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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Can an electron go along different paths at once in a circuit

A single electron moves along a circuit and comes to a fork in the wires. The wires separate but come back together near the end of the circuit. From what I know, the electron will travel along all ...
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What does the Coleman-Mandula theorem state exactly?

I have read about the Coleman-Mandula theorem in quantum field theory. This is a theorem that makes some restrictions to the gauge group generators $T^a$. What are precisely the restriction on the ...
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Infinite square well that suddenly decreases in size

A well known exercise in basic quantum mechanics is the sudden (diabatic) increase of the length of an infinite square well. Now consider a particle in an eigenstate of an infinite well that is ...
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Children of entangled particles

Theres a photo on the wikipedia page Quantum Entanglement there's a image of a photon being split into two entangled photons via crystal. I used this picture to demonstrate the scenario below. ...
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Can one detect a single photon through measuring its impulse/momentum on a mirror?

Can one detect a single photon through measuring its impulse/momentum on a mirror? If the answer if YES or theoretically possible, photon path and interference fringes can be detected simultaneously ...
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Are the produced entangled photons in type II SPDC always in phase?

Are the produced entangled photons in type II SPDC (spontaneous parametric down conversion) always in phase? In Kim's delayed choice quantum eraser, two entangled photons are produced by a BBQ ...
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Symmetry in quantum mechanics

I originally asked this on the maths site, but I'll repost it here. Let $\mathcal{H}$ be the separable Hilbert space associated to some quantum system, and let $\langle\cdot,\cdot\rangle ...
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Does a Buckyball spin like an electron or like a baseball?

Does a Buckyball spin like an electron or like a baseball? We are often told that an electron does not really spin like a baseball. Only one (or two, if you count up and down) spin states, for ...
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Path dependent phase in quantum mechanics

In elementary treatments of quantum mechanics, we are taught that the wavefunction of a single particle is complex valued ($\Psi : \mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{C}$). In particular, the wavefunction has a ...
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Quantum entanglement and special relativity PARADOX

Imagine two entangled atomic clocks. After we entangle them, we measure the time: it does has to be the same , right ? Now lets suppose that we entangle them , but don't measure them, then we plant ...
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is there an operator which measures the mass of particles?

When I studied a spin, the textbook said spin is an intrinsic quantity like mass. However, while we can calculate just expectation values $ \langle \textrm{S}^2\rangle $ or $ \langle S_z\rangle $, the ...
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Natural Philosophy [on hold]

My question is an extension of the celebrated question on the moon’s existence if unobserved. “do we still have tides on earth if the moon is unobserved?”
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Slit width for minimum spot size in electron slit diffraction if involving uncertainity principle

I don't believe the following is an accurate description of the physical but a homework problem to help understanding. A beam of electron of energy 0.025 eV moving along x-direction, passes ...
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How to produce a given entangled state of two quantum bits?

I was watching Leonard Susskind's video series on quantum entanglement, where he looks at the spins of two electrons. In particular, there are entangled states of the form $$\alpha\left|\uparrow ...
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Does Quantum Collapse occur?

Collapses, Quantum Jumps, and the Born interpretation. In my mind they are all the same. But some serious physicists (Schlosshauer, for example) claim there is no evidence for the existence of ...
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Fourier Transforms of position and momentum space in Quantum Mechanics

Fourier transformations: for momentum space and for position space. How do we know that Ψ is not the Fourier transform of Φ but we suppose that its the other way around(Ψ would be ...
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How to deal with eigenvectors which are not square integrable?

In Quantum Mechanics there is one type of situation I'm still unsure on how to deal with. First of all, I want to make clear I'm trying to understand how to deal with this rigorously. What I'm talking ...
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Are Thomas Breuer's subjective decoherence and Scott Aaronson's freebits with Knightian freedom the same things in essence?

In his remarkable works (1,2 and their recent development 3) Thomas Breuer proves by diagonalization the phenomenon that the observer cannot distinguish all phase space states of a system where he is ...
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Is the movement of electrons truly random?

The result of rolling dice is considered pseudo-random because it depends on an almost endless list of factors (how you roll it, the terrain it lands on, etc.), but it is not TRULY random. Is the ...
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Quantum entanglement thought experiment

One can "filter" a collection of electron pairs generated in an entangled (fixed-direction) spin state (e.g. singlet $\left|\uparrow \downarrow \right\rangle - \left|\downarrow \uparrow\right\rangle$) ...
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Bound states of the $V(x)=\pm \delta'^{(n)}(x)$ potential?

The $\delta(x)$ Dirac delta is not the only "point-supported" potential that we can integrate; in principle all their derivatives $\delta', \delta'', ...$ exist also, do they? If yes, can we look for ...
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Expected value of an operator in the microcanonical ensemble

I am following professor David Tong's lecture notes on Statistical Mechanics and on page 9 of this file http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/statphys/one.pdf he states that the expected value of an ...
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Show that the minimum energy value for a given $l$ increases as $l$ increases

"Consider a particle in a central field and assume that the system has a discrete spectrum. Each orbital quantum number $l$ has a minimum energy value. Show that this minimum value increases as $l$ ...
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Quantum Mechanics is not for lazy [on hold]

Quantum Physics is not a subject for lazy.... How I can be an expert in Quantum Mechanics? I'm a student of Physics, currently i'm studying Quantum Mechanics as a course of mine. But, I don't ...
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how could the sun photons be the source of light to our vision? [on hold]

if the atom has 99.99% empty space and the photon has no mass while our universe is 2dimensional flat so how could the sun photons be the source of our vision? how could photons be reflected by ...
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Transition from the second excited state to the ground state in 3d oscillator

The problem: 3d harmonic oscillator is in a second excited state. Suddenly a perturbation is applied which depends only on the length of the position vector $|\vec{r}|$. Can the oscillator fall into ...
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In quantum mechanics, given certain energy spectrum can one generate the corresponding potential?

A typical problem in quantum mechanics is to calculate the spectrum that corresponds to a given potential. Is there a one to one correspondence between the potential and its spectrum? If the ...
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Commutation between Dirac hamiltonian and angular momentum

In reading about angular momentum and spin, I came across a derivation showing that the Dirac Hamiltonian does not commute with orbital angular momentum, and hence L is not conserved. What is it about ...
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Can someone explain why this QM FTL communication setup is wrong?

So I thought I understood the double-slit experiment and EPR paradox until this setup occured to me. It combines EPR entanglement with "which-way" double slit setups. I know it must be wrong, but I ...
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Trivial representation in Clebsch-Gordan decomposition

My professor defined the Clebsch-Gordan series as the direct sum decomposition of the tensor product of two representations of the Lie group SU(2): $$ D_{j_1} \otimes D_{j_2} = D_{j_1+j_2} \oplus ...
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Can some one explain about m theory? [on hold]

I am very new to m theory and string theory. I am very through with classical physics and little bits of quantum mechanics. Will you be able to explain why the fact that gravity is a week force being ...
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Definitions: 'locality' vs 'causality'

I'm having trouble unambiguously interpreting many answers here due to the fact that the terms locality and causality are sometimes used interchangeably, while other times seem to mean very different ...
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Sources to learn about Berry phases and Adiabatic Theorem

I recently went through Griffiths' Quantum Mechanics text and there is a chapter called the Adiabatic Theorem that includes Berry phase and the Aharonov-Bohm effect. As I found them very interesting, ...
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Quantum mechanics: clarification about $S \cdot n$

I haven't understood what is the role of $S\cdot n$ (projection of the Spin in the $n$ direction?) in the determination of the transition probability... Could you explain me and give me an example? ...
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finding generic Quantum circuits for k-local hamiltonians

Let $P_n$ denote the Pauli group on $n$ qubits (think of n as a large number). Let $G=\left<g_1,...,g_n\right> < P_n$ be some abelian subgroup such that each $g_i$ acts on at most $k\ll n$ ...
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Schroedinger equation for hydrogen atom

I have got a problem understanding the meaning of the Laplace operator in the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom. $$\Big(-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m_e} \Delta_{r_e} - \frac{\hbar^2}{2M_P} \Delta_{r_p} ...
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Can we reconstruct 1D potentials in QM from the spectrum? [duplicate]

Knowing the potential, we can find the spectrum of the Schrödinger operator. The converse question is: Knowing the spectrum, can we reconstruct the potential? As an example, a harmonic potential has ...
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Perturbation theory in second quantization

I am dealing with electron/phonon interaction in QM. In particular, given the Hamiltonian of a solid, $$H=H_{el}+H_{ion}+H_{el-ion}$$ we have that the el-phonon Hamiltonian is treatened ...
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Can a density matrix be complex?

Normally a density matrix is thought of as a statistical ensemble of pure states. However, after using the Time-Evolution Equation (or Master Equation) to evolve a density matrix, they start to have ...
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Quantum Mechanics in Electric Field

I am working on a problem which looks like this. Consider a charged particle with charge $q$ trapped in a box of length $L$ with finite constant potential $ V_0 $ on both ends. A constant (static) ...
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Interference of overlapping wave functions

I'm a physical layman trying to understand some of the consequences of quantum mechanics. I understand that in the double-slit experiment, where we release individual photons in-phase, the ...
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QM without complex numbers

I am trying to understand how complex numbers made their way into QM. Can we have a theory of the same physics without complex numbers? If so, is the theory using complex numbers easier?
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How to find $\langle x^2 \rangle$ of a wavefunction $\psi(x,t)$ [on hold]

I know how to find $\langle x \rangle$ of such a function, but I'm not sure of how to find the variance or $\langle x^2 \rangle$ of this continuous function. Any help would be greatly appreciated. ...
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What does a light wave look like (3d model)

What does a light wave look like? The only models I can seem to find online are 2D waves, they just look like sin() graphs. I have seen the models of the two components of "light waves" (electric ...
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Schrodinger equation from Klein-Gordon?

One can view QM as a 1+0 dimensional QFT, fields are only depending on time and so are only called operators, and I know a way to derive Schrodinger's equation from Klein-Gordon's one. Assuming a ...
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Is there a version of “delayed choice” for sound waves?

I'm familiar with the uncertainty principle in harmonic analysis, which states that you can't localize the support of a function in both the time domain and the Fourier domain. One of the physical ...
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Spin-orbit model; Hamiltonian seems to be non-Hermitian

I'm working on an exercise and I'm getting quite stuck. We define $\sigma$ as the vector of Pauli matrices.The Hamiltonian is formulated as: $ H_1 = -\frac{\hbar^2 k^2}{2 m} + \alpha \left(\sigma ...
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Why position is not quantized in quantum mechanics?

Usually in all the standard examples in quantum mechanics textbooks the spectrum of the position operator is continuous. Are there (nontrivial) examples where position is quantized? or position ...
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Why isn't it possible to determine a particle's position without changing its velocity

So, I think understand the premise of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, but it seems to me that someone would be able to create a device which would be able to measure the position of a particle ...