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### When is the adiabatic approximation for solid state systems valid?

The adiabatic approximation for solid state systems is rather radical. I was wondering in which cases it breaks down. As it is based on the idea of the nuclii being much heavier than the electrons I ...
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### Phase-shifting of instantaneous eigenstates in the adiabatic approximation

In my book Quantum Mechanics by B.H. Bransden and C.J. Joachain, there is a chapter on the adiabatic approximation. Here, the authors assume that the time-dependent Hamiltonian $\hat{H}(t)$ changes ...
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### Planck's theory question

Could you please tell me why Planck's theory ceases to be valid when the sizes of the bodies and/or their separation distances are comparable to, or smaller than, the wavelength. My professor told me ...
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### Idealizations of an object as a point particle

Why is it that an object can be idealized as a point particle or 'particle like' to solve problems? What are the limits of such a tool?
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### Hyperfine structure in hydrogen

Consider the Dirac equation for bounded electron in hydrogen atom. I am trying to get a clear physical explanation for all mathematical terms that appear in the Hamiltonian and energy spectrum. ...
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### Does uncertainty principle truly represent the “lower bound” of the information we can obtained from a pair of noncommunicable operator?

Background I: Suppose the commonly used non commuting operator $\hat p$ and $\hat x$. The uncertainty principle told us that $\sigma_p\sigma_x\geq \frac{\hbar}{2}$. In standard quantum mechanic ...
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### Perturbation to the flat space metric

from the geodesic equation for non-relativistic case where $$v_i\ll c$$ $$\frac{dx^i}{dt}\ll1,{\rm for }\ c =1$$ $$\frac{dx^i}{d\tau}\ll\frac{dt}{d\tau}$$using this the geodesic equation for proper ...
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### How do we understand the results of $1/N$ or $\epsilon$ expansion beyond leading orders?

When we do $1/N$ expansions in, say, 2+1$D$ $O(N)$ models and try to extract all kinds of critical exponents from it, we get the following results for the scaling dimensions of various operators up to ...
### Series expansion of $N$-particle potential energy
I am trying to understand the so-called Taylor expansion (or series expansion) of potential energy of a system of $N$-particles. This expanded form is stated without derivation in some molecular ...