Questions tagged [time-evolution]

The quantum mechanical time evolution operator governs how observables and/or states evolve during finite time steps, and is always unitary. Use this tag for questions about the time evolution operator, or the different equations of motion in the Schrödinger/Heisenberg/Dirac pictures. For time-independent Hamiltonians, the time evolution operator is simply exp(-iHt).

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A question in imaginary time Green's function

I am learning many-body quantum field theory with Bruus and Flensberg's Introduction to Many-body Quantum Theory in Condensed Matter Physics, there is a derivation that confuses me a lot. To add ...
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Interaction picture Sakurai

I’m going through Sakurai and got stuck with the following in the interaction picture subsection $$i \hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t}\left|\alpha, t_{0} ; t\right\rangle_{I}=i \hbar \frac{\partial}{\...
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Solution of Time-dependent Schrodinger Equation for Unitary Operator

While reading Quantum Mechanics Book by Sakurai, I found the time-dependent Schrodinger equation for Unitary Operator. $$i\hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t}\mathcal{U}(t,t_0)=H\mathcal{U}(t,t_0).$$ ...
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Difference between time series and trajectory terminology

What is the difference between trajectory and time series? To me both seem the same thing. In the 3D diagram (cube picture on left of Fig.2 from the paper titled “Review and comparative evaluation of ...
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Do all unitary operations manifest from time-evolution?

Let $|\psi\rangle$ be an element of a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ and $U$ a unitary operator on $\mathcal{H}$. I am concerned with the actual physical manifestation of such a unitary operator in the ...
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Wave function evolution of an electron [closed]

In many basic quantum mechanics books the wave packet of an electron is described. It will say that the wave packet will broaden as time evolves because of dispersion. But suppose the electron just ...
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Is the evolution operator well-defined mathematically?

We know that in order to solve the time-dependent Schrodinger equation $i\partial_t \psi = H(t) \psi$, we need the evolution operator $$U(t) = T \exp{\left(-i\int_0^t H(t')dt'\right)}$$ where $T$ is ...
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Are the fundamental concepts in Heisenberg Picture and Schrodinger Picture different?

In Heisenberg Picture, for a free particle, $[x_i(t),x_i(0)]=\frac{-i\hbar t}{m}$. This relation implies that even if the particle is well localized at t=0, its position becomes more and more ...
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Conceptual doubt regarding Standing Waves, in particular constructing a Standing Wave after $t=T/2$ seconds

Suppose you are given with the following figure: And you have to sketch the shape of the standing wave after T/4 seconds where T denotes the Time period. What will be the shape of the curve? As far ...
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Does time evolution preserve parity?

Let $\psi(t_0, \cdot)$ be the state of a quantum system corresponding to a Hamiltonian $H$ in the position representation at time $t_0$. Assume $\psi(t_0, -x) = \psi(t_0,x)$, that is $\psi(t_0, \cdot)$...
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Why don't expectation values for a stationary state evolve over time?

I have an observable $O$ with operator $\hat{O}$. $\Psi_1$ is a wave function in an energy eigenstate, and $\psi_1$ is the corresponding spatial wave function. $E$ is the corresponding energy. It is ...
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First order wave function in adiabatic approximation

If the Hamiltonian is slowly varying in time and suppose the initial state is the n-th eigenstate of the initial Hamiltonian H(0), the adiabatic theorem says that the state will still on the n-th ...
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Total hamiltonian is time independent in interaction picture

There is this general statement in Ashok which, if it's true, could someone explain why it is true? Regarding the interaction picture: Since $H_0$ is time independent in the interaction picture (...
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Time-order evolution operator: Wei-Norman form and unitarity

I'm reading a paper[1] in which the propagator is calculated for this kind of Hamiltonian \begin{align} \hat{H}(t) = \omega(t)\hat{J}_3 + \Omega^*(t)\hat{J}_{+} + \Omega(t)\hat{J}_-. \end{align} ...
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Dyson Series Iteration - Gives Exact Solution?

When we derive the Dyson series for usage as the time evolution operator in the case of a time dependent Hamiltonian, we start with the equation: \begin{align}\hat{U}_I(t,t_i) = 1 - \frac{i}{\hbar}\...
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Time-dependence of free and interacting Hamiltonians

Consider an interacting field theory with Hamiltonian $$H=H_0+V$$ where $H_0$ is the Hamiltonian of the free theory and $V$ is the added interaction. Now, I know the full Hamiltonian $H$ should be ...
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I really wonder about the time derivative of creation and annihilation operators in the derivation of LSZ

In Schwartz book, they assume that $$\lim_{t \to \pm\infty}\partial_0 a_p(t)=0.\tag{1}$$ But I thought that is just assumption. so we have to construct the mathematical description. I found the Gell-...
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Stationary state as initial condition for a free particle

I am trying to figure out what will happen to my particle, if it is initially in the ground state of an infinite square well, and suddenly becomes free. $$V(x) = 0, -\frac{a}{2} \leq x \leq \frac{a}{...
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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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Significance of energy in a time dependent quantum box

The Hamiltonian for a particle in a finite box is $$H = \frac{p^2}{2m} + V(x)$$ which will give time evolution as $$ i\hbar d/dt|{\psi(t)}\rangle = H|{\psi(t)}\rangle \, .$$ However, if I do a ...
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Are superposition and time-evolution of a quantum system unrelated?

Consider a single particle (a single qubit if you will) in some arbitrary state $|\psi\rangle$ and an eigenvector $|\lambda\rangle$ corresponding to the eigenvalue $\lambda.$ Consider the time ...
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What are the ways to carry out time propagation numerically?

There are many ways to solve the time-dependent Schrodinger equation (TDSE) and find the wavefunction $|\Psi(t)\rangle$ for a given Hamiltonian. For example, consider a tight binding type Hamiltonian: ...
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Examples of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians in open systems?

I have often heard the statement that non-Hermitian Hamiltonians can be used to describe open systems, since the dynamics are non-unitary. However, I have not been able to find any examples of a non-...
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Time-dependence of density operator in quantum statistical mechanics

I'm struggling to understand a couple of textbook explanations relating to the density operator in quantum statistical mechanics. Firstly, in Huang's book "Statistical Mechanics" it says that "The ...
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Does the Schrodinger wave function associated with a non-moving free particle change in time?

I'm a bit confused by an answer given on this question. In the answer with the animation of a moving free (chargeless) particle and a non-moving free particle (or a free particle with a non-zero ...
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The equivalence between Heisenberg and Schroedinger pictures

In quantum mechanics, the two pictures of Schroedinger and Heisenberg are taken as equivalent, where in the former wavefunctions are time variants and operators are not, and in the latter it is the ...
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Energy Interpretation of Quantum Effective Action From Weinberg's “The Quantum Theory of Fields”

In section 16.3 of Weinberg, he attempts to prove that the effective potential energy $V(\phi)$ is equal to the minimum energy density of a state with field expectation value $\phi$. I am confused ...
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Hamiltonian flows and Heisenberg picture of Quantum Mechanics

I am a math bachelor student studying Quantum Mechanics and I was very briefly introduced to the Heisenberg picture. (Hence many of the following may be trivial) In particular what I know is that: ...
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Evolution of the propagator in the Interaction picture?

The evolution operator in the interaction picture is defined as $U_I=e^{iH_0t}e^{-iH_St}e^{-iH_0t}$ Where $H_S=H_0+V$ I am trying to find the evolution of the operator $U_I$. In literature it is ...
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Any method that can show the time evolution of a open many body system?

the master equation seems is a choice but this method seems only give a mean field result which can not show obviously the effect of specific interaction between particles. So, I am wondering is there ...
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State collapse in the Heisenberg picture

I've been studying quantum mechanics and quantum field theory for a few years now and one question continues to bother me. The Schrödinger picture allows for an evolving state, which evolves through ...
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When would an open system reach the steady state calculated from master equation?

From the master equation for density matrix, it seems that one can have steady state solution requiring the derivative of density matrix equals to zero, but I want to know whether a real open system ...
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Generically, why do we want to evolve states with unitary operators? [duplicate]

Why is it so important that operators that evolve states are unitary?
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What happens to the time evolution equations in canonical quantum gravity?

Many expositions on canonical quantum gravity start from a 3+1 type formalism, where spacetime is foliated along the time dimension. The Einstein equations then decompose into constraint equations on ...
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What is the unitary matrix that diagonalizes the Hamiltonian?

If $H = H_0 + g H_1$ is our (free + interaction) Hamiltonian, and we assume that we have a basis of states $\{ | i \rangle \}$ under which $H_0$ is diagonal, then we may diagonalize $H$ by some ...
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Heisenberg and Schrödinger pictures - clarification

Question related to The equivalence between Heisenberg and Schroedinger pictures. I understand what's explained in the link provided above. My textbook (Breuer and Petruccione's Theory of Open ...
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Lindblad equation solution

I have been trying to solve a Lindblad Equation and then thought about whether there is a closed form Lindblad Equation solution for most types. Googling hasn't lead me to anything useful. So, is ...
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Why don't the oscillator coherent states disperse in time?

A Gaussian wavepacket is made of a continuum of frequencies (or energies) and stretches in time due to the phenomenon of dispersion: the different plane wave components with different frequencies ...
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What is the mathematical reasoning behind Schrodinger's equation preserving its normalization, with the evolution of time?

I am currently in high-school, currently working on a physics research on the normalization of the Schrodinger's equation. I was quite interested on how we can mathematically explain preservation of ...
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Understanding intuition behind time translation in classical mechanics

In V.Arnold book "Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics" he says that invariance with respect to the time for isolated systems means that "the laws of nature remain constant", i.e., if $\phi(t)$ ...
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Non-Hermitian Hamiltonian for electron conductance in electric field?

Electron conductance in a solid state is usually driven by electric field - making some direction of jumps more likely. It makes (e.g. Hubbard's) Hamiltonian no longer self-adjoint, how to simulate ...
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Do atomic orbitals “pulse” in time?

I understand that atomic orbitals are solutions to the time-independent Schrödinger equation, and that they are are analogous to standing waves ("stationary states"). However, even a standing ...
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Problem with understanding Time Evolution of a Quantum State [closed]

I was given the following task and I'm having some troubles with understanding a few things about it: There is given a system with Orthonormal basis $ |u_1 \rangle , |u_2 \rangle, |u_3 \rangle$ ...
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Wave function of a particle under $V(x)$ (QM)

Suppose I have a particle with mass $m$ and it's under potential of a certain $V(x)$. (NOT an infinite or finite potential well) Also given is the wave function at time $t=0$, $\psi(x,0)$. What is ...
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How to understand the kernel as a transition amplitude?

Consider the time evolution operator $U(t_f, t_i)$ that controls the evolution of a wave function according to $|\psi(t_f \rangle = U(t_f, t_i) | \psi(t_i) \rangle$. As I understand it, the Born ...
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Virtual terms in the Dyson series (time dependent perturbation theory)

Let the interaction evolution operator in the interaction picture be $$U_I(t,t_0)=T \exp \Big( -i \int_{t_0}^t dt_1 H_I(t_1) \Big) ,$$ where $T$ is the time order operator and $H_I=H-H_0$ is the ...
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Discrete time evolution in a non-Euclidean space?

The time independent schrödinger equation can be written as $$i\frac{\partial \psi}{ \partial t}=H\psi$$ if we consider the case of a 1D particle we can evolve it in time by discretising the ...
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Time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory yield different results

First, here's the problem statement. Suppose you have an infinite square well of length $a$, where the box extend from $x=0$ to $x=a$. At $t=0$, you add a perturbation $H'$ of the form: \begin{...
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Is the Process of Projection of a Generic State Onto a Subspace Impossible? [closed]

I can define (in a standard way) the process of projection of a generic state onto the subspace $\mathcal{G}$ as a process that takes a generic state $|\psi\rangle$ of the Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ ...
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Fine Tuning of the Universe

I'm an A level student looking into the fine tuning of various constants. Physicists explain the extensive effects that would happen if these constants were to be changed/different and hence, how this ...