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Do the position-momentum uncertainty and time-energy uncertainty really exist in QFT?

It is well known from the Quantum Mechanics(QM) that for a particle, there is a position-momentum uncertainty relation: $$\Delta x\cdot \Delta p\geq \frac{1}{2}\hbar,$$ which bascically can be derived ...
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Do we need virtual particles?

I understand the $\Delta t \cdot \Delta E \geq \hbar / 2$ relationship and the idea behind them. However, I don't understand why do we need them at all. I'm a physics undergraduate. As far as I know, ...
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Interpretations and approximations of uncertainty principle

Just a short question regarding an interpretation of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle $$\sigma_x \sigma_p \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$$. Question: The uncertainty principle is sometimes written as $\...
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Interpretations of uncertanity principle used for approximation

Just a short question regarding an interpretation of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle $\sigma_x \sigma_p \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$. Question: Why is it also sometimes that $\Delta x$ and $\Delta p$...
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Is gravity the current limitation to laser cooling?

This is something I've been wondering for a while. I've read about the experiment with NASA to reach unprecedented cold temperatures in space because of the microgravity environment not being such a ...
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Are the authors saying that the observer effect plays no role in Bohr's thought experiment of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle?

Here is an excerpt from Eisberg & Resnick's Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles. Here is introducing Bohr's though experiment to establish a physical origin for the ...
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Uncertainty in orientation of angular momentum

To calculate the uncertainty it looks like I'm going to find an expression for the root mean square of either $J_x$ or $J_y$, or the $J$ in the x/y plane? But I'm not sure if that's what it means by "...
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Gaussian Minimizes Uncertainty - Statement Qualification [duplicate]

On the last page of this paper, the following statements are made (I'll jump right to around the point of interest): Example: Consider $A=p_x$, $B=x$. Then $$\langle A\rangle=\langle B\...
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Quantum mechanics - “God does not play dice” - does he? Or might he not? [duplicate]

I'm a mechanical engineer by training, so please forgive ignorance in my question. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states (to my understanding) that one cannot measure both position and momentum ...
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Butterfly and quantum uncertainty

I'm sorry for the long question. In Brian Greene's book 'The Hidden Reality' he gives a nice illustration of the uncertainty principle. Imagine a butterfly flying around in a room. We would like to ...
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How does the uncertainty principle relate to quantum fluctuations?

I found a webpage that just kind of mentions the uncertainty principle lightly but doesn't really go into detail as to why we need it in the first place when considering quantum fluctuations and ...
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Is there a limit to the frequency of light? [duplicate]

I am assuming that light frequency would eventually be limited by Planck distance and/or Heisenberg limitations. Could this frequency ever be approached in practical terms?
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Shouldn't the Uncertainty Principle be intuitively obvious, at least when talking about the position and momentum of an object?

Please forgive me if I'm wrong, as I have no formal physics training (apart from some in high school and personal reading), but there's something about Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle that strikes ...
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Mathematical proof of Bohr's complementarity principle

Complementarity principle, in physics, tenet that a complete knowledge of phenomena on atomic dimensions requires a description of both wave and particle properties. Depending on the experimental ...
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“Everything is Uncertain.” Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Question [closed]

I'm new to the concept and only understand that nothing can be measured accurately simultaneously. Is the statement (in title post) true? Can you also use an example from Quantum Mechanics for the ...
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Uncertainty in Uncertainty?

I was reading about how the Planck's Constant can be measured with LEDs, which made me think about this question. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states that: $$\Delta x \Delta p \ge {\hbar\...
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The integration of Einstein's equations [closed]

Einstein's equation is $$G_{\mu\nu} + \Lambda g_{\mu\nu} = {8 \pi G \over c^4} T_{\mu\nu}$$ where $G_{\mu\nu} = R_{\mu\nu} - (1/2)g_{\mu\nu}\,R$ is the Einstein tensor, which combines the Ricci tensor,...
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Heisenberg theory of uncertainty

I was watching a video on YouTube about uncertainty theory of Heisenberg it said that there is a relation between momentum (multiple of mass and speed) and wave length. And the relation is that if ...
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Point source of monochromatic photons - self-contradictory in QM?

Suppose we have a point source of photons located somewhere in space. So when the photons are released their location is well known, $\Delta x \approx 0, \Delta y \approx 0, \Delta z \approx 0$ ...
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Aharonov Bohm Effect Interaction Energy Interpretation: $\vec E_m = -∇Φ - D\vec A/Dt$?

The Wang paper "An experimental proposal to test the physical effect of the vector potential" proposes an experiment to decide between two interpretations of the Aharonov-Bohm effect: “the ...
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Uncertainty relation and quantum gravity

Suppose a quantum version of gravity exists (which I don´t think). What will be the quantities in the uncertainty relation connected with this quantum gravity? Some time ago I sent a letter to Lee ...
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Would two identical universes evolve identically? [duplicate]

What if there were 2 universes (completely disconnected - not part of the same multiverse) which were identical and a given point in time (say when they first began). Would these 2 universes evolve in ...
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Could the Heisenberg uncertainty principle be derived from the speed of light limit? [closed]

Background: As I was thinking about an alternative approach to the question: "why is there a finite speed of light, and why its magnitude corresponds to c?" –ultimately, I was trying to understand ...
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A thought experiment about Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

If there is a box full of magnetized particles which are taking random movement continuously, then I put a coil connected to a device that can detect the value of current in it and it's designed to ...
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Is the uncertainty principle just saying something about what an observer can know or is it a fundamental property of nature?

I ask this question because I have read two different quotes on the uncertainty principle that don't seem to match very well. There are similar questions around here but I would like an explanation ...
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Heisenberg's uncertainty principle at the Planck scale

A particle of mass has a reduced Compton wavelength $$\overline{\lambda}_{C} = \frac {\lambda_{C}}{2 \pi} = \frac {\hbar}{m c}$$ Schwarzschild radius of the particle is $$r_s = \frac{2Gm}{c^2}=2\,\...
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Could the uncertainty principle create matter in the Universe?

According to quantum mechanics we have the uncertainty principle: $$\Delta E \ \Delta t \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$$ Near the beginning of the Universe $\Delta t$ is very small and therefore $\Delta E$ is ...
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Quantum properties of objects with zero velocity

What would the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and De Broglie wavelength be for a baseball that is not moving (i.e has zero velocity)? Also, since macroscopic objects like baseballs have extremely ...
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How do we know that there is a wavefunction which collapse?

How do we know that there actually is a wavefunction in the first place which collapse. How do we know that there is a transition from some linear combination of the eigenfunctions to a single one? ...
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How to estimate the ground state of a potential well when a confinement dimension is added

I have a finite harmonic potential where I trap an electron. The confinement length changes in size. Now, I'm interested in the ground state energy, so I have this 1D Poisson solver which gives me the ...
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Distinguish statistical uncertaincy from noise disturbance relation in slit gedankenexperiment

I am just reading the "Statistical Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics" from L. Ballentine. In section 3.2. he discusses the difference between the observer effect and the statistical Schrödinger-...
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Decrease of uncertainty of momentum with increase of width of infinite well in QM(intuition)

Why does the uncertainty in the momentum decrease with the increase of the width for an energy eigenstate in the classic problem if the infinite well in Quantum Mechanics? I have worked out the ...
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Application of uncertainty principle [duplicate]

why doesn't Heisenberg's uncertainty principle also work for macroscopic bodies which are in-turn made up of quantum-particles? ps: if proof is provided it will be a lot more useful.
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Finding natural linewidth's

I want to check whether my fit parameter for the width of a Lorentzian fit on my digital spectroscopy data for Helium (the 5875 Angstrom line) is what you would expect from the uncertainty principle, ...
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Reason behind the uncertainty principle [duplicate]

I know that Heisenberg Uncertainty principles states that the momentum and position of a quantum object can not be determined at the same time. This is very strange to me. I want the basic reason ...
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Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle scientific proof

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states that: $$\sigma(x)\sigma( p_x )\ge \frac {\hbar}{2}.$$ What is the scientific proof of this principle? Operators Uncertainty
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Reason for Uncertainty principle

$$\Delta x \Delta p_x \geq \frac{\hbar}{2} $$ I understand what does Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states i.e. it's definition and it has been proven experimentally. But, can anyone please ...
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Quantum Theory just lazy physics?

Is it true that physicists decided that because they couldn't predict with certainty the location of an electron at any given time, that they just created equations using probability instead, still ...
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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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Why doesn't $σ_xσ_p$ change with the width of the well in the infinite square well problem (intuition)?

I calculated that the product of the uncertainty in position $\sigma_x$ for the ground state of an infinite square well of width $L$ with the uncertainty in the momentum $\sigma_p$ for the same state, ...
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Is there a simple way to explain quantised conductance? [closed]

I am biologist and I need to pass a nanotechnology class. I am stuck with this term of quantum resistance. Basically this appears to me as normal Ohm's law, except that takes into account Heisenberg ...
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Would the uncertainty principle apply to gravitational waves?

The uncertainty principle is one of the most basic rules of quantum mechanics, but Quantum mechanics still has not been unified with general relativity, so would the uncertainty principle apply to ...
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What does it mean that an electron's position is described by probability?

I just read an answer to a Phys.SE question about why electrons don't collide with protons where an answering user said: In quantum mechanics, an electron doesn't have a definite position or ...
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Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Which formula is correct?

Some websites and textbooks refer to $\Delta x \Delta p \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$ as the correct formula for the uncertainty principle whereas other sources use the formula $\Delta x \Delta p \geq \hbar$ ....
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Minimum uncertainity

I'm confused in finding the condition for minimum uncertainty, The author in the book I refer goes on saying that $|g\rangle=c|f\rangle$ is the condition for minimum uncertainity for some constant $...
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Uncertainty principle and multiple observers

My understanding is that an observer can measure the precise location of a particle so long as the corresponding uncertainty in momentum measurement is not an issue and vice-versa. Say there is ...
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Does Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle describe real uncertainty or measured uncertainty?

Some derivations of Hesenberg's Uncertainty principle are based on the momentum of light or particles used in measuring an object's position and momentum. Does this lower limit on uncertainty describe ...
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Momentum and position for free particle

In the section of 'The free particle' in 'Introduction to quantum mechanics, second edition' by Griffiths page 65. He has the wave equation as $$\Psi(x,t) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}} \int_{-\infty}^{\...
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What does it mean “not to have a definite trajectory”?

In a comment to my question someone stated the following: "photons do not travel at some definite number of oscillations per second. In fact, they do not "travel" at all, no more than electrons ...
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What is the Quantum Mechanical Operator for Electric Potential?

I understand that charge and electric potential are conjugate observables in QM. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conjugate_variables The quantum mechanical operator for charge, q, is simply equal ...