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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 \...
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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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Modern interpretation of wave-particle duality

As far as I understand, in the early days of quantum theory there was quite a lot of debate over how to interpret what it meant for a quantum mechanical object to exhibit both wave-like and particle-...
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Measurements in quantum mechanics

Why does measurement change things? I read that measurement changes things because we have to bounce photons off an object to 'see' it and that changes its position, momentum etc... But on the other ...
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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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Expectation to uncertainty

We know that in the case of $O$ being an operator, $\langle O^2\rangle-\langle O\rangle^2$ equals to uncertainty as long as $\langle\rangle$ means the mean value (expectation value). if we have $A$ ...
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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 $E_\text{confinement}=50emV$, ...
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Introductory derivations of Heisenberg uncertainty principle

I'm not an expert when it comes to quantum mechanics, so correct me wherever I'm wrong, but: I've always been a little bit bothered by introductory derivations of the Heisenberg uncertainty relations ...
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Understanding the virtual states referenced in multiphoton absorption studies

The Heisenberg energy-time uncertainty tells us that we can have so-called virtual states between eigenstates as long as the lifetime of these states is at most: $\tau = (\frac{h}{4 \pi E_v})$ Where ...
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On an Uncertainty Relation for Angular Variables

I'm looking for a proof of the Angular Momentum - Angle uncertainty relation $$\frac{\Delta L \Delta \theta}{1-(3/\pi^2)\Delta \theta^2} \geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$$ which does not involve solving the ...
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Simultaneous measurement of non-commuting observables without uncertainty

A pair of non-commuting Observables $\hat{X}$ and $\hat{P}$ does not have a common set of eigenfunctions, i.e., it can not be measured simultaneously. Let us for the sake of simplicity assume that $[\...
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Heisenberg uncertainty in Bose Einstein condensate

What happens to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, when a system reaches the Bose-Einstein condensed state? In our statistical mechanics lecture, we derived the following formula for the fraction ...
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Would quantum fluctuations cause problems for scalar-field inflation?

Wheeler once said that spacetime would be highly curved at very small scales because of the uncertainty principle for energy-momentum. In which case the spacetime becomes very bumpy and not smooth ...
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Underlying C*Algebra operators in standard quantum mechanics?

Linearity in standard quantum mechanics (QM) is the key to making the math possible in this field, but the presence of nonlinear operators in QM is what is more generally dealt with. Working with the ...
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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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Uncertainty principle characterizing metallic bonding?

So I was trying to think through the statement that the uncertainty principle can characterize metallic bonding. I know that the uncertainty principle is: $\Delta p \Delta x = \frac{\hbar}{2}$. And ...
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Momentum representation of a state

I am trying to figure out the momentum representation of the state which has the properties $$\langle \psi |\hat q |\psi \rangle=-q_0,$$ $$\langle\psi|\hat p|\psi \rangle=p_0, $$$$\Delta q\Delta p=\...
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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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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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Proof for fluctuations in vacuum

I'm not a physicist. My understanding of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and its proof (that is given by an imaginary microscope) is that for example: at a specified time determining the exact ...
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Uncertainty Principle with the corresponding operators

Why does the corresponding operator do not commute if there is uncertainty related to two observables A and B that states $\Delta A\,\Delta B > 0 $ ?
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Uncertainty principle and digital camera

I recently got into a discussion in how far (miniaturized) digital cameras are affected by the uncertainty principle. Specifically the question was, whether the uncertainty principle is one of the ...
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Calculating Natural Broadening of Emission Lines

I'm trying to demonstrate the small effect of Natural Broadening as compared to other types of broadening (Doppler, Stark, van der Waals, etc.) and my calculations don't match the accepted values. My ...
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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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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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The link between non-locality and Heisenberg's uncertainty relations

I have recently found out1 that the concepts of non-locality and Heisenberg's uncertainty do not live independently of one another in Quantum Mechanics. In other words, roughly the idea goes as: the ...
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The “general uncertainty” of the harmonic oscillator defies the correspondence principle?

If you use the definition of $(\Delta x)^2 = \langle n | x^2 | n \rangle - \langle n | x | n \rangle^2$ and the same for $(\Delta p)^2$ to calculate $\Delta x \Delta p$ for the state $|n\rangle$ of a ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Uncertainty principle explanation

Just finished reading "In Search of Schrödinger's Cat". I am currently trying to explain the Uncertainty principle to myself as if I was 5. Concretely, why it is not possible to measure both position ...
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Confusion regarding Vacuum fluctuations, Strings & The Casimir Effect

From Wikipedia: Casimir Effect The typical example is of the two uncharged conductive plates in a vacuum, placed a few nanometers apart. In a classical description, the lack of an external field ...
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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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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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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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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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Uncertainty Relation as obtained in Cohen

It starts considering $$\left|\rho\right\rangle = (Q + i\lambda P)\left|\psi\right\rangle$$ where $\lambda$ is an arbitrary real parameter. Then the norm is obtained: $$\left\langle\rho|\rho\right\...
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Relation between $\Delta E$ and $\Delta p$

This will be a very quick question. I've seen in some books, that when describing the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, it was used implicitly the application of the following statement: $$\Delta E=\...
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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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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 \...
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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 ...
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Gedankenexperiment to derive the Robertson uncertainty relation without confusing it with the obersver effect

In the last years there seemed to be much activity on the meaning Heisenberg's uncertainty relation. The main point of the discussion was Heisenbergs noise-disturbance-relation (see: http://arxiv.org/...
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Is there a Planck uncertainty?

There are theories which place lower limits on length, time and temperature. Is there a corresponding one for the lower limit for uncertainty? Is there a probability so small it cannot exist in this ...
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Huygens and philosophy of the slit

A single (narrow) slit diffraction pattern, can be explained/described classically with Huygens' principle (1678), and quantum mechanically with the Uncertainty principle. If the pattern on the screen ...
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Interesting (new to me) things in the exposition of Landau's book on QM

In section I.1 (The uncertainty principle), a principle I already know, the author suggests a "relaxing" picture (Unusual): "We have defined "apparatus" as a physical object which is governed, ...
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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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Naive Uncertainty principle for string theory

Is it possible, in some sense, that a naive uncertainly principle for string theory could be expressed as : $$ \Delta x_i \Delta p_j \Delta \sigma ~=~ \delta_{ij} \hbar \ell_s$$ where $\ell_s$ is ...