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Marbles that are distinguishable and indistinguishable at the same time

Thinking about a question and my answer to it and another question I asked earlier. I've come up with the following problem: Consider two otherwise very similar marbles, a red one and a blue one. Let ...
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Calulate the eigenvalues and the eigenstates

An observable is given by $$\sum\limits_{n= 1}^N a_n|a_n\rangle\langle a_n | $$ Here $\langle a_n |a_m\rangle = \delta_{nm}$. What are the possible measurement results corresponding to the operator ...
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Find the eigenvalues of the operator

A projection operator $P$ is defined as $P^2$=$P$. Use this definition to find the eigenvalues of this operator. In this question is it necessary to define what the projection operator ...
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Prove the expectation value of a function of random variables

Consider a random variable $A$ and suppose we look at it the expectation value of $A^m$. Then we have the expectation value of $A^m$: $$= \sum\limits_{n= 1}^N {a^m_n}p $$ Using ...
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Application of Fubini Theorem in Quantum Mechanics

I'm afraid I'm very confused by how to correctly apply the Fubini theorem to simplify integrals? I have some integral $$ \sum_{k = 0}^{2}\int_{0}^{T} dt_2 \int_{0}^{t_1} dt_1 \bigg[ ...
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Finding the expectation of momentum using density matrices.

I've been given the task of showing that $$ \bar{<p>}=\int\nabla_r\rho(r,r')|_{r=r'} dr$$ using the defition that the expectation of an operator $O$ is given by: $$ \bar{<O>}=\int\int ...
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Can someone explain the notion of “unbounded” operator as simple as possible?

I've read about these operators in quantum mechanics, but I have never seen them in action. I think that is because I absolutely do not intuitively understand this concept. I've read some stuff online ...
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Just what is the importance of operators that produces an eigenvalue?

For some operators, there is a well known eigenvalue associated with it, for example the energy operator in quantum mechanics $i\hbar \partial_t$, this is very important indeed and gives us physical ...
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Creating a Hermitian function

Say I have an operator $A$ such that $A^\dagger = B$. I want to construct a Hermitian function, $f$, of these operators, $f(A,B)^\dagger = f(A,B)$. Is it possible to construct a function $f$ such that ...
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Any way to rewrite/simplify $\int dp ~f(p)~\delta[c-g(p)-E(p)]$?

Im thinking of using $$\delta(g(x)) = \sum_i \frac{\delta(x-x_i)}{|g'(x_i)|}$$ but in my case $$\int dp ~f(p)~\delta[c-g(p)-E(p)]$$ the functions $f$ and $E$ are basically unknown, while $g$ is a ...
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Neveu-Schwarz and Ramond sector in the free fermion CFT

My question is about the Neveu-Schwarz and the Ramond sector in the free fermion CFT. The setup is as follows. We consider two dimensional Minkowski space with a point removed $M = \mathbb{R}^{1, ...
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Can we describe quaternions using bra-ket in quantum mechanics?

For example, the rotation plus translation of a point using the language of quaternions is written as $Q(0,x,y,z)Q^* + T$ where $Q$ is the unit quaternion, $(x,y,z)$ is the point, and $T$ is some ...
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Find the distance travelled by $P$ before it changes direction. (Mechanics)

A particle $P$ starts at the point $O$ and travels in a straight line. At time $t$ seconds after leaving $O$ the velocity of $P$ is v $m/s$, where $v = 0.75t^2 − 0.0625t^3$. Find (i) the positive ...
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Transformation of the infinitessimal integration variable under a coordinate transformation

I always get confused when I'm facing the 3D integral over space and have to do a coordinate transformation on the given function to solve the integral. Do some of you have tips/trick how to ...
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Can a differential equation with real coefficients have solution with complex coefficients?

Can a differential equation (with constant coefficients, linear or nonlinear) with real coefficients have solution(s) with complex coefficients? If so, are there any examples related to actual ...
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Relation between Poisson bracket and commutator.

In quantum case, we have commutators. In classical case, we have Poisson bracket. Let $T$ be a Poisson group, $a, b \in \mathbb{C}_q[T].$ It seems that we have $$ [a, b]=(q-1)\{a,b\}+o((q-1)^2). $$ ...
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Is it possible to eliminate the inner sum to evaluate numerically?

Any hints on how to simplify the following double sum to be able to find the sum at least numerically? $$\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac1{n(n^2-1)} \sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{(k-1/n)^{2n-2}}{(k+1/n)^{2n+2}}$$ ...
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Bloch vector time evolution in magnetic field

I'm wondering if there is a smart way of solving the system of equations $$\frac{d\vec{n}}{dt} = \gamma (\vec{n} \times \vec{B}(t)),$$ where $\vec{n}(t) = \big(x(t),y(t),z(t) \big)$ is the Bloch ...
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Schrödinger Semigroup is compact if potential goes to infinity

Several papers (e.g. this one: arXiv:0810.3275v1 [math.SP] 17 Oct 2008 ) claim that if $H=-\Delta+V$ and $V(x)\to\infty$ if $|x|\to\infty$, then the semigroup $e^{-tH}$ is eventually compact. Does ...
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How can projection operator be expressed in form $\frac{1}{d} (I + \sum_i r_i \lambda_i)$?

How can projection operator be expressed in form $\frac{1}{d} (I + \sum_i r_i \lambda_i)$? I was reading a papar and found out that the desity matrix in $d$-dimensional Hilbert Space can be expressed ...
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Can the Kernel of the commutator of two matrices with empty Kernel sets be non-empty?

The motivation for this question arises from the following: Is it possible, given two Quantum Mechanical observables $A$ and $B$ with associated operators $\hat{\mathbf{A}}$ and $\hat{\mathbf{B}}$ ...
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Distinct ways three integers can sum to a constant

So I am doing some quantum mechanics and it has led to some combinatorics. I need to know how many distinct ways I can have $N_1+N_2+N_3=N$ where $N$ is fixed so we can change $N_1$, $N_2$ and $N_3$. ...
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Proof of Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Exercise

I'm not very knowledgeable in QM, and I know many physics books derive the uncertainty principle using commutators, but as an exercise in my PDE book (by Asmar), I should be able to derive it from one ...
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Diagonalization versus s.d. product for non-commuting Hermitian matrices

Although the application of the following is in quantum physics, the question per se is mathematical: I have seen two characterizations of the problem in measuring a discrete variable of a state ...
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Basis for Clifford algebra $Cl^2 (W)$ and quotient space $Cl^3(W)/Cl^2(W)$

Consider a basis $(c_1 ^ {\dagger}, c_2 ^ {\dagger}, c_1 ^ {\dagger}, c_1, c_2, c_3 )$ of creation and annihilation operators for $W=V \oplus V^*$. I need help to write the basis for Clifford ...
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About the solution to a non-linear non-constant coefficient second-order ODE

The ODE $$−y'' (x)−\frac{2a^2}{\cosh^2 (ax)} y(x)=k^2 y(x)$$ can be made into the form $$\frac{\cosh^2(ax)}{k^2\cosh(ax) - a^2} = \frac{y}{y''}.$$ Observing that $y'' = k^2\cosh(ax) - a^2$, we get ...
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Geometric Algebra/ Calculus for Physics

I don't know if this would be a better question for physics.SE, but I'll try here first: There is at least one good book on classical mechanics using the geometric algebra/ calculus (GA): New ...
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How to sum up this series and simplify yet another one?

Primarily, I would like to know what could be done with this series: $$ \sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac{n^3}{(n^2-1)^3}\left(\frac{n-1}{n+1}\right)^{2n}$$ As hardmath says in his comment, the series ...
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Dirac Gamma matrix identity

In my library's (old -- 1996) copy of Peskin and Schroeder, there's an identity I'm struggling to prove. In my copy it occurs on page 42, between equations 3.28 and 3.29, but I don't know how well ...
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$C^*$-algebras, von Neumann algebras, unbounded operators and quantum mechanics in connection

I am studying the theory of $C^*$-algebras, von Neumann algebras and unbounded operators in courses on Functional Analysis and Opertor Algebras. Now I want to apply this knowledge to (algebraic) ...
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Position Operator on $l^2(\mathbb{Z})$

I'm very familiar with the position operator $(Q\varphi)(x)=x\varphi(x)$ on $L^2(\mathbb{R^d})$, but I'm trying to figure out how to interpret the same operator on $l^2(\mathbb{Z})$ (the space of ...
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Separation of variables and quantum mechanics

In the book Quantum mechanics by Eugen Merzbacher, third edition, at page 462 he claims that this differential equation (for the unknown operator $F_0=F_0(x,y,z)$) can be solved by separation of ...
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Probability and Quantum mechanics

I don't quite understand how the probability language of sample spaces, $\sigma-$algebra, random variables, etc, fit into the quantum mechanics' formalism. To wit, we usually say that an observable ...
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What is the meaning of “Hermitian”?

Google search-bar gives the definition of Hermitian as: Hermitian: denoting or relating to a matrix in which those pairs of elements that are symmetrically placed with respect to the principal ...
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How to generate random symmetric unitary matrices “close” to a given matrix?

Note: This question have been asked in Mathematics Stackexchange [click here]. Since random matrix has close relation with some physical problems, I would like to post it here again. Sorry if this ...
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Computing a Projection Valued Measure

I've recently begun learning about Projection Valued Measure and I'm a little confused. I understand that a Projection Valued Measure is a family of orthogonal projections $P(\Lambda)$ indexed by the ...
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Grover's algorithm

Any help is appreciated! I've read over a bunch of sources but still I don't get the question. Consider a function $f \colon \{0,1\}^n\to\{0,1\}$ such that the number of $x\in\{0,1\}^n$ such that ...
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Order finding (modular) - Kitaev's Factoring Algorithm

Show Ma is Reversible and Unitary. This is the solution I have found. I understand the proof for the most part, however I don't think it is right. If it isn't right to prove Ma is Reversible by ...
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Toffoli gates can be decomposed into single and two-qubit gates

I'm not sure what the "I" and "-I" gates do. I can't seem to apply them correctly. When I do hadimard I get |00>(Tensor)Hadimard. If I then apply the tensor product to apply the 'i' gate on the last ...
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Two Body Schrodinger Equations

I have a question involving the eigenvalues of a two-body Schrodinger equation. Let $$H=-\frac{1}{2m}\Delta_{x_1}-\frac{1}{2m}\Delta_{x_2}+\frac{e^2}{|{{x_1}-{x_2}}|}$$ over the Hilbert space ...
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Regarding matrix representation of $SO(4)$

As per the title of the question, what are the matrix elements of the special orthogonal group $SO(4)$? I'm not certain but I believe they are somehow related to being operators of angular momentum ...
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Addition in linear vector spaces

In the definition of linear vector spaces, one of the axioms is that the addition must be commutative and associative. The addition of scalars and matrices are both commutative and associate. Can ...
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How does one diagonalise an operator that has exponential elements?

I asked this question before on the Physics StackExchange, but as one commenter noted I might have more luck here. So the question is: What is the diagonal form of the (density) operator $\hat\rho$, ...
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Taking a stationary phase approximation of a multidimensional integral

I'm looking for a way to take a stationary phase approximation of an integral of the following form: $$ \int_{-\infty}^\infty d\vec{q} \exp\left(2 \pi i N \left(S(q_{n+1}, \vec{q}, q_1) - ...
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Why such strange separation of variables?

In this article the authors give the following expansion of wavefunction of three-body system (equation $(16)$ in text): $$\Psi(\textbf{x},\textbf{y})=\sum_{q=\lambda}^l\psi_q(\textbf x^2,\textbf ...
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Quantum Fourier transform $F_N^2$

What is the square of the quantum Fourier transform? I get $1$ for the first entry in the matrix and $0$ for all other entries.
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Quantum fourier transformation Unitary proof.

I've found a bunch of these proofs online but I am having trouble understanding how the norm of the column/row is 1.
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Non degenrate energy eigenfunctions of a particle moving in this potential have either even or odd parity with respect to reflection about x=0

Question: A one dimensional potential U(x) is symmetric with respect to reflection about the origin. Prove that the non degenerate energy eigenfunctions of particle moving in this potential have ...
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Matrices with Continuous Indices

The components of a matrix $A$ can be written as $a_{ij}$. In Quantum we're starting to talk about a generalization where the indices are not elements of $\Bbb N$, but are instead continuous. Our ...
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Rotation in configuration space.

Let $R_\psi$ be the rotation in configuration space around a vector $\bf{e}_\psi$ for an angle $\psi$. How is that the space rotation in configuration space have: ...