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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What is the physical meaning of the Lindblad operator?

I read the wikipedia article on the Lindblad operator, but I still don't understand what this operator is supposed to describe. I therefore considered setting up an example in order to get the idea. ...
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Plants and quantum mechanics!

I have been working on quantum biology and found something interesting that I would like to write an equation for. Scientists have wondered how plants have such a high efficiency in photosynthesis; ...
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How to predict bound states in a 1 D triangular well?

Assume we have a (single) particle in a potential well of the following shape: For $x \leq 0$, $V = \infty$ (Region I) For $x \geq L$, $V = 0$ (Region III) For the interval $x > 0$ to $x < ...
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Would a time difference allow identification of the path in the two-path experiment?

In the two-path (or color-hardness) experiment as described in this link (experiment #3), what would happen if we make one of the paths much longer than the other one. In this way, we would be able to ...
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Why is there an energy gap in superconductors?

I'm a little out of my depth here... I'm trying to understand quasiparticle tunnelling in superconductor-insulator-superconductor junctions. Many books use the "semiconductor model" to explain this: ...
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Is there a difference between two of the same fundamental particle?

Is there a difference between two of the same fundamental particle? For example, is there a difference between two electrons or two protons, or quarks or gluons? If there is a difference then how ...
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How intuitively, does at a fixed moment in time, the “number of times a wavefunction repeats itself in space” is related to “how much it moves”?

(My question seems most likely will be considered a duplicate of OP (and possibly 1, 2, 3), but it turns out to be WAY TOO LONG as a comment in OP, and the system has deleted the corresponding chat ...
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Hawking radiation and reversibility

It's often said that, as long as the information that fell into a black hole comes out eventually in the Hawking radiation (by whatever means), pure states remain pure rather than evolving into mixed ...
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What is Hawking radiation and how does it cause a black hole to evaporate?

My understanding is that Hawking radiation isn't really radiated from a black hole, but rather occurs when a particle anti-particle pair spontaneously pop into existence, and before they can ...
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Relationship between nuclear spin and nuclear magnetic moment?

We know that nuclear magnetic moment can be expressed in terms of the expected value for nuclear spin as: $$\langle\mu\rangle =[g_lj+(g_s-g_l)\langle s_z\rangle]\frac{\mu_N}{\hbar}$$ (Cf. Krane), ...
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Continuous spectrum of hydrogen atom

I wonder if there is a nice treatment of the continuous spectrum of hydrogen atom in the physics literature--showing how the spectrum decomposition looks and how to derive it.
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What determines a particles probability of creation?

I know when we're discussing events at a quantum level, we deal in probability and not absolutes. What I'm looking to understand, is when articles I've read on particle physics state a particle has a ...
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Time-dependent Schrodinger equation from variational principle

In the paper, "Density-functional theory for time-dependent systems" Physical Review Letters 52 (12): 997 the authors mentioned that the action $$ A= \int_{t_0}^{t_1} dt \langle \Phi(t) | i ...
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Relativistic Fermi Golden Rule?

On online slide notes, it is mentioned that: Fermi Golden Rule: $$P_{if}=\frac{2\pi}{\hbar}|M_{if}|^2\rho_f$$ where $\rho_f$ is density of final sates --number of quantum states per unit volume - ...
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What's Wrong With This Quantum Analogy?

"Sometimes the idea of the quantum is compared to the units we use for money. A dollar can be divided into smaller units, where the cent is the smallest possible unit." A question I came ...
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How can a two-state ammonia molecule have more than two states?

[...]this molecule, like any other, has an infinite number of states. It can spin around any possible axis; it can be moving in any direction; it can be vibrating inside, and so on, and so on. It ...
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“Derivation” of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

The question I outline below is my textbook's "derivation" of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. The "derivation" my textbook uses involves wave packets. Suppose there are seven waves of ...
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What actually happens when light meets a surface(QED or QM or Condensed matter physics)?

I want to know what actually happens when light meets a surface like water or wood. Quantum mechanics says that objects are neither "transparent" nor "opaque". Rather a system as a whole can accept ...
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Why is Heisenberg uncertainty principle not valid in waves in string?

We know from high school physics that when the incident wave is traveling from a low density region (high wave speed) region towards a high density (low wave speed) region on a string, the width of ...
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What can change a photon's frequency?

I found this question: Is it possible to apply force to a light particle? As it states, gravity can change the frequency of light by changing its momentum. My question regards other phenomena that ...
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Doppler-shift of AC-electricity

A tram is powered by overhead wire, the wire has alternating voltage of 1000 V RMS, the frequency of the alternating voltage is 50 Hz. The rails are the other wire. The tram is moving at speed 100 ...
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Non-locality vs. non-realism: Arbitrary choice?

After reading this question, I feel I understand why quantum mechanics is so confusing (and so often confused by the media): It can be either local (if A causes B, then there must be time for a signal ...
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Representations of Lorentz group in interacting QFT

In QFT, we obtain a representation of the Lorentz group by defining a set of unitary operators whose action on (spinless) free particle states is given by \begin{equation} U(\Lambda) |k \rangle = ...
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In Copenhagen, can this idea preserve locality for Bell inequalities?

Generate an entangled pair of qubits. Send to Alice and Bob far away from each other. Both measure along basis in one of two possible orientations. The result is sent to Charlie at some later time, ...
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A particle in a 1D box: what is the meaning of velocity?

In the box $x = 0$ to $x = L$, $V = 0$, and for $x < 0$ and $x > L$, $V = \infty$ (infinite potential well). The eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian are: $$E_n = \frac{n^2 h^2}{8L^2} \, .$$ Since ...
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The linear algebra of L^2 spaces [on hold]

I'm learning QM by reading pieces of the topics by myself and putting it all together (bigger learning effect). Now I picture everything in terms of linear algebra and analogys of it (literaly all of ...
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Why would classical correlation in Bell's experiment be a linear function of angle?

Sorry if it's a newbie question, but I have trouble understanding the following part in the Wikipedia's explanation for the Bell's theorem: With the measurements oriented at intermediate angles ...
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Evolution operator for time-dependent Hamiltonian

When I studied QM I'm only working with time independent Hamiltonians. In this case the unitary evolution operator has the form $$\hat{U}=e^{-\frac{i}{\hbar}Ht}$$ that follows from this equation $$ ...
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If I touch an object, am I touching the atoms on its surface? [duplicate]

If I hit an object with a pen for example, does the pen touch the atoms on the surface of the object? Won't it damage the atoms? If I can't touch it, then where does the sound come from?
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Simplifying a formula with Wigner d-functions

I'm following a textbook called A Group-Theoretical Approach to Quantum Optics by Andrei Klimov and Sergei Chumakov. In chapter 10, the authors calculate the Wigner function for the atomic coherent ...
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Why is the orbital angular momentum of a pi electron along the axis of two atoms' molecule one?

I'm reading quantum chemistry. The book says that the orbital angular momentum of a $\pi$ electron along the symmetry axis of a molecule made up of two atoms is $\pm 1$. I think this is a primary ...
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Seeking a quality plain-language description of the Wigner-Eckart theorem

I'm a third year physics undergrad with a very cursory knowledge of quantum mechanics and the formalism involved. For instance, I understand roughly how tensors work and what it means for a tensor to ...
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Asymmetry of relativistically treated EM force between atoms

There are two neutral atoms set separated at a long distance $R$ and let's consider them phenomenologically through Bohr model. Let's also assume that the nuclei (charged $+q$) of the atoms are fixed ...
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How to include Berry Connection in Hamiltonian?

When we calculate Berry connection, $A(R)=i<\psi(x,y)|\frac{d}{dR}|\psi(x,y)>\hat{R}$ corresponding to the Berry phase of any system, the gauge potential is related to the $R$ of the parameter ...
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Is wave-particle duality not clear from the single-slit experiment?

In experiments it is easy to discern between 2 and more-than-2 fringes on a screen, making the double-slit experiment the default one for wave-particle tests. Let's say we shoot massive particles ...
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What does the $I$-$V$ curve in josephson junction mean?

According to the $I$-$V$ curve for Josephson junction tunneling for S-I-S (superconductor-insulator-superconductor), Do we have any tunneling current for $0< V\leq V_c$? If yes, then why don't ...
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Dirac delta function definition in scattering theory

I'm studying scattering theory from Sakurai's book. In the first pages he gets to the following expression: $$\langle n|U_I(t, t_0)|i\rangle=\delta_{ni}-\frac{i}{\hbar}\langle ...
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Speed of Electron delta orbital function [on hold]

Is there a function that determines the delta in speed of electrons in subsequent orbitals? If so, is it the same for all elements or does it differ because of relativistic effects? Would an electron ...
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Gravity theory help? [on hold]

I'm looking for someone to help with math on a theory I have involving gravity on a quantum level. Anyone interested?
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Weyl's (and others') Unitary Basis

Galitski's Exploring Quantum Mechanics says (on p.29) 'the number of (linearly) independent unitary ($N$-dimensional) matirces is also $N^2$'. Since the set of unitary matrices does not form a vector ...
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Are the authors saying that the observer effect plays no role in Bohr's thought experiment of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle?

Here is an excerpt from Eisberg & Resnick's Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles. Here is introducing Bohr's though experiment to establish a physical origin for the ...
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Schrodinger's equation with negative sign

In time dependent Schrodinger's equation as given in Schrodinger's lecture (Four Lectures on Wave mechanics, Blackie & Son, 1949, pg22) he arrives at $$\nabla^2\psi-\frac{4 \pi m ...
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What is probability current in quantum mechanics?

What is probability current in quantum mechanics? Why define such a thing? I mean the meaning of probability current. I know the formula for it but I just don't get the idea of a flow of probability ...
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Is the sign in the Schrodinger equation physical?

I always have trouble remembering the sign in factors like $\exp(\pm ik\cdot x)$ (I'll use mostly minus signature here) that arise in field theory. My mnemonic is to remember that the Schrodinger ...
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First order coherence through double slit

The state $$|\Psi \rangle = |0\rangle + \sum_j \int d\omega f_j(\omega)\hat{a}^\dagger_j (\omega) |0\rangle $$ is coming from a far field and incident on a double slit setup. Here j is the index of ...
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Wigner Threshold law in Photodetachment and Photoionization

I am writing this question here because I have a problem in understanding the Wigner Threshold law in Photodetachment and Photoionization. The Wigner Threshold Law is given by: $\sigma$=$E^{L+1/2}$. ...
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Normalizing a wave function in a mixed well

So I got this potential and want to solve for the even wavefunctions http://imgur.com/GKAy4nD Since it's symmetric around the origin I need only to look at the interval [0,b] and solve for the ...
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Confusion about Fock subspace

I'm currently reading Folland's book on quantum field theory and came along some definitions. On p.90 of his book, Folland defines the symmetric Fock space as ...
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1D Topological insulator with PT symmetry

Assume I have the Hamiltonian for a 1D topological insulators as: $$H=\sin(P_x) \sigma_x+i \Delta \sigma_{y}+[1-m-\cos(P_x)] \sigma_z $$ where $m$ is the mass term, $P_x$ is the momentum and $\Delta$ ...
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What is the reason behind restriction imposed by no-cloning theroem on (k,n) quantum threshold scheme (QTS)?

A $(k,n)$ quantum threshold scheme (QTS) is a method to split up an unknown secret quantum state $\lvert S\rangle$ into $n$ pieces (shares) with the restriction that $k > n / 2$ (for if this ...