Fundamental characteristic property of particles which together with orbital angular momentum acts as the generator of rotations and which doesn't have a classical equivalent but is sometimes compared to and contrasted with classical intrinsic angular momentum.

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Stern-Gerlach: Why is it probability 1/2 for cooked up silver atoms?

Why does cooking up silver atoms in an oven give them equal probability spin up and spin down?
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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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Do the eigenstates of the Pauli operators correspond to the six directions of the 3D world?

I understand that the six eigenstates of the three Pauli operators $X, Y, Z$ correspond to the six poles of the Bloch sphere. By fixing an orthonormal basis of our physical word, does "measuring Pauli ...
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Why does earth spin counter-clockwise?

If we observe the earth from the north pole, we can see that the earth is rotating counter clock wise direction. The earth spins due to angular momentum, but why only in counter clock wise. Why ...
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How can an infinitesimally small object rotate?

How is it possible for an object like a black hole or electron to spin since they are made up of no other components? If my understanding is correct, an electron is an elementary particle which means ...
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How can it be derived that particles described by the Dirac equation must have spin 1/2?

I am reading some lecture notes that unfortunately don't seem to be available online, but that are quite close in spirit in their treatment of the Dirac equation to Sakurai's "Advanced Quantum ...
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Addition of two spins

In the addition of two spins, $S_1$ and $S_2$ show that operators $S_1^2$,$S_2^2$,$S_{1z}$,$S_{2z}$ can have common eigenkets, however, operators $S^2$ and $S_{1z}$ cannot have common eigenkets for ...
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Excitation spectrum of heisenberg model

I understand that ferromagnetic Heisenberg model (lattice of spin variables that can point in any direction) spectrum can be deduced by a $\lambda\phi^4$ theory with $\phi$ being complex. This model ...
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Large Spin operators and radial quantization

I've been reading the paper "Comments on operators with large Spin" (here) and I am having some trouble understanding the following: In section 2, they begin by studying, in a conformal field theory ...
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About the definition of the spin current

People have been talking about the spin current for a while. But there is a fundamental problem. Unlike charge, or mass, spin is not conserved. Let us take the 1d spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain as an ...
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Simple question about using determinant to find eigenvalues of $\hat{S_x} + \hat{S_y}$ [closed]

The problem is: Find the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the operator $\hat{S_x} + \hat{S_y}$ where $\hat{S_i}$ is the spin operator in the i direction (i = x,y,z). The first step of their ...
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Spin magnetic moment direction of a particle

Is the spin magnetic moment of a fundamental particle like an electron always aligned along the direction of the spin angular momentum (meaning that the magnetic moment and the spin operators have the ...
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Application or Applicability Spin Seebeck Effect

I am looking for any application or study of applicability of the Spin Seebeck Effect. I have not found anything good anywhere so far but maybe someone here knows something? Would appriciate any ...
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A physical basis for Heisenberg ferromagnetic cluster model

Consider the following situation. There are $N$ spins 1/2 (for example 1/2, it may be any other value $s$) and they interact via the Hamiltonian: $$\hat{H}=-\sum_{i\neq j}\frac{J}{N}\hat{\vec{S}}_i ...
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Using rotation matrix for spin to write x oriented spin in z-spin basis

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left| #1 \right>}$The problem is to write the ket vector for a particle with spin +1/2 along the x axis, in terms of the standard basis vectors $\ket{+1/2}$ and $\ket{-1/2}$ ...
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Why is a photon its own anti-photon?

Two properties of a photon that I have considered in trying to answer this myself : Photons are electrically neutral, so there is no need for "anti-photons" to preserve conservation of charge. Take ...
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What is the theory behind spin-transfer torque?

I would like to get a layman's understanding of STT (Spin-transfer torque). By that I mean I don't have time to understand the mathematical and exact physical theory, but I would still very much like ...
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Is this definition of orthohelium and parahelium incorrect?

"One electron is presumed to be in the ground state, the 1s state. An electron in an upper state can have spin antiparallel to the ground state electron ($S=0$, singlet state, parahelium) or ...
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Spin, isospin, parity etc. in nuclear physics

I have one question regarding these quantum numbers. When I read through my textbook, it sometimes just says something like: "And this atoms ground state has $J^{\pi} = 0^+$ and isospin $+1$" - as an ...
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Do particles have spin because there exist spinor representations for the Lorentz group?

I am reading Peskin and Schroeder's An introduction to field theory. They first describe the spinor representation of the Lorentz group, and then they mention the fact that different particles have ...
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Angular momentum conservation laws and GHZ article (Greenberger et al 1990)

Can anyone recommend a good book or an online source on angular momentum conservation laws in decay processes? I'm writing a master's thesis concerning Bell inequalities and currently working on GHZ ...
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Getting to spins of arbitrary direction

Let me rephrase this question: Let us assume we know that symmetry transformations always look like this: $$U(s)=e^{iKs} $$ with a hermitian Operator K. This tells us that for very small $s$: ...
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Expectation value in spin-orbit coupling

So I was just trying a question where it asked to find the Energy shift due to a spin-orbit coupling Hamiltonian to first order using perturbation theory. The Hamiltonian is $$H_{LS} = ...
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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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Find Eigenstates of a Hamiltonian that lets two spin 1/2 interact but also acts on one of them

I have the following Hamiltonian describing two spin 1/2 systems, represented by the pauli matrices $\sigma_1$ and $\sigma_2$: $H = D \sigma_{1z} + J (\sigma_1 \cdot \sigma_2) $. The two spins are ...
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Measuring electron spin with multiple Stern–Gerlach apparatus at an angle

To separate the two spins of electron of a particular direction, we use Stern-Gerlach apparatuses to apply a non-uniform Magnetic field. Suppose we have two identical electrons and we know their spin ...
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Spin, orbital angular momentum and total angular momentum

If I understand correctly, spin is an intrinsic property of particles, which follows the algebra of angular momentum, but has nothing to do with an "orbital angular momentum" in that the particle is ...
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If proton spin emergence from quarks and gluons is mysterious, why is silver atom spin not?

A recent Scientific American article brought up an old issue, which is this: According to quantum chromodynamic models, the emergence of exactly 1/2 unit of spin in a proton (or a neutron, or any ...
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Explicit Ewald equations for dipole-dipole interaction in a simulation

I'm starting to work with spin ice simulations and I found that it is usual to use the Ewald method for the long-range interactions computation (dipole-dipole in this case). Although I've been reading ...
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How to act an operator on a two-particle spin state?

I'm doing an assignment for my quantum class at the moment and I'm having trouble figuring out how to act a Spin operator on a two-particle state - specifically in finding the eigenvalues - I've spent ...
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Spin commutation relations

For orbital angular momentum defined as $L= r \times p $ we can prove, in quantum mechanics, the commutation relations. Also, we could prove these relationships through the study of rotations ...
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How to obtain a vector relation for the Rabi frequency?

In this paper by Golovach et al.: http://journals.aps.org/prb/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevB.74.165319 there is the following equation for spin evolution: $$\langle \dot{\bf{S}} \rangle=({\boldsymbol ...
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Calculations with angular momentum

Is the following correct, when adding 3 angular momenta/spins: \begin{align} 1\otimes 1\otimes \frac{1}{2}&=\left(1\otimes 1\right)\otimes \frac{1}{2} \\ &=\left(2\oplus 1\oplus ...
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How to use Clebsch-Gordan coefficients for 3 particles?

I have a Hamiltonian for 3 particles of spin 1 that I boiled down to: \begin{equation} k(\textbf{S}^2+\cdots), \end{equation} where: \begin{equation} \textbf{S}=\textbf{S}_1+\textbf{S}_2+\textbf{S}_3. ...
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Question regarding entanglement

Could the paradoxical nature of entanglement be the result of a change in the nature of quantum properties, or an incomplete understanding of such, instead of non-locality?
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Understanding quantum coherence in biological processes (Magnetoreception)

Moved my questions to the top. Context below. Why is the strength of the electric field and the coupling constant being compared to the inverse coherence time? What is the inverse coherence time? Is ...
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Notation of angular momentum operators vs numbers

I'm reading about finding the mass of quarks in mesons. In the lecture notes, it says We need to find $\langle\boldsymbol{s}_q\cdot\boldsymbol{s}_\bar{q}\rangle$. Since $L=0$, then ...
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Entanglement and the uncertainty principle

Suppose you have two maximally entangled particles. You measure the spin about the x axis of the first and the spin about the y axis of the second. But both spins cannot be known simultaneously, so ...
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Mixed spin Ising Model

As we know ferrimagnets can be modeled by the Ising model. I came across this equation in "Compensation Temperature of the Mixed-Spin Ising Model on the Hexagonal Lattice" by W. Figueiredo, M. Godoy, ...
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What is the meaning of EM field having curl?

We know that the "sourceful" fields like gravity or electric static field due to charge are all curl=0. But both E/M fields have curl and they mutually "curling" into each other, making them kind of ...
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What does it mean for a particle to have spin of 2? [duplicate]

When I first started to study quantum mechanics, my physics text book told that particles have spin of either 1/2 or -1/2. Then I recently read an article saying that gravitons are expected to be ...
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How to count total spin degeneracies for many spin one half particles?

Given the spin operator for particle $j$ \begin{align} \bar{S}_{j} = \left( \bigotimes_{k=1}^{j-1} I_{k} \right) \otimes \left(\tfrac{\hbar}{2}\bar{\sigma}\right)_{j} \otimes \left( ...
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Spin State Energy Levels

When a spin-1/2 particle is placed in a magnetic field that is strong enough and varies slowly enough in space and time, it will become polarized and its spin will either align or anti-align with the ...
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Spin in Schrodingers Equations

With the usage of Dirac notation we've gotten around a large amount of of inconvenience that would be dealing with spin. But, I was wondering, do we merely do this because it is inconvenient to try ...
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Entanglement of two particles with same values of the entangled parameters?

The question For an entangled state consisting of systems A and B, if A is measured when does the wavefunction at B collapse? contains next entangled state: If there are two systems A and B, with ...
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Is the Singlet state for Helium with 2 electrons symmetric rather than anti-symmetric as is meant to be for fermions?

I'm looking at two-electron Helium atoms where one electron is in the ground state (due to if it were in other states, it's de-excitation would simply lead to the ionization of the electron). The ...
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Is there any macroscopic experiment that reproduces the results of Stern-Gerlach experiments on electron spin?

In a Stern-Gerlach experiment measuring electron spin, electrons are diverted to one of two areas on a detector, rather than ending up in a continuum between those two areas. I'm wondering if there is ...
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Rotation of a spin polarization meaning

I've got some quantum state $|s\rangle =\left( \begin{array}{c} cos(\frac {\theta}{2})\\ {e}^{i\phi}sin(\frac {\theta}{2})\end{array} \right)$ I operate on it with a Paul matrix $\sigma_z$ and get a ...
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Why is this spin expectation value a vector

I'm given a spin state: $|s\rangle$ = some linear combination of $|\uparrow\rangle + |\downarrow\rangle$ possibly with an imaginary component. $\hat{\mu}_e = g\mu_B\hat{\sigma}$ $g$ is the ...
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How do I operate on a spin state with a sigma operator?

For any arbitrary spin state $|s\rangle$. How do I operate on it with the Pauli spin matrix, $\hat{\sigma_z}$? Does this have something to do with a Bloch sphere?