Questions tagged [eigenvalue]

A linear operator (including a matrix) acting on a non-zero *eigenvector* preserves its direction but, in general, scales its magnitude by a scalar quantity *λ* called the *eigenvalue* or characteristic value associated with that eigenvector. Even though it is normally used for linear operators, it may also extend to nonlinear operations, such as Schroeder functional composition, which evoke linear operations.

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Eigenvalues and Eigenfunctions for a function of an operator?

For my quantum homework, I was asked to prove if $f(x)$ is an eigenvector of $F(\hat{A})$ where $F$ is given as an "arbitrary differential function" and $f(x)$ is a known eigenfunction of $\hat{A}$ ...
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Eigenstructure of the Dicke Model

I am beginning a study of the Dicke model and found a very interesting publication: "The Dicke model in quantum optics: Dicke model revisited" by Barry M Garraway in Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A (2011). I ...
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Eigenfunctions in Spherically Symmetric Well

I am looking at a problem that has a potential $$ V(r) = \begin{cases} 0 & a<r<b\\ \infty & \text{elsewhere} \end{cases} $$ This is a modification of the infinite spherical well ...
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Can an eigenvalue be a function?

When we say that $$\hat{E}(\psi(x))=\alpha\psi(x),$$ where $\hat{E}$ is an operator and $\alpha$ is the eigenvalue. Is $\alpha$ a fixed constant(like a number) or can it's value keep on varying? ...
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Infinite Coupled Masses, symmetry, and the simultaneous diagonal theorem for infinite dimensional vector spaces

In The Physics of Waves by Georgi, in Chapter 4, we show that, in a coupled system of masses connected by springs, a transformation that preserves some symmetry $S$ commutes with $K^{-1}M$. From my ...
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Neumann boundary condition in spherical coordinates

I'm trying to solve heat equation $$\nabla^2 u = \frac{1}{k}\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}$$ in the region $$ a \leq r \leq b, \ \ \ \ 0 \leq \varphi \leq 2\pi, \ \ \ \ 0 \leq \theta \leq \theta_0 $$ ...
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Eigenvalue spectrum of the transfer operator for the harmonic oscillator

I'm reading "An introduction to quantum fields on a lattice" by Jan Smit. In chapter 2, the transfer operator $\hat{T}$ is defined and shown to be equal to $$\hat{T} = e^{-\omega^2 \hat{q}^2/4} e ^{-\...
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Where does the postulate of quantum mechanic that possible results are eigenvalues come from? [duplicate]

Where does the idea come from, that possible results of quantum measurement are eigenvalues of the operator corresponding to the observable?
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One-dimensional Schrödinger equation: reproducing a given set of energy values [duplicate]

Given a set of $N$ increasing real numbers $\{E_1, E_n, \cdots, E_N \}$, is it always possible to find a potential $V(x)$ such that the set of $\{E_j\}$ are the lowest eigenvalues of the corresponding ...
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Energy eigenvalue with Potential $-e^2/ x$ [closed]

If I have potential which are very well-known like, square barrier, or square well, or step potential, What I do is to set the boundary conditions in Schrödinger's equations. Sometime, the ground ...
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What is the spectrum of $\hat x \hat p + \hat p \hat x$?

In quantum mechanics we know that the canonical position $\hat x$ and momentum operator $\hat p$ satisfying \begin{align} [\hat x,\hat p] = i \quad (\hbar = 1) \end{align} have continuous spectrum. ...
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What's the space of eigenvalues/field configurations for a fermion?

In the Schrödinger picture of quantum field theory, the field eigenstates of a real scalar field $\hat\phi(\mathbf x)$ with $\mathbf x \in\mathbb R^3$ are the states $\hat\phi(\mathbf x)|\phi\rangle=\...
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For vibrations in continuous beam, what is the unit of eigenvalue?

I have been solving a fourth order euler bernoulli differential equation to solve for vibrations of a continuous cantilever beam. When I verified for them using Comsol eigenvalue solver, it gives me ...
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Trouble understanding Sakurai's calculation of $\exp\left(\frac{iS_Z\phi}{\hbar}\right) \;S_x \; \exp\left(\frac{-iS_Z\phi}{\hbar}\right)$

I'm having some trouble with a derivation in Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics (specifically Derivation 1 on §3.2, p. 159), where he computes $$ \exp\left(\frac{iS_Z\phi}{\hbar}\right) \;S_x \; \exp\...
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Observing a system in an energy eigenstate when the eigenstate is not normalized

In the following notes from an MIT OCW course, Zweibach claims that energy eigenstates are not necessarily normalized. https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-05-quantum-physics-ii-fall-2013/lecture-...
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Is $X\otimes X$ not the simultaneous position operator?

I had thought that $X\otimes X$ would be the operator on $H_1\otimes H_2$ to simultaneously measure the x-positions of two particles. But there seems to be something wrong with this -- for a given ...
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Chua's Circuit: an inequality ensuring that the equilibrium is not stable

According to Kennedy's Robust op-amp realization of Chua's circuit(1992), the differential equations satisfied by several physical quantities in Chua's circuit are $$\begin{aligned} C_{1} \frac{d v_{...
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Different formula to find $2\times 2$ Hamiltonian's eigenvalues [closed]

Consider the Hamiltonian $$ \left[ \begin{matrix} E_1 & -A\\ -A& E_2\\ \end{matrix} \right] $$ where $A$, $E_1,E_2$ are real numbers. I have seen a different formula to ...
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Eigenvectors of the BCS Hamiltonian

In introductory superconductivity one often studies the BCS Hamiltonian $$H= \begin{pmatrix} \xi & -\Delta \\ -\Delta & -\xi \end{pmatrix} $$ I can find the Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors by ...
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How to solve these coupled differential equations?

I am trying to solve for wavefunctions of 2D tilted Dirac systems, the Hamiltonian for which is: $$\hat H = v_{x}\sigma_{x}\hat p_{x}+v_{y}\sigma_{y}\hat p_{y}+I_{2}(v_{t}^{x}\hat p_{x}+v_{t}^{y}\hat ...
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What are the Eigenstates and Eigenvalues? [closed]

In quantum mechanics I keep hearing about them. Kindly tell about them...not at a very very high level but simple enough to understand completely
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Eigenvalues of Unitary Matrices

I am considering the standard equation for a unitary transformation $\alpha^* = U \alpha U^{-1}$, where $\alpha$ is an arbitrary linear operator and $U$ is a unitary matrix. Since in quantum ...
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Confusion on kinetic energy quadratic forms and eigenfrequencies

I am new to the idea of expressing kinetic energy in terms of the quadratic form. I noticed that online, people often express the kinetic energy as: $$T = \frac{1}{2} \dot q^T M \dot q \tag{1}$$ ...
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How to do Weierstrass-transform in MATLAB? [closed]

I have a diagonalization problem. I have the eigenstates correctly, and I want to do a Gaussian-smearing (Weierstrass-transform?) on them. So I have the wave functions ($\Psi$, $1\times N$ vectors), ...
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How Do We Define Integration over Bra and Ket Vectors?

I'm having trouble understanding the completeness condition for bra and ket vectors in Hilbert space, especially in the continuous case. The discrete case makes a fair amount of sense; given any ...
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Eigenvectors of spin-spin coupling Hamiltonian

We want to find the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian, $H = \vec{\sigma_1}.\vec{\sigma_2}$ , where the subscript indicates the particle number. The usual way to go about it is to find ...
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Is it possible to derive $2\times 2$ Lorentz transformation matrix from only eigenvectors?

As a preface, I am somewhat familiar with year 1 linear algebra but not too familiar with how one makes the connection to Lorentz transformation matrices so I apologize if the answer is obvious. One ...
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How can I meaningfully diagonalize the eigenvector subspace of a degenerate phonon mode?

It often occurs to find phonon modes which are degenerate by symmetry. In such occasions the eigenvector is usually not physically insightful, as is is a linear combination of the n degenerate ...
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Negativity of the real part of eigenvalues of Lindblad operators

I'm looking for a proof of the fact that the real part of eigenvalues of Lindblad operators is always negative. So far I have only found handwavy arguments such as "things should not blow up at ...
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Finding the eigenstates of an operator [closed]

I am currently taking a course in QM and can't see how the eigenstates have been found for examples like this one: Question Let $\phi _1$ and $\phi _2$ be two normalised wavefunctions orthogonal onto ...
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Solving the free particle problem in momentum space

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{|#1\rangle}$$\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\langle#1|}$(Note: this question was asked before here but I didn't follow the answer.) For the free particle, Schrödinger's equation is given ...
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Eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian

Is every eigenvalue of the Hamiltonian a form of energy? If not are there values of the Hamiltonian that do not correspond to the energy of the system?
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Superposition principle forbids quantisation?

Apparently bound states in quantum mechanics require energy states to be discrete. That means energy in such systems is quantized, right? However, say that we have a superposition of energy ...
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What is energy in quantum mechanics?

Is it wrong to say energy is the expectation value of Hamiltonian? Or should I say energy is the eigenvalue of Hamiltonian?
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Arriving at the Quantum Mechanial Potential From The Energy Eigenvalues [duplicate]

In Quantum Mechanics, we know that given a potential we can solve the eigen value problem to find out the energy eigen values and eigen functions. Now suppose in an experiment we have information only ...
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Numerical exact diagonalization of tight binding Hamiltonian

I want to exactly diagonalize the following Hamiltonian for $10$ number of sites and $4$ number of spinless fermions $$H = -t\sum_i^{L-1} \big[c_i^\dagger c_{i+1} - c_i c_{i+1}^\dagger\big] + V\sum_i^{...
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Creation operator acting on a coherent state. Occupation number operator

For a coherent state $$|\alpha\rangle=e^{-\frac{|\alpha|^{2}}{2}}\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{\alpha^{n}(a^{\dagger})^n}{n!}|0\rangle$$ I want to find a simplified expression for $a^{\dagger}|\alpha\...
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Some questions on coherent states and corresponding Hilbert spaces. Reproducing kernal

I have a few questions related to coherent states. I use this source https://homepage.univie.ac.at/reinhold.bertlmann/pdfs/T2_Skript_Ch_5.pdf. Using standart inner product $\langle\cdot|\cdot\rangle$ ...
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Confusion of measuring two quantities on a quantum system

Let's say there are two observables corresponding to two operators A and B, and let's say my system is in a state Phi where with probability 1 if I measure A I get 3 (let's say 3 Joules), If I ...
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1d Ising model: Transfer matrices

we came across a peculiarity when calculating the partition function of $N$ spins $s_i=\pm1$ with Hamiltonian $$H=-J\sum_{i=1}^Ns_is_{i+1}$$ where we impose periodic boundary conditions such that $s_{...
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Eigenvalues of the thermal state density operator

We define the thermal density operator as $$\tau(\beta) = \frac{e^{-\beta H}}{\mathrm{Tr}(e^{-\beta H})}$$ where $H$ is the systems Hamiltonian. Today I was told that the eigenvalues of the ...
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What is the term for a particle spin's uncollapsed position? What is the orbiting “thing”?

I'm not sure if I have the correct visual model, but I imagine that a particle spin can be represented by a single point on the orbit, or by a superposition state (like a random plane through a corner ...
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Applying Sylvester's theorem in quantum mechanics

A $2d$ system consists of $N$ identical cells arranged linearly in series. The transfer matrix of a single cell is an unitary Hermitian $2$x$2$ matrix with eigenvalues $\exp(±i\theta)$. I need to use ...
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Quantum Potential - how to find its eigenstates?

I am studying the Pöschl-Teller potential in spherical coordinates and doing a change of variable is enough to put it in another sort of differential equation and thus, obtain the solution. The point ...
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Conceptual understanding of Schrödinger equation

So I followed this lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu-jyrwW6hw which starts of with the statement: If you have a Schrödinger equation for an energy eigenstate you have $$-\frac{\hbar}{2m}...
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Does the eigenbasis associated with an observable changes after measuring a different observable?

Suppose a system is initially in a superposition: $$\psi(x) = \sum\limits_{i}|c_i\phi_i(x)\rangle$$ After a position measurement, the wave function collapses to one of the position eigenfunctions,$\...
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Expansion of the infinite square well [closed]

I was studying the expectation value of the energy of a particle in the groud state of the infinite square well after its expansion in terms of width (from $a$ to $2a$), which is: $$\langle H\rangle= ...
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Why is this function an eigenfunction of $\hat{L}_{z}$?

$$\Psi(\varphi)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}(\sin\varphi-\cos\varphi)$$ I am not able to see why the above function is an eigenfunction of $\hat{L}_{z}$ and which is its eigenvalue. I've been trying with ...
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Applications of Hamiltonians proportional to nth order momentum

Has anyone come across any physical applications of a linear theory where Hamiltonians are proportional to an arbitrary order of momentum? This paper https://michaelberryphysics.files.wordpress.com/...
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What exactly are control functions (used for parametrization)?

Let us consider a system in state $\rho$ with an internal hamiltonian $H_0$ on which we apply a cyclic, unitary evolution $H_t = H_0 + V(t)$ Where $V(t)$ is a time dependent external potential for ...