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Coherent state basis of (relativistic) particle Fock space

For a neutral scalar bosonic particle of mass $m$, I consider a Fock space with an orthonormal basis of momenta eigenstates \begin{equation}\label{Fock-p-states} \left|p_1p_2\cdots p_n\right\rangle=\...
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Integrating TISE

Given the potential function: $$ V(x) = \lambda \delta(x) $$ I'm asked to integrate the TISE from $x = -\epsilon$ to $x = \epsilon$ for $\epsilon > 0$ and take the limit as $\epsilon \rightarrow ...
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Do Equal Time Commutation / Anticommutation relations automatically also apply for spatial derivatives?

The question is basically in the title. My naive thought was that when a commutation relation holds for all field operators $\Psi(\vec{x})$ (by "all" I mean "at all positions $\vec{x}$") on a fixed ...
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How to prove scaled delta function relation mathematically? [migrated]

I am working through Shankar's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. I have come across exercise 1.10.1, which asks the reader to show that: $$\delta(ax)=\frac{\delta(x)}{|a|}.$$ I can understand it ...
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Limit of the $\sin^2$ function in the derivation of Fermi's golden rule

In the derivation of Fermi's golden rule one typically arrives at an expression of the form $$ \frac{\sin^2(\omega t)}{\omega^2} $$ which is then converted to $$ \pi t\delta(\omega). $$ I cannot ...
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Rationalizing the current operator

In eq. 1.191 of Mahan Many-Particle Physics, the current operator is defined as $$j(r)=\frac{1}{2}\sum_ie_i[v_i\delta(r-r_i)+\delta(r-r_i)v_i].$$ I'm trying to make some sense of this definition. I ...
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Double Sommerfeld Expansion

Consider the Fermi-Dirac expansion for an arbitrary function $f(\epsilon)$: $I(f)=\int_0^\infty d\epsilon\frac{f(\epsilon)}{e^{\beta(\epsilon-\mu)}+1}$ The large $\beta$ expansion of this quantity ...
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Why Dirac delta function is considered as wave function?

I have read in my textbook that dirac delta function is regarded as wave function. But isn't it violating the condition required for a wave function ie . It becomes infinite $ δ(x-x_0)$ at $x=x_0$ ...
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Constraints in path integral and the Lagrange multiplier

I was reading some references on the slave-particle approach to the Kondo problem and Anderson model. It is known that the slave-particle is introduced in the large Hubbard $U$ limit of the system so ...
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Colombeau Algebra for physics students

I have an undergraduate degree in physics, taken 2 years of calculus, and a rigorous course in linear algebra. I have not taken a math course in analysis, though have read a bit about it on my own. ...
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Confusion regarding the bound state of a Delta-function potential and Tunneling

I was reading (Griffith's QM book) about the Bound states for delta-function potential of the form $-\alpha \, \delta(x)$ where $\alpha > 0$. I feel a bit conceptually unclear. Few doubts I have ...
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Covariant form of Green's function for wave equation

In J. D. Jackson's "Classical Electrodynamics", page 614 in the 3rd edition, he states that you can write the Green's functions for the wave equation in covariant form using the fact that \begin{align*...
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${}$ Dirac delta potential

We know that the number of bound states for an attractive delta potential is one. If so what will the number of bound states for a particle in a repulsive delta potential? If $V(x)= +a \cdot \delta(x)$...
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Deriving Current density of a Moving Point Charge Using the Continuity-Equation

Problem: We know, a point charge at position $\mathbf{r}_q$ has the charge density $$\rho_q(\mathbf{r})=q\delta(\mathbf{r}-\mathbf{r}_q) \tag{2}$$ if it moves with the velocity $\mathbf{v}$, we get ...
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How does a Lagrangian with delta potential transform to a Hamiltonian?

Suppose the Lagrangian was given as: $$L = \frac{1}{2}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \underbrace{\left(\dot{A(}z)^2-A(z)^2\right)+\left(\dot{Q(}z)^2\delta(z)-Q(z)^2\delta(z)\right)+2\dot{Q(}z)\cdot A(z) \...
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How to get the imaginary part from the Källén-Lehmann propagator

During field theory course the Källén-Lehmann propagator was defined as follows: $$D_F(p^2) = \frac{i}{p^2-m^2+i\epsilon} + \int^{\infty}_{4m^2}ds\rho(s)*\frac{i}{p^2-s+i\epsilon} \tag{1}$$ ...
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Interpretation of induced force between two Dirac delta potential wells

This problem is based on MIT OCW course 8.04 problem set 6 question 5(e). https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-04-quantum-physics-i-spring-2013/assignments/MIT8_04S13_ps6.pdf Consider two Dirac ...
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Deriving the form of radial distribution function in molecular dynamic simulation?

I am trying to derive the equation 8.16 in the attached image from the definition of the radial distribution function. However, I am unable to derive it with proper constants of $\frac{2}{N(N-1)}$ My ...
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Divergence of $\frac{ \hat {\bf r}}{r^2}$ , what is the 'paradox'?

I just started in Griffith's Introduction to electrodynamics and I stumbled upon the divergence of $\frac{ \hat r}{r^2}$ , now from the book, Griffiths says: Now what is the paradox, exactly? ...
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Writing a two variable function$ f(x,t)$ in terms of Dirac-Delta $δ(x)$ function and a function $P(t)$?

How to write a two variable function $f(x,t)$ in terms of Dirac-Delta $\delta(x)$ function and a function $P(t)$? For example; I read something in a book. You can find the following picture. But ...
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What is the relationship between wave function and classical distribution function?

The question is a bit weird since the wave function is quantum mechanical and the distribution function in phase space is really something classical. But I would still like to know if I take the ...
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Green function derived from the idea of position representation in quantum mechanics

I am trying to study green's function by using a lecture by NPTEL its link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ7v6VZQ32k&t=439s I don't get this step by him at the minute of ten. $$D_x G(x,x^{'...
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Mathematical rigorous definition for an electrical dipole

I've been reading Laurent Schwartz's Mathematics for the physical sciences, and in the chapter on distributions he makes many cool examples of ways to define in a mathematical rigorous way certain ...
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Position representation of an operator

$$\langle\ x\rvert M\lvert\ x'\rangle=M(x)\langle\ x\lvert\ x'\rangle=M(x)\delta(x-x')$$ I know this is true for if $M$ is a momentum operator or position operator, is this is true for a general ...
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Itzykson and Zuber: Reduced $T$-matrix

Could someone help me understand the reduced $T$-matrix mentioned in Itzykson and Zuber, eq. $$\langle{f}| T|p_1p_2\rangle=(2\pi)^4\delta^4(P_f-p_1-p_2)\langle f|\mathcal{T}|p_1p_2\rangle. \tag{5-7}$...
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Is it true that any electrostatic charge density can be represented by Dirac Delta function? Give me a general example

My college professor said that any charge density can be replaced by Dirac Delta function but how I want to know.
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Finding normalization constant of a wave function with definite momentum

I try to read Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics but I stuck at this point, $$\delta(x^{'}-x^{''})=|N|^{2}\int dp^{'}\exp\Biggl({ip^{'}(x^{'}-x^{''})2\pi\over h}\Biggr)$$ This is an expression for ...
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Expected value of the current density operator

In Ullrich's TD-DFT book, the paramagnetic current-density operator is defined as $$\hat{\mathbf{j}}(\mathbf{r})=\frac{1}{2i}\sum_{a=1}^{N}\left[\nabla_a\delta(\mathbf{r}-\mathbf{r}_a)+\delta(\mathbf{...
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Why do Candelas and Howard say that $\sum_{n=1}^\infty \cos\left( n \kappa \epsilon \right) \ = \ - \frac{1}{2}$?

In the paper Vacuum $\langle \phi^2 \rangle$ in Schwarzschild Spacetime by Candalas and Howard, they say that for each non-zero $\epsilon$ it is true that $$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty \cos\left( n \kappa \...
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Problem in the continuum limit of a Kronecker delta

I am having troubles in understanding how to correctly perform the continuum limit of a double sum containing a Kronecker delta. Imagine to integrate a function depending on $t$ and $t'$, both ...
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Factorising a 4D Dirac delta function in a rest frame

I'm working through a QFT problem and at one stage in the solutions we have this step: $$\delta^{(4)}(p - q_1 - q_2) = \delta(E_1 +E_2 - M)\delta^{(3)}(\bf{q_1} - \bf{q_2}).$$ We are working in the ...
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Properties of Dirac delta function in Integral

I was reading commutation relation of canonical momentum in KG Field from Lectures of Quantum Field Theory by Ashok Das. In page 179, He has used Integration to derive the result where he expressed ...
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What is the volume charge density (in spherical coordinates)?

What is the volume charge density (in spherical coordinates) of a uniform, in finitesimally thin spherical shell of radius $R$ and total charge $Q$, centered at the origin? Give your answer in terms ...
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$\delta^{(2)}$ convention

In this note: https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0410165 at page 12 there is a delta-function constraint written as: \begin{align} \delta \left( ^ { U } M \right) = \prod _ { i < j } \delta ^ { ( 2 ) } \...
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A question about $\delta(x) \star \delta(p)$

Using the Moyal product between two delta functions in $(x,p)$-space one gets $$ \delta(x) \star \delta(p) = \frac{1}{\pi} e^{2ixp}. $$ However, $\delta(-x)=\delta(x)$ and last time I checked $e^{...
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What is dipolar charge distribution?

An electric dipole is a system of two opposite point charges when their separation goes to zero and their charge goes to infinity in a way that the product of the charge and the separation remains ...
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Dirac delta function mathematical expression proof

In a discussion of the second order transitions in graphene this mathematical expression is used. $$ \left|\frac{1}{\varepsilon + i \Gamma/2}\right|^2 = \frac{2\pi}{\Gamma}\delta(\epsilon) $$ And I'm ...
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What is the symmetry behind this degeneracy?

I was working on a quantum mechanics problem, involving the perturbation of the 3D cubical potential well: Suppose we perturb the infinite cubical well \begin{equation} V(x,y,z)=\begin{cases} 0, \...
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Delta function eigenstate for non-zero potential

Consider the potential $V(x)=\frac{2}{x^2}$ and let $\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}=1$ for convenience. Now consider the function $\psi(x)=\delta(x)$. According to Griffiths (electrodynamics book) problem 1.45(a),...
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Derivation of the QFT Propagator

I don't understand how we get from the RHS to the last line. \begin{eqnarray} \left[ \hat{H}_x - i \frac{\partial}{\partial t_x} \right] G^+(x,t_x,y,t_y) &=& -i \delta (t_x - t_y) \sum_n{\...
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Bosonic Pair Distribution Function

In Schwabls Book "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" in the chapter for Bosons he calculates the Bosonic pair distribution function for noninteracting bosons. He said the expectation value of \begin{align*} \...
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Anomalous magnetic moment of the electron - integration problem

In Schwartz's QFT book (eqn 17.31), to find the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron from the form factors, near the end of the calculation the following integral needs to be evaluated: $$ F_{2}(...
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Dirac delta normalization of electromagnetic fields

Usually, to quantize electromagnetic fields we use box normalization and therefore the normalization constant contains the dimensions of Volume V of the box. But if we perform the Dirac-delta ...
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Different definitions of Functional Derivative

In studying QFT and General Relativity, I came across two different definitions of Functional Derivative, and I'd like to know if they are equivalent. Firstly, in Wald's book General Relativity, as ...
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Explanation of the identities $\rho=\rho(\delta)$ ($\delta$ function) and $\rho=q\,\delta(\bar{r})$

Poisson's equation is $$\boldsymbol{\nabla}^{2}\varphi=-4\pi k_{e}\,\rho, \tag{*}$$ that in the case of a point charge $q$, already with spherical symmetry, has as solution \begin{equation} \varphi(...
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Curl and circulation of a vector field that is ill-defined at the origin: any interesting physical effects?

In the cylindrical polar $(\rho,\phi,z)$ coordinate, suppose the velocity field in a liquid is given by $$\vec{v}=\frac{K}{\rho}\hat{e}_{\phi}, \qquad K=\text{constant}.\tag{1}$$ It can be easily ...
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Divergence of $ \frac{1}{s}\hat{s}$ in cylindrical coordinates

In Griffiths' electrodynamics, the divergence of $\frac{1}{r^{2}}\hat{r}$ is evaluated in spherical coordinates to be $4\pi\delta(r)$. I encounter the same problem in case of $\frac{1}{s}\hat{s}$ ...
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A formula for delta function in quantum mechanics

I met a formula for delta function in a QM book ( not in English). The formula is used in the scattering theory. Its form is $$\lim_{\alpha\rightarrow \infty}\exp[i\alpha x]=2i\delta(x), ~~(x\geq 0).$...
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Perturbation theory development for the ground state of the QM particle in the box with a centered dirac-delta spike

In the course of a discussion in the chat there emerged an interesting problem, namely a particle in an infinite well with an additional Dirac-delta function spike of scalable hight: $$ H = -\frac{\...
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Wilson-Sommerfeld Quantization of Dirac delta in Infinite Square Well (ISW)

I am curious to find the energies of Dirac delta potential inside the ISW (walls at $x=0,L$) $$ H = -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} + V_0\delta(x-L/2) $$ using Wilson-Sommerfeld ...