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What are the advantages of working in Pauli basis? [closed]

What are the advantages of working in Pauli basis $(\sigma_0, \sigma_1,\sigma_2, \sigma_3)$, in comparision to the natural basis? Here, $\sigma_0$ is the $2\times2$ identity matrix, and $\sigma_i$ $i=...
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Ackermann Steering Angle

Given the position of the vehicle ($x,y$) at different time points, the speed of the vehicle (m/s), the direction the vehicle is facing (heading — in degrees), the track width of the vehicle, and the ...
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Proving that motion of an $n$ dimensional oscillator can be written as a linear combination of “sine waves”

Here is a related question which might provide some context: LINK. Let's consider an oscillator with equation of motion in $n$ dimensions: $$ \frac{d^2}{dt^2} \vec{x} = K \vec{x}. $$ Given that $\...
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Orthonormalization of eigenamplitudes

Assuming $(-\omega^2 \hat m + \hat k)\vec{a}=0$ where $\vec a$ is the eigenamplitude of the eigenfrequency $\omega$ , $\hat m$ is the mass matrix and $\hat k$ is the matrix of the potential constants. ...
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Why must momentum operator in infinite well be self adjoint?

First, let me preface this statement by saying I know that there exists no (unique) self adjoint extension of the standard differential operator for the space $L_2([0,1])$. However, when one attempts ...
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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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Coupled Harmonic Oscillator (Forced Vibration)

I derived two equations for a 2DOF harmonic oscillator system, declared state variable equations, and placed them into matrix form: $Ax' + Bx = C$. I have a Matlab script to determine the constants ($...
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Order of positions of tensor/vector components in an inner/outer product

Show that if $T_i$ are the components of covariant vector T, then $S_{ij}=T_iT_j-T_jT_i$ are the components of a skew-symmetric covariant tensor S. The question is whenever working with equations of ...
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Complex conjugate in inner products [duplicate]

When we solve for inner product of $\rvert a \rangle \cdot \rvert b \rangle$ we solve for $\langle a \rvert b \rangle$ where $\langle a \rvert$ is complex conjugate of $\rvert a \rangle$. However this ...
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Inversion of a metric

I am currently reading a paper by Bredberg $et.al$ arXiv:1101.2451 titled "From Navier-Stokes to Einstein". In this paper, the authors have considered a metric of the form \begin{eqnarray}ds^2_{p+2} = ...
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Sling loads for multipoint lifts

I am trying to calculate sling loads for a n-point lift. I want to utilize vector calculations and make it as general as possible, and also work in 3D-space. The idea is to use position vectors for ...
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Prove acceleration in orbit with newtons second law

I want to prove that the acceleration in a orbit at a given point r=(x,y) is $a=-\frac{GM}{R^3}r$ (My professor said this can be proven by newtons second law, but he never explained in detail how). I ...
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Question on notation for the inner product of complex vectors [duplicate]

Regarding the wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesquilinear_form#Hermitian_form you can see that the wiki states that physics defines the inner product for complex vectors as: $$\langle \, \...
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Can someone please explain the meaning of the circled paragraph?

why does the off diognal elements of the matrix mediate with the coupling differential equation?
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How to prove $(α·σ)(β·σ) = α·β +iα×β·σ$ (where, $α$ and $β$ are 3 dimensional vectors and $σ$ represents Pauli matrices)?

I tried to evaluate the LHS first and obtained the first term of RHS easily. Then i tried to use the commutation relations of $\mathrm{SU}(2)$ group to proceed further to obtain the second term of the ...
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Formal Definition of Dot Product

In most textbooks, dot product between two vectors is defined as: $$\langle x_1,x_2,x_3\rangle \cdot \langle y_1,y_2,y_3\rangle = x_1 y_1 + x_2 y_2 + x_3 y _3$$ I understand how this definition ...
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Is a vector space automatically spacelike if it has a basis of spacelike vectors?

I am studying Kerr Spacetime and I am not sure about something used in a proof I am trying to understand. I am wondering, if you consider a 4-dimensional Lorentzian manifold $\mathcal{M}$ and $X_i \...
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Normal mode decomposition of a triangular hexagonal lattice

I was trying to understand and redo the methods used in a previous question: Vibrational anharmonic coupling and noise-induced spontaneous symmetry breaking in a hexagonal finite mechanical lattice ...
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Why are coherent states not linearly independent?

From the completeness relation one can see that, $$|\psi \rangle = \int \frac{d^2 \alpha}\pi \langle \alpha | \psi \rangle |\alpha\rangle.$$ And if $|\psi\rangle = |\beta \rangle$ (which is another ...
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Math of anyons: Quantum dimension of 1 implies abelian charge

This question originates from the following statement in Bonderson's thesis: Link to Thesis page 16 or pdf-page 23: The quantum dimension $d_a$ of an anyon of charge $a$ satisfies $d_a \geq 1$ with ...
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Linear and angular speeds of a train

I am using Radar sensor in a train. Sensor is in the front part of the train to detect object and avoid collision. It needs vehicle motion data to calculate objects longitudional and lateral speeds....
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How to understand notation in “Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3rd Edition)” by David Griffiths, Chapter 3.6.2?

In the 3rd edition, on page 118, the projection operator is introduced as $$\hat{P}=|\alpha\rangle\langle\alpha|.$$ Then Griffiths says that when $\hat{P}$ acts on another vector, it looks like ...
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How can quantum operators be expressed as a matrices?

I have just started quantum mechanics with Shankar. In my understanding, quantum operators are linear operators in infinite-dimensional Hilbert spaces. Shankar has repeatedly treated quantum ...
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How contravarient metric tensor equals the cofactor of covarient metric tensor over its determinant? [closed]

Is the contravariant form of the metric tensor the inverse of the covariant form of the metric tensor?
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Microcausality when quantizing the real scalar field with anticommutators

We know by the spin-statistics theorem that the real scalar field has to be canonically quantized by commutators. But if we try to use anticommutators, we would expand the field $$\phi(x)=\int\frac{d^...
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Exact solution for the perturbation of the inverse metric

So when we usually linearize general relativity with respect to metric perturbations $g_{\mu\nu}\rightarrow g_{\mu\nu}+h_{\mu\nu}$, we compute the correction to the inverse of the metric to first ...
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0-rank tensor vs vector in 1D

What is the difference between zero-rank tensor $x$ (scalar) and vector $[x]$ in 1D? As far as I understand tensor is anything which can be measured and different measures can be transformed into ...
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Is any given triplet spin state an eigenstate of some $j^z$ in the suitable basis?

Imagine you have a triplet spin state, which, in general, can be written as $$|\psi \rangle = \alpha | \uparrow \uparrow \rangle + \beta ( | \downarrow \uparrow \rangle+ | \uparrow \downarrow \...
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Is a dichotomic basis possible for 3-dimensional space?

We know that the Pauli basis for the 2-dimensional space is a dichotomic basis in the sense that every Pauli matrix has two distinct eigenvalues. Is it possible to express a 3-dimensional matrix $\...
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Recovering symmetry in coupled oscillators

Consider a pair of LC oscillators, one with capacitance $C_1$ and inductance $L_1$ and the other with capacitance $C_2$ and inductance $L_2$. Suppose they're connected through a capacitor $C_g$. We ...
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Invariance of $ds^2$ from invariance of all null intervals

Is this linear algebra statement true? Let $\eta= \begin{pmatrix}1&0&0&0\\0&-1&0&0\\0&0&-1&0\\0&0&0&-1\end{pmatrix}$. If $x^T (\Lambda^T\eta\Lambda) x$...
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Infinitesimal Rotation under Orthogonal Similarity Transformation

I’m reading charpter 4.8 of Goldstein’s classical mechanics 3rd edition that deals with infinitesimal rotations, and the following is the part I got stuck: (p.166~167) If $d\boldsymbol{\Omega}$ is ...
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Demonstration of the completness of an orthonormal set of functions

I find this concept of completness a little bit dense when it comes to prove this property of some set of orthonormal functions. In one of my classes, my professor proved this for the orthonormal set ...
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Determinant of ADM metric

I am studying inflation and for the calculation of the bispectrum we are using the ADM formalism where the metric is the following form: $$g_{\mu\nu}=\begin{bmatrix}-N^2+N^iN_i&N_i\\N_i&h_{ij}...
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Matrix of Hamiltonian $H=\frac{ħω}{2}(|1〉〈1|−|2〉〈2|)+\frac{iħχ}{2}(|1〉〈2|−|2〉〈1|)$ [closed]

I have a second order system, with a Hamiltonian $$H=\frac{ħω}{2}(|1〉〈1|−|2〉〈2|)+\frac{iħχ}{2}(|1〉〈2|−|2〉〈1|)$$ where $|1〉,|2〉$ form a complete basis for the system. I'm trying to get the matrix that ...
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Verifying the “quantum teleportation identity” in $\mathbb{C}^2 \otimes \mathbb{C}^2$ (Bell basis)

$\newcommand{\bra}[1]{\left<#1\right|}\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\left|#1\right>}\newcommand{\bk}[2]{\left<#1\middle|#2\right>}$ Let $\{\psi_{i,j} : i, j = 0,1\}$ be the Bell basis of $\...
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Simultaneous shifted diagonalization of bunch of operators

I have the following Lie algebra which is generated by $\{L_n|n\geq 0\}.$ It satisfies the following commutation rule $$ \Big[ L_i ,L_j \Big]= (i-j)(L_{i+j}-\frac14 L_{i+j-1}).....*$$ My question is ...
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Why do the matrix elements of an operator correspond to the Fourier components of the observable in Heisenberg's Matrix Mechanics?

It is well-known that Heisenberg $a$ began developing his Matrix Mechanics by creating matrix components $$A(n,n-a,t)=A(n,n-a)e^{i\omega(n,n-a)t}$$ or $$A_{nm}(t)=A_{nm}e^{\frac{i}{\hbar}\omega(nm)t}$$...
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Exponential of the Pauli matrices [closed]

My job is to prove: $$\exp(i\theta \vec{v} \cdot \vec{ \sigma })=\cos(\theta)I+i\sin(\theta)\vec{v} \cdot \vec{ \sigma }$$ where $\theta \in \mathbb{R}$ and $\vec{v} \cdot \vec{ \sigma }=\Sigma^3_{i=...
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Proving two space-time intervals are equivalent with matrix algebra

η=$ \begin{bmatrix} -1 & 0 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 & 0 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 0 & 0 & 1 \end{bmatrix} $ v=$ \begin{bmatrix} ct\\ x\\ y\\ z \end{...
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What does it mean for a unit vector to have a magnitude of 1?

Imagine a Cartesian coordinate system whose origin is associated with two unit vectors, ê and â, in a 2D-space. Now, let 0.5 cm be the unit of length in this coordinate system. The magnitude of a ...
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Unit Vectors in physics

I'm reading the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "Review of Vectors" , and I've found this: I can't see any relationship between the text that is highlighted in yellow and what's depicted in ...
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Rank of a density matix

I was just trying to understand the meaning of rank of a density matrix. I came across the following post, which says that the rank of density matrix is the number of non-zero eigenvalues. And for a ...
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Is the basis of the occupation numbers of bosonic system orthonormal?

I am interested in the calculation of a correlation function in the Fock space of a system of $N$ bosons. As a trace it would be convenient for me to sum over the elements of the occupation numbers ...
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How does the partial transpose operation look like in matrix form?

The link here gives a nice description of how partial trace looks in matrix notation. I want a similar explanation for the matrix partial-transposition. How does matrix partial-transposition operation ...
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Why the basis of vectors and one-forms can not be related through the metric as a vector and one-forms?

I know that basis vector and basis of one-forms are related through $$ \tilde{e}^\mu \cdot \vec{e}_\nu = \delta^\mu _\nu .\tag{1}$$ However, the metric has the property that allows to convert ...
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Gram-Schmidt process and degenerate subspace of the solutions to the Schrodinger's equation

So I know that in QM each linear combination of a degenerate set of wavefunctions is also a solution to the Schrodinger's equation (SE). The degenerate wavefunctions must be orthogonal to the non-...
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On the dimensionality of the Hilbert space for a central potential [duplicate]

So, we have that for particles in a central potential, the wavefunction can be expressed as: $$\psi(\mathbf{x})=R(r)Y^m_l(\theta,\phi)$$ Explanation (not crucial in the question): My question is: ...
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Proof of invariance of scalar product under rotations, using index notation

So I have got the following question: Show that the scalar product of two cartesian vectors $p_i\cdot q_i$ is invariant under coordinate transformations (orthogonal transformations) Now I know ...
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Understanding projective measurements as a special case of POVM measurements (“third postulate” in Nielsen and Chuang)

I am working through Nielsen and Chuang's book and am confused about a detail from sections 2.2.3 and 2.2.5. On page 88 of my copy (section 2.2.5), they write Projective measurements can be ...

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