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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? [on hold]

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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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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Plants and Quantum Mechanics!

So, 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 ...
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Do unmeasured particles function the same as when measured?

If there are particles that we are uncertain of are in a state of superposition, do they still function as they would when they are measured? For instance say there is a mechanical clock, and the ...
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Superimposed state vs. zero amplitude state

Two equal amplitude wave pulses approaching each other through some medium such as a string may form a region of zero amplitude when they overlap completely. At this point, the location of overlap is ...
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Using physics in music?

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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When do we see particles to be in a superposition of energy states?

I have two doubts: Exactly when does this happen? and If we are in a superposition of states (lets say E1 and E2) and the particle absorbs a photon, what will happen? If E3-E1 = hf, will it go to E3? ...
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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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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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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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Quantum Eraser thought experiment with light photons of distinct color

I tried to recreate the Quantum Eraser experiment into a thought experiment with a few changes. It left me a little perplexed as to what outcomes I should expect. Any help would be appreciated. Lets ...
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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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Does the superposition principle affect the space of quantum states?

I am confused about the set of quantum states. I have seen it written that in classical physics, the set of all states is a simplex. (I think this refers to the probability simplex.) In quantum ...
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Can we apply Quantum Superposition

Erwin Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment's video presented by Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. From this video can we conclude that , in a macroscopic label we can not have a ...
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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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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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Why does the acceleration $g$ due to gravity not affect the period of a vertically mounted spring?

For a vertically mounted spring, I was looking at the formula $ T= 2\pi \sqrt{m/k}$ for a period. Why doesn't the gravitational acceleration $g$ factor in?
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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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Bra-ket notation, Bits, & Superposition

I am a quantum computing enthusiast, and recently I stumbled upon this the following two propositions: $$ \alpha|1\rangle + \beta|0\rangle$$ What does this mean? My understanding of this is that: ...
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What is a virtual state?

In quantum mechanics / Raman spectroscopy, what is a virtual state? What is the difference between a virtual state and a superposition of states? Can you simply think of the virtual state as a ...
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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 ...
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How is a bound state defined in quantum mechanics?

How is a bound state defined in quantum mechanics for states which are not eigenstates of the Hamiltonian i.e. which do not have definite energies? Can a superposition state like ...
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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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Is it possible that we have a physical state which is a mixture of discrete eigenstates and continuous ones?

For a system has both continuous and discrete spectrum, is it possible that a physical states is something like: ...
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Linearity of Quantum Mechanics?

The proof of the No-Cloning Theorem states "By the linearity of quantum mechanics, ..." -- Could someone please give me a rough sketch/outline of what this means? Does it have to do with the Hilbert ...
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Superpositioning of fire

I once recognized that when you light two candles and you move one of the candle towards the other, you will see that the total fire height (lets call it $f_3$) is higher than the sum of the single ...
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What is the physical reason behind linearity of Schrodinger's equation?

What is the physical reason for Schrodinger equation to be linear? Though in physics many interactions or dynamics are found non linear.
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What is the cut-off for quantum superposition?

Is there an explanation as to how macro objects aren't in superposition? At what size do objects stop being in a state of superposition?
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Using bra-ket notation?

Am I using Bra-ket notation correctly? I want to define a superposition of the states, $|0\rangle$ and $|1\rangle$. Is it simply? $|0\rangle + |1\rangle$ I can't find any non-technical information ...
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According to wave function collapse you only have one outcome, so what happens to the other superpositions?

If the superpositions of a wave function are not needed because only one of the superpositions is allowed, what happens to the eigenvalues of the "null" superpositions? Is the energy transferred ...
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Why are the energy eigenstates realized in atomic transitions?

I have a question like "Why is it often assumed that particles are found in energy eigenstates?", it is a little different, though. When one solves the hydrogen atom, one can use a polynomial Ansatz ...
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Calculate transparency from Beer-Lambert Law

I want to calculate a transparency parameter for a superposition of several volumes containing media using the Beer-Lambert Law, which states that $$I/I_0=exp(-\tau)$$ where $I$ is the transmitted ...
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Superpositions and expectation values in quantum mechanics

When the wavefunction of a particle is not an eigenfunction of an operator, the property to which the operator corresponds does not have a definite value, Why? Also consider a linear combination of ...
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Could there be a correlation between the earth's magnetic field and quantum superposition

I do apologise in advance for what might seem like a stupid question coming from a non-physicist. But I was wondering if the earth’s magnetic field could influence the wave pattern that one observes ...
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Superposition principle

If $S=(v_{1},v_{2}......v_{n})$ is a basis for vector Space V, then every vector v in V can be expressed in the form of $v=c_{1}v_{1}+.......c_{n}v_{n}$ in an unique way. Explain the significance of ...
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Schrödinger's cat; why was it necessary?

Could someone please explain to me the idea that Schrödinger was trying to illustrate by the cat in his box? I understand that he was trying to introduce the notion of the cat being both alive and ...
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Has a photon or electron ever been observed in a state of superposition?

Has subatomic particles ever been seen in a state of superposition or do we just detect information like qubits about the state of the particle? So is actual matter in superposition or is it just ...
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Linearity of quantum mechanics and nonlinearity of macroscopic physics

We live in a world where almost all macroscopic physical phenomena are non-linear, while the description of microscopic phenomena is based on quantum mechanics which is linear by definition. What are ...
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Experimental proof of the principle of superposition in QM [duplicate]

I have read that we need all operators in QM to be linear to confirm the principle of superposition which is experimentally well proven. I wonder how such an experiment could be made?
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Beginner Quantum Mechanics Questions and Theories [closed]

So, I recently read the following article: http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/eternitytohere/quantum/ and I have some questions on some of the things it discussed, as well as some theories of my ...
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Intuitive explanation of the waves superposition

When the two waves collide, why do they pass right through each other? Mathematically it's due to the principle of superposition: the sum of the two solutions of a wave equation is also a solution. ...
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Super-String and Anti-Particle

I'm afraid this is quite basic question . What I learned from the String theory is that the theory unify the Path-integral, Superposition Principle, and commutation relation . In that context , I ...
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Under what circumstances is observing a superposition possible?

According to Ian Stewart's 2013 Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction (pp. 119-120), Experiment and theory suggest that superposed states should not be observable as such; only individual ...
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Probablilites for wave function collapse

From what I understand, superposition is when two states exist in all of their possible forms simultaneously until the moment of wave function collapse, when they essentially reduce into a single ...
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Can a particle in superposition act as x*(energy?)

I can't find an answer anywhere - I even asked my physics teacher, he hasn't a clue. Is superposition an illusion, or can a particle literally act as [x] particles?