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Perturbation theory refers to methods for understanding physical systems by treating them as small modifications to exactly solvable systems.

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Where can I find relativistic corrections to 2s and 2p levels of Hydrogen Atoms?

I am currently studying for a Quantum Mechanics test, and I want to calculate the 2p and 2s hydrogen atom corrections for the relativistic, spin-orbit and darwin corrections, using perturbation theory....
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Resonant Hamiltonian Mechanics

My question is regarding applying averaging theory to a perturbed Hamiltonian. Now, my Hamiltonian is of the form $$H=H_0 + R(q_i,p_i)$$ Where R is the disturbing potential which is a function of the ...
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Calculating exact energy levels of perturbed Hamiltonian

I wish to find the exact energy levels of the following perturbed hamiltonian. $$\hat{H}=\frac{p^2}{2m}+\frac{m\omega^2}{2}x^2+\alpha x+\beta p^2.$$ I believe that it can be solved by using the ...
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Finding eigenvalues and functions for Hamiltonian (perturbation theory)

I am trying to find the Eigenvalues for the following equation (which comes from the Pauli equation when $p^2/m^2c^2\ll 1$): $$i\hbar\frac{d}{dt}\psi=\left[\frac{\vec{p}^2}{2m}-\frac{e}{2mc}\left(\vec{...
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How should two-photon transitions be modelled? Is second-order perturbation theory required? Or are sequential first-order processes sufficient?

For example, I want to consider the following situation: photon transit from $m$ energy level to $m+2$ after absorption of two phonons with frequency $\Omega$. I want to calculate a transition rate ...
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First-order correction to energy in perturbed harmonic oscillator [closed]

I know, from the perturbation theory, that, if I have the hamiltonian $$ \hat H = \hat H_0 + \lambda \hat W$$ where $\hat H_0$ is the unperturbed hamiltonian of which I know its eigenvectors and ...
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Does the second-order correction to degenerate perturbation theory vanish?

Consider a degenerate two-state system with states denoted by $|1\rangle$ and $|2\rangle$. If we apply a perturbation $H^\prime$, the first order correction to the energy is obtained by choosing two ...
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State coefficient in Kramer-Heisenberg-Dirac formula

I'm following the derivation of the Kramer-Heisenberg-Dirac formula from the book "Modern Optical Spectroscopy" and I'm having trouble understanding the wording and the derivation of the transition ...
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Srednicki Eqs. (6.22) and (9.6). How to get rid of $i\epsilon$ in the interaction term?

I'm studying qft from Srednicki's book. If one writes down the full $i\epsilon$ terms, passing from Eq. (6.21) (non-perturbative definition) to Eq. (6.22) (perturbative definition) yields $$\left<0|...
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Deriving the continuity equation for a perturbation from the continuity equation for the full density

I am attempting to derive the continuity equation for a density perturbation $\delta$, given the continuity equation for the full density $\rho(\mathbb{x}, t)$. This is in the context of cosmological ...
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Help with calculating the Ricci tensor for the PPN formalism

I'm trying to follow the calculation done by Will in his book Theory and experiment in gravitational physics, and I was hoping for some help in calculating the Ricci tensor components in Section 5.2 (...
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Learning resources for the PPN formalism

I'm trying to learn more about the PPN formalism, and I was hoping to find some papers that show how the various parameters are calculated. Basically, I want to go through the usual calculations of ...
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Feynman rules for a general Lagrangian

How do I find the Feynman rules for a general Lagrangian density? For example the Lagrangian $$L = \partial_\mu \psi \partial^\mu \psi +a \psi\partial_\mu \psi \partial^\mu \psi+b \psi^2 \partial_\mu ...
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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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Supersymmetry Perturbation Theory

Source:Mirror Symmetry p.198 I have the Hamiltonian $$H = \lambda\bigg( \frac{1}{2} \tilde{p} + \frac{1}{2}h''(x_i)^2(\tilde{x}-\tilde{x_i})^2 + \frac{1}{2}h''(x_i)[\overline{\psi}, \psi] \bigg) + \...
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Why is the “fine structure” correction called that way?

I'm working on the fine structure correction to the Hydrogen atom. I have more of a conceptal, maybe historical question, why is this correction called this way? and why is the fine structure constant ...
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Estimating error in perturbation theory

Is there a simple way to estimate the error in the eigenvalues when approximating a hamiltonian by its $n^{th}$ order perturbation expansion?
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How to ascertain that the Rayleigh-Ritz variational method gives the exact value of the ground state energy?

So the Rayleigh-Ritz variational method can be used to calculate the ground state energy of a quantum system. If $\phi(x)$ is a suitable (square integrable) and normalised function of the coordinates ...
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Where does this Differential Equation comes from?

Im studying Stark Effect and im trying to prove that the second order correction to the ground state of hydrogen like atoms goes like \begin{equation} \delta E^{(2)}_{100}= -\frac{1}{4}a_o^3 E^2(4+5Z^...
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For degenerate perturbation theory, how do we interpret the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of $\hat V$?

For the eigenvectors that are unmixed by the matrix $\hat V$, the eigenvalues are the energy corrections of this eigenbasis. However, the eigenbasis tends to always be (as far as I'm aware) a linear ...
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QFT perturbation theory

I would like to clarify the following statement: Perturbation theory (PT) in QFT is derived with several assumptions such as: adiabatic interaction, spectrum is bounded downward... This statement ...
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Different purposes for using the Large-$N$ Expansion

I've started studying the Large-$N$ expansion and there seems to be several different reasons for using it. In the context of the SYK model, the limit is useful because it reorganizes the Feynman ...
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Can this kind of TDSE be solved by series?

Note: some notation was changed according to the comments, after the first answer was posted. I have a particular kind of time dependent Schrodinger equation: $$i \hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t} \...
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Horizon entry, Meszaros suppression and start of perturbation growth

I thought that the onset of perturbation growth was determined by horizon entry of the perturbation (because there won't be a gravitational collapse of an over dense region not causally connected to ...
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Expression of proper time with light perturbation on Minkowski metric

In my lecture on General relativity, it is said that, by taking the following metric : $$g_{\mu\nu}(x)=\eta_{\mu\nu}+h_{\mu\nu}(x),~ {\rm with}\ h_{\mu\nu}\ll1$$ one has the definition below of ...
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What is Wick's theorem and what this is use for? [closed]

I am reading Wick's theorem but although I look for it to clearly understand in some textbooks and youtube videos but still it is unclear to me. I cannot get my head over what is normal ordering ...
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Quantum field theory: corrections to excited state correlation functions

I want to know how to calculate the lowest-order-in-the-coupling-constant correction to $$M(x, y,k,p)=\langle k|\phi(x)\phi(y)|p\rangle$$ in $\phi^4$ scalar field theory in a relatively general ...
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Dot product of small perturbation of wave function

I have problem with this when I am doing my assignment. ∇(Ψ+δΨ)⋅∇(Ψ+δΨ) Can anyone help me explain this and how to get the expansion? Thank you.
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Solving the problem using Many Body Perturbation Theory

I am trying to solve the following Hamiltonian using Many body perturbation Theory. $$H=\sum_{i=1}^{N}\Bigg[\frac{P_{i}^{2}}{2m} -\sum_{i,j}\frac{1}{|\vec{r}_{i}-\vec{R}_{j}|}\Bigg]$$. I split this ...
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Relationship between time derivatives at fixed physical r and at fixed comoving x coordinates

I am currently studying Newtonian Perturbation Theory in cosmology. We have introduced the relation between the physical coordinates r and the comoving coordinates x in an expanding universe: $\bf r$...
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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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First-Order Perturbation of Energy Eigenfunction

I have a homework questions where I'm struggling to understand the methodology to use. We derive first the energy functional for the energy eigenfunction equation (this is fine, I used some vector ...
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Positive and negative powers of small parameter in perturbation problem

I'd like to perturbatively handle an eigenvalue problem similar to this: $$ \lambda f = (\hat{H} + (1/\epsilon^2) \hat{V} + \epsilon {W}) f, $$ where $f$ is a function, $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue, $\...
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Zee's explanation of expressing bare coupling by physical coupling

In terms of bare parameter $\lambda$, the $\phi\phi\to\phi\phi$ scattering amplitude is $\lambda\phi^4$ theory is given by $$\mathcal{M}=-i\lambda+iC\lambda^2\Big[\ln\Big(\frac{\Lambda^2}{s}\Big)+\ln\...
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Virtual terms in the Dyson series (time dependent perturbation theory)

Let the interaction evolution operator in the interaction picture be $$U_I(t,t_0)=T \exp \Big( -i \int_{t_0}^t dt_1 H_I(t_1) \Big) ,$$ where $T$ is the time order operator and $H_I=H-H_0$ is the ...
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Reference suggestion for degenerate canonical perturbation theory in classical mechanics

Please suggest a good book for degenerate canonical perturbation theory in classical mechanics (not quantum mechanics).
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Time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory yield different results

First, here's the problem statement. Suppose you have an infinite square well of length $a$, where the box extend from $x=0$ to $x=a$. At $t=0$, you add a perturbation $H'$ of the form: \begin{...
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Perturbation theory for molecules, dipole approximation, chromophore

I am interesting in chromophore group and dipole approximation. For example, i have a molecule (acetone or any other ketone/enol) which is belongs to some symmetry group. Because of the symmetry ...
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Perturbed Ricci tensor due to metric perturbation i.e. $R^{(2)}_{\mu\nu}[h]$ in Linearized theory of Einstein field equation

This is an equation (7.153) from Chapter-7 of Sean Carroll's An introduction to General Relativity: Spacetime and Geometry book. I think all of you who studied GR and went thorugh Carroll's book have ...
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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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Linear response treatment of the magnetization of a system of noninteracting fermions

While trying to solve an exercise, I ran into what looks like a contradiction. I'm sure I'm making some kind of mistake, but I couldn't spot it. I'm not asking for help in solving the exercise, which ...
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How to calculate second-order correction to the energy from matrix elements of perturbation?

A particle is in the one dimensional harmonic potential $V(x)=\frac{1}{2}m\omega^2x^2$ with a small perturbation $V'$. I want to calculate the first- and second order correction to the ground state ...
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Perturbative series in physics: why are coeffcieints of Gevrey-1 type (i.e. bounded by $\alpha C^n(n!)^1$

I have only been able to find this explicitly mentioned in this paper on resurgence techniques in physics. And have chased up the hints it gives, but they are not very explanatory. Essentially, the ...
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Baker-Campbell-Hausdorff (BCH) Formula for the Time Evolution Operator

In following Prof. Toyer's Computational Quantum Physics lecture notes, I came across the following: In computing the Schrödinger equation in real space, one can make a "split operator" Ansatz, for ...
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How to pick a boundary layer coordinate or stretching transformation

I am following Introduction to Perturbation Methods by Holmes and am unsure how I to pick the power in my boundary layer coordinate if my governing equation is the Laplace equation given by \begin{...
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Reference for Feynman diagram technique(position space) in Thermal Field Theory

I am trying to study perturbative expansion of Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev model, where I know that the dominant terms are the Melonic diagrams. I am interested in seeing how perturbative corrections affect the ...
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What is the difference between real and complex instantons (mathemtically, and their physical significance), and connection to Wick rotation

I am struggling to understand the difference and physical significance between real and complex instantons- I think these are also sometimes called ghost instantons? There are also anti-instantons. ...
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Perturbation theory with a continuous degenerate spectrum

Let's assume that the unperturbated system $H_0$ is a free particle . It has the following energy spectrum $$ E = \frac{p^2}{2m} $$ and the set $\{ \vert k \rangle \} $ forms a complete basis for $H_0$...
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Kallen-Lehmann representation and branch cuts at threshold masses

Let us consider the Kallen-Lehmann representation for the two-point function of scalar fields $$ \langle \Omega | T\left\{\phi(x) \phi(y)\right\}|\Omega\rangle = \int \frac{d^4 p}{(2\pi)^4} e^{ip\...
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What if $\omega =0$, which is the frequency of the perturbation term?

In analytic mechanics, when we found a equilibrium position of the system, to determine the stability of that configuration, we apply $q \to q_0 + \epsilon \eta$ with $|\eta| \ll 1$ s.t $q_0$ is the ...