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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how to calculate the expectation value of position vector

The wave function is like this, then how is the expectation value of position vector(not position) calculated?
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Quantum anharmonic ocscillator $E_0(\lambda)$ curve or table

I am looking for the exact data on $E_0(\lambda)$ for the anharmonicity $\lambda x^4$. The perturbative expansion is the following: $E_0(\lambda)\approx 0.5(1+1.5\lambda -5.25\lambda ...
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plane wave state used for scattering calculation

When we do scattering calculation off a potential barrier, normally we would assume some incident plane wave and then make use of the boundary conditions. But how is this corresponding to the ...
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One dimensional scattering cross section

My quantum mechanics book (http://www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/people/JamesBinney/qb.pdf, pages 94-95 of the pdf, or 86-87 of the book) considers the one dimensional step potential ...
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How does light oscillate?

Why do we say that electromagnetic wave is oscillating? Or does light propagate really in a wavy form like this image? What is making the photons oscillate and how is it oscillating is it ...
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Quantum simple harmonic oscillator interpretation

I am just wondering what does the SHO system from quantum mechanics actually physically represent? Is it just a SHO of a quantum particle, seems a little too obvious for quantum theory? I'm from a ...
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Size of hydrogenic atoms

Positronium consists of an electron and a positron. By what factor is a positronium atom bigger than a hydrogen atom? The solution has been explained to me. The characteristic length when solving ...
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What are the reactions that take place inside battery at the quantum level?

I was just studying about how a battery works on the internet and found out that there are reactions of chemicals which make the electrons move. But what exactly happens inside a battery (lets take a ...
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Is it possible to make an electromagnetic shield?

Is it possible to make an electromagnetic shield to protect something (or ourselves) against things like bullets, human attacks, metals thrown on us or simple dust particles to protect a spaceship ...
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How to connect these two formulations regarding the need for a density matrix in quantum mechanics?

I found these two formulations: The density matrix is: 1) "needed if we consider a system that is part of a larger closed system." 2) "needed for a system to be ...
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Intrinsic structure of electron

The electron contains finite negative charge.The same charges repel each other.What makes electron stable and why does it not burst? Is it a law of nature that the electron charge is the smallest ...
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How can we prove this system is in a stationary state?

I'm having trouble using the given hint to solve the problem. The problem statement is as follows: At instant $t=0$, the probability distribution of a particle under a potential $V(x)$ is ...
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What are these wavish patterns around atoms on microscopic images?

This is an IBM movie about how they move single atoms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSCX78-8-q0 There are often some "wavish" pattern around atoms on these pictures, like below some of them marked ...
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Violation of Pauli Exclusion Principle

From hyperphysics (emphasis mine): Neutron degeneracy is a stellar application of the Pauli Exclusion Principle, as is electron degeneracy. No two neutrons can occupy identical states, even under ...
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How to solve infinite square well with exponential solution (of oscillatory type)?

Given a potential well of $V = 0$ on the interval $(0,L)$ and $V = \infty$ outside the well, I am working to solve the Time Independent Schrodinger Equation $$\dfrac{d^2}{dx^2} \psi= ...
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Poles for a particle scattered in a delta potential

I am working on problem a professor gave me to get an idea for the research he does, and have hit a point where I'm having a difficult time seeing where I need to go from where I'm at. I would also ...
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Accuracy of quantum mechanical algorithms

Is it possible for a quantum mechanical algorithm to ensure when the wave function collapses that the right answer will be obtained 100% of the time? For this, I am excluding processes such as ...
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Can an Atom be negatively as well as positively charged simultaneously?

For example there are three atoms- atom A, atom B, atom C. Atom A has 3 electrons, atom B has 4 electrons and atom C has 2 electrons. If we bring together atom A and atom B, in this case atom A is ...
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The equivalence between Heisenberg and Schroedinger pictures

In quantum mechanics, the two pictures of Schroedinger and Heisenberg are taken as equivalent, where in the former wavefunctions are time variants and operators are not, and in the latter it is the ...
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Does a photon travel in all directions?

For example i am standing and a beam of light is passing in front of me. I am able to see that beam of light so does it mean that photons are travelling in all directions other than the photons which ...
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What is $E$ in the Planck-Einstein relation?

The Planck-Einstein relation was first given for photons $$E = h\nu$$ But later, de Broglie extended it to matter waves, and showed that it would hold for all particles as well. The $E$ for a photon ...
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Orthogonality preservation vs. preparing a state

I'm trying to learn the fundamentals of quantum theory, lately mostly using the lectures by Prof. Susskind which Stanford University made available on Youtube. Here is one thing I have trouble ...
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What is the Hermitian adjoint of operator $\hat{K}\psi = \psi^*$?

For many operators, their adjoint can be expressed as a function of other known operators, for example $$\hat{T}_a^\dagger = \hat{T}_{-a} \\ \hat{p}_x^\dagger = \hat{p}_x$$ where $\hat{T}_a \psi (x) = ...
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Adjoint of momentum operator

In position basis, we have, $$\langle x \mid \hat p \mid \Psi(t) \rangle = -\imath \hbar \frac{\partial{\langle x \mid \Psi(t) \rangle}}{\partial{x}} $$ Now I know $\hat{p}$ is a Hermitian operator ...
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Why does a magnetic field raise the ground state energy of an electrical particle?

I heard a statement that the ground state energy of a electrical particle in a magnetic field is larger than its ground state energy without the magnetic field. I just heard this statement. This ...
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Valence bond wavefunction of nitrogen

Could someone explain to me how one finds the valence bond wavefunction of an atom? Take nitrogen for example, I know both nitrogen molecules have a valence-electron configuration of 2s22p1x2p1y2p1z ...
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Energy transfer using quantum entanglement

Can we transfer energy from one place to another separated by arbitrarily large distances without any time lag? For instance, if Alice and Bob are two observers making measurements having a singlet ...
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$n^\text{th}$ operation of creation and annihilation operators on vacuum

My question is similar to the that posted in this link. In particular I would like to express the following expression in the most compact form: $(\hat{a}^\dagger(x)+\hat{a}(x))^n\vert0\rangle$, ...
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Has this retrocausality experiment been done?

The delayed choice quantum eraser experiment implies that the order of events is violated when a photon has chosen it's path, i.e. retrocausality (see ...
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Stress testing Quantum Uncertainty, a multi Phase Question

I start this line of thinking, and i begin to seek the right questions to ask. I am of humble origin, but even here i remember that all start small somewhere. I think that even the greatest minds ...
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How to pull out the momentum operator?

In the equation (1.7.17), how does operator $p$ get out of the bracket without any operation though $<a | $, $| x'>$ are function of $x'$? How to prove this?
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Why does this resource say that the Schrodinger Equation can be derived? [duplicate]

http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0610121 If this is true, why do resources say that it cannot be derived? If it isn't true, can someone explain where the above preprint is wrong? I believe that my ...
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Understanding basic quantum mechanics notation

I was talking with a guy about energy levels of an atom in a magnetic field. He said that energy levels are shifted and that, if you want know how much, you have to analyze this: for 1s state: ...
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Why do lines in atomic spectra have thickness? (Bohr's Model)

Consider the atomic spectrum (absorption) of hydrogen. The Bohr's model postulates that there are only certain fixed orbits allowed in the atom. An atom will only be excited to a higher orbit, if ...
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Two-state Hamiltonian matrix in basis

I have a homework problem as following: Write the two-state Hamiltonian matrix in a certain basis |1>, |2> in a general form as \begin{array}{ccc} H_{11} & H_{12} \\ H_{21} & H_{22} ...
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Is there an implicit assumption that each quantum well contains a single electron only? [on hold]

Is it true that each electron can be represented as a quantum well? I had believed that each energy level was able to contain multiple states and each states were able to hold multiple electrons.
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Are The Quantum Assumptions of MBT Theory Correct?

I've become very interested in Tom Campbell's MBT Theory (Plenty of YouTube videos). I can't explain it all here because it takes a book (The one he's written). It's based on the virtual reality ...
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What is the “life time” of a trapped electron?

What does it mean for an electron trapped in a quantum well to have some life time? From the context it sort of times that the electron will move out of this quantum well at some time $\tau$ later. ...
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Starter's book on Quantum Mechanics (more general and simple books than full QM textbooks) [duplicate]

This question is a little different from other questions referring to books on QM. I ask you to tell me some books that have QM on a simpler level than that of a full course on QM. Some universities ...
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Position space wave function of an electron

In Wikipedia I find the wave function of a free particle to be $$ \Psi(\vec{r},t) = A\,e^{i(\vec{k}\vec{r}-\omega t)}$$ This is is a plane wave moving in the direction of $\vec{k}$ with speed (phase ...
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Hadamard Gate application help

I need to prove that if you apply Hadamard gates on the input/output before and after a CNOT gate that you get the same answer as flipping the target and control qbits of a CNOT. So for example I'm ...
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Representation of operator in “$a$-representation” [on hold]

I have an operator, $X$ say, which is given by a simple phase-shift of the annihilation operator $a.$ I've been asked to give the matrix of $X$ in the $a$-representation, but I was hoping someone ...
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How do probabilities emerge in the many-worlds interpretation?

My understanding is that at each quantized unit of time that a split occurs, every possible recombination of particles occurs in the 'objective' universe. If this is the case, what relevance to ...
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Property of helium superfluid [on hold]

I learnt that in helium II every atom would have same wave function and is governed by BE statistics. does that mean all helium II atoms would vibrate in the same way in a field?
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is there any molecular transition which emits a photon in certain direction

i know molecules having magnetic moment would be aligned in certain direction but do they emit photon in any certain direction when excited? are there any molecules which would emit photon in tthe ...
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Analogies between Fraunhofer diffraction and Josephson junctions

There are several analogies between diffraction patterns and Josephson junctions, especially between a double slit experiment and two Josephson junctions in a superconducting ring (like this): Both ...
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Physical interpretation of applying a unitary operator to a state

When we apply one of the Pauli matrices $\sigma_y$ on one of its eigen-vectors $| \odot \rangle$, what does the eigen-value tell us about $| \odot \rangle$? Is this considered a measurement of $| ...
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Is the Wikipedia version of the Heisenberg equation of motion correct?

Back in 2011, this question asked about the Wikipedia version of the Heisenberg equation of motion for an operator $A$: \begin{equation*} \frac{d}{dt} A(t) = \frac{i}{\hbar} \left[ H, A(t) \right] + ...
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Entanglement ladder algebra and quantization of entanglement

Usually in QFT, even optical quantum mechanics papers, usually resort to describe n-states in terms of the ladder algebra, plus a parameter for polarization, but the entanglement information is ...