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Wavefunction of electron above grounded conductor

Consider a non-relativistic electron moving above a large, flat grounded conductor while it is attracted by its image charge, but cannot penetrate the conductor's surface. What is the Hamiltonian of ...
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Square Root of matrices and multiplication

In David Tong's Quantum field theory lecture notes, page 101, line 5, he shows that: $$(p.\sigma)(p.\overline{\sigma})=m^2.I_2$$ (I have placed the identity matrix $I_2$ for clarity) Then I don't ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to Diagonalize an Extremely Large Sparse Matrix in SLEPc/PETSc

Dear Friends, Recently I have started with learning SLEPc/PETSc, but I didn't find a way to solve my problem. I have to solve a big sparse matrix which is a two dimensional quantum ...
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Demonstrate basic property of Hermitian

I want to demonstrate that $(A|v\rangle)^* = \langle v|A^*$ Given only this $(AB)^*=A^*B^*$ and $(|v\rangle, A|w\rangle) = (A^*|v\rangle, |w\rangle)$ Is it possible? The difficulty is that i don't ...
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Pure Phase Number

I am read a solution (4.9) Here say: ... both $a, d$ are pure phases, so that it is always possible to find (non unique) real numbers $\alpha, \beta, \delta$ such that $a = ...
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Bessel function recursion relation

I'm reading a paper and the following set of radial equations is derived: $ -i \lbrack \partial_r + \frac{1}{r} \left( \frac{1}{2} - \nu \right) \rbrack u(r) = \pm k v(r) $ $ -i \lbrack \partial_r ...
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Three body problem with point interactions

I've studied the HVZ theorem for the three body problem interacting with regular potentials. I'd like to extend this result to the three body problem with point interactions (delta potentials). Is ...
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References for three body problems with Fermi statistic

I'm studying the three body problem with two fermions of unitary mass and another different particle. I need references of the HVZ theorem in this case. Is there someone who knows them?
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Fourier transform of integral kernel of the free resolvent

The free resolvent in $\mathbb{R}^3$ has this rapresentation $$(R_0(z)f)(x)=\int_{\mathbb{R}^3}\frac{e^{i\sqrt{z}|x-y|}}{4\pi|x-y|}f(y)dy$$with $\Im \sqrt{z}>0$. Then its integral kernel is ...
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Can a Hermitian operator on a tensor product space be represented as a sum of tensor products of Hermitian operators?

Consider a Hilbert space (or just a vector space over $\mathbb{C}$), which is a tensor product of several smaller Hilbert spaces: $$ H = H_1 \otimes \cdots \otimes H_n, $$ and let $\mathcal{H}$ be a ...
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Fourier transform of $\frac{g_i}{e^{\frac{\epsilon_i-\mu}{kT}}-1}$? Not Gaussian like with Fermi-Dirac statistics?

This equation $\bar n_i=\frac{g_i}{e^{\frac{\epsilon_i-\mu}{kT}}-1}$ is Fermi-Dirac statistics where variables are defined here. The classical equation i.e. the Maxwell Boltzman equation is Gaussian ...
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Convolutions of Path Integrals of Gaussian Functions

I was looking at a question on a physics forum (http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/45955/splitting-light-into-colors-mathematical-expression-fourier-transforms) and I wanted a more ...
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Showing that $\langle p\rangle=\int\limits_{-\infty}^{+\infty}p |a(p)|^2 dp$

How do I show that $$\int \limits_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \Psi^* \left(-i\hbar\frac{\partial \Psi}{\partial x} \right)dx=\int \limits_{-\infty}^{+\infty} p \left|a(p)\right|^2dp\tag1$$ given that ...
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The general recipe for finding the conjugate of a complex function

I have the general recipe for finding the complex conjugate of a function down as follows: Suppose I have $f(z)$: Separate $f(z)$ into a sum of real and imaginary functions such that ...
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Quantum measurement - How does this commutator correspond to the following?

From the book Quantum Measurement by Vladimir B. Braginsky and Farid Ya.Khalili How do they go from 5.18 to 5.19?
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Solving $-\chi''(\epsilon)+\Big[\epsilon^2+\frac{2F}{hw}\sqrt{\frac{h}{hw}}\epsilon \Big]\chi(\epsilon)=\mu\chi(\epsilon)$

I am trying to solve this differential equation: $$-\chi''(\epsilon)+\Big[\epsilon^2+\frac{2F}{hw}\sqrt{\frac{h}{hw}}\epsilon \Big]\chi(\epsilon)=\mu\chi(\epsilon) \tag1$$ This was found ...
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Is raising a value to the second power the same as multiplying it it's complex conjugate?

I was watching a video on YouTube on Quantum Mechanics Concepts and saw that if you wanted to convert a probability amplitude to a probability, you square it. In the video he said that this was ...
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Spectrum of Rank 1 Operators

Given $\psi$ and $\phi$ in a Hilbert space $H$, we let $T$ be the rank-1 operator such that $$T\varphi=<\psi,\varphi>\phi.$$ It is easy to find the eigenvalues of $T$, they are $0$ and ...
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Squaring an operator

There is an excercise of squaring an operator in my book of quantun mechanics. The operator is $$\hat{A}=\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}x}+x$$ And I should compute $\hat{A}^2$. He gives me a result ...
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Show that $A^{\dagger^{\dagger}} = A $

How do we show that $A^{\dagger^{\dagger}} = A $ without assuming $A$ to be a explicit matrix. That is, given a linear operator $A$, let us define $A^\dagger$ to be a unique operator such that ...
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What is the smallest non-trivial Hilbert space?

I came to know without proof or explanation that smallest non-trivial Hilbart space is generated by two basis vectors. What is its proof? One example I know. Denote $a = (0 , 1)$ and $b = (1 , 0)$. ...
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Solving time dependant Schrodinger equation in matrix form

If we have a Hilbert space of $\mathbb{C}^3$ so that a wave function is a 3-component column vector $$\psi_t=(\psi_1(t),\psi_2(t),\psi_3(t),)$$ with Hamiltonian $H$ given by $$H=\hbar\omega ...
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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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Partial trace of a system with isolated evolution

Let $\rho_{AB}$ be the state of a composite quantum system with state space $H_A\otimes H_B$ (two finite dimensional Hilbert spaces). Now assume that $A$ and $B$ are isolated and suffer a unitary ...
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Re-writing in sign basis.

$\newcommand\ket[1]{\left\vert #1\right\rangle}$ Let $\ket\phi = 12 \ket{0} + 1 + 2\sqrt{i2}\ket{1}$. Write $\ket\phi$ in the form $\alpha_0\ket{+} + \alpha_1\ket{-}$. What is $\alpha_0$? I came ...
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Vector space generated by the tensor products of pauli matrices

Let $\sigma_0,\sigma_x,\sigma_y,\sigma_z$ stand for the $2\times 2$ identity matrix and the well known pauli matrices: \begin{equation} ...
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Sign of energy and solving the Schrodinger equation.

The particular problem that triggered my question is as follows: A particle of mass m is confined within the box $0 < x < a$, $0 < y < a$ and $0 < z < c$. The potential vanishes ...
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Re-expressing the Schrodinger Equation as a first order expansion.

I am reading an online text on quantum computing and the author expands and re-expresses the Schrodinger equation. I am not really sure as to the intermediate steps he used or what happened to the ...
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Constructing 5 by 5 Unitary matrices

I am trying to construct an arbitrary 5 x 5 Unitary matrix. Any example will be appreciated.
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Find $\psi\in L^2$ so that the overlap $\langle \psi(x+\delta),\psi(x-\delta)\rangle$ is as small as possible

Is there a way to find / characterise functions $\psi\in L^2$ which make the value of this integral small? $$ \text{Re}\int_{\mathbb R} \overline{ \psi (x+\delta)}\,\psi(x-\delta)\;\text d x $$ ...
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Complex Projective Line

How can I go about showing that a collection of all states is the complex projective line $CP^1$? All I understand at the moment is that an element in $CP^1$ is of the form ...
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Angular Momentum Operators: A quick question [closed]

Given $L_+|l,m\rangle \propto |l,m+1\rangle$ and $L_-|l,m\rangle \propto |l,m-1\rangle$ Why isn't it the case that $\langle l,m|L_+L_-|l,m\rangle = 1$? Perhaps naively, but I assumed $\langle ...
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Pauli Spin Operator General Rotation

I would like to calculate the Pauli spin operator rotation $$ U^{\dagger } \overset{\rightharpoonup }{\sigma } U$$ where $$\overset{\rightharpoonup }{\sigma }=\sigma _x \overset{\rightharpoonup ...