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the split of two quantum dice

We need to find the probabilities of the sum and the difference of two quantum dice. What is the probability of their sum to be 2? it can be accomplished only when both dice are 1. the probability of ...
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Takhtajan's “Quantum Mechanics for Mathematicians”

I want to know the math that is required to read Takhtajan's "Quantum Mechanics for Mathematicians". From the book preview on Google, I gather that algebra, topology, (differential) geometry and ...
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Expectation value in a Quantum derivation

I'm reading a physics paper (John Bell's 1964 paper on the EPR paradox if anyone is physics-curious) and I'm having an issue following his derivation. It's the probability distribution stuff -not ...
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Quantum Mechanics- Quantum Zero Paradox

Im struggling with this question after doing other question on my example sheet. I'm struggling with showing both results in the question and help will be very much appreciated. Thanks
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Continous and Discrete basis, Multiplication of Density Matrix and Hamiltonian.

Suppose I have a wave function $\psi(x)$ in position basis. I can make a density function by simply multiplying $\psi(x)$ and its conjugate $\psi^*(x)$. If I operate the density matrix ...
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Physical dimension of a complex wave function.

If the probability density function $\rho$ is: $$\rho=\psi^{*}\psi=|\psi|^2$$ where $\psi$ is a complex wave function that is a solution to the Schrodinger equation, what are the physical dimensions ...
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Is raising a value to the second power the same as multiplying it it's complex conjugate?

I was watching a video on YouTube on Quantum Mechanics Concepts and saw that if you wanted to convert a probability amplitude to a probability, you square it. In the video he said that this was ...
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Quantum measurement - How does this commutator correspond to the following?

From the book Quantum Measurement by Vladimir B. Braginsky and Farid Ya.Khalili How do they go from 5.18 to 5.19?
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Solving $y'' + (ax+b)y = 0$

This is a problem in quantum mechanics when one considers a linear potential; in physics-speak the equation would be written as $$\frac{d^2\psi}{dx^2} + \frac{2m}{\hbar^2}(E-ax)\psi = 0,$$ with ...
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Oscillator solutions with regard to TDSE Eigenvalues

Taking a shot at a QM harmonic oscillator problem tonight. Consider a 1-D harmonic potential: $$ V(x) = \frac {m\omega^{2}x^{2}} {2} $$ solve for the gen. solution to the TDSE, $ \psi(x,t)$ utilizing ...
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Delta function proof in QM

I'm actually working with some QM problems at the moment but I've hit a wall with a delta potential involved. The problem asks me to verify that $$ \frac{d \phi_{x=0^{+}}}{dx} -\frac{d ...
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Unitary invariance

Why is it that for any non-negative matrix $M$ and unitary matrix $U$, we have $$\sqrt{UMU^\dagger}=U\sqrt{M}U^\dagger$$? This question has to do with Problem 2c from this sheet. I think I am ...
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Bra-ket multiplication

I'm studying a little bit of bra-ket notation and I found this property: $$\langle n| H_1 H_2|m\rangle=\sum_{k} \langle n|H_1|k\rangle \langle k|H_2|m\rangle$$ Is this property true? Why? Thank you! ...
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Evaluate an Integral involving Gaussian divided by square root of a quartic polynomial

Could you please tell me, How to evaluate the integral, $\int_{-\infty}^\infty\int_{-\infty}^\infty\dfrac{e^{-a(x^2+y^2)}}{\sqrt{k^2+\beta^2(x^2-y^2)^2}}dx~dy$ I already have obtained a series ...
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Quantum Mechanics Angular Momentum Bra-ket notation

Show that if the state $$ \rvert\gamma\rangle $$ Is real then the expectation value of each component of the angular momentum is zero. Does this imply theangular momentum is zero? My Work: $$ ...
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Expected Values of Operators in Quantum Mechanics

I've recently started an introductory course in Quantum Mechanics and I'm having some trouble understanding what the expectation of an operator is. I understand how we get the formula for the ...
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Derive an algorithm to determine convex combinations

Problem statement Given is the density matrix of a spin-1/2 system which was set up in a state of superposition $$ \varrho = \begin{pmatrix} \frac{3}{4} & \frac{1}{4} \\ \frac{1}{4} & ...
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Quantum Hermiticity Bra-Ket notation please

If $A$ and $B$ are Hermitian operators, show that $$C~:=~i[A,B]$$ is Hermitian too. My work: $$\begin{gather} C=i(AB-BA) \\ \langle\psi\rvert C\lvert\phi\rangle = i\langle\psi\rvert ...
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Asymptotic behavior of $L^2$ norm for increased matrix dimensions

I am playing with matrices which are linear combinations of identity matrix, Pauli spin matrices, $\sigma_x$ and $\sigma_z$ or their tensor products. For example, let the matrix be $H$. So, $H$ could ...
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Change of basis and spectral theorem

I've been having trouble with such a rudimentary problem. Let us define a matrix $A$: $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 3 & 0 & -i \\ 0 & 3 & 0 \\ i & 0 & 3 \end{pmatrix}$$ A is a 3 by 3 ...
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calculating degenerancy

Given a function of two positive integers $n_x^2+n_y^2$. $n_x^2+n_y^2=50$ has three combinations of $n_x$ and $n_y$ that result in $n_x^2+n_y^2=50$: $$n_x=7,n_y=1$$ $$n_x=5,n_y=5$$ $$n_x=1,n_y=7$$ ...
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Defining conditional quantum probability

My knowledge of quantum mechanics is very limited, but I will try to ask a purely mathematical question here. If there is a text or resource that explains this, I would definitely appreciate any ...
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Solving a PDE arising from physics

Is there a way to find an analytic solution to the following PDE? $i \partial _t \psi = - \gamma \partial _x ^2 \psi - c x $cos$(\omega t) \psi $, where $\psi (x,t)$ is defined (in $x$) on the ...
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If the expectation $\langle v,Mv \rangle$ of an operator is $0$ for all $v$ is the operator $0$?

I ran into this a while back and convinced my self that it was true for all finite dimensional vector spaces with complex coefficients. My question is to what extent could I trust this result in the ...
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Fock Subspaces and Weight Vectors

I've got an assignment due in a few hours, and I'm at a complete loss as to how to even start it, really. I haven't encountered any Dirac notation before, so I'm having a lot of trouble attempting the ...
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Quantum Hamiltonian commuting with the Pauli-Runge vector.

I have to prove that $[A_j, H] = 0$, with; $$\vec{A} = \frac{1}{2Ze^{2}m}(\vec{L} \times \vec{P} - \vec{p} \times \vec{L}) + \frac{\vec{r}}{r}$$ $$H = \frac{p^2}{2m} - \frac{Ze^2}{r}$$ And, $Z, e, ...
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Proof that $\langle[\hat{H},\hat{O}]\rangle=0$

How can I show that for a particle in an infinite square well in a stationary state, that the expectation value $\langle[\hat{H},\hat{O}]\rangle=0$ where $\hat{H}$ is the Hamiltonian operator and ...
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Commutation with a Hamiltonian analogue

I've been given the problem of showing the following commutation; $$[A_{j} , H] = 0$$ With $H = \frac{p^2}{2m} - \frac{Ze^2}{r}$. Now, I'm assuming that the $A_j$ are Runge vectors (but, they might ...
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Experimental calculation and $\mathbb{Q}$

I have been reading this article and have a question about the first line of the second paragraph on the first page. It says: The basis for this suggestion is the simple fact that all experimental ...
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Calculate spin wave function given probabilities of its alignment along 2 axes

Problem: An $e^{-}$ exists in such a state that the probability of its spin aligning across the $x_{(+)}$ axis is $P_{x+}=1/2$ and across the $y_{(+)}$ axis is $P_{y+}=1/2$ as well. What is the spin ...
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Angular Momentum commuting with Hamiltonian

I've been given an assignment where I have to prove that the angular momentum operators $L_j = \varepsilon_{jkl}q_{k}p_{l}$ commute with the Hamiltonian, given as $H = \frac{p^2}{2m} + V(r)$. Now, I ...
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Pauli Spin Operator General Rotation

I would like to calculate the Pauli spin operator rotation $$ U^{\dagger } \overset{\rightharpoonup }{\sigma } U$$ where $$\overset{\rightharpoonup }{\sigma }=\sigma _x \overset{\rightharpoonup ...
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Topic/Book recommendation for a reading course about quantum mechanics/field theory/information

I am currently studying mathematics in the 5th semester and at my university, we are offered something called a "reading course", where a student will have to read a/several book/s about a topic he is ...
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Quantum Fourier Transform and roots of unity.

I need to find $QFT_{6}$ for the state quantum state $\frac{1}{\sqrt2}(|0\rangle + |3\rangle)$. I received a very sufficient answer recently on simplifying nth roots of unity, but I am having a lot of ...
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How does one simplify exponents for complex primitive nth roots of unity?

Let us define a complex primitive N-th root of unity, omega: $$ \omega = \cos(\theta) + i\sin(\theta) \\ = e^{\frac{2\pi}{N}} $$ By the definition of an nth root of unity, ω is the second solution to ...
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Geometric meaning of block-diagonalization of a matrix

some times we need to do block-diagonalization in favor of easy computation. For instance, for a matrix like this $$ \begin{bmatrix} A_{11} & A_{12} & A_{13} & 0 & 0 & 0\\ A_{21} ...
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How many projectors do two commuting self-adjoints have in their common spectral decomposition?

If $A$ and $B$ are two commuting observables on a Hilbert space of dimension $n$ say. So, $$A = \sum_{j \leq a} \lambda_j P_j $$ $$B = \sum_{i \leq b} \mu_i Q_i $$ $$I_n = \sum_{i \leq b} Q_j = ...
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Approximations for the Coarse Graining of the one norm difference of two probability distributions

I want to coarse grain $D(P_{1},P_{2}) = \frac{1}{2} \sum_{r}^{D} |Pr(r|1) - Pr(r|2) |$ for two distinct distributions Pr(r|0) and Pr(r|1). Such that $\sum_{r} P(r|1) = 1$ and $\sum_{r} P(r|2) = 1$. ...
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Commutation of abstract o(3) generators and vectors.

I've been given the following problem, and I'm quite lost with it - any help would be fantastic!! Let $L_1$, $L_2$, and $L_3$ denote the abstract o(3) algebras. You are given that $\vec{A} = (A_1, ...
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Why does the Method of Successive Approximations for a Differential Equation work?

Time dependent perturbation theory in quantum mechanics is often derived using the Method of Successive Approximations for a Differential Equation. I have not seen an explanation or a more rigorous ...
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Symmetry adapted basis function to make the Hamiltonian matrix Block Diagonal.

Can anybody give me a tip to solve this problem? I have large quantum mechanical Hamiltonian, to solve it numerically I have to decompose it into the block diagonal form. To convert the hamiltonian ...
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1D Schrodinger/Laplace equation via finite differences: incompatible eigenvalues

I need to solve a variant of the 1D Schrodinger's equation equation using finite differences, so I decided to play a little bit with the real-space representation of some operators. Using the ...
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Physical interpretation of $q$-deformation

I am currently reading the paper Quantum Group Particles and Non-Archimedean Geometry by Volovich and Aref'eva. Here they discuss the difference between $q$-deformation and $\hslash$-deformation. In a ...
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Probability distribution of two party quantum states

I am going through a blog post written by Thomas Vidick. It states following three assumptions by Bell. Measurement independence (“free will”): the state $\lambda$ is independent of ${x,y}$ (since ...
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Quantum mechanics/Probability Question?

I have a 6 question homework from my Quantum Mechanics Class and I solved most of it (or at least attempted most of it). This one however is tripping me up. Any help would be appreciated. A 3D ...
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What is the notation for separable states or independent variables?

Is there any specific notation that two quantum states are separable or that two random variables are independent?
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Simon's algorithm for n = 3

The Simon's problem is as follows: Suppose we are given a function $f : \{0, 1\}^n \to \{0, 1\}^m$, with $m \ge n$, and we are promised that either $f$ is 1-to-1, or there exists a non-trivial s such ...
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Arbitrarily using Sin and Cos as eigenfunctions of a Hamiltonian?

In the context of quantum optics, the rotating wave Hamiltonian can be written: $\hbar\begin{pmatrix} -\Delta & \Omega/2\\ \Omega/2 & 0 \end{pmatrix}$ The eigenvalues can then be calculated ...
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Uniqueness of solutions to Schrödinger's equation

Consider \begin{cases} u_t(x,t)=\sqrt{-1} u_{xx}(x,t), \quad (x,t)\in[0,2\pi]\times[0,\infty)\\ u(x,0)=f(x),\quad x\in[0,2\pi] \end{cases} where $f(\cdot) \in C^\infty$ is periodic with period ...
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How to find interesting operators for a quantum system?

How can we find "interesting" operators for a quantum mechanical system? I can think of the following method: Given some system with an associated Hilbert space $V$ and Hamiltonian $H:V\rightarrow ...