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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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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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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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“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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how to prove $e^{A \oplus B} = $$e^A$ $\otimes$ $e^B$ where A and B are matrices? (Kronecker operations)

how to prove $e^{A+B} = $$e^A$$e^B$ where A and B are matrices? The operations '+' and '*' are defined such that AI + IB = A+B, where I is the identity matrix. I suppose these are called Matrix ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Instance of Ehrenfest's Theorem

Please Help me to fill in the gaps Show $$ \frac{\text d \langle {p} \rangle}{ \text{d} t} =\left\langle - \frac{ \partial V }{\partial x} \right\rangle .$$ $$\frac{\text d \langle {p} ...
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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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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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Left-ratio and right-ratio in (not necessarily commutative) field

I am reading Birkhoff–Neumann (1936) about (not necessarily commutative) field $F$. The authors use terms right-ratio and left-ratio in section 13. Right-ratio is denoted as $[x_1, x_2, ... ...
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boundary conditions for Schr$\ddot{\textrm{o}}$dinger equation in 2D polars?

What are the boundary conditions at $r=0$ for Schr$\ddot{\textrm{o}}$dinger's equation for a quantum particle in 2D polars $(r,\theta)$, with potential $U=0$ for $r<a$ and $U=\infty$ for $r>a$? ...
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How are Tr(AB) results restricted?

In quantum mechanics one postulates that for each state $i$ there is a matrix $A_i$ and for each measureable dynamical variable $j$ (velocity etc.) there is a matrix $B_j$. Both are Hermitian matrices ...
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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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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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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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Axiom of choice in proof of Wigner's theorem?

In Appendix A of chapter 2 of "The Quantum Theory of Fields," vol. 1, Weinberg presents a proof of Wigner's theorem: given a symmetry transformation $T$ of rays, one can extend this to a symmetry ...
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Does $Z_A$ exist such that $\exp(X+A) = \exp(X) Z_A$?

I am considering an exponential on the following form: $$\exp(X + A \otimes I_B),$$ where $X$ is a Hermitian operator on a tensor Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}_A \otimes \mathcal{H}_B$, $A$ is a ...
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Finite element method for the 'Particle-In-a-Box' problem in quantum mechanics

(Apologies in advance for the lengthy question, but it really is needed for a precise description of what I've done!) In suitable units, the 'Particle-in-a-box' problem is described by the following ...
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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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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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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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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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To construct a Schrödinger wave with prescribed mean position and momentum

Let $\lambda_x, \lambda_\xi>0$ be fixed parameters which we will call position lengthscale and momentum lengthscale respectively. Fix a (position-)point $x_0\in \mathbb{R}$ and a (momentum-)point ...
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Is quantum game theory reducible to classical game theory? [closed]

Modnote: This question was manually migrated (closed and crossposted) to MathOverflow by request of the OP. Quantum game theory is an extension of classical game theory to the quantum domain. It ...
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At large times, $\sin(\omega t)$ tends to zero?

While doing a calculation in quantum mechanics, I got a expression $\sin(\omega t)$, and my prof said if I consider the consider at large times, then i can assume that this goes to zero because at ...
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Doubt about the spectrum of an operator

I consider the Laplacian operator $$A=-\Delta$$ in the domain $$H^2(\mathbb{R}^3)$$ where it is selfadjoint. We know that its spectrum is $[0,+\infty)$. Now I want to consider the restriction of $A$ ...
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How do I solve this integral

How do I solve this integral (expectation value) : $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \psi (x)^* \hat p \psi (x)\ dx.$$ where the $\hat p =-i\hbar \frac {\partial}{\partial x}$ is an operator and $\psi (x)$ is ...
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Solution to a system of quadratics

I am learning about a Bell State, and am trying to show that they are entangled. I believe that the required proof is to show that the system $$\alpha_0^2+\alpha_1^2=1$$ $$\beta_0^2+\beta_1^2=1$$ ...
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Under What Conditions Does the Action of the Dual Space Induce an Hermitian Inner Product?

I'm starting to learn about Dirac notation in Quantum Mechanics, and am coming from a pure background. The notes I'm reading states that we assume that the action of the dual space on the state space ...
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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 to prove $[x,p]=i$ $\implies$ $[x,p^n]=inp^{n-1}$?

How to prove $[x,p]=i$ $\implies$ $[x,p^n]=inp^{n-1}$? I can do this using $p=i\frac{d}{dx}$, but my book hasn't introduced this yet so is there another proof without using this ? These are just ...
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Translation of an article

I need to read this article "On the spectrum of an energy operator for atoms with fixed nuclei in subspaces corresponding to irriducible representations of permutation groups" authors:G.Zhislin, A. ...
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Show $e^{-a\sigma_3}\sigma_1e^{a\sigma_3} = \sigma_1e^{2a\sigma_3}$

How do you show that $$e^{-a\sigma_3}\sigma_1e^{a\sigma_3} = \sigma_1e^{2a\sigma_3}$$ where $\sigma_i$ are the Pauli matrices.