The quantum mechanical time evolution operator governs how observables and/or states evolve during finite time steps, and is always unitary. Use this tag for questions about the time evolution operator, or the different equations of motion in the Schrödinger/Heisenberg/Dirac pictures. For ...

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The curious case of the time derivative of the expectation value of the position

Having defined the expectation value of position as follows $$ \langle x \rangle = \int x {\lvert\Psi(x,t)\rvert}^2dx $$ The time derivative of the expectation value is derived in my literature in ...
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Time evolution of expectation value of an operator

I'm studying QM from Sakurai, and I have a doubt regarding the proof given that in the case of time independent Hamiltonian the expectation value of an observable doesn't change with time. The ...
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Equation 2.27 from Pachos's introduction to topological quantum computing

http://quince.leeds.ac.uk/~phyjkp/Files/IntroTQC.pdf above is the PDF that is hosted on his website. The equation is on page 22 (pg 30 in the pdf). In chapter 2. It is the second equation of the ...
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What is time evolution operator?

Could you explain to me (level 1 years undergrade) what is a time evolution operator? I read on Wikipedia, and it confuses me.
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Effective theories and unbounded operators

If you have two operators, one the true Hamiltonian $H$ and one we call an effective Hamiltonian $H_{eff}$ and say they agree on every eigenvector with eigenvalue up to $E_{eff}.$ Above that, they can ...
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Time-ordering and Dyson series

In Dyson series we use a time-ordered exponential by arguing that a Hamiltonian at two different instants of time does not commute. Why is it that so? Can anyone explain with example why should the ...
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Evolution of a 'state' in the Heisenberg picture

Suppose that we have a Hamiltonian, $\hat{H}$, and an operator $\hat{A}$ which satisfies the Heisenberg equation$^{[a]}$ $$i \frac{d}{dt} \hat{A} = [\hat{A},\hat{H}].$$ Can we create a 'state' by ...
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How can a solution of the time-independent Schrödinger equation evolve in space?

I understand that if the Hamiltonian does not depend on the time, the Schrödinger Equation becomes separable, so you get $$ H \psi(x) = E \psi(x) $$ and $$ \Psi(x,t) = ...
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Lindblad equation solution

I have been trying to solve a Lindblad Equation and then thought about whether there is a closed form Lindblad Equation solution for most types. Googling hasn't lead me to anything useful. So, is ...
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Why does Hamiltonian follow the property $H^*_{ij} = H_{ji} $?

I was reading Feynman's Lectures III's Hamiltonian Matrix. There I found this property of Hamiltonian Matrix: The Hamiltonian has one property that can be deduced right away, namely, that ...
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Evolution operator for time-dependent Hamiltonian

When I studied QM I'm only working with time independent Hamiltonians. In this case the unitary evolution operator has the form $$\hat{U}=e^{-\frac{i}{\hbar}Ht}$$ that follows from this equation $$ ...
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Why does time evolution operator have the form $U(t) = e^{-itH}$?

Let's denote by $|\psi(t)\rangle$ some wavefunction at time $t$. Then let's define the time evolution operator $U(t_1,t_2)$ through $$ U(t_2,t_1) |\psi(t_1)\rangle = |\psi(t_2)\rangle \tag{1}$$ and ...
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Time evolution of scalar field

Consider the quantized real scalar field acting on the vacuum state $\vert 0 \rangle $. We can interpret the state $\phi(\textbf{x})\vert 0 \rangle $ (defined in the Schrodinger picture at $t=0$) as a ...
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Entropy change in Heisenberg picture

If we stick with Heisenberg picture where density matrix $\rho$ is constant, how do we account for entropy increase? I've read the answer to State collapse in the Heisenberg picture but I don't see ...
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Constructing solutions to the time-dependent Schrödinger's equation

The following question is from David Griffiths' Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: Problem 2.13 A particle in the harmonic oscillator potential starts out in the state $$\Psi(x,0) = A[3 ...
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Does measurement change the evolution of wave function?

Basically any measurement is on wave function $|\psi\rangle$ is done by operator $X$ such that $X|\psi\rangle$ results observable $x$ with some probability. But what happens to $|\psi\rangle$? Does ...
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What really generates time evolution?

A fundamental principle of quantum mechanics, as far as I can tell, states that the Hamiltonian generates time evolution. A common result about generators are the following: let $\mathrm T$ be the ...
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Boltzmann equation (Number density)

I'm trying to understand the Boltzmann equations use in the early Universe. The derivation is somewhat tedious, but in the end I end up with: $$a^{-3}\frac{d}{dt}\left(n_1a^3\right) = ...
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Time evolution of a wavepacket

I do not understand why if $H\psi = E\psi$, then the time-evolution of the wavefunction is given by $e^{-iEt/h}\psi(x)$.
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Field expansion in Peskin & Schroeder

Peskin and Schroeder state something which I'm not fully understanding. More specificially I think it's just phrased in a way I'm not understanding. In the Schrodinger picture we can expand the real ...
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A trace formula of two noncommutative operators

In many cases of quantum many-body problems, the Hamiltonian $H$ can always be divided into two parts, i.e. $H_0$ and $H'$. In this occasion, one can systemically calculate the partition function ...
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Time evolution of a classical system

For a harmonic oscillator the Liouville operator is given by $$L = p \partial_q- q \partial_p.$$ Now I have a phase space distribution $f(t,q,p)$ for which it holds (in general) $$f(t+\tau,q,p)= ...
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Time evolution of a quantum state

I have another point in QM that I would like clarified. Suppose $$\{|n\rangle\}$$ is a set of eigenstates of both the Hamiltonian $H$ and another operator $\hat O$ corresponding to an observable also. ...
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Does the time Evolution operator commute with the both free and interaction Hamiltonian?

Consider a quantum system (finite dimensional) which has overall Hamiltonian: $H_s = H_0 + w(s)H_c$ with $H_0, H_c$ constant in time and traceless and $w(t)$ a, not too badly behaved, function of ...
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Kraus operators + path integrals = Lindblad equation?

The other day our professor was talking about Kraus representation of density operator and the derivation of Lindblad equation. He told that this was related to the Feynman path integrals and that we ...
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Time Evolution of Position Operator

I am trying to understand why $$e^{-it\triangle}xe^{it\triangle}=x-2it\nabla$$ where $x$ is just multiplication operator by $x$. In particular, the text says this can be seen by differentiating with ...
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Who is doing the normalization of wave function in the time evolution of wave function?

In the Schrodinger equation, at any given time $t$ we should jointly add another sub equation, like $$||\psi_t(x)|| = 1$$ where $\psi_t(x) = \Psi(x,t)$, and then try to solve the two equations ...
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Time evolution of interaction Hamiltonian in the Heisenberg picture

How does the interaction Hamiltonian of a (finite dim) quantum system with Hamiltonian: $H(t) = H_0 + w(t) H_I$ evolve in time in the Heisenberg picture. Is there anything special about the way ...
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Why is probabilty conserved under time evolution of a system in quantum mechanics?

I've studied quantum mechanics to a certain degree, but one question that I've never been able to get a fully satisfactory answer to is why probability is conserved (by this I mean that it has either ...
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How to find the time evolution for two-component spinor? [closed]

I would like to find the time evolution for the given Hamiltonian, the initial state of the system we choose two spinor wavefunction $\psi_{+}(t=0)$ and $\psi_{-}(t=0)$ as given below: The effective ...
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Unitary evolution operator

Assume we have a system in a state $\psi$ that is a superposition of eigenvectors of some observable $A$. Now we make a measurement of the observable $A$; the state after the measurement $\phi$ is a ...
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State collapse in the Heisenberg picture

I've been studying quantum mechanics and quantum field theory for a few years now and one question continues to bother me. The Schrödinger picture allows for an evolving state, which evolves through ...
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What is the most agreed upon quantum mechanical equation of motion?

On multiple Wikipedia articles, it mentions several quantum mechanical equations of motion, namely those by Schrödinger and Heisenberg. Which one is the most accurate and agreed upon quantum ...
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Equation of motion in quantum system

The commutation relation between H and $L_i$ is $[H,L_i]$. I want to show the equation of motion. Is this right: $ [H,L_i] = -i \frac{dL_i}{dt}?$
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How to do time evolution of operators in the Heisenberg Picture while staying in the Heisenberg Picture

Consider the time evolution of an operator in the Heisenberg picture: $$\tag{1}i\hbar \frac{d}{d t} \hat{A}_{H}(t) = \left([ \hat{A}_S(t), \hat H_S (t)] + i\hbar \frac{d}{d t} \hat{A}_S(t) ...
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Heisenberg picture of QM as a result of Hamilton formalism

Consider the formula for the total time-derivative of a physical value in Poisson's formalism: $$\tag{1} \frac{dA}{dt} = -\{H, A\}_{P.B.} + \frac{\partial A}{\partial t}, $$ where $\{A, B\}_{P.B.}$ is ...
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Which derivative with respect to time is which in the Heisenberg picture of quantum mechanics?

For an observable $A$ and a Hamiltonian $H$, Wikipedia gives the time evolution equation for $A(t) = e^{iHt/\hbar} A e^{-iHt/\hbar}$ in the Heisenberg picture as $$\frac{d}{dt} A(t) = \frac{i}{\hbar} ...
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Does Peskin & Schroeder Eq. (4.26), $U(t_1,t_2)U(t_2,t_3) = U(t_1,t_3)$ imply $[H_0,H_{int}] = 0$?

Peskin & Schroeder equation (4.17) define the operator, \begin{equation} U(t,t_{0})~=~e^{i(t-t_{0})H_{0}}e^{-i(t-t_{0})H} \tag{4.17} \end{equation} where $$H~=~H_0+H_{\text{int}}\tag{4.12}$$ is ...
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Why does the density matrix $\rho$ obey a wrong-signed Heisenberg equation of motion?

The density matrix is defined as $$ \rho_\psi ~:=~ \frac{\lvert\psi(t)\rangle \langle \psi(t)\vert}{ \langle \psi(t) |\psi(t)\rangle }$$ in the Schrödinger picture. $\rho_\psi$ is obviously a time ...
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Commuting with time evolution operator implies commuting with Hamiltonian

Consider a quantum system (finite dimensional) has overall Hamiltonian: $H_t = H_0 + w(t)H_c$ with $H_0, H_c$ constant in time and traceless and $w(t)$ a, not too badly behaved, function of time. ...
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The equivalence between Heisenberg and Schroedinger pictures

In quantum mechanics, the two pictures of Schroedinger and Heisenberg are taken as equivalent, where in the former wavefunctions are time variants and operators are not, and in the latter it is the ...
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Why isn't the Time-Independent Schrödinger Equation an equation of motion?

I thought an equation of motion was something where you are given a Lagrangian and, using the Euler-Lagrange equation, you then find the equations of motion for that system. Same basic idea for the ...
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How to solve the inverse square law equation of motion

From $$m\boldsymbol{\ddot{r}}=\boldsymbol{\hat{r}} f(r)$$ I can get $$r''-r \theta '^2=-\frac{k}{m r^2}$$ $$2 r' \theta '+r \theta ''=0$$ Now it seems that all the books tells me the method to solve ...
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Why is time evolution unitary

Is the reason why the time evolution operator is unitary based on purely physical arguments, i.e. that the physical processes that an isolated system undergoes shouldn't depend on any particular ...
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Why does $tr \ e^{-\frac{i}{h}\hat{H}t}= \int d^nr \left< \textbf{r}| e^{-\frac{i}{h}\hat{H}t} | \textbf{r} \right>$ hold?

I would like to consider the trace of the time evolution operator $e^{-\frac{i}{\hbar}\hat{H}t}$ Apparently in single-particle quantum mechanics is can be represented as $$ tr \ ...
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Which Schrödinger equation is correct?

In the coordinate representation, in 1D, the wave function depends on space and time, $\Psi(x,t)$, accordingly the time dependent Schrödinger equation is $$H\Psi(x,t) = ...
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Can the chance of finding a particle diminish over time?

Let's assume we have a wave function described by a wave equation and it is a function of space and time $\psi : \mathbb{R}^4 \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$. This function needs to be normalized, so if I ...
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Why $E=mc^2$ formula does not include time?

For $E=mc^2$ formula, if an object of mass $m$ kg goes with speed of light (in theory), it transforms energy according to $E=mc^2$ but if there is no time complexity this will not happen. So I think ...
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About imaginary time evolution method

When I try to work out the ground state of a system, there is a method making use of imaginary time and splitting operators, I wan to know, when the ground state is fine and satisfying for my purpose? ...