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Qubits and vector projections

In $\Bbb C^2$, how many real unit vectors are there whose projection onto $|1\rangle$ has length $\sqrt{3}/2$? I would think zero as $\bigl(\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\bigr)^2 + x^2 = 1$, therefore there are ...
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Under What Conditions Does the Action of the Dual Space Induce an Hermitian Inner Product?

I'm starting to learn about Dirac notation in Quantum Mechanics, and am coming from a pure background. The notes I'm reading states that we assume that the action of the dual space on the state space $...
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Creating a Hermitian function

Say I have an operator $A$ such that $A^\dagger = B$. I want to construct a Hermitian function, $f$, of these operators, $f(A,B)^\dagger = f(A,B)$. Is it possible to construct a function $f$ such that ...
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Does an operator of x commute with the differential operator with respect to x?

While solving a problem in Quantum Mechanics I got an expression $ \frac{d}{dx}V(x)-V(x)\frac{d}{dx} $. The first term is just the derivative of the potential but the second one seems a bit weird. Is ...
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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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Fourier transformations in Simon's quantum paper

I am reading this paper by Simon. This is one of the earliest quantum algorithm papers. In the paper he presents a routine starting at the end of page six. The first step runs a Fourier transformation ...
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Two-particle operator in the second quantization

In "Quantum mechanics" by Schwabl I found a chapter (1.3.3) about one- and two-particle operators in the second quantization. The derivation was only sketched and contained this equation: $\sum_{\...
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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 -\mbox{tr}(p\...
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Why are the coefficients of the base states of a qubit complex numbers?

Why are qubits represented as $$\left|{q}\right\rangle = \alpha\left|{0}\right\rangle+\beta\left|{1}\right\rangle\equiv\alpha\left[{1 \ 0}\right]^T+\beta\left[{0 \ 1}\right]^T; \alpha,\beta\in\mathbb{...
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Geometric quantization: not understanding the curvature form and Weil's theorem

I am reading a bit about geometric quantization. The texts that I am following are N.M.J. Woodhouse's "Geometric Quantization" and an article from arXiv. I am having troubles understanding the ...
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Tensor product distributive property?

Is it true that for vectors $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$ we have $$|a\rangle \otimes |b\rangle \langle c| \otimes \langle d|= |a \rangle \langle c| \otimes |b \rangle \langle d|?$$ So does this kind of ...
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Double-commutator $[f,[f, - \Delta]] = -2 |\nabla f|^2.$

This book (proof of Theorem 3.2) in chapter 3.1 claims click me that an easy computation shows that $$[f,[f, - \Delta]] = -2 |\nabla f|^2.$$ where $[.,.]$ denotes the commutator. Unfortunately, I ...
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How to plot a qubit on the Bloch sphere?

I've been reading pages such as this one: http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/blochapps/bloch.html Which talk about the Bloch sphere, but I've been unable to figure out how to plot states on the sphere ...
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Bloch vector time evolution in magnetic field

I'm wondering if there is a smart way of solving the system of equations $$\frac{d\vec{n}}{dt} = \gamma (\vec{n} \times \vec{B}(t)),$$ where $\vec{n}(t) = \big(x(t),y(t),z(t) \big)$ is the Bloch ...
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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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Why is $\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} |p\rangle \langle p| d\lambda(p)=id$?

As I have written in the headline, I am curious how the relation $\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} |p \rangle \langle p| d\lambda(p)=id$ that physicists use, where $|p\rangle$ is the eigenfunction to the ...
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Clarifying understanding of Poisson Brackets in Hamiltonian Dynamics

I'm just reading through my textbook and would like to clarify my understanding of 'Canonically related variables'. In my textbook, it says that if $Q_i$, $P_i$ are related to $q_i$, $p_i$ by a ...
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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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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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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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Grover Algorithm Orthogonal vectors

I'm study the Grover algorithm. About this picture my lecture say that the expression $|s'\rangle$ in the computational basis is $$|s'\rangle = \dfrac{1}{\sqrt{N-1}}\sum_{x\neq w}|x\rangle \tag{$*$}.$$...
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Dense in the special unitary group

I was going through the PhD thesis of Daniel Nagaj. In the last paragraph on page 30, there is this following sentence. A universal gate set must be dense in the group $SU(n)\ldots$ My question ...
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Find the eigenvectors of a hermitian matrix as a function of angles

I have a problem which seems flawed to me. Consider the hermitian matrix M \begin{pmatrix} a/2 & b^* \\ b & -a/2 \end{pmatrix} with a>0 real and b complex. Let $\theta$,$\phi$ ...
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How do outer products differ from tensor products?

From my naive understanding, an outer product appears to be a particular case of a tensor product, but applied to the "simple" case of tensor products of vectors. However, in quantum mechanics there ...
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counter example of sum of closable operators

Let $A$, $B$ and $A+B$ are closable operators. I am not sure the relation $\overline{A+B}\supseteq \overline{A}+\overline{B}$ is true or not(with equality if one operator is bounded. ) And I have a ...
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How to construct a complete set in $L^2(\mathbb{R}^3)$ starting with the Spherical Harmonics?

The Spherical Harmonics form a complete set of functions on the sphere $S^2$, so that any function of $f: S^2\to \mathbb{R}$ can be written uniquely as $$f(\theta,\phi)=\sum_{l=0}^\infty \sum_{m=-l}^{...
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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 diagonalizing):...
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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 $A:=|\psi\rangle\...
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Entanglement and linear algebra

How do you represent entanglement of two particles in quantum mechanics using linear algebra? How does measure of one particle affecting the state of other quantum mechanically captured linear ...
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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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Position operator is self adjoint

Let $H=L^2(\Bbb{R})$ with the linear (unbounded) operator $P(f)(x)=x\cdot f(x)$ for each $x\in\mathbb{R}$. Have a look at the following domain: $$D(P)=\{f\in L^2(\mathbb{R}):\int_{\mathbb{R}}{x^2\cdot|...
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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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Calculating eigenstates of Pauli matrices

I need to find out the eigenvalues and the eigenstates of the Pauli matrices. I know that the eigenvalues of $\sigma_x$, $\sigma_y$, and $\sigma_z$ are all $\pm 1$. How do I find the eigenstates?
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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 $(\hat{HU})^{\dagger}=\hat{...
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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 (...