# Questions tagged [commutator]

A mathematical construct quantifying the difference in effect of applying two operators in two alternate successions. It is the defining product of a Lie algebra, the efficient underlying description of Lie groups, of use in several areas of physics, most notably quantum field theory.

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### Commutator as a time-ordered product

I'm reading through Seiberg and Witten's paper "String Theory and Noncommutative Geometry," and one part in $\S$2.1 isn't quite clear to me. (Sorry, in advance, for the length.) My question is about ...
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### Commutation Relation between Annihilation & Creation Operators and Ascending & Descending Operators

I am currently working on a QD-Cavity system. After the point Heisenberg Equation of motion is obtained from corresponding Hamiltonian of the system, in order to find the expression for bosonic ...
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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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### Commutation between angular momentum and Hamiltonian

Consider the following Hamiltonian of a 3-dimensional system: $$H=\frac{p^2}{2m}+V(r)$$ If the components of the angular momentum, $L_i$, commute with $H$, then: $$[H,L_i]=0$$ This condition can ...
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### When trying to see what symmetries an operator generates, how do you “decide” what coordinate to apply it to?

Suppose I have $\hat{O}_{1}=-i\hbar\partial_{x}$ then \begin{eqnarray} e^{-i\gamma\hat{O}_{1}/\hbar}x\,e^{i\gamma\hat{O}_{1}/\hbar}=x+\gamma \end{eqnarray} and \begin{eqnarray} e^{-i\gamma\hat{O}_{...
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### Why is it “disconcerting” if the components of an operator do not commute?

A symmetrized operator for the operators $\hat{H}$ and $\hat{N}$ is given by $$\hat{R}=\frac{1}{2\hat{H}}\hat{N}+\hat{N}\frac{1}{2\hat{H}}.$$ When $\hat{H}$ is the Hamiltonian and $\hat{N}$ is the ...
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### Simultaneous eigenket

J. J. Sakurai states in his "Modern Quantum Mechanics", this fact as a theorem ($\pi$ is the parity operator): Suppose $$[H,\pi]=0$$ and $| n>$ is a nondegenerate eigenket of $H$ with ...
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### Do the norms of the total and the orbital angular momentums commute? If yes, why is there a problem with 2p_{1/2}?

Question: For $\vec L$ the orbital angular momentum of an electron, $\bar S$ its spin, and $\vec J:=\vec L+\vec S$ the sum, do $\vec J^2$ and $\vec L^2$ commute? I assume it does: \$[\vec J^2,\vec L^...
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### Why is commutation relations the first step in quantization?

Why is commutation relations the first step in quantization?