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Why does the superposition principle work in method of images?

Okay, let there be a conducting sphere having radius $a$ initially charged with $Q$ & insulated. Now, $q$ is brought in front of the conductor at $y$ from the center. Now, Jackson in his book ...
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Superposition and Feynman path integral

Chapter 1-7 of Richard Feynman: The Feynman lectures on Physics. Quantum Mechanics. summarizes “When an event can occur in several alternative ways, the probability amplitude for the event is the ...
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How to interpret physical quantities in a superposition state?

When a spin 1/2-particle is in a superposition of spin-up and spin-down states: Should one consider the particle spin undefined in the superposition state or should one consider the particle spin ...
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How are standing waves a result of constructive and destructive interferences?

For constructive I can understand. But destructive I can't. I can not picture the shape of two pulses or waves maybe that form the resulting standing wave. The places where waves are canceled just ...
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Does entanglement have to be verified synchronously

I am not a physicist so, first of all I like to apologise if I my question is stupid. I just want to know where I am going wrong here. But if I have understood anything about the entanglement ...
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Principle of superposition and QED

For finding a net force on a charge when it is in influence of many charges we simply do vectorical addition of all individual interaction of that charge with others. That's what is principle of ...
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How to visualize a Schrödinger cat state?

I recently read about Schrödinger cat states (SCS), which are basically a superposition of two coherent states $|\alpha\rangle$ with opposite phases, that is, $$ |cat\rangle = |\alpha\rangle \pm ...
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Operators is a infinite dimensional matrix, how can it multiply by a wave function that is a n*1 (n is finite) matrix

My confusion started from thinking the quantum superposition principle. Several website say that the quantum superposition means all state can be represented as infinity superposition of orthogonal ...
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How to experimentally create an atom in a superposition of ground and excited states? [closed]

For Quantum Computing we use atoms in superposed states, but how do we physically create them?
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Probability density for wavefunction given as infinite superposition of eigenstates

How do we find the probability density as a function of (x,t), if the wavefunction is expressed as an infinite superposition of eigenstates? When the wavefunction is expressed as a superpostion of ...
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Linearity in Quantum Mechanics that make superposition possible

As a beginner in QM, all the video lectures that i have seen talk about superposing wave functions in order to get $\psi$. But from what i know from linear algebra, the system must be linear in order ...
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Why isn't everthing in a superposition state? [duplicate]

I know that a superposition is a state in which there are 50% and 50% (other % also) chances of two things to happen so why am I not in a superposition state? Example, I am at rest and i now choose to ...
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Wave superposition, is my textbook wrong?

Here's the question: Two coherent electromagnetic waves are incident simultaneously at some point in space. The intensity of each independent wave is $I_0$. What is the intensity of the superposition ...
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How does quantum superposition make calculation faster?

In every description of a quantum computer I've seen (that isn't extremely technical), they've been described as computers that use qubits, that use a superposition of 1 and 0 to make processing ...
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Why superpositions? [closed]

I've seen a lot of stuff on superpositions, namely the double slit experiment. And every video I watch, it tells me the same thing: It's amazing that when these particles are being observed they ...
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Functions of the form $F(x-ct)$ written as superposition?

In this section of the Wikipedia article on the wave equation they do the following: $$\int^{\infty}_{-\infty}s_+(\omega)e^{-i(kx+\omega t)}d\omega +\int^{\infty}_{-\infty}s_-(\omega)e^{i(kx-\omega ...
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Is a photon always in a state of superposition while traveling through space?

In the double-slit experiment, we emit a photon that is in a state of superposition (wave form) which travels through both slits to interfere with itself. When we measure which slit it went through, ...
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Fourier series for a wave on an infinite string?

From "Vibrations and Waves" by A.P. French I know that any wave on a string length $L$ can be represented by: $$y(x,t)=\Sigma^\infty_0 A_n \sin(\frac{n\pi x}{L})\cos(\omega_nt-\delta_n)$$ But can we ...
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Accuracy of quantum mechanical algorithms

Is it possible for a quantum mechanical algorithm to ensure when the wave function collapses that the right answer will be obtained 100% of the time? For this, I am excluding processes such as ...
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Is the interference quantum mechanical superposition the same as entanglement? [duplicate]

Are the interference of two wave functions an equivalent way of saying that they are entangled?
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Are The Quantum Assumptions of MBT Theory Correct?

I've become very interested in Tom Campbell's MBT Theory (Plenty of YouTube videos). I can't explain it all here because it takes a book (The one he's written). It's based on the virtual reality ...
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The wave equation, methods of solving and superposition of waves?

I have some questions concerning the wave equation: $${\partial^2 y \over \partial x^2} = {1\over c^2}{\partial^2 y \over \partial t^2}$$ Firstly, does the method of separation of variables give ...
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Time reversal on superposition: I think [duplicate]

Imagine I have a box, and in it, I have a photon in a superposition of state |1> and |0>. I look into the box and register that the photon is in state |1>. Now, if I have ALL information in the ...
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Can I state that $\Psi (x_1, \dots , x_n,t)= \sum_{i=1}^n a_i \psi (x_i,t) $ via superposition?

Given that the hamiltonian $\hat H$ of a system is a linear operator and $\dot \psi (x_i,t)$ does not depend on spatial coordinates $x_1, ..., x_n$ with bases $\hat e_1, ... , \hat e_n$ can I state ...
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How to check whether Schrödinger's cat was in superposition of states?

Suppose we can make an arbitrarily precise preparation of a Schrödinger's cat (and isolate it arbitrarily well so that decoherence is not a problem). If we prepare lots of cats in this state, what ...
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Why do wave functions need to be normalized? Why aren't the normalized to begin with? [duplicate]

Before I started studying quantum mechanics, I thought I knew what normalization was. Just pulling off Google, here's a definition that matches what I've understood normalization to mean: ...
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Superposition in classical Mechanics

I watched a video in YouTube solved these problem using superposition First he fixed the bottom rope and found the accelearations Second he fixed the upper pulley and found the accelerations Third ...
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Is there a formal proof for the superposition theorem?

I was just wondering whether there is a formal prove for the superposition theorem in electric circuits? I tried searching it online but couldn't find anything sufficient. Most of the sources assume ...
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How are Superposition and Entanglement related?

How are Superposition and Entanglement related? I don't know much of Quantum Mechanics. I am CSE student and got started with this Quantum Computing. It is interesting! If anybody can help me on ...
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Can hydrogen atom state be a superposition of 2 pure states with opposite spin?

The task is: We are performing measurements on hydrogen atom, that is in an unknown state $\psi$. $\psi$ is a superposition of $n=1$ and $n=2$ pure states and is orthogonal to ...
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Superpositions: forcing particles into a state

According to a MinutePhysics video ("How to See Light") physicists won a Nobel Prize for showing that creating a certain superposition state for a particle and observing the particle state after it ...
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Physical meaning of linear combination of possible states in infinite well

The solution of infinite well, positioned from $x=0$ $x=l$, is $$ \Psi_n(x,t)= \sqrt{\frac{2}{l}}\sin\left(\frac{n\pi}{l}x\right)e^{iE_nt} $$ But the most general solution of this problem is : $$ ...
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Resultant frequency if 3 harmonic notes (a chord) is played

If I know the frequency of individual notes being played (let's assume D, F# and A), how do I determine the final frequency if they are played (nearly) simultaneously as a chord. To put the problem ...
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Is it equivalent to derive Gauss's law from discrete and continuous source distributions?

I've seen two derivations for Gauss's law in electrostatics. The first assumes a discrete charge distribution, the second a continuous one: Use superposition $$\vec{E}=\sum_{i=1}^n\vec{E}_i,$$ so ...
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Superposition of electromagnetic waves and energy localization

Sorry for the long question. I didn't know how to make it shorter. I'm trying to understand how energy is spatially localized in an electromagnetic wave. My premises are: Electromagnetic energy is ...
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What is the implication that the Schrodinger equation be solved by both real and imaginary part of the wave function? [closed]

Suppose $\psi = \psi_{real} + i \psi_{imag}$ be the wave function, then both $\psi_{real}$ and $\psi_{imag}$ can be used to solve the Schrodinger's equation This can be demonstrated by plugging ...
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Is wave superposition always equivalent to wave interference?

I'm confused when using these 2 words "wave superposition" and "wave interference" since their definition is very similar. So, are these 2 term the same?
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Why does the superposition principle work? [closed]

I am reading Feynman volume 2. (I was reading Griffiths at first.) I don't really understand why the superposition principle of electrical forces (or fields) works. Is there anything deeper in that? ...
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Why does the bass range of phase mismatched speakers show more interference than the treble range?

If stereo speakers are connected to the amplifier "out of phase," one speaker is moving outwards when the other is moving inwards.This results in a weakness in bass notes, which can be corrected by ...
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Probability of superimposed states vs probability of separate states

Suppose there is an infinite square well where $\psi_1$ and $\psi_2$ are the ground state ($n=1$) and the first excited state ($n=2$), and each satisfies the time-independent Schrodinger equation. ...
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The meaning of Superposition

Is superposition purely conceptual or does it represent some real "thing"? Said another way, is superposition thought to have some tangible physical manifestation or is it simply the lack of physical ...
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Plants and quantum mechanics!

I have been working on quantum biology and found something interesting that I would like to write an equation for. Scientists have wondered how plants have such a high efficiency in photosynthesis; ...
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Calculating probability of finding the particle using Dirac notation

An electron can be in one of two potential wells that are so close that it can ‘tunnel’ from one to the other. Its state vector can be written $|ψ\rangle = a|A\rangle + b|B\rangle$, where ...
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Can Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Superposition be considered the same phenomenon?

Quantum entanglement is known to be the exchange of quantum information between two particles at a distance, while quantum superposition is known to be the uncertainty of a particle (or particles) ...
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Superposition and simultaneous observation

Trying to understand superposition. Ok, so double slit experiment. The multiple paths the particle simultaneously travels interfere with each other but as it is absorbed, it chooses one "actual" ...
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What is the time dependent expectation value for momentum

For an electron in an equal linear superposition of two eigenstates in a one-dimensional infinitely deep square potential well of width L, how do you isolate the time dependent part of the expectation ...
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Is superposition principle equally valid for both scalar and vector quantities?

I was wondering if superposition is even applicable to scalar quantities because scalars should simply add up to give final result as there is no sense of direction. Do we have any example of a vector ...
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Sound Wave interference Experiment

I was wondering, can we use two sound sources so as to create a destructive interference at the position of a recorder at home? If possible, what is the easiest way?
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Normalization of a wavefunction that's superposition of two unknown energy eigenfunctions

Question:$$\psi(x)=A(3u_1(x)+4u_2(x))$$where $u_1(x)$ and $u_2(x)$ are energy eigenfunctions. How to normalize function $\psi(x)$? My intuitive solution: I got ...
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Should the eigenkets be weighted in $|P\rangle = \sum\limits_{r}|\xi^r\rangle$?

Page 37 of Dirac's book The Principles of Quantum Mechanics, states The condition for the eigenstates of $\xi$ to form a complete set must thus be formulated, that any ket $|P\rangle$ can be ...