# Questions tagged [dirac-delta-distributions]

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### How can a Dirac delta function that does not occur under an integral be used to describe a transition rate?

In his excellent notes (found here), Mark Tuckerman shows that the transition rate of absorption between quantum states i and f, coupled by operator B, can be expressed as the fourier transform of the ...
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### Green's function regularization and delta distribution

I have a free Green's function which is proportional to a $2\times 2$ matrix: $$G_0 = \frac{1}{E^2-E_k^2}\begin{pmatrix} a & b \\ c & d \end{pmatrix}$$ The total Green's function after ...
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### Half of Dirac Delta within spectral integration

I was taking a course in Quantum Information along this last semester, and apart from some mathematical details it all made sense to me. One of these mathematical tricks that I haven't been able to ...
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### Triple Delta Potential in Quantum Mechanics

I am facing a problem of Quantum Mechanics, and I gently need your help in continuing to solve it. The problem is the old usual problem of a particle subject to a potential, which this time has the ...
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### Collision and impulsive forces: a formal approach

Consider two bodies $m$ and $M$. Suppose that $m$ is moving with constant velocity $v_0 > 0$ along a certain axis (e.g., it is moving on the right on the $x$-axis), and at a certain time, it ...
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### Wave-Function Normalization in Momentum Space Not Possible

Hello, I just have a question about this passage; specifically, I do not understand why the result of the inner product (the integral of u_k* and u_k') being the delta function defies conventional ...
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### Non-resting initial value problem with impulsive input

Consider a hypothetical model of an extended mechanical system (in which a derivatives of higher order than acceleration may exist d) as bellow: $$\sum_{n=0}^N {a_n x^{(n)}}= f_0 \delta(t-t_0)$$ ...
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### Quantum mechanics perturbation and the orthogonality of energy states [closed]

Consider the following question and its solution: My question is concerning the solution of $a_{nm}$. Surely if the energy eigenstates are orthogonal then $a_{nm}$ must be equal to zero. WHy is this ...
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### probability distribution of dependent random variables

If we have dependent random variables, then what how is the distribution the pdf look like? Can it be a normal distribution? For example, additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) has a normal distribution,...
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### Integration over phase space for a one dimensional harmonic oscillator

The problem asks for a proof of the following equation, and I have no idea on how to approach this: $\int dx dp \delta(E-\frac{p^2}{2m}-\frac{m \omega^2 x^2}{2})f(E) = \frac{2\pi}{\omega}f(E)$ , for ...
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### 1D delta potential hamiltonian

I have two concerns regarding the delta potential hamiltonian: Is my understanding that in quantum mechanics we use self-adjoint operators. However I cannot figure it out if the hamiltonian that ...
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### is it true that $\lim\limits_{\epsilon \to 0^{+}} \ln( x \pm i \epsilon ) = \mathscr{P}\ln|x| \pm i \pi \Theta(-x)$?

Is the following statement true? $$\lim\limits_{\epsilon \to 0^{+}} \ln( x \pm i \epsilon ) = \mathscr{P}\ln|x| \pm i \pi \Theta(-x)$$ where $\mathscr{P}$ is the Cauchy principal value. The above ...
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### Calculating $\langle p|x\rangle$ and $\langle x|\hat{p}|x'\rangle$ - does one result from the other?

In showing that $$\langle x|\hat{p}|x'\rangle = -i \hbar \frac{dδ(x-x')}{dx}$$ I've seen many solutions doing something similar to Can I replace eigenvalue of p operator with position space ...
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### Dirac Delta potential

As we know a particle in attractive Dirac delta potential has discontinuity in the derivative of its wavefunction. I have two questions in this regard: Can a second order differential equation be ...
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### Solution of Schrödinger equation for Dirac delta potential $V(x) = \sum_{i=1}^P \sigma_i\delta(x-x_i)$

So, I am trying to solve Schrödinger Equation for Dirac delta potential. The Schrödinger equation: $$-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2\Psi(x)}{dx^2} + V(x)\Psi(x) = E\Psi(x)$$ And, the potential looks ...
Say we have a $1D$ lattice with spacing $a$ between two sites. How does one formally map the discrete position basis of the lattice to a continuous one in the limit $a\to 0$. For instance how does ...