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Why does the universe follow the uncertainty principle?

I have been thinking about this question for quiet a long time but, couldn't make up an answer myself. Usually when someone asks about why a system is the way it is we answer it by saying that it is ...
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Why doesn't a quantum particle in an attractive 1D potential accumulate at the center?

I have two questions regarding (possibly counter intuitive results) Schrodinger equation and its application to two (strictly hypothetical) scenarios. Consider the 1D potential $V(x) = - ...
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How to derive the uncertainty relation for a system of arbitrary potential?

I've been trying to understand the derivation of the uncertainty principle for the harmonic oscillator as described here (see pages 100-101). What I don't understand is how the potential for the ...
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Photons vs Uncertainty Principle

The uncertainty principle states: $\Delta_x\Delta_p>ħ/4$ We know the photon has a 0 rest mass but we are say that it's momentum is always the same $e=pc$ And more we are certain about the ...
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Uncertainty principle in atomic clocks?

How does the uncertainty principle limit the accuracy of atomic clocks. I know line width and measurement time are important but not exactly why?
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Is the uncertainty principle valid?

The uncertainty principle says that the product of the uncertainties in position and momentum can be no smaller than a simple fraction of Planck's constant $h$. Several articles lately suggest this ...
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General physics question involving Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle [closed]

Question: An unstable particle produced in a high-energy collision is measured to have an energy of $483\ \mathrm{MeV}$ and an uncertainty in energy of $84\ \mathrm{keV}$. Use the Heisenberg ...
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Heisenberg uncertainty principle - question [closed]

A beam of particles each having mass $m$ and velocity $v$ in the incident on a circular hole of radius $b$ located on a screen. If another screen is placed at a distance $D$ from the hole, ...
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Electron in strong magnetic field [closed]

What if we apply a very strong magnetic field to an electron so that it's position be a constant. Then if it's position is constant, it's momentum will also be a constant. But it is in violation of ...
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Why do quantum physical properties come in pairs?

Why do quantum physical properties come in pairs, governed by the uncertainty principle (that is, position and momentum?) Why not in groups of three, four, etc.?
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Quantum uncertainty in cell functions

In class today (philosophy of the mind) we discussed the ideas of Richard Lewontin. He stated that in determining the phenotype of a gene we must take into account the environment but also quantum ...
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Weird Behaviour of the act of measurement to a quantum system

I and my friend were disputing about some weird behaviour of the act of measuring some observables quantities e.g. Energy, position. But I still don't think what he said is strictly true. He said" ...
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In what range the acceleration value of quantum particle lies?

According to Heisenberg's uncertainity principle, the position and velocity of an quantum particle cannot be determined simultaneously. Is it possible to determine position and acceleration ...
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Why is classical physics not valid for a harmonic oscillator in its lowest energy state? [closed]

I am reading Born's interpretation of wave function in quantum physics by Eisberg & Resnick and I am not able to understand this description about comparison between the classical and quantum ...
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Uncertainty in momentum of an excited electron trapped in a box (1D)?

An electron is trapped in a one-dimensional well of width $0.132\,$nm. The electron is in the ninth excited state ($n=10$) state. What is the uncertainty in its momentum? The problem gives a hint to ...
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Why doesn't gravity act as a measurement?

I think this must be a very basic question but I couldn't find the answers anywhere. I was starting reading about Quantum Mechanics and these questions came in mind: As I understand the quantum ...
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Question regarding waves squeezed

in one MOOC I am taking, the professor had a slide stating "when squeezed into a narrow space wave is amplified". I am not sure I understand what he meant by that, and I am trying to think into terms ...
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Gaussian wave packet

At our QM intro our professor said that we derive uncertainty principle using the integral of plane waves $\psi = \psi_0(k) e^{i(kx - \omega t)}$ over wave numbers $k$. We do it at $t=0$ hence $\psi = ...
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More Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (HUP) Clarification

If you look at the commutation relation of the position and momentum operators (in 1D position space), you get: $$[\hat{x}, \hat{p}_x] = [x,-i \hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial x}] = i \hbar$$ All this ...
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Why the wave-particle duality cannot be explained as a traveling-standing wave duality?

This would explain why speed and position cannot be measured at the same time, since either the wave would be traveling (speed) or enclosed and standing (position). The act of enclosing it (to be ...
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Heisenberg's uncertainty principle for electrons and atoms

Here is a video of Michio Kaku discussing Moore's Law and the quantum mechanical limits thereof. Around the 1:30 mark he's talking about how the chips today have a layer of 20 atoms across (I'm ...
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Uncertainty principle and the energy-momentum 4-vector

In each of the uncertainty relations $$\Delta p_x \Delta x \geq \hbar/2$$ $$\Delta p_y \Delta y \geq \hbar/2$$$$\Delta p_z \Delta z \geq \hbar/2$$$$\Delta E \Delta t \geq \hbar/2$$ the second term on ...
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Does Heisenberg uncertainty apply within each quantum configuration, or in the amplitude distribution over them?

I'm still absorbing some basic ideas about quantum physics and now I think I have to reconsider the Uncertainty Principle. Here is what I understand, in summary: a "configuration" specifies the ...
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How does the uncertainty principle make a photon beam spread out?

I'm reading about uncertainty principle, and something has been bothering me for quite a while. There is the formula: $$\sigma_x \sigma_p \ge \frac{\hbar}{2}$$ I know what this means: the more you ...
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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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What is the meaning of uncertainty in Heisenberg's uncertainty principle?

The Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states the following: $$\Delta p \cdot \Delta x \ge \frac{h}{4\pi}.$$ While studying for my high school physics exams, I fooled myself into believing that I ...
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Uncertainty Principle and Bohmian mechanics

The Uncertainty Principle is a relationship between measurements of pairs of attributes, position and momentum, as well as energy and time. Perfect precision of one attribute's measurement leads to a ...
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electron orbits

Is there an upper limit to the number of orbits an electron can have around say a proton? Arent there states that are unstable(for n!=1) with corresponding mean/half lives and therefore uncertainty in ...
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Question on the uncertainty principle

The problem statement: Measurement detects a position of a proton with accuracy of $\pm10pm$. How much is the position uncertainty $1s$ later? Assume the speed of a proton $v\ll c$. What i ...
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Connection between $\Delta x \Delta p \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$ and $\Delta E \Delta t \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$

Is there a way to derive second equation from the first one? I mean is there a connection between those two uncertainty relations? \begin{align} \Delta x \Delta p &\geq \frac{\hbar}{2}\\ \Delta ...
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What physical significance has the Heisenberg Group?

I read that the canonical commutation relation between momentum and position can be seen as the Lie Algebra of the Heisenberg group. While I get why the commutation relations of momentum and momentum, ...
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Eigenstate of position+momentum?

I'm studying Quantum Mechanics on my own, so I'm bound to have alot of wrong ideas - please be forgiving! Recently, I was thinking about the quantum mechanical assertion (postulate?) that states with ...
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commutators in an uncertainty relationship derived from a partition function?

The maximum information principle for the discrete case gives rise to a partition function (>>> see details here) $$Z(\lambda_1,\ldots, \lambda_m) = \sum_{i=1}^n \exp\left[\lambda_1 f_1(x_i) + \cdots ...
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commutator to entropy in an uncertainty relationship?

Question: Does there exist a commutator to entropy in an uncertainty relationship? Similar Energy and time for instance.
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Reconciliation of a particle's rest frame and the uncertainty principle

When calculating in a rest frame, doesn't one assume both, definite velocity (zero) and position (origin)? Why is Heisenberg okay with that? Edit: E.g. For a decay we can do calculations in which we ...
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Formulation of the uncertainty principle for a system?

There is a biological system that I can indeed describe by a simple quantum Hamiltonian $H$ having eigenstates $|q\rangle$ labelled by the numbers $q$, and having energies proportional to $f(q)$ - ...
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An entropy of the Wigner function

Is there an entropy that one can use for the Wigner quasi-probability distribution? (In the sense of a phase-space probability distribution, not - just von Neumann entropy.) One cannot simply use ...
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A quantum particle which is almost at rest but whose position is random!

Assume a particle is given by a quantum state which is constructed in such a way that it is equally probable to find it anywhere in an fixed interval $(0,L)$ but has arbitrarily low velocity. The ...
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Is it the act of measuring a quantum particle that causes it to lose its uncertainty?

I have designed an experiment. Without going into detail it resolves around the double slit quantum eraser experiments. If we can infer the location of a particle without actually measuring it, does ...
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Uncertainty in path integral formulation

In Feynman's path integral formulation, in order to calculate the probability amplitude, we sum up all the possible trajectories of the particle between the points $A$ and $B$. Since we know ...
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Is there a heuristic explanation for the derivation of Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle from String Theory?

Heisenberg famously derived his uncertainty principle by considering the disturbance that a measurement would have on a small enough system. Of course in the mathematical formalism of Quantum ...
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Meaning of the anti-commutator term in the uncertainty principle

What is the meaning, mathematical or physical, of the anti-commutator term? $\langle ( \Delta A )^{2} \rangle \langle ( \Delta B )^{2} \rangle \geq \dfrac{1}{4} \vert \langle [ A,B ] \rangle \vert^{2} ...
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Conservation of Energy and Quantum Fluctuations

Regarding conservation of mass-energy Wikipedia says: "this is an exact law, or more precisely, has never been shown to be violated." However, regarding quantum fluctuations, Wikipedia says here: ...
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How does the Cern LHC collide particles head on if uncertainty principle limits the precision

I have been wondering why doesn't the uncertainty principle prevent the LHC experiment as if one want to collide two particles together one must accelerate a particle to certain speed and aim it at ...
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Does the uncertainty principle apply to photons?

Wikipedia claims the following: More generally, the normal concept of a Schrödinger probability wave function cannot be applied to photons. Being massless, they cannot be localized without being ...
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Is the number-phase uncertainty relation classical?

For a harmonic oscillator in one dimension, there is an uncertainty relation between the number of quanta $n$ and the phase of the oscillation $\phi$. There are all kinds of technical complications ...
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Simple uncertaintly calculation of the center coordinates of a Landau Level

I am reading the following review paper on the Quantum Hall Effect. I am sorry for the extremely stupid question, but I have been stuck on this very easy equation for long. In equation 2.39, the ...
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Quantum Mechanics, Uncertainty Principle— help understanding notes

There is a section of my notes which I do not understand, hopefully someone here will be able to explain this to me. The notes read (after introducing the uncertainty operator): If the state ...
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Are photons deterministic?

I propose the following scenario: At $t=0$, a photon is emitted from a star. At $t=n$, said photon is received and interpreted by some detector. My question is whether or not it is accurate to say ...
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The Univere's mass-energy and uncertainty [duplicate]

A virtual creation with total mass-energy = $E$ is allowed as long as that virtual creation doesn’t last longer than $E/h$. Can the uncertainty principle also be used to estimate the mass-energy in ...