to an observable $O$, if and only if $\Delta O = 0$. ($\Delta O$ is a standard ...
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Why do people say the phase oscillates in time and the amplitude stays the same but the intensity of a traveling beam does oscillate with time?

I'm confused why people say the phase oscillates in time and the amplitude stays the same (the reason for having complex numbers). But on the other hand, the intensity of a traveling beam does ...
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How to express a Hamiltonian operator as a matrix

Suppose we have Hamiltonian on $\mathbb{C}^2$ $$H=\hbar(W+\sqrt2(A^{\dagger}+A))$$ We also know $AA^{\dagger}=A^{\dagger}A-1$ and $A^2=0$, letting $W=A^{\dagger}A$ How can we express $H$ as $H=\hbar ...
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How to tackle 'dot' product for spin matrices

I read a textbook today on quantum mechanics regarding the Pauli spin matrices for two particles, it gives the Hamiltonian as $$ H = \alpha[\sigma_z^1 + \sigma_z^2] + ...
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Is there a physical reason for level repulsion and avoided crossings?

Suppose we have a Hamiltonian that depends on various real parameters. When tuning the values of these parameters, the energy eigenvalues will often avoid crossing each other. Why? Is there a ...
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Question about a finite time interval step in the derivation of the Feynman path integral in Sakurai

This may be a possible errata but Sakurai (pp 126 in the 2nd Edition) states that starting with $$S = \int dt \,\,\scr{L_{\mathrm{classical}}}$$ Looking at a finite-time-interval of the action: ...
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Unitary Operator apply to Entangled vector

I am trying of resolve this exercise: Show that if $|\psi \rangle$ is an entangled state of two Qbits, then the application of a unitary operator of the form $U_1 \otimes U_2$ necessarily generates an ...
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Nature of Perturbed state in Perturbation Theory?

I'm interested in the Nature of Perturbed state in Perturbation Theory. The first order perturbed state is given by $$\psi^{(1)}_{n}=\Sigma_{m}a_{m}\psi^{(0)}_{m}.$$ Where ...
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Why does the wave description say that probability oscillates, while the phase interpretation says constant amplitude?

The wave description of a particle illustrates an oscillating probability of the particle being found in any point in space. When a particle travels, it carries along with it a phase that oscillates ...
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Slater determinant space vs real space

Could someone explain to me what this snippet of text means? Although it is possible for DMC to be used as a benchmark for quantum-chemistry methods and vice versa, DMC does not operate in a ...
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Are photons deterministic?

I propose the following scenario: At $t=0$, a photon is emitted from a star. At $t=n$, said photon is received and interpreted by some detector. My question is whether or not it is accurate to say ...
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How does a state in quantum mechanics evolve?

I have a question about the time evolution of a state in quantum mechanics. The time-dependent Schrodinger equation is given as $$ i\hbar\frac{d}{dt}|\psi(t)\rangle = H|\psi(t)\rangle $$ I am ...
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Does performing a measurement on a system change its internal energy?

I'm studying Quantum Mechanics in my spare time from a general point of view (no technical details) so some fundamental question came into my mind: How is it possible to detect a single photon ...
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Math of eigenvalue problem in quantum mechanics

I learned the eigenvalue problem in linear algebra before and I just find that the quantum mechanics happen to associate the Schrodinger equation with the eigenvalue problem. In linear algebra, we ...
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normalizing a wavefunction

I have a homework problem that I can't get started on, below is the first bit. I feel like I should just be able to integrate to find $C$ but I get a divergent integral. Can someone give me a hint as ...
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Relation between Black-Scholes equation and quantum mechanics

I am interested in the link between the Black & Scholes equation and quantum mechanics. I start from the Black & Scholes PDE $$ \frac{\partial C}{\partial t} = -\frac{1}{2}\sigma^2 S^2 ...
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Wave equations for two intervals at Potential step

Lets say we have a potential step as in the picture: In the region I there is a free particle with a wavefunction $\psi_I$ while in the region II the wave function will be $\psi_{II}$. Let me ...
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Can we use intensities in the superposition principle?

In using the superposition principle to calculate intensities in interference patterns, can we add the intensities of the waves instead of their amplitudes? I think that amplitude account for the ...
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Trotter splitting and entanglement entropy

I have heard that a numerical solution to the Schrodinger equation using the Trotter splitting formula for a many-body Hamiltonian can cause an artificial increase in the entanglement entropy. I was ...
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Quantum mechanics - how can the energy be complex?

In section 134 of Vol. 3 (Quantum Mechanics), Landau and Lifshitz make the energy complex in order to describe a particle that can decay: $E = E_0 - \frac{1}{2}i \Gamma$ The propagator $U(t) = ...
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Is it easier to determine the number of states with raising/lowering operators or using scattering?

A particle is bound by $$V(x) = \begin{cases}\infty,& x <0 \\ \frac{-32\hbar^2}{ma}, & x\le a \\ 0, & x \le a\end{cases}$$ a) how many states are there? i'm attempting ...
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Question about the HVZ theorem

In this paper1 the authors cite the HVZ theorem2 saying that it follows from the method used by M. Reed & B. Simon without modifications; I don't really understand this point. Is there anyone who ...
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Why does the quantum Heisenberg model become the classical one when $S\to\infty$?

The Hamiltonian of the spin $S$ quantum Heisenberg model is $$H = J\sum_{<i,j>}\mathbf{S}_{i}\cdot\mathbf{S}_{j}$$ I have read that when the spin quantum number $S\to\infty$, quantum fluctuation ...
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A question on the existence of Dirac points in graphene?

As we know, there are two distinct Dirac points for the free electrons in graphene. Which means that the energy spectrum of the 2$\times$2 Hermitian matrix $H(k_x,k_y)$ has two degenerate points $K$ ...
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Bloch sphere representation

Suppose you know that a qubit is either is in state $|+\rangle$ with probability $p$ or in state $|-\rangle$ with probability $1-p$. If this is the best you know about the qubit's state, where in the ...
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Energies and numbers of bound states in finite potential well

Hello I understand how to approach finite potential well (I learned a lot in my other topic here). However i am disturbed by equation which describes number of states $N$ for a finite potential well ( ...
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EPR vs. EPRBB? Why can't we perform the original EPR experiment?

The EPR gedanken experiment was invented by Einstein Podolsky and Rosen in 1935. It involved positions and momenta. In 1957, Bohm revised this gedanken experiment into one involving spins, or ...
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If inherent randomness exist in quantum mechanics, what then of eternalism implied by relativity?

I am nothing but a curious layman so don't go too technical on me. First of all, I am well aware that a lot of people consider the question of determinism vs indeterminism to be unsolved and others ...
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Why is the energy spectrum continuous for a plane wave when it has energy less than the potential barrier?

Please explain it in the context of this task: we have a potential barrier that looks like $\prod$, with $E<U$. There are 3 regions: 1) no field 2) barrier 3) no field Solution could be ...
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What is wrong with these ways of determining the mean occupation number?

Could anyone point out what went wrong in this argument? Setup: We have a system with 2 energy levels say with energies $0,e$ respectively. We consider the grand canonical ensemble for the system ...
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linear response for a simple harmonic oscillator

Really sorry for this simple question, but I think it will be useful/interesting in general. Consider a quantum simple harmonic oscillator. Add a perturbation $H_I = -\lambda \hat{x}$ Calculate ...