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Is the spin 1/2 rotation matrix taken to be counterclockwise?

The spin 1/2 rotation matrix around the $z$-axis I worked out to be $$ e^{i\theta S_z}=\begin{pmatrix} \exp\frac{i\theta}{2}&0\\ 0&\exp\frac{-i\theta}{2}\\ \end{pmatrix} $$ Is this taken to ...
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Pauli matrix rotations

When doing physics with two-level systems and introducing rotations, a term that appears quite often is the rotation of a Pauli matrix by another one: $$e^{- i \sigma_j \theta/2} \sigma_k e^{i ...
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What is the spin rotation operator for spin > 1/2?

For spin $\frac{1}{2}$, the spin rotation operator $R_\alpha(\textbf{n})=\exp(-i\frac{\alpha}{2}\vec{\sigma}\cdot\textbf{n})$ has a simple form: ...
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Help understanding a Magnetic Levitation “Physics Toy”

I was shown a toy, yesterday, which I would like help understanding qualitatively. A fellow engineer showed me a kit which included three main parts: 1.) A base (black box), approximately 4 ...