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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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Orbits of maximally entangled mixed states

It is well known (Please, see for example Geometry of quantum states by Bengtsson and Życzkowski ) that the set of $N$-dimensional density matrices is stratified by the adjoint action of $U(N)$, where ...
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Uncertainty relation for non-simultaneous observation

Heisenberg's uncertainty relation in the Robertson-Schroedinger formulation is written as, $$\sigma_A^2 \sigma_B^2 \geq \left|\frac{1}{2} \langle\{\hat A, \hat B\}\rangle -\langle \hat A\rangle\...
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What are Griffiths effects in the context of condensed matter physics?

From a cursory examination of the literature I've gathered the following: it seems that ordered systems have a "clean" critical point, at which the system makes a sharp phase transition, and that ...
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What is the largest number of bosons placed in a BEC?

What is the record for the largest number of bosons placed in a Bose-Einstein condensate? What are the prospects for how high this might get in the future? EDIT: These guys reported 20 million ...
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Is the converse of Weinberg's statement on the cluster decomposition principle true?

In Weinberg's "The Quantum Theory of Fields, Vol. 1", Section 4.4, page 182, the author says: We now ask, what sort of Hamiltonian will yield an $S$-matrix that satisfies the cluster decomposition ...
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Why do flux qubits have to be micrometer-sized?

Flux qubits are made using micrometer sized Josephson junctions. They exploit superconducting properties to create and interfere with the magnetic flux between them. My question is that I've seen ...
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Topological entanglement entropy only defined for a system in the ground state?

What happens to the topological entanglement entropy of a system, when it is driven out of its groundstate by increasing the temperature?
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How can I write a Gaussian state as a squeezed, displaced thermal state

I would like to write a Gaussian state with density matrix $\rho$ (single mode) as a squeezed, displaced thermal state: \begin{gather} \rho = \hat{S}(\zeta) \hat{D}(\alpha) \rho_{\bar{n}} \hat{D}^\...
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How does one compute the state of a quantum system following imperfect measurement?

Suppose I have a quantum system $S$ ("system") with Hamiltonian $H_S$ and initial density matrix $\rho_S(0)$. I allow $S$ to interact with another system $P$ ("probe"), which has Hamiltonian $H_P$ and ...
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Criteria for being able to work with gravity in quantum mechanics, without a full theory of quantum gravity?

It's common to see people oversimplify by saying that physics currently lacks the tools to describe any situation involving both quantum mechanics and gravity. Clearly this is not the case. For ...
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How can one recover the classical frequency-modulation Bessel sidebands from a quantum emitter in a harmonic well?

Consider an atom that emits at frequency $\omega_0$ that's located at a position $x$ that moves under the influence of a harmonic oscillator at frequency $\nu$. In both classical and quantum physics, ...
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Is the helium atom with only a contact interaction between the electrons solvable?

Consider the hamiltonian for a helium atom, $$ H=\frac12\mathbf p_1^2+\frac12\mathbf p_2^2 - \frac{2}{r_1}-\frac{2}{r_2} + a \, \delta(\mathbf r_1-\mathbf r_2), $$ where I have taken out the ...
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Does the trace distance specify a unique state

In quantum information, we frequently use the trace distance (see definition) to look at how similar two states are. If I had a known complete set of states $\{\rho_i\}$ and some unknown state $\...
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Is zitterbewegung physical or not?

It appears that zitterbewegung, a frequency associated with the total energy of a particle or system, is widely considered to be an unphysical quantity (e.g., Kobakhidze et.al.), @Lubos Motl, McMillan)...
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What happens with the momentum properties of the finite-well eigenstates as the well becomes deeper and deeper?

It's a reasonably standard fact (though not nearly well-known enough) that the momentum operator in the infinite square well is a very problematic beast (as explained e.g. in this and this answers). ...
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What are problematic issues of quantum field theory in curved spacetime, when accepting semiclassical limitation?

The question is inspired from the answer to Is a QFT in a classical curved spacetime background a self-consistent theory? (I am going to reference this link as "The Q" to avoid confusion). As far as ...
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Green functions and density matrix

tl;dr The single particle density matrix is directly related to NEGF as shown here, I wish to find a way to relate NEGF also to density matrices which describe probability distribution of many body ...
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Double slit - higher dimensions

The double slit experiment is a real-life manifestation of the Huygens principle. As is well-known, this principle depends on whether the number of dimensions is ever or odd; as Evans1 puts it, ...
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How is conditional probability handled in quantum mechanics?

In ordinary probability theory the conditional probability/likelihood is defined in terms of the join and marginal likelihoods. Specifically, if the joint probability of two variables is $\mathcal{L}(...
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How is Mössbauer spectroscopy so resistant to thermal motion?

Mössbauer spectroscopy detects tiny shifts (on the order of $\rm{\mu eV}$ or $\rm{meV}$) in a gamma ray's energy due to the chemical environment of the nucleus. The scan consists of moving a source ...
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Is there supersymmetry between Dirac and Klein Gordon solutions?

Usually supersymmetry is explained at the level of the action of a quantum field theory, and there are two ways to go down from QFT to relativistic quantum mechanics: either a non-covariant way where ...
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How to do time evolution of operators in the Heisenberg Picture while staying in the Heisenberg Picture

Consider the time evolution of an operator in the Heisenberg picture: $$\tag{1}i\hbar \frac{d}{d t} \hat{A}_{H}(t) = \left([ \hat{A}_S(t), \hat H_S (t)] + i\hbar \frac{d}{d t} \hat{A}_S(t) \right)_H.$...
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Quantum fields from cluster-decomposition principle

I would like help proving Weinberg's claim (I've quoted him below) that quantum fields are an unavoidable consequence of merging particle-based quantum mechanics with both Lorentz invariance and the ...
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Is the Hilbert space spanned by both bound and continuous hydrogen atom eigenfunctions?

As e.g. Griffiths says (p. 103, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd ed.), if a spectrum of a linear operator is continuous, the eigenfunctions are not normalizable, therefore it has no ...
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Can we have consistent histories inside a black hole?

A consistent history is a POVM set of observables corresponding to a time-ordered product of projection operators. For gauge theories, not any old operator will do, only gauge-invariant observables. ...
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Is Bohmian mechanics really incompatible with relativity?

This is something I've been wondering about. For those who don't know, Bohmian mechanics is an interpretation of quantum mechanics that is in the class of what are known as "hidden variable theories", ...
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Completely positive maps and symmetric states

Let $\mathcal{N}$ be a completetely positive trace preserving map (aka a quantum channel) acting on a finite dimensional system $\mathrm{A}$, and let $\pi$ denote the maximally mixed state on $\mathrm{...
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General formulation for fermions

Let us look at a set of fermionic creation and annihilation operators $b_n$, $b_n^\dagger$ with $n \in \mathbb{N}$. What is the precise relationship between this and this sequence here (partition ...
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Can different Floquet replicas be distinguished (within Floquet's theorem)?

According to Floquet's theorem, two quasi-energies separated by $n\hbar \omega$ represent the same state. According to this, I would think different replicas are indistinguishable experimentally. ...
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What is “spin-orbit torque?”

I am trying really hard to understand the concept of spin-orbit torque. It is a new-ish discovery in the field of spintronics and has many applications for magnetic devices. The information that has ...
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Could energy be stored into (not extracted from) the quantum zero point field (like a battery)?

In order to explain the question clearly, I will make a short introduction. In 1962, Josephson predicted that for a sufficiently thin insulating layer, it should be possible for Cooper pairs to ...
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$U(N)$ gauged quantum mechanics

I'm studying the $U(N)$ gauge theory theory in 0+1 dimensions. The aim is to show that this is equivalent to a matrix model. Is there any literature on this topic? The action I am interested in is $$...
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Can the Dirac quantization condition be derived within Lev Vaidman's formalism without gauge fields?

Textbooks often claim that phenomena like the Aharonov-Bohm effect require that any local formulation of quantum gauge theory use gauge potential fields. (It's also sometimes claimed that the A-B ...
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The number of mutually-unbiased bases in dimension $d$

This recent answer points to the concept of a mutually-unbiased pair of bases, which are orthonormal bases $\{e_1,\ldots, e_d\}$ and $\{f_1,\ldots, f_d\}$ of a $d$-dimensional Hilbert space $\mathcal ...
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What quantum measurement formalism is easiest to implement physically?

As part of my studies and research, I have learned to work with three different measurement formalism which I define to avoid any ambiguity with the nomenclature: General measurements, which are ...
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Free Will Theorem question

The Kochen-Specker Theorem says, if I understand it correctly, that the results of spin measurements cannot be predetermined independent of measurement. They get to this conclusion by describing 33 ...
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Looking for modern results in semiclassical physics and relevant references

What are some important approximations, especially those that are state-of-the-art, used to approximate the many-body dynamics of atoms and molecules in the semiclassical regime? To be clear, I'm not ...
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What is the Landé g factor?

What is the Landé g factor? I know that it gives the relation between magnetic moment and angular moment, but i wanted to know why are those magnitudes related to each other and why is the magnetic ...
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Known properties of a specific class of quantum states

Recently, I have been studying a quantum protocol for the "Hidden Matching" problem that makes use of states that can be expressed as $$|\psi\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{n}}\sum_{i=1}^n (-1)^{x_i}|i\rangle$$...
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Energy Levels of 3D Isotropic Harmonic Oscillator (Nuclear Shell Model)

One simple way of detailing the very basic structure of the nuclear shell model involves placing the nucleons in a 3D isotropic oscillator. It's easy to show that the energy eigenvalues are $E = \...
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Why is Argon a noble gas?

Why is Argon a noble gas given that the 3d subshell is still empty? I understand that in Helium the n=1 level is full, so it is a noble gas. Now, Beryllium has a full 2s subshell but it is a metal. ...
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A question regarding Leonard Susskind's ER=EPR lecture

https://youtu.be/OBPpRqxY8Uw?t=1315 Right at this instance of the video Susskind starts talking about how space is actually connected by entanglement. (You should watch the video for a accurate ...
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What is the difference between a harmonic oscillator and a cavity mode?

this question might seem ridiculous to you, but I will really appreciate it if you could clarify the difference between a harmonic oscillator mode and a cavity mode. Below is my depiction. For a ...
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How to understand the failure of Leibniz rule in Lindblad type Heisenberg equation?

Dual to the well-known Lindblad master equation for density matrices, the equation for operators (in the sense of Heisenberg equation) is written as $$ \frac{d}{dt}\hat{A}=i[H,\; \hat{A}]+\sum_i \...
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Reference guide for standard descriptions of materials

Is there any reference that has a coherent list of materials and what type of approximate Hamiltonian to best describe them with (where it is known). Particularily I am looking for the following bits ...
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How to derive the Klein-Nishina formula from the Dirac equation?

I'm looking for the simplest demonstration of the Klein-Nishina formula, from the Dirac equation without the field described as a quantum operator: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klein%E2%80%...
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Connection between quantum field and the wavefunction

The general question "What is a quantum field?" has been asked here before, but I'm looking for specific help in trying to iron out the details of my own personal interpretation and understanding. In ...
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Where can I find data about hyperfine levels of a given atom?

The NIST Atomic Spectra Database is an excellent resource for finding the energy levels of atoms and the transitions between them, and (together with the DLMF) is a good candidate for the number-one ...
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Can we write energy band of square lattice with vertical magnetic field?

I am interested in a square lattice with the vertical magnetic field. Without a magnetic field, we can know the energy dispersion of the square lattice easily. But, how about in case of with magnetic ...
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Kochen-Specker property in infinite dimensional systems

Motivation Entanglement and entanglement measures are traditionally defined in finite dimensional systems. Nowadays there are very well-known definitions of entanglement measures in quantum field ...