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Prove: the density operator of a pure state has exactly one non-zero eigenvalue equal to unity

What is the proper way of proving : the density operator $\hat{\rho}$ of a pure state has exactly one non-zero eigenvalue and it is unity, i.e, the density matrix takes the form (after ...
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Solving $\ddot{x} + \omega^2x = 0$: Classical Path for a Simple Harmonic Oscillator

I have posted in Math rather than Physics as the problem is mainly abuse(?) of trig identities rather than physics. This comes from an exercise within some lecture notes on Feynman Path integrals and ...
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Prove $\exp{i\frac{\pi}{2}(-1+\sigma_{i})}=\sigma_{i}$

How do we prove $e^{{i\frac{\pi}{2}(-1+\sigma_{i})}}=\sigma_{i}$ ? where $\sigma_{i}:$Pauli matrix and $1=$ Identity matrix Note: I understand that $i\frac{\pi}{2}(-1+\sigma_{i})$ is anti-hermitian ...
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Why an unbounded operator defined everywhere fails to be closed?

The Toeplitz theorem says : If a closed operator is defined everywhere, then it is continuous. So if a non continuous operator is defined everywhere, it is not closed. But why is it not closed? What ...
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Why are projective representations of a group classified by the second cohomology group?

I'm reading about the classification of bosonic SPT's, and I came across this statement: projective representations, where $v(g_1)v(g_2)=\alpha(g_1,g_2)v(g_1g_2)$, $v(g_1)$ being the transformation ...
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Finding the adjoint of a linear operator using Dirac notation.

Trying to answer this question and I am fairly new to Dirac Notation: Let $|\psi\rangle$ and $|\phi\rangle$ be two states in a Hilbert Space and consider the linear operator ...
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eigenenergies when Hamiltonian is $\hat{H}^2$ − $\hat{H}$

If the eigenenergies of the Hamiltonian $\hat{H}$ are $E_n$ and the eigenfunctions are $\psi_n(r)$ , what are the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the operator $\hat{H}^2$ − $\hat{H}$ ? Attempted ...
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Approximation to series for quantum harmonic oscillator

For the function $$h(\xi) = C \sum \frac 1 {(j/2)!} \xi^j$$ Griffith's makes the following approximation at large $\xi$: $$h(\xi) = C \sum \frac 1 {(j/2)!} \xi^j \approx C \sum\frac 1 {j!} \xi^{2j} ...
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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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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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Quantum: Toffoli gates

How do I prove that a toffoli gate is a controlled CNOT gate. i.e, $G_{Toffoli} = |0\rangle\langle 0| \otimes I + |1\rangle\langle 1|\otimes G_{CNOT}$. I am not sure how to approach this, thoughts? ...
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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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How to define properly the radial and angular dependence of a function?

Recently I've came across the following situation when studying Quantum Mechanics: suppose we have two operators $A,B$ on the space of functions $L^2(\mathbb{R}^3)$ and suppose they have the following ...
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reduced density matrix for the given composite system

Given the composite system of two qubits $$ |\psi^{AB}\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(|0^{A}\rangle \otimes|0^{B}\rangle+|1^{A}\rangle\otimes|1^{B}\rangle) $$ with the density matrix of the composite ...
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Proving Ehrenfest Theorem $m\frac{d}{dt}\langle\overrightarrow{\hat{x}}\rangle\;=\; \langle\overrightarrow{\hat{p}}\rangle$

I'm trying to prove Ehrenfest Theorem: $$m\frac{d}{dt}\langle\overrightarrow{\hat{x}}\rangle\;=\; \langle\overrightarrow{\hat{p}}\rangle$$ We can just consider one component of $\overrightarrow{x}$, ...
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Why is $\sum{\frac{1}{(j/2)!}(\xi)^j}\approx\sum{\frac{1}{j!}(\xi)^{2j}}$?

Why is $\sum{\frac{1}{(j/2)!}(\xi)^j}\approx\sum{\frac{1}{j!}(\xi)^{2j}}$? This equation is used for solving the Schrödinger equation of the harmonic oscillator at one point in Griffiths, ...
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2D linear schrodinger equation

I am trying to solve a 2D Schrodinger equation of the following form. This is in the context of Partial Differential Equations. \begin{align} iu_t + \frac{1}{2} (u_{xx}+u_{yy}) & = 0 \\ ...
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Integral of an operator

In quantum mechanics we know that if $q$ corresponds to a complete set of parameters characterizing a quantum system, then the state vectors $|q\rangle$ satisfy the following identity: $$\int ...
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Kronecker delta representation of a matrix (Quantum raising / lowering operators)

The Kronecker Delta is commonly used to represent a diagonal matrix: $$ a_i \delta_{ij}=\left( \begin{array}{ccc} a_1 & 0 & 0\\ 0 & a_2 & 0\\ 0 & 0 & a_3 \end{array}\right) $$ ...
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Compactness of operator related to harmonic oscillator hamiltonian

Let define the operator $$A = -\partial_x^2-\partial_y^2+2iy\partial_x+y^2$$ with domain in the Schwartz space of the rapidly decreasing functions. Using partial Fourier transform in $x$, the ...
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Separating an Odd Partial Derivative

I'm applying a change of variables to the Schrodinger Eq, which means that my partial derivatives have gotten rather wonky. In short: I've created new variables $\alpha \equiv x_1+x_2$ and $\gamma ...
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Properties of Hermitian matrices

Consider hermitian matrices M1, M2, M3, M4 that obey the property Mi Mj + Mj Mi = 2δij I where I is the identity matrix and i,j=1,2,3,4 a) Show that the eigenvalues of Mi=+/- 1 (Hint: Go to the ...
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Perturbation theory, why are the assumptions of the method satisfied?

I am a undergrad student interested in math taking quantum mechanics. Yesterday I was introduced to what physicists call perturbation theory, non-degenerate case. According to authors Griffiths, ...
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The probability of measuring the control qubit in zero in a quantum circuit

I’m working on an assignment where I have to solve some questions about a quantum circuit. In particular, I have a quantum circuit with three qubits: $|0\rangle$(referenced to as the control qubit), ...
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Simple example of a not strongly continuous operator on a Hilbert space?

Let $\cal H$ be a Hilbert space. Let $U(t)$ with $t\in \mathbf R$ be a one-parameter family of linear operators on $\cal H$. Strong continuity for $U(t)$ is defined as the condition that $$ \lim_{t\to ...
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Matrix whose eigenvectors are Hermite polynomials

I first constructed a symmetric matrix as the Laplacian operator, and its eigenvectors are a series of harmonics functions as expected. I programmed it and convinced myself. The matrix looks like: $$ ...
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Show the first Chern class of a $U(1)$ bundle is integral.

I am working from John Baez's book: "Gauge Fields, Knots and Gravity". So I will stick to the notation used in that book. I am stuck at exercise 122 of part II (page 283), it reads: Show that if ...
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quantum mechanics violate Bell's inequality

I have this function $$ \begin{aligned} F\big(\theta_a,\theta_b,\phi_a,\phi_b\big) = \ & – \big[\cos \theta_a \cos \theta_b \big] – \big[\sin\theta_a \sin\theta_b \sin\phi_a \sin\phi_b\big] \\ ...