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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What does coherent superposition mean?

There is only one coherent state: $$|\alpha\rangle=e^{-\frac{|\alpha|^2}{2}}\sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac{\alpha^n}{\sqrt{n!}}|n\rangle $$ Also, a pure state does not mean a coherent state. But when does ...
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Can a quantum mechanical system have more than one wave-function?

I was told that a quantum mechanical system is completely determined by its wave function. But superposition principle says that given two wave functions of some system, a linear combination of them ...
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How to visualize an electron existing in two different places at the same time?

Let's consider a hypothetical situation where there are two electrons. The first electron is in superposition, simultaneously existing in two different locations. Let the locations be ...
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Can coherent superpositions of a neutron and antineutron exist?

In my recent post I learned that electric charge is always conserved in contrast to strangeness quantum number, which limits the types of Hadrons that can be build. Furthermore, also different masses ...
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Can superpositions of baryons with different electric charge and strangeness exist?

I am trying to find out whether the following baryons can exist: $$ |X\rangle = \frac{|u u u\rangle + |d d d\rangle + |s s s\rangle}{\sqrt{3}} $$ $$ |Y\rangle = \frac{|u u u\rangle + |d d d\rangle - ...
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What do operations on single Qubits of Unfactorable Superpositions Do?

So suppose I have the following Quantum Circuit: A ---- |Control| -----|Hadamard|---- B ---- |xxxxxxx|------------------------ Which is a 2 input Controlled Gate (applying some gate of two choices ...
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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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Why is particle superposition still part of quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

After reading an article on Schrodinger's Cat, it seems that if we take the environment as an observer, that superposition cannot occur because all atomic and subatomic entities would be observed all ...
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Which arrangement of pipe and sources can create a standing wave?

A loudspeaker emitting sound of frequency f is placed at the open end of a pipe of length l which is closed at the other end. A standing wave is set up in the pipe. A series of pipes are then set up ...
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Is superposition state of SHO ever observed? [closed]

Feynman says, "It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." So, is superposition state of Simple ...
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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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Electric field due to a time and space varying current density?

Let us say I have a current density: $$\vec J\equiv\vec J(\vec r, t)$$ This will produce both a time varying magnetic field and a net charge density. Both these effects produce an electric field. If $...
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When two waves interfere, how to calculate the amplitude of the wave?

As the theory of superposition of waves express the amplitudes of the interfering waves do algebraically sum up. But when we sum up the the total energies of a particle doing a harmonic motion due to ...
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Finding similar quantum superposition pairs [closed]

I am not sure if my thinking is correct and I'd like to ask if someone can confirm it, or give explanation, what am I doing wrong. I did task where I was asked to tell if pairs of expressions for ...
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Implications of weak measurement on entanglement

What are the implications of weak-measurement on entangled particles, and how does that resolve the problem of non-superluminal quantum "communication"? If I understand correctly, entangled particles ...
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Schrödinger's cat experiment in the context of decoherence

I am trying to visualize in more detail the Schrödinger's cat experiment in the context of decoherence. Please let me know if the description below makes sense or is somehow flawed. If the ...
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Quantum eraser double slit experiment

In the quantum eraser double slit experiment, does the photon (or wavefunction) pass through one slit or both slits when different polarizers are placed over the slits?
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Explanation as to why the sum of two sinusoidal waves, differing by only phase, can be represented by $2y_{m}\cos(\frac{1}{2} \Phi)$

How does the addition of two waves, differing only by phase, collapse to $2y_{m}\cos(\frac{1}{2} \Phi)$? Wouldn't the $\omega$ component of the wave still come into play given that it determines the ...
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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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Physical motivation for one dimensional SHM superposition

Are there any real life, simple and mechanical system which motivate the study of Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) superposition in one dimension? I am preparing a lecture about it but I have not seen any ...
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How to draw Feynman diagram for K^- + p -> Sigma^0 + pi^0 — superposition in diagram

I'm trying to draw the Feynman diagram for the reaction $$K^- +p \rightarrow \Sigma^0 + \pi^0$$ I have two problems: How to draw the $\pi^0 = (u\bar u + d\bar d)/\sqrt 2$, a superposition of ...
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Why is a circuit of linear elements itself linear?

A resistor's voltage is proportional to it's current. V=iR. And a source maintains a constant voltage or current. So these are linear, time independent relations. If I put combinations of them in a ...
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What is the qualitative difference between quantum superpostion and mixed states? [duplicate]

As I understand it, if one has a complete knowledge of the state of a quantum system (insofar as one knows the statistical distributions of all the observables associated with the state) then one can ...
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Physiological Significance of Superposition

To what extent is the concept of superposition appropriate to physiology? In other words, can organisms "actually" exist in a state of superposition?
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Linear Combinations of Energy Eigenfunctions in 1D

Given that a particle is in a state defined by the wavefunction: $$\Psi (x,t) = \psi_0(x)e^{-iE_0t/\hbar}+\psi_1(x)e^{-iE_1t/\hbar}$$ where $\psi_0(x)$ and $\psi_1(x)$ are the energy eigenfunctions of ...
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Wavefunction Collapse

I believe my Lecturer and the textbook have contradicted one another. My lecturer gave the example that if the spatial part of the wavefunction of a particle is given by $\psi(x) = c_1\psi_1(x) + c_2\...
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Non coherence of Fermions and Bosons through $U(1)$

I "know" the textbook answer why we cannot write, $$ |\psi\rangle = a|j=\tfrac{1}{2}\rangle + b|j=1\rangle $$ as "each term in the quantum superposition transforms differently under $U(1)$", $$ U(2\...
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Failure of Superposition principle at high amplitudes

Why does superposition principle fail at high amplitudes. Please answer with respect to transverse waves. If possible, plane progressive transverse waves at best.
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Why does phase of a wave change after reflecting from a denser medium?

Why does phase of a wave change when reflected from a denser medium, but no change takes place in phase during transmission?
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What happens when you pass a current through a coil made of a ferromagnetic substance?

I know when you pass a current through a length of copper coil or a solenoid, there is the induction of a magnetic flux. But what of the coil made of the ferromagnetic material, the permanent type ...
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Is QC with Superpositioned Quantum Gates any different than normal Quantum Computation?

This might be more appropriate for theoretical CS stackexchange, but it feels sufficiently low level to be relevant here. Consider the following thought experiment: I have a Quantum FPGA, it is a ...
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The Theoretical Minimum: Confusion Over Susskind's Reasoning for mutually orthogonal states

There's a better title for this question but my brain is so fried I can't come up with one. Important Note: I am a layman, and my understanding of the mathematical concepts of quantum mechanics is ...
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Working out the speed of a object by its frequency and a superposition wave?

Say you have 2 loudspeakers facing each other and they are separated by 20m, but are connected to the same oscillator and so both have a signal frequency of 800Hz. I calculated the separation of the ...
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Why do travelling waves continue after amplitude sum = 0?

My professor asked an interesting question at the end of the last class, but I can't figure out the answer. The question is this (recalled from memory): There are two travelling wave pulses moving in ...
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How can 2 EM waves null each other at a point but continue to propagate?

how can 2 EM waves (travelling in opposite directions) null each other at a point in space but continue to propagate beyond the point in space where they interact to null each other?
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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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Difference between phase space and Hilbert space? [closed]

Why is the phase space of classical mechanics not a vector space, but Hilbert space of QM is?
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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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Can gravity prevent quantum superposition of positions for a massive object?

Theoretically, nothing prevents a really massive object to be in a superposition of two spatial locations, even far away one from the other. Then I guess spacetime would also show the superposition of ...
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Calculating the field of an infinite flat sheet of charge using the superposition principle

I am trying to calculate the field of an infinite flat sheet of charge (a plain with uniform charge density $\sigma$) using the superposition principle. I know that the field of an infinite line ...
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When does the principle of superposition apply?

I assumed from my general physics courses that the principle of superposition was just an empirical fact about forces. Then I could understand that derived quantities like the $E$ and $B$ fields ...
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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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Classical wave equation - validity

I know that classical wave equation carries for spherical wave fronts. In addition, Huygens' principle states that any wave front is a superposition of many spherical wavelets, so why does the ...
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Why superposition is useful just for linear functions?

I saw a problem which said that we have a bar between two walls and we increase the temperature. and as you know walls push a force to the bar so the length of it does not change. in the solution I ...
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Why do electrons in an atom occupy only the stationary states?

When we talk about the elementary problems in quantum mechanics like particle in a box, we first calculate the energy eigen-function. Then we say that the most general state is the linear combination ...
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Superposition and the Winning Jackpot Numbers

Let's say I buy myself a lottery ticket (Mega-Millions). I have $\frac{1}{175,711,536}$ chance of winning. Before I tune on the tv/radio and listen to the winning numbers (i.e. make an observation), ...
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Relationship between Quantum superposition and Uncertainty principle

I'm an amateur in quantum mechanics. I am confused after reading the following in the wikipedia article about quantum superposition: If the operators corresponding to two observables do not ...
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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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How is quantum superposition different from mixed state?

According to Wikipedia, if a system has $50\%$ chance to be in state $\left|\psi_1\right>$ and $50\%$ to be in state $\left|\psi_2\right>$, then this is a mixed state. Now consider state $\left|...