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How does electron spin change instantaneously without violating inertia principle?

The inertia in one of the main properties of matter. That is why all process in macro world do not happen instantaneously. What I do not understand is how we should apply this general idea of inertia ...
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Spin via Change of Phase

Thinking of spin as arising from a change in the phase of a wave function: The angular momentum is defined by the change of the phase of the wave function under rotations, which may come from the ...
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Square of the Pauli matrices and the identity matrix

The square of any of the three Pauli Spin matrices is equal to the identity. Is there any physical meaning to this? Would you expect it? Maybe in the context of the $SU(2)$ group?
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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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An electron has no known internal structure, does that imply it has an unknown one?

I'm currently reading Alonso and Finn's Electromagnetism book. It explains that the spin contributes to the magnetic moment and is somewhat comparable to a rotation of the particle around its own ...
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Is spin an observable quantity for fundamental particles? [duplicate]

How we know that the spin of fundamental particles? For example spin-0, 1/2, 1,2.. What is the experimental facts about spin?
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Spin-½ and beyond: Measuring spin components other than ± ħ / 2: How to formulate the probability function?

It is my understanding that in quantum mechanics (for 1/2 spin particles) the probability function that describes the direction of a particle's spin state is proportional to the overlap of the ...
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How do I calculate integer and half integer spin? [closed]

How do I calculate integer and half integer spin, and how do I use the calculations?
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Why do we look at the representations of $SO(3)$ in QM?

I have a bit of an understanding issue why the representations of $SO(3)$ are so important for Quantum Mechanics. When looking at its Irreps one gets the Spin and Angular Momentum operators and thus ...
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Why angular momentum about three independent axes?

The generic commutation relations for the angular momentum operator are $[J_x, J_y] = i \hbar J_z$, where the $J_i$, $i = x,y,z$ are the components of the angular momentum vector operator, $\mathbf ...
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Given eigenvalues of $\vec l^2$ and $\vec s^2$, calculate the eigenvalue for $\vec j^2$

There was an exam question that read approximatly: Let $\vec j = \vec l + \vec s$. Given eigenvalues of $\vec l^2$ and $\vec s^2$, calculate the eigenvalue for $\vec j^2$. We came up with $$\vec ...
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Where does the electron get its high magnetic moment from?

I have always found the concept of spin a little weird. I had read somewhere that for the charge or size of electrons, their magnetic field is very high. In order to produce such fields, they must be ...
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A question on lowering the total spin

Is there a way to lower the total spin of the state and fixing the $S_z$ rather than lowering the $S_z$ by spin ladder operator? Or in other words, how to connect the $S=1$ state with $S=2$ or $S=0$ ...
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Interchange symmetry for states with identical particles

I was reading this web page about interchange symmetry for states with identical particles here: http://quantummechanics.ucsd.edu/ph130a/130_notes/node317.html The article states that the highest ...
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Spin 1/2 particles hamiltonian, addition of angular momentum confusion

Suppose I want to compute $S^{1}_z -S^{2}_z$ on a singlet state $|0,0>$. (where $S^{i}_z$ are two particles' spin operators). $$|0,0> = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} (|\frac{1}{2},-\frac{1}{2}> - ...
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Why is $ \vec{S}^{(A)} \otimes \vec{S}^{(B)} = \frac{\hbar^2}{4}(\sigma_x \otimes \sigma_x + \sigma_y \otimes\sigma_y + \sigma_z \otimes \sigma_z)$?

I haven't been taught tensor product in class but they have taught us addition of spin. I looked up online in this link->http://homepage.univie.ac.at/reinhold.bertlmann/pdfs/T2_Skript_Ch_7.pdf (pg ...
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Clebsch-Gordan Coefficients for two spin-1 particles - Why is there a ∣0⟩∣0⟩ ket?

I have used the rules for addition of angular momenta to work out the Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, which all seem right except for state $\lvert0,0\rangle$: For n = 1 \begin{align} \lvert1,1\rangle ...
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How does a spinning electron produce a magnetic field?

I learned in my undergraduate physics class that atoms have magnetic fields produced by the orbit of electrons and the spin of electrons. I understand how an orbit can induce a magnetic field because ...
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Can a wave possess spin?

Since a matter wave is associated with a particle in quantum mechanics, does the wave spins? I mean, can we visualize the spinning of wave or is it possible that the wave spins?
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What's is the origin of Orbital Angular Momentum of electrons in atoms?

Consider the Hydrogen 1s electron. We know that, in the quantum picture, the electron isn't orbiting or rotating at all, rather we simply state that the electron is spread over the entire space with ...
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What is $\langle \sigma_\mu \rangle$ $\langle \sigma_\mu \rangle$ for the Pauli Matrices?

What is \begin{align} \sum_{\mu=0}^{3} \langle \sigma_{\mu} \rangle^2 = ? \end{align} $\sigma_{\mu}$ are the Pauli matrices. The Bra-Ket notation is used in this question: \begin{align} \langle ...
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How can a black hole have spin?

How is it possible, or even meaningful, to say that a black hole has spin? (Tangentially, if the singularity is assumed to be a point, it must have either zero or infinite angular momentum, in both ...
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Can (quantum) angular momentum $L$ be zero?

I am trying to calculate the orbital magnetic moment, $\bar{\mu}$, for Sodium, which has an electron configuration of $1s^2 2s^2 2p^6 3s^1$. The full shells do not contribute to $\bar{L}$ and ...
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What are the assumptions behind “term symbols”?

In multi-electron atoms, the electronic state of the optically active "subshell" is often expressed in "term symbols" notation. I.e. $^{2S+1}L_J$. This presumes that the system of electrons has ...
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A question about relativistic spin operator

The question comes from Ryder's Quantum Field Theory, 2nd edition. The author was looking for relativistic spin operator. It was concluded that it cannot be $J^2:=\mathrm{J} \cdot \mathrm{J}$, where ...
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Understanding Triplet And Singlet States

We know, $2\otimes 2=3\oplus 1$. Thus we have a spin triplet of states and a spin singlet. Can we regard these states as the spin part of wavefunction for the excited states and the ground state of ...
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Matrix representation angular momentum

We are supposed to give a matrix representation of $L\cdot S$ for an electron with $l=1$ and $s=\frac{1}{2}$. I read $L\cdot S$ as $L \otimes S$. Is this correct? Then we would have e.g. for ...
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Angular momentum and spin

I am having problems with this excercise. We look at a system where the total angular momentum is given by an electron with $l=1$ and $s=\frac{1}{2}$. Now I am supposed to calculate the ...
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Is there a way of measuring the spin along an arbitrary direction of a spin 1 particle?

I am familiar with the expression for spin 1/2 but haven't seen one for spin 1.
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Possible spin states?

Given a system of two particles with spin up and down, I have troubles to understand the possible states of this system. I would have normally thought, that the possible states are the tensor ...
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How do you measure proton's spin? [duplicate]

I've probably read it somewhere in Sakurai but I cannot recall it at the moment. So how does one really measure the proton's spin? I mean the proton's spin and not its constituents. Do you measure ...
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Stern Gerlach experiment - only two discrete beams?

The Stern Gerlach experiment was meant to prove the orbital quantization of electrons where there should be +ml,0,-ml states. So for l=2, there should be 5 beams. But they saw 2 beams, which was ...
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Angular momentum conservation in pion decay?

I have seen the charged pion decay $$\pi^{-}~\to~ \bar{\nu}_{\ell} +\ell^{-}$$ represented with diagrams containing a $W^-$ in the $s$-channel. The $\pi^-$ and $W^-$ have angular momentum $0$ and $1$ ...
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If space and time are equivalent, what's Spin in time dimension

This troubles me: We are talking about time and space being equivalent, but still only consider Spin in the $x$, $y$ or $z$-direction. What's Spin in time dimension? Is it distinction between ...
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Photons angular momentum / spin

I have a textbook that says that photons have a spin of absolute value $\hbar$ and at some other point, they say that it has angular momentum of absolute value $\hbar$. Now, since they are different ...
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What is the significance of electron spin quantum number?

Somewhere I read that spin quantum number is a particularly interesting theory of quantum mechanics as what it really implies is that particles like electrons do not come back to the initial state of ...
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Russell-Saunders Term

The Russell-Saunders term states that: $$^{2S+1}L_{J}$$ Now, if I'm not mistaken, $L$ is the total orbital angular momentum, $J = L + S$, but what is $S$ exactly? I know it's the total spin angular ...
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Wave functions for 2D potential with spin interactions

So consider a 2D system with a circular potential and a spin-orbit interaction: $V(r) = V_0 \theta(r_0 - r) + c r_0 V_0 L_z S_z \delta(r-r_0)$ where $\theta$ is step function. So the operators ...
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Spin of a decay product

A particle A decays into particles B, C and D. The spin of A, B and C particles is 1/2 each. What are the possible spins of particle D? My attempt is the following: Since B and C have spin 1/2 ...
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Why can't I just think the spin as rotating?

I'm going mad about the problem. I really don't understand why do electron have 1/2 spin number, why they are not actually spinning. I can accept that the electrons have their own magnetic field, ...
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Term symbol - how do we know the number of electrons $e^-$?

Lets say I have a term symbol $^4D_{5/2}$. From this I can simply read the total quantum numbers numbers $L=2$ and $J=5/2$. Now the superscripted number $4$ is called multiplicity if I am not ...
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What is the interpretation of the Chern-Simons electromagnetic spin density?

Hans de Vries (who happens to be a no-longer-active physics.SE user) has an online book (referenced below) in which ch. 6 is a presentation of an object he calls the Chern-Simons current, ...
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How to theoretically determine the angular momentum of an atom?

To determine if an atom is a boson or a fermion I have to count the fermions that constitute the atom (protons, neutrons and electrons). My question is: How to theoretically (as opposed to ...
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Magnetic moment of electron

Since magnetic moment come from the circulation of charge, what is the origination of the electron's magnetic moment? Because spin of electron is not the classical spin of particle. Can we say that ...
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Quantization of Electron Spin

Why is electron spin quantized? I've seen the derivation for the Hydrogen atom's energy levels, but my professor jumped to electrons having spin 1/2 or -1/2 as experimental. Why do electrons obey the ...
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What is the meaning of spin two?

As the title suggests, what is the meaning of spin two? I kind of understand spin half for electrons. I can kind of understand spin one for other particles. However I'm not sure how something could ...
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Does the spin precession change sign when the angular momentum does?

Say you have a charged particle moving circularly in an electromagnetic field. Basic quantum mechanics tell us that its spin will precess with a certain frequency. If the same particle were traveling ...
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Why do cosmic bodies revolve? [duplicate]

Why do cosmic bodies such as planets, stars, satellites revolve? What made them to revolve after the formation of universe?
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spin parity $J^P$ notation

In particle physics, when you read $J^P$, does it mean Spin parity or total angular momentum parity? I know that the letter $J$ is used for TOTAL angular momentum but I think I read somewhere that ...
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Total Angular Momentum of deuteron

I'm studying for my nuclear physics exam and the book we use is Introductory Nuclear Physics by K.S. Krane. In the chapter on Basic Nuclear Structure, we research the deuteron. However, when ...