# Questions tagged [superposition]

A basic principle of solutions of *linear* differential (often wave) equations, ensuring that the sum ("superposition") of two solutions is automatically a solution as well. Conversely, solutions (amounting to quantum states in quantum mechanics, since the Schrödinger equation is linear) can be represented as a sum of two or more other distinct solutions, and so can be Fourier/eigenstate resolved to enhance mathematical tractability.

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### Is it possible to make a destructive interference generator?

Is it possible to make a light source that shifts waves of light to cause destructive interference to cancel the other light source out to make it fully dark?
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### Are macroscopic superpositions possible in the presence of gravitational interaction?

Assume that it is possible to prepare a macroscopic system (say a 1kg iron sphere) in a superposition of two position eigenstates 1 meter apart. This experiment has to be isolated from the environment,...
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### How to see linearity of an interaction if it's lagrangian density is known?

The Lagrangian of electrodynamics is $-\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}+A_\mu J^\mu$ we know that electrodynamics is linear in special relativity but when we go to general relativity it becomes non-...
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### Superposition principle in Coulomb's law

My books says that "the principle of superposition is not at all obvious and does not hold in many situations , particularly in the case of very strong electric forces" . Why is that?
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### Is it possible to compare two systems in superposition?

Is it possible to compare if two systems in a superposition are equal or not equal to each other, i.e. two systems with two electrons in superposition? At first: Superposition of two electrons (...
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### Do quantum superposition occur at sound waves also like at Electromagnetic waves?

Like at the electromagnetic waves we see that they interfers the way like two different wave with frequencies can exist in the same place.
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### Entropy of superposition state vs collapse

Imagine 2 similar atoms one is in superposition state while another is collapse into 1 of the possible States fall into the black hole at the same time, do the 2 atoms lost equal amount of entropy? I ...
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### What's the opposite of spin collapse? Superposition as a verb?

With regard to photon spin, I'm trying to figure out what the word is for being "more random" as opposed to collapsing and being "more determined" If I were to say "the spin collapsed", how would I ...
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### When and why does the superposition principle of Coulomb's law fail to hold?

In this lecture, Professor Shankar Ramamurthi says that the superposition principle for force vectors of Coulomb's Law is experimentally observed and is not a product of logical analysis. In fact, the ...
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### How can you know an unmeasured quantum particle is in several states at once?

If a quantum particle/system has not been measured/observed yet, how can you know it is in several places/states at the same time?
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### Can light of different frequencies interfere with each other?

In principle I'm aware of superposition and how it works. Nevertheless I'm not really able to answer the following: Will two light beams of different frequencies interfere with each other? More ...
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### Rules of addition of electric field

According to the principle of superposition of Electric Fields , we know that Electric fields add using laws of vectors. However while adding the electric fields , if for example one field is ...