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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.
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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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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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Creating a Hermitian function

Say I have an operator $A$ such that $A^\dagger = B$. I want to construct a Hermitian function, $f$, of these operators, $f(A,B)^\dagger = f(A,B)$. Is it possible to construct a function $f$ such that ...
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Does an operator of x commute with the differential operator with respect to x?

While solving a problem in Quantum Mechanics I got an expression $ \frac{d}{dx}V(x)-V(x)\frac{d}{dx} $. The first term is just the derivative of the potential but the second one seems a bit weird. Is ...
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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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Inequality from Von Neumann entropy.

I am looking over some old course notes. First, Von Neumann entropy is defined. The Von Neumann entropy of a system described by a density matrix $\rho$ is defined by $S(\rho)\equiv ...
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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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Bloch vector time evolution in magnetic field

I'm wondering if there is a smart way of solving the system of equations $$\frac{d\vec{n}}{dt} = \gamma (\vec{n} \times \vec{B}(t)),$$ where $\vec{n}(t) = \big(x(t),y(t),z(t) \big)$ is the Bloch ...
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Computing a Projection Valued Measure

I've recently begun learning about Projection Valued Measure and I'm a little confused. I understand that a Projection Valued Measure is a family of orthogonal projections $P(\Lambda)$ indexed by the ...
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Why is $\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} |p\rangle \langle p| d\lambda(p)=id$?

As I have written in the headline, I am curious how the relation $\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} |p \rangle \langle p| d\lambda(p)=id$ that physicists use, where $|p\rangle$ is the eigenfunction to the ...
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Clarifying understanding of Poisson Brackets in Hamiltonian Dynamics

I'm just reading through my textbook and would like to clarify my understanding of 'Canonically related variables'. In my textbook, it says that if $Q_i$, $P_i$ are related to $q_i$, $p_i$ by a ...
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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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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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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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Projection of a 3D spherical function to a carteasian axis

I have a 3D function defined in a spherical coordinate system $(r,\theta,\phi)$, which is written as a product of a radial function $R_{nl}(r)$ and a spherical harmonic $Y_{lm}(\theta,\phi)$ I.e $$ ...
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Distinct eigenvalues of matrix

While studing Quantum Physics I've came to the conclusion that it would be useful to find an equivalent (or at least a sufficient) condition for a matrix (over $\mathbb{C}$) to have distinct ...
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Example of using the Hadamard's matrix to determine the superposition

I've came across those notes for Quantum computation from John Watrous. I am having troubles understanding the last example. We have those two vectors, or if I understood correctly, from now on ...
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Position operator is self adjoint

Let $H=L^2(\Bbb{R})$ with the linear (unbounded) operator $P(f)(x)=x\cdot f(x)$ for each $x\in\mathbb{R}$. Have a look at the following domain: $$D(P)=\{f\in ...
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Prove that $e^{\lambda A}Be^{-\lambda A}=B$

Prove that $$e^{\lambda A}Be^{-\lambda A}=B$$ if $[A,B]=0$. $A$ and $B$ are operators and $\lambda$ is a complex number. Can anyone explain how I should go about this question? How do I calculate ...
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Delta functions as eigenstates

In Quantum mechanics, it's standard to say that the eigenstate of the position operator in 1D is the Dirac delta function. More formally, define a linear map $\hat x$ on some enhanced version of ...
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Can a differential equation with real coefficients have solution with complex coefficients?

Can a differential equation (with constant coefficients, linear or nonlinear) with real coefficients have solution(s) with complex coefficients? If so, are there any examples related to actual ...
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Basis for Clifford algebra $Cl^2 (W)$ and quotient space $Cl^3(W)/Cl^2(W)$

Consider a basis $(c_1 ^ {\dagger}, c_2 ^ {\dagger}, c_1 ^ {\dagger}, c_1, c_2, c_3 )$ of creation and annihilation operators for $W=V \oplus V^*$. I need help to write the basis for Clifford ...
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When is the product of a hermitian unitary and another unitary hermitian?

I have a Hermitian unitary Ĥ and I want to know, if Û is some other unitary, when is Ĥ Û a Hermitian unitary? Specifically, what are the conditions on Û such that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gaussian unitary dilation of Gaussian channels

I am starting with a few definitions. All these are standard and can be accessed from some quantum information or quantum physics books, for instance the books by Holevo or Parthasarathy. The question ...
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Questions to the virial theorem

Let $H = H_0 + V$ be the Hamiltonian of the single electron where $H_0 = - \Delta, V = - \frac{\gamma}{|x|}$. Now one defines the dilation group $U(s) \psi(x) = e^{-ns/2} \psi(e^{-s}x), s \in \mathbb ...
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Please help: My MATLAB code for solving a 2D Schrödinger equation keep giving me weird output.

I've been trying to solve the following Schrödinger equation numerically, \begin{equation} -(\frac{\partial^2}{\partial y^2} + \frac{\partial^2}{\partial z^2})\Psi + \frac{\sinh^2(y) + ...