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Why is half-integer spin not observed classically?

The other answers are great, and it's very much true that you can totally write down a classical field theory with half-integer-spin fields. That notion still feels kind of odd, though, because all ...
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Is intrinsic spin a quantum or/and a relativistic phenomenon?

There is nothing that distinguishes the spin from the magnetic dipole Spin was introduced into physics when it was realized that, in addition to its interaction with electric fields, the electron also ...
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Why is half-integer spin not observed classically?

Why is half-integer spin not observed classically? Why do you single out half-integer spin? Are you implying that integer spin can be observed classically? If neither integer spin nor half-integer ...
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How can rotation about Z be a superposition of rotations in X ($|\uparrow \rangle_z = |\uparrow\rangle_x + |\downarrow\rangle _x $)

(I’m sorry to say) there is so much confusion in the title and the post… First, a rotation about $\hat z$ is not a superposition of rotations about $\hat x$. In fact, what you have written has ...
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How can rotation about Z be a superposition of rotations in X ($|\uparrow \rangle_z = |\uparrow\rangle_x + |\downarrow\rangle _x $)

Think about spin as an internal degree of freedom, similar to the polarization of an electromagnetic wave. This is the approach taken to explain the Stern-Gerlach experiment at the start of Sakurai's &...
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Orthogonal singlet states?

Is there an issue in my reasoning or in my understanding of spin states? In both. You are abusing Dirac notation, meant to defocus from side issues and omit other labels (and bases of tensor calculus ...
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Why Consider Only Triplet States for Spin in $2$-Electron Systems?

This is slightly strange. In any case what matters is that the fermionic states should be fully antisymmetric w/r to permutations of the particles, and that means spin and spatial degrees of freedom. ...
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What would be the outcome of an experiment wherein the spin of a qubit is measured in two or more orthogonal directions simultaneously?

A measurement is a physical process that creates a record of some property of a physical system. Since a measurement is a physical process it is constrained by the laws of physics, which include the ...
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Probabilistic behavior of quantum mechanics

If you have two identically prepared systems, say two copies of the state $ \alpha \vert \uparrow \rangle + \beta \vert \downarrow\rangle$, with $\vert \alpha\vert^2+\vert\beta\vert^2=1$, you might ...
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Why is half-integer spin not observed classically?

Ferromagnets are a classical manifestation of electron spin. MRI is a classical manifestation of nuclear, mostly proton, spin. Both are spin half. What you are looking for is a -1 factor upon 360$^\...
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