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For questions on quantum mechanics, a branch of physics dealing with physical phenomena at microscopic scales, where the action is on the order of the Planck constant.

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Eigenvalue perturbation of singular matrix

Consider a Hermitian matrix $\mathbf{A_0} \in \mathbb{C}^{N \times N}$ with one singularity, i.e. its eigenvalues in increasing order are: 0 < \lambda_2 \leq \lambda_3 \leq \cdots \...
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integral of product of three basis functions and Clebsh-Gordan coefficients

Suppose I have an orthonormal basis $\{b_i\}_{i=1}^\infty$ for an $L_2$ space (for example, the $b_i$ could be spherical harmonics on the round sphere with the Euclidean $L_2$ inner product). I want ...
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Commutative diagram for hidden subgroup representation of graph automorphism

The hidden subgroup representation of the graph automorphism problem is defined in the section 10.2 of QUANTUM ALGORITHMS FOR PROBLEMS IN NUMBER THEORY, ALGEBRAIC GEOMETRY, AND GROUP THEORY. It is as ...
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Dirac Notation: What Do $\langle u|v \rangle$ and $\langle u|T|v \rangle$ Represent?

I post this hoping for clarification, and particularly in a context of linear algebra without too much mention of matrices. (1) Let $V$ be a (perhaps infinite dimensional) Hilbert space and $V'$ its ...
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Probability distribution obtained by repeatedly sampling $S_x,S_y$ on a spin-$S$ system

While trying to rework an upcoming quiz problem for a quantum physics course, I came up with the following question which turned out to be harder than I expected. (Note: I take $\hbar =1$ in all ...
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How does Ornstein-Uhlenbeck arise in quantum mechanics?

The Ornstein-Uhlenbeck operator, defined here is a self-adjoint operator on $L^2(\mathbb R^d)$ (with respect to Gaussian measure). I've heard it comes up in QM, and I'm wondering how? Does it ...
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Functional integration and Feynman path integrals in wolfram alpha

Is it possible to do Feynman path integrals in wolfram alpha? Say for a free quantum mechanical particle. The reason I am interested in this is because I would like to see how it arrives at the ...
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Lorentz transformation proof

For an occurence, we can choose coordinates ct and x (calculating both time and space in length) ct and x thereby take on the form of a two dimensional vector. Show that the same coordinates in S' ...
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Covariance of nonlinear sde

My problem is to compute the covariance of the following Ito process $$dX_t=AX_t+\sum_{k=1}^{n}B_kX_tdW_k,$$ where $A,B_k$ are nonlinear operators defined on a complex separable Hilbert space $H$. ...
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Quantum Mechanics: position and the separability of Hilbert space?

I would be pleased if someone could point out to me where I go wrong in the following sequence of statements: One model of quantum mechanics identifies states of a particle with normalized vectors (...
$$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} e^{-\frac{i}{\hbar}(p-p')x} dx = 2\pi\hbar\delta(p-p')$$ I don't quite understand how this integration leads to the right hand side. Any explanation is appreciated.