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Wavefunction of electron above grounded conductor

Consider a non-relativistic electron moving above a large, flat grounded conductor while it is attracted by its image charge, but cannot penetrate the conductor's surface. What is the Hamiltonian of ...
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A vector space with countable and uncountable basis at the same time

Let $V$ be a vector space over $\mathbb{C}$. Two self-adjoint, commutable linear operators $\xi$ and $\eta$ act on it. Both of their eigenvectors form a complete set of $V$, but $\xi$'s eigenvalues ...
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Square Root of matrices and multiplication

In David Tong's Quantum field theory lecture notes, page 101, line 5, he shows that: $$(p.\sigma)(p.\overline{\sigma})=m^2.I_2$$ (I have placed the identity matrix $I_2$ for clarity) Then I don't ...
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Derivation of Schrödinger's equation

I recall a famous quote of the late physicist Richard Feynman: Where did we get that from? It's not possible to derive it from anything you know. It came out of the mind of Schrödinger. This ...
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Determining Degeneracies of Operator (Quantum Mechanics / Linear Algebra)

Hello all! Above is my question. I am fine all the way up to the final part about the degeneracy. I find counting degeneracies quite difficult, and this is no exception! I have really no idea why ...
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Evaluation of Operator-Valued Function

Hello all; above is my question! :) I've gone through all the way up to the final "and hence deduce that". Up to this point, the question has been fairly straightforward, but I have no idea how to ...
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How to use the Mehler kernel to get the solution of the Quantum harmonic oscillator with a given initial condition

In this wiki-article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehler_kernel the fundamental solution of the differential equation for the Quantum harmonic oscillator is provided by the Mehler Kernel: ...
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What is the smallest non-trivial Hilbert space?

I came to know without proof or explanation that smallest non-trivial Hilbart space is generated by two basis vectors. What is its proof? One example I know. Denote $a = (0 , 1)$ and $b = (1 , 0)$. ...
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How to show Thomas-Reiche-Kuhn sum rule

Given: $$ f_{ni} = \frac{2m\omega_{ni}}{\hbar}\big|\langle n | x |i\rangle\big|^2, $$ and a Hamiltonian in the form $$ H_0=\frac{p^2}{2m}+V(x), $$ I would like to show the following sum rule (known as ...
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Re-expressing the Schrodinger Equation as a first order expansion.

I am reading an online text on quantum computing and the author expands and re-expresses the Schrodinger equation. I am not really sure as to the intermediate steps he used or what happened to the ...
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Quantum Mechanics: time-dependent perturbations

I must solve this problem, but I'm not good at non constant differential equation system. Can somebody help me?
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Constructing 5 by 5 Unitary matrices

I am trying to construct an arbitrary 5 x 5 Unitary matrix. Any example will be appreciated.
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Questions about Commutators

My motivation is understanding some derivations in Quantum Mechanics, but since my question is purely Algebraic, I think it is suited for these forums. I have a general question and then a specific ...
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Vectors, columns and representations

When I learned quantum mechanics, my professor frequently emphasized that a matrix is a representation of an operator, not the operator itself, and a column ($1\times M$ matrix) is not a vector, it's ...
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A puzzling derivation about the expectation of [$\hat{X}$, $\hat{H}$]

a free particle of mass $m$, with Hamiltonian $\hat{H} = \frac {\hat{P}^2} {2m}$, where $\hat{P} = -i \hbar \frac{\partial} {\partial x}$. The commutative relation is given by $[\hat{X}, \hat{H}] ...
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Does the shift operator on $\ell^2(\mathbb{Z})$ have a logarithm?

Consider the Hilbert space $\ell^2(\mathbb{Z})$, i.e., the space of all sequences $\ldots,a_{-2},a_{-1},a_0,a_1,a_2,\ldots$ of complex numbers such that $\sum_n |a_n|^2 < \infty$ with the usual ...
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Show: $\phi: \mathbb{R}^3 \rightarrow \mathcal{su}(2)$, $h \mapsto h \cdot \sigma$ is an isometric isomorphism

I found this problem and need some help. It is given: $$ \sigma_1 = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{pmatrix} $$ $$ \sigma_2 = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & -i \\ i & 0 \end{pmatrix} $$ ...
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Basic Quantum Mechanics Concepts with Continuous Spectra

The following are a couple excerpts of the first chapter of Sakurai and Napolitano, Modern Quantum Mechanics, 2nd edition: Prior to these formulas, the text discusses the fundamental mathematics ...
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Promise of the hidden subgroup problem for $\mathbb{Z} mod 2$

I am going through the talk, Graph isomorphism, the hidden subgroup problem and identifying quantum states, by Pranab Sen. On slide 3, the promise of the problem is defined as follows. Here is the ...
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Find $\psi\in L^2$ so that the overlap $\langle \psi(x+\delta),\psi(x-\delta)\rangle$ is as small as possible

Is there a way to find / characterise functions $\psi\in L^2$ which make the value of this integral small? $$ \text{Re}\int_{\mathbb R} \overline{ \psi (x+\delta)}\,\psi(x-\delta)\;\text d x $$ ...
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Solution to second order differential equation Quantum harmonic oscillator

Hi I am reviewing some quantum mechanics and and have come across a solution to a differential equation that I do not understand in the derivation of the quantum harmonic oscillator. the Schrodinger ...
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Book on periodic Schrödinger operators

I am looking for good books about the spectral theory of periodic (1-dimensional) Schrödinger operators on a compact interval. A good reference I found was Reed/Simon Analysis of Operators (and a ...
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Transpose of a differential operator

Let $H$ be a diagonalizable matrix (not necessarily Hermitian). Then, it induces a biorthogonal left and right vectors, such that $$ ...
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When can we get discrete spectrum?

Suppose that $T$ is a densely defined closed operator on a separable Hilbert space $H$. Form $N = T^*T$. Assume further that $T$ has a finite dimensional kernel and satisfies the commutation relation ...
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Interesting question about a measurement using $J^2$

I really dont understand how to do part d)iv) on this question. This seems strange as it is only worth 2 marks? What step am I missing, I feel this may be rather obvious to others. for part d)i) I ...
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Finding eigenvalues of a two-state system

Let $$A=\left[\begin{matrix} 2 & -i \\ i & 2 \end{matrix}\right],$$ Show that $U_1 = \dfrac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\Psi_1+i\Psi_2)$ and $U_2 = \dfrac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\Psi_1-i\Psi_2)$ are ...
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Operators in Quantum Theory

Let $U$ be a unitary operator on a Hilbert Space, and let $\phi$ be an eigenvector of $U$ with eigenvalue $\mu$. Show that $|\mu|=1$ ? I know that if $U$ is unitary then $UU^{+}=UU^{-1}=I$ but I'm ...
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Problem with commutator relations

part a) is fine. part b) is not. A commutator is defined as, for operators $A$ and $B$, $[A,B]=AB-BA$. [SOLVED]I get that $H(\lambda)=e^{-\lambda D}Ce^{\lambda D}$, $H'(\lambda)=-De^{-\lambda ...
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group cohomology for SO(3) and SO(3,1)

I am studying relativistic quantum mechanics and I have encountered the concept of projective representation for a group. I have read in http://groupprops.subwiki.org/wiki/Projective_representation ...
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Easy exercise operators on Hilbert space

Let $(H,\langle\,|\,\rangle)$ be a separable Hilbert space on $\mathbb{C}$. $\rho_{\psi}:=\langle\psi,\,\rangle\psi$, where $\psi\in H$ is such that $\|\psi\|=1$. ...
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Orthogonal Projector

Let $(H,\langle\,|\,\rangle)$ be a separable Hilbert space on $\mathbb{C}$. $P_{\psi}:=\langle\psi,\,\rangle\psi$, where $\psi\in H$ is such that $\|\psi\|=1$. I have to prove that $P_{\psi}$ is an ...
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Infinite double potential well

So I'm having problems with the double infinite potential well given by I have to use the fact that the potential well is symmetric about $x=0$. I have solved the Schrödinger equation in all the ...
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Mathematics needed in the study of Quantum Physics

As a 12th grade student , I'm currently acquainted with single variable calculus, algebra, and geometry, obviously on a high school level. I tried taking a Quantum Physics course on coursera.com, but ...
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Cyclic Properties of the trace in Quantum Field Theory

I'm trying to figure out what's going on in this paper here between lines 10 and 11. But I'll give a brief rundown of what's going on. We are trying to compute the trace of the exponential operator ...
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Trace in non-orthogonal basis

In Dirac notation we can define the trace of an operator in Hilbert space $\rho$ as the follows, $Tr(\rho)=\sum\limits_{|s\rangle \in B} \langle s| \rho |s\rangle$ where B is some orthonormal ...
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Standard deviation of a quantum walk?

The standard deviation of a classical random walk with $n$ steps is $\sqrt n$ - Standard deviation of a random walk. I have read in many places that the standard deviation of a quantum walk $n$ with a ...
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Unitary transformation between complete and orthonormal bases

I'm using the Dirac notation for vectors here, since this is a quantum mechanics question. Suppose the complete orthonormal bases $\{|\psi_n\rangle\}$ and $\{|\psi{'}_n\rangle\}$ are related by the ...
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In the Stinespring dilation theorem, what is the minimum dimension for which a dilation Hilbert space of this form is guaranteed to exist?

This may look like a problem that could easily be looked up, but it's not quite as easy as it first appears, hence my asking. I'm going to phrase my question in terms of the "Schroedinger picture" ...
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Positivity and Complete positivity of Simon Map

Simon map in a specific basis is defined as $$ \left[ {\begin{array}{ccc} A & B & C \\ D & E & F \\ G & H & I \\ \end{array} } \right] \rightarrow \left[ ...
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Does a better formula exist for converting quantum state into binary?

First, would like to say that I am not a mathematician so by no stretch of the imagination could I dream of resolving this problem. I have been working with a concept for copying real matter into ...
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Domain of the quantum free Hamiltonian in 1D

Consider the quantum free Hamiltonian $H_0 =-\frac{d^2}{dx^2}$ (the Laplacian on the real line). I want to show that it is (essentially) self-adjoint in its domain of definition. The usual approach ...
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Commutator proof

I have a proof in my book I dont fully understand. The author is proving that if $[A,B]=1$ then $[A,B^n]=nB^{n-1}$. The proof is really short, it is only one line of equations, but I dont understand ...
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How can we show that a map is a completely positive map?

I am doing a homework problem where I have to find whether the map $$ \rho ~\rightarrow~ {\rm tr}(\rho) I - \rho $$ is completely positive. If the map is not completely positive, a counter-example ...
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Squaring an operator

There is an excercise of squaring an operator in my book of quantun mechanics. The operator is $$\hat{A}=\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x}+x$$ And I should compute $\hat{A}^2$. He gives me a result ...
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Interchange exponential of operators in quantum mechanics

What is the formula for interchanging products of exponential operators in quantum mechanics., i.e. I want to write $e^Ae^B = e^{B+...}e^A$
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Index notation for unitary matrices

I was wondering if someone could confirm this for me. I'm attempting to re appropriate a paper into matrix notation but i keep getting confused. I first have a unitary matrix that makes a ...
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Time-independent magnetic Schrodinger equation

Let $B$ be a magnetic field, let $\mathbf{a}$ be a vector and let $\Psi$ be the wave function. If $\mathcal{H}(B) = (-i\nabla + B\mathbf{a})^2$, where $\nabla$ is the gradient, then the ...
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Short examples that are/are not quantum-ergodic

Are there any considerably short examples of manifolds that are/aren't quantum ergodic, or quantum unique ergodic? Note that a (compact) Riemannian manifold is said to be quantum ergodic if ...
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Reversing Summation and Product of Sequences [closed]

I am working on a proof for some homework, so I will leave all details out. I can prove it if this step is mathematically sound: ...
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How to prove $e^{A \oplus B} = e^A \otimes e^B$ where $A$ and $B$ are matrices? (Kronecker operations)

How to prove that $e^{A \oplus B} = $$e^A \otimes e^B$? Here $A$ and $B$ are $n\times n$ and $m \times m$ matrices, $\otimes$ is the Kronecker product and $\oplus$ is the Kronecker sum: $$ A \oplus B ...