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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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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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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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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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Finite element method for the 'Particle-In-a-Box' problem in quantum mechanics

(Apologies in advance for the lengthy question, but it really is needed for a precise description of what I've done!) In suitable units, the 'Particle-in-a-box' problem is described by the following ...
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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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Why do odd dimensions and even dimensions behave differently?

It is well known that odd and even dimensions work differently. Waves propagation in odd dimensions is unlike propagation in even dimensions. A parity operator is a rotation in even dimensions, ...
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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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the split of two quantum dice

We need to find the probabilities of the sum and the difference of two quantum dice. What is the probability of their sum to be 2? it can be accomplished only when both dice are 1. the probability of ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 $y'' + (ax+b)y = 0$

This is a problem in quantum mechanics when one considers a linear potential; in physics-speak the equation would be written as $$\frac{d^2\psi}{dx^2} + \frac{2m}{\hbar^2}(E-ax)\psi = 0,$$ with ...
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Delta function proof in QM

I'm actually working with some QM problems at the moment but I've hit a wall with a delta potential involved. The problem asks me to verify that $$ \frac{d \phi_{x=0^{+}}}{dx} -\frac{d ...
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Unitary invariance

Why is it that for any non-negative matrix $M$ and unitary matrix $U$, we have $$\sqrt{UMU^\dagger}=U\sqrt{M}U^\dagger$$? This question has to do with Problem 2c from this sheet. I think I am ...
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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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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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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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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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Quantum Hermiticity Bra-Ket notation please

If $A$ and $B$ are Hermitian operators, show that $$C~:=~i[A,B]$$ is Hermitian too. My work: $$\begin{gather} C=i(AB-BA) \\ \langle\psi\rvert C\lvert\phi\rangle = i\langle\psi\rvert ...
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Asymptotic behavior of $L^2$ norm for increased matrix dimensions

I am playing with matrices which are linear combinations of identity matrix, Pauli spin matrices, $\sigma_x$ and $\sigma_z$ or their tensor products. For example, let the matrix be $H$. So, $H$ could ...
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Change of basis and spectral theorem

I've been having trouble with such a rudimentary problem. Let us define a matrix $A$: $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 3 & 0 & -i \\ 0 & 3 & 0 \\ i & 0 & 3 \end{pmatrix}$$ A is a 3 by 3 ...
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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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Defining conditional quantum probability

My knowledge of quantum mechanics is very limited, but I will try to ask a purely mathematical question here. If there is a text or resource that explains this, I would definitely appreciate any ...
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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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If the expectation $\langle v,Mv \rangle$ of an operator is $0$ for all $v$ is the operator $0$?

I ran into this a while back and convinced my self that it was true for all finite dimensional vector spaces with complex coefficients. My question is to what extent could I trust this result in the ...
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Fock Subspaces and Weight Vectors

I've got an assignment due in a few hours, and I'm at a complete loss as to how to even start it, really. I haven't encountered any Dirac notation before, so I'm having a lot of trouble attempting the ...
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Quantum Hamiltonian commuting with the Pauli-Runge vector.

I have to prove that $[A_j, H] = 0$, with; $$\vec{A} = \frac{1}{2Ze^{2}m}(\vec{L} \times \vec{P} - \vec{p} \times \vec{L}) + \frac{\vec{r}}{r}$$ $$H = \frac{p^2}{2m} - \frac{Ze^2}{r}$$ And, $Z, e, ...
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Proof that $\langle[\hat{H},\hat{O}]\rangle=0$

How can I show that for a particle in an infinite square well in a stationary state, that the expectation value $\langle[\hat{H},\hat{O}]\rangle=0$ where $\hat{H}$ is the Hamiltonian operator and ...
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Experimental calculation and $\mathbb{Q}$

I have been reading this article and have a question about the first line of the second paragraph on the first page. It says: The basis for this suggestion is the simple fact that all experimental ...
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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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Angular Momentum commuting with Hamiltonian

I've been given an assignment where I have to prove that the angular momentum operators $L_j = \varepsilon_{jkl}q_{k}p_{l}$ commute with the Hamiltonian, given as $H = \frac{p^2}{2m} + V(r)$. Now, I ...
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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 ...
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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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How does one simplify exponents for complex primitive nth roots of unity?

Let us define a complex primitive N-th root of unity, omega: $$ \omega = \cos(\theta) + i\sin(\theta) \\ = e^{\frac{2\pi}{N}} $$ By the definition of an nth root of unity, ω is the second solution to ...
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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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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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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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Why does the Method of Successive Approximations for a Differential Equation work?

Time dependent perturbation theory in quantum mechanics is often derived using the Method of Successive Approximations for a Differential Equation. I have not seen an explanation or a more rigorous ...
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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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Physical interpretation of $q$-deformation

I am currently reading the paper Quantum Group Particles and Non-Archimedean Geometry by Volovich and Aref'eva. Here they discuss the difference between $q$-deformation and $\hslash$-deformation. In a ...
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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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Quantum mechanics/Probability Question?

I have a 6 question homework from my Quantum Mechanics Class and I solved most of it (or at least attempted most of it). This one however is tripping me up. Any help would be appreciated. A 3D ...
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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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Arbitrarily using Sin and Cos as eigenfunctions of a Hamiltonian?

In the context of quantum optics, the rotating wave Hamiltonian can be written: $\hbar\begin{pmatrix} -\Delta & \Omega/2\\ \Omega/2 & 0 \end{pmatrix}$ The eigenvalues can then be calculated ...