Questions tagged [quantum-mechanics]

Quantum mechanics describes the microscopic properties of nature in a regime where classical mechanics no longer applies. It explains phenomena such as the wave-particle duality, quantization of energy and the uncertainty principle and is generally used in single body systems. Use the quantum-field-theory tag for the theory of many-body quantum-mechanical systems.

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Difference between coherent and incoherent energy transfer (e.g. in photosynthesis)?

Several authors distinguish between incoherent and coherent when describing the energy transfer mechanism that forms the basis for photosynthesis. (e.g. Clegg & Sener 2010 and Keren & Paltiel ...
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What is temperature on a quantum level?

When I was in high school, I learned that temperature is kinetic energy. When I learned statistical physics, we learned that temperature is a statistical thing, and there was a formula for it. ...
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Relative phase of a qubit

Is it possible to choose a suitable basis for a qubit so that the relative phase can be changed arbitrarily? In other words, do there exist rotation operators that can take a qubit with a specific ...
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Finding the quadrature variance of a superposition of squeezed coherent states

How do you find the quadrature variance of a state $$\lvert x\rangle =\lvert a,b\rangle +\lvert a,-b\rangle$$ where $\lvert a,b\rangle = D(a) S(b) \lvert 0\rangle$? $\lvert x\rangle$ is a ...
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Basis representation of $F(\hat{X}, \hat{P},..)$

Suppose I know the position or momentum basis representation $X$ of some operator $\hat{X}$ acting on the ket space. Likewise of $\hat{P}, \hat{A}, \hat{B}, ...$ Is the basis representation of $F(\...
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Does pseudospin break the crystal symmetry?

Pseudospin is a concept to describe a superposition of two quantum states. Sometimes, I see a pseudospin texture in the momentum space which breaks a crystal symmetry. A simple example is the ...
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Tight Binding Hamiltonian for graphene

The TB Hamiltonian for the tetragonal lattice is $ \hat H_0 = -J\sum_{m,n} (\hat a_{m+1,n}^\dagger \hat a_{m,n}+\hat a_{m,n}^\dagger \hat a_{m,n+1}+h.c.) $ How can this be derived for the hexagonal ...
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Physicist path integral and cylinder set measures

Path integral via discretization So let me start with what seems to be the point of view of physicists (corrections are highly appreciated since this is what I understood!). Let a quantum system with ...
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Why are entanglement and purity non-linear functions of $\rho$?

Any linear function of the density matrix can be related to a proper observable, but is it not the case of entanglement and purity?
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Heisenberg Hamiltonian 2-Spin Terms in Matrix Representation

I am stuck on the interpretation/derivation of the 2-spin terms of the quantum Heisenberg model Hamiltonian. In this model, our electrons, with spin up or down, are confined to sites on a lattice. ...
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Stationary State of Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

Why for every normalized solution to the time-independent Schrödinger equation $E$ must exceed the minimum value of $V(x)$?
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Can gravitational waves be used to investigate the inside of black holes?

I do understand that nothing, no particles and no information can escape a BH. Gravitational waves are real, they have been observed. Gravitational waves are disturbances in the curvature of ...
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Momentum Wave Function gives strange expectation values

Suppose there's a particle with the wave function $\psi(x)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{L}}$ for $0<x <L$ and 0 everywhere else. One way to get the associated Momentum Wave function is direct integration on ...
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Two definitions of current operator $J$ equivalent?

I am currently reading David Tong's lecture note on quantum Hall effect. In this note, the current operator $\mathbf J$ is defined in two ways: We define $J= -e\dot{\mathbf x}= (-e/m)(\mathbf p+e\...
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Understanding wave function graph

I found this graph from the internet that interprets the graphical representation of wave function.I completely understand the wave function that is depicted by blue line but i really am confused ...
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Interpretation of density matrix

In Landau’s Statistical Physics (part 1) , section 5, he writes:" In particular, it would be quite incorrect to suppose that the description by means of the density matrix signifies that the subsystem ...
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Understanding the quantum mechanical state vector

According to Griffiths, there is a general state vector $|s(t)\rangle$ that encodes the state of the system. He also says that we take $\Psi(x, \ t) \ = \ \langle x | s(t) \rangle$. Would then mean ...
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Is the concept of superpositions saying that the electron is actually in many states?

Basically when I read about it, yes. But I don't completely get why. Let me explain: If I throw a ball into a room and don't look, I would surely say that the ball is at one point in this room. Maybe ...
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Saturability problem about the quantum Cramer-Rao bound for the multi-parameter quantum metrology

I was studying the multi-parameter quantum metrology these days. And I was confused about the saturability of the quantum Cramer-Rao bound for the multiparameter problem. If all of the generators are ...
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Effect of different reference frame on quantum entanglement measurement

According to what I read about entanglement, when you measure the spin of one of the entangled particles all the possibilities collapse to one value immediately and the other particle will give the ...
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Non-Markovian noise coupled to atomic system

I want to calculate the density matrix element's average over all the realization of Gaussian colored noise when the atomic system is coupled to the said noise. I know how to do it for atomic energy ...
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States for derivatives of wave function?

Given a wave function $\psi_t(x)$. The quantum state of a system at time t can be written as the sum of basis states multiplied by the amplitude: $$|t\rangle = \int \psi_t(x)|x\rangle dx^3$$ What ...
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Do gravitational waves disperse/refract (like EM waves in a prism)?

I have read this question: What is the relationship between a gravitational wave and a graviton? where kingledion says: Gravitational waves were theorized a century ago and recently ...
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Does this wave function from Zettili book (Quantum Mechanics) violate uncertainy principle?

I am not sure whether my question counts as homework and exercises or not, because I already know the answer. The problem is, I find Zettili answer rather unsatisfactory. Problem 1.11 (a) Find the ...
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$s$-parameterized operator-valued Dirac delta function

So I am reading the book named 'Quantum Optics An Introduction' by Werner Vogel, Dirk-Gunnar Welsch, Sascha Wallentowitz and in the section 'Phase-space representations', I struggle to follow one step ...
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Can there be interference between a proton and an electron?

For example, we know that we can interfere two different electrons or two different protons by employing them in a double-slit experiment. Now suppose, we mix protons and electrons and shoot them ...
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Hawking temperature, uncertainty principle and size of a black hole

I was playing with the Hawking temperature formula $$T_H = \frac{\hbar\ c^3}{8 \pi\ G\ M\ k_B}$$ and I thought it would be interesting to associate a velocity to this temperature: $$k_B\ T_H = \frac{1}...
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The stark effect of Hydrogen

I have read the stark effect of Hydrogen (calculating energy levels of the n=2 states of a Hydrogen atom placed in an external uniform electric field along the positive z-direction) from Quantum ...
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Simple Quantum Eraser

I am familiar with the standard Quantum Eraser experiment. I was thinking of the following. My hunch is that the screen will show an interference pattern since the which way information for the ...
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Proof that rotational symmetric potential operators are scalar operators

Defintion: A scalar operator B is an operator on a ket space that transforms under rotations \begin{equation}\left| \xi ' \right >=\exp{(\frac{i}{h} \mathbf{\phi \cdot J})}\left| \xi \right >\...
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Hard boundary of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states that we cannot know the position and momentum of subatomic particles simultaneously...but what exactly is the boundary of size of such a particle? Does such a ...
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How to construct general multiparticle states that respect fermionic or bosonic symmetry?

Background: The arena is fixed particle number nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. The state space is $$ \mathbf{H}(1)=\mathcal H\otimes\mathcal S, $$ where $\mathcal H$ is an "orbital" state space ($L^...
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Exchange statistics from topology of configuration space

I'm trying to understand Leinaas and Myrheim's famous 1976 argument for exchange symmetry of the wavefunction. If we consider the configuration space $\mathcal{M}_2$ for two identical particles ...
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Magnetic susceptibility for particle on a ring

I consider particle on a ring in magnetic field. The presence of magnetic field shifts the particle momentum and I understand to find magnetic flux through the ring. Then, how can I find the ...
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Scalar product of eigenstates of $\hat{S}_z$ and $\hat{S}_x$ operators

Suppose that $|s_z\rangle$ and $|s_x\rangle$ are eigenvectors of operators $\hat{S}_z$ and $\hat{S}_x$ correspondingly, with $s_z$ and $s_x$ being eigenvalues. Is there a known formula for the scalar ...
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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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What is the unit of the current in a square barrier model?

In Quantum Mechanics textbooks, the equation for a electron tunneling through a barrier is $$-\frac{\hbar ^{2}}{2m}\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}\psi \left( x\right) +U\psi \left(x\right) =E\psi \left( x\right)...
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Is $[A,\exp{B}]=0 \Rightarrow [A,B]=0$ true?

The backward direction is trivial and this one probably too, but I just can't find a convincing argument. $A$, $B$ are Operators on a Hilbert Space (Ket Space).
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A doubt on waves

We know that every progressive wave depends on its position X and time variable T. y= Asin (kx- wt) My doubt is "Even an election is a wave (de broglie's hypothesis), but we cannot write its equation ...
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Is there a way to measure the degree of superposition of a quantum state?

I am wondering if there is a way to calculate the amount of superposition that a quantum state is in. For example, if I have a $2$-qubit quantum system, with basis $\mathcal{B} = \{|00\rangle, |01\...
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Probability density of time-dependent wave functions

Why is it so that probability density of eigenfunctions of time-dependent schrodinger equation are time independent while that of general wave functions (which are a combination of the eigenfunctions) ...
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Rigorous derivation of the ground state projector using euclidean time evolution

Usually one argues that the euclidean path integral is able to recover the ground state of a system along the following lines: Take the time evolution operator $U(t,t_0)=e^{-iH(t-t_0)}$. Transform to ...
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How does $H^2$ effect on the probability of photon detection?

Lets consider an electromagnetic wave, between two ideal conductive plates. Maxwell's theory predicts appearance of a standing waves(of $\textbf{H}$ and $\textbf{E}$), at that nodes($\textbf{E} = 0$)...
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Existence of Photon

I was reading Feynman lectures on physics (volume 1) when I encountered the following paragraph: Returning again to quantum mechanics and fundamental physics, we cannot go into details of the ...
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Is it possible to know whether an arbitrary system is performing a quantum computation?

Without knowing in advance that a physical system has been configured to do so, is it possible to determine whether that system is preforming, or has just performed a quantum computation? That is, if ...
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How is quantum physics translated into the world of electronics? [closed]

I remember watching a documentary about early works in quantum physics and how it was essential to the microelectronics revolution and the invention of the transistor. What part exactly helped? Is ...
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Is it possible to see individual photons impressioning film?

As part of a course in physics teaching, I am developing a small curriculum that will teach (the basics of) quantum mechanics to high school students. I need a simple way to show the quantization of ...
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Approximate solution to the resolvent of an open quantum system

I have an open system which evolves according to some master equation: $$ \partial_t\rho(t) = \mathcal{L}\rho(t) $$ where $\mathcal{L}$ is the Liouvillian of the system which generates completely ...
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How does the photon energy formula $E=h\nu$ mean the quantum nature of energy?

The frequency v can be less than 1. So the energy is starting from zero, and is continuous. The black body radiation is also continuous spectrum given an arbitrary temperature T.
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Can two particles be un-tangled without observing one or the other?

Is there a way to break the bond, sort to speak, without measuring or observing the particle? Or lets say we have 3 entangled particles A, B and C. Is there a way to untangle A and B without ...