A basic principle of solutions of *linear* differential (often wave) equations, ensuring that the sum ("superposition") of two solutions is automatically a solution as well. Conversely, solutions (amounting to quantum states in quantum mechanics, since the Schrödinger equation is linear) can be ...

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Entanglement, superposition, and propositional logic [duplicate]

From what I am understanding, there is entanglement in a system if there is a correlation between elements of that system. For an example that I found, If you have only two cards and know that one is ...
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Hydrogen atom in superposition of energy eigenstates

Suppose a single hydrogen atom is in a superposition of energy eigenstates: $$ \psi = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\psi_{100} + \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\psi_{200} \,.$$ Then energy will be $E = \frac{1}{2}(13.6\,\...
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Current quantum theory of interference

I have always thought that the quantum theory states that interference occurs when photons behave like waves and two or more possible paths exist. Interference can then be destroyed if the path of the ...
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What exactly is Schrodinger's Cat? [closed]

What exactly is Schrodinger's Cat? The little bit reading I did led me to believe that he wanted to assert the cat is dead OR alive only if you observe. What does it signify? How did it affect the way ...
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Proving law of reflection using Huygens principle

So I was reading the proof of law of reflection using Huygens principle but as I am new on this website so I can't attach a picture,so I will try to explain by writing only. The problem I face is ...
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QCD-Process with superposition-particle

I am a total beginner with non-abelian gauges. To write down a process from a neutral pion ($\pi^0 = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(u\overline{u}-d\overline{d})$) I expect to have to write it as this ...
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Superposition State in Coin Toss

I was reading the following lines from Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by Nielsen and Chuang on page 278 of chapter 7. A coin has two states and makes a good bit but a poor qubit ...
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Electric field of a Uniformly charged sphere with a cavity [closed]

I have the following question: Consider a sphere of radius $R$, uniformly charged with a volume density $\rho$. The sphere has a spherical hole of radius $R/4$ at a distance $R/2$ from the ...
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Physical interpretation of the constant coefficient appearing in solution to the Schrodinger equation

The product solution to the Schrodinger's equation is $$\Psi_{n} \left ( x,t \right )=\psi\left ( x \right )\phi\left ( t \right )$$ By superposition, the solution becomes $$\Psi \left ( x,t \...
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Superposition of discrete level and continuum: Electron bound and free [duplicate]

Superposition between discrete states of a system is widely considered in the literature, but this system, e.g., a $H$ atom, can also have a continuum in its energy spectrum. Can the state of a ...
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Combination of Simple Harmonic Motions

Will the combination of 2 Simple Harmonic motions will be an SHM in itself? For example for simple functions such as $$\ f(t)=\sin\omega t-\cos\omega t$$ I can use trigonometry to show that it can ...
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How can the central maximum in a double slit experiment have greater intensity than the original beam?

I have read in more than one place that the maximum intensity in a double slit experiment can be defined as the sum of the amplitudes of the light in each slit. For example, if the intensity of a ...
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Quantum Joke (not a real joke, not a riddle)

Supposing I want to make a quantum joke, like writing this on a coffee machine: $$| \text{Status}\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\ \big( | \text{Working}\rangle \color{red}{\pm} | \text{Down}\rangle \...
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Classical string as a limit case of elastic quantum states superposition

The usuall way to "half-popularly" show that the quantum mechanics formalism is not unconnected to the classical mechanics is to demonstrate a classical case as a limit of a quantum case. The main ...
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Looking for clarification on superposition [closed]

I have always had a hard time accepting the concept of superposition from quantum mechanics. I know that the leading physicists say that the cat is both alive and dead until it is observed and that an ...
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Kim delayed choice experiment

In Kim's delayed choice experiment as described in Wikipedia, you get interference patterns or not depending on whether you look at detectors D3 and D4 (which give you path information) or look at ...
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Measurement on a particle described by a quantum superposition of quark states

Some particles are described as a quantum superposition of quark states. For example, the pion meson: $$ |\pi^0⟩=\frac{|u\bar u⟩−|d \bar d⟩}{\sqrt{2}} $$ Is it possible to design an experiment giving ...
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A quantum particle moving from A to B will take every possible path from A to B at the same time

If a quantum particle can take an unlimited number of paths to get from point A to point B wouldn't a quantum particle never get from point A to point B? A quantum particle takes every path at the ...
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Does this quote from my textbook imply that not all states are superpositions?

I read this at a book; The difference between bits and qubits is that a qubit can be in a state other than $|0\rangle$ or $|1\rangle$. It is also possible to form linear combinations of states,...
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Problem in understanding the concept of 'superposition' as explained by Dirac

The concept of 'superposition' has really made me insane, actually. What I thought it was just simple superposition of matter waves. For instance, let's take the Double-Slit experiment: take the ...
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Is the superposition of stationary states a stationary state? If not, then why not?

I am a beginner in Quantum mechanics and as I understand,the superposition of stationary states is also a solution of time-independent Schrödinger equation (TISE). The wave functions that are the ...
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What are the functions of these coefficients $c_1,c_2,c_3,c_4$ in $ \psi_{sp^3}= c_1\psi_{2s}+ c_2\psi_{2p_{x}} + c_3\psi_{2p_y}+ c_4\psi_{2p_{z}}$?

Hybridised orbitals are linear combinations of atomic orbitals of same or nearly-same energies. Atomic orbitals interfere constructively or destructively to give rise to a new orbital which is what we ...
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Superposition of two wave functions of different Hilbert spaces

I am trying to think of this problem for quite some time. Let's say, we have two sets of wave functions $\lbrace|\psi\rangle\rbrace$ and $\lbrace|\phi \rangle\rbrace$ and they belong to two different ...
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Question on the logic behind quantum computing

According to Wikipedia, "Quantum computing studies theoretical computation systems (quantum computers) that make direct use of quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to ...
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Periodicity of function as a result of superposition in Quantum Mechanics

Say we add infinitely many waves (states of definite momentum) so as to produce a function that gives a very well-defined position, does that addition(using Fourier series) make that function periodic?...
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Superposition of waves with different initial phase in Quantum Mechanics [closed]

In Quantum Mechanics, if a particle's state is a superposition of many states, then we say that its position is well-defined (by the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, because here we have ill-defined ...
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Superposition in Quantum Mechanics

First of all, let $V$ be a vector space over the field $\mathbb{F}$. It is possible then to show, by Zorn's Lemma that there is a basis for $V$. The main point is that although basis are quite ...
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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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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, which are basically a superposition of two coherent states $|\alpha\rangle$ with opposite phases, that is, $$ |\mathrm{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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Why can't a classical bit behave like a qubit?

For example i have a 2 qubits which can have 4 possibilities i.e. 00, 01, 10, 11 so this shows that the 2 qubits can contain four bits of information as they are superpositioned but i think 2 ...
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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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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 ...