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Hermite Differential Equation - Non-integer values of $\lambda$

The Hermite differential equation, given by : $$ \frac{d^2y}{dx^2} - 2x \frac{dy}{dx} + \lambda y = 0 $$ has solutions of the $$ y(x) = \mathcal{H_n(x)} $$ when $ \lambda \: \epsilon \:\mathcal{Z_+} ...
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Selfadjointness of Coulomb Hamiltonian in d>=3 dimensions

I know that the Coulomb-Hamiltonian $H=-\Delta - |\cdot|^{-1}$ is self-adjoint with $dom(H)=H^2(\mathbb R^3)$. This follows by the Kato-Rellich-Theorem. Has the corresponding quadratic form a form ...
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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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Can the $0$-norm represent determinism?

In Scott Aaronson's Quantum Computing since Democritus, he presents classical probability theory as based on the $1$-norm, and QM as based on the $2$-norm. Call $\{v_1,\ldots,v_N\}$ a unit vector ...
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Mathematical explanation of problems behind time and space derivatives being second order

$\left(\nabla^2 - \frac{1}{c^2}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial t^2}\right)\phi = \frac{m^2c^2}{\hbar^2}\phi$ with the wave function $\phi$ being a relativistic scalar: a complex number which has ...
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What are the requirements for a “test” function to show operators commute?

To show that two operators $\hat{A}$ and $\hat{B}$ commute, we can check whether $\hat{A}\hat{B}f(x)$ = $\hat{B}\hat{A}f(x)$. My question is regarding the function $f(x)$. To check that $\hat{A}$ and ...
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Function space in QM

I need to understand how one can think of a function as a vector (in Hilbert space, more specifically) so I can follow along QM texts. I've read this question's answers, but they were uninspiring to ...
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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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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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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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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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A question about Moyal product

In Geometric quantization theory the Moyal product is one of main tools. We know Moyal product for the smooth functions $f$ and $g$ on $ℝ^{2n}$ takes the form $f\star g = fg + \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} ...
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Is the partial trace congruent under a change of basis?

My intuition tells me that the partial trace should be congruent under a change of basis. That is, if I have some matrix $A$ in the space of linear operators acting on a joint hilbert space: $A \in ...
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Essential selfadjointness preserved under unitarily transfomration?

I am wondering if essential selfadjointness of an operator in a Hilbert space is preserved under unitarily transformations. In other terms: let $H,H'$ be two isomorphic Hilbert spaces, with an ...
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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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Tensor product of affine space and algebra

When reading about Quantum Mechanics, I always feel a bit disappointed when physicists consider that (for example) the 3-dimensional position of a particle must be decomposed into 3 coordinates $x, y, ...
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To show a set of projectors summing to the identity implies mutually orthogonal projectors

The general setting is the study of positive operator measures in quantum mechanics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_operator-valued_measure instead of the projector operator measures. Going ...
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Pureness of Vector States

How does one show that irreducibility is equivalent to a vector state being pure? In what follows I will fill in the details of the question: Let $\mathcal{H}$ denote a Hilbert space and let ...
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Upper bound on the Lipschitz constant of entanglement entropy

I'm looking for an upper bound for the Lipschitz constant of entanglement entropy between two subsystems with respet to the standard distance measure of pure states in the Hilbert space of the full ...
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Books on random permutations

I'm looking for books or introductory/expository articles about random permutations, in particular with regards to their cycle structure. EDIT: I forgot to mention that I'm especially interested in ...
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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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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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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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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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Solving Schrodinger for harmonic oscillator(griffiths analytic method)

I was just getting into quantum mechanics. But I'm having a bit of trouble following griffiths for the analytic method... it goes like so The Schrodinger equation $$ ...
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The intuition behind a matrix of a Hamiltonian?

We have derived an elegant partition function for a problem which resembles a quantized model taking the particles to be Bosons. The related Hamiltonian for every $i$th ensemble is there: ...
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A strange quantum potential: $V(x) = \frac{x^2}{5}+\mu \left(\left\lfloor x+\frac{1}{2}\right\rfloor \right).$

So I have a strange quantum potential I have been playing with: $$V(x) = \frac{x^2}{5}+\mu \left(\left\lfloor x+\frac{1}{2}\right\rfloor \right).$$ where $\mu$ is the Möbius function. This is what ...
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Defining entanglement in subspaces of tensor product

Let $\mathcal{H}=\mathbb{C}^n$ be a Hilbert space. A state $\rho\in\mathcal{B(H)}$ is a positive semi-definite operator with unit trace. $\rho\in \mathcal{B(H)}$, where ...
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Positive Operator Value Measurement Question

I'm attempting to understand some of the characteristics of Posiitive Operator Value Measurement (POVM). For instance in Nielsen and Chuang, they obtain a set of measurement operators $\{E_m\}$ for ...
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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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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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“proof” A is a Hermitian Matrix

For an arbitrary complex matrix A show that $$A*A^\dagger$$ is Hermitian. Where the dagger "$\dagger$" stands for the "complex conjugate and transpose" operators. From what I understand this must ...
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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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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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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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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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Perturbation theorem of Weyl

Does anyone know where to find something about the perturbation theorem of Weyl, preferably on the internet. The theorem I'm talking about states: let $A$ be a self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert ...
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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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Question on complex number calculation for transmission coefficient of finite potential well

This is actually in my quantum mechanics textbook (pure math question though), and I just cannot see why this equality is true. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Let $F$ and $A$ be nonzero ...
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Is there a reason for the similarity between $\exp(-x^2-x^4-x^6)$ and $\cos(0.5\pi x)$

I was wondering whether the similarity between the functions $\exp(-x^2-x^4-x^6)$ and $\cos(0.5\pi x)$ was due to some more fundamental limiting relation between the two functions (or similar ...
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Zero Tensor Product

Suppose we have a space $|\psi_1\rangle \otimes |\psi_2\rangle \otimes |\psi_3\rangle$, and operators (matrices) A ⊗ B ⊗ C acting on this Hilbert space (like in quantum mechanics). I'm trying to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tensor and Kronecker product

I have a follow exercise. Let $\left|\Psi\right\rangle = \tfrac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left(\left|0\right\rangle + \left|1\right\rangle\right)$. Write out $\left|\Psi\right\rangle^{\otimes 2}$ xplicitly, both ...
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Is multiplying by a measurable function $V$ always self-adjoint?

There are a handful of results establishing conditions on the measurable real-valued function $V(x)$ under which the operator: $$-\Delta + V(x)$$ Is (essentially) self-adjoint on ...
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Solving the time-independent Schrodinger equation for particle in a potential well

I'm solving a quantum mechanics problem for the particle in a potential well, and the equation I have to solve is $$\frac{d^2\psi}{dx^2}+k\psi=0$$where $$k=\frac{2mE}{\hbar^2}$$ This seems easy enough ...