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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Units of eigenvectors

Consider for example a mass matrix $M$, $\lambda$ one eigenvalue and $X$ a corresponding eigenvector. Then $[M]=\text{mass}$ (the brackets indicate the "unit operator"), and $MX=\lambda X$ so $[M][X]=...
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Spin in magnetic field and eigenvalues

We have some arbitrary quantum state, lets say $$\vert\Psi\rangle=\alpha_{1}\vert\uparrow\rangle+\alpha_{2}\vert\downarrow\rangle= \begin{pmatrix} \alpha_{1} \\ \alpha_{2} \\ \end{pmatrix}$$. And ...
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Can someone clarify what should and should not be an operator in my verification of the 1D solution to the SE for a free particle?

I just worked out the 1D free particle solution to the Schrödinger equation. My wave function was \begin{equation} \psi(x,t) = Ae^{i(px-Et)/\hbar} \end{equation} So I plugged this into both sides ...
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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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Eigenstates of operators on constituent systems in tensor product space

Suppose I have two entangled physical systems $\mathcal{A}$ and $\mathcal{B}$ with respective hilbert spaces $\mathcal{H}_{\mathcal{A}}$ and $\mathcal{H}_{\mathcal{B}}$. If $A,B$ are operators on $\...
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Numerical solution to Schrödinger equation - eigenvalues

This is my first question on here. I'm trying to numerically solve the Schrödinger equation for the Woods-Saxon Potential and find the energy eigenvalues and eigenfunctions but I am confused about how ...
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Eigenvalues of the radial Schrödinger equation on a finite integration interval

There are numerous ways to estimate the eigenvalues of a radial Schrödinger equation, see http://arxiv.org/abs/math-ph/0703040 as an example. Anyhow, the formulas only cover the Schrödinger equations ...
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Why is the matrix representation in the same basis not same for a density operator?

I have a $\rho : V \to V$ density operator of a $n$ dimensional space $V$ and $\{i\}=\{i_1,i_2..i_n\}$ is an orthonormal basis of this space. The density operator is defined as $$\rho=\sum \lambda_{i}|...
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Quantum Mechanincs - Dirac notation and solving time dependant schrodinger [closed]

The $\hat{S}_{x},\hat{S}_{y},\hat{S}_{z}$ obviously correlate to $x,y,z$ components of the operators. Consider the Hamiltonian: $$\hat{H}=C*(\vec{B} \cdot \vec{S})$$ where $C$ is a ...
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How can I prove following density matrices have same eigenvalues?

I have the following two density operators, the paper I am reading says that these two operators have same eigenvalues $$\rho^i = \frac{1}{3} ( |0\rangle \langle 0 | +|1\rangle \langle 1 |+|2\rangle \...
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WKB formula and Langer correction [duplicate]

The general WKB approximation formula states that $$ \int_a^b\sqrt{E_k-V(x)} = (k+1)\pi \text{ with } x \in [a,b] $$ for a regular Schrödinger equation (without the $\hbar$ and such). However, in the ...
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When generalizing from discrete (but infinite) eigenstates to continuous eigenstates, Why do we change the definition?

The propagator function for discrete eigenstates is $$u(t)=\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}|E_n\rangle\langle E_n|e^{-iE_nt/ \hbar } \tag{1}\ .$$ But when we have continuous eigenstates, (like for the case of ...
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What is the purpose of knowing the value of ground state energy of a potential well?

Using the formula $$E ~=~ \frac{\pi^2\hbar^2}{2 m a^2}$$ where $a$ is the length of an infinite potential well. It is apparent that as $a$ get smaller i.e. from a metal to the size of an atom, the ...
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Find the eigenvalues of the operator [closed]

A projection operator $P$ is defined as $P^2$=$P$. Use this definition to find the eigenvalues of this operator. In this question is it necessary to define what the projection operator is? And won't ...
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Calulate the eigenvalues and the possible states after measurement [closed]

An observable is given by $$\sum\limits_{n= 1}^N a_n|a_n\rangle\langle a_n | $$ Here $\langle a_n |a_m\rangle = \delta_{nm}$. What are the possible measurement results corresponding to the operator A ...
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Does this Hamiltonian have point spectrum?

Consider such a Hamiltonian $$ H = - \frac{1}{2} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} - F x + V(x) ,$$ with $F$ being some constant, and $V(x)= V(x+L)$ being some periodic potential. Does this ...
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Eigenvalues of a nearest-neighbour tight-binding Hamiltonian in (Mahan, 2003)

In this paper by G. D. Mahan, he obtains the following electron Hamiltonian in a nearest-neighbour tight binding scheme: (page 2 of the paper, top of the right column) \begin{align} H_0 &= J_0 \...
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Eigenvalue for interacting Hamiltonian [closed]

Consider the Hamiltonian $$H=\omega_{1} a_{1}^\dagger a_{1}+\omega_{2}a_{2}^\dagger a_{2}+\alpha a_{3}^\dagger a_{3}(a_{1}^\dagger a_{2}+a_{2}^\dagger a_{1})$$ with $$ [a_\alpha^\dagger,a_\...
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Scaling of an eigenvalue with the coupling constant

Consider the Hamiltonian $H = - \frac{d^2}{dx^2}+gx^{2N}$. Scaling out the coupling constant $g$, the eigenvalues scale as $\lambda \propto g^{\frac{2}{N+2}}$. So, we can drop the g dependence and ...
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A series of bound states covering an interval

Generally, the bound states (normalizable eigenvectors) of a Hamiltonian have discrete eigenvalues. Is it possible for the eigenvalues to cover an interval? Say, $(a,b)$? That is, for each $E \in (...
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How can an inverted anharmonic potential $V(x)=-x^4$ have discrete bound states?

I've been watching the lectures on mathematical physics by Carl Bender on youtube where he uses the non-Hermitian Hamiltonian methods to prove that the inverted anharmonic potential $V(x)=-x^4$ has a ...
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How can you tell if a GTO function is an eigenfunction of hamiltionan H?

How can you tell if a Gauss-type orbital is an eigenfunction of Hamiltionan $H$? For example: $$GTO = N z^2 \exp\left(-\alpha r^2\right)$$ I know it is and eigenfunction of $L_z$ and not $L_x$ and $...
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numerical diagonalization of tight-binding hamiltonian

I would like to find the exact eigenvalues of the following tight-binding Hamiltonian, written here in second quatization: \begin{eqnarray} \hspace{-0.25in}{\mathcal{H}} &=& \mathcal{H}_0+ \...
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distance random matrix

In some physics problems it is sometimes useful to define a distance matrix for a system of particles with positions denoted by $x_1$, ..., $x_N$. Then the matrix would be given by $$M_{ij}=f(x_i-x_j)+...
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Is there a simple way of finding the eigenstates of the creation and annihilation operator in QM?

How can I find the eigenstates of creation and annihilation operator in QM? My attempt: Such eigenstate will obey: $$ a^{\dagger} |\psi \rangle = \alpha |\psi \rangle. $$ We can expand $|\psi \...
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Where does this commutator relation come from?

What is the origin of this relation: $$ [H,a_n^\dagger] = \epsilon_n a_n^\dagger $$ for Hamiltonian $H$, creation operator $ a_n^\dagger $, and eigenvalue $ \epsilon_n $. The square brackets denote ...
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Energy eigen value for a perturbed free particle system

Suppose we have a one-dimensional free particle system and we introduce a perturbation like $V(x)=V_{0} \cos(Gx)$, where $G$ is the reciprocal lattice vector (it's a periodic perturbation, I think) ...
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Eigenfunctions of Schrödinger equation

Why are solutions of the Schrödinger equation called eigenfunctions? For an electron moving in one dimensional lattice the eigenfunctions are given by$$\psi(x)=u_k(x)e^{ikx}.$
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Does the Hermitian operator $H=-\frac{d^2}{dx^2}$ have imaginary eigenvalues?

In quantum mechanics, Hermitian operators play a very important role because they possess real eigenvalues. Considering $-\frac{d^2}{dx^2}$, it is a Hermitian operator (Actually it's the simplest ...
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Minimizing a damping constant in order to minimize the amplitude of oscillations

How can I determine the damping coefficient that minimizes the amplitude of vibrations? This is an extension of Coupled ODEs that model a quad rotor \begin{align} ...
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Physical observables and hermiticity

Is it necessary for an operator to be Hermitian in order to be a physical observable or is it just sufficient that the operator obeys the eigenvalue equation? If I were to check whether an operator is ...
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Eigenvalues of hamiltonian [closed]

Q: THe hamiltonian which describes the motion of a particle in an one dimensional potential V(x) is $H_0=\frac{p^2}{2m}+V(x)$ , where $p=-i\hbar \frac{d}{dx}$ is the momentum operator. $E_n^0$ , $n=...
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Making An Energy Momentum Plot For A Rashba Model (Using Discretization)

I want to make a plot of the Energy versus the Momentum of the Rashba model, using discrete matrices. First Ill show how I did this for the free particle. Subsequently I will show what goes wrong for ...
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Why does the measurement of some observable $A$, the measured value is always an eigenvalue of the operator?

Explain why when we make a measurement of some observable $A$ in QM, the measured value is always an eigenvalue of the operator $A$.
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Understanding the Jacobian Matrix

Taking the example of a two dimensional system, desribred by the following ODE's: \begin{align} \frac{dx_1}{dt}&=f_1(x_1,x_2)\\ \frac{dx_2}{dt}&=f_2(x_1,x_2) \end{align} The Jacobian Matrix ...
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WKB approximation for multiple turning points

I'm working on a numerical program which approximates the eigenvalues of a Schrödinger equation by making use of the WKB approximation formulas. For example, if the Schrödinger equation is $$ y''(x) = ...
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What equation can be used to solve an ideal string/membrane in a non-vacuum medium?

I'm interested in the eigenmodes of the membrane for various mediums, such as vacuum, air, water, etc., which impose a damping effect on the membrane. This cannot be done by merely changing the value ...
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What is the meaning of pre-tension for a stiff membrane?

On one hand, I know that the tighter a drum head is stretched, the higher its natural frequencies. This relation is given by: $$f_{ij}=\frac{k_{ij}}{2\pi R}\sqrt{\frac{T_0}{h\rho}}$$ where $k_{ij}$ ...
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Can an axisymmetric solution produce antisymmetric eigenfunctions?

I'm solving a vibrating membrane. In order to simplify my calculations, it's tempting to assume axisymmetric behaviour. If I solve an axisymmetric problem, am I going to lose all the antisymmetric ...
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What is the physical meaning of complex eigenvalues?

I understand the mathematical origin of complex eigenvalues, and that complex eigenvalues come in pairs. But what is the meaning of the imaginary part? In particular I refer to an acoustic problem (...
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Eigenvalues being physical observables

I think I'm comfortable with the PDE solutions to the Schrodinger equation. But as soon as we start putting these values in a matrix (in dirac notation), I lose my understanding and everything ...
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The conjugate representation in $\mathfrak{su}(2)$

Cheng & Li gives the following problem: Let $\psi_1$ and $\psi_2$ be the bases for the spin-1/2 representation of $\mathfrak{su}(2)$ and that for the diagonal operator $T_3$, \begin{align} ...
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Determine eigeinvalue and eigenvector of two operators R and L [closed]

Question: Let H be a Hilbert space with countable-infinite orthonormal basis ${|n>}_{n \in N}$. The two operators R and L on H are defined by their action on the basis elements \begin{align} R|n\...
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An Operator Identity relating to Trace [duplicate]

Suppose that $\hat H$ is an operator (typically a Hamiltonian) and $\beta$ is a positive parameter (typically $\beta=1/k_BT$). Show that $$ \mathbf{Tr}\Big(e^{-\beta\hat H}\Big) \geq \sum_{k}e^{-\beta\...
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Which textbooks contain info on Bessel functions & their use as basis functions?

As an exercise my research mentor assigned me to solve the following set of equations for the constants $a$, $b$, and $c$ at the bottom. The function $f(r)$ should be a basis function for a ...
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How does Dirac conclude that $X_r(c_r)$ cannot vanish?

On page 32 of Dirac's book Principles of Quantum Mechanics, he considers the case when the linear, Hermitian$^1$ operator $\xi$ satisfies an algebraic equation $$\phi(\xi)\equiv(\xi - c_1)(\xi - ...
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Why are the eigenvalues of a linearized RG transformation real?

The RG transformation $R_\ell$ maps a set of coupling constants $[K]$ of a model Hamiltonian to a new set of coupling constants $[K']=R_\ell[K]$ of a coarse-grained model where the length scale is ...
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Why eigenvector points to principal stress plane?

I can represent a tensor by a matrix. Suppose we are talking about a 2nd order tensor, and the matrix is therefore 3x3. If I find one eigenvector of that matrix; that vector represents normal vector ...
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How can we say that a wave function follows Schrödinger equation using operators?

If I have an operator which has an eigenfunction which satisfies Schrödinger's time-dependent equation, and I have another eigenfunction of this operator, can I say that the other eigenfunction will ...
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Approach to expressing $|n\rangle\langle n| $ as a polynomial when eigenvalues are degenerate?

If ${|n\rangle}$ are eigenvectors of an operator $A$ then $|n\rangle\langle n| $ can be expressed in terms of a finite order polynomial $$|n\rangle\langle n| =\prod_{m\ne n} \frac{A-a_m}{a_n-a_m}$$ ...