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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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How to sum up this series and simplify yet another one?

Primarily, I would like to know what could be done with this series: $$ \sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac{n^3}{(n^2-1)^3}\left(\frac{n-1}{n+1}\right)^{2n}$$ As hardmath says in his comment, the series ...
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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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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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Is it possible to eliminate the inner sum to evaluate numerically?

Any hints on how to simplify the following double sum to be able to find the sum at least numerically? $$\sum_{n=2}^{\infty}\frac1{n(n^2-1)} \sum_{k=1}^\infty \frac{(k-1/n)^{2n-2}}{(k+1/n)^{2n+2}}$$ ...
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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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Understanding the Quantum Fourier Transform

I have a question about the Quantum Fourier Transform. I would like to understand it because I have a re-take for an exam. I have studied the provided / recommended literature extensively. ...
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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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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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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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I would like to find a generalization of the plane wave expansion to Hankel functions.

The plane wave expansion is \begin{equation} e^{i\vec{k}\cdot \vec{x}}=\sum_{\ell=0}^{\infty}i^\ell(2\ell+1)j_{\ell}(kx)P_{\ell}(\cos(\theta)) \end{equation} where $j_\ell$ is the spherical Bessel ...
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A mixed state integrated over Haar measure in QFT

I think that we can write a state in Quantum Mechanics like: $$ \int dx\lambda _x \vert x\rangle\langle x\vert $$ and when we talk about QFT, we would replace integral with functional integrals: $$ ...
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Proof of Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Exercise

I'm not very knowledgeable in QM, and I know many physics books derive the uncertainty principle using commutators, but as an exercise in my PDE book (by Asmar), I should be able to derive it from one ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Self-adjoint operator and vertex conditions in quantum graphs

Let $\Gamma$ be a metric graph with finitely many edges. Consider the operator $H$ acting as $\frac{-d^2}{dx_e^2}$ on each edge $e$, with the domain consisting of functions that belong to $H^2(e)$ on ...
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What does it mean to square a partial derivative with a one dimensional vector (scalar)?

Please bear with me.. In the above image, we need to substitute p2 from the partial derivative (pay attention to content in red boxes). If we're considering the one dimensional case, we can either ...
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Partial Trace of Density Operator

Before stating my question I present my motivation: to learn more about the tensor product. Now, quantum mechanics assigns a Hilbert space to each physical system as a postulate of the theory. ...
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Antilinear correspodence of bra and ket proof

I do not understand how the antilinear correspondence arises between ket vectors in V and bra vectors in V' (dual space): So I want to know why $$ \alpha\lt f_1 | + \beta\lt f_2 | $$ corresponds to ...
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Neveu-Schwarz and Ramond sector in the free fermion CFT

My question is about the Neveu-Schwarz and the Ramond sector in the free fermion CFT. The setup is as follows. We consider two dimensional Minkowski space with a point removed $M = \mathbb{R}^{1, ...
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Relation between Poisson bracket and commutator.

In quantum case, we have commutators. In classical case, we have Poisson bracket. Let $T$ be a Poisson group, $a, b \in \mathbb{C}_q[T].$ It seems that we have $$ [a, b]=(q-1)\{a,b\}+o((q-1)^2). $$ ...
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Schrödinger Semigroup is compact if potential goes to infinity

Several papers (e.g. this one: arXiv:0810.3275v1 [math.SP] 17 Oct 2008 ) claim that if $H=-\Delta+V$ and $V(x)\to\infty$ if $|x|\to\infty$, then the semigroup $e^{-tH}$ is eventually compact. Does ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In the Stinespring dilation theorem, what is the minimum dimension for which a dilation Hilbert space of this form is guaranteed to exist?

This may look like a problem that could easily be looked up, but it's not quite as easy as it first appears, hence my asking. I'm going to phrase my question in terms of the "Schroedinger picture" ...
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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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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 ...