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Studying quantum mechanics without physics background

I am a first year PhD math student, and I am wondering if I should study quantum mechanics even though I don't have an undergrad background in physics. I posted this question in physics ...
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Standard deviation of a quantum walk?

The standard deviation of a classical random walk with $n$ steps is $\sqrt n$ - Standard deviation of a random walk. I have read in many places that the standard deviation of a quantum walk $n$ with a ...
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Time-independent magnetic Schrodinger equation

Let $B$ be a magnetic field, let $\mathbf{a}$ be a vector and let $\Psi$ be the wave function. If $\mathcal{H}(B) = (-i\nabla + B\mathbf{a})^2$, where $\nabla$ is the gradient, then the ...
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Solving Schrodinger for harmonic oscillator(griffiths analytic method)

I was just getting into quantum mechanics. But I'm having a bit of trouble following griffiths for the analytic method... it goes like so The Schrodinger equation $$ ...
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The intuition behind a matrix of a Hamiltonian?

We have derived an elegant partition function for a problem which resembles a quantized model taking the particles to be Bosons. The related Hamiltonian for every $i$th ensemble is there: ...
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Defining entanglement in subspaces of tensor product

Let $\mathcal{H}=\mathbb{C}^n$ be a Hilbert space. A state $\rho\in\mathcal{B(H)}$ is a positive semi-definite operator with unit trace. $\rho\in \mathcal{B(H)}$, where ...
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Adding a delta function to a differential equation

So say I have a differential equation of the form: $$ \left(\alpha \frac{d^2}{dx^2}+fx^2 \right)y(x)=\lambda y(x) $$ Whose solutions are known (a Gaussian multiplying a Hermite polynomial.) I am now ...
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group cohomology for SO(3) and SO(3,1)

I am studying relativistic quantum mechanics and I have encountered the concept of projective representation for a group. I have read in http://groupprops.subwiki.org/wiki/Projective_representation ...
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Axiom of choice in proof of Wigner's theorem?

In Appendix A of chapter 2 of "The Quantum Theory of Fields," vol. 1, Weinberg presents a proof of Wigner's theorem: given a symmetry transformation $T$ of rays, one can extend this to a symmetry ...
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Does $Z_A$ exist such that $\exp(X+A) = \exp(X) Z_A$?

I am considering an exponential on the following form: $$\exp(X + A \otimes I_B),$$ where $X$ is a Hermitian operator on a tensor Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}_A \otimes \mathcal{H}_B$, $A$ is a ...
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Proving commutation relation in Algebraic Bethe Ansatz

I have a problem with proving a certain commutation relation. For my Bachelor's thesis I give a more mathematically rigurous 'treatment' of a select set of chapters of a paper by L.D. Faddeev. Noting ...
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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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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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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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To construct a Schrödinger wave with prescribed mean position and momentum

Let $\lambda_x, \lambda_\xi>0$ be fixed parameters which we will call position lengthscale and momentum lengthscale respectively. Fix a (position-)point $x_0\in \mathbb{R}$ and a (momentum-)point ...
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At large times, $\sin(\omega t)$ tends to zero?

While doing a calculation in quantum mechanics, I got a expression $\sin(\omega t)$, and my prof said if I consider the consider at large times, then i can assume that this goes to zero because at ...
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Doubt about the spectrum of an operator

I consider the Laplacian operator $$A=-\Delta$$ in the domain $$H^2(\mathbb{R}^3)$$ where it is selfadjoint. We know that its spectrum is $[0,+\infty)$. Now I want to consider the restriction of $A$ ...
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How do I solve this integral

How do I solve this integral (expectation value) : $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \psi (x)^* \hat p \psi (x)\ dx.$$ where the $\hat p =-i\hbar \frac {\partial}{\partial x}$ is an operator and $\psi (x)$ is ...
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Square Root of matrices and multiplication

In David Tong's Quantum field theory lecture notes, page 101, line 5, he shows that: $$(p.\sigma)(p.\overline{\sigma})=m^2.I_2$$ (I have placed the identity matrix $I_2$ for clarity) Then I don't ...
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Infinite double potential well

So I'm having problems with the double infinite potential well given by I have to use the fact that the potential well is symmetric about $x=0$. I have solved the Schrödinger equation in all the ...
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Cyclic Properties of the trace in Quantum Field Theory

I'm trying to figure out what's going on in this paper here between lines 10 and 11. But I'll give a brief rundown of what's going on. We are trying to compute the trace of the exponential operator ...
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Index notation for unitary matrices

I was wondering if someone could confirm this for me. I'm attempting to re appropriate a paper into matrix notation but i keep getting confused. I first have a unitary matrix that makes a ...
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Short examples that are/are not quantum-ergodic

Are there any considerably short examples of manifolds that are/aren't quantum ergodic, or quantum unique ergodic? Note that a (compact) Riemannian manifold is said to be quantum ergodic if ...
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Quantization and evaluating a complex function on multiple Riemann sheets

In Lecture 3 of his mathematical physics course, Carl Bender mentions that the evaluation of a complex function on multiple Riemann sheets can be used to describe the quantization of the laws of ...
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Tensor product of affine space and algebra

When reading about Quantum Mechanics, I always feel a bit disappointed when physicists consider that (for example) the 3-dimensional position of a particle must be decomposed into 3 coordinates $x, y, ...
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Continuity in a physical context

I'm currently trying to solve an exercise for my quantum mechanics class and have run into a bit of a jam: Suppose we have the following potential : $V(x) = 0$ if $x > |a/2|$ but $V(x) = V_0$ if ...
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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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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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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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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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Statement about density operators, proof feedback

I'm trying to solve the following exercise: Let $V,W$ be finite dimensional inner product spaces over $\mathbb{C}$. Show that for every $\psi \in V\otimes W$ with $\langle \psi, \psi ...
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How to Diagonalize an Extremely Large Sparse Matrix in SLEPc/PETSc

Dear Friends, Recently I have started with learning SLEPc/PETSc, but I didn't find a way to solve my problem. I have to solve a big sparse matrix which is a two dimensional quantum ...
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Demonstrate basic property of Hermitian

I want to demonstrate that $(A|v\rangle)^* = \langle v|A^*$ Given only this $(AB)^*=A^*B^*$ and $(|v\rangle, A|w\rangle) = (A^*|v\rangle, |w\rangle)$ Is it possible? The difficulty is that i don't ...
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Pure Phase Number

I am read a solution (4.9) Here say: ... both $a, d$ are pure phases, so that it is always possible to find (non unique) real numbers $\alpha, \beta, \delta$ such that $a = ...
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Three body problem with point interactions

I've studied the HVZ theorem for the three body problem interacting with regular potentials. I'd like to extend this result to the three body problem with point interactions (delta potentials). Is ...
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References for three body problems with Fermi statistic

I'm studying the three body problem with two fermions of unitary mass and another different particle. I need references of the HVZ theorem in this case. Is there someone who knows them?
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Fourier transform of integral kernel of the free resolvent

The free resolvent in $\mathbb{R}^3$ has this rapresentation $$(R_0(z)f)(x)=\int_{\mathbb{R}^3}\frac{e^{i\sqrt{z}|x-y|}}{4\pi|x-y|}f(y)dy$$with $\Im \sqrt{z}>0$. Then its integral kernel is ...
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Can a Hermitian operator on a tensor product space be represented as a sum of tensor products of Hermitian operators?

Consider a Hilbert space (or just a vector space over $\mathbb{C}$), which is a tensor product of several smaller Hilbert spaces: $$ H = H_1 \otimes \cdots \otimes H_n, $$ and let $\mathcal{H}$ be a ...
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Fourier transform of $\frac{g_i}{e^{\frac{\epsilon_i-\mu}{kT}}-1}$? Not Gaussian like with Fermi-Dirac statistics?

This equation $\bar n_i=\frac{g_i}{e^{\frac{\epsilon_i-\mu}{kT}}-1}$ is Fermi-Dirac statistics where variables are defined here. The classical equation i.e. the Maxwell Boltzman equation is Gaussian ...
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Convolutions of Path Integrals of Gaussian Functions

I was looking at a question on a physics forum (http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/45955/splitting-light-into-colors-mathematical-expression-fourier-transforms) and I wanted a more ...
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The general recipe for finding the conjugate of a complex function

I have the general recipe for finding the complex conjugate of a function down as follows: Suppose I have $f(z)$: Separate $f(z)$ into a sum of real and imaginary functions such that ...
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Numerical methods for computing exponential, if I have computed an exponential of a perturbated matrix

I need to compute the product $e^{H_1}\,e^{H_2}\,\ldots\,e^{H_n}$ for antihermitian matrices $H_j$ that do not commute and $H_i-H_{i+1}$ is small. Is there a numerically convenient way to compute ...
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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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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 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}] ...