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For questions on quantum mechanics, a branch of physics dealing with physical phenomena at microscopic scales, where the action is on the order of the Planck constant.

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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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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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Diagonalising an infinite-dimensional Hermitian square matrix

I have a quantum state which takes the following form: $$\rho = \sum_{b, \,c \, = \,0}^\infty \frac{(-igt)^b(igt)^c}{\sqrt{b!c!}}\vert b\rangle\langle c\vert.$$ This is an infinite Hermitian matrix ...
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Can I allow a value of n to be defined if that value of n gives a 1/0 , BUT that 1/0 has another 1/0 that cancels it out?

I'm working through an integral for Quantum Mechanics 2, Harmonic oscillator with time-dependent perturbation, and I have encountered this situation when evaluating the integral. The part in ...
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Watrous’s definition of Quantum Cellular Automata

I need some help understanding the second-to-last and final equations of the introduction to quantum cellular automata included below. My specific questions: What does it mean when the capital Pi ...
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quantum harmonic oscillator and the mean energy U(T)

The energy of a quantum harmonic oscillator is given by: $$E(n)=\hbar\omega\left(n+\frac{1}{2}\right)$$ The canonical partition function is given by: $$Z(T)=\sum_{n=o}^\infty e^{-\beta E(n)}=\sum_{n=...
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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 the ...
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Delta functions as eigenstates

In Quantum mechanics, it's standard to say that the eigenstate of the position operator in 1D is the Dirac delta function. More formally, define a linear map $\hat x$ on some enhanced version of $L^2(...
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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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Zero Tensor Product

Suppose we have a space $|\psi_1\rangle \otimes |\psi_2\rangle \otimes |\psi_3\rangle$, and operators (matrices) A ⊗ B ⊗ C acting on this Hilbert space (like in quantum mechanics). I'm trying to ...
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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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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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Books on random permutations

I'm looking for books or introductory/expository articles about random permutations, in particular with regards to their cycle structure. EDIT: I forgot to mention that I'm especially interested in ...
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A simple quantum mechanical system

I am studying a Quantum Mechanics course and I have come across something that I am a little stuck on, mathematically. Physically it seems to make sense but I'm not sure which equations to use to ...
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Find the constant in the following matrix

An atom is prepared in the angular momentum state $$C\left(\begin{array}{c}1 \\ 2\end{array}\right)$$Here $C$ is a constant. This has benn written in the $S_z$ basis. a)Find C b)Work out $\...
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Show that a function takes the following form using the definition for the function of an operator

If $f(z)$ is a function with a Taylor series expansion $f(z)=\sum _{ n=0 }^{ \infty }{c_n z^n }$, then we define $f(M)=\sum _{ n=0 }^{ \infty }{c_n M^n }$ First consider $M=\sigma_2=\sigma_y$. ...
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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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Find the Expectation Value of Basis States

Recently, I have picked up a Quantum Computing class. We have been asked to find the expectation value of $X$ tensor $Z$ and $H$ tensor $H$ $$ (|00>+|11>)/\sqrt(2); \qquad (|00>-|11>)/\...
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Particles that are distinguishable and indistiguishable at the same time [closed]

Thinking about a question and my answer to it and another question I asked earlier. I've come up with the following problem: Consider two otherwise very similar marbles, a red one and a blue one. Let ...
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Calulate the eigenvalues and the eigenstates

An observable is given by $$\sum\limits_{n= 1}^N a_n|a_n\rangle\langle a_n | $$ Here $\langle a_n |a_m\rangle = \delta_{nm}$. What are the possible measurement results corresponding to the operator A ...
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Application of Fubini Theorem in Quantum Mechanics

I'm afraid I'm very confused by how to correctly apply the Fubini theorem to simplify integrals? I have some integral $$ \sum_{k = 0}^{2}\int_{0}^{T} dt_2 \int_{0}^{t_1} dt_1 \bigg[ \big(\psi_{0}(...
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Can someone explain the notion of “unbounded” operator as simple as possible?

I've read about these operators in quantum mechanics, but I have never seen them in action. I think that is because I absolutely do not intuitively understand this concept. I've read some stuff online ...
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Just what is the importance of operators that produces an eigenvalue?

For some operators, there is a well known eigenvalue associated with it, for example the energy operator in quantum mechanics $i\hbar \partial_t$, this is very important indeed and gives us physical ...
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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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Any way to rewrite/simplify $\int dp ~f(p)~\delta[c-g(p)-E(p)]$?

Im thinking of using $$\delta(g(x)) = \sum_i \frac{\delta(x-x_i)}{|g'(x_i)|}$$ but in my case $$\int dp ~f(p)~\delta[c-g(p)-E(p)]$$ the functions $f$ and $E$ are basically unknown, while $g$ is a ...
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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, 1}-\...
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Can we describe quaternions using bra-ket in quantum mechanics?

For example, the rotation plus translation of a point using the language of quaternions is written as $Q(0,x,y,z)Q^* + T$ where $Q$ is the unit quaternion, $(x,y,z)$ is the point, and $T$ is some ...
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Find the distance travelled by $P$ before it changes direction. (Mechanics)

A particle $P$ starts at the point $O$ and travels in a straight line. At time $t$ seconds after leaving $O$ the velocity of $P$ is v $m/s$, where $v = 0.75t^2 − 0.0625t^3$. Find (i) the positive ...
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Prove that the projection operator $\mathbb P_+\equiv|+z\rangle\!\langle +z|$ is Hermitian

Use Dirac notation (the properties of kets, bras and inner products) directly to establish that the projection operator $\mathbb{\hat P}_+$ is Hermitian. Use the fact that $\mathbb{\hat P}^2_+=\mathbb{...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can the Kernel of the commutator of two matrices with empty Kernel sets be non-empty?

The motivation for this question arises from the following: Is it possible, given two Quantum Mechanical observables $A$ and $B$ with associated operators $\hat{\mathbf{A}}$ and $\hat{\mathbf{B}}$ ...
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Distinct ways three integers can sum to a constant

So I am doing some quantum mechanics and it has led to some combinatorics. I need to know how many distinct ways I can have $N_1+N_2+N_3=N$ where $N$ is fixed so we can change $N_1$, $N_2$ and $N_3$. ...
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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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Diagonalization versus s.d. product for non-commuting Hermitian matrices

Although the application of the following is in quantum physics, the question per se is mathematical: I have seen two characterizations of the problem in measuring a discrete variable of a state $\...
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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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About the solution to a non-linear non-constant coefficient second-order ODE

The ODE $$−y'' (x)−\frac{2a^2}{\cosh^2 (ax)} y(x)=k^2 y(x)$$ can be made into the form $$\frac{\cosh^2(ax)}{k^2\cosh(ax) - a^2} = \frac{y}{y''}.$$ Observing that $y'' = k^2\cosh(ax) - a^2$, we get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...