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advice for self studying [on hold]

I took up to ap calc bc, ap chem, and ap physics b until my sophomore year in highschool after that I quite school and came back to Korea and got a job I'm hoping to one day go to college here and ...
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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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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: ...
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How to derive the hamiltonian from a non-classical lagrangian

For the non-classical lagrangian of a hydrogen atom: $$L = -mc^2 \sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}} + \frac{e^2}{4 \pi \epsilon r}$$ We get that two conserved quantities are: $J = \gamma mr^2 \dot{\phi}$ and ...
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identify a tensor product by virtue of pure and entangled elements

If I take a tensor product of vector spaces (for simplicity - this could be more general) $V\otimes W$ then of course it is a vector space, but it has additional structure. One way to think about ...
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Eigenvector of a linear combination of operators is an eigenvector of each operator

Assume $H$ is a Hilbert space and $a_1,\dots,a_n$ are operators with Hermitian adjoints $a_1^*,\dots,a_n^*$, satisfying the canonical commutation relations. Define $N_j=a_j^*a_j$. Assume $v$ is an ...
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Show two quantum differential operators are the same $\hat{A} \psi(x)$ = $\psi(x+b)$

Consider an operator $\hat{A}$ = $e^{b*d/dx}$, where b is a constant. Show that $\hat{A}$$\psi(x)$ = $\psi(x+b)$ I'm guessing taylor exp
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Why is $\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} |p\rangle \langle p| d\lambda(p)=id$?

As I have written in the headline, I am curious how the relation $\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} |p \rangle \langle p| d\lambda(p)=id$ that physicists use, where $|p\rangle$ is the eigenfunction to the ...
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Clarifying understanding of Poisson Brackets in Hamiltonian Dynamics

I'm just reading through my textbook and would like to clarify my understanding of 'Canonically related variables'. In my textbook, it says that if $Q_i$, $P_i$ are related to $q_i$, $p_i$ by a ...
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Spectrum of Rank 1 Operators

Given $\psi$ and $\phi$ in a Hilbert space $H$, we let $T$ be the rank-1 operator such that $$T\varphi=<\psi,\varphi>\phi.$$ It is easy to find the eigenvalues of $T$, they are $0$ and ...
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Momentum Representation vs Position Representation

I have a question involving the representation of operators in momentum representation and position representation. The question is a little long, so I'll do my best to explain it. We are given an ...
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Can a general time-dependent finite-dimensional Schrödinger equation with complex Hamiltonian be transformed to one with real Hamiltonian?

Consider a general-form time-dependent Schrödinger equation: $$i\partial_tv=\hat Hv,$$ where Hamiltonian $\hat H$ is an Hermitian matrix (finite-dimensional for simplicity), and $v(t)$ is a complex ...
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When is the product of a hermitian unitary and another unitary hermitian?

I have a Hermitian unitary Ĥ and I want to know, if Û is some other unitary, when is Ĥ Û a Hermitian unitary? Specifically, what are the conditions on Û such that ...
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Does an operator of x commute with the differential operator with respect to x?

While solving a problem in Quantum Mechanics I got an expression $ \frac{d}{dx}V(x)-V(x)\frac{d}{dx} $. The first term is just the derivative of the potential but the second one seems a bit weird. Is ...
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Gradient and Laplacian in $S^1$

I'm trying to solve the particle in a ring problem without embedding the circle in $\Bbb R^3$, by instead taking the entire space to be $S^1$. Unfortunately, I haven't taken differential geometry yet ...
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Diagonalization of total angular momentum over creation operators for an isotropic harmonic oscillator?

You have an isotropic three dimensional quantum harmonic oscillator so the Hamiltonian is $$ H=\frac{p^2}{2}+\frac{r^2}2 $$ If you do the creation-annihilation operator-algebra trick and define ...
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Checking some work on an expectation value problem

I am working on a pretty simple problem (or so it seems it should be) from Griffith's QM text. The problem states: for the probability density function $\rho (x) = Ae^{-\lambda(x-a)^2}$ a) find A ...
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Question about Dirac notation

So from what I understand $\langle w | v \rangle=\vec w^* \cdot \vec v$. Ok. I'm fine with that notation. But then I've seen $\langle x | y \rangle=\delta(x-y)$ and $\langle x | p ...
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Quantum translation operator

Let $T_\epsilon=e^{i \mathbf{\epsilon} P/ \hbar}$ an operator. Show that $T_\epsilon\Psi(\mathbf r)=\Psi(\mathbf r + \mathbf \epsilon)$. Where $P=-i\hbar \nabla$. Here's what I've gotten: ...
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Quantum mechanics, conmutative operators.

If two operators $A$ and $B$ commute then any eigenvector of $A$ is an eigenvector of $B$? I know that if that happens there is a basis in which the eigenvectors of $A$ and $B$ are equal, but I don't ...
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How to do this integral $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}{\rm e}^{-x^{2}}\cos\left(\,kx\,\right)\,{\rm d}x$ [duplicate]

How to do this integral $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}{\rm e}^{-x^{2}}\cos\left(\,kx\,\right)\,{\rm d}x$$ for any $k > 0$ ?. I tried to use gamma function, but sometimes the series doesn't converge.
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Invariant set under the flow defined by Schroedinger equations

I have to show that the set of functions of the form $$\psi(x,t)=c(t)^{-1}e^{\frac{-(x-q(t))^2}{2c(t)^2}}e^{ip(t)x}\hspace{1cm}c(t),p(t),q(t)\in\mathbb{R}$$ is invariant (as set) under the flow ...
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Sign of energy and solving the Schrodinger equation.

The particular problem that triggered my question is as follows: A particle of mass m is confined within the box $0 < x < a$, $0 < y < a$ and $0 < z < c$. The potential vanishes ...
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Understanding the Quantum Fourier Transform

I have a question about the Quantum Fourier Transform. I would like to understand it because I have a re-take for an exam. I have studied the provided / recommended literature extensively. ...
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Adding a delta function to a differential equation

So say I have a differential equation of the form: $$ \left(\alpha \frac{d^2}{dx^2}+fx^2 \right)y(x)=\lambda y(x) $$ Whose solutions are known (a Gaussian multiplying a Hermite polynomial.) I am now ...
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Numerical methods for computing exponential, if I have computed an exponential of a perturbated matrix

I need to compute the product $e^{H_1}\,e^{H_2}\,\ldots\,e^{H_n}$ for antihermitian matrices $H_j$ that do not commute and $H_i-H_{i+1}$ is small. Is there a numerically convenient way to compute ...
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Is this a compact group?

Consider $$x(t)=e^{-iHt}x(0)$$ and define $$G=\{ e^{-iHt}\mid t\in \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}\}$$ Also write $\bar{G}$ to the closure of $G$ wrt the Euclidean topology. Q: is $\bar{G}$ a compact group? ...
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Probability of Measurement in a QM System - Angular Momentum and Spin

below is my question. Please read Question 2; I have done Q1, but Q2 references Q1, hence it is included. I think I have done the first part ($j=1/2$): $m = \pm {1 \over 2}$ as $-j \le m \le ...
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Perturbation Theory for Interacting Quantum Mechanical System

Hello all! I am rather stuck at the start of this question; once I can get going, I should be ok. The issue that I'm having is that I don't know (/ can't work out) what Hamiltonian I am supposed to ...