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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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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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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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Regarding matrix representation of $SO(4)$

As per the title of the question, what are the matrix elements of the special orthogonal group $SO(4)$? I'm not certain but I believe they are somehow related to being operators of angular momentum ...
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Addition in linear vector spaces

In the definition of linear vector spaces, one of the axioms is that the addition must be commutative and associative. The addition of scalars and matrices are both commutative and associate. Can ...
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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 ...
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pre-quantization on cotangent bundle $T^*M$

Let M be a manifold. Is there any pre-quantization on cotangent bundle $T^*M$?. In which case this pre-quantization is unique?
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Wave-function with boundary conditions

I'm given a complex wave-function $\psi(t, x)$, in one spatial dimension, which satisfies $i \partial_t \psi = \partial_x^2 \psi$, a simplified form of Schrodinger's equation in one spatial dimension. ...
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triple integral (quantum mechanics)

I recently started a quantum mechanics course after a long time with no serious maths and I'm having some problems with the most basic maths operations. Please, help me solve this triple integral ...
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Solution of the complex Ginzburg - Landau equation

Can someone show that it's possible to find a solution of the kind: $$\Phi(x,t)=R(x,t)\exp[i\Psi(x,t)]$$ of the complex Ginzburg - Landau equation: ...
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advice for self studying [on hold]

I took up to ap calc bc, ap chem, and ap physics b until my sophomore year in highschool after that I quite school and came back to Korea and got a job I'm hoping to one day go to college here and ...
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Position Operator on $l^2(\mathbb{Z})$

I'm very familiar with the position operator $(Q\varphi)(x)=x\varphi(x)$ on $L^2(\mathbb{R^d})$, but I'm trying to figure out how to interpret the same operator on $l^2(\mathbb{Z})$ (the space of ...
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Separation of variables and quantum mechanics

In the book Quantum mechanics by Eugen Merzbacher, third edition, at page 462 he claims that this differential equation (for the unknown operator $F_0=F_0(x,y,z)$) can be solved by separation of ...
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How to generate random symmetric unitary matrices “close” to a given matrix?

Note: This question have been asked in Mathematics Stackexchange [click here]. Since random matrix has close relation with some physical problems, I would like to post it here again. Sorry if this ...
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Grover's algorithm

Any help is appreciated! I've read over a bunch of sources but still I don't get the question. Consider a function $f \colon \{0,1\}^n\to\{0,1\}$ such that the number of $x\in\{0,1\}^n$ such that ...
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Order finding (modular) - Kitaev's Factoring Algorithm

Show Ma is Reversible and Unitary. This is the solution I have found. I understand the proof for the most part, however I don't think it is right. If it isn't right to prove Ma is Reversible by ...
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Toffoli gates can be decomposed into single and two-qubit gates

I'm not sure what the "I" and "-I" gates do. I can't seem to apply them correctly. When I do hadimard I get |00>(Tensor)Hadimard. If I then apply the tensor product to apply the 'i' gate on the last ...
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Quantum Fourier transform $F_N^2$

What is the square of the quantum Fourier transform? I get $1$ for the first entry in the matrix and $0$ for all other entries.
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Quantum fourier transformation Unitary proof.

I've found a bunch of these proofs online but I am having trouble understanding how the norm of the column/row is 1.
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Non degenrate energy eigenfunctions of a particle moving in this potential have either even or odd parity with respect to reflection about x=0

Question: A one dimensional potential U(x) is symmetric with respect to reflection about the origin. Prove that the non degenerate energy eigenfunctions of particle moving in this potential have ...
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Matrices with Continuous Indices

The components of a matrix $A$ can be written as $a_{ij}$. In Quantum we're starting to talk about a generalization where the indices are not elements of $\Bbb N$, but are instead continuous. Our ...
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Rotation in configuration space.

Let $R_\psi$ be the rotation in configuration space around a vector $\bf{e}_\psi$ for an angle $\psi$. How is that the space rotation in configuration space have: ...
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Show two quantum differential operators are the same $\hat{A} \psi(x)$ = $\psi(x+b)$

Consider an operator $\hat{A}$ = $e^{b*d/dx}$, where b is a constant. Show that $\hat{A}$$\psi(x)$ = $\psi(x+b)$ I'm guessing taylor exp
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Momentum Representation vs Position Representation

I have a question involving the representation of operators in momentum representation and position representation. The question is a little long, so I'll do my best to explain it. We are given an ...
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Can a general time-dependent finite-dimensional Schrödinger equation with complex Hamiltonian be transformed to one with real Hamiltonian?

Consider a general-form time-dependent Schrödinger equation: $$i\partial_tv=\hat Hv,$$ where Hamiltonian $\hat H$ is an Hermitian matrix (finite-dimensional for simplicity), and $v(t)$ is a complex ...
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Checking some work on an expectation value problem

I am working on a pretty simple problem (or so it seems it should be) from Griffith's QM text. The problem states: for the probability density function $\rho (x) = Ae^{-\lambda(x-a)^2}$ a) find A ...
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Quantum mechanics, conmutative operators.

If two operators $A$ and $B$ commute then any eigenvector of $A$ is an eigenvector of $B$? I know that if that happens there is a basis in which the eigenvectors of $A$ and $B$ are equal, but I don't ...
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Is this a compact group?

Consider $$x(t)=e^{-iHt}x(0)$$ and define $$G=\{ e^{-iHt}\mid t\in \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}\}$$ Also write $\bar{G}$ to the closure of $G$ wrt the Euclidean topology. Q: is $\bar{G}$ a compact group? ...
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Probability of Measurement in a QM System - Angular Momentum and Spin

below is my question. Please read Question 2; I have done Q1, but Q2 references Q1, hence it is included. I think I have done the first part ($j=1/2$): $m = \pm {1 \over 2}$ as $-j \le m \le ...
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Perturbation Theory for Interacting Quantum Mechanical System

Hello all! I am rather stuck at the start of this question; once I can get going, I should be ok. The issue that I'm having is that I don't know (/ can't work out) what Hamiltonian I am supposed to ...
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Quantum Mechanics: time-dependent perturbations

I must solve this problem, but I'm not good at non constant differential equation system. Can somebody help me?
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A puzzling derivation about the expectation of [$\hat{X}$, $\hat{H}$]

a free particle of mass $m$, with Hamiltonian $\hat{H} = \frac {\hat{P}^2} {2m}$, where $\hat{P} = -i \hbar \frac{\partial} {\partial x}$. The commutative relation is given by $[\hat{X}, \hat{H}] ...
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Show: $\phi: \mathbb{R}^3 \rightarrow \mathcal{su}(2)$, $h \mapsto h \cdot \sigma$ is an isometric isomorphism

I found this problem and need some help. It is given: $$ \sigma_1 = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{pmatrix} $$ $$ \sigma_2 = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & -i \\ i & 0 \end{pmatrix} $$ ...
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Solution to second order differential equation Quantum harmonic oscillator

Hi I am reviewing some quantum mechanics and and have come across a solution to a differential equation that I do not understand in the derivation of the quantum harmonic oscillator. the Schrodinger ...
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When can we get discrete spectrum?

Suppose that $T$ is a densely defined closed operator on a separable Hilbert space $H$. Form $N = T^*T$. Assume further that $T$ has a finite dimensional kernel and satisfies the commutation relation ...
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Interesting question about a measurement using $J^2$

I really dont understand how to do part d)iv) on this question. This seems strange as it is only worth 2 marks? What step am I missing, I feel this may be rather obvious to others. for part d)i) I ...
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Finding eigenvalues of a two-state system

Let $$A=\left[\begin{matrix} 2 & -i \\ i & 2 \end{matrix}\right],$$ Show that $U_1 = \dfrac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\Psi_1+i\Psi_2)$ and $U_2 = \dfrac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(\Psi_1-i\Psi_2)$ are ...
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Operators in Quantum Theory

Let $U$ be a unitary operator on a Hilbert Space, and let $\phi$ be an eigenvector of $U$ with eigenvalue $\mu$. Show that $|\mu|=1$ ? I know that if $U$ is unitary then $UU^{+}=UU^{-1}=I$ but I'm ...