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Questions tagged [probability]

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How to evaluate the probability when a particle is detected?

Everyone knows the standard probability interpretation of the quantum mechanics. For example, the wave function of some particle at some time $t$ is $\psi (x,t)$. Therefore, if the particle is ...
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What is mean by Dispersion in binomial distribution? [on hold]

What is second moment of a variable about its origin
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Probabilities in non-stationary states

I'm confusing myself. Let's represent some state in the eigenbasis for Hydrogen: $$|\psi\rangle = \sum_{n,l,m}|n,l,m\rangle\langle n,l,m|\psi\rangle.$$ Now denote the initial state by $\psi(t=0)\...
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Converting a discrete statistical energy distribution to a continuous version

The probability of finding a particle at a particular energy level when energy is considered discrete is according to Boltzmann: $$P(E_j) = \frac{g_j\cdot e^{-\beta E_j}}{\sum_{j=1}^\infty g_j \cdot ...
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Derive properties of fluids using Monte Carlo method on brownian motion

Given a particle inside a fluid, it's known that its movement will be unpredictable due to the random collisions with the particles of the fluid. However, the distance from the origin of motion will ...
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Probability In a Nuclear Transmutation Question

How much cobalt will form into zinc when you add a mole of the set (3 protons, 3 electrons and 5 neutrons) to the cobalt? I cannot figure out how to find the probability of creating a certain ...
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What does conservation of probability mean in Classical Mechanics and why is it true?

In the context of the Liouville equation, regularly the conservation of probability is invoked. (Of course, the overall probability is always conserved but this is a truism and not what is meant here. ...
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Doubt about the probabilistic nature of quantum stuff and the field theory

To the quantum field theory, is it like there's "two layers of reality", one in which things are just probabilities waves that collapses into the quantum fields or is the quantum field and its waves ...
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Is possible to obtain a master equation from Rabi's coupled differential equation?

Starting from a differential equation for $c_i$ such that $c_i c_i^*$ is the probability of being at state $i$, I want to obtain a master equation for $c_i c_i^*\equiv p_i$. Consider a two-state ...
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Calculating the probability of one particle being in a certain state in two-particle system

Let's say I have the two-particle state $$|\psi\rangle=\frac{|H\rangle_a|H\rangle_b+|V\rangle_a|V\rangle_b}{\sqrt{2}}$$ where $H$ is horizontally polarized and $V$ is vertically polarized. And I ...
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Is this decoherence?

I have a very basic understanting of decoherence (i.e. I,ve read the Wikipedia page), but I was recently reading Heisenberg's The Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory and I came across a thought ...
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How does the expectation value of a partial derivative of a random variable make mathematical sense in QM?

In probability theory, I'm familiar with the definition of the expectation value of a random variable $X \colon \Omega \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ being: $$ \langle X\rangle= \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} x ...
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Bell inequality proof

I am trying to understand how the correlation function in John Bell's paper on EPR is derived for a spin singlet state $|{\Psi}\rangle$. This is defined to be $$ \langle{\Psi}|\left(\bf{\sigma}\cdot\...
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Can we write the Quantum Fidelity between two density operators in terms of Quasi-Probability Distributions: $P$, $Q$ and $W$?

Quantum Fidelity between two density operators, $\hat{\rho}$ and $\hat{\sigma}$, is given by $F(\hat{\rho},\hat{\sigma})=\left(Tr\sqrt{\sqrt{\hat{\rho}}\hat{\sigma}\sqrt{\hat{\rho}}}\right)^2$, where $...
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Electron density in DFT (*ρ*(r)) and probability density (wave function squared)

Are the electron density in density functional theory, ρ(r), and probability density, defined as wave function squared, the same quantities?
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E. T. Jaynes' subjectivism vs measurement of distributions

In his paper, E. T. Jaynes argues that entropy is a measure of our ignorance about a system. As such, the probability distribution of states $\{p_k\}$ has to be chosen in the most unbiased way, thus ...
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If the probability that an alpha will deflect is $1/10000$, for $n$ layers, is the probability is only $1/10000n$?

I have attached a picture of an extract I read on Wikipedia (also in the AQA A-Level Physics specification and textbook). It says that 1/10000 alpha particles deflected in the alpha particle ...
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Radiative Transport Equation scattering phase density probability term question

The development of Radiative Transport Equation has a contribution term called the scattering phase density probability function. It account to scattering events from photons from a different solid ...
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Finding the expression for probability density (the Klein Gordon equation)

Source: Quantum Field Theory for the Gifted Amateur by Tom Lancaster, Stephen J. Blundell. I am struggling to understand the logical step from the outline of the 'proof' in the footnote, to the fact ...
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Can Quantum Mechanical Potential have a Probability Distribution

I am currently in my second semester of undergraduate quantum mechanics. We have recently starting discussing two particle systems, usually in relation to spin interactions. In all of our calculations,...
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Understanding the calculation of expectation value

The expectation value (in sense of discrete probability) can be thought of as $$ \left<a\right>=\frac{1}{N}\sum\limits^{N}{Â }\psi $$ where $N$ is the number of experiments. As the number of ...
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Can an electron of an atom be found anywhere? Does it need energy to happen? [closed]

According to quantum mechanics it should be possible. But can it happens when it has so small probability to occur? also if it can happens that means that energy must be provided in order to the ...
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Notation in a question on probabilities and particle counting

I'm working through Stephen Barnett's book on quantum information and have come across the following question (1.5, for anyone keeping track at home) A particle counter records counts with an ...
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Probability of WaveFunction [closed]

A particle is confined in a one dimensional box of length $a$. What is the probability of finding the particle at $x = a/4$? I know that the wave function is written as $$y= A\sin([(\pi x)/a]$$...
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Dependence of wave function with time, especially probability density function. And Continuity equation

I was learning Basic Quantum mechanics. I cam across the fluid equation in QM, which suggests $\Psi^*\Psi$ is probability density function. Consider the two statements below Probability will change ...
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Probability of transition defined as the the ratio between reflected and incident fluxes

I'm reading a paper (Rapp, 1968) that treats quantum mechanically the problem of a particle $A$ "hitting" an harmonic oscillator made of two particles, $B$ and $C$: $\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,...
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Unit of Spectral Emissive Power

I understand Spectral Emissive Power as the total amount of energy carried by photons having the same wavelength (energy), and it has the unit of (W/m2.um). I could not grasp the physical ...
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Why quantum map must be hermitian?

Quantum maps transform a density matrix into another one, Assume we are in the Hilbert space :$ H_A $ the quantum map on the density matrix $\rho_A$ living in $H_A$ is : $\mathcal{L}_A$ Why $\mathcal{...
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Number of Isotopes created with decay <-> Chain Yield

The chain yield (or fission yield) states how many isotopes with a certain mass $A$ are created with the decay of $^{235}$U. But how do we know the fractions of specific Isotopes that are created ...
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How is quantum mechanics consistent with statistical mechanics?

Let's say we have an harmonic oscillator (at Temperature $T$) in a superposition of state 1 and 2: $$\Psi = \frac{\phi_1+\phi_2}{\sqrt{2}}$$ where each $\phi_i$ has energy $E_i \, .$ The probability ...
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Understanding the radial distribution function [duplicate]

I am confused why the maximum of the radial distribution function for 2p orbital is closer to the nucleus than that for 2s orbital. Doesnt this mean that there is a higher chance of finding 2p orbital ...
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What's the difference between coin flipping and quantum physics?

Watching this TED video, which explains about Quantum Physics, I'm confused, please let me ask a question. There is one coin whose state is "Head" on the table. First, the computer decides whether ...
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Probability of a system in the canonical ensemble

In the canonical ensemble, we have the state of system $x_s$ and the state of the environment $x_e$. The probability of the total system is $$P(x_s,x_e)= const.$$ and that is independent of the states ...
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Dirac Delta Function and Position [duplicate]

How does one prove that the Dirac Delta distribution is the eigenfunction of the position operator $\hat{x}$? In math, why does $\langle x’|x\rangle = \delta(x’-x)$?
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Interpretation of the Boltzmann factor and partition function

$$p_i = \frac{ \exp\left(-\frac{\epsilon _i}{k_BT} \right)}{Z} $$ $$ Z= \sum_{i} \exp\left(-\frac{\epsilon _i}{k_BT} \right)$$ A) Is $p_i$ the probability of the system having an energy equal to $\...
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Does the wavefunction probabilities have to sum to 1? [duplicate]

In quantum mechanics we are often told that $\int |\psi(x,t)|^2 dx^3 =1$. i.e. the probabilities have to sum to 1. And that this implies the time evolution operator is unitary. But can't we define ...
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What is an example of a hidden variable model that meets the bound of Bell's inequality?

Following https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell%27s_theorem: The best possible local realist imitation (red) for the quantum correlation of two spins in the singlet state (blue), insisting on perfect ...
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Why does the chain yield in nuclear fission sum up to 200%?

The table of nuclides states the fission yield, or chain yield $Y$, the percentage of decays of $^{235}$U that lead to an isotope with mass number $A$. Why do they sum up to 200%? Wikipedia just ...
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Fitting an Ising Model with Probabilities

Question How to use the observations to fit an Ising model? After self-studying for several days, my current guess is: $\theta_{ii} = \log[P(X_{i} = 1)]$ $\theta_{ij} = \log[P(X_{i} = 1, X_{j}=1)]$ ...
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Interpretation of the magnetic potential ($A$-field) in the quantum mechanical probability of current

The probability of current in quantum mechanics when the is a magnetic potential, A, is defined as: $$\boldsymbol j=\frac{1}{2m}(\psi^*\hat{\boldsymbol p} \psi-\psi\hat{\boldsymbol p}\psi^* -2q{\...
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How could someone calculate the coulomb barrier transparency in 3 dimensions [duplicate]

Transparency is also called probability of transmission, or probability of quantum tunneling.
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Definition of continuous distribution (intuitively understanding)

Def: A continuous random variable is not defined at specific values. Instead, it is defined over an interval of values, and is represented by the area under a curve. The probability of observing any ...
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Linear combination of 2 spherical harmonic functions

The task is to form 2 linear combinations out of the 2 given spherical harmonic functions. I dont understand why the resultant wave function has to be multiplied with the constant $1/sqrt(2)$?
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Why can't a particle penetrate an infinite potential barrier?

I am studying basic quantum theory. My question is: Why can't a particle penetrate an infinite potential barrier? The reasoning that I have applied is that particles under consideration have finite ...
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Are there any continuous-time stochastic processes in which transition probabilities are discontinuous functions over time?

In stochastic processes, like homogeneous Markov processes, Poisson processes, Queueing systems etc., the functions that represent (transition) probabilities are continuous over time. This is also ...
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Finding total flux of probability current through a sphere

For a wavefunction: $$\Psi(\textbf{x}) = e^{ikz} + \dfrac{f(\theta)}{r}e^{ikr}$$ Where $z = r\cos(\theta)$. The probability current $J$ is then given by: $$J(\textbf{x}) = J_1(\textbf{x}) + J_2(\...
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What is the probability for an electron of an atom on Earth to lie outside the galaxy?

In this youtube video it is claimed that electrons orbit their atom's nucleus not in well-known fixed orbits, but within "clouds of probability", i.e., spaces around the nucleus where they can lie ...
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Understanding entropy, information, and randomness

In a statistical mechanics book, it is stated that "randomness and information are essentially the same thing," which results from the fact that a random process requires high information. More ...
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Is a light pulse equivalent to a burst of photons

Reading about photons you get all sorts of weird statements like "time is frozen for a photon", "the photon dies the instant it is born" and "the photon is everywhere and nowhere", etc. Probably these ...
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Probability to get an Eigenvalue of Angular Momentum Operator on an Arbitrary Ket

Hello physics SE community, I am currently working on Principles of Quantum Mechanics by Shankar and i get stuck in page 336 (its not even an exercise). It basically said that "we may expand any $\...