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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Evaluate Commutator with Partial Derivatives

I need to evaluate the following commutator... $[x(\frac{\partial}{\partial y})-y(\frac{\partial}{\partial x}),y(\frac{\partial}{\partial z})-z(\frac{\partial}{\partial y})]$ i tried applying an ...
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Differences between orthogonality and Kronecker delta function? [closed]

If $i$ and $j$ are two variables then Kronecker delta is written as $$\delta_{i,j}~:=~\begin{cases}1 \hspace{3mm} \mbox{if} \hspace{3mm} i=j,\\ 0 \hspace{3mm}\mbox{if} \hspace{3mm}i \neq ...
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Wavefunction restrictions of odd potentials

So I was just reading back through Griffiths' "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" and solving some of the problems for practice. There is a nice one (problem 2.1c for those playing at home) where you ...
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Weird integration of gaussian wave packet

I have been learning Fourier transformation of a gaussian wave packet and i don't know how to calculate this integral: In the above integral we try to calculate $\varphi(\alpha)$ where $\alpha$ is ...
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How to apply a Hadamard gate?

How to apply a Hadamard gate to 3 qubits? by example how to apply $H$ to $(1/\sqrt{2})(\left|000\right> + \left|111\right>)$?
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What does it mean for something to be a ket?

Ok so I will provide the following example, which I am choosing at random from Sabio et al(2010): $$\psi(r,\phi)~=~\left[ \begin{array}{c} A_1r\sin(\theta-\phi)\\ ...
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Fourier transform between $x$ and $p$

On this page right at the top they mention two sets of fourier transform. First set is connection between $x$ (position) and $k$ (wave vector) space: $$ \begin{split} f(x) &= ...
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How to evaluate commutator with angular momentum? [closed]

I need to evaluate the commutator $[\hat{x},\hat{L}_z]$. I believe the $L_z$ is referring to the angular momentum operator which is: $L_z = xp_y - yp_x$ using this relationship i end up with: ...
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How to evaluate commutators?

I need to evaluate $[1/x, p]$. Note: the $p$ is the momentum operator. So far this is what i have: $$= (1/x)(p) - (p)(1/x)$$ $$= (1/x)(-ih*d/dx)-(-ih*d/dx)(1/x)$$ Ii then factor out $-ih$ to get... ...
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The effect of Quantum Decoherence on density operators

Suppose we have a qubit in state $| \Psi \rangle = \alpha | 0 \rangle + \beta | 1 \rangle$ Suppose we expose this to decoherence, which we will express as the state $| R \rangle$ such that $$| 0 ...
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How would a Lagrangian be used to recover the Schrodinger equation?

I heard that the Lagrangian is defined in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics. How would the Lagrangian in this formulation be used to recover the Schrodinger equation that we normally ...
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Sum of two density matrices: $\rho=p_1\rho_1+p_2\rho_2$

Suppose we have $$\rho=p_1\rho_1+p_2\rho_2$$ Where $\rho_1$ and $\rho_2$ are density matrices with $p_1+p_2=1$ I'm trying to show this is also a density matrix If we let $$\rho_1=\sum_i^n ...
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Spin of a particle and spin quantum number [duplicate]

what actually does the spin quantum number of a particle describe about? What it means when we say photon has spin 1, Higgs boson has spin 0, etc..?? What actually does that numerical value explain? I ...
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Interaction potential analysis from $\phi^4$ model

In this paper, the authors consider a real scalar field theory in $d$-dimensional flat Minkowski space-time, with the action given by $$S=\int d^d\! x ...
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Dealing with environment in a CHSH game

I am reading arxiv:1209.0448. I understand that my questions could be highly trivial. I would appreciate if anyone helps me to resolve my confusions. In a CHSH game, Alice and Bob cannot have ...
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Correlation, Time Ordering, and Observables

In general, the product of two Hermitian operators $\phi$ will not be Hermitian, unless the two operators commute. Question: is $X = T \phi(t_1) \phi(t_2)$ Hermitian? It doesn't seem to be if $T ...
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Wave function and Dirac bra-ket notation

Would anyone be able to explain the difference, technically, between wave function notation for quantum systems e.g. $\psi=\psi(x)$ and Dirac bra-ket vector notation? How do you get from one to the ...
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Could all strings be one single string which weaves the fabric of the universe?

This question popped out of another discussion, about if the photon needs a receiver to exist. Can a photon get emitted without a receiver? A universe containing only one electron was hypothetically ...
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For 2 electrons in a simple harmonic oscillator (SHO) potential, is $\langle x^2\rangle$ the same as $\langle(x_2 - x_1)^2\rangle$?

We're dealing with 2 electrons in a simple harmonic oscillator (SHO) potential. We're given the creation and annihilation operators as well as the position operator and I have to find the expectation ...
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Mathematically, how do we deduce that angular momentum is bounded?

So, how do we know $J_{+}|j,(m=j)\rangle =|0\rangle$? I.e. that m is bounded by j. We know that $J_{+}|j,(m=j)\rangle =C|j, j+1\rangle$, but how do I know that gives zero? Is it by looking at its ...
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Heisenberg uncertainty principle derivation - unexplained factor of $4 \sigma_k^2$ in Gaussian

I did a Fourier transform of a gaussian function $\scriptsize \mathcal{G}(k) = A \exp\left[-\frac{(k-k_0)^2}{2 {\sigma_k}^2}\right]$ $$ \scriptsize \begin{split} \mathcal{F}(x) &= ...
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Two ways to form SU(2) singlets?

I am trying to reconcile the two ways of forming SU(2) singlets out of a pair of doublets. Method (1): If $v=\begin{pmatrix}v^1\\ v^2\end{pmatrix}$ and $w=\begin{pmatrix}w^1\\ w^2\end{pmatrix}$ are ...
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Two Qubit problem

A two-qubit system was originally in the state $ \frac{3}{4}|00\rangle-\frac{\sqrt{5}}{4}|01\rangle+\frac{1}{4}|10\rangle-\frac{1}{4}|11\rangle $ , and then we measured the first qubit to ...
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Schrodinger equation in term of Fokker-Planck equation

From Wikipedia on the Fokker-Planck equation: $$\tag{1}\frac{\partial }{\partial t}f\left( x^{\prime },t\right) ~=~\int_{-\infty}^\infty dx\left( \left[ D_{1}\left( x,t\right) \frac{\partial ...
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How to tell if a complex exponential blows up

I'm following Griffiths' Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, where he's discussing the general solution to the delta-function potential problem. The solution he refers to is ...
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Relationship between a formal vector derivative and time evolution of an operator

I'm an undergraduate in physics, with all the lack of knowledge inherent in that. In two of my classes, my professors introduced two equations which look eerily similar. The first, from general ...
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What does the wavefunction of atom look like at low temperature?

I am reading an introduction material on Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) at low temperature and it stated that when the temperature approaches zero kelvin, almost all atoms are degenerated into the ...
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De broglie equation

What is the de Broglie wavelength? Also, does the $\lambda$ sign in the de Broglie equation stand for the normal wavelength or the de Broglie wavelength? If $\lambda$ is the normal wavelength of a ...
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How do we show that no hidden variable theories can replace QM?

I've always hit two big stumbling blocks in conceiving of the proof or disproof of hidden variable theories as being even valid idea, let alone an answerable question... I feel I must be ...
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Reaction force in electron spin measurements

Consider the following (thought) experiment, where an electron is emitted, then deflected by a magnetic field, and then detected: Because the momentum of the electron changes when it gets ...
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Creating entanglement by measuring in a certain basis

This is one of the problems from Assignment 2 from CS191x at edx.org, so please do not post explicit answers. We have two qubits in the state |0+⟩ and we want to entangle them by performing a ...
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EPR-type experiments and faster-than-light communication using interference effects as signaling mechanism

I understand that faster-than-light communication is impossible when making single measurements, because the outcome of each measurement is random. However, shouldn't measurement on one side collapse ...
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Particles entangled after the big bang

Is that true that the big bang caused the quantum entanglement of all the particles of the universe so every particle is entangled to each other particle of the universe?
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Constructing a Toffoli gate with 2-and 1-qubit gates?

I'm looking through Nielson's book on quantum computation and information and in part of it he says that any $C^2(U)$ gate can be constructed from two qubit and one qubit gates. I can't figure out how ...
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Quantum Entanglement - What's the big deal?

Bearing in mind I am a layman - with no background in physics - please could someone explain what the "big deal" is with quantum entanglement? I used to think I understood it - that 2 particles, say ...
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Quantum computing problem [closed]

Suppose that a qubit is in the state $|\varphi\rangle=a|0\rangle+\sqrt{1-a^2}|1\rangle$, where $a\in[-1,1]$. If we first perform a standard basis measurement on this qubit and then perform a ...
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Gaussian wave packet

At our QM intro our professor said that we derive uncertainty principle using the integral of plane waves $\psi = \psi_0(k) e^{i(kx - \omega t)}$ over wave numbers $k$. We do it at $t=0$ hence $\psi = ...
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Should it be obvious that independent quantum states are composed by taking the tensor product?

My text introduces multi-quibt quantum states with the example of a state that can be "factored" into two (non-entangled) substates. It then goes on to suggest that it should be obvious1 that the ...
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Where do electrons get the energy to remain in orbit? [duplicate]

As we know electrons continuously revolve around the nuclus without falling in it at a high velocity beating it's force of attraction. My question is where do electrons get energy to revolve around ...
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Optical trapping problem

Can we make light slower by applying optical trapping (I mean applying laser beam to lower the speed of light)?
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In Klein-Gordon, why should infinite downwards photon cascades be possible?

Here is a simple point about the standard interpretation of the Klein-Gordon equation that for the life of me I've never been able to understand: Why would the existence of true negative energy ...
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Equivalence between QFT and many-particle QM

My understanding from my QFT class (and books such as Brown), is that many-particle QM is equivalent to field quantization. If this is true, why is it not an extremely surprising coincidence? The ...
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Understanding Quantum Physics

I have very little background in physics, and none in quantum physics, but I've been reading about how sub-atomic particles behave probabilistically, so I was wondering, is it possible (even though ...
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Long Range Spin-Spin Interactions

A recent article on probing Earth's interior mentioned the potential use of a "fifth force", long range electron spin-spin interactions, as a tool in the endeavor. Has anybody published any ...
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Constant magnetic field applied to a quantum harmonic oscillator

I have a spinless particle of mass $m$ and charge $q$ which is an isotropic harmonic oscillator of frequency $\omega_0$, then I apply a constant magnetic field in the $z$ direction. We can show the ...
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Spin about an arbitrary axis

This is based off question 4.30 from Griffith's Introduction to Quanum Mechanics. It asks for the matrix $\textbf{S}_r$ representing the component of spin angular momentum about an axis defined by: ...
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Why must the eigenvalue of the number operator be an integer?

My apologies if this question has already been answered. Using the notation of Sakurai, we have an energy eigenket N and an eigenvalue n. $$N | n \rangle = n | n \rangle$$ For the number operator $N ...
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I don't understand the relationship between electron indistinguishability and the Pauli exclusion principle

I know I'm wrong but this is my line of thought: If electrons are indistinguishable, then why do we have an exclusion principle? If we have two electrons in an s orbital, the Pauli exclusion principle ...
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Once I have the eigenvalues and the eigenvectors, how do I find the eigenfunctions?

I am using Mathematica to construct a matrix for the Hamiltonian of some system. I have built this matrix already, and I have found the eigenvalues and the eigenvectors, I am uncertain if what I did ...
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Quantum Circuit, example of the Bernstein-Vazirani problem

This question is regarding the quantum circuit in the picture below. Suppose we have the set up below, where U performs the operation $U:\mid x \rangle \mid y \rangle \rightarrow \mid x \rangle\mid y ...