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Gravitational wave contribution of the Hawking radiation from a black hole

Black holes are expected to radiate like a perfect black radiator at the Hawking temperature, which means that they'll emit all particles according to the relevant formulas one can derive using ...
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Eikonal approximation in QFT

Does the eikonal approximation for calculating a scattering amplitude in QFT provide the exact result in the limit of $s\rightarrow\infty$ at finite $t=0$ ($s$ and $t$ are the usual Mandelstam ...
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Why are electrons treated classically in cyclotron measurements?

As I understand , systems having large angular momenta relative to the planck constant (limit of large quantum numbers, e.g. $J/\hbar \to \infty$), can be treated as classical systems. Now in the case ...
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Application of Sommerfeld model on Weyl semimetals

I'm studying Solid State Physics. I know how to describe the Sommerfeld model, but I don't know how to apply it on Weyl semimetals. The dispersion relation on Weyl semimetals is the following: ...
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Perturbation theory for a particle in a weak potential

I have a basic question about quantum mechanics, maybe it has a basic answer. Take a free particle in a quartic potential, $L=\frac{1}{2}\dot{x}^2-\lambda x^4$ This is massless $\phi^4$ theory in ...
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Non-equilibrium electronic distribution in the time-relaxation approximation - Which is the boundary condition?

In Chapter 13 of Ashcroft-Mermin - "Solid State Physics", the following non equilibrium electronic phase-space distribution for the semiclassical electrons in a periodic crystal is derived: ...
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How can I use a magnet to lift a paperclip?

This question has been asked already, but no satisfying answer came up. All the answers seem to push the problem further, but do not explain clearly what is going on. I will reformulate it for a ...
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Why do we obtain classical physics by taking the limit of Planck's constant to zero?

Why if we specifically set Planck's constant equal to zero (the limit of it) do we sometimes get classical physics? I mean, what does it mean physically to set the constant equal to zero? Or to say it ...
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Relativistic time dilation on Mars compared to Earth?

What is the time dilation in Mars, compared to earth? Can we accurately calculate it? What information is needed to do these calculations?
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Classical mechanics from Quantum mechanics

I'm looking at a way to prove that one recovers, under ad hoc assumptions, classical mechanics from quantum theory. Usually, we can find in textbooks that the propagator $$K(x,x_0;t)=\langle x|e^{-i ...
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Why does a damped quantum harmonic oscillator have the same decay rate as the equivalent classical system?

$\newcommand{ket}[1]{|#1\rangle} \newcommand{bbraket}[3]{\langle #1 | #2 | #3 \rangle}$ Why does the decay rate for a damped quantum harmonic oscillator exactly match the classical limit? Background ...
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How to add Langevin terms to the semiclassical Bose-Hubbard model?

I would like to add Langevin terms to the Hamilton equations of motion of the semiclassical Bose-Hubbard model. Here's what I have: I start with the standard example of Brownian motion, a particle ...
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What determines the Bloch wavepacket length scale?

We know in the semiclassical Boltzmann theory, there are several length scales: the lattice constant $a$, the Bloch wavepacket spread $\xi$, other length scales such as the mean free path $l$, the ...
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Is WKB really applicable for the ground state?

It seems that WKB is applicable for a given $E$ if and only if $\hbar$ is sufficiently small. Or in other words, WKB is applicable if and only if the quantum number is large enough. Is this ...
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Planck's constant and phase space in quantum mechanics

During my undergrad physics classes, I've come across several seemingly related phenomena dealing with $h$ and phase space in quantum mechanics. Let $T_x$ be a translation operator by $x$ in ...
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How is the logarithmic correction to the entropy of a non extremal black hole derived?

I`ve just read, that for non extremal black holes, there exists a logarithmic (and other) correction(s) to the well known term proportional to the area of the horizon such that $S = \frac{A}{4G} + K ...
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What exactly is closed orbit theory and what assumptions go into it?

I am just beginning a research project on the study of closed orbits, specifically as related to hydrogen, and I wanted a little bit more information on what exactly makes something a "closed orbit". ...
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Probability conservation in WKB tunneling

Suppose we have quantum mechanical plane waves of energy $E$ incident upon a one-dimensional potential barrier $V(x)$ with sloping sides. One can compare the WKB solutions in the three relevant ...
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Semiclassical quantization of bouncing ball

Consider an elastically bouncing ball of mass $m$ and energy $E$. This has a triangular potential $$ V(x)~=~\left\{\begin{array}{ll} mgx & \text{if } x>0, \\ \infty & \text{if } x<0, ...
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Positive energies

If the potential is bounded below $ V(x)=V(-x) \ge a $ for some real number $a$, and we can be sure that as $ x\rightarrow \infty $ we know that $ V(x) \ge 0 $ then does it mean that the energies for ...
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Hawking radiation for closely orbiting black holes

Suppose we have two black holes of radius $R_b$ orbiting at a distance $R_r$. I believe semi-classical approximations describe correctly the case where $R_r$ is much larger than the average black body ...
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Bohr-van Leeuwen theorem and quantum mechanics

Preamble: If one considers an ideal gas of non interacting charged particles of charge $q$ in a uniform magnetic field $\mathbf{B} = \mathbf{\nabla} \wedge \mathbf{A}$, then the classical partition ...
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Classical spin viewed as $SU(2)$

In which sense is the configuration variable of a classical spin $SU(2)$? I can view a classical spin as a unit vector in $\mathbb{S}^2$ (2-dim. sphere), but it seems it is really given by a matrix ...
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Is Ehrenfest theorem equivalent to Bohr's Correspondence Principle?

Ehrenfest theorem is usually dubbed as the quantum mechanical equivalent of Newton's law and Griffiths states, in the first chapter of his textbook, that Ehrenfests theorem enables us to work with ...
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WKB Quantization Condition - negative?

In deriving the quantization condition for a bound state in a potential with "no verticle walls" we start with the WKB connection formulas to find the wavefunction in the interior of the well ...
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WKB boundary conditions [duplicate]

Technically, this is a math problem but I think it is better here than in the math stacks. Consider the differential equation \begin{equation} y'' = (x^4 - E)y \end{equation} The boundary ...
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What is a 'turning point' in WKB and why does it fail at that point?

What is meant by a classical turning point in quantum mechanics and why does the WKB approximation fail at that point?
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bohr-sommerfeld quantiztion condition from semiclasical WKB

in WKB the quantization conditions are $$ \oint _{C} p.dq =2\pi n \hbar \tag{1}$$ and the wave function is $$ \Psi(x)= exp \left( \frac{iS[y(x)]}{\hbar} \right), \tag{2}$$ but what boundary ...
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WKB formula and Langer correction [duplicate]

The general WKB approximation formula states that $$ \int_a^b\sqrt{E_k-V(x)} = (k+1)\pi \text{ with } x \in [a,b] $$ for a regular Schrödinger equation (without the $\hbar$ and such). However, in the ...
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Quasiclassical QM for central fields

Let's have quasiclassical QM for central field $V(r)$. The Schroedinger equation for radial part of wavefunction $R_{n\ell}$ after substitution $u_{n\ell} = rR_{n\ell}$ takes the form $$ u_{n\ell}{''} ...
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Why does the Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization for give the exact energy-levels for a harmonic oscillator?

Why does the Bohr-Sommerfeld rule for quantization give the exact energy-levels for a simple harmonic oscillator?
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Semiclassical description of EM waves reflection from metallic surfaces

Imagine an EM wave impinging on a metal. Fresnel's formulas tell us that no wave can propagate through the metal, or that the transmitted field is an evascent wave with some penetration depth ...
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Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization for different potentials

Let's have Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization for one-dimensional case: $$ \int \limits_{a}^{b} p(x)dx ~=~ \pi \hbar (n + \nu ). $$ Here $p(x) = \sqrt{2m(E - U)}$, $a, b$ are turning points, and the area ...
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Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization from the WKB approximation

How can one prove the Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization formula $$ \oint p~dq ~=~2\pi n \hbar $$ from the WKB ansatz solution $$\Psi(x)~=~e^{iS(x)/ \hbar}$$ for the Schroedinger equation? With $S$ the ...
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WKB approximation for multiple turning points

I'm working on a numerical program which approximates the eigenvalues of a Schrödinger equation by making use of the WKB approximation formulas. For example, if the Schrödinger equation is $$ y''(x) = ...
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Semiclassical limit of Quantum Mechanics

I find myself often puzzled with the different definitions one gives to "semiclassical limits" in the context of quantum mechanics, in other words limits that eventually turn quantum mechanics into ...
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Semiclassical approximation in Quantum Field Theory

I've recently stumbled upon a semiclassical approximation to quantum field theory that I've never heard of and have a hard time understanding. Consider the Hamiltonian, \begin{equation} H = \frac{c}{ ...
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Is Gravitational Red shift equal to $mgh$

Is gravitational shift - $\frac{gh}{c^2}$ (according to pound-rebka experiment) always equal to $PE=mgh$? because assume the gravitational pull, $g$, is equal to $1$ then we can say $g = 1$ similarly ...
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Finding the energy eigenvalues of Hydrogen using WKB approach

I need help to find the energy eigen values of Hydrogen atom using WKB approach. So far I know, the radial equation is given by $$\frac{1}{r^2} \frac{\partial }{\partial r} \left( r^2 \frac{\partial ...
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Phase space derivation of quantum harmonic oscillator partition function

I would like to derive the partition function for the quantum Harmonic oscillator from scratch: $$\tag{1} Z = \int dp \, dx\, e^{-\beta H}.$$ The free particle appears in many textbooks. $H = ...
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Vacuum energy: black hole evaporation and cosmology - a discrepancy?

Black hole evaporation is a result of calculating the expectation value of the stress-energy tensor of the state of the vacuum in certain spacetimes and then making a plausibility argument as to the ...
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Length of the orbit (semiclassical orbits)

The Gutzwiller trace is about $$ d(E)=d_{0} (E)+ \sum_{p.o}A_{p}Cos(S(E)\ell_{p}) $$ and $ \ell_{p} $ are the length of the orbit. However my question is, how can one derive the length of the orbit ...
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How to use the WKB approximation to find wave functions?

I'm trying to learn how to apply WKB. I asked a similar question already, but that question was related to finding the energies. Here, I would like to understand how to find the wave functions using ...
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How to apply the WKB approximation in this case?

I'm trying to learn how to apply the WKB approximation. Given the following problem: An electron, say, in the nuclear potential $$U(r)=\begin{cases} & -U_{0} \;\;\;\;\;\;\text{ if } r < ...
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Semiclassical Approximation

In many books I read about semiclassical approximation applied to the field of Bose-Einstein condensation. But I don't understand what it really means. For example I read that an expression like this ...
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Complex Versus Real Wave Velocities in Quantum Mechanics

There's a fantastic quote in Schrodinger's second 1926 paper1 that apparently provides some motivation for the discrete energy levels (I think) that I'm having trouble interpreting: I would not ...
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Spaans, “On Quantum Contributions to Black Hole Growth”

This paper was posted to arxiv a couple of weeks ago: http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.1067 From the abstract: The effects of Wheeler's quantum foam on black hole growth are explored from an ...
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Beyond WKB approximation for energies

In the first term the energies are given by the Wentzel–Kramers–Brillouin (WKB) formula $$ \oint p dq = 2\pi \left( n+\frac{1}{2} \right) $$ However, can this formula be improved to include ...
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Hawking Radiation as Tunneling

Firstly, I'm aware that Hawking radiation can be derived in the "normal" way using the Bogoliubov transformation. However, I was intrigued by the heuristic explanation in terms of tunneling. The ...
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Looking for modern results in semiclassical physics and relevant references

What are some important approximations, especially those that are state-of-the-art, used to approximate the many-body dynamics of atoms and molecules in the semiclassical regime? To be clear, I'm not ...