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Second quantization or canonical quantization in quantum field theory and many-body systems is the collective organizing and accounting of an infinity of quantum excitations and their interactions through quantum field operators.

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Why is the quantum harmonic oscillator model used when an electromagnetic field is quantised?

I'm reading textbooks for quantum optics, and then see that every textbook introduces the quantisation of light, for which each book employs the quantum harmonic oscillator model. Why is this ...
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A condition on commutator implies quantization of field

The canonical quantization procedure requires pairs of conjugate dynamical variables to be identified, which, after quantization, become operators whose commutator is $i\hbar$. How does the second ...
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Hamiltonian with periodic potential in second quantization

I'm working with the following Hamiltonian $$\hat{H}=\int\mathrm{d}\mathbf{x}\sum_{\sigma\in\left\lbrace\uparrow,\downarrow\right\rbrace}\hat{\psi}_\sigma^\dagger(\mathbf{x})\left[-\frac{\hbar^2\...
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Hubbard model with magnetic field

The Hamiltonian for a 1D Hubbard model reads $$H= -t \sum_i c_i^\dagger c_{i+1} + c_{i+1}^\dagger c_{i} + U\sum_i n_{i\uparrow}n_{i\downarrow}.$$ The two parameters $t$ and $U$ for the hopping and ...
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Can quantum fields be viewed as superpositions of classical fields?

At the end of my undergraduate quantum mechanics class, we looked at phonons. You can let $x_i$ be the position operator of an nth quantum harmonic oscillator, and couple the harmonic oscillators with ...
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Strong Coupling Model

I found a Hamiltonian that keeps appearing when reading about the strong coupling regime. For better understanding I would like to know where it comes from exactly. I do of course understand the $H_0$...
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Representation of operators in Fock space

In first quantization, the operator $J$ assumes the form $J=\sum_{i}j(x_i)$. In Fock space, it is instead written as $J=\int dx \psi^\dagger(x)j(x)\psi(x)$, where $\psi^\dagger, \psi$ are the field ...
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How to incorporate nuclear wave-functions into V-A theory for $\beta$-decay?

It is often stated that the nuclear $\beta$-decay is entirely described by the single V-A hamiltonian density: $$\mathscr H _{V-A} =\frac{G_F}{\sqrt 2} \overline p (g_V + g_A\gamma ^5 )\gamma ^{\mu}n\...
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Quantization prescription for an interacting field theory

To my understanding, unlike free fields, interacting fields cannot be expanded in terms of Fourier modes, with the Fourier coefficients representing creation and annihilation operators. Then is it ...
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Quantized fields on Schwarzschild, QNM and bound states

In the process of quantization of a scalar field (in massive as in massless cases) propagating on a Schwarzschild background, we are first of all required to solve the equations of motion. Typically, ...
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Hedin's equations and the ground state energy

Hedin's equations are an iterative scheme to calculate the Green's function $G$, the self-energy $\Sigma$, the vertex $\Gamma$, the polarizability $\chi$, and the screened interaction $W$. However, ...
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Bogoliubov transformation is not unitary transformation, correct?

To diagonalize quadratic term in the antiferromagnet Heisenberg model, we may introduce the Bogoliubov transformation:$a_k=u_k\alpha_k+v_k\beta_k^\dagger$, $b_k^\dagger=v_k\alpha_k+u_k\beta_k^\...
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Second Quantization: Do fermion operators on different sites HAVE to anticommute?

In second quantization, we assume we have fermion operators $a_i$ which satisfy $\{a_i,a_j\}=0$, $\{a_i,a_j^\dagger\}=\delta_{ij}$, $\{a_i^\dagger,a_j^\dagger\}=0$. Another way to say this is that $$ ...
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Some subtleties in quantizing a fermi field

Consider the quantization conditions for a complex Fermi field $\Psi=\Phi_1+i\Phi_2$: $$\{\Psi(x),\Psi(y)\}=\{\Psi^\dagger(x)\Psi^\dagger(y)\}=0,~~~~ \{\Psi^\dagger(x),\Psi(y)\}=\delta(x-y)$$ Compare ...
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Kitaev Chain Spectrum (Unpaired Majorana Fermions in quantum wires) [closed]

How does one arrive at the spectrum equation(13): $$\epsilon (q)=\pm \sqrt{(2w \cos q +\mu)^2+4\cdot \mid {\Delta} \mid^2 \sin ^{2} q}$$ from the initial Hamiltonian. Also, shouldn't (12) in the ...
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How to memorize the second quantization form of the two-body interaction term?

Suppose the two-body interaction potential is $V (x , y )$. The second-quantization form of the interaction hamiltonian is $$ H_{int} = \frac{1}{2}\iint dx dy \psi^\dagger(x) \psi^\dagger(y) \psi(y) ...
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Expectation value in second quantization

I am stuck calculating a simple expectation value for an operator, which is expressed in second quantization. I know the result, but I fail to proof it. Lets say I have one-particle wave function $|\...
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Computing the density operator commutation relations (Atland & Simons)

I'm trying to work through Altland and Simons' example of interacting fermions in one dimension. It's in chapter 2, page 70 (you can find it here). They define fermionic operators $$ a_{sk}^\dagger $$...
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Commutation Relations in Second Quantization

I understand that if I have the field operators $\psi(r)$ and $\psi^\dagger(r)$, then I have the canonical commutation relation (in the boson case) $$[ \psi(r) , \psi^\dagger(r')]=\delta(r-r').$$ My ...
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Derive Fermion Particle Density Operator in q-space

I am reading Bernevig's Topological Insulators and Topological Superconductors. In section 3.1.1, it gives an expression for the Fourier transformation of electron density operator, which I cannot ...
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What do the wave functions associated to the Fock states of each mode of a bound state system mean?

$\renewcommand{\ket}[1]{\left \lvert #1 \right \rangle}$ Consider a string of length $L$ under tension and clamped on each end. This system is described by the wave equation and has a set of modes. ...
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The Origins of the Second Quantization

I've been studying quantum theory for a while now and have a number of closely related questions that are not giving me any peace. I am not sure if such a long format is appropriate here, but I'd like ...
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reduced single particle density matrix (1-RDM) in second quantization

Is it possible to approach one body density matrix without using field operators ? For example for a double well potential, the reduced single particle density matrix is defined as: $$ \hat{\rho}^{(1)...
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many-body state in second quantization

The ground state of a system of N particles is represented as $$ \mid \Psi \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2^NN!}}\big( \hat{a}_1^{\dagger} + \hat{a}_2^{\dagger} \big)^{N} \mid 0\rangle $$ or similarly $$ \...
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How to write the second quantization form of spin-orbit coupling(Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction)?

Spin orbit coupling is the single particle term, so the second quantization form can be written like:$\langle \alpha\sigma|s\cdot(\nabla V\times P)|\beta\sigma'\rangle c^{+}_{\alpha\sigma}c_{\beta\...
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Bogoliubov-de-Gennes (BdG) formalism

Suppose you treat the mean-field BCS superconductor Hamiltonian $H$ in "BdG style" by re-writing it as $H = \frac{1}{2} \sum_k \psi_k^{\dagger} H_{BdG} \psi_k$ where, in terms of original ...
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Approximate expression for the ground state of hopping Hamiltonian

In second quantization, the Hamiltonian describing the hopping process between two neighboring sites is given ($N$ - number of particles and $M$ - number of sites) by: $$\hat{\mathcal H} = J\sum\...
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Canonical field momentum in quantum field theory

In the context of the second quantization and the use of fields in the canonical quantization, the canonical momentum of the field is defined as the derivative of the field by the time coordinate. But ...
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Can mixed states be treated in the second quantization formalism? [closed]

In the first quantization formalism, mixed states can be handled using density matrices. When treating many-body quantum systems however, the second quantization formalism often comes handier, ...
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Eigenvalues of Hamiltonian with on-diagonal coordinate

A bit abstract, but if I take the standard graphene Hamiltonian (around the Dirac point) and introduce an on-diagonal term proportional to the coordinate $\hat{y}$, how would I find the eigenstates ...
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Confused about anti-fermion notation

Classically anti-fields are obtained by charge conjugation, right? But sometimes authors label hermitian conjugated fields as anti-particles (or barred fields in Dirac language). But h.c. and charge ...
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Fetter & Walecka's derivation of second quantised potential term in many-particle TDSE

For the potential term in the Hamiltonian, I understand that we go through the same process as with the kinetic energy term. On the RHS of the TDSE, we get something like $\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i}\sum_{j\...
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Fetter & Walecka's derivation of second quantised canonical Schrodinger equation for fermions

On page 18, before the occupation number variables for states i and j are changed $n_i \rightarrow n'_i = n_i - 1$ and $n_j \rightarrow n'_j = n_j + 1$ respectively, could we not have rewritten eq. 1....
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Matrix in two boson system

If there are $N$ single-particle states labeled by $1,2,3,\cdots,N$, it is said that the general two-boson state is given by $$|\Psi\rangle=\sum_{i,j=1}^N \omega_{ij}a_i^\dagger a_j^\dagger |0\rangle$...
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why is the chemical potential included in the hamiltonian for a systeme coupeled to a particle reservoir

I am beginning with second quantification language so i saw that if we are in grand canonical ensemble then: $$ H=H_0 - \mu N $$ naturally i thought that this $ \mu $ would be included in the ...
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Definition of partity in quantized Dirac Theory.

I'm studying from the book "An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory" from Michael E. Peskin and Daniel V. Schroeder, and I read the following: "The operator P should reverse momentum of a particle ...
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Canonical second quantization vs canonical quantization with multisymplectic form in AQFT

First of all, I'm a mathematician that knows less than the basics of QFT, so forgive me if this question is trivial. Please, keep in my mind that my background in physics is very poor. 1) The usual ...
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Second quantization and Hamiltonian diagonalization

So I want to diagonalize my Hamiltonian (it is bosonic hamiltonian) which is: $H=(E+\Delta)a^{\dagger}a + 1/2\Delta(a^{\dagger}a^{\dagger} + aa)$ My class didn't cover this material so I don't ...
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Derivation of Hartree-Fock equations using 2nd quantization [closed]

I derived the following effective Hamiltonian: $$ H_{eff} = \sum_k{ \left( \, \epsilon_k + \sum_{k_2}{\left(<k \, |<k_2 \, |\,u\,| \, k_2>|\, k> - <k\,|<k_2\,|\,u\,|\,k>|\,k_2&...
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Kinetic energy operator in second quantization formalism

If we want to express a quantum mechanical oeprator $ \hat{A}$ in second quantization formalism, it is $$ \hat{A} = \sum_{\alpha, \beta} \langle \alpha | \hat{A}|\beta \rangle c^{\dagger}_{\alpha}c_{\...
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Problem using spin-restricted form of the second-quantized nonrelativistic Hamiltonian

I have a problem that confuses me a lot. The two-electron part of the electronic nonrelativistic Hamiltonian can be written \begin{equation} \frac{1}{2}\sum_{pqrs} (pq|rs) [a^\dagger_{p\alpha}a^\...
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Definition of vacuum and occupation number in expanding Universe

Suppose for simplicity we have theory of free quantum scalar field in expanding Universe (metric plays the role of background field) $g_{\mu \nu} = \text{diag}(1, -a^2,-a^2,-a^2)$, where $a(t) \sim \...
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Second Quantization: The Identity Operator does not Commute?

Let me take the simplest possible example. Consider the fermonic Fock-space $\Lambda^*(\mathbb{C}^n)$ built out of a finite-dimensional, oriented single-particle Hilbert space $\mathbb{C}^n$ with ...
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Photon absorption and emission in 2nd quantization

I am looking for models which describe the interaction of matter (lets take a 1D chain of atoms) with photons, especially the emission and absorption. I would love to see the derivation of models in ...
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How to Fourier transform creation/annihilation operators?

Zee's QFT in a Nutshell pages 65-66. For a complex scalar QFT $$ \varphi(\vec{x},t) = \int\frac{d^Dk}{\sqrt{(2\pi)^D2\omega_k}}\left[a(\vec{k})\mathrm{e}^{-i(\omega_kt-\vec{k}\cdot\vec{x})} + b^\...
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Do different creation/annihilation operators always commute?

In a complex (non-hermitian) scalar QFT, is it correct that the creation/annihilation operators $a,a^\dagger$ (particle) and $b,b^\dagger$ (anti-particle) commute, i.e. $[a,b] = [a,b^\dagger] = [a^\...
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How do you fourier transform a tight binding hamiltonian numerically?

The task is to do a fourier transformation of a tight binding hamiltonian of a 1D-chain with unit cell size 2, but even after many tries and googling I still don't have a idea how to do it correctly. ...
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Probability current density and Hamiltonian commutator in 2nd quantization

If the current density operator is $$ \hat j(r) = \frac{1}{2i} [ \hat\psi^\dagger(r)\nabla\hat\psi(r) - \nabla\hat\psi^\dagger(r)\hat\psi(r)] $$ then how does it follow that $$ \langle \Psi(t) | [\hat ...
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Finding Ground State from Hamiltonian in Second Quantization

I am looking at the following mean-field Hamiltonian: $H=-\sum_{i,j,\sigma}t_{ij}c_{i\sigma}^\dagger c_{j\sigma}-\Delta \sum_i (n_{i\uparrow}-n_{i\downarrow})$ If I didn't have the $\Delta$-...
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Gauge covariant derivative of a creation operator

Suppose we define the (gauge) covariant derivative or as $$\tilde{\nabla}=\nabla+ie\textbf{A},$$ where the vector potential $\textbf{A}$ has a matrix structure where only the diagonal has nonzero ...