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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Splitting of degenerate states due to perturbation

In band structures we see avoided crossing when we have degenerate eigenstates (caused by perturbation due to potential energy). However along some direction in first Brillouin zone, even though the ...
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Eigenvectors of the angular momentum operator $S_x$ [closed]

For a spin of $\frac{1}{2}$ the angular momentum operator can be written as $\vec{S} = \frac{\hbar}{2} \vec{\sigma}$ in matrix form. Find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of $S_x$ where $\sigma_x = ...
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Is the symmetry group of two spin 1/2 particles $SU(2) \times SU(2)$ or $SU(4)$?

This is a simple question. Please forgive me, as I am a lowly experimentalist. Suppose we have two free spin 1/2 particles, i.e. a 4-fold degenerate system. What is the set of symmetry operations ...
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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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What is the spin state of a spin-1/2 particle when it comes out of a Stern-Gerlach apparatus?

Having a particle entering the apparatus with spin state $|+\rangle$, for which $\hat S_x|+\rangle=+\frac\hbar 2|+\rangle$, I have a question about how to express the spin state when it comes out. I ...
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What spin-statistics is a magnetic monopole expected to obey?

What statistics (or spin) is a magnetic monopole expected to have? Does it depend on the theory used?
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Does classical axial current conservation prevent the spontaneous emission of a photon by an electron?

I understand the axial current conservation (in the massless limit) in classial field theory to mean that the difference between right handed and left handed electrons is conserved in QED. $$j^{\mu ...
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Is the third spin vector of a photon always suppressed?

I like to tell people interested in light polarization that the photon is a vector boson for which the third spin axis, the one in the direction of travel, is suppressed due to photons being massless ...
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Adiabatic evolution for initial Hamiltonian on Hadamard basis and problem Hamiltonian as diagonal

This is spawned from a comment at the answer to one of my previous questions. Someone suggested to me that claiming the following statement might be NP-hard. Could anyone please help me to figure out ...
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Confusion about a lemma on the time constraint of an adiabatic evolution (arXiv:quant-ph/0604077)

I am going through the paper Quantum adiabatic evolutions that can't be used to design efficient algorithms by Zhaohui Wei and Mingsheng Ying. On the second page they prove a lemma. The statement goes ...
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Simple QM question about Sy matrix

Given a spin 1/2 particle in state $|\alpha\rangle=\begin{bmatrix}a \\b\end{bmatrix}$, what is the probability of it being measured in the $S_{y+}$ state. Is this equivalent to, if $S_y$ is measured ...
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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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Demo of Classical Example of a Spin 1/2 System

I was wondering if there are demos of spin 1/2 systems that anyone knows of. Are there any classical systems that are symmetric under a rotation of $4\pi$ and not $2\pi$?
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Trajectories of particles with spin in Einstein-Cartan theory

The Einstein-Cartan theory is a generalisation of General Relativity insofar as the condition that the metric affine connection is torsion-free is dropped. In other words, the space time is a ...
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Has the spin and parity of the Higgs boson been experimentally confirmed? [closed]

I read in a newspaper that the Higgs boson might be the new boson but that this was not confirmed, because we don't know its properties, e.g. its spin or parity. Now I see it confirmed that it is the ...
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Why do same/opposite electric charges repel/attract each other, respectively?

I know plus pushes another plus away, but why, really, do they do that? On the other hand, molecules of the same type are attracted to each other. I find that weird. I do know some stuff about four ...
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What do the four components of Dirac Spinors represent in the Standard Model?

I've been trying to get my head around the formalisms used in the Standard Model. From what i've gathered Dirac Spinors are 4 component objects designed to be operated on by Lorentz Transformations ...
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Spin tensor and Lorentz group operator in bispinor case

For infinisesimal bispinor transformations we have $$ \delta \Psi = \frac{1}{2}\omega^{\mu \nu}\eta_{\mu \nu}\Psi , \quad \delta \bar {\Psi} = -\frac{1}{2}\omega^{\mu \nu}\bar {\Psi}\eta_{\mu \nu}, ...
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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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Maxwell's equations as the particular case of massive vector field equation

There was a discussion (please look to the comments on my answer) about getting Maxwell's equations for free spin-1 field by using massive spin-1 representation's equations. I'll start from the ...
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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 magnetic field lines and force are not orthogonal with magnets?

The below explanation why magnetism exists is superb in this video. The explanation about magnets is also great in this video. A magnet has atoms with unpaired electrons forming mini magnets. The ...
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Simularity transformation of Heisenberg XXZ Hamiltonian

I am considering the Heisenberg XXZ Hamiltonian: $$ H(\Delta, J) = J\sum_{i=1}^L\left(\sigma^x_i\sigma^x_{i+1} + \sigma^y_i\sigma^y_{i+1} + \Delta \sigma^z_i\sigma^z_{i+1} \right) $$ Apparently, one ...
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Stern-Gerlach and Hund's second rule

According to Hund's second rule, the spin tends to be maximal. That would, in my understanding, imply that, regarding the Stern-Gerlach experiment, the important electron in a silver atom has spin ...
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Why gravity is an attractive force? [duplicate]

Why gravity is an attractive force? One may say that it is because of space time curvature but General Relativity is built on this law: $\displaystyle G \frac{m_1 \times m_2}{r^2}$ (To be more ...
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Measuring the spin of a particle from a singlet state

Imagine that I have a singlet state: $|s\rangle = {1 \over \sqrt2}(| \uparrow_1\downarrow_2 \rangle - |\downarrow_1\uparrow_2\rangle)$ I want to measure the spin along the z axis of the first ...
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How do we determine the statistics and spin of quasi-particles?

I am considering the Heisenberg XXZ model at the moment. In the literature it says that (in the $J\Delta\rightarrow\infty$ limit, i.e. the ferromagnetic Ising regime) one can either view low-energy ...
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Some limiting cases of the Heisenberg XXZ model (2/2)

NOTE: Because this was a long question I have split it up in two different questions! For a course on quantum integrability I am reading these notes. (Franchini: Notes on Bethe Ansatz Techniques. ...
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Do spin-spin interactions break time reversal symmetry?

I'm sure the answer is yes, but how is this shown? Normally for a single spin-1/2 you have a time reversal operator: $-i \sigma_y \hat{K}$ where $\sigma_y$ is the second Pauli matrix and $\hat{K}$ is ...
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What the quantum spin refers to? How we calculate the angular momentum $\omega$ from the spin quantum number?

How we calculate the angular momentum $\omega$ from the spin quantum number, to know how fast a particle rotating on its own axis?
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Is spin just due to uncertainty in angular momentum?

I can't seem to think of any way to envision electron spin. Can it be thought of as the uncertainty in angular momentum?
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Will macroscopic object change its angular velocity after absorbing electron?

Consider macroscopic object (a ball for instance) which has angular momentum equals 0. Now single electron hits the ball and is absorbed by it. Let's assume it hits in direction perpendicular to ...
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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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Which way do black hole jets spin?

The centers of black holes and quasars often have jets coming out the two poles of an accretion disk, say north and south. Is it known if the two jets spin in the same direction or opposite ...
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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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Relation between the spin of a particle and the polarization of it's wave

Is there any intrinsic relation between the spin of a particle, and the degree of freedom of it's polarization? does it holds for any particle-wave couple? like EM-photon, ...
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How do you determine the elementary particle's spin number?

I know that electrons and protons have a spin of 1/2, whereas photons have a spin of 1,. However, I do not know how this is determined? How is it determined?
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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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link between real particles, representation of algebra and Young tableau

I know that different representations of this algebra correspond to different spin. One can sort the representation according to the casimir. For any simple Lie algebra, the operator $$ T^2 = ...
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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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Why does earth spins? [duplicate]

I understand the governing force causing the earth's cycle around the sun is gravity. It can be described by Keplar's law. But what causes the earth's spin? what is its governing law?
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Symmetric transverse traceless tensors of rank $s$ and $(s,0,0,..,0)$ representations of $SO(n)$

Can someone help see this connection as to why a spin $s$ (an Integer) particle is to be thought of as a symmetric transverse traceless tensor of rank $s$ and that they lie in the $(s,0,0,..,0)$ ...
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Can one prove the full spin-statistics theorem from the spin 0, 1/2 and 1 cases?

Using second quantization for scalar field, spinor field and vector fields, we can get commutation and anticommutation relations for the birth and destruction operators of the fields, which leads us ...
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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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Chirality and helicity operators for the massless bispinor rep and their generalisation on arbitrary (tensor, 4-vector etc) cases

Let's have chirality projection operator $$ \hat {C}_{\pm} = \frac{1 \pm \gamma^{5}}{2}. $$ We introduce it and called it chirality, because $$ \hat {C}_{+}\psi = \begin{pmatrix} \psi_{\alpha} \\ 0 ...
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Chirality, helicity and their relationship for the massless case

Chirality can be interpreted as a property of Lorentz group - Lorentz transformation of field through representation $(s, 0)$ or representation $(0, s)$. For the massless particles one says, 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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How do we know photons have spin 1?

Electrons have spin 1/2, and as they are charged, they also have an associated magnetic moment, which can be measured by an electron beam splitting up in an inhomogeneous magnetic field or through the ...
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Eigenvalues of the square of Pauli-Lubanski operator

Let's have Pauli-Lunanski 4-operator: $$ \hat {W}^{\nu} = \frac{1}{2}\varepsilon^{\nu \alpha \beta \gamma}\hat {J}_{\alpha \beta}\hat {P}_{\gamma}, $$ which easy transforms to $$ \hat {W}^{\nu} = ...
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The square of Pauli-Lubanski operator

Let's have Pauli-Lubanski operator: $$ \hat {W}^{\alpha} = \frac{1}{2}\varepsilon^{\alpha \beta \gamma \delta}\hat {J}_{\beta \gamma}\hat {P}_{\delta} = \frac{1}{2}\varepsilon^{\alpha \beta \gamma ...