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Is quantum physics truly random or does it just appear that way because of Heisenberg uncertainty principle

The behavior of an electron (and other tiny things) is said to be probabilistic because we can't say where an election will be when we measure it, but only where it will probably be. As I understand ...
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Is there any physical quantity that does not have uncertainty?

I saw this video and I got a thought: Is there any physical quantity that does not have uncertainty? Basic models are: for lenght for time end energy (so for mass too) and I realized that (...
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The uncertainty in angular momentum

It is known that the different spatial components of the angular momentum don't commute with each other. $$ [L_x,L_y] \propto L_z \\ [L_y,L_z] \propto L_x \\ [L_z,L_x] \propto L_y $$ Also it is known ...
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3D Minimum uncertainty wavepackets

Based on the 1D case mentioned in Griffiths, I decided to try looking at the features of 3D Gaussian wavefunctions, i.e. (position basis) wavefunctions of the form $\psi(\mathbf{r}) = Ae^{-\mathbf{r}^\...
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Uncertainity principle and double slit experiment?

My Understanding of uncertainty principle goes that if some particles are in same state, then their measurement of certain property (say $x$ and $p$) will be different for different particles. ...
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Does the uncertainity principle actually attack determinism? [closed]

It's not really clear to me how does QM attacks determinism. It sure attacks computability, which is a component of newtonian, naive determinism, but it's often claimed to destroy determinism itself (...
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Why is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle stated the way it is?

I spent a long time being confused by the Heisenberg uncertainty principle in my quantum chemistry class. It is frequently stated that the "position and momentum of a particle cannot be ...
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Do Quantum Mechanics At The Macro Scale Disprove General Relativity or Prove Something New?

We all know about the discrepancy between relativity and quantum physics at the scale relative to particles. Wouldn't the fact that recent experiments show quantum effects at the macro-scale in some ...
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Why can't be the EPR experiment simplified?

Alice measures the spin of her electron on the x axis. She now knows the spin value of Bob's electron on the x axis at time T0. Bob measures the spin of his electron on the z axis. He now knows the ...
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Why does temperature have no uncertainity?

Background My understanding is that temperature is not a quantum mechanical operator. Hence, thereby it should not have any uncertainty. However, any instrument that tries to take the measurement of ...
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Which position and momentum distributions arise from some wave function?

Consider a particle in one dimension with wave function $\psi(x)$. The probability density function describing how likely it is to find it in a given position is given by $f(x)=\left|\psi(x)\right|^2$....
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When to use different forms of the similar looking uncertainity equations?

I usually find two different forms of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle equations as in follows: $$ \Delta x \cdot \Delta p \ge h$$ $$ \Delta x \cdot \Delta p \ge (\frac{h}{2\pi})$$ Some text ...
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Can a buckyball gun be fired by observing it?

If a buckyball was placed inside a gun made from maybe a carbon nanotube or something, would measuring the momentum of the buckyball cause the the gun to fire? At what speed would the buckyball exit ...
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Retarded Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

Suppose there is a harmonic oscillator and at some time acts on him a force. The external force $F (t)$ being zero before $t = 0$ and after $t = T$ . The oscillator was in its ground state for all ...
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Zero-point energy amplitude calculation

On this page https://www.miniphysics.com/simple-harmonic-oscillator.html It is stated that for a linear restoring force of $F = -k \Delta x$, the total energy is $ E = K + U $ or rather $ \\ E = \...
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Doesn't Uncertainty Principle disproves the whole Quantum Physics's measurements?

Let's say Heisenberg was right that we can't measure both location and velocity of a small particle at the same time, So doesn't it say that the observations of any experiment that we have done in all ...
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Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle in different intertial frames

Say there is a single particle in a box. If we switch to a different inertial frame (without the box) travelling close to the speed of light we see the box get smaller. At a high enough speed the ...
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Is uncertainity a postulate? [duplicate]

I heard the standard interpretation of Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Just the measurement affects the position of the body because always you want to see a body (=to measure the position), you ...
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Is there a mathematical relationship between Legendre conjugates and Fourier conjugates?

In quantum mechanics, there is an uncertainty principle between conjugate variables, giving rise to complementary descriptions of a quantum system. But the variables are conjugates in two different ...
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Why isn't it possible to determine a particle's position without changing its velocity

So, I think understand the premise of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, but it seems to me that someone would be able to create a device which would be able to measure the position of a particle ...
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Two questions about Feynman propagator

Taking for example the meson propagator: $$ \Delta_F (x-y) = \int \frac{d^4k}{(2\pi)^4} \frac{e^{-ik(x-y)}}{k^2 - m^2 + i\epsilon}. $$ It describes a meson that propagate from a point of Minkowski ...
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Uncertainty principle on a simple pendulum

During simple pendulum motion at different points it has specific energy.That is how we can precisely predict its velocity as well as its definite position. It seems to violate Heisenberg's ...
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Is the uncertainty principle a statement about limits on our predictive rather than our measurement abilities?

Here's what I know. The Uncertainty Principle states that $$\sigma_x \cdot \sigma_p \geq {{\hbar} \over 2}$$ However, I also know that this principle refers to measurements performed over many ...
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How Uncertainty Principle, Vacuum fluctuations and Energy Conservation coexist in QFT?

Recently I had a debate about the uncertainty principle in QFT that made me even more confused.. Because we use Fourier transforms in QFT, we should have an analogue to the usual Heisenberg ...
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How relevant is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?

I was originally surprised to see that, $$\Delta x \cdot \Delta p \gt {{\hbar} \over 2}$$ But, then I realized that $\hbar/2=5.27 \cdot 10^{-35}$. According to this other question, the smallest ...
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Is the Uncertainty Principle a logical consequence from the Wave-Particle duality?

I always thought of the Uncertainty Principle as a logical consequence that follows from the Wave-Particle duality, or more precise, from the fact that all particles behave as waves as long as they do ...
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“Derivation” of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

The question I outline below is my textbook's "derivation" of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. The "derivation" my textbook uses involves wave packets. Suppose there are seven waves of ...
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Why is Heisenberg uncertainty principle not valid in waves in string?

We know from high school physics that when the incident wave is traveling from a low density region (high wave speed) region towards a high density (low wave speed) region on a string, the width of ...
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Is there uncertainity of position of the perfectly homogenous radiating body?

I heard the standard interpretation of Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Just the measurement affects the position of the body because always you want to see a body (=to measure the position), you ...
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Can the uncertainty principle be redefined for different standard deviations?

$$\sigma_x \cdot \sigma_p \ge {{\hbar} \over {2}}$$ Where the $\sigma$ is the standard deviation. What happens to the inequality if you use a different definition of $\sigma$. For instance what ...
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How can Particle Accelerators even crash particles?

In quantum mechanics there is a law that states we cannot know a position and the momentum of a particle and so in a particle accelerator, we need to know the position of the particles we are going to ...
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Derivation of minimum uncertainty from Squeezed Coherent State [closed]

I'm studying a book in which I stopped by this point. I don't know how to derive the inequality from $$tr(\rho A^{*}A )?$$
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Can we theoretically balance a perfectly symmetrical pencil on its one-atom tip?

I was asked by an undergrad student about this question. I think if we were to take away air molecules around the pencil and cool it to absolute zero, that pencil would theoretically balance. Am I ...
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Why can't we use entanglement to defy Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

In principle, it is possible to entangle any property of two particles, including speed and momentum. Surely then, this could be used to defy the Uncertainty Principle, which states that the momentum ...
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What state the wave function collapses into after an inaccurate measurement?

I'm watching MIT online lectures Quantum Physics I (roughly from one hour mark in the video). The lecturer explains wave functions that describe "Stationary States" that consist of a single energy ...
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Momentum uncertainty of free particle

I've read several Q&A's regarding free particles and the associated wave packet in this website, but found the answer to my question nowhere. It's OK to attribute a Gaussian wave packet to the ...
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Can mass be uncertain?

If you can have uncertainty in momentum, then wouldn't you have uncertainty in mass and velocity? Why can't mass be uncertain?
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Does the Heisenberg uncertainty principle preclude moving in a straight path with certainty?

The uncertainty principle is σₓσₚ ≥ 0.5 ℏ where x is position and p is momentum. Consider a 2d plane. If one moves along a straight line along the plane (possibly backtracking or moving forwards but ...
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The uncertainty principle and black holes

What are the consequences of applying the uncertainty principle to black holes? Does the uncertainty principle need to be modified in the context of a black hole and if so what are the implications ...
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Does the uncertainty principle affect event horizons? [duplicate]

I was thinking about black holes. For a simple black hole the event horizon is given by a distance of 2 times mass (energy) of the black hole. (2m). But according to quantum mechanics, if you try to ...
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Must the product of the two complementary quantities in an uncertainty relation have unit $\text{Js}$?

I know that the uncertainty principle is: $$\Delta p\Delta q \ge \frac{\hbar}{2}.$$. But do the units on the left-hand side of the equation always have to equal $\text{Js}$, i.e. $\text{energy} \...
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Uncertainty principle in quantum field theory

Can the uncertainty principle be derived in quantum field theory? If yes, does is have a different interpretation than quantum mechanics because the coordinates $x_i$ are now parameters and not ...
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Uncertainty principle

I am reading about uncertainity principle. My textbook says, if $λ$ is the wavelength of the radiation used to observe the particle then the position of the particle cannot be determined with ...
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Heisenberg uncertainty principle clarification

I found these two examples in a books which demonstrate Heiseberg's uncertainty relation: 1) It shows that when we try to locate a moving electron,we transferred momentum via the photon that we ...
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Heisenberg uncertainty principle applied to large bodies?

Suppose I have a ball of a certain radius inside a box (with the length bigger than the radius) such that the ball fits in the box. The ball has a large mass (1 Kg). Heisenberg uncertainty principle ...
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Why does the uncertainty principle relate position and momentum when mass is always certain?

Why do physicists relate $x$ and $p$, instead of $x$ and $v$ since mass is well known and is not uncertain?
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Is entanglement a consequence of the uncertainty principle?

I am an aspiring physicist and once, I asked my professor on what triggers quantum entanglement and he graciously remarked "The great uncertainty principle!" - I was slightly confused and didn't say ...
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How do tracking detectors in particle accelerators create the pretty pictures we see?

I have read several sources about tracking detectors used in particle accelerators like LHC, but still have not found a more detailed source that can still be understood by a layperson like myself. I ...
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reflection of light and the uncertainty principle

I've heard that light reflects the same angle that it falls and so if we know the position of photon (the spot where it hits the surface) and the direction of where it shall go - that's violation of ...
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Why do momentum and position have the same direction in space in the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle?

It is known that $\Delta p \Delta x \geq \frac{h}{4\pi}$. I read that the two uncertainties must be along same axes. Why is that so?