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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Quantum Eraser thought experiment with light photons of distinct color

I tried to recreate the Quantum Eraser experiment into a thought experiment with a few changes. It left me a little perplexed as to what outcomes I should expect. Any help would be appreciated. Lets ...
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How to solve bound states of 2D finite rectangular square well?

I want to solve bound states (in fact only base state is needed) of time-independent Schrodinger equation with a 2D finite rectangular square well \begin{equation}V(x,y)=\cases{0,&$ |x|\le a ...
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Is something beyond the material needed to solve the Von Neumann Chain?

A problem has been presented that goes like this: Particles normally exist as several mathematical possibilities rather than one actual object. It is said that in the absence of observation, ...
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Why should multiplication of a ket vector by a complex number change only its “direction”?

Dirac argues on page 17 of his book, The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, that multiplication of a ket by a complex number shouldn't change the state this ket represents. But then concludes: Thus ...
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Energy from the Feynman-Kikuchi Partition Function

The Feynman-Kikuchi Partition function is given as $$Z_{FK}=K_\beta \int dx \eta(x) \exp \left(-\frac{x}{\beta}\right) $$ where $K_\beta$ is a normalization constant and ...
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Doubt in a certain equation of a research paper [on hold]

In the following research paper (link provided) , I am not able to figure out how do we get the equation (7) . Please help me out. Also , please recommend the necessary pre requisite text to ...
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Expected value $<\hat{x}>$ of: $\Phi(x,t)=Ne^{-a[(Mx^2/\hbar)+it]}$ is infinite, why?

The problem says: A particle of mass $M$ is described by the wave function: $$\Phi(x,t)=Ne^{-a[(Mx^2/\hbar)+it]}$$ where a is a positive constant. Asked to determine such things as the ...
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Spontaneous emission in a system with multiple sublevels

I have been trying to compose proper rate equations for density matrix of a 2 level system with multiple magnetic sublevels, and I have run into difficulty with including spontaneous emission terms in ...
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Hugh Everett's MWI [on hold]

According to Hugh Everett's many worlds interpretation, all the possibilities of one action can happen at the same time in other parallel universes, so how come we can't see these worlds? now I bumped ...
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Classical probability explanation for quantum non-locality and Bell's inequality? [on hold]

The question is whether this solution is true or false, and if there is an error, please point what is it and where is it. Classical probability with local causality solution, just like tossing two ...
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How do photon emitters and photon detectors work?

The interpretation of the double slit experiment is very strange and i want to understand how they did it before I give up my concept of reality. With the double slit experiment a interference pattern ...
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2-slit experiment

In the 2-slit experiment, is it possible to "account" for all of the energy in the incoming beam - i.e. does all of the incoming energy show up in the bright spots or is some of it "destroyed" when ...
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Quantum Excitations

In the context of quantum field theory, is the schrodinger or dirac equation actually describing some sort of an actual wave in some field like light in EM field ? So all particles are actually waves ...
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Splitting of degenerate energy levels with a perturbed particle in a box

Suppose you have a particle in a square box $[0,L]\times[0,L]$. As the box is a square, the (2,1) and (1,2) eigenfunctions will have the same energy. If you were to apply an oscillating electric field ...
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Is there a formalism for talking about diagonality/commutativity of operators with respect to an overcomplete basis?

Consider a density matrix of a free particle in non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Nice, quasi-classical particles will be well-approximated by a wavepacket or a mixture of wavepackets. The ...
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Why doesn't De Broglie's wave equation work for photons?

Well, as I am learning about quantum physics, one of the first topics I came across was De Broglie's wave equation. $$\frac{h}{mc} = \lambda$$ As is obvious, it relates the wavelength to the mass of ...
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Eigenfunctions corresponding to degenerate spectra

It is well knwon that an eigenstate can be obtained by superposing wavepackets. In other words, if $\Psi({\bf x},t)$ is the solution of the time dependent Schroedinger equation for an initial ...
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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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Can the photoelectric effect be explained without photons?

Lamb 1969 states, A misconception which most physicists acquire in their formative years is that the photoelectric effect requires the quantization of the electromagnetic field for its ...
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Entropy and the uncertainty principle

According to the second law of thermodynamics, the total entropy of the Universe must always increase after any interaction (as I understand). So in the hydrogen atom, the electron has a high ...
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Is quantum tunneling related to imaginary time?

I was studying for my exam and looking at the chapter which talks about Potential-energy graphs. Let's take this as an example: My book states that: "If the object is in $B$ and has a total energy ...
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Use of Boltzmann over Maxwell distribution

Why is the Boltzmann distribution used over the Maxwell distribution in many cases such as the derivation of Plancks law of thermal radiation, derivation of Einstein A and B coefficients, Langevin ...
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Can we have discontinuous wavefunctions in the Infinite Square well?

The energy eigenstates of the infinite square well problem look like the Fourier basis of L2 on the interval of the well. So then we should be able to for example make square waves that are an ...
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How can the reduction postulate be removed with the other postulates of QM still leading to correct predictions?

In the axiomatic presentation of QM, I've seen it stated many times that the reduction postulate is not needed and/or incorrect, and could be gotten rid of. However, without the reduction postulate, ...
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Wavefunctions and Quark Confinement

While I have a decent knowledge of general relativity (and, of course, classical mechanics), I am quite a novice when it comes to quantum mechanics, so I apologize if this is a rather basic question. ...
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Speed of light, breaking the barrier

when the sound barrier is broken, a series of concentric waves of sound is produced.Does it mean when the speed of light barrier is broken, a ripple of photons are created in the space-time fabric?
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Is kinetic energy in QM a state-property or is it distributed?

Suppose we have a quantum mechanical system, which is well described by its wave function in r-representation $\Psi$. We are interested in the properties of an observable, say the kinetic energy $T$. ...
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Thermionic emission, delayed emission and predissociation

In molecular photodissociation, the thermionic emission, delayed emission and predissociation are the same? Otherwise, what is the difference between them? My question is not about the solids, but I ...
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Density matrix and irreducible tensor operators

I'm reading those lecture notes on atomic physics. Yesterday I posed a question on reducible tensors, and today I have a question on their relation to the density matrix. If there's any information ...
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Maximum probability of success for distinguishing between two pure states with one measurement

Suppose you have the states such that $\langle \psi_1| \psi_2 \rangle = \cos(\alpha)$ and you have one measurement to distinguish between the two. It is claimed that the probability of success at ...
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Prove the solution of von Neumann equation will never stabilize if Hamiltonian and initial density matrix commutes

Given von Neumann equation $$\frac{d}{dt} \rho(t) = -i [H, \rho(t)] = -i e^{-iHt}[H, \rho(0)]e^{iHt}.$$ If we know that $[H, \rho(0)] \neq 0$, how do we prove in details the solution of von Neumann ...
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Can we apply Quantum Superposition

Erwin Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment's video presented by Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. From this video can we conclude that , in a macroscopic label we can not have a ...
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Disproof of Bell’s Theorem

The half-page arxiv doc by Joy Christian of Oxford Uni, UK has the Title and Abstract: Disproof of Bell’s Theorem We illustrate an explicit counterexample to Bell’s theorem by constructing a ...
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Initial condition for Fourier transformed Schrödinger equation

I asked in this thread Time-dependet Schrödinger equation how to solve the Time-dependent Schrödinger equation. One of JamalS' recommendations was the Fourier transform, which is why I want to quote ...
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Determining the Wave Function From Initial Conditions

This is Problem 2.6 (b) in Griffiths, Intro to QM: A particle in an infinite square well has its initial wave function an even mixture of the first two stationary states: $\Psi(x,0) = ...
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Time-orded operator in Srednicki

On page 51 Srednicki states, "Note that the operators are in time order...we can insert $T$ without changing anything". This I agree with. But then on the next paragraph he states "The time order ...
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Is there is a specific original source where the “quantum operator ordering issue” is stated?

During my research, when the quantum operator ordering ambiguity is mentioned is deemed usually in the likes of "the well-known problem of ordering in quantum mechanics". However, could anybody point ...
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Young Tableaux for $SU(3)$ representations vs. $j=1$ objects

I'm working through Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics and in the section on Permutation Symmetry and Young Tableaux, he mentions that a tableau constructed of $\square = ...
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Measuring position and momentum at the same time?

In a non-relativistic quantum mechanical system in an infinite potential well. I try to measure the energy and the position of the system simultaneously. Since, the respective operators do commute ...
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Entangled particles interaction with other particles

Non-physicist question: Suppose two particles A and B are entangled and A collides with another particle. What happens to B?
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How to explain spin of electron? [duplicate]

How can we explain spin of electron, or the spin of other fundamental particles? If we think the spin of electron is similar to the spin of a ball or planet we make a mistake. We say it is an ...
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Landau Levels and Magnetic length

I am looking into Landau Levels and keep coming across a magnetic length defined as follows for a 2D system: $l_B=\sqrt{\frac{\hbar c}{e B}}$ I have seen numerous sources say this is: $l_B\approx ...
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Is the Ground State in QM Always Unique? Why?

I've seen a few references that say that in quantum mechanics of finite degrees of freedom, there is always a unique (i.e. nondegenerate) ground state, or in other words, that there is only one state ...
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Numerical Computation of Linbald Equation

Can anybody suggest me a good algorithm for the time evolution of the reduced density matrix using Linbald equation. My Hamiltonian is time dependent. I am aware about Qotoolbox and Qutip. I have ...
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Quantum graph theory: complex spectra

In quantum graph theory, what are the properties of a given graph to own complex conjugated complex eigenvalues, either finite or infinite? Spectral graph theory is as far as I know a not completely ...
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Why can't classical information be transmitted through quantum entanglement by measuring time between change events? [duplicate]

If the effect of measurement in quantum entanglement occurs instantaneously why can't it be used to transmit classical information faster than light? I'm based my question off this seemingly well ...
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Do particles behave like electromagnetic waves?

From double-slit experiments we know particles have wave-like behavior: they statistically form an interference pattern. My question is: Is this wave-like behavior similar to the photons' behavior? ...
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Measurement of the energy of an atom using a cold substance

An atom was prepared in a superposition of ground state and excited states.I propose to measure the state by coupling the system to a cold enough substance. By cold enough I mean $$kT\ll E_1,$$ where ...
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According to wave function collapse you only have one outcome, so what happens to the other superpositions?

If the superpositions of a wave function are not needed because only one of the superpositions is allowed, what happens to the eigenvalues of the "null" superpositions? Is the energy transferred ...
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What is the physical meaning of commutators in quantum mechanics?

This is a question I've been asked several times by students and I tend to have a hard time phrasing it in terms they can understand. This is a natural question to ask and it is not usually well ...