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 time-...

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Time dependence of canonical variables

As far as I understand it, at least in scalar QFT, the canonical variables are the field operator $\hat{\phi}(x)$ and its conjugate momentum $\hat{\pi}_{\phi}(x)=\frac{\partial\mathcal{L}}{\partial\...
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Does the Hamiltonian time-evolution operator actually change the state of the system?

According to my understanding of things, the time evolution operator in QM looks something like this, $$U = \exp(-iHt/\hbar)$$ Which acts on the state vector / wave-function of the system to ...
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Derivation involving finite unitary transformation [closed]

Hi I just want to confirm a short derivation involving a particular finite unitary transformation which is important in QM. My working is as follows: Given the finite unitary transformation defined ...
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Schrodinger equation for time-dependent Hamiltonian?

Can I write a Schrodinger equation for time-dependent Hamiltonian like this: $$i\hbar\frac{d}{dt}\psi(t) = H(t)\psi(t)$$ and then perform Euler integration like this: $$\psi(t+\Delta t) = (1-\frac{...
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Equivalence condition of lindblad operators

So from Nielsen and Chuang th. 8.2 we know the equivalence condition of Kraus operators (quantum operation) What is the equivalence condition of lindblad operators of master equation?
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The $T\rightarrow \infty $ limit in quantum field theory

I am new to quantum field theory. Prior to this, I have been using quantum mechanics for a few years. I am reading the book by A. Zee, ''quantum field theory in a nutshell'', 2nd Ed.. On page 18, ...
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How do I enforce the no-slip boundary condition in time dependent incompressible pipe flow?

This is a technical problem which must have been solved already. It won't be in beginners textbooks but there should be a solution somewhere. I welcome reading suggestions. Maybe someone with ...
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What approximation does Tamm-Dancoff approximation (CI singles) correspond to in real time Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory?

Starting from equations of motion for time-dependent density functional theory (in real time) $$ \frac{ {\rm d} \rho_{nn} }{ {\rm d} t} = i \left[ \rho_{nn}^{(1)}, h^{\rm KS} \right] \quad\text{...
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Why is the energy operator special?

Only the energy operator controls the time dependence of a quantum system, but not the others, why is that?
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Writing operator evolution as a quantum dynamical map

In the Heisenberg picture we have the evolution of the operator in time given by: $$A(t)=U^+A(0)U$$ I was looking into the theory of open quantum systems where we introduce the concept of a quantum ...
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How to describe time evolution in relativistic QFT?

I must confess that I'm still confused about the question of time evolution in relativistic quantum field theory (RQFT). From symmetry arguments, from the representation of the Poincare group through ...
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The formal solution of the Schrodinger equation

Consider the Schrödinger equation (or some equation in Schrödinger form) written down as $$ \tag 1 i \partial_{0} \Psi ~=~ \hat{H} \Psi . $$ Usually, one likes to write that it has a formal solution ...
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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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Magnus Expansion in Floquet theory

I wonder how to obtain the second equality as follows in Eq. (44) of http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00018732.2015.1055918?journalCode=tadp20 \begin{eqnarray} K_{eff}^{(1)}[t_0](t)&=&...
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time evolution of the state $|a'\rangle$ with Hamiltonian $H=|a'\rangle\delta\langle{a}''|+|a''\rangle\delta\langle{a}'|$ [closed]

Reference to Chapter2, Problem8.b, Modern Quantum Mechanics, Sakurai: $|a'\rangle$,$|a''\rangle$: eigenket of the hermitian operator $A$ and the Hamiltonian, $$ H=|a'\rangle\delta\langle{a}''|+|a''\...
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Time-Evolution of a 3-State System [closed]

The Hamiltonian for a three-state system is, in some basis $|1\rangle ,|2\rangle,|3\rangle$ $$\hat{H}= \left( \begin{array}{ccc} E_0 & 0 & A \\ 0 & E_1 & 0 \\ A & 0 & E_0 \end{...
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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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Expectation Value of Unitary Time Evolution Operator in Quantum Mechanics

Does the expression $\langle \Psi_i|U(t)|\Psi_i\rangle$ have a specific meaning, where $U(T)$ is the unitary time evolution operator of $\Psi$, and $\Psi_i$ is the initial state of $\Psi$? If so, ...
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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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Extending the ergodic theorem to non-equilibrium systems

I try to make this as short and concise as possible. For equilibrium systems in statistical mechanics, we have the Liouville's theorem which says that the volume in phase space is conserved when the ...
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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 $$H^*_{...
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Time derivative of a function in Phase Space

Consider a function $\mathcal{H}(q_i,p_i;t)$ such that it obeys the equation: $$ \frac{d\mathcal{H}}{dt}=\frac{\partial\mathcal{H}}{\partial t}$$ What does this equation imply (read: mean), physically?...
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Hamilton's Equations

The last step of this derivation of Hamilton's Equations is what's making me doubt it. It is as follows: Assuming the existence of a smooth function $\mathcal{H}(q_i,p_i)$ in $(q_i(t), \,p_i(t))$ ...
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Schroedinger Picture more general than Heisenberg Picture?

When thinking about the two pictures, what I found to be strange was: I can write the postulate of time-evolution in the Schroedinger picture by: \begin{align} i \hbar \frac{d}{dt} \lvert \Psi(t) \...
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Relationship between the Lindblad Equation and Redfield Equation

Both the Lindblad and Redfield Equation both model the open quantum system dynamics given a Hamiltonian and some operators. What is the relationship between the two equations? How can they transformed ...
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Wave packets in Dirac equation

Gaussian wave packets remain Gaussians after evolution in case of the Schrodinger equation. It is a very useful property of these wave packets. I don't think the same is true for a Gaussian wave ...
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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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Quantum transitions between energy states [closed]

When a quantum system is acted on by time dependent perturbation, the initial state evolves according to the new time-dependent Hamiltonian and grows to some superposition of states. During the time ...
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Are the eigenstates of an operator time independent?

In the Schrodinger picture, are the eigenstates of an operator time independent? Is it their expectation values that evolve in time rather than the actual eigenstates? For example, say I have an ...
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Prove time-dependent hamiltonian is hermitian from unitarity of time-evolution operator

When we solve the Schrodinger equation for the time-evolution operator: \begin{equation} i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}U(t,t_{0})=HU(t,t_{0}), \end{equation} We have three cases to be treated ...
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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 $$ i\...
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Confusion with time ordering

I am thinking about Proof of correlation function formula in quantum field theory and have realized there is a deeper confusion underpinning that. Consider: $$T\{U_I(T, t_2)\Phi_I(x_1)\}$$ where $...
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Interaction pictures of Quantum Mechanics

I want to understand the Schrödinger, Heisenberg and interaction picture and have a few questions about them: So in general you have a time-dependent Hamiltonian $H$, as for example the potential may ...
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Picture-independence of quantum mechanics

I've been thinking about the equivalence of the Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures of quantum mechanics in the following terms lately: a quantum system is a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ equipped with ...
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How long does it take to a local perturbation to propagate along a quantum system?

Imagine to have a one-dimensional system in its ground state, and to apply a local perturbation at one edge of the system. How does the system evolve after being perturbed? More specifically, how ...
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Hamiltonian mechanics and conservation of energy?

Can anyone explain to me Hamiltonian mechanics relation to conservation of energy? I'm not very good at mathematics, and I know it's important into understanding Hamiltonian mechanics. However, 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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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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Time dependent and time independent Schrödinger equations

I'm trying to understand the relation between the time dependent and time dependent Schrödinger equations. In particular, we know that the TDSE is $$H\Psi=i\hbar \frac{\partial \Psi}{\partial t}$$ ...
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Time evolution of wave function in QM

Recently I've been studying quantum dynamics with Sakurai's modern quantum mechanics, but I am confused with why the time evolution operator is written as $$U(t,t_0)=\exp\left[\frac{-iH(t-t_0)}{\hbar}...
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How to get Heisenberg equation of motion? [closed]

A system Hamiltonian is given by $$ H=\hbar\omega_{1}\hat{a}^{\dagger}\hat{a}+\Sigma_{i=1}^{N}\left(\hbar\omega_{se}\hat{\sigma}_{ss}^{i}+\hbar\omega_{ge}\hat{\sigma}_{ee}^{i}\right)-\hbar\Sigma_{i=1}...
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Transformations of states in quantum mechanics

In Classical Mechanics we usually describe the possible configurations of a system by points on a smooth manifold $M$ which is the configuration manifold of the system. In that case, when we talk ...
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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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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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Could you explain this flow of calculation?

I am reading this book, Quantum Optics by Walls and Milburn. I am working on Chapter 6 which is about the Stochastic Methods. I don't understand a calculation in this chapter. Let $w(t)$ be the ...
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What is the time evolution operator in quantum mechanics [duplicate]

I'm curious about what happen to a system when the configuration of the system changes. If we have a system in a state $|\psi_{\textrm{in}}\rangle$ and we change the configuration of the system, the ...
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Time evolution operator acting on a non-eigenket

I'm taking a course in QM at my university, and I'm trying to work out an assignment given to the class by our professor. The setup is as follows: The problem is about a simplified description of ...
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How/Why did Feynman relate the element of Hamiltonian matrix $H_{12}$ to the amplitude to go from $|1\rangle$ to $| 2\rangle$?

$$ \newcommand{\bk}[2]{\left\langle #1 | #2 \right\rangle} \newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left| #1 \right\rangle} \newcommand{\bra}[1]{\left\langle #1 \right|} \newcommand{\biik}[3]{\left\langle #1 | #2| #3\...
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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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Probability amplitude for motion from $x_i$ to $x_f$ in Heisenberg picture

In M. Nakahara's book Geometry, Topology and Physics on page 19, the probability amplitude for a particle to move from $x_i$ at time $t_i$ to $x_f$ at time $t_f$ is given as $$ \tag{1} \langle x_f, ...