This tag is for Heisenberg quantum mechanical uncertainty principle.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
1answer
163 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
108 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
122 views

Slit width for minimum spot size in electron slit diffraction if involving uncertainity principle

I don't believe the following is an accurate description of the physical but a homework problem to help understanding. A beam of electron of energy 0.025 eV moving along x-direction, passes ...
2
votes
4answers
284 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
105 views

Uncertainty relation for non-simultaneous observation

Heisenberg's uncertainty relation in the Robertson-Schroedinger formulation is written as, $$\sigma_A^2 \sigma_B^2 \geq |\frac{1}{2} \langle\{\hat A, \hat B\}\rangle -\langle \hat A\rangle\langle ...
5
votes
1answer
156 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
135 views

A few questions on wave packets and uncertainty relations

According to Cohen-Tannoudji the wave-function for a one-dimensional free particle can be written as $$ \psi (x,0)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}} \int g(k) e^{ikx} dk.$$ While $g(k)$ is not specified, there ...
2
votes
1answer
165 views

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?
1
vote
2answers
99 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
593 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
59 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

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?
-1
votes
1answer
78 views
3
votes
1answer
720 views

“Derivation” of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

Ok, so I posted this in the mathematics StackExchange, but got no response. The question I outline below is my textbook's "derivation" of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. The "derivation" my ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Energy conservation limited by uncertainty principle

The way I learned it from practicing Fourier analysis and signal processing besides quantum mechanics, is that Energy conservation cannot be achieved in short time scales, and that limits energy ...
2
votes
4answers
931 views

How Uncertainty Principle, Vacumm 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 Furrier transforms in QFT we should have an analogue to the usual Heisenberg ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

Does the electron confinement energy vary with temperature?

I was introduced the electron confinement energy. At room temperature thermal energy of a particle is about $k_B T$, where $T=298K$, giving about $25meV$. I was told that $E_\text{confinement}=50emV$, ...
1
vote
2answers
90 views

Why is what Heisenberg's uncertainty principle describes true?

As I understand it, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle (HUP) states that the more precisely we know the location of an electron, the less precisely we know its momentum, and vice versa. However, I've ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

Minimal phase space volume $h^3$ out of Heisenberg's principle

So the explanation in my text book is this: we have a phase space volume $\Delta x\Delta y\Delta z\Delta p_x\Delta p_y\Delta p_z$. Now they state that Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states $\Delta ...
1
vote
1answer
44 views

Uncertainty relation and instrumental errors

I was puzzled recently by what I've read in the internets about Heisenberg's uncertainty principle (one probably should never do this). It claimed that in the usual relation $$ ...
6
votes
4answers
561 views

Is uncertainty principle a technical difficulty in measurement?

Is the uncertainty principle a technical difficulty in measurement or is it an intrinsic concept in quantum mechanics irrelevant of any measurement? Everyone knows the thought experiment of measuring ...
4
votes
2answers
223 views

Using the uncertainty principle to estimate the ground state energy of hydrogen

I have been reading through this estimate of the ground state energy of hydrogen and others like it. In this one it says it is using the uncertainty principal but then proceeded to use the following: ...
2
votes
1answer
74 views

Entanglement and the uncertainty principle

Suppose you have two maximally entangled particles. You measure the spin about the x axis of the first and the spin about the y axis of the second. But both spins cannot be known simultaneously, so ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

Luminal motion and the uncertainty principle

I had a thought the other day about a connection between special relativity and the uncertainty principle. According to special relativity, you need an infinite amount of energy to accelerate a ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Question on Heisenberg's uncertainty principle [duplicate]

Can we measure limit of precision of measuring wavelength using uncertainty principle? If yes how can we do that?
0
votes
2answers
32 views

How can the uncertainty principle be used to deduce range of a force from properties of the force carrier?

Question: How can the uncertainty principle be used to deduce range of a force from properties of the force carrier? My thoughts? Not too sure how this can be done and would like some advice. ...
4
votes
6answers
882 views

What is the uncertainty principle?

I looked on Wikpedia for information on the uncertainty principle, but after reading it I still had no idea. I know it has something to do with how many things you can hold at some spot for some ...
3
votes
1answer
175 views

The Uncertainty Principle and Energy Nonconservation

The uncertainty principle is listed in most textbooks and articles as $$ \Delta E \Delta t \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}.$$ This can be derived in many ways in many different settings, most of them involving ...
2
votes
5answers
178 views

Which way will the pencil fall?

Let's say you had a perfect pencil, with a point which was just that one point (see this question). The pencil's mass was perfectly distributed, and there are no flaws in the craftsmanship. Let's say ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

Calculating de Broglie wavelength [closed]

Hey, trying to finish an assignment but having some trouble with it. I will show all my work. The topic is on wave/particle dualty, uncertainty principle (second year modern physics course). So the ...
62
votes
7answers
11k views

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 ...
-4
votes
2answers
83 views

Classical notion of trajectory [closed]

Why the classical notion of trajectory is meaningless in quantum mechanics? I am asking here about notion of trajectory from classical mechanics and why in quantum mechanics we cannot use it or is ...
0
votes
1answer
70 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
50 views

Why position and momenta are fluctuating quantities?

In a coordinate basis we have $$\langle \Psi \mid \Psi \rangle = \int \prod_{i=1}^N d^3q_i |\Psi(\textbf{q}_1,\dots,\textbf{q}_N)|^2=1$$ This means that for any quantum state $\mid \Psi ...
0
votes
2answers
98 views

Could quantum particle have a specific velocity without position at all?

I understand that electron spin on different axis is an example of complementary properties, which cannot be measured accurately at the same time. I also understand that if we have an electron is ...
2
votes
2answers
8k views

Minimum possible Kinetic Energy of a confined electron

The problem is this: Consider an electron confined in a region of nuclear dimensions (about 5 fm). Find its minimum possible kinetic energy in MeV. Treat this problem as one-dimensional, and ...
0
votes
0answers
76 views

Are the particle-wave duality and the quantum uncertainty principle united?

In a recent paper by Patrick Coles, Jedrzej Kaniewski, and Stephanie Wehner at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore, they came to the conclusion that the ...
6
votes
3answers
742 views

Why don't quantum effects invalidate the speed of light barrier?

While proving that no matter can reach the speed of light (a fact which I call the kinetic energy barrier), Einstein uses the fact that he can calculate the velocity and position of an electron. ...
1
vote
0answers
93 views

Quantum Gravity Singularity Question?

I am not a expert in QG (Quantum Gravity) or GR (General Relativity) for that matter so please forgive if I make any small mistakes, its just a curious question but I know that a singularity is a ...
1
vote
0answers
37 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

Energy Conservation in Quantum System?

Let us assume, 2 same mass atoms are moving towards each other at equal velocity and they are in course to crash into each other - so what would happen when they do crash into each other? If we use ...
1
vote
3answers
114 views

Does every interaction of quantum objects introduce backaction?

The motivation of this question is the following experiment: Assume you have quantum mechanical oscillator, e.g. a particle in a potential $V(q_x)\propto q_x^2$. Now the position of the particle ...
2
votes
0answers
34 views

Group velocity and calculating wavelength [closed]

A stone tossed into a body of water creates a disturbance at the point of impact that lasts for Dt = 4.0s. Measurements indicates that the wave speed is v = 25 cm/s. (a) Over what distance on ...
0
votes
2answers
85 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
595 views

Uncertainty principle and measurement

I would like to really understand how the uncertainty principle in QM works, from a practical point of view. So this is my narrative of how an experiment goes, and I'm quickly in trouble: we prepare ...
3
votes
4answers
232 views

QFT and violation of Heisenberg uncertainty principle

In some QFT books is said that a free electron can emit a virtual photon as long as it reabsorbs the photon and returns to its original state within a time: $$\Delta t<\dfrac{\hbar}{2\Delta E}$$ ...
0
votes
2answers
39 views

wormhole time machine and violation of uncertainty? [duplicate]

Let's asssume we have a wormhole that allows sending info to the past and receiving information from the future. Next, we have a particle moving in two dimensions, for which we can evaluate $ p_{y} $ ...
2
votes
2answers
100 views

Heisenberg uncertainty and probabilistic nature of QM

I am trying to understand whether the HUP and the probabilistic nature of QM are orthogonal or not. By that I mean that the HUP fundamentally derives from operators not commuting, which is the ...