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Qubits and vector projections

In $\Bbb C^2$, how many real unit vectors are there whose projection onto $|1\rangle$ has length $\sqrt{3}/2$? I would think zero as $\bigl(\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\bigr)^2 + x^2 = 1$, therefore there are ...
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Fourier transformations in Simon's quantum paper

I am reading this paper by Simon. This is one of the earliest quantum algorithm papers. In the paper he presents a routine starting at the end of page six. The first step runs a Fourier transformation ...
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Two-particle operator in the second quantization

In "Quantum mechanics" by Schwabl I found a chapter (1.3.3) about one- and two-particle operators in the second quantization. The derivation was only sketched and contained this equation: ...
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Why are the coefficients of the base states of a qubit complex numbers?

Why are qubits represented as $$\left|{q}\right\rangle = \alpha\left|{0}\right\rangle+\beta\left|{1}\right\rangle\equiv\alpha\left[{1 \ 0}\right]^T+\beta\left[{0 \ 1}\right]^T; ...
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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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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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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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Grover Algorithm Orthogonal vectors

I'm study the Grover algorithm. About this picture my lecture say that the expression $|s'\rangle$ in the computational basis is $$|s'\rangle = \dfrac{1}{\sqrt{N-1}}\sum_{x\neq w}|x\rangle ...
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Dense in the special unitary group

I was going through the PhD thesis of Daniel Nagaj. In the last paragraph on page 30, there is this following sentence. A universal gate set must be dense in the group $SU(n)\ldots$ My question ...
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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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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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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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Hermitian transformation

I am studying Quantum Mechanics, and the book by Griffths introduces some concepts that I have never come across in my Math courses. I will try to summarize my questions, and hopefully someone will be ...
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Integrals involving Hermite Polynomials

Could you please tell me, How to evaluate this integral which involve hermite polynomials, $\int_{-\infty}^\infty e^{-ax^2}x^{2q}H_m(x)H_n(x)\,dx=?$ where $H_n$ is the $n$-th Hermite polynomial ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Expecation for tensor products

We are told that $$Z|0 \rangle = | 0\rangle \\ Z | 1\rangle =-|1\rangle \\ X|0\rangle =|1\rangle \\ X|1\rangle =|0\rangle$$ and we have the state $$|\psi\rangle =|0\rangle |1\rangle +|1\rangle ...
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Expectation value of pure state in quantum mechanics

It's well known that in quantum mechanics, the expectation value of a self-adojint operator $A$ in pure state $|\psi\rangle$ is $\langle\psi |A|\psi\rangle = \operatorname{Tr}(A |\psi \rangle ...
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Manipulating derivatives after substitution: $\xi=\gamma x$

I am following a quantum mechanics text book which uses a simple looking substitution in a derivative. The substitution is $$\xi=\gamma x\tag1$$ It then says that ...
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Unwanted $i$ floating around when trying to calculate $\langle p\rangle$

$\def\sp#1{\left\langle#1\right\rangle}$I am given $$ \Psi(x,0)=A_0 \exp\left(-\frac{x^2}{2\sigma_0^2}\right) \cdot \exp\left(\frac{i}{\hbar}p_0x\right)\tag1$$ where $A_0=(\pi ...
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Commutator relationship proof $[A,B^2] = 2B[A,B]$

I'm trying to find the condition necessary for this commutator relationship equality: $$[A,B^2]=2B[A,B]$$ So far I've done this: \begin{align*} [A,B^2] & = B[A,B] + [A,B]B \\ ...
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substitution in a non linear differential equation and to get a nicer form

well I had this equation at the begining $$ i \frac{\partial u}{\partial{z}} + \frac{1}{2 k_0} \frac{\partial^2 u}{\partial x^2} +\frac{1}{2}k_0 n_1 F(z) x^2 u-\frac{i[g(z) -\alpha(z)]}{2}u + k_0 ...
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Invertible Fourier integral

I am reading a book on Schroedinger's equation and it says that "The relation between $\psi(x, 0)$ and $\phi(p)$ [where the latter is the amplitude in the $\psi(x,t)$ integral] is obtained by ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Quantization and evaluating a complex function on multiple Riemann sheets

In Lecture 3 of his mathematical physics course, Carl Bender mentions that the evaluation of a complex function on multiple Riemann sheets can be used to describe the quantization of the laws of ...
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Problem with a wavefunction in Quantum Mechanics (math) (Book solution possibly wrong?)

Well there is a problem in my book which lists this problem: Calculate the probability that a particle will be found at $0.49L$ and $0.51L$ in a box of length $L$ when it has (a) $n = 1$. Take the ...
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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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Proving commutation relation in Algebraic Bethe Ansatz

I have a problem with proving a certain commutation relation. For my Bachelor's thesis I give a more mathematically rigurous 'treatment' of a select set of chapters of a paper by L.D. Faddeev. Noting ...
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Hermitian - Using the Spectral Theorem

Ok so I am trying to show that if A is normal and has real eigenvalues, then A is hermitian. It was suggested that I try using the spectral theorem. So if we assume A is normal and has real ...
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Continuity in a physical context

I'm currently trying to solve an exercise for my quantum mechanics class and have run into a bit of a jam: Suppose we have the following potential : $V(x) = 0$ if $x > |a/2|$ but $V(x) = V_0$ if ...
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How to solve analytically or simplify this coupled system of ODEs?

I have a coupled system of ODEs: $$\cases{ i\frac{\text{d}y_1}{\text{d}t}=A f(t)y_2(t)+E_1 y_1(t)\\ i\frac{\text{d}y_2}{\text{d}t}=A f(t)y_1(t)+E_2 y_2(t) }\tag1$$ Here $f(t)$ is a periodic function ...
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Reference request for differential geometry/quantum chaos text

I'm looking for a differential-geometry based exposition of chaos theory and quantum chaos. Ideally, it would start with the Hamiltonian formalism (on symplectic manifolds) and discuss as many of the ...
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eigenfunctions of hamiltonian in 'natural units'

Let $H=0.5(p^2+q^2)$ be the hamiltonian in natural units. Let $f_{n}$ be the eigenfunctions of H. Show that $<f_{n},f_{m}>=1$ if n=m, and equal to 0 otherwise. Do this by using the ...
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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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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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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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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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Statement about density operators, proof feedback

I'm trying to solve the following exercise: Let $V,W$ be finite dimensional inner product spaces over $\mathbb{C}$. Show that for every $\psi \in V\otimes W$ with $\langle \psi, \psi ...