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Minimum Uncertainty Wavepackets

I'm reading over some lecture notes on minimum uncertainty wavepackets in quantum mechanics, and I've come across a statement that I'm not entirely convinced by. My take on minimum uncertainty states ...
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Diffraction from a single slit experiment and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle [duplicate]

Practically how to separated between Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction? Do all diffraction fringes from single slit have same peaks? Why?
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Uncertainty Principle - measuring momentum on one entangled particle, position on the other

If two entangled particles are sent far apart and then at exactly the same time the position of one, and the momentum of the other, is measured, won't this mean that, because the corresponding values ...
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What is the experiment used to actually observe the position of the electron in the H atom?

Prior to observation, the electron can be found anywhere (from inside the nucleus to the ends of the universe), but once its position is determined the answer is precise (albeit its momentum is not ...
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Is uncertainty a physical obstacle? [duplicate]

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle states that you cannot know the position and the momentum of a particle at the same time (I believe this is the main idea behind it). And I have read in various ...
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Does Planck's constant imply limits to computing *results*

... I don't mean quantum effects limiting hardware fabrication sizing. Such small scales have for some time exhibited issues. Rather, along the lines of imagining the smallest possible divisions of ...
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Time energy uncertainty principle [duplicate]

$ \sigma _{H}\sigma _{Q}\geqslant \frac{h}{4\pi }\frac{d\left \langle Q \right \rangle}{dt}$ $\Delta E = \sigma _{H}$ $\Delta t = \frac{\sigma _{Q}}{d\left \langle Q \right \rangle / dt}$ $\Delta E ...
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Including special relativistic effects in momentum in Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

I've been told that an electron is somewhere within the space of $10^{-10}m$ and am supposed to find the uncertainty in its velocity. Simply applying $m\Delta x \Delta v \geq \frac{h}{4\pi}$ results ...
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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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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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Does quantum mechanics depend solely on electromagnetic waves? [duplicate]

I am beginning to learn quantum mechanics. Since determining the position of an object involves probing by electromagnetic waves and since i have read a simple derivation of Heisenberg's uncertainty ...
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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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Does relativity violate uncertainty principle?

Let us say I sit on an electron. According to me the electron is at rest. Also, I will know the position of the electron accurately as I can take the electron as the origin. So, I know both position ...
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Do black holes violate the uncertainty principle?

If black holes have mass but no size, does that imply zero uncertainty in position? If so, what does that imply for uncertainty in momentum?
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Operators Uncertainty

$\hat A$ is an operator. The uncertainty on $\hat{A}$, $\Delta A$ is defined by: $$\Delta A=\sqrt{\langle\hat A^2\rangle - \langle\hat A\rangle^2}$$ what is difference between $\langle\hat ...
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What would be likely to completely stop a subatomic particle assuming it was possible?

Suppose that completely stopping a subatomic particle, such as an electron, could happen under certain conditions. What would be likely ways to get an electron to be perfectly still, or even just stop ...
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Why only 1 component of angular momentum?

Griffiths says that you can have only 1 well defined component of the angular momentum because of the uncertainty principle. From the uncertainty principle, we get that $$ \sigma_{L_x}\sigma_{L_y} ...
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is there any uncertainty on the free particle with a definite momentum $\vec p$?

The probability amplitude for a free particle with momentum $\ p$ and energy $E$ is the complex wave function: $$\psi_{(\vec x , t)}=e^{i(\vec k\cdot \vec x -\omega t)}$$ is there any uncertainty on ...
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Measurement of energy apparently violating the position-momentum Uncertainty Principle in a potential that does not depend on distance?

I am taking a beginning course in QM and I have learnt that the measurement of energy collapses the wavefunction of a particle to one of its energy eigenstates. But some misconceptions regarding this ...
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How is the motion of electron in p orbital?

Does an electron in p orbital move around nucleus or move randomly in any individual lobe of p orbital. if it were to move around nucleus then does p orbital move along with it?
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RH side of the Uncertainty principle: when is it a number and when an expectation value?

The uncertainty principle between the position $x$ and the momentum $p$ is given by: $$ \sigma_x \sigma_p \geq \hbar/2,$$ whereas for the $x$ and $y$ components of the angular momentum is given by: ...
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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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Couldn't we measure electrons with good enough technology? [duplicate]

I am a bit confused about the Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle - just read about it in How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, by Chad Orzel. He states that the reason electrons can't be measured is ...
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A Confusion About Energy-Time Uncertainty Relations

In all the textbooks that I have seen, energy-time relation is written in the following way:$$\Delta E \cdot \Delta t \geqslant \frac{\hbar}{2}$$ Here is my interpretation of this principle: The ...
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Determining zero energy from $k=0$?

I'm curious as to the equations necessary for finding a total energy of 0 (or, I suppose, the energy density of empty space due to quantum fluctuations) in a flat Friedmann universe such as ours. The ...
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Question on Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

My textbook claims that the uncertainty in position of the particle in a quantum harmonic oscillator is $\frac{A}{\sqrt{2}}$ and the uncertainty in the particle momentum is $\frac{p}{\sqrt{2}}$ ...
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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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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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Quantum entanglement, quantum measurement, spin and position

By uncertainty principle, we know that determining particle's position at some location is limited. So we cannot determine the position of a particle at some exact point location as this would make ...
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Range of a mediating particle

My book describes the derivation of the formula $R\approx\hbar/2mc$ by: $$(\Delta E)(\Delta t)\geq\hbar/2$$ The violation of energy conservation is $\Delta E=mc^2$ to create the particle’s mass. Also, ...
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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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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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Do all quantum systems have zero point energy ?

I understand that it is possible to write an uncertainty relation between the Hamiltonian of a system and time, where the time uncertainity is defined by the amount of time it takes an arbitrary ...
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Why uncertainty principle on a large scale doesn't impose limitations on precision?

The question is By choosing reasonable numerical values for mass and velocity, show that $\Delta x \Delta p >=\frac{ \hbar}{2}$ doesn't impose any limitations on the precision with which the ...
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Trapping an electron

Imagine that one could theoretically trap a single electron in a small box, with walls that somehow prevent the electron from passing through and out of the box. Now, the box begins to move in on ...
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Velocity of measurement

As per to Heisenberg uncertainty we will not be able to calculate the position and momentum at same instant because by the time we calculate the next of the one, it changes (i.e.) the changes are very ...
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Uncertainty principle clarification

Suppose a mechanical quantum duck is confined in a pond 1m wide. So, what is its uncertainty in position, 0.5m or 1m? As I think, the uncertainty is 0.5m. The reason is that if we choose the middle ...
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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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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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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?
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Energy of system in eigenstate of Hamiltonian

I know how to find the spectrum of the Hamiltonian to get the allowed energies for a system. If the spectrum is quantized, I can get definite values for each energy level. But when the system is in ...
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The uncertainty principle and spin

I realize that this may be a very basic question, but I've been unable to find the answer elsewhere so thanks in advance for the help. Suppose an electron's spin is measured about an axis, and then ...
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Can we put $\Delta p, \Delta x, \Delta E, \Delta t$ into one big uncertainty equation?

According to my calculations $x$ * $p$ has unit $[kg m^2/s]$ which is what we would get if we multiply $E$ by $t$ So $$ Et = xp$$ Starting from here, can we some how derive a formula that puts all ...
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How to minimize the wavepacket dispersion?

This is a final exam problem. Here is what I can remember: We know that if an electron's wavefunction starts out as a narrow wavepacket, and moving in a region of constant potential, then the ...
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Electron at rest

David Griffiths suggested a website in his book where I got this paper http://www.hep.princeton.edu/~mcdonald/examples/electronatrest.pdf Here the author says classically a particle at rest(in some ...
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Relationship between Energy and Time [closed]

Is there a relationship between energy and time? What is it?
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Repeating a measurement vs uncertainty

The wikipedia says on measurement in quantum mechanics that: Repeating the same measurement without any evolution of the quantum state will lead to the same result. On the other hand, doesn't ...
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Do the same experiments yield different results due to the principle of uncertainty?

When thinking about small particles and their uncertainity, I've allways rather seen them being all over the place rather than randomly changing location. I would think that, in the same time, you'd ...
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Uncertainty Principle Upper-bound?

In quantum mechanics, is there an upper bound for the uncertainty principle? I know that quantum harmonic oscillator (QHO) has the uncertainty relation $\sigma_x\sigma_p = \hbar(n+1/2)$, but I think ...
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How can a clock work if the uncertainty principle is true?

If the uncertainty principle and Copenhagen Interpretation are true, then how can a clock tick? Supposedly particles can do all sorts of things when not measured, then how can they be formed into ...