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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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General solution of $\frac{d^{2}u}{d\rho^{2}}=\frac{l\left(l+1\right)}{\rho^{2}}u$

In his discussion of the radial wave function of hydrogen Griffiths (Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, 2nd ed, p.146) gives the general solution of$$\frac{d^{2}u}{d\rho^{2}}=\frac{l\left(l+1\right)}{\...
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Expectation of Complex Operators

Given an operator $\hat{\alpha}$, how do we obtain, $$ \sqrt{ \left\langle \left( \hat{\alpha} - \left\langle\hat{\alpha}\right\rangle \right)^2 \right\rangle } = \sqrt{ \left\...
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Intuition behind definition of spinor

Some time ago I searched for the definition of spinors and found the wikipedia page on the subject. Although highly detailed the page tries to talk about many different constructions and IMHO doesn't ...
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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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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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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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Dirac Orthonormality Proof - Can't Make Sense of Complex Integral

I'm having trouble rationalizing a particular statement that is, surely, present in many quantum mechanics textbooks. The following statement comes from the orthnormalization condition for ...
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Baker Campbell Hausdorff formula for unbounded operators

Baker Campbell Hausdorff formula says that for elements $X,Y$ of a Lie algebra we have $$e^Xe^Y=\exp(X+Y+\frac12[X,Y]+...),$$ which for $[X,Y]$ being central reduces to $$e^Xe^Y=\exp(X+Y+\frac12[X,Y])....
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proving a quadratic form is closed

I'm trying to show that, given a spectral measure $d\mu_\psi(\lambda)$ for a self-adjont operator $A$, for the following quadratic form $$q_\lambda(\psi)=\int_{\mathbb R}\chi_{(-\infty,\lambda]}(\tau)...
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Tensor product in dual-space

I am a bid confused regarding the notation for tensor products when going into dual-space If $\left| \Psi \rangle \right. = \left| A \rangle \right. \left| B \rangle \right.$ is $ \left. \langle \Psi ...
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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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Which book to read on quantum-related mathematics

Recently I watched the "Big Bang Theory" and decided to google about quantum mechanics. It really intrigued me. But I also understood that I am too stupid to understand even the basic mathematics in ...
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Hydrogen atom in partial differential equations

For the hydrogen atom, if $$\int |u|^2 ~dx = 1,$$ at $t = 0$, I am trying to show that this is true at all later times. What I need help is with differentiating the integral with respect to $t$, and ...
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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 =...
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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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Do infinite dimensional Hermitian operators admit a complete basis of eigenvectors?

I'm currently taking a quantum mechanics course. We have proven that hermitian operators always have real eigenvalues, that we can choose the eigenvectors to be orthonormal, and that finite ...
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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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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 the ...
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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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How to rigorously understand continuous bases?

In Quantum Mechanics it is quite common to see the idea of a continuous basis of a Hilbert space. In truth if $\mathcal{H}$ is the state space of a quantum system and if $X : U\subset \mathcal{H}\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 the ...
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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: $K(x,y,t)=\...
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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 $\rho(x,y)=\...
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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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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 $2\pi$....
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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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What is the mathematical meaning of a quantum operator?

(Context: I am learning functional analysis using the book by Erwin Kreyszig "Introductory functional analysis with applications." The last chapter is dedicated to the applications of functional ...
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Quantum Mechanics - Eigenvalue and Eigenvector of a Matrix

I'm attempting to find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors from the following matrix : \begin{pmatrix} -3\cos\theta&\sqrt{3}\sin\theta e^{iφ}&0&0\\\sqrt{3}\sin\theta e^{-iφ}&-\cos\theta&...
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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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Can a unitary matrix be constructed from any doubly stochastic matrix?

Here is a question that came up while I was thinking about the foundations of quantum mechanics: Consider a unitary $n\times n$ complex matrix $U$, with elements $u_{ij}$. We know that the rows and ...
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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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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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The completeness relation from QM in terms of inner products

I remember from QM that the completeness relation says $$ \sum_{n=1}^\infty |e_n\rangle \langle e_n | = I$$ so that $\langle x\mid y\rangle =\sum_{n=1}^\infty \langle x\mid e_n\rangle \langle e_n \...
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Singular value decomposition of sum of single particle operators

here is my question. Suppose to have an operator $L$ in a composite Hilbert space $A\otimes B$ which can be written as sum of single particle operator as: \begin{equation} L = (L_0\otimes \mathbb{I} + ...
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Introductory book on probability for physicists

I'm a physics student looking to start learning more about probability. Is there some introductory book on measure theoretical probability theory that includes sections on quantum probability? To ...
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Momentum is quantised in compact spaces?

Background One of the first examples given when studying quantum mechanics is the particle on a cylinder, or particle on a ring. One finds that because of the periodic boundary conditions, ...
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Any closed form for this expression?$ \sum_{k=0,\,l=0}^{k=n,\,l=m}\frac{\lambda^{l+k}}{k!\,l!}\sqrt{\frac{n!\,m!}{(n-k)!(m-l)!}}\delta_{n-k,\,m-l}$

I am looking for a closed form of this expression. If you have seen something like this or remember something similar, please let me know. My sincere thank! $$ \sum_{k=0,\,l=0}^{k=n,\,l=m}\frac{\...
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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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commutation relation of angular momentum operator in non cartesian coordinates

The angular momentum operator $J$ in quantum mechanics with the commutation relation \begin{equation*} [J_l,J_m]=i\hbar\epsilon_{lmn}J_n \end{equation*} has the structure of a Lie-algebra. It is ...
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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) - \vec{K}^T\...