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Geometric Algebra/ Calculus for Physics

I don't know if this would be a better question for physics.SE, but I'll try here first: There is at least one good book on classical mechanics using the geometric algebra/ calculus (GA): New ...
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Dirac Gamma matrix identity

In my library's (old -- 1996) copy of Peskin and Schroeder, there's an identity I'm struggling to prove. In my copy it occurs on page 42, between equations 3.28 and 3.29, but I don't know how well ...
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$C^*$-algebras, von Neumann algebras, unbounded operators and quantum mechanics in connection

I am studying the theory of $C^*$-algebras, von Neumann algebras and unbounded operators in courses on Functional Analysis and Opertor Algebras. Now I want to apply this knowledge to (algebraic) ...
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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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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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Orthogonal projections with $\sum P_i =I$, proving that $i\ne j \Rightarrow P_{j}P_{i}=0$

I am reading Introduction to Quantum Computing by Kaye, Laflamme, and Mosca. As an exercise, they write "Prove that if the operators $P_{i}$ satisfy $P_{i}^{*}=P_{i}$ and $P_{i}^{2}=P_{i}$ , then ...
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Probability and Quantum mechanics

I don't quite understand how the probability language of sample spaces, $\sigma-$algebra, random variables, etc, fit into the quantum mechanics' formalism. To wit, we usually say that an observable ...
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What is the meaning of “Hermitian”?

Google search-bar gives the definition of Hermitian as: Hermitian: denoting or relating to a matrix in which those pairs of elements that are symmetrically placed with respect to the principal ...
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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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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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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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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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Two Body Schrodinger Equations

I have a question involving the eigenvalues of a two-body Schrodinger equation. Let $$H=-\frac{1}{2m}\Delta_{x_1}-\frac{1}{2m}\Delta_{x_2}+\frac{e^2}{|{{x_1}-{x_2}}|}$$ over the Hilbert space ...
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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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How does one diagonalise an operator that has exponential elements?

I asked this question before on the Physics StackExchange, but as one commenter noted I might have more luck here. So the question is: What is the diagonal form of the (density) operator $\hat\rho$, ...
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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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How to prove $e^{A \oplus B} = e^A \otimes e^B$ where $A$ and $B$ are matrices? (Kronecker operations)

How to prove that $e^{A \oplus B} = $$e^A \otimes e^B$? Here $A$ and $B$ are $n\times n$ and $m \times m$ matrices, $\otimes$ is the Kronecker product and $\oplus$ is the Kronecker sum: $$ A \oplus B ...
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Taking a stationary phase approximation of a multidimensional integral

I'm looking for a way to take a stationary phase approximation of an integral of the following form: $$ \int_{-\infty}^\infty d\vec{q} \exp\left(2 \pi i N \left(S(q_{n+1}, \vec{q}, q_1) - ...
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Mathematics needed in the study of Quantum Physics

As a 12th grade student , I'm currently acquainted with single variable calculus, algebra, and geometry, obviously on a high school level. I tried taking a Quantum Physics course on coursera.com, but ...
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Why such strange separation of variables?

In this article the authors give the following expansion of wavefunction of three-body system (equation $(16)$ in text): $$\Psi(\textbf{x},\textbf{y})=\sum_{q=\lambda}^l\psi_q(\textbf x^2,\textbf ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to derive the hamiltonian from a non-classical lagrangian

For the non-classical lagrangian of a hydrogen atom: $$L = -mc^2 \sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}} + \frac{e^2}{4 \pi \epsilon r}$$ We get that two conserved quantities are: $J = \gamma mr^2 \dot{\phi}$ and ...
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Eigenvector of a linear combination of operators is an eigenvector of each operator

Assume $H$ is a Hilbert space and $a_1,\dots,a_n$ are operators with Hermitian adjoints $a_1^*,\dots,a_n^*$, satisfying the canonical commutation relations. Define $N_j=a_j^*a_j$. Assume $v$ is an ...
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identify a tensor product by virtue of pure and entangled elements

If I take a tensor product of vector spaces (for simplicity - this could be more general) $V\otimes W$ then of course it is a vector space, but it has additional structure. One way to think about ...
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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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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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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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Spectrum of Rank 1 Operators

Given $\psi$ and $\phi$ in a Hilbert space $H$, we let $T$ be the rank-1 operator such that $$T\varphi=<\psi,\varphi>\phi.$$ It is easy to find the eigenvalues of $T$, they are $0$ and ...
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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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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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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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Diagonalization of total angular momentum over creation operators for an isotropic harmonic oscillator?

You have an isotropic three dimensional quantum harmonic oscillator so the Hamiltonian is $$ H=\frac{p^2}{2}+\frac{r^2}2 $$ If you do the creation-annihilation operator-algebra trick and define ...
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Gradient and Laplacian in $S^1$

I'm trying to solve the particle in a ring problem without embedding the circle in $\Bbb R^3$, by instead taking the entire space to be $S^1$. Unfortunately, I haven't taken differential geometry yet ...
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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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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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Wavefunction of electron above grounded conductor

Consider a non-relativistic electron moving above a large, flat grounded conductor while it is attracted by its image charge, but cannot penetrate the conductor's surface. What is the Hamiltonian of ...
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Quantum translation operator

Let $T_\epsilon=e^{i \mathbf{\epsilon} P/ \hbar}$ an operator. Show that $T_\epsilon\Psi(\mathbf r)=\Psi(\mathbf r + \mathbf \epsilon)$. Where $P=-i\hbar \nabla$. Here's what I've gotten: ...
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Question about Dirac notation

So from what I understand $\langle w | v \rangle=\vec w^* \cdot \vec v$. Ok. I'm fine with that notation. But then I've seen $\langle x | y \rangle=\delta(x-y)$ and $\langle x | p ...
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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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How to do this integral $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}{\rm e}^{-x^{2}}\cos\left(\,kx\,\right)\,{\rm d}x$ [duplicate]

How to do this integral $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}{\rm e}^{-x^{2}}\cos\left(\,kx\,\right)\,{\rm d}x$$ for any $k > 0$ ?. I tried to use gamma function, but sometimes the series doesn't converge.
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Invariant set under the flow defined by Schroedinger equations

I have to show that the set of functions of the form $$\psi(x,t)=c(t)^{-1}e^{\frac{-(x-q(t))^2}{2c(t)^2}}e^{ip(t)x}\hspace{1cm}c(t),p(t),q(t)\in\mathbb{R}$$ is invariant (as set) under the flow ...
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Bessel function recursion relation

I'm reading a paper and the following set of radial equations is derived: $ -i \lbrack \partial_r + \frac{1}{r} \left( \frac{1}{2} - \nu \right) \rbrack u(r) = \pm k v(r) $ $ -i \lbrack \partial_r ...