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Cloning in nonlinear Hamiltonian quantum and hybrid mechanics

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The possibility of state cloning is analyzed in two types of generalizations of quantum mechanics with nonlinear evolution. It is first shown that nonlinear Hamiltonian quantum mechanics does not admit cloning without the cloning machine. It is then demonstrated that the addition of the cloning machine, treated as a quantum or as a classical system, makes cloning possible by nonlinear Hamiltonian evolution. However, a special type of quantum-classical theory, known as the mean-field Hamiltonian hybrid mechanics, does not admit cloning by natural evolution. The latter represents an example of a theory where it appears to be possible to communicate between two quantum systems at superluminal speed, but at the same time it is impossible to clone quantum pure states.

Arsenovi?, D.; Buri?, N.; Popovi?, D. B.; Radonji?, M.; Prvanovi?, S.

2014-10-01

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Cloning in nonlinear Hamiltonian quantum and hybrid mechanics

Possibility of state cloning is analyzed in two types of generalizations of quantum mechanics with nonlinear evolution. It is first shown that nonlinear Hamiltonian quantum mechanics does not admit cloning without the cloning machine. It is then demonstrated that the addition of the cloning machine, treated as a quantum or as a classical system, makes the cloning possible by nonlinear Hamiltonian evolution. However, a special type of quantum-classical theory, known as the mean-field Hamiltonian hybrid mechanics, does not admit cloning by natural evolution. The latter represents an example of a theory where it appears to be possible to communicate between two quantum systems at super-luminal speed, but at the same time it is impossible to clone quantum pure states.

D. Arsenovic; N. Buric; D. B. Popovic; M. Radonjic; S. Prvanovic

2014-11-17

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Supersymmetric descendants of self-adjointly extended quantum mechanical Hamiltonians

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We consider the descendants of self-adjointly extended Hamiltonians in supersymmetric quantum mechanics on a half-line, on an interval, and on a punctured line or interval. While there is a 4-parameter family of self-adjointly extended Hamiltonians on a punctured line, only a 3-parameter sub-family has supersymmetric descendants that are themselves self-adjoint. We also address the self-adjointness of an operator related to the supercharge, and point out that only a sub-class of its most general self-adjoint extensions is physical. Besides a general characterization of self-adjoint extensions and their supersymmetric descendants, we explicitly consider concrete examples, including a particle in a box with general boundary conditions, with and without an additional point interaction. We also discuss bulk-boundary resonances and their manifestation in the supersymmetric descendant.

Al-Hashimi, M. H.; Salman, M.; Shalaby, A.; Wiese, U.-J.

2013-10-01

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Revealing quantum-control mechanisms through Hamiltonian encoding in different representations

The Hamiltonian encoding is a means for revealing the mechanism of controlled quantum dynamics. In this context, the mechanism is defined by the dominant quantum pathways starting from the initial state and proceeding through a set of intermediate states to end at the final state. The nature and interpretation of the mechanism depends on the choice of the states to represent the dynamics. Alternative representations may provide distinct insights into the system mechanism, and representations producing fewer pathways are especially interesting. In addition, a suitable choice of representation may highlight the role of certain couplings in a system that would normally be masked by other, higher magnitude couplings. A simple three-level system is chosen for illustration, where different values for the Rabi frequencies lead to mechanistic analyses that are best described in terms of particular representations. As an examlple, the role of the nonadiabatic terms in stimulated Raman adiabatic passage dynamics is analyzed through the Hamiltonian encoding.

Mitra, Abhra; Sola, Ignacio R.; Rabitz, Herschel [Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States)

2003-04-01

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The linearity of quantum mechanics from the perspective of Hamiltonian cellular automata

We discuss the action principle and resulting Hamiltonian equations of motion for a class of integer-valued cellular automata introduced recently [1]. Employing sampling theory, these deterministic finite-difference equations are mapped reversibly on continuum equations describing a set of bandwidth limited harmonic oscillators. They represent the Schroedinger equation. However, modifications reflecting the bandwidth limit are incorporated, i.e., the presence of a time (or length) scale. When this discreteness scale is taken to zero, the usual results are obtained. Thus, the linearity of quantum mechanics can be traced to the postulated action principle of such cellular automata and its conservation laws to discrete ones. The cellular automaton conservation laws are in one-to-one correspondence with those of the related quantum mechanical model, while admissible symmetries are not.

Hans-Thomas Elze

2014-03-11

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The linearity of quantum mechanics from the perspective of Hamiltonian cellular automata

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We discuss the action principle and resulting Hamiltonian equations of motion for a class of integer-valued cellular automata introduced recently [1]. Employing sampling theory, these deterministic finite-difference equations are mapped reversibly on continuum equations describing a set of bandwidth limited harmonic oscillators. They represent the Schrödinger equation. However, modifications reflecting the bandwidth limit are incorporated, i.e., the presence of a time (or length) scale. When this discreteness scale is taken to zero, the usual results are obtained. Thus, the linearity of quantum mechanics can be traced to the postulated action principle of such cellular automata and its conservation laws to discrete ones. The cellular automaton conservation laws are in one-to-one correspondence with those of the related quantum mechanical model, while admissible symmetries are not.

Elze, Hans-Thomas

2014-04-01

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The linearity of quantum mechanics from the perspective of Hamiltonian cellular automata

We discuss the action principle and resulting Hamiltonian equations of motion for a class of integer-valued cellular automata introduced recently [1]. Employing sampling theory, these deterministic finite-difference equations are mapped reversibly on continuum equations describing a set of bandwidth limited harmonic oscillators. They represent the Schroedinger equation. However, modifications reflecting the bandwidth limit are incorporated, i.e., the presence of a time (or length) scale. When this discreteness scale is taken to zero, the usual results are obtained. Thus, the linearity of quantum mechanics can be traced to the postulated action principle of such cellular automata and its conservation laws to discrete ones. The cellular automaton conservation laws are in one-to-one correspondence with those of the related quantum mechanical model, while admissible symmetries are not.

Elze, Hans-Thomas

2014-01-01

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Local Hamiltonians in quantum computation

In this thesis, I investigate aspects of local Hamiltonians in quantum computing. First, I focus on the Adiabatic Quantum Computing model, based on evolution with a time- dependent Hamiltonian. I show that to succeed using ...

Nagaj, Daniel

2008-01-01

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Salpeter equation and probability current in the relativistic Hamiltonian quantum mechanics

The probability current for a quantum spinless relativistic particle is introduced based on the Hamiltonian dynamics approach utilizing the Salpeter equation as an alternative for the Klein-Gordon equation. The correctness of the presented formalism is illustrated by examples of exact solutions to the Salpeter equation including the new ones introduced in this work.

Kowalski, K.; Rembielinski, J. [Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Lodz, ul. Pomorska 149/153, PL-90-236 Lodz (Poland)

2011-07-15

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Quantum Hamiltonian Complexity

We survey the growing field of Quantum Hamiltonian Complexity, which includes the study of Quantum Constraint Satisfaction. In particular, our aim is to provide a computer science-oriented introduction to the subject in order to help bridge the language barrier between computer scientists and physicists in the field. As such, we include the following in this paper: (1) The motivations and history of the field, (2) a glossary of condensed matter physics terms explained in computer-science friendly language, (3) overviews of central ideas from condensed matter physics, such as indistinguishable particles, mean field theory, tensor networks, and area laws, and (4) brief expositions of selected computer science-based results in the area. For example, as part of the latter, we provide a novel information theoretic presentation of Bravyi's polynomial time algorithm for Quantum 2-SAT.

Sevag Gharibian; Yichen Huang; Zeph Landau; Seung Woo Shin

2014-01-16

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Quantum Hamiltonian for gravitational collapse

Using a Hamiltonian formulation of the spherically symmetric gravity-scalar field theory adapted to flat spatial slicing, we give a construction of the reduced Hamiltonian operator. This Hamiltonian, together with the null expansion operators presented in an earlier work, form a framework for studying gravitational collapse in quantum gravity. We describe a setting for its numerical implementation, and discuss some conceptual issues associated with quantum dynamics in a partial gauge fixing.

Husain, Viqar [Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, ON, N2L 2W9 (Canada); Winkler, Oliver [Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3 (Canada)

2006-06-15

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Quantum and classical statistical mechanics of a class of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper investigates the thermodynamics of a large class of non-Hermitian, PT-symmetric oscillators, whose energy spectrum is entirely real. The spectrum is estimated by second-order WKB approximation, which turns out to be very accurate even for small quantum numbers, and used to generate the quantum partition function. Graphs showing the thermal behavior of the entropy and the specific heat, at all regimes of temperature, are given. To obtain the corresponding classical partition function, it turns out to be necessary in general to integrate over a complex 'phase space'. For the wrong-sign quartic, whose equivalent Hermitian Hamiltonian is known exactly, how this formulation arises, starting from the Hermitian case, is demonstrated explicitly.

Jones, H. F.; Moreira, E. S., Jr.

2010-02-01

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Quantum graphs with spin Hamiltonians

The article surveys quantization schemes for metric graphs with spin. Typically quantum graphs are defined with the Laplace or Schrodinger operator which describe particles whose intrinsic angular momentum (spin) is zero. However, in many applications, for example modeling an electron (which has spin-1/2) on a network of thin wires, it is necessary to consider operators which allow spin-orbit interaction. The article presents a review of quantization schemes for graphs with three such Hamiltonian operators, the Dirac, Pauli and Rashba Hamiltonians. Comparing results for the trace formula, spectral statistics and spin-orbit localization on quantum graphs with spin Hamiltonians.

J. M. Harrison

2007-12-06

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Quantum metrology for a general Hamiltonian parameter

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Quantum metrology enhances the sensitivity of parameter estimation using the distinctive resources of quantum mechanics such as entanglement. It has been shown that the precision of estimating an overall multiplicative factor of a Hamiltonian can be increased to exceed the classical limit, yet little is known about estimating a general Hamiltonian parameter. In this paper, we study this problem in detail. We find that the scaling of the estimation precision with the number of systems can always be optimized to the Heisenberg limit, while the time scaling can be quite different from that of estimating an overall multiplicative factor. We derive the generator of local parameter translation on the unitary evolution operator of the Hamiltonian, and use it to evaluate the estimation precision of the parameter and establish a general upper bound on the quantum Fisher information. The results indicate that the quantum Fisher information generally can be divided into two parts: one is quadratic in time, while the other oscillates with time. When the eigenvalues of the Hamiltonian do not depend on the parameter, the quadratic term vanishes, and the quantum Fisher information will be bounded in this case. To illustrate the results, we give an example of estimating a parameter of a magnetic field by measuring a spin-1/2 particle and compare the results for estimating the amplitude and the direction of the magnetic field.

Pang, Shengshi; Brun, Todd A.

2014-08-01

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To build the foundation for accurate quantum mechanical (QM) simulation of biomacromolecules in an aqueous environment, we undertook the optimization of the COnductor-like Screening MOdel (COSMO) atomic radii and atomic surface tension coefficients for different semiempirical Hamiltonians adhering to the same computational conditions recently followed in the simulation of biomolecular systems. This optimization was achieved by reproducing experimental hydration free energies of a set consisting of 507 neutral and 99 ionic molecules. The calculated hydration free energies were significantly improved by introducing a multiple atomic-type scheme that reflects different chemical environments. The nonpolar contribution was treated according to the scaled particle Claverie-Pierotti formalism. Separate radii and surface tension coefficient sets have been developed for AM1, PM3, PM5, and RM1 semiempirical Hamiltonians, with an average unsigned error for neutral molecules of 0.64, 0.66, 0.73, and 0.71 kcal/mol, respectively. Free energy calculation of each molecule took on average 0.5 s on a single processor. The new sets of parameters will enhance the quality of semiempirical QM calculations using COSMO in biomolecular systems. Overall, these results further extend the utility of QM methods to chemical and biological systems in the condensed phase. PMID:21585215

Anisimov, Victor M; Cavasotto, Claudio N

2011-06-23

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Quantum Hamiltonian Learning Using Imperfect Quantum Resources

Identifying an accurate model for the dynamics of a quantum system is a vexing problem that underlies a range of problems in experimental physics and quantum information theory. Recently, a method called quantum Hamiltonian learning has been proposed by the present authors that uses quantum simulation as a resource for modeling an unknown quantum system. This approach can, under certain circumstances, allow such models to be efficiently identified. A major caveat of that work is the assumption of that all elements of the protocol are noise-free. Here, we show that quantum Hamiltonian learning can tolerate substantial amounts of depolarizing noise and show numerical evidence that it can tolerate noise drawn from other realistic models. We further provide evidence that the learning algorithm will find a model that is maximally close to the true model in cases where the hypothetical model lacks terms present in the true model. Finally, we also provide numerical evidence that the algorithm works for non-commuting models. This work illustrates that quantum Hamiltonian learning can be performed using realistic resources and suggests that even imperfect quantum resources may be valuable for characterizing quantum systems.

Nathan Wiebe; Christopher Granade; Christopher Ferrie; David G. Cory

2013-11-21

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Quantum Bootstrapping via Compressed Quantum Hamiltonian Learning

Recent work has shown that quantum simulation is a valuable tool for learning empirical models for quantum systems. We build upon these results by showing that a small quantum simulators can be used to characterize and learn control models for larger devices for wide classes of physically realistic Hamiltonians. This leads to a new application for small quantum computers: characterizing and controlling larger quantum computers. Our protocol achieves this by using Bayesian inference in concert with Lieb-Robinson bounds and interactive quantum learning methods to achieve compressed simulations for characterization. Whereas Fisher information analysis shows that current methods which employ short-time evolution are suboptimal, interactive quantum learning allows us to overcome this limitation. We illustrate the efficiency of our bootstrapping protocol by showing numerically that an 8-qubit Ising model simulator can be used to calibrate and control a 50 qubit Ising simulator while using only about 750 kilobits of experimental data.

Nathan Wiebe; Christopher Granade; David G. Cory

2014-09-04

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Random Hamiltonian Models and Quantum Prediction Algorithms

This paper describes an algorithm for selecting a consistent set within the consistent histories approach to quantum mechanics and investigates its properties. The algorithm select from among the consistent sets formed by projections defined by the Schmidt decomposition by making projections at the earliest possible time. The algorithm unconditionally predicts the possible events in closed quantum systems and ascribes probabilities to these events. A simple random Hamiltonian model is described and the results of applying the algorithm to this model using computer programs are discussed and compared with approximate analytic calculations.

Jim McElwaine

1998-12-18

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Quantum and classical statistical mechanics of a class of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians

This paper investigates the thermodynamics of a large class of non-Hermitian, PT-symmetric oscillators, whose energy spectrum is entirely real. The spectrum is estimated by second-order WKB approximation, which turns out to be very accurate even for small quantum numbers, and used to generate the quantum partition function. Graphs showing the thermal behavior of the entropy and the specific heat, at

H. F. Jones; E. S. Moreira Jr.

2010-01-01

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Quantum Hamiltonian Physics with Supercomputers

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The vision of solving the nuclear many-body problem in a Hamiltonian framework with fundamental interactions tied to QCD via Chiral Perturbation Theory is gaining support. The goals are to preserve the predictive power of the underlying theory, to test fundamental symmetries with the nucleus as laboratory and to develop new understandings of the full range of complex quantum phenomena. Advances in theoretical frameworks (renormalization and many-body methods) as well as in computational resources (new algorithms and leadership-class parallel computers) signal a new generation of theory and simulations that will yield profound insights into the origins of nuclear shell structure, collective phenomena and complex reaction dynamics. Fundamental discovery opportunities also exist in such areas as physics beyond the Standard Model of Elementary Particles, the transition between hadronic and quark-gluon dominated dynamics in nuclei and signals that characterize dark matter. I will review some recent achievements and present ambitious consensus plans along with their challenges for a coming decade of research that will build new links between theory, simulations and experiment. Opportunities for graduate students to embark upon careers in the fast developing field of supercomputer simulations is also discussed.

Vary, James P.

2014-06-01

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Hamiltonian Learning and Certification Using Quantum Resources

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In recent years quantum simulation has made great strides, culminating in experiments that existing supercomputers cannot easily simulate. Although this raises the possibility that special purpose analog quantum simulators may be able to perform computational tasks that existing computers cannot, it also introduces a major challenge: certifying that the quantum simulator is in fact simulating the correct quantum dynamics. We provide an algorithm that, under relatively weak assumptions, can be used to efficiently infer the Hamiltonian of a large but untrusted quantum simulator using a trusted quantum simulator. We illustrate the power of this approach by showing numerically that it can inexpensively learn the Hamiltonians for large frustrated Ising models, demonstrating that quantum resources can make certifying analog quantum simulators tractable.

Wiebe, Nathan; Granade, Christopher; Ferrie, Christopher; Cory, D. G.

2014-05-01

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Information, disturbance and Hamiltonian quantum feedback control

We consider separating the problem of designing Hamiltonian quantum feedback control algorithms into a measurement (estimation) strategy and a feedback (control) strategy, and consider optimizing desirable properties of each under the minimal constraint that the available strength of both is limited. This motivates concepts of information extraction and disturbance which are distinct from those usually considered in quantum information theory. Using these concepts we identify an information trade-off in quantum feedback control.

Andrew C. Doherty; Kurt Jacobs; Gerard Jungman

2000-06-03

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Remarks on Quadratic Hamiltonians in Spaceflight Mechanics

Remarks on Quadratic Hamiltonians in Spaceflight Mechanics Bernard Bonnard1 , Jean-Baptiste Caillau in spaceflight mechanics when the averaged system of energy minimizing trajectories of the Kepler equation

Caillau, Jean-Baptiste

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Quaternionic Formulation of Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics

Quaternionic formulation of supersymmetric quantum mechanics has been developed consistently in terms of Hamiltonians, superpartner Hamiltonians, and supercharges for free particle and interacting field in one and three dimensions. Supercharges, superpartner Hamiltonians and energy eigenvalues are discussed and it has been shown that the results are consistent with the results of quantum mechanics.

Seema Rawat; O. P. S. Negi

2007-03-18

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We discuss the arguments for suspecting that there exists a classical, i.e. deterministic theory underlying quantum mechanics. A difficulty is that an explanation must be found of the fact that the Hamiltonian, which is defined to be the operator that generates evolution in time, is bounded from below. The mechanism that can produce exactly such a constraint is identified in

Gerard't Hooft

2007-01-01

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Quantum Finance Hamiltonian for Coupon Bond European and Barrier Options

Quantum Finance Hamiltonian for Coupon Bond European and Barrier Options Belal E. Baaquie RMI are financial derivatives that can be analyzed in the Hamiltonian formulation of quantum finance. Forward-2963 Fax: (65) 6777-6126 Email: phybeb@nus.edu.sg #12;Quantum Finance Hamiltonian for Coupon Bond European

Chaudhuri, Sanjay

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We have developed a parameterized semi-empirical Hamiltonian for phosphorous for simulation studies of phosphorous-based nanostructures including phosphorous-doped silicon nanowires.This Hamiltonian models the environment-dependent electron-ion and ion-ion interactions and electron-electron correlations, by capturing the salient features of ab initio Hamiltonians/ab initio methods, (e.g., electron screening and charge self-consistency).Such a semi-empirical Hamiltonian has been shown to be successful in predicting the properties of intermediate-sized silicon, boron, and carbon clusters and extended structures of boron and silicon [1-4]. We optimized the parameters of our Hamiltonian for phosphorous by fitting the properties of bulk (black phosphorous) and small clusters (P2 to P10) as obtained by our method to ab initio calculations. It is expected that such a Hamiltonian will have the predictive power to enable the study of larger phosphorous based nanostructures that are not possible via ab initio studies. [4pt] [1] C. Leahy, et al, Phys. Rev. B 74,155408 (2006). [2 ]P. Tandy, et al, Bulletin of the APS,2009 APS March Meeting Vol. 54, Num.1, Sess. D26, [3] Ming Yu, et al, J. Chem. Phys. 130,184708 (2009). [4] Ming Yu, S.Y. Wu, and C.S. Jayanthi, Physica E 42, 1 (2009).

Tandy, Paul; Leahy, Christopher; Yu, Ming; Jayanthi, C. S.; Wu, S. Y.

2011-03-01

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Hamiltonian mechanics of stochastic acceleration.

We show how to find the physical Langevin equation describing the trajectories of particles undergoing collisionless stochastic acceleration. These stochastic differential equations retain not only one-, but two-particle statistics, and inherit the Hamiltonian nature of the underlying microscopic equations. This opens the door to using stochastic variational integrators to perform simulations of stochastic interactions such as Fermi acceleration. We illustrate the theory by applying it to two example problems. PMID:24266476

Burby, J W; Zhmoginov, A I; Qin, H

2013-11-01

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Bilinear and quadratic Hamiltonians in two-mode cavity quantum electrodynamics

In this work we show how to engineer bilinear and quadratic Hamiltonians in cavity quantum electrodynamics (QED) through the interaction of a single driven two-level atom with cavity modes. The validity of the engineered Hamiltonians is numerically analyzed even considering the effects of both dissipative mechanisms, the cavity field and the atom. The present scheme can be used, in both optical and microwave regimes, for quantum state preparation, the implementation of quantum logical operations, and fundamental tests of quantum theory.

F. O. Prado; N. G. de Almeida; M. H. Y. Moussa; C. J. Villas-Boas

2006-02-20

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Hamiltonian quantum simulation with bounded-strength controls

We propose dynamical control schemes for Hamiltonian simulation in many-body quantum systems that avoid instantaneous control operations and rely solely on realistic bounded-strength control Hamiltonians. Each simulation ...

Bookatz, Adam D.

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Statistical mechanics of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians

This paper investigates the thermodynamics of a large class of non-Hermitian, PT-symmetric oscillators. The energy spectrum is obtained by second-order WKB approximation, which turns out to be very accurate even for small quantum numbers, and used to generate the quantum partition function. Graphs showing the thermal behavior of the entropy and the specific heat, at all regimes of temperature, are given. To obtain the corresponding classical partition function it is necessary to integrate over a complex "phase space". For the wrong-sign quartic, whose equivalent Hermitian Hamiltonian is known exactly, it is demonstrated explicitly how this formulation arises, starting from the Hermitian case.

Jones, H F

2009-01-01

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Uncertainty relation for non-Hamiltonian quantum systems

General forms of uncertainty relations for quantum observables of non-Hamiltonian quantum systems are considered. Special cases of uncertainty relations are discussed. The uncertainty relations for non-Hamiltonian quantum systems are considered in the Schroedinger-Robertson form since it allows us to take into account Lie-Jordan algebra of quantum observables. In uncertainty relations, the time dependence of quantum observables and the properties of this dependence are discussed. We take into account that a time evolution of observables of a non-Hamiltonian quantum system is not an endomorphism with respect to Lie, Jordan, and associative multiplications.

Tarasov, Vasily E. [Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation)] [Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation)

2013-01-15

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Optimizing adiabaticity in quantum mechanics

A condition on the Hamiltonian of a time-dependent quantum mechanical system is derived which, if satisfied, implies optimal adiabaticity (defined below). The condition is expressed in terms of the Hamiltonian and in terms of the evolution operator related to it. Since the latter depends in a complicated way on the Hamiltonian, it is not yet clear how the condition can be used to extract useful information about the optimal Hamiltonian. The condition is tested on an exactly-soluble time-dependent problem (a spin in a magnetic field), where perfectly adiabatic evolution can be easily identified.

MacKenzie, R; Renaud-Desjardins, L

2011-01-01

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Optimizing adiabaticity in quantum mechanics

A condition on the Hamiltonian of a time-dependent quantum mechanical system is derived which, if satisfied, implies optimal adiabaticity (defined below). The condition is expressed in terms of the Hamiltonian and in terms of the evolution operator related to it. Since the latter depends in a complicated way on the Hamiltonian, it is not yet clear how the condition can be used to extract useful information about the optimal Hamiltonian. The condition is tested on an exactly-soluble time-dependent problem (a spin in a magnetic field), where perfectly adiabatic evolution can be easily identified.

R. MacKenzie; M. Pineault; L. Renaud-Desjardins

2011-09-12

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Faster than Hermitian quantum mechanics.

Given an initial quantum state |psi(I)> and a final quantum state |psi(F)>, there exist Hamiltonians H under which |psi(I)> evolves into |psi(F)>. Consider the following quantum brachistochrone problem: subject to the constraint that the difference between the largest and smallest eigenvalues of H is held fixed, which H achieves this transformation in the least time tau? For Hermitian Hamiltonians tau has a nonzero lower bound. However, among non-Hermitian PT-symmetric Hamiltonians satisfying the same energy constraint, tau can be made arbitrarily small without violating the time-energy uncertainty principle. This is because for such Hamiltonians the path from |psi(I)> to |psi(F)> can be made short. The mechanism described here is similar to that in general relativity in which the distance between two space-time points can be made small if they are connected by a wormhole. This result may have applications in quantum computing. PMID:17358747

Bender, Carl M; Brody, Dorje C; Jones, Hugh F; Meister, Bernhard K

2007-01-26

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Evolution Law of Quantum Observables from Classical Hamiltonian in Non-Commutative Phase Space

The evolution equations of quantum observables are derived from the classical Hamiltonian equations of motion with the only additional assumption that the phase space is non-commutative. The demonstration of the quantum evolution laws is quite general; it does not rely on any assumption on the operator nature of x and p and is independent of the quantum mechanical formalism.

Daniela Dragoman

2006-04-11

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Experimental Quantum Hamiltonian Identification from Measurement Time Traces

Identifying Hamiltonian of a quantum system is of vital importance for quantum information processing. In this Letter, we realized and benchmarked a quantum Hamiltonian identification algorithm recently proposed [Phys. Rev. Lett. \\textbf{113}, 080401 (2014)]. we realized the algorithm on liquid nuclear magnetic resonance quantum information processor using two different working media with different forms of Hamiltonian. Our experiment realized the quantum identification algorithm based on free induction decay signals. We also showed how to process data obtained in practical experiment. We studied the influence of decoherence by numerical simulations. Our experiments and simulations demonstrate that the algorithm is effective and robust.

Shi-yao Hou; Hang Li; Gui-Lu Long

2014-10-15

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Mathematical preliminaries; 3. The rules of quantum mechanics; 4. The connection between the fundamental rules and wave mechanics; 5. Further illustrations of the rules of quantum mechanics; 6. Further developments in one-dimensional wave mechanics; 7. The theory of angular momentum; 8. Wave mechanics in three dimensions: hydrogenic atoms; 9. Time-independent approximations for bound state problems; 10. Applications of static perturbation theory; 11. Identical particles; 12. Atomic structure; 13. Molecules; 14. The stability of matter; 15. Photons; 16. Interaction of non-relativistic charged particles and radiation; 17. Further topics in perturbation theory; 18. Scattering; 19. Special relativity and quantum mechanics: the Klein–Gordon equation; 20. The Dirac equation; 21. Interaction of a relativistic spin 1/2 particle with an external electromagnetic field; 22. The Dirac field; 23. Interaction between relativistic electrons, positrons, and photons; 24. The quantum mechanics of weak interactions; 25. The quantum measurement problem; Appendix A: useful inequalities for quantum mechanics; Appendix B: Bell's inequality; Appendix C: spin of the photon: vector spherical waves; Works cited; Bibliography; Index.

Commins, Eugene D.

2014-10-01

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NSDL National Science Digital Library

This website contains a number of descriptions of quantum mechanical phenomena, using 3D animations to illustrate the physics. The goal is to introduce basic concepts and phenomena using simulations rather than complex mathematics. The time-dependence of quantum systems is a focus of this material.

De Raedt, Hans; Michielsen, Kristel

2010-03-25

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A geometric Hamiltonian description of composite quantum systems and quantum entanglement

Finite-dimensional Quantum Mechanics can be geometrically formulated as a proper classical-like Hamiltonian theory in a projective Hilbert space. The description of composite quantum systems within the geometric Hamiltonian framework is discussed in this paper. As summarized in the first part of this work, in the Hamiltonian formulation the phase space of a quantum system is the Kahler manifold given by the complex projective space P(H) of the Hilbert space H of the considered quantum theory. However the phase space of a bipartite system must be given by the projective space of the tensor product of two Hilbert spaces H and K and not simply by the cartesian product P(H)xP(K) as suggested by the analogy with Classical Mechanics. A part of this paper is devoted to manage this problem. In the second part of the work, a definition of quantum entanglement and a proposal of entanglement measure are given in terms of a geometrical point of view (a rather studied topic in recent literature). Finally two known separability criteria are implemented in the Hamiltonian formalism.

Davide Pastorello

2014-08-08

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Loop quantum gravity without the Hamiltonian constraint

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We show that under certain technical assumptions, including the existence of a constant mean curvature (CMC) slice and strict positivity of the scalar field, general relativity conformally coupled to a scalar field can be quantized on a partially reduced phase space, meaning reduced only with respect to the Hamiltonian constraint and a proper gauge fixing. More precisely, we introduce, in close analogy to shape dynamics, the generator of a local conformal transformation acting on both, the metric and the scalar field, which coincides with the CMC gauge condition. A new metric, which is invariant under this transformation, is constructed and used to define connection variables which can be quantized by standard loop quantum gravity methods. Since this connection is invariant under the local conformal transformation, the generator of which is shown to be a good gauge fixing for the Hamiltonian constraint, the Dirac bracket associated with implementing these constraints coincides with the Poisson bracket for the connection. Thus, the well developed kinematical quantization techniques for loop quantum gravity are available, while the Hamiltonian constraint has been solved (more precisely, gauge fixed) classically. The physical interpretation of this system is that of general relativity on a fixed spatial CMC slice, the associated ‘time’ of which is given by the CMC. While it is hard to address dynamical problems in this framework (due to the complicated ‘time’ function), it seems, due to good accessibility properties of the CMC gauge, to be well suited for problems such as the computation of black hole entropy, where actual physical states can be counted and the dynamics is only of indirect importance. The corresponding calculation yields the surprising result that the usual prescription of fixing the Barbero-Immirzi parameter ? to a constant value in order to obtain the well-known formula S = a(?)A/(4G) does not work for the black holes under consideration, while a recently proposed prescription involving an analytic continuation of ? to the case of a self-dual space-time connection yields the correct result. Also, the interpretation of the geometric operators gets an interesting twist, which exemplifies the deep relationship between observables and the choice of a time function and has consequences for loop quantum cosmology.

Bodendorfer, N.; Stottmeister, A.; Thurn, A.

2013-04-01

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Entanglement Hamiltonian of the quantum Néel state

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

2D projected entangled pair states (PEPS) provide a unique framework giving access to detailed entanglement features of correlated (spin or electronic) systems. For a bi-partitioned quantum system, it has been argued that the entanglement spectrum (ES) is in a one-to-one correspondence with the physical edge spectrum on the cut and that the structure of the corresponding entanglement Hamiltonian (EH) reflects closely bulk properties (finite correlation length, criticality, topological order, etc). However, entanglement properties of systems with spontaneously broken continuous symmetry are still not fully understood. The spin-1/2 square lattice Heisenberg antiferromagnet provides a simple example showing spontaneous breaking of SU(2) symmetry down to U(1). The ground state can be viewed as a ‘quantum Néel state’ where the classical (Néel) staggered magnetization is reduced by quantum fluctuations. Here I consider the (critical) resonating valence bond (RVB) state doped with spinons to describe such a state; this enables the use of the associated PEPS representation (with virtual bond dimension D = 3) to compute the EH and the ES for a partition of an (infinite) cylinder. In particular, I find that the EH is (almost exactly) a chain of a dilute mixture of heavy (? spins) and light (? spins) hardcore bosons, where light particles are subject to long-range hoppings. The corresponding ES shows drastic differences with the typical ES obtained previously for ground states with restored SU(2)-symmetry (on finite systems).

Poilblanc, Didier

2014-10-01

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PT quantum mechanics - Recent results

Most quantum physicists believe that a quantum-mechanical Hamiltonian must be Dirac Hermitian (invariant under matrix transposition and complex conjugation) to be sure that the energy eigenvalues are real and that time evolution is unitary. However, the non-Dirac-hermitian Hamiltonian H p{sup 2}+ix{sup 3} has a real positive discrete spectrum and generates unitary time evolution and defines a fully consistent and physical quantum theory. Evidently, Dirac Hermiticity is too restrictive. While H = p{sup 2}+ix{sup 3} is not Dirac Hermitian, it is PT symmetric (invariant under combined space reflection P and time reversal T). Another PT-symmetric Hamiltonian whose energy levels are real, positive and discrete is H = p{sup 2}-x{sup 4}, which contains an upside-down potential. The quantum mechanics defined by a PT-symmetric Hamiltonian is a complex generalization of ordinary quantum mechanics. When quantum mechanics and quantum field theory are extended into the complex domain, new kinds of theories having strange and remarkable properties emerge. In the past two years some of these properties have been verified in laboratory experiments. Here, we first discuss PT-symmetric Hamiltonians at a simple intuitive level and explain why the energy levels of such Hamiltonians may be real, positive, and discrete. Second, we describe a recent experiment in which the PT phase transition was observed. Third, we briefly mention that PT-symmetric theories can be useful at a fundamental level. While the double-scaling limit of an O(N)-symmetric g{phi}{sup 4} quantum field theory appears to be inconsistent because the critical value of g is negative, this limit is in fact not inconsistent because the critical theory is PT symmetric.

Bender, Carl M. [Physics Department, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130 (United States)

2012-09-26

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Canonical Transformations in Quantum Mechanics

Three elementary canonical transformations are shown both to have quantum implementations as finite transformations and to generate, classically and infinitesimally, the full canonical algebra. A general canonical transformation can, in principle, be realized quantum mechanically as a product of these transformations. It is found that the intertwining of two super-Hamiltonians is equivalent to there being a canonical transformation between them. A consequence is that the procedure for solving a differential equation can be viewed as a sequence of elementary canonical transformations trivializing the super-Hamiltonian associated to the equation. It is proposed that the quantum integrability of a system is equivalent to the existence of such a sequence.

Arlen Anderson

1992-05-22

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Quantum System Identification: Hamiltonian Estimation using Spectral and Bayesian Analysis

Identifying the Hamiltonian of a quantum system from experimental data is considered. General limits on the identifiability of model parameters with limited experimental resources are investigated, and a specific Bayesian estimation procedure is proposed and evaluated for a model system where a-priori information about the Hamiltonian's structure is available.

S. G. Schirmer; F. C. Langbein

2009-11-28

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Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics

Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics Chapter 5 problems LAST NAME FIRST NAME #12 with the effective electron mass at the band edges. #12;Applied quantum mechanics 3 (c) Write a computer program

Levi, Anthony F. J.

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Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics

Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics Chapter 1 problems LAST NAME FIRST NAME #12 happens to the beat frequency if the airplane moves in an arc? #12;Applied quantum mechanics 3 Problem 1

Levi, Anthony F. J.

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Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics

Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics Chapter 8 problems LAST NAME FIRST NAME #12;Applied quantum mechanics 3 (b) If the electron is in a semiconductor and has an effective mass m * 0.07 m

Levi, Anthony F. J.

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Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics

Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics Chapter 10 problems LAST NAME FIRST NAME #12 Â( ) L/( )= L/ #12;Applied quantum mechanics 3 (d) Use the results of (b) an (c) to draw the electron

Levi, Anthony F. J.

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Gapped spin Hamiltonian motivated by quantum teleportation

We construct a Hamiltonian whose ground state encodes a time-independent emulation of quan- tum teleportation. We calculate properties of the Hamiltonian, using exact diagonalization and a mean-field theory, and argue that it has a gap. The system exhibits an illuminating relationship to the well-known AKLT (Affleck, Lieb, Kennedy and Tasaki) model.

Ari Mizel

2014-10-07

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Supersymmetric q-deformed quantum mechanics

A supersymmetric q-deformed quantum mechanics is studied in the weak deformation approximation of the Weyl-Heisenberg algebra. The corresponding supersymmetric q-deformed hamiltonians and charges are constructed explicitly.

Traikia, M. H.; Mebarki, N. [Laboratoire de Physique Mathematique et Subatomique, Mentouri University, Constantine (Algeria)

2012-06-27

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Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics

Supersymmetric quantum mechanics (SUSY QM) is a powerful tool for generating new potentials with known spectra departing from an initial solvable one. In these lecture notes we will present some general formulae concerning SUSY QM of first second order for one-dimensional arbitrary systems, we will illustrate the method through the trigonometric Poeschl-Teller potentials. Some intrinsically related subjects, as the algebraic structure inherited by the new Hamiltonians and the corresponding coherent states will be analyzed. The technique will be as well implemented for periodic potentials, for which the corresponding spectrum is composed of allowed bands separated by energy gaps.

David, J.; Fernandez, C. [Depto. de Fisica, Cinvestav, A.P. 14-740, 07000 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

2010-10-11

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2T Physics and Quantum Mechanics

We use a local scale invariance of a classical Hamiltonian and describe how to construct six different formulations of quantum mechanics in spaces with two time-like dimensions. All these six formulations have the same classical limit described by the same Hamiltonian. One of these formulations is used as a basis for a complementation of the usual quantum mechanics when in the presence of gravity.

W. Chagas-Filho

2008-02-20

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The ubiquity of the symplectic hamiltonian equations in mechanics

In this paper, we derive a "hamiltonian formalism" for a wide class of mechanical systems, including classical hamiltonian systems, nonholonomic systems, some classes of servomechanism... This construction strongly relies in the geometry characterizing the different systems. In particular, we obtain that the class of the so-called algebroids covers a great variety of mechanical systems. Finally, as the main result, a hamiltonian symplectic realization of systems defined on algebroids is obtained.

P. Balseiro; M. de Leon; J. C. Marrero; D. Martin de Diego

2008-11-26

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Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics

Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics Chapter 6 problems LAST NAME FIRST NAME #12 --- and that for a Poisson distribution of such photons #12; 1 2 n ---------------- Applied quantum mechanics 3 (c) Apply conditions is the quantum mechanical result m t 2 2 d d x xd d V x Â= the same Newton's second law in which

Levi, Anthony F. J.

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Fast universal quantum computation with railroad-switch local Hamiltonians

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present two universal models of quantum computation with a time-independent, frustration-free Hamiltonian. The first construction uses 3-local (qubit) projectors and the second one requires only 2-local qubit-qutrit projectors. We build on Feynman's Hamiltonian computer idea [R. Feynman, Optics News 11, 11 (1985)] and use a railroad-switch-type clock register. The resources required to simulate a quantum circuit with L gates in this model are O(L ) small-dimensional quantum systems (qubits or qutrits), a time-independent Hamiltonian composed of O(L ) local, constant norm, projector terms, the possibility to prepare computational basis product states, a running time O(L log2 L), and the possibility to measure a few qubits in the computational basis. Our models also give a simplified proof of the universality of 3-local adiabatic quantum computation.

Nagaj, Daniel

2010-06-01

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Effective Hamiltonian for the hybrid double quantum dot qubit

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Quantum dot hybrid qubits formed from three electrons in double quantum dots represent a promising compromise between high speed and simple fabrication for solid state implementations of single-qubit and two-qubits quantum logic ports. We derive the Schrieffer-Wolff effective Hamiltonian that describes in a simple and intuitive way the qubit by combining a Hubbard-like model with a projector operator method. As a result, the Hubbard-like Hamiltonian is transformed in an equivalent expression in terms of the exchange coupling interactions between pairs of electrons. The effective Hamiltonian is exploited to derive the dynamical behavior of the system and its eigenstates on the Bloch sphere to generate qubits operation for quantum logic ports. A realistic implementation in silicon and the coupling of the qubit with a detector are discussed.

Ferraro, E.; De Michielis, M.; Mazzeo, G.; Fanciulli, M.; Prati, E.

2014-05-01

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We discuss the arguments for suspecting that there exists a classical, i.e. deterministic theory underlying quantum mechanics. A difficulty is that an explanation must be found of the fact that the Hamiltonian, which is defined to be the operator that generates evolution in time, is bounded from below. The mechanism that can produce exactly such a constraint is identified in this paper. It is the fact that not all classical data are registered in the quantum description. Large sets of values of these data are assumed to be indistinguishable, forming equivalence classes. It is argued that this should be attributed to information loss, such as what one might suspect to happen during the formation and annihilation of virtual black holes. The nature of the equivalence classes is further elucidated, as it follows from the positivity of the Hamiltonian. Our world is assumed to consist of a very large number of subsystems that may be regarded as approximately independent, or weakly interacting with one another. As long as two (or more) sectors of our world are treated as being independent, they all must be demanded to be restricted to positive energy states only. What follows from these considerations is a unique definition of energy in the quantum system in terms of the periodicity of the limit cycles of the deterministic model. An example of a deterministic dissipative model producing exact quantum mechanics is provided for the case of a finite-dimensional vector space. These lecture notes have been produced partly from material published earlier, and as such contain more material than what could be presented in the talk.

't Hooft, Gerard

2007-04-01

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Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics

Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics Chapter 6 problems LAST NAME FIRST NAME #12 of the system. (b) Find . (c) Find and show that . Under what conditions is the quantum mechanical result( ) td d A t( ) t A td d A /= A B i 2 --- A^ B^,[ ] A^ B^ Et 2 --- n n 1 2 --- #12;Applied quantum

Levi, Anthony F. J.

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Efficient extraction of quantum Hamiltonians from optimal laboratory data

Optimal identification (OI) is a recently developed procedure for extracting information about quantum Hamiltonians from experimental data. It employs techniques from coherent learning control to drive the quantum system such that dynamical measurements provide maximal information about its Hamiltonian. OI is an optimal procedure as initially presented; however, the data inversion component is computationally expensive. Here, we demonstrate that highly efficient global, nonlinear, map-facilitated inversion procedures can be combined with the OI concept to make it more suitable for laboratory implementation. A simulation of map-facilitated OI illustrates how the input-output maps can greatly accelerate the data inversion process.

Geremia, J.M.; Rabitz, Herschel A. [Physics and Control and Dynamic Systems, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 (United States)

2004-08-01

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-symmetric quantum mechanics (PTQM) has become a hot area of research and investigation. Since its beginnings in 1998, there have been over 1000 published papers and more than 15 international conferences entirely devoted to this research topic. Originally, PTQM was studied at a highly mathematical level and the techniques of complex variables, asymptotics, differential equations and perturbation theory were used to understand the subtleties associated with the analytic continuation of eigenvalue problems. However, as experiments on -symmetric physical systems have been performed, a simple and beautiful physical picture has emerged, and a -symmetric system can be understood as one that has a balanced loss and gain. Furthermore, the phase transition can now be understood intuitively without resorting to sophisticated mathe- matics. Research on PTQM is following two different paths: at a fundamental level, physicists are attempting to understand the underlying mathematical structure of these theories with the long-range objective of applying the techniques of PTQM to understanding some of the outstanding problems in physics today, such as the nature of the Higgs particle, the properties of dark matter, the matter–antimatter asymmetry in the universe, neutrino oscillations and the cosmological constant; at an applied level, new kinds of -synthetic materials are being developed, and the phase transition is being observed in many physical contexts, such as lasers, optical wave guides, microwave cavities, superconducting wires and electronic circuits. The purpose of this Theme Issue is to acquaint the reader with the latest developments in PTQM. The articles in this volume are written in the style of mini-reviews and address diverse areas of the emerging and exciting new area of -symmetric quantum mechanics. PMID:23509390

Bender, Carl M; DeKieviet, Maarten; Klevansky, S. P.

2013-01-01

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Bohmian mechanics contradicts quantum mechanics

Bohmian mechanics contradicts quantum mechanics Arnold Neumaier Institut fur Mathematik, Universit and quantum mechanics predict values of opposite sign for certain time correlations. The discrepancy can no loophole for claiming that Bohmian mechanics reproduces all predictions of quantum mechanics exactly

Neumaier, Arnold

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The detectability lemma and its applications to quantum Hamiltonian complexity

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Quantum Hamiltonian complexity, an emerging area at the intersection of condensed matter physics and quantum complexity theory, studies the properties of local Hamiltonians and their ground states. In this paper we focus on a seemingly specialized technical tool, the detectability lemma (DL), introduced in the context of the quantum PCP challenge (Aharonov et al 2009 arXiv:0811.3412), which is a major open question in quantum Hamiltonian complexity. We show that a reformulated version of the lemma is a versatile tool that can be used in place of the celebrated Lieb-Robinson (LR) bound to prove several important results in quantum Hamiltonian complexity. The resulting proofs are much simpler, more combinatorial and provide a plausible path toward tackling some fundamental open questions in Hamiltonian complexity. We provide an alternative simpler proof of the DL that removes a key restriction in the original statement (Aharonov et al 2009 arXiv:0811.3412), making it more suitable for the broader context of quantum Hamiltonian complexity. Specifically, we first use the DL to provide a one-page proof of Hastings' result that the correlations in the ground states of gapped Hamiltonians decay exponentially with distance (Hastings 2004 Phys. Rev. B 69 104431). We then apply the DL to derive a simpler and more intuitive proof of Hastings' seminal one-dimensional (1D) area law (Hastings 2007 J. Stat. Mech. (2007) P8024) (both these proofs are restricted to frustration-free systems). Proving the area law for two and higher dimensions is one of the most important open questions in the field of Hamiltonian complexity, and the combinatorial nature of the DL-based proof holds out hope for a possible generalization. Indeed, soon after the first publication of the methods presented here, they were applied to derive exponential improvements to Hastings' result (Arad et al 2011, Aharonov et al 2011) in the case of frustration-free 1D systems. Finally, we also provide a more general explanation of how the DL can be used to replace the LR bound.

Aharonov, Dorit; Arad, Itai; Vazirani, Umesh; Landau, Zeph

2011-11-01

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Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics Chapter 9 problems LAST NAME FIRST NAME #12 10 cm 1Â = 2 1Ã? 0.2Ã? Âµm 3 2 Âµm 100 ÂµA #12;Applied quantum mechanics 3 Problem 9.4 Modify the computer

Levi, Anthony F. J.

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A New Class of non-Hermitian Quantum Hamiltonians with PT Symmetry

In a remarkable development Bender and coworkers have shown that it is possible to formulate quantum mechanics consistently even if the Hamiltonian and other observables are not Hermitian. Their formulation, dubbed PT quantum mechanics, replaces hermiticity by another set of requirements, notably that the Hamiltonian should be invariant under the discrete symmetry PT, where P denotes parity and T denotes time reversal. All prior work has focused on the case that time reversal is even (T^2 = 1). We generalize the formalism to the case of odd time reversal (T^2 = -1). We discover an analogue of Kramer's theorem for PT quantum mechanics, present a prototypical example of a PT quantum system with odd time reversal, and discuss potential applications of the formalism. Odd time reversal symmetry applies to fermionic systems including quarks and leptons and a plethora of models in nuclear, atomic and condensed matter physics. PT quantum mechanics makes it possible to enlarge the set of possible Hamiltonians that physicists could deploy to describe fundamental physics beyond the standard model or for the effective description of condensed matter phenomena.

Katherine Jones-Smith; Harsh Mathur

2009-08-28

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Can Quantum Mechanics Heal Classical Singularities?

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We study a broad class of spacetimes whose metric coefficients reduce to powers of a radius r in the limit of small r. We show that a large subset of classically singular spacetimes is nevertheless nonsingular quantum mechanically, in that the Hamiltonian operator is essentially self-adjoint so the evolution of quantum wave packets lacks the ambiguity associated with scattering off singularities.

Helliwell, T. M.; Konkowski, D. A.

2008-09-01

67

Hamiltonian identification through enhanced observability utilizing quantum control

This paper considers Hamiltonian identification for a controllable quantum system with non-degenerate transitions and a known initial state. We assume to have at our disposal a single scalar control input and the population measure of only one state at an (arbitrarily large) final time T. We prove that the quantum dipole moment matrix is locally observable in the following sense: for any two close but distinct dipole moment matrices, we construct discriminating controls giving two different measurements. Such discriminating controls are constructed to have three well defined temporal components, as inspired by Ramsey interferometry. This result suggests that what may appear at first to be very restrictive measurements are actually rich for identification, when combined with well designed discriminating controls, to uniquely identify the complete dipole moment of such systems. The assessment supports the employment of quantum control as a promising means to achieve high quality identification of a Hamiltonian.

Zaki Leghtas; Gabriel Turinici; Herschel Rabitz; Pierre Rouchon

2011-02-14

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The Hamiltonian Mechanics of Stochastic Acceleration

We show how to nd the physical Langevin equation describing the trajectories of particles un- dergoing collisionless stochastic acceleration. These stochastic di erential equations retain not only one-, but two-particle statistics, and inherit the Hamiltonian nature of the underlying microscopic equations. This opens the door to using stochastic variational integrators to perform simulations of stochastic interactions such as Fermi acceleration. We illustrate the theory by applying it to two example problems.

Burby, J. W.

2013-07-17

69

The Hamiltonian constraint in 3d Riemannian loop quantum gravity

We discretize the Hamiltonian scalar constraint of three-dimensional Riemannian gravity on a graph of the loop quantum gravity phase space. This Hamiltonian has a clear interpretation in terms of discrete geometries: it computes the extrinsic curvature from dihedral angles. The Wheeler-DeWitt equation takes the form of difference equations, which are actually recursion relations satisfied by Wigner symbols. On the boundary of a tetrahedron, the Hamiltonian generates the exact recursion relation on the 6j-symbol which comes from the Biedenharn-Elliott (pentagon) identity. This fills the gap between the canonical quantization and the symmetries of the Ponzano-Regge state-sum model for 3d gravity.

Valentin Bonzom; Laurent Freidel

2011-01-18

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The Hamiltonian constraint in 3d Riemannian loop quantum gravity

We discretize the Hamiltonian scalar constraint of three-dimensional Riemannian gravity on a graph of the loop quantum gravity phase space. This Hamiltonian has a clear interpretation in terms of discrete geometries: it computes the extrinsic curvature from dihedral angles. The Wheeler-DeWitt equation takes the form of difference equations, which are actually recursion relations satisfied by Wigner symbols. On the boundary of a tetrahedron, the Hamiltonian generates the exact recursion relation on the 6j-symbol which comes from the Biedenharn-Elliott (pentagon) identity. This fills the gap between the canonical quantization and the symmetries of the Ponzano-Regge state-sum model for 3d gravity.

Bonzom, Valentin

2011-01-01

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Quantum finance Hamiltonian for coupon bond European and barrier options.

Coupon bond European and barrier options are financial derivatives that can be analyzed in the Hamiltonian formulation of quantum finance. Forward interest rates are modeled as a two-dimensional quantum field theory and its Hamiltonian and state space is defined. European and barrier options are realized as transition amplitudes of the time integrated Hamiltonian operator. The double barrier option for a financial instrument is "knocked out" (terminated with zero value) if the price of the underlying instrument exceeds or falls below preset limits; the barrier option is realized by imposing boundary conditions on the eigenfunctions of the forward interest rates' Hamiltonian. The price of the European coupon bond option and the zero coupon bond barrier option are calculated. It is shown that, is general, the constraint function for a coupon bond barrier option can -- to a good approximation -- be linearized. A calculation using an overcomplete set of eigenfunctions yields an approximate price for the coupon bond barrier option, which is given in the form of an integral of a factor that results from the barrier condition times another factor that arises from the payoff function. PMID:18517460

Baaquie, Belal E

2008-03-01

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Quantum finance Hamiltonian for coupon bond European and barrier options

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Coupon bond European and barrier options are financial derivatives that can be analyzed in the Hamiltonian formulation of quantum finance. Forward interest rates are modeled as a two-dimensional quantum field theory and its Hamiltonian and state space is defined. European and barrier options are realized as transition amplitudes of the time integrated Hamiltonian operator. The double barrier option for a financial instrument is “knocked out” (terminated with zero value) if the price of the underlying instrument exceeds or falls below preset limits; the barrier option is realized by imposing boundary conditions on the eigenfunctions of the forward interest rates’ Hamiltonian. The price of the European coupon bond option and the zero coupon bond barrier option are calculated. It is shown that, is general, the constraint function for a coupon bond barrier option can—to a good approximation—be linearized. A calculation using an overcomplete set of eigenfunctions yields an approximate price for the coupon bond barrier option, which is given in the form of an integral of a factor that results from the barrier condition times another factor that arises from the payoff function.

Baaquie, Belal E.

2008-03-01

73

Quantum Mechanics Measurements, Mutually

Quantum Mechanics Measurements, Mutually Unbiased Bases and Finite Geometry Or why six is the first) #12;Quantum Mechanics for Dummies Finite dimensional quantum states are represented by trace one,1 -icS1,1[ ] #12;Quantum systems evolve and are measured. The evolution of a quantum system using

Gruner, Daniel S.

74

Newton algorithm for Hamiltonian characterization in quantum control

We propose a Newton algorithm to characterize the Hamiltonian of a quantum system interacting with a given laser field. The algorithm is based on the assumption that the evolution operator of the system is perfectly known at a fixed time. The computational scheme uses the Crank-Nicholson approximation to explicitly determine the derivatives of the propagator with respect to the Hamiltonians of the system. In order to globalize this algorithm, we use a continuation method that improves its convergence properties. This technique is applied to a two-level quantum system and to a molecular one with a double-well potential. The numerical tests show that accurate estimates of the unknown parameters are obtained in some cases. We discuss the numerical limits of the algorithm in terms of basin of convergence and non uniqueness of the solution.

M. Ndong; J. Salomon; D. Sugny

2014-06-30

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Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics

Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics Chapter 5 problems LAST NAME FIRST NAME #12 + --------------------------------------------- k = t 10/= t 1Â= Ek 2t kxL( ) 2t 2kxL( )cos+cos= t 10/= t 1Â= t 0.2Â= #12;Applied quantum mechanics 3 (c) Write a computer program to plot the electron density of states for a square lat- tice

Levi, Anthony F. J.

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We characterize the quasianti-Hermitian quaternionic operators in QQM by means of their spectra; moreover, we state a necessary and sufficient condition for a set of quasianti-Hermitian quaternionic operators to be anti-Hermitian with respect to a uniquely defined positive scalar product in a infinite dimensional (right) quaternionic Hilbert space. According to such results we obtain two alternative descriptions of a quantum

A. L. Stewart; G. Scolarici; L. Solombrino

1963-01-01

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A development of quantum theory that was initiated in the 1920s by Werner Heisenberg (1901-76) and Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961). The theory drew on a proposal made in 1925 Prince Louis de Broglie (1892-1987), that particles have wavelike properties (the wave-particle duality) and that an electron, for example, could in some respects be regarded as a wave with a wavelength that depended on its mo...

Murdin, P.

2000-11-01

78

Observer-based Hamiltonian identification for quantum systems

An observer-based Hamiltonian identification algorithm for quantum systems is proposed. For the 2-level case an exponential convergence result based on averaging arguments and some relevant transformations is provided. The convergence for multi-level cases is discussed using some heuristic arguments and the relevance of the method is tested via simulations. Finally, the robustness issue with respect to non-negligible uncertainties and experimental noises is also addressed on simulations.

Mazyar Mirrahimi; Pierre Rouchon

2007-03-07

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A path integral approach to quantum physics has been developed. Fractional path integrals over the paths of the Lévy flights are defined. It is shown that if the fractality of the Brownian trajectories leads to standard quantum and statistical mechanics, then the fractality of the Lévy paths leads to fractional quantum mechanics and fractional statistical mechanics. The fractional quantum and

Nikolai Laskin

2000-01-01

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Optical Lattice Hamiltonians for Relativistic Quantum Electrodynamics

We show how interpenetrating optical lattices containing Bose-Fermi mixtures can be constructed to emulate the thermodynamics of quantum electrodynamics (QED). We present models of neutral atoms on lattices in 1+1, 2+1 and 3+1 dimensions whose low energy effective action reduces to that of photons coupled to Dirac fermions of the corresponding dimensionality. We give special attention to 2+1 dimensional electrodynamics (QED3) and discuss how two of its most interesting features, chiral symmetry breaking and Chern-Simons physics, could be observed experimentally.

Eliot Kapit; Erich J. Mueller

2010-11-17

81

Quantum Mechanics in Quantum Computing

Mathew Johnson is a Ball State junior majoring in Mathematics (Option 1) with a minor in Physics. In his sophomore year, he participated in the student- faculty colloquium, where he explored quantum com- puting with several other students and faculty. Quantum mechanics is a scientific theory that seeks to describe atomic and subatomic particles (or quantum particles) as well as

Mathew Johnson

2003-01-01

82

Quantum Mechanics + Open Systems

Quantum Mechanics + Open Systems = Thermodynamics ? Jochen Gemmer TÂ¨ubingen, 09.02.2006 #12., World Scientific) #12;Fundamental Law or Emergent Description? Quantum Mechanics i t = (- 2 2m + V or Emergent Description? Quantum Mechanics i t = (- 2 2m + V ) "Heisenberg Cut" Classical Mechanics: m d2

Steinhoff, Heinz-JÃ¼rgen

83

Advances in relativistic molecular quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A quantum mechanical equation H?=E? is composed of three components, viz., Hamiltonian H, wave function ?, and property E(?), each of which is confronted with fundamental issues in the relativistic regime, e.g., (1) What is the most appropriate relativistic many-body Hamiltonian? How to solve the resulting equation? (2) How does the relativistic wave function behave at the coalescence of two electrons? How to do relativistic explicit correlation? (3) How to formulate relativistic properties properly?, to name just a few. It is shown here that the charge-conjugated contraction of Fermion operators, dictated by the charge conjugation symmetry, allows for a bottom-up construction of a relativistic Hamiltonian that is in line with the principles of quantum electrodynamics (QED). Various approximate but accurate forms of the Hamiltonian can be obtained based entirely on physical arguments. In particular, the exact two-component Hamiltonians can be formulated in a general way to cast electric and magnetic fields, as well as electron self-energy and vacuum polarization, into a unified framework. While such algebraic two-component Hamiltonians are incompatible with explicit correlation, four-component relativistic explicitly correlated approaches can indeed be made fully parallel to the nonrelativistic counterparts by virtue of the ‘extended no-pair projection’ and the coalescence conditions. These findings open up new avenues for future developments of relativistic molecular quantum mechanics. In particular, ‘molecular QED’ will soon become an active and exciting field.

Liu, Wenjian

2014-04-01

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Astrophysics Geometry QuantumMechanics Stochasticanalysis DifferentialEquations A N N U A L R E P O report 2010 6 Geometry 6 Stochastic analysis 8 Differential Equations 9 Astrophysics 11 Quantum Mechanics

Johansen, Tom Henning

85

Participation spectroscopy and entanglement Hamiltonian of quantum spin models

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Shannon–Rényi entropies and associated participation spectra quantify how much a many-body wave-function is localized in a given configuration basis. Using these tools, we present an analysis of the ground-state wave functions of various quantum spin systems in one and two dimensions. General ideas and a review of the current status of this field are first given, with a particular emphasis on universal subleading terms characterizing different quantum phases of matter, and associated transitions. We highlight the connection with the related entanglement entropies and spectra when this is possible. In a second part, new results are presented for the participation spectra of interacting spin models, mostly based on quantum Monte Carlo simulations, but also using perturbation theory in some cases. For full antiferromagnetic one-dimensional systems, participation spectra are analyzed in terms of ferromagnetic domain walls which experience a pairwise attractive interaction. This confinement potential is either linear for long-range Néel order, or logarithmic for quasi-long-range order. The case of subsystems is also analyzed in great detail for a 2d dimerized Heisenberg model undergoing a quantum phase transition between a gapped paramagnet and a Néel phase. Participation spectra of line shaped (1d) sub-systems are quantitatively compared with finite temperature participation spectra of ansatz effective boundary (1d) entanglement Hamiltonians. While short-range models describe almost perfectly the gapped side, the Néel regime is best compared using long-range effective Hamiltonians. Spectral comparisons performed using Kullback–Leibler divergences, a tool potentially useful for entanglement spectra, provide a quantitative way to identify both the best boundary entanglement Hamiltonian and effective temperature.

Luitz, David J.; Laflorencie, Nicolas; Alet, Fabien

2014-08-01

86

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

The purpose of this contribution is to give a very brief introduction to Quantum Mechanics for an audience of mathematicians. I will follow Segal's approach to Quantum Mechanics paying special attention to algebraic issues. The usual representation of Quantum Mechanics on Hilbert spaces is also discussed.

Eduardo J. S. Villaseñor

2008-04-23

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Kowalevski top in quantum mechanics

The quantum mechanical Kowalevski top is studied by the direct diagonalization of the Hamiltonian. The spectra show different behaviors depending on the region divided by the bifurcation sets of the classical invariant tori. Some of these spectra are nearly degenerate due to the multiplicity of the invariant tori. The Kowalevski top has several symmetries and symmetry quantum numbers can be assigned to the eigenstates. We have also carried out the semiclassical quantization of the Kowalevski top by the EBK formulation. It is found that the semiclassical spectra are close to the exact values, thus the eigenstates can be also labeled by the integer quantum numbers. The symmetries of the system are shown to have close relations with the semiclassical quantum numbers and the near-degeneracy of the spectra. -- Highlights: •Quantum spectra of the Kowalevski top are calculated. •Semiclassical quantization is carried out by the EBK formulation. •Quantum states are labeled by the semiclassical integer quantum numbers. •Multiplicity of the classical torus makes the spectra nearly degenerate. •Symmetries, quantum numbers and near-degenerate spectra are closely related.

Matsuyama, A., E-mail: spamatu@ipc.shizuoka.ac.jp

2013-09-15

88

Probabilistic Approach to Teaching the Principles of Quantum Mechanics

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Approaches the representation of quantum mechanics through Hilbert space postulates. Demonstrates that if the representation is to be accurate, an evolution operator of the form of a Hamiltonian must be used. (CP)

Santos, Emilio

1976-01-01

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Gapless modes of fractional quantum Hall edges: a Hamiltonian study

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We study the collective modes of the fractional quantum Hall edge states using the Hamiltonian formalism [1]. In this theory, the composite fermions are fully interacting; the collective modes are obtained within a conserving approximation which respects the constraints [2]. We present the gapless edge-mode dispersions at 1/3 and 2/5 filling fractions of unreconstructed and reconstructed edges. The dispersions are found to be nonlinear due to the variation of the effective magnetic field on the composite fermions. The implications of our study to the tunneling experiments into the edge of a fractional quantum Hall system [3] are discussed*. 1. R. Shankar and G. Murthy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4437 (1997). 2. G. Murthy, Phys. Rev. B 64, 195310 (2001). 3. A.M.Chang et. al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 143 (2000). * Work supported by the NSF, Grant number DMR 031176.

Nguyen, Hoang; Joglekar, Yogesh; Murthy, Ganpathy

2004-03-01

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Directed Transport of Atoms in a Hamiltonian Quantum Ratchet

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Classical ratchet potentials, which alternate a driving potential with periodic random dissipative motion, can account for the operation of biological motors. We demonstrate the operation of a quantum ratchet, which differs from classical ratchets in that dissipative processes are absent within the observation time of the system (Hamiltonian regime). An atomic rubidium Bose-Einstein condensate is exposed to a sawtooth-like optical lattice potential, whose amplitude is periodically modulated in time. The ratchet transport arises from broken spatiotemporal symmetries of the driven potential, resulting in a desymmetrization of transporting eigenstates (Floquet states). The full quantum character of the ratchet transport was demonstrated by the measured atomic current oscillating around a nonzero stationary value at longer observation times, resonances occurring at positions determined by the photon recoil, and dependence of the transport current on the initial phase of the driving potential.

Salger, Tobias; Kling, Sebastian; Hecking, Tim; Geckeler, Carsten; Morales-Molina, Luis; Weitz, Martin

2009-11-01

91

Quantum Mechanics II (Undergraduate)

, and applications of quantum mechanics to materials science/solid-state physics. Grades: Homework: 15%, Midertm: 40 other selected topics from quantum information (see the QUNET reference) and solid-state physics. All

Nickrent, Daniel L.

92

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

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This text is intended for junior/senior Quantum Mechanics courses. It covers the fundamentals of quantum theory in a concise manner, covering topics from the basic formalism through perturbation theory, the adiabatic approximation, and scattering.

Griffiths, David J.

2005-04-16

93

Quantum Mechanics of Proca Fields

We construct the most general physically admissible positive-definite inner product on the space of Proca fields. Up to a trivial scaling this defines a five-parameter family of Lorentz invariant inner products that we use to construct a genuine Hilbert space for the quantum mechanics of Proca fields. If we identify the generator of time-translations with the Hamiltonian, we obtain a unitary quantum system that describes first-quantized Proca fields and does not involve the conventional restriction to the positive-frequency fields. We provide a rather comprehensive analysis of this system. In particular, we examine the conserved current density responsible for the conservation of the probabilities, explore the global gauge symmetry underlying the conservation of the probabilities, obtain a probability current density, construct position, momentum, helicity, spin, and angular momentum operators, and determine the localized Proca fields. We also compute the generalized parity ($\\cP$), generalized time-reversal ...

Zamani, Farhad

2008-01-01

94

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Quantum recurrence and dynamic localization are investigated in a class of ac-driven tight-binding Hamiltonians, the Krawtchouk quantum chain, which in the undriven case provides a paradigmatic Hamiltonian model that realizes perfect quantum state transfer and mirror inversion. The equivalence between the ac-driven single-particle Krawtchouk Hamiltonian Hˆ(t) and the non-interacting ac-driven bosonic junction Hamiltonian enables to determine in a closed form the quasi energy spectrum of Hˆ(t) and the conditions for exact wave packet reconstruction (dynamic localization). In particular, we show that quantum recurrence, which is predicted by the general quantum recurrence theorem, is exact for the Krawtchouk quantum chain in a dense range of the driving amplitude. Exact quantum recurrence provides perfect wave packet reconstruction at a frequency which is fractional than the driving frequency, a phenomenon that can be referred to as fractional dynamic localization.

Longhi, Stefano

2014-06-01

95

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This web site contains resources for a comprehensive quantum mechanics course designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students at Cal Tech. The course has been revised to include quantum information science, and prepares students for a course in quantum computation. Lecture notes, a syllabus, homework problems with solutions, and exam solutions are available.

Mabuchi, Hideo

2011-01-21

96

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This web site contains resources for a comprehensive quantum mechanics course designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students at Cal Tech. The course has been revised to include quantum information science, and prepares students for a course in quantum computation. Lecture notes, a syllabus, homework problems with solutions, and exam solutions are available.

Mabuchi, Hideo

2005-12-05

97

Most classical mechanical systems are based on dynamical variables whose values are real numbers. Energy conservation is then guaranteed if the dynamical equations are phrased in terms of a Hamiltonian function, which then leads to differential equations in the time variable. If these real dynamical variables are instead replaced by integers, and also the time variable is restricted to integers, it appears to be hard to enforce energy conservation unless one can also derive a Hamiltonian formalism for that case. We here show how the Hamiltonian formalism works here, and how it may yield the usual Hamilton equations in the continuum limit. The question was motivated by the author's investigations of special quantum systems that allow for a deterministic interpretation. The 'discrete Hamiltonian formalism' appears to shed new light on these approaches.

Gerard 't Hooft

2013-12-04

98

Covariant quantum mechanics and quantum symmetries

Covariant quantum mechanics and quantum symmetries Josef JanyÅ¸ska 1 , Marco Modugno 2 , Dirk Saller: quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, general relativity, infinitesimal symmetries. 2000 MSC: 81P99, 81Q Introduction 2 2 Covariant quantum mechanics 5 2.1 Classical background

JanyÂ?ka, Josef

99

The role of time in quantum mechanics has been and is still very controversial. The purpose of this paper was to explore the historical interpretation of time in quantum mechanics, to determine the current status of this problem-L and to investigate...

Chapin, Kimberly R.

2012-06-07

100

Geometrization of Quantum Mechanics

We show that it is possible to represent various descriptions of Quantum Mechanics in geometrical terms. In particular we start with the space of observables and use the momentum map associated with the unitary group to provide an unified geometrical description for the different pictures of Quantum Mechanics. This construction provides an alternative to the usual GNS construction for pure states.

J. F. Carinena; J. Clemente-Gallardo; G. Marmo

2007-01-19

101

Advanced Visual Quantum Mechanics

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This page provides links to a range of teaching materials for use in an upper-level undergraduate quantum mechanics course. These are developed from some of the concepts of the Visual Quantum Mechanics course for high school and introductory college classes. Materials inlcude tutorial activities in concepts of energy diagrams, probability, and wavefunctions, and some computer activities.

Axmann, Wally; Group, Kansas S.

2004-04-04

102

We consider the multiple M2-branes wrapped on a compact Riemann surface and study the arising quantum mechanics by taking the limit where the size of the Riemann surface goes to zero. The IR quantum mechanical models resulting from the BLG-model and the ABJM-model compactified on a torus are N = 16 and N = 12 superconformal gauged quantum mechanics. After integrating out the auxiliary gauge fields we find OSp(16|2) and SU(1,1|6) quantum mechanics from the reduced systems. The curved Riemann surface is taken as a holomorphic curve in a Calabi-Yau space to preserve supersymmetry and we present a prescription of the topological twisting. We find the N = 8 superconformal gauged quantum mechanics that may describe the motion of two wrapped M2-branes in a K3 surface.

Okazaki, Tadashi

2014-01-01

103

Quantum Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Computation

Quantum Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Computation 22-23 March 2012 Room 111, Jadwin Hall, focused meeting to explore the intersection between quantum statistical mechanics and quantum computation, specifically quantum complexity theory. Advances in complexity theory have interesting implications for physics

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An introduction to quantum probability, quantum mechanics, and quantum computation

An introduction to quantum probability, quantum mechanics, and quantum computation Greg Kuperberg". Recently quantum computation has entered as a new reason for both mathematicians and computer scientists deterministic algorithms for some computational problems, quantum algorithms can be moderately faster

Thomases, Becca

105

We formulate physically motivated axioms for a physical theory which for systems with a finite number of degrees of freedom uniquely lead to quantum mechanics as the only nontrivial consistent theory. Complex numbers and the existence of the Planck constant common to all systems arise naturally in this approach. The axioms are divided into two groups covering kinematics and basic measurement theory, respectively. We show that even if the second group of axioms is dropped, there are no deformations of quantum mechanics which preserve the kinematic axioms. Thus, any theory going beyond quantum mechanics must represent a radical departure from the usual a priori assumptions about the laws of nature.

Kapustin, Anton [California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)] [California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)

2013-06-15

106

Constructibility in Quantum Mechanics

We propose a set theoretical foundation including an axiom of constructibility and derive a generalized quantum mechanics by postulating symmetry of action. The Schroedinger equation proves to be a special case of a nonlinear sigma model. Quantum mechanics is obtained here without the requirement for presupposing the statistical interpretation of the wave function; thus this derivation becomes continuous with prior physics. In this theory we also see space-time as relational and the fields as free of singularities.

D. J. Bendaniel

2008-06-06

107

Supersymmetry in quantum mechanics

In the past ten years, the ideas of supersymmetry have been profitably applied to many nonrelativistic quantum mechanical\\u000a problems. In particular, there is now a much deeper understanding of why certain potentials are analytically solvable. In\\u000a this lecture I review the theoretical formulation of supersymmetric quantum mechanics and discuss many of its applications.\\u000a I show that the well-known exactly solvable

Avinash Khare

1997-01-01

108

Quantum-Merlin-Arthur-complete problems for stoquastic Hamiltonians and Markov matrices

We show that finding the lowest eigenvalue of a 3-local symmetric stochastic matrix is Quantum-Merlin-Arthur-complete (QMA-complete). We also show that finding the highest energy of a stoquastic Hamiltonian is QMA-complete ...

Gosset, David Nicholas

109

Graduate Quantum Mechanics Reform

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We address four main areas in which graduate quantum mechanics education can be improved: course content, textbook, teaching methods, and assessment tools. We report on a three year longitudinal study at the Colorado School of Mines using innovations in all these areas. In particular, we have modified the content of the course to reflect progress in the field of quantum mechanics over the last 50 years, used textbooks that include such content, incorporated a variety of teaching techniques based on physics education research, and used a variety of assessment tools to study the effectiveness of these reforms. We present a new assessment tool, the Graduate Quantum Mechanics Conceptual Survey, and further testing of a previously developed assessment tool, the Quantum Mechanics Conceptual Survey. We find that graduate students respond well to research-based techniques that have been tested mainly in introductory courses, and that they learn much of the new content introduced in each version of the course. We also find that students' ability to answer conceptual questions about graduate quantum mechanics is highly correlated with their ability to solve calculational problems on the same topics. In contrast, we find that students' understanding of basic undergraduate quantum mechanics concepts at the modern physics level is not improved by instruction at the graduate level.

Carr, Lincoln D.; Mckagan, Sam B.

2009-05-06

110

Quantum Mechanics From the Cradle?

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States that the major problem in learning quantum mechanics is often the student's ignorance of classical mechanics and that one conceptual hurdle in quantum mechanics is its statistical nature, in contrast to the determinism of classical mechanics. (MLH)

Martin, John L.

1974-01-01

111

Quantum mechanics is potentially advantageous for certain information-processing tasks, but its probabilistic nature and requirement of measurement back action often limit the precision of conventional classical information-processing devices, such as sensors and atomic clocks. Here we show that by engineering the dynamics of coupled quantum systems, it is possible to construct a subsystem that evades the measurement back action of quantum mechanics, at all times of interest, and obeys any classical dynamics, linear or nonlinear, that we choose. We call such a system a quantum-mechanics-free subsystem (QMFS). All of the observables of a QMFS are quantum-nondemolition (QND) observables; moreover, they are dynamical QND observables, thus demolishing the widely held belief that QND observables are constants of motion. QMFSs point to a new strategy for designing classical information-processing devices in regimes where quantum noise is detrimental, unifying previous approaches that employ QND observables, back-action evasion, and quantum noise cancellation. Potential applications include gravitational-wave detection, optomechanical force sensing, atomic magnetometry, and classical computing. Demonstrations of dynamical QMFSs include the generation of broad-band squeezed light for use in interferometric gravitational-wave detection, experiments using entangled atomic spin ensembles, and implementations of the quantum Toffoli gate.

Mankei Tsang; Carlton M. Caves

2012-03-11

112

Analytically solvable Hamiltonians for quantum two-level systems and their dynamics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A simple systematic way of obtaining analytically solvable Hamiltonians for quantum two-level systems is presented. In this method, a time-dependent Hamiltonian and the resulting unitary evolution operator are connected through an arbitrary function of time, furnishing us with new analytically solvable cases. The method is surprisingly simple, direct, and transparent and is applicable to a wide class of two-level Hamiltonians with no involved constraint on the input function. A few examples illustrate how the method leads to simple solvable Hamiltonians and dynamics.

Messina, A.; Nakazato, H.

2014-11-01

113

The Teaching of Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This website has tips and techniques for teaching quantum mechanics. It presents and outlines central ideas in quantum mechanics and includes descriptions of textbooks and software that can be helpful in quantum classes.

Styer, Dan

2003-10-10

114

A Quantum Mechanical Travelling Salesman

A quantum simulation of a travelling salesman is described. A vector space for a graph is defined together with a sequence of operators which transform a special initial state into a superposition states representing Hamiltonian tours. The quantum amplitude for any tour is a function of the classical cost of travelling along the edges in that tour. Tours with the largest quantum amplitude may be different than those with the smallest classically-computed cost.

Ravindra N. Rao

2011-08-23

115

QUANTUM MECHANICS II Physics 342

QUANTUM MECHANICS II Physics 342 KPTC 103 9:00 Â 10:20 a.m. 1 Tues., Thurs. Â Winter Quarter 2011 quantum mechanics at the graduate level. The text for Quantum Mechanics II will be J. J. Sakurai and Jim Napolitano, Modern Quantum Mechanics, Second Edition (Addison-Wesley, San Francisco, 2011). For supplemental

Rosner, Jonathan L.

116

Quantum System Identification by Bayesian Analysis of Noisy Data: Beyond Hamiltonian Tomography

We consider how to characterize the dynamics of a quantum system from a restricted set of initial states and measurements using Bayesian analysis. Previous work has shown that Hamiltonian systems can be well estimated from analysis of noisy data. Here we show how to generalize this approach to systems with moderate dephasing in the eigenbasis of the Hamiltonian. We illustrate the process for a range of three-level quantum systems. The results suggest that the Bayesian estimation of the frequencies and dephasing rates is generally highly accurate and the main source of errors are errors in the reconstructed Hamiltonian basis.

S. G. Schirmer; D. K. L. Oi

2009-11-06

117

Revealing the roles of Hamiltonian coupling in bound-state quantum systems

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A Hamiltonian coupling identification (HCI) technique is introduced to reveal the independent and cooperative roles of Hamiltonian matrix elements in determining the bound-state energies of quantum systems. The HCI technique operates by encoding each Hamiltonian matrix element with a unique modulation signal, producing a nonlinear signature in the energy eigenvalues that may be decoded to reveal the contributing coupling structure in the Hamiltonian. The HCI technique is capable of exploring the roles of Hamiltonian coupling structure within and beyond the convergence limits of standard perturbation theory expansions. The flexibility residing in the encoding and decoding processes may be exploited to tailor the analysis to meet the desired degree of sought-after information about the Hamiltonian coupling structure. HCI, based on a Fourier encoding and decoding scheme, is illustrated by extracting information on the role of coupling interactions in the potential matrix elements of several simple model systems.

Cheong, Byeong-Seo; Rabitz, Herschel

2004-04-01

118

The Global versus Local Hamiltonian Description of Quantum Input-Output Theory

The aim of this paper is to derive the global Hamiltonian form for a quantum system and bath, or more generally a quantum network with multiple quantum input field connections, based on the local descriptions. We give a new simple argument which shows that the global Hamiltonian for a single Markov component arises as the singular perturbation of the free translation operator. We show that the Fermi analogue takes an equivalent form provided the parity of the coefficients is correctly specified. This allows us to immediately extend the theory of quantum feedback networks to Fermi systems.

John E. Gough

2014-09-12

119

In the tradition of toy models of quantum mechanics in vector spaces over finite fields (e.g., Schumacher and Westmoreland's "modal quantum theory"), one finite field stands out, 2, since vectors over 2 have an interpretation as natural mathematical objects, i.e., sets. This engages a sets-to-vector-spaces bridge that is part of the mathematical folklore to translate both ways between set concepts and vector space concepts. Using that bridge, the mathematical framework of (finite-dimensional) quantum mechanics can be transported down to sets resulting in quantum mechanics over sets or QM/sets. This approach leads to a different treatment of Dirac's brackets than in "modal quantum theory" (MQT), and that gives a full probability calculus (unlike MQT that only has zero-one modalities of impossible and possible). That, in turn, leads to a rather fulsome theory of QM over sets that includes "logical" models of the double-slit experiment, Bell's Theorem, quantum information theory, quantum computing, and much else. Indeed, QM/sets is proposed as the "logic" of QM in the old-fashioned sense of "logic" as giving the simplified essentials of a theory. QM/sets is also a key part of a broader research program to provide an interpretation of QM based on the notion of "objective indefiniteness," a program that grew out the recent development of the logic of partitions mathematically dual to the usual Boolean logic of subsets.

David Ellerman

2013-10-30

120

Pseudo-Hermitian Representation of Quantum Mechanics

A diagonalizable non-Hermitian Hamiltonian having a real spectrum may be used to define a unitary quantum system, if one modifies the inner product of the Hilbert space properly. We give a comprehensive and essentially self-contained review of the basic ideas and techniques responsible for the recent developments in this subject. We provide a critical assessment of the role of the geometry of the Hilbert space in conventional quantum mechanics to reveal the basic physical principle motivating our study. We then offer a survey of the necessary mathematical tools and elaborate on a number of relevant issues of fundamental importance. In particular, we discuss the role of the antilinear symmetries such as PT, the true meaning and significance of the charge operators C and the CPT-inner products, the nature of the physical observables, the equivalent description of such models using ordinary Hermitian quantum mechanics, the pertaining duality between local-non-Hermitian versus nonlocal-Hermitian descriptions of their dynamics, the corresponding classical systems, the pseudo-Hermitian canonical quantization scheme, various methods of calculating the (pseudo-) metric operators, subtleties of dealing with time-dependent quasi-Hermitian Hamiltonians and the path-integral formulation of the theory, and the structure of the state space and its ramifications for the quantum Brachistochrone problem. We also explore some concrete physical applications of the abstract concepts and tools that have been developed in the course of this investigation. These include applications in nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory, quantum cosmology, electromagnetic wave propagation, open quantum systems, magnetohydrodynamics, quantum chaos, and biophysics.

Ali Mostafazadeh

2008-10-31

121

On the interpretation of time-reparametrization-invariant quantum mechanics

The classical and quantum dynamics of simple time-reparametrization- invariant models containing two degrees of freedom are studied in detail. Elimination of one ``clock'' variable through the Hamiltonian constraint leads to a description of time evolution for the remaining variable which is essentially equivalent to the standard quantum mechanics of an unconstrained system. In contrast to a similar proposal of Rovelli, evolution is with respect to the geometrical proper time, and the Heisenberg equation of motion is exact. The possibility of a ``test clock'', which would reveal time evolution while contributing negligibly to the Hamiltonian constraint is examined, and found to be viable in the semiclassical limit of large quantum numbers.

Ian D. Lawrie; Richard J. Epp

1995-09-25

122

Probability in Quantum Mechanics

The concept of probability played an important role in the very beginning of ? quantum theory, when Max Planck (1858–1947)\\u000a postulated the discrete emission and absorption of radiation in a ? black body radiation. The quantum statistical mechanics\\u000a developed by Planck and his successors has extraordinary consequences treated elsewhere in this Compendium. Here, however,\\u000a the emphasis will be upon the

Abner Shimony

123

We point out a possible complementation of the basic equations of quantum mechanics in the presence of gravity. This complementation is suggested by the well-known fact that quantum mechanics can be equivalently formulated in the position or in the momentum representation. As a way to support this complementation, starting from the action that describes conformal gravity in the world-line formalism, we show that there are duality transformations that relate the dynamics in the presence of position dependent vector and tensor fields to the dynamics in the presence of momentum dependent vector and tensor fields.

W. Chagas-Filho

2009-05-11

124

QUANTUM MECHANICS I Physics 341

QUANTUM MECHANICS I Physics 341 KPTC 103 9:00 Â 10:20 a.m. 1 Tues., Thurs. Â Fall Quarter 1999 mechanics at the graduate level. The text for Quantum mechanics I and II will be J. J. Sakurai and Jim Napolitano, Modern Quantum Mechanics, Second Edition (Addison- Wesley, 2011). We will cover the first three

Rosner, Jonathan L.

125

We suggest that the inner syntax of Quantum Mechanics is relational logic, a form of logic developed by C. S. Peirce during the years 1870 - 1880. The Peircean logic has the structure of category theory, with relation serving as an arrow (or morphism). At the core of the relational logical system is the law of composition of relations. This law leads to the fundamental quantum rule of probability as the square of an amplitude. Our study of a simple discrete model, extended to the continuum, indicates that a finite number of degrees of freedom can live in phase space. This "granularity" of phase space is determined by Planck's constant h. We indicate also the broader philosophical ramifications of a relational quantum mechanics.

Nicolaidis, Argyris

2012-01-01

126

We suggest that the inner syntax of Quantum Mechanics is relational logic, a form of logic developed by C. S. Peirce during the years 1870 - 1880. The Peircean logic has the structure of category theory, with relation serving as an arrow (or morphism). At the core of the relational logical system is the law of composition of relations. This law leads to the fundamental quantum rule of probability as the square of an amplitude. Our study of a simple discrete model, extended to the continuum, indicates that a finite number of degrees of freedom can live in phase space. This "granularity" of phase space is determined by Planck's constant h. We indicate also the broader philosophical ramifications of a relational quantum mechanics.

Argyris Nicolaidis

2012-11-09

127

Interpretation of quantum mechanics

New axioms are proposed for the interpretation of quantum mechanics. They rest on a kind of calculus allowing to select meaningful physical statements and giving rules to check a given physical reasoning containing implications. Measurement theory is reformulated. Laboratoire associé au Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Roland Omnès

1987-01-01

128

Supersymmetry and quantum mechanics

In the past ten years, the ideas of supersymmetry have been profitably applied to many nonrelativistic quantum mechanical problems. In particular, there is now a much deeper understanding of why certain potentials are analytically solvable and an array of powerful new approximation methods for handling potentials which are not exactly solvable. In this report, we review the theoretical formulation of

Fred Cooper; Avinash Khare; Uday Sukhatme

1995-01-01

129

Quantum Mechanics and Gravitation

In summer 1999 an experiment at ILL, Grenoble was conducted. So-called ultra-cold neutrons (UCN) were trapped in the vertical direction between the Fermi-potential of a smooth mirror below and the gravitational potential of the earth above [Ne00, Ru00]. If quantum mechanics turns out to be a sufficiently correct description of the phenomena in the regime of classical, weak gravitation, one should observe the forming of quantized bound states in the vertical direction above a mirror. Already in a simplified view, the data of the experiment provides strong evidence for the existence of such gravitationally bound quantized states. A successful quantum-mechanical description would then provide a convincing argument, that the socalled first quantization can be used for gravitation as an interaction potential, as this is widely expected. Furthermore, looking at the characteristic length scales of about 10 mikron of such bound states formed by UCN, one sees, that a complete quantum mechanical description of this experiment additionally would enable one to check for possible modifications of Newtonian gravitation on distance scales being one order of magnitude below currently available tests [Ad00]. The work presented here deals mainly with the development of a quantum mechanical description of the experiment.

A. Westphal

2002-08-21

130

Path integral in energy representation in quantum mechanics

In this paper we develop the alternative path-integral approach to quantum mechanics. We present a resolvent of a Hamiltonian (which is Laplace transform of a evolution operator) in a form which has a sense of ``the sum over paths'' but it is much more better defined than the usual functional integral. We investigate this representation from various directions and compare such approach to quantum mechanics with the standard ones.

P. Putrov

2006-05-17

131

Partial Dynamical Symmetry in Quantum Hamiltonians with Higher-Order Terms

A generic procedure is proposed to construct many-body quantum Hamiltonians with partial dynamical symmetry. It is based on a tensor decomposition of the Hamiltonian and allows the construction of a hierarchy of interactions that have selected classes of solvable states. The method is illustrated in the SO(6) limit of the interacting boson model of atomic nuclei and applied to the nucleus {sup 196}Pt.

Garcia-Ramos, J. E. [Department of Applied Physics, University of Huelva, 21071 Huelva (Spain); Leviatan, A. [Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91904 (Israel); Van Isacker, P. [Grand Accelerateur National d'Ions Lourds, CEA/DSM-CNRS/IN2P3, B.P. 55027, F-14076 Caen Cedex 5 (France)

2009-03-20

132

Physicalism versus quantum mechanics

In the context of theories of the connection between mind and brain, physicalism is the demand that all is basically purely physical. But the concept of "physical" embodied in this demand is characterized essentially by the properties of the physical that hold in classical physical theories. Certain of these properties contradict the character of the physical in quantum mechanics, which provides a better, more comprehensive, and more fundamental account of phenomena. It is argued that the difficulties that have plaged physicalists for half a century, and that continue to do so, dissolve when the classical idea of the physical is replaced by its quantum successor. The argument is concretized in a way that makes it accessible to non-physicists by exploiting the recent evidence connecting our conscious experiences to macroscopic measurable synchronous oscillations occurring in well-separated parts of the brain. A specific new model of the mind-brain connection that is fundamentally quantum mechanical but that ties conscious experiences to these macroscopic synchronous oscillations is used to illustrate the essential disparities between the classical and quantum notions of the physical, and in particular to demonstrate the failure in the quantum world of the principle of the causal closure of the physical, a failure that goes beyond what is entailed by the randomness in the outcomes of observations, and that accommodates the efficacy in the brain of conscious intent.

Henry P. Stapp

2008-03-11

133

Epigenetics: Biology's Quantum Mechanics

The perspective presented here is that modern genetics is at a similar stage of development as were early formulations of quantum mechanics theory in the 1920s and that in 2010 we are at the dawn of a new revolution in genetics that promises to enrich and deepen our understanding of the gene and the genome. The interrelationships and interdependence of two views of the gene – the molecular biological view and the epigenetic view – are explored, and it is argued that the classical molecular biological view is incomplete without incorporation of the epigenetic perspective and that in a sense the molecular biological view has been evolving to include the epigenetic view. Intriguingly, this evolution of the molecular view toward the broader and more inclusive epigenetic view of the gene has an intriguing, if not precise, parallel in the evolution of concepts of atomic physics from Newtonian mechanics to quantum mechanics that are interesting to consider. PMID:22639577

Jorgensen, Richard A.

2011-01-01

134

On Randomness in Quantum Mechanics

The quantum mechanical probability densities are compared with the probability densities treated by the theory of random variables. The relevance of their difference for the interpretation of quantum mechanics is commented.

Alberto C. de la Torre

2007-07-19

135

The quantum field theories (QFT) constructed in [1,2] include phenomenology of interest. The constructions approximate: scattering by $1/r$ and Yukawa potentials in non-relativistic approximations; and the first contributing order of the Feynman series for Compton scattering. To have a semi-norm, photon states are constrained to transverse polarizations and for Compton scattering, the constructed cross section deviates at large momentum exchanges from the cross section prediction of the Feynman rules. Discussion includes the incompatibility of canonical quantization with the constructed interacting fields, and the role of interpretations of quantum mechanics in realizing QFT.

Glenn Eric Johnson

2013-12-09

136

Quantum Games in Open Systems using Biophysic Hamiltonians

We analyze the necessary physical conditions to model an open quantum system as a quantum game. By applying the formalism of Quantum Operations on a particular system, we use Kraus operators as quantum strategies. The physical interpretation is a conflict among different configurations of the environment. The resolution of the conflict displays regimes of minimum loss of information.

Jean Faber; Renato Portugal; Luiz Pinguelli Rosa

2006-06-26

137

We develop a general approach for monitoring and controlling evolution of open quantum systems. In contrast to the master equations describing time evolution of density operators, here, we formulate a dynamical equation for the evolution of the process matrix acting on a system. This equation is applicable to non-Markovian and/or strong-coupling regimes. We propose two distinct applications for this dynamical equation. We first demonstrate identification of quantum Hamiltonians generating dynamics of closed or open systems via performing process tomography. In particular, we argue how one can efficiently estimate certain classes of sparse Hamiltonians by performing partial tomography schemes. In addition, we introduce an optimal control theoretic setting for manipulating quantum dynamics of Hamiltonian systems, specifically for the task of decoherence suppression.

Mohseni, M. [Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Rezakhani, A. T. [Department of Chemistry and Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089 (United States)

2009-07-15

138

We develop a general approach for monitoring and controlling evolution of open quantum systems. In contrast to the master equations describing time evolution of density operators, here, we formulate a dynamical equation for the evolution of the process matrix acting on a system. This equation is applicable to non-Markovian and/or strong coupling regimes. We propose two distinct applications for this dynamical equation. We first demonstrate identification of quantum Hamiltonians generating dynamics of closed or open systems via performing process tomography. In particular, we argue how one can efficiently estimate certain classes of sparse Hamiltonians by performing partial tomography schemes. In addition, we introduce a novel optimal control theoretic setting for manipulating quantum dynamics of Hamiltonian systems, specifically for the task of decoherence suppression.

M. Mohseni; A. T. Rezakhani

2008-05-21

139

Universal adiabatic quantum computation via the space-time circuit-to-Hamiltonian construction

We show how to perform universal adiabatic quantum computation using a Hamiltonian which describes a set of particles with local interactions on a two-dimensional grid. A single parameter in the Hamiltonian is adiabatically changed as a function of time to simulate the quantum circuit. We bound the eigenvalue gap above the unique groundstate by mapping our model onto the ferromagnetic XXZ chain with kink boundary conditions; the gap of this spin chain was computed exactly by Koma and Nachtergaele using its $q$-deformed version of SU(2) symmetry. We also discuss a related time-independent Hamiltonian which was shown by Janzing to be capable of universal computation. We observe that in the limit of large system size, the time evolution is equivalent to the exactly solvable quantum walk on Young's lattice.

David Gosset; Barbara M. Terhal; Anna Vershynina

2014-09-27

140

Does Quantum Mechanics Need Interpretation?

Since the beginning, quantum mechanics has raised major foundational and interpretative problems. Foundational research has been an important factor in the development of quantum cryptography, quantum information theory and, perhaps one day, practical quantum computers. Many believe that, in turn, quantum information theory has bearing on foundational research. This is largely related to the so-called epistemic view of quantum states, which maintains that the state vector represents information on a system and has led to the suggestion that quantum theory needs no interpretation. I will argue that this and related approaches fail to take into consideration two different explanatory functions of quantum mechanics, namely that of accounting for classically unexplainable correlations between classical phenomena and that of explaining the microscopic structure of classical objects. If interpreting quantum mechanics means answering the question, "How can the world be for quantum mechanics to be true?", there seems to be no way around it.

Louis Marchildon

2009-02-17

141

Exact envelope-function theory versus symmetrized Hamiltonian for quantum wires: a comparison

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We study the influence of shape, orientation, size and material system on the band structure of quantum wires with special attention given to the differences between results obtained with the Burt-Foreman and the Luttinger-Kohn Hamiltonians. We also show how to derive the Hamiltonians for an arbitrary orientation. We find that the difference is independent of the shape and orientation of the quantum wire, but it does depend on the size and the material system chosen. A brief discussion of the results in terms of group theory is provided.

Lassen, B.; Lew Yan Voon, L. C.; Willatzen, M.; Melnik, R.

2004-10-01

142

Path Integrals and Hamiltonians

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

1. Synopsis; Part I. Fundamental Principles: 2. The mathematical structure of quantum mechanics; 3. Operators; 4. The Feynman path integral; 5. Hamiltonian mechanics; 6. Path integral quantization; Part II. Stochastic Processes: 7. Stochastic systems; Part III. Discrete Degrees of Freedom: 8. Ising model; 9. Ising model: magnetic field; 10. Fermions; Part IV. Quadratic Path Integrals: 11. Simple harmonic oscillators; 12. Gaussian path integrals; Part V. Action with Acceleration: 13. Acceleration Lagrangian; 14. Pseudo-Hermitian Euclidean Hamiltonian; 15. Non-Hermitian Hamiltonian: Jordan blocks; 16. The quartic potential: instantons; 17. Compact degrees of freedom; Index.

Baaquie, Belal E.

2014-03-01

143

Relativity and quantum mechanics

Conditions under which quantum mechanics can be made compatible with the curved space-time of gravitation theories is investigated. A postulate is imposed in the formv=vg wherev is the kinematical Hamilton-Jacobi (geometric optic limit) velocity andvg is the group velocity of the waves. This imposes a severe condition on the possible coordinates in which the Schrödinger form (the coordinate realization) of

Hüseyin Yilmaz

1982-01-01

144

Quantum Mechanics and Representation Theory Columbia University

Quantum Mechanics and Representation Theory Peter Woit Columbia University Texas Tech, November 21 2013 Peter Woit (Columbia University) Quantum Mechanics and Representation Theory November 2013 1 / 30 #12;Does Anyone Understand Quantum Mechanics? "No One Understands Quantum Mechanics" "I think

Woit, Peter

145

Quantum Mechanics Survey (QMS)

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This 31-question research-based multiple-choice test is designed to evaluate studentsâ conceptual understanding of quantum mechanics in junior-level courses. The survey is based on investigations of studentsâ difficulties in quantum mechanics and should be given in a 50-minute period. Statistical results have shown the survey to be reliable and valid. A summary of the construction and analysis of the survey is available in Surveying studentsâ understanding of quantum mechanics in one spatial dimension, Am. J. Phys. 80 (3), 252-259. This assessment is free for use by instructors in their classroom. However, as it takes years of development effort to create and validate reliable assessment instruments, the file is password-protected. Furthermore, the author requests that 1. students are not given copies following examination; and 2. none of the questions are incorporated into web-based question delivery systems without adequate security to prevent printing or unauthorized access by students. To obtain the password, please send a request with your name, email, institution, and a link to a page at your institution that confirms you are an instructor.

Singh, Chandralekha; Zhu, Guangtian

2012-04-29

146

Principles of Fractional Quantum Mechanics

A review of fundamentals and physical applications of fractional quantum mechanics has been presented. Fundamentals cover fractional Schr\\"odinger equation, quantum Riesz fractional derivative, path integral approach to fractional quantum mechanics, hermiticity of the Hamilton operator, parity conservation law and the current density. Applications of fractional quantum mechanics cover dynamics of a free particle, new representation for a free particle quantum mechanical kernel, infinite potential well, bound state in {\\delta}-potential well, linear potential, fractional Bohr atom and fractional oscillator. We also review fundamentals of the L\\'evy path integral approach to fractional statistical mechanics.

Nick Laskin

2010-09-28

147

Taming the zoo of supersymmetric quantum mechanical models

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We show that in many cases nontrivial and complicated supersymmetric quantum mechanical (SQM) models can be obtained from the simple model describing free dynamics in flat complex space by two operations: (i) Hamiltonian reduction and (ii) similarity transformation of the complex supercharges. We conjecture that it is true for any SQM model.

Smilga, A. V.

2013-05-01

148

Taming the zoo of supersymmetric quantum mechanical models

We show that in many cases nontrivial and complicated supersymmetric quantum mechanical (SQM) models can be obtained from the simple model describing free dynamics in flat complex space by two operations: (i) Hamiltonian reduction and (ii) similarity transformation of the complex supercharges. We conjecture that it is true for any SQM model.

A. V. Smilga

2013-01-30

149

Taming the zoo of supersymmetric quantum mechanical models

We show that in many cases nontrivial and complicated supersymmetric quantum mechanical (SQM) models can be obtained from the simple model describing free dynamics in flat complex space by two operations: (i) Hamiltonian reduction and (ii) similarity transformation of the complex supercharges. We conjecture that it is true for any SQM model.

Smilga, A V

2013-01-01

150

Holographic duals to poisson sigma models and noncommutative quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Poisson sigma models are a very rich class of two-dimensional theories that includes, in particular, all two-dimensional dilaton gravities. By using the Hamiltonian reduction method, we show that a Poisson sigma model (with a sufficiently well-behaving Poisson tensor) on a finite cylinder is equivalent to a noncommutative quantum mechanics for the boundary data.

Vassilevich, D. V.

2013-05-01

151

The structure of supersymmetry in ${\\cal PT}$ symmetric quantum mechanics

The structure of supersymmetry is analyzed systematically in ${\\cal PT}$ symmetric quantum mechanical theories. We give a detailed description of supersymmetric systems associated with one dimensional ${\\cal PT}$ symmetric quantum mechanical theories. We show that there is a richer structure present in these theories compared to the conventional theories associated with Hermitian Hamiltonians. We bring out various properties associated with these supersymmetric systems and generalize such quantum mechanical theories to higher dimensions as well as to the case of one dimensional shape invariant potentials.

D. Bazeia; Ashok Das; L. Greenwood; L. Losano

2008-11-06

152

Hermitian Dirac Hamiltonian in time dependent gravitational field

It is shown by a straightforward argument that the Hamiltonian generating the time evolution of the Dirac wave function in relativistic quantum mechanics is not hermitian with respect to the covariantly defined inner product whenever the background metric is time dependent. An alternative, hermitian, Hamiltonian is found and is shown to be directly related to the canonical field Hamiltonian used in quantum field theory.

M. Leclerc

2005-11-11

153

Vector Models in PT Quantum Mechanics

We present two examples of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians which consist of an unperturbed part plus a perturbation that behaves like a vector, in the framework of PT quantum mechanics. The first example is a generalization of the recent work by Bender and Kalveks, wherein the E2 algebra was examined; here we consider the E3 algebra representing a particle on a sphere, and identify the critical value of coupling constant which marks the transition from real to imaginary eigenvalues. Next we analyze a model with SO(3) symmetry, and in the process extend the application of the Wigner-Eckart theorem to a non-Hermitian setting.

Katherine Jones-Smith; Rudolph Kalveks

2013-04-21

154

Bohmian quantum mechanics with quantum trajectories

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The quantum trajectory method in the hydrodynamical formulation of Madelung-Bohm-Takabayasi quantum mechanics is an example of showing the cognitive importance of scientific illustrations and metaphors, especially, in this case, in computational quantum chemistry and electrical engineering. The method involves several numerical schemes of solving a set of hydrodynamical equations of motion for probability density fluids, based on the propagation of those probability density trajectories. The quantum trajectory method gives rise to, for example, an authentic quantum electron transport theory of motion to, among others, classically-minded applied scientists who probably have less of a commitment to traditional quantum mechanics. They were not the usual audience of quantum mechanics and simply choose to use a non-Copenhagen type interpretation to their advantage. Thus, the metaphysical issues physicists had a trouble with are not the main concern of the scientists. With the advantages of a visual and illustrative trajectory, the quantum theory of motion by Bohm effectively bridges quantum and classical physics, especially, in the mesoscale domain. Without having an abrupt shift in actions and beliefs from the classical to the quantum world, scientists and engineers are able to enjoy human cognitive capacities extended into the quantum mechanical domain.

Jeong, Yeuncheol

155

Kinetic potentials in quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Suppose that the Hamiltonian H=-?+vf(r) represents the energy of a particle which moves in an attractive central potential and obeys nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. The discrete eigenvalues Enl=Fnl(v) of H may be expressed as a Legendre transformation Fnl(v)=mins?0(s+vf¯nl(s)), n=1,2,3,..., l=0,1,2,..., where the ``kinetic potentials'' f¯nl(s) associated with f(r) are defined by f¯nl(s) =infDnl sup??Dnl, ???=1 ? ?(r) f ([?,-??)/s]1/2r)?(r)d3r, and Dnl is an n-dimensional subspace of L2(R3) labeled by Ylm(?,?), m=0, and contained in the domain D(H) of H. If the potential has the form f(r)=?Ni=1 g(i)( f(i)(r)) then in many interesting cases it turns out that the corresponding kinetic potentials can be closely approximated by ?Ni=1 g(i)( f¯nl(i)(s)). This nice behavior of the kinetic potentials leads to a constructive global approximation theory for Schrödinger eigenvalues. As an illustration, detailed recipes are provided for arbitrary linear combinations of power-law potentials and the log potential. For the linear plus Coulomb potential and the quartic anharmonic oscillator the approximate eigenvalues are compared to accurate values found by numerical integration.

Hall, Richard L.

1984-09-01

156

Can Quantum Cryptography Imply Quantum Mechanics?

It has been suggested that the ability of quantum mechanics to allow secure distribution of secret key together with its inability to allow bit commitment or communicate superluminally might be sufficient to imply the rest of quantum mechanics. I argue using a toy theory as a counterexample that this is not the case. I further discuss whether an additional axiom (key storage) brings back the quantum nature of the theory.

John A. Smolin

2003-10-10

157

Nonlinear friction in quantum mechanics

The effect of nonlinear friction forces in quantum mechanics is studied via dissipative Madelung hydrodynamics. A new thermo-quantum diffusion equation is derived, which is solved for the particular case of quantum Brownian motion with a cubic friction. It is extended also by a chemical reaction term to describe quantum reaction-diffusion systems with nonlinear friction as well.

Roumen Tsekov

2010-03-01

158

Logical foundation of quantum mechanics

The subject of this article is the reconstruction of quantum mechanics on the basis of a formal language of quantum mechanical propositions. During recent years, research in the foundations of the language of science has given rise to adialogic semantics that is adequate in the case of a formal language for quantum physics. The system ofsequential logic which is comprised

E. W. Stachow; Theoretische Physik

1980-01-01

159

From Quantum Mechanics to Thermodynamics?

From Quantum Mechanics to Thermodynamics? Dresden, 22.11.2004 Jochen Gemmer UniversitÂ¨at Osnabr Description? Quantum Mechanics iÂ¯h t = (- Â¯h2 2m + V ) Classical Mechanics: m d2 dt2 x = - V Thermodynamics: dU = TdS - pdV dS dt > 0 #12;Fundamental Law or Emergent Description? Quantum Mechanics i

Steinhoff, Heinz-JÃ¼rgen

160

Octonic relativistic quantum mechanics

In this paper we represent the generalization of relativistic quantum mechanics on the base of eght-component values "octons", generating associative noncommutative spatial algebra. It is shown that the octonic second-order equation for the eight-component octonic wave function, obtained from the Einshtein relation for energy and momentum, describes particles with spin of 1/2. It is established that the octonic wave function of a particle in the state with defined spin projection has the specific spatial structure in the form of octonic oscillator with two spatial polarizations: longitudinal linear and transversal circular. The relations between bispinor and octonic descriptions of relativistic particles are established. We propose the eight-component spinors, which are octonic generalisation of two-component Pauli spinors and four-component Dirac bispinors. It is shown that proposed eight-component spinors separate the states with different spin projection, different particle-antiparticle state as well as different polarization of the octonic oscillator. We demonstrate that in the frames of octonic relativistic quantum mechanics the second-order equation for octonic wave function can be reformulated in the form of the system of first-order equations for quantum fields, which is analogous to the system of Maxwell equations for the electromagnetic field. It is established that for the special type of wave functions the second-order equation can be reduced to the single first-order equation, which is analogous to the Dirac equation. At the same time it is shown that this first-order equation describes particles, which do not create quantum fields.

V. L. Mironov; S. V. Mironov

2008-03-04

161

Construction of bilinear control Hamiltonians using the series product and quantum feedback

We show that it is possible to construct closed quantum systems governed by a bilinear Hamiltonian depending on an arbitrary input signal. This is achieved by coupling the system to a quantum input field and performing a feedback of the output field back into the system to cancel out the stochastic effects, with the signal being added to the field between these events and later subtracted. Here we assume the zero time delay limit between the various connections and operations.

J. Gough

2008-07-26

162

A microscopic Hamiltonian theory of the fractional quantum Hall effect developed by Shankar and the present author based on the fermionic Chern-Simons approach has recently been quite successful in calculating gaps and finite-tempertature properties in fractional quantum Hall states. Initially proposed as a small-q theory, it was subsequently extended by Shankar to form an algebraically consistent theory for all q

Ganpathy Murthy

2001-01-01

163

The ground state problem for a quantum Hamiltonian model describing friction

The ground state problem for a quantum Hamiltonian model describing friction Laurent Bruneau friction introduced in [4]. This model consists of a particle which interacts with a bosonic reservoir is violated in the case of linear friction, but satis#28;ed when the friction force is proportional

164

Conformal Orthosymplectic Quantum Mechanics

We present the most general curvature obstruction to the deformed parabolic orthosymplectic symmetry subalgebra of the supersymmetric quantum mechanical models recently developed to describe Lichnerowicz wave operators acting on arbitrary tensors and spinors. For geometries possessing a hypersurface-orthogonal homothetic conformal Killing vector we show that the parabolic subalgebra is enhanced to a (curvature-obstructed) orthosymplectic algebra. The new symmetries correspond to time-dependent conformal symmetries of the underlying particle model. We also comment on generalizations germane to three dimensions and new Chern--Simons-like particle models.

J. Burkart; A. Waldron

2008-12-20

165

Conformal orthosymplectic quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present the most general curvature obstruction to the deformed parabolic orthosymplectic symmetry subalgebra of the supersymmetric quantum mechanical models recently developed to describe Lichnerowicz wave operators acting on arbitrary tensors and spinors. For geometries possessing a hypersurface-orthogonal homothetic conformal Killing vector we show that the parabolic subalgebra is enhanced to a (curvature-obstructed) orthosymplectic algebra. The new symmetries correspond to time-dependent conformal symmetries of the underlying particle model. We also comment on generalizations germane to three dimensions and new Chern-Simons-like particle models.

Burkart, Joshua; Waldron, Andrew

2009-05-01

166

Homogeneous binary trees as ground states of quantum critical Hamiltonians

Many-body states whose wave functions admit a representation in terms of a uniform binary-tree tensor decomposition are shown to obey power-law two-body correlation functions. Any such state can be associated with the ground state of a translationally invariant Hamiltonian which, depending on the dimension of the systems sites, involves at most couplings between third-neighboring sites. Under general conditions it is shown that they describe unfrustrated systems which admit an exponentially large degeneracy of the ground state.

Silvi, P. [International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Via Bonomea 265, I-34136 Trieste (Italy); Giovannetti, V. [NEST, Scuola Normale Superiore and Istituto di Nanoscienze-CNR, I-56127 Pisa (Italy); Montangero, S. [Institut fuer Quanteninformationsverarbeitung, Universitaet Ulm, D-89069 Ulm (Germany); Rizzi, M.; Cirac, J. I. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik, Hans-Kopfermann-Strasse 1, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Fazio, R. [NEST, Scuola Normale Superiore and Istituto di Nanoscienze-CNR, I-56127 Pisa (Italy); Center for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, 119077 (Singapore)

2010-06-15

167

We offer a new Hamiltonian formulation of the classical Pais-Uhlenbeck Oscillator and consider its canonical quantization. We show that for the non-degenerate case where the frequencies differ, the quantum Hamiltonian operator is a Hermitian operator with a positive spectrum, i.e., the quantum system is both stable and unitary. A consistent description of the degenerate case based on a Hamiltonian that is quadratic in momenta requires its analytic continuation into a complex Hamiltonian system possessing a generalized PT-symmetry (an involutive antilinear symmetry). We devise a real description of this complex system, derive an integral of motion for it, and explore its quantization.

Ali Mostafazadeh

2010-08-27

168

Diffusion-Schrödinger Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A quantum solution of a nonlinear differential equation of diffusion type with a potential term has been found. Diffusion-Schrödinger quantum mechanics can find wide application in quantum biology, biological electronics, synthetic biology, nanomedicine, the quantum theory of consciousness, cosmology, and other fields of science and technology. One consequence of the macroscopic nature of diffusion-Schrödinger quantum mechanics is the possibility of generation of hard photons. The dust plasma in the Universe can generate cosmic rays with ultra-relativistic energies in a galactic magnetic field via a diffusion mechanism.

Lasukov, V. V.; Lasukova, T. V.; Lasukova, O. V.; Novoselov, V. V.

2014-08-01

169

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

I do not agree with mind-body dualism. Today the consensus view is that thought and mind is a combination of processes like memory, generalization, comparison, deduction, organization, induction, classification, feature detection, analogy, etc. performed by computational machinery. (R. Jones, Trans. of the Kansas Acad. Sci., vol. 109, # 3/4, 2006 and www.robert-w-jones.com, philosopher, theory of thought) But I believe that quantum mechanics is a more plausible dualist theory of reality. The quantum mechanical wave function is nonphysical, it exists in a 3N space (for an N body system) not in (x,y,z,t) 4-space, and does not possess physical properties. But real physical things like energy (which do exist in our 4-space world) influence the wave function and the wave function, in its turn, influences real physical things, like where a particle can be found in 4-space. The coupling between the spirit-like wave function and things found in the real (4-space) world (like energy) is via mathematical equations like the Schrodinger equation and Born normalization.

Jones, Robert

2011-03-01

170

Topological color codes and two-body quantum lattice Hamiltonians

Topological color codes are among the stabilizer codes with remarkable properties from the quantum information perspective. In this paper, we construct a lattice, the so-called ruby lattice, with coordination number 4 ...

Kargarian, M.

171

General formalism for the spectral decomposition of the Hamiltonian in a quantum fractal network

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present a general formulation for the spectral decomposition of the Hamiltonian operator of a quantum fractal network (QFN). The QFN can be constructed by placing artificial neurons on each site of the fractal lattice. An artificial neuron may consist of a cell of a quantum cellular automata or a quantum dot which confines a single electron. The Coulomb interaction or the spin-spin interaction between neurons can be used to transmit signals and perform logic operations. The local external field may be as input signal to influence output of the system. We obtain explicitly the recursive formulae of the eigenvalues and eigenvectors between sublattices, the intertwining relation between the collision operator and the Hamiltonian operator by combining subdynamics and a reduced lattice approach. Furthermore, the perturbation method to obtain the spectral decomposition for the time-dependent Hamiltonian is also discussed. Finally, as an example, we calculate the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the Hamiltonian operator for a Sierpinski gasket based on our formulation. Analysis of the recursive formula for the spectrum of the Sierpinski gasket, reveals how its spectral structure changes in boundary conditions.

Qiao, Bi; Ruda, H. E.; Guiping-Yaozu

1999-07-01

172

Classical limit of relativistic quantum mechanical equations in the Foldy-Wouthuysen representation

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It is shown that, under the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin approximation conditions, using the Foldy-Wouthuysen (FW) representation allows the problem of finding a classical limit of relativistic quantum mechanical equations to be reduced to the replacement of operators in the Hamiltonian and quantum mechanical equations of motion by the respective classical quantities.

Silenko, A. Ya.

2013-03-01

173

Quantum Mechanics and Discrete Time from "Timeless" Classical Dynamics

We study classical Hamiltonian systems in which the intrinsic proper time evolution parameter is related through a probability distribution to the physical time, which is assumed to be discrete. - This is motivated by the ``timeless'' reparametrization invariant model of a relativistic particle with two compactified extradimensions. In this example, discrete physical time is constructed based on quasi-local observables. - Generally, employing the path-integral formulation of classical mechanics developed by Gozzi et al., we show that these deterministic classical systems can be naturally described as unitary quantum mechanical models. The emergent quantum Hamiltonian is derived from the underlying classical one. It is closely related to the Liouville operator. We demonstrate in several examples the necessity of regularization, in order to arrive at quantum models with bounded spectrum and stable groundstate.

H. -T. Elze

2003-07-03

174

Kindergarten Quantum Mechanics

These lecture notes survey some joint work with Samson Abramsky as it was presented by me at several conferences in the summer of 2005. It concerns `doing quantum mechanics using only pictures of lines, squares, triangles and diamonds'. This picture calculus can be seen as a very substantial extension of Dirac's notation, and has a purely algebraic counterpart in terms of so-called Strongly Compact Closed Categories (introduced by Abramsky and I in quant-ph/0402130 and [4]) which subsumes my Logic of Entanglement quant-ph/0402014. For a survey on the `what', the `why' and the `hows' I refer to a previous set of lecture notes quant-ph/0506132. In a last section we provide some pointers to the body of technical literature on the subject.

Bob Coecke

2005-10-04

175

PT-symmetric quantum mechanics (PTQM) has become a hot area of research and investigation. Since its beginnings in 1998, there have been over 1000 published papers and more than 15 international conferences entirely devoted to this research topic. Originally, PTQM was studied at a highly mathematical level and the techniques of complex variables, asymptotics, differential equations and perturbation theory were used to understand the subtleties associated with the analytic continuation of eigenvalue problems. However, as experiments on PT-symmetric physical systems have been performed, a simple and beautiful physical picture has emerged, and a PT-symmetric system can be understood as one that has a balanced loss and gain. Furthermore, the PT phase transition can now be understood intuitively without resorting to sophisticated mathematics. Research on PTQM is following two different paths: at a fundamental level, physicists are attempting to understand the underlying mathematical structure of these theories with the long-range objective of applying the techniques of PTQM to understanding some of the outstanding problems in physics today, such as the nature of the Higgs particle, the properties of dark matter, the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe, neutrino oscillations and the cosmological constant; at an applied level, new kinds of PT-synthetic materials are being developed, and the PT phase transition is being observed in many physical contexts, such as lasers, optical wave guides, microwave cavities, superconducting wires and electronic circuits. The purpose of this Theme Issue is to acquaint the reader with the latest developments in PTQM. The articles in this volume are written in the style of mini-reviews and address diverse areas of the emerging and exciting new area of PT-symmetric quantum mechanics. PMID:23509390

Bender, Carl M; DeKieviet, Maarten; Klevansky, S P

2013-04-28

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Symmetry of quantum phase space in a degenerate Hamiltonian system.

The structure of the global "quantum phase space" is analyzed for the harmonic oscillator perturbed by a monochromatic wave in the limit when the perturbation amplitude is small. Usually, the phenomenon of quantum resonance was studied in nondegenerate [G. M. Zaslavsky, Chaos in Dynamic Systems (Harwood Academic, Chur, 1985)] and degenerate [Demikhovskii, Kamenev, and Luna-Acosta, Phys. Rev. E 52, 3351 (1995)] classically chaotic systems only in the particular regions of the classical phase space, such as the center of the resonance or near the separatrix. The system under consideration is degenerate, and even an infinitely small perturbation generates in the classical phase space an infinite number of the resonant cells which are arranged in the pattern with the axial symmetry of the order 2&mgr; (where &mgr; is the resonance number). We show analytically that the Husimi functions of all Floquet states (the quantum phase space) have the same symmetry as the classical phase space. This correspondence is demonstrated numerically for the Husimi functions of the Floquet states corresponding to the motion near the elliptic stable points (centers of the classical resonance cells). The derived results are valid in the resonance approximation when the perturbation amplitude is small enough, and the stochastic layers in the classical phase space are exponentially thin. The developed approach can be used for studying a global symmetry of more complicated quantum systems with chaotic behavior. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics. PMID:12779416

Berman, G. P.; Demikhovskii, V. Ya.; Kamenev, D. I.

2000-09-01

177

Emission of Cherenkov Radiation as a Mechanism for Hamiltonian Friction

We study the motion of a heavy tracer particle weakly coupled to a dense, weakly interacting Bose gas exhibiting Bose-Einstein condensation. In the so-called mean-field limit, the dynamics of this system approaches one determined by nonlinear Hamiltonian evolution equations. We prove that if the initial speed of the tracer particle is above the speed of sound in the Bose gas, and for a suitable class of initial states of the Bose gas, the particle decelerates due to emission of Cherenkov radiation of sound waves, and its motion approaches a uniform motion at the speed of sound, as time tends to infinity.

Juerg Froehlich; Zhou Gang

2013-11-25

178

On Finite $J$-Hermitian Quantum Mechanics

In his recent paper arXiv:1312.7738, the author discussed $J$-Hermitian quantum mechanics and showed that $PT$-symmetric quantum mechanics is essentially $J$-Hermitian quantum mechanics. In this paper, the author discusses finite $J$-Hermitian quantum mechanics which is derived naturally from its continuum one and its relationship with finite $PT$-symmetric quantum mechanics.

Sungwook Lee

2014-01-21

179

Invariance in adelic quantum mechanics

Adelic quantum mechanics is form invariant under an interchange of real and p-adic number fields as well as rings of p-adic integers. We also show that in adelic quantum mechanics Feynman's path integrals for quadratic actions with rational coefficients are invariant under changes of their entries within nonzero rational numbers.

Branko Dragovich

2006-12-07

180

Spectral Properties of a Magnetic Quantum Hamiltonian on a Strip

We consider a 2D Schroedinger operator H0 with constant magnetic field, on a strip of finite width. The spectrum of H0 is absolutely continuous, and contains a discrete set of thresholds. We perturb H0 by an electric potential V which decays in a suitable sense at infinity, and study the spectral properties of the perturbed operator H = H0 + V . First, we establish a Mourre estimate, and as a corollary prove that the singular continuous spectrum of H is empty, and any compact subset of the complement of the threshold set may contain at most a finite set of eigenvalues of H, each of them having a finite multiplicity. Next, we introduce the Krein spectral shift function (SSF) for the operator pair (H,H0). We show that this SSF is bounded on any compact subset of the complement of the threshold set, and is continuous away from the threshold set and the eigenvalues of H. The main results of the article concern the asymptotic behaviour of the SSF at the thresholds, which is described in terms of the SSF for a pair of effective Hamiltonians.

Philippe Briet; Georgi Raikov; Eric Soccorsi

2007-11-24

181

Chaos and Statistical Mechanics in the Hamiltonian Mean Field Model

We study the dynamical and statistical behavior of the Hamiltonian Mean Field (HMF) model in order to investigate the relation between microscopic chaos and phase transitions. HMF is a simple toy model of $N$ fully-coupled rotators which shows a second order phase transition. The canonical thermodynamical solution is briefly recalled and its predictions are tested numerically at finite $N$. The Vlasov stationary solution is shown to give the same consistency equation of the canonical solution and its predictions for rotator angle and momenta distribution functions agree very well with numerical simulations. A link is established between the behavior of the maximal Lyapunov exponent and that of thermodynamical fluctuations, expressed by kinetic energy fluctuations or specific heat. The extensivity of chaos in the $N \\to \\infty$ limit is tested through the scaling properties of Lyapunov spectra and of the Kolmogorov-Sinai entropy. Chaotic dynamics provides the mixing property in phase space necessary for obtaining equilibration; however, the relaxation time to equilibrium grows with $N$, at least near the critical point. Our results constitute an interesting bridge between Hamiltonian chaos in many degrees of freedom systems and equilibrium thermodynamics.

Vito Latora; Andrea Rapisarda; Stefano Ruffo

1998-03-13

182

Recursive diagonalization of quantum Hamiltonians to all orders in ({Dirac_h}/2{pi})

We present a diagonalization method for generic matrix valued Hamiltonians based on a formal expansion in power of ({Dirac_h}/2{pi}). Considering ({Dirac_h}/2{pi}) as a running parameter, a differential equation connecting two diagonalization processes for two very close values of ({Dirac_h}/2{pi}) is derived. The integration of this differential equation allows the recursive determination of the series expansion in powers of ({Dirac_h}/2{pi}) for the diagonalized Hamiltonian. This approach results in effective Hamiltonians with Berry-phase corrections of higher order in ({Dirac_h}/2{pi}), and deepens previous works on the semiclassical diagonalization of quantum Hamiltonians, which led notably to the discovery of the intrinsic spin Hall effect. As physical applications we consider spinning massless particles in isotropic inhomogeneous media and show that both the energy and the velocity get quantum corrections of order ({Dirac_h}/2{pi}){sup 2}. We also derive formally to all orders in ({Dirac_h}/2{pi}) the energy spectrum and the equations of motion of Bloch electrons in an external electric field.

Gosselin, Pierre [Universite Grenoble I, Institut Fourier, UMR 5582 CNRS-UJF, UFR de Mathematiques, BP74, 38402 Saint Martin d'Heres, Cedex (France); Hanssen, Jocelyn; Mohrbach, Herve [Universite Paul Verlaine, Institut de Physique, ICPMB1-FR CNRS 2843, Laboratoire de Physique Moleculaire et des Collisions, 57078 Metz (France)

2008-04-15

183

of conventional statistical mechanics [2,3]. Invariance of phase space volume under Hamiltonian time evolution,13Â22], is relevant when we consider the statistical mechanics of thermostatted systems [23Â26]. Such systems arise / Statistical mechanics of non-Hamiltonian systems Various homogeneous thermostatting mechanisms have been

184

Quantum speed limits and optimal Hamiltonians for driven systems in mixed states

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Inequalities of Mandelstam-Tamm (MT) and Margolus-Levitin (ML) type provide lower bounds on the time that it takes for a quantum system to evolve from one state into another. Knowledge of such bounds, called quantum speed limits, is of utmost importance in virtually all areas of physics, where determination of the minimum time required for a quantum process is of interest. Most MT and ML inequalities found in the literature have been derived from growth estimates for the Bures length, which is a statistical distance measure. In this paper we derive such inequalities by differential geometric methods, and we compare the quantum speed limits obtained with those involving the Bures length. We also characterize the Hamiltonians which optimize the evolution time for generic finite-level quantum systems.

Andersson, O.; Heydari, H.

2014-05-01

185

A Study about the Supersymmetry in the context of Quantum Mechanics

In this work we present an introduction to Supersymmetry in the context of 1-dimensional Quantum Mechanics. For that purpose we develop the concept of hamiltonians factorization using the simple harmonic oscillator as an example, we introduce the supersymmetric oscilator and, next, we generalize these concepts to introduce the fundamentals of Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics. We also discuss useful tools to solve problems in Quantum Mechanics which are intrinsecally related to Supersymmetry as hierarchy of hamiltonians and shape invariance. We present two approximation methods which will be specially useful: the well known Variational Method and the Logarithmic Perturbation Theory, the latter being closely related to the concepts of superpotentials and hierarchy of hamiltonians. Finally, we present problems related to superpotentials which are monomials in even powers of the x coordinate multiplied by the sign function epsilon(x), which seems to be a new class of problems in Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics.

Fabricio Marques

2011-11-03

186

Almost periodic orbits and stability for quantum time-dependent Hamiltonians

We study almost periodic orbits of quantum systems and prove that for\\u000aperiodic time-dependent Hamiltonians an orbit is almost periodic if, and only\\u000aif, it is precompact. In the case of quasiperiodic time-dependence we present\\u000aan example of a precompact orbit that is not almost periodic. Finally we\\u000adiscuss some simple conditions assuring dynamical stability for nonautonomous\\u000aquantum system.

Mariza S. Simsen

2007-01-01

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Quantum Mechanics 1 for graduate students

Course 606 Quantum Mechanics 1 for graduate students Fall 2010 Instructor Valery Pokrovsky 1 electromagnetic field. Gauge invariance. Landau levels. 7. Semiclassical approximation. 8. Quantum mechanics. Scattering. The main textbook is E. Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics, third edition, Wiley. Additional

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Quantum Mechanics as Classical Physics

Here I explore a novel no-collapse interpretation of quantum mechanics which combines aspects of two familiar and well-developed alternatives, Bohmian mechanics and the many-worlds interpretation. Despite reproducing the empirical predictions of quantum mechanics, the theory looks surprisingly classical. All there is at the fundamental level are particles interacting via Newtonian forces. There is no wave function. However, there are many worlds.

Charles Sebens

2014-02-27

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Classical and Quantum Mechanical Waves

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This web site consists of lecture notes in classical and quantum mechanical waves. The notes include the basics of classical waves including connections to mechanical oscillators, wave packets, and acoustic and electromagnetic waves. The final section outlines the key concepts of the quantum mechanical wave equation including probability and current, free and bound states, time dependent perturbation theory, and radiation. Visual Python and Maple animations are included for download.

Riley, Lewis

2006-07-22

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Decoherence in quantum mechanics and quantum cosmology

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

A sketch of the quantum mechanics for closed systems adequate for cosmology is presented. This framework is an extension and clarification of that of Everett and builds on several aspects of the post-Everett development. It especially builds on the work of Zeh, Zurek, Joos and Zeh, and others on the interactions of quantum systems with the larger universe and on the ideas of Griffiths, Omnes, and others on the requirements for consistent probabilities of histories.

Hartle, James B.

1992-01-01

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Ab initio no core calculations of light nuclei and preludes to Hamiltonian quantum field theory

Recent advances in ab initio quantum many-body methods and growth in computer power now enable highly precise calculations of nuclear structure. The precision has attained a level sufficient to make clear statements on the nature of 3-body forces in nuclear physics. Total binding energies, spin-dependent structure effects, and electroweak properties of light nuclei play major roles in pinpointing properties of the underlying strong interaction. Eventually, we anticipate a theory bridge with immense predictive power from QCD through nuclear forces to nuclear structure and nuclear reactions. Light front Hamiltonian quantum field theory offers an attractive pathway and we outline key elements.

Vary, J. P.; Maris, P.; Honkanen, H.; Li, J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 50011 (United States); Shirokov, A. M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 50011 (United States); Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State University, Moscow, 119991 (Russian Federation); Brodsky, S. J. [SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University, Menlo Park, California (United States); Harindranath, A. [Theory Group, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, 700064 (India); Teramond, G. F. de [Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose (Costa Rica)

2009-12-17

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Ab initio no core calculations of light nuclei and preludes to Hamiltonian quantum field theory

Recent advances in ab initio quantum many-body methods and growth in computer power now enable highly precise calculations of nuclear structure. The precision has attained a level sufficient to make clear statements on the nature of 3-body forces in nuclear physics. Total binding energies, spin-dependent structure effects, and electroweak properties of light nuclei play major roles in pinpointing properties of the underlying strong interaction. Eventually,we anticipate a theory bridge with immense predictive power from QCD through nuclear forces to nuclear structure and nuclear reactions. Light front Hamiltonian quantum field theory offers an attractive pathway and we outline key elements.

Vary, J.P.; Maris, P.; /Iowa State U.; Shirokov, A.M.; /Iowa State U. /SINP, Moscow; Honkanen, H.; li, J.; /Iowa State U.; Brodsky, S.J.; /SLAC; Harindranath, A.; /Saha Inst.; Teramond, G.F.de; /Costa Rica U.

2009-08-03

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Phase Space Quantum Mechanics - Direct

Conventional approach to quantum mechanics in phase space, (q,p), is to take the operator based quantum mechanics of Schrodinger, or and equivalent, and assign a c-number function in phase space to it. We propose to begin with a higher level of abstraction, in which the independence and the symmetric role of q and p is maintained throughout, and at once arrive at phase space state functions. Upon reduction to the q- or p-space the proposed formalism gives the conventional quantum mechanics, however, with a definite rule for ordering of factors of non commuting observables. Further conceptual and practical merits of the formalism are demonstrated throughout the text.

S. Nasiri; Y. Sobouti; F. Taati

2006-05-15

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An approach to nonstandard quantum mechanics

We use nonstandard analysis to formulate quantum mechanics in hyperfinite-dimensional spaces. Self-adjoint operators on hyperfinite-dimensional spaces have complete eigensets, and bound states and continuum states of a Hamiltonian can thus be treated on an equal footing. We show that the formalism extends the standard formulation of quantum mechanics. To this end we develop the Loeb-function calculus in nonstandard hulls. The idea is to perform calculations in a hyperfinite-dimensional space, but to interpret expectation values in the corresponding nonstandard hull. We further apply the framework to non-relativistic quantum scattering theory. For time-dependent scattering theory, we identify the starting time and the finishing time of a scattering experiment, and we obtain a natural separation of time scales on which the preparation process, the interaction process, and the detection process take place. For time-independent scattering theory, we derive rigorously explicit formulas for the M{\\o}ller wave operators and the S-Matrix.

Andreas Raab

2006-12-27

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Surveying Studentsâ Understanding of Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Development of research-based multiple-choice tests about quantum mechanics is important for assessing studentsâ difficulties and for evaluating curricula and pedagogies that strive to reduce the difficulties. We explore the difficulties that the undergraduate and graduate students have with non-relativistic quantum mechanics of one particle in one spatial dimension. We developed a research-based conceptual multiple-choice survey that targets these issues to obtain information about the common difficulties and administered it to more than a hundred students from seven different institutions. The issues targeted in the survey include the set of possible wavefunctions, bound and scattering states, quantum measurement, expectation values, the role of the Hamiltonian, time-dependence of wavefunction and time-dependence of expectation value. We find that the advanced undergraduate and graduate students have many common difficulties with these concepts and that research-based tutorials and peer-instruction tools can significantly reduce these difficulties. The survey can be administered to assess the effectiveness of various intructional strategies.

Singh, Chandralekha; Zhu, Guangtian

2010-12-31

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Playing Games in Quantum Mechanical Settings:. Features of Quantum Games

In this lecture note, we present the implications of playing classical games in quantum mechanical settings where the quantum mechanical toolbox consisting of entanglement, quantum operations and measurement is used. After a brief introduction to the concepts of classical game theory and quantum mechanics, we study quantum games and their corresponding classical analogues to determine the novelties. In addition, we

Sahin Kaya Özdemir; Junichi Shimamura; Nobuyuki Imoto

2008-01-01

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Noninertial quantum mechanical fluctuations

Zero point quantum fluctuations as seen from non-inertial reference frames are of interest for several reasons. In particular, because phenomena such as Unruh radiation (acceleration radiation) and Hawking radiation (quantum leakage from a black hole) depend intrinsically on both quantum zero-point fluctuations and some appropriate notion of an accelerating vacuum state, any experimental test of zero-point fluctuations in non-inertial frames is implicitly a test of the foundations of quantum field theory, and the Unruh and Hawking effects

H. C. Rosu

2000-12-20

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Communication: Quantum mechanics without wavefunctions

We present a self-contained formulation of spin-free non-relativistic quantum mechanics that makes no use of wavefunctions or complex amplitudes of any kind. Quantum states are represented as ensembles of real-valued quantum trajectories, obtained by extremizing an action and satisfying energy conservation. The theory applies for arbitrary configuration spaces and system dimensionalities. Various beneficial ramifications--theoretical, computational, and interpretational--are discussed.

Schiff, Jeremy [Department of Mathematics, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900 (Israel); Poirier, Bill [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Box 41061, Lubbock, Texas 79409-1061 (United States) and Department of Physics, Texas Tech University, Box 41051, Lubbock, Texas 79409-1051 (United States)

2012-01-21

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Scattering Relativity in Quantum Mechanics

Transforming from one reference frame to another yields an equivalent physical description. If quantum fields are transformed one way and quantum states transformed a different way then the physics changes. We show how to use the resulting changed physical description to obtain the equations of motion of charged, massive particles in electromagnetic and gravitational fields. The derivation is based entirely on special relativity and quantum mechanics.

Richard Shurtleff

2011-08-09

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The quantum theory of a type of generally covariant field theory, that has no local degrees of freedom, is described. Physical observables that capture topological properties of the manifold are identified and a representation of their Poisson algebra is constructed to obtain the quantum theory. A non-Abelian generalization to SU(2) is also discussed in a similar way.

Husain, V. (Department of Physics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112 (US))

1991-03-15

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From the unitary operator used for implementing two-state discrete-time quantum walk on one-, two- and three- dimensional lattice we obtain a two-component Dirac-like Hamiltonian. In particular, using different pairs of Pauli basis as position translation states we obtain three different form of Hamiltonians for evolution on one-dimensional lattice. We extend this to two- and three-dimensional lattices using different Pauli basis states as position translation states for each dimension and show that the external coin operation, which is necessary for one-dimensional walk is not a necessary requirement for a walk on higher dimensions but can serve as an additional resource to control the dynamics. The two-component Hamiltonian we present here for quantum walk on different lattices can serve as a general framework to simulate, control, and study the dynamics of quantum systems governed by Dirac-like Hamiltonian. PMID:24088731

Chandrashekar, C. M.

2013-01-01

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Free will and quantum mechanics

A simple example is provided showing that violation of free will allows to reproduce the quantum mechanical predictions, and that the Clauser-Horne parameter can take the maximum value 4 for a proper choice.

Antonio Di Lorenzo

2011-05-05

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Quantum mechanical description of waveguides

In this paper, applying the spinor representation of the electromagnetic field, we present a quantum-mechanical description of waveguides. As an example of application, a potential qubit generated via photon tunneling is discussed.

Zhi-Yong Wang; Cai-Dong Xiong; Bing He

2006-11-02

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Twist deformation of rotationally invariant quantum mechanics

Noncommutative quantum mechanics in 3D is investigated in the framework of an abelian Drinfeld twist which deforms a given Hopf algebra structure. Composite operators (of coordinates and momenta) entering the Hamiltonian have to be reinterpreted as primitive elements of a dynamical Lie algebra which could be either finite (for the harmonic oscillator) or infinite (in the general case). The deformed brackets of the deformed angular momenta close the so(3) algebra. On the other hand, undeformed rotationally invariant operators can become, under deformation, anomalous (the anomaly vanishes when the deformation parameter goes to zero). The deformed operators, Taylor-expanded in the deformation parameter, can be selected to minimize the anomaly. We present the deformations (and their anomalies) of undeformed rotationally invariant operators corresponding to the harmonic oscillator (quadratic potential), the anharmonic oscillator (quartic potential), and the Coulomb potential.

Chakraborty, B. [S.N. Bose National Center for Basic Sciences, JD Block, Sector III, Salt-Lake, Kolkata-700098 (India); Kuznetsova, Z. [UFABC, Rua Catequese 242, Bairro Jardim, cep 09090-400, Santo Andre (Brazil); Toppan, F. [CBPF, Rua Dr. Xavier Sigaud 150, cep 22290-180, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

2010-11-15

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Some two centuries before the quantum revolution, Newton (1) suggested that corpuscles of light generate waves in an aethereal medium like skipping stones generate waves in water, with their motion then being affected by ...

Bush, John W. M.

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Quantum theory of atoms in molecules: results for the SR-ZORA Hamiltonian.

The quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) is generalized to include relativistic effects using the popular scalar-relativistic zeroth-order regular approximation (SR-ZORA). It is usually assumed that the definition of the atom as a volume bounded by a zero-flux surface of the electron density is closely linked to the form of the kinetic energy, so it is somewhat surprising that the atoms corresponding to the relativistic kinetic-energy operator in the SR-ZORA Hamiltonian are also bounded by zero-flux surfaces. The SR-ZORA Hamiltonian should be sufficient for qualitative descriptions of molecular electronic structure across the periodic table, which suggests that QTAIM-based analysis can be useful for molecules and solids containing heavy atoms. PMID:22010759

Anderson, James S M; Ayers, Paul W

2011-11-17

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We propose a method for Hamiltonian engineering that requires no local control but only relies on collective qubit rotations and field gradients. The technique achieves a spatial modulation of the coupling strengths via a ...

Ajoy, Ashok

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Extension of Quantum Mechanics Carl M. BENDER Department of Physics, Washington University, St. Louis, MO but do possess PT symmetry. For example, consider the one-parameter family of Hamiltonians H = p2 + x2 8 has a different spectrum from the Hamiltonian that is obtained by continuing #12;618 C.M. Bender 1

Popovych, Roman

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From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory

From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics) New Particles anti-particles (combining special relativity and quantum mechanics pions (mediator/momentum/mass discrepancy must fit inside the quantum mechanical uncertainty p, E E2 - p2 c2 = 0 Thursday, May 7, 2009 #12

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Chem 793 Quantum Mechanics I Chemistry 793

Chem 793 Quantum Mechanics I Chemistry 793 Quantum Mechanics I Fall 2000 Course outline 1 formulation. Â· Constants of the motion. 2. Probability in classical and quantum mechanics Â· Probability University #12;Chem 793 Quantum Mechanics I 7. Separable problems in 2D and 3D Â· Direct product functions

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Adiabatic approximation in PT-symmetric quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper, we present a quantitative sufficient condition for adiabatic approximation in PT-symmetric quantum mechanics, which yields that a state of the PT-symmetric quantum system at any time will remain approximately in the m-th eigenstate up to a multiplicative phase factor whenever it is initially in the m-th eigenstate of the Hamiltonian. In addition, we estimate the approximation errors by the distance and the fidelity between the exact solution and the adiabatic approximate solution to the time evolution equation, respectively.

Guo, ZhiHua; Cao, HuaiXin; Lu, Ling

2014-10-01

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Quantum mechanics needs no interpretation

Probabilistic description of results of measurements and its consequences for understanding quantum mechanics are discussed. It is shown that the basic mathematical structure of quantum mechanics like the probability amplitude, Born rule, probability density current, commutation relations, momentum operator, uncertainty relations, rules for including the scalar and vector potentials and existence of antiparticles can be derived from the definition of the mean values of the space coordinates and time. Equations of motion of quantum mechanics, the Klein-Gordon equation, Schroedinger equation and Dirac equation are obtained from requirement of the relativistic invariance of the theory. Limit case of localized probability densities leads to the Hamilton-Jacobi equation of classical mechanics. Many particle systems are also discussed.

L. Skala; V. Kapsa

2004-12-22

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Sampling with quantum mechanics

A new algorithm for estimating the fraction of numbers that is present in a superpositional state which satisfies a given condition,is introduced.This algorithm is conceptually simple and does not require quantum Fourier transform.Also the number of steps required does not depend on the size of the data base to be searched.

M. P John

2003-06-26

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We study the problem of the basis of an open quantum system, under a quantum chaotic environment, which is preferred in view of its stationary reduced density matrix (RDM), that is, the basis in which the stationary RDM is diagonal. It is shown that, under an initial condition composed of sufficiently many energy eigenstates of the total system, such a basis is given by the eigenbasis of a renormalized self-Hamiltonian of the system, in the limit of large Hilbert space of the environment. Here, the renormalized self-Hamiltonian is given by the unperturbed self-Hamiltonian plus a certain average of the interaction Hamiltonian over the environmental degrees of freedom. Numerical simulations performed in two models, both with the kicked rotor as the environment, give results consistent with the above analytical predictions.

He, Lewei; Wang, Wen-ge

2014-02-01

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Charge transport through a short DNA oligomer (Dickerson dodecamer) in presence of structural fluctuations is investigated using a hybrid computational methodology based on a combination of quantum mechanical electronic structure calculations and classical molecular dynamics simulations with a model Hamiltonian approach. Based on a fragment orbital description, the DNA electronic structure can be coarse-grained in a very efficient way. The influence of dynamical fluctuations arising either from the solvent fluctuations or from base-pair vibrational modes can be taken into account in a straightforward way through time series of the effective DNA electronic parameters, evaluated at snapshots along the MD trajectory. We show that charge transport can be promoted through the coupling to solvent fluctuations, which gate the onsite energies along the DNA wire.

R. Gutierrez; R. Caetano; P. B. Woiczikowski; T. Kubar; M. Elstner; G. Cuniberti

2009-10-02

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Quantum Mechanics (QM) Measurement Package

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This set of tutorial worksheets, based on the OSP Quantum Mechanics Simulations, help students explore the effects of position, momentum, and energy measurements on quantum state wavepackets. The probabilistic change in the wavefunction upon measurements and the time propagation of the states are illustrated. Similar worksheets are available for measurements of single and superpositions of energy eigenstates. The worksheets can be run online or downloaded as a pdf (attached).

Belloni, Mario; Christian, Wolfgang

2010-01-07

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Quantum Mechanical Earth: Where Orbitals Become Orbits

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Macroscopic objects, although quantum mechanical by nature, conform to Newtonian mechanics under normal observation. According to the quantum mechanical correspondence principle, quantum behavior is indistinguishable from classical behavior in the limit of very large quantum numbers. The purpose of this paper is to provide an example of the…

Keeports, David

2012-01-01

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A Criterion for Holism in Quantum Mechanics

A Criterion for Holism in Quantum Mechanics # M.P Seevinck # # Utrecht University, The Netherlands, June 2003. # 1 #12; # Motivation # . The question whether or not quantum mechanics (QM) gives rise. Orthodox Quantum Mechanics . Criterion for Holism in the Quantum Formalism . Orthodox QM is Holistic

Seevinck, Michiel

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A Criterion for Holism in Quantum Mechanics

A Criterion for Holism in Quantum Mechanics M.P Seevinck Utrecht University, The Netherlands, June 2003. 1 #12; Motivation Â· The question whether or not quantum mechanics (QM) gives rise to some. Orthodox Quantum Mechanics Â· Criterion for Holism in the Quantum Formalism Â· Orthodox QM is Holistic

Seevinck, Michiel

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ccsd00002942, ON SUPERSYMMETRIC QUANTUM MECHANICS

ccsdÂ00002942, version 1 Â 25 Sep 2004 ON SUPERSYMMETRIC QUANTUM MECHANICS M.R. KIBLER Institut de Quantum Mechanics of order k. The presentation is based on the introduction of a generalized Weyl supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics corresponds to k = 2. A connection between fractional supersymmetric Quantum

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Algebraic Quantum Mechanics and Pregeometry

We discuss the relation between the q-number approach to quantum mechanics suggested by Dirac and the notion of "pregeometry" introduced by Wheeler. By associating the q-numbers with the elements of an algebra and regarding the primitive idempotents as "generalized points" we suggest an approach that may make it possible to dispense with an a priori given space manifold. In this approach the algebra itself would carry the symmetries of translation, rotation, etc. Our suggestion is illustrated in a preliminary way by using a particular generalized Clifford Algebra proposed originally by Weyl, which approaches the ordinary Heisenberg algebra in a suitable limit. We thus obtain a certain insight into how quantum mechanics may be regarded as a purely algebraic theory, provided that we further introduce a new set of "neighbourhood operators", which remove an important kind of arbitrariness that has thus far been present in the attempt to treat quantum mechanics solely in terms of a Heisenberg algebra.

D. J. Bohm; P. G. Davies; B. J. Hiley

2006-11-30

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THE OBJECTIVE INDEFINITENESS INTERPRETATION OF QUANTUM MECHANICS: Partition logic, logical information theory, and quantum mechanics David Ellerman University of California at Riverside www ago that quantum mechanics was not compatible with Boolean logic, then the natural thing to do would

WÃ¼thrich, Christian

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A microscopic Hamiltonian theory of the fractional quantum Hall effect developed by Shankar and the present author based on the fermionic Chern-Simons approach has recently been quite successful in calculating gaps and finite-tempertature properties in fractional quantum Hall states. Initially proposed as a small-q theory, it was subsequently extended by Shankar to form an algebraically consistent theory for all q in the lowest Landau level. Such a theory is amenable to a conserving approximation in which the constraints have vanishing correlators and decouple from physical response functions. Properties of the incompressible fractions are explored in this conserving approximation, including the magnetoexciton dispersions and the evolution of the small-q structure factor as ?-->12. Finally, a formalism capable of dealing with a nonuniform ground-state charge density is developed and used to show how the correct fractional value of the quasiparticle charge emerges from the theory.

Murthy, Ganpathy

2001-11-01

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Supersymmetric quantum mechanics and paraquantization

The paraquantum Hamiltonian of a free particle is shown to be supersymmetric. Depending on the space-time dimension, the corresponding N=1 and N=2 supercharges are constructed and the related Hamiltonians are derived.

Morchedi, O.; Mebarki, N. [Laboratoire de Physique Mathematique et Subatomique, Mentouri University, Constantine (Algeria)

2012-06-27

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Quantum mechanical force field for water with explicit electronic polarization

A quantum mechanical force field (QMFF) for water is described. Unlike traditional approaches that use quantum mechanical results and experimental data to parameterize empirical potential energy functions, the present QMFF uses a quantum mechanical framework to represent intramolecular and intermolecular interactions in an entire condensed-phase system. In particular, the internal energy terms used in molecular mechanics are replaced by a quantum mechanical formalism that naturally includes electronic polarization due to intermolecular interactions and its effects on the force constants of the intramolecular force field. As a quantum mechanical force field, both intermolecular interactions and the Hamiltonian describing the individual molecular fragments can be parameterized to strive for accuracy and computational efficiency. In this work, we introduce a polarizable molecular orbital model Hamiltonian for water and for oxygen- and hydrogen-containing compounds, whereas the electrostatic potential responsible for intermolecular interactions in the liquid and in solution is modeled by a three-point charge representation that realistically reproduces the total molecular dipole moment and the local hybridization contributions. The present QMFF for water, which is called the XP3P (explicit polarization with three-point-charge potential) model, is suitable for modeling both gas-phase clusters and liquid water. The paper demonstrates the performance of the XP3P model for water and proton clusters and the properties of the pure liquid from about 900 × 10{sup 6} self-consistent-field calculations on a periodic system consisting of 267 water molecules. The unusual dipole derivative behavior of water, which is incorrectly modeled in molecular mechanics, is naturally reproduced as a result of an electronic structural treatment of chemical bonding by XP3P. We anticipate that the XP3P model will be useful for studying proton transport in solution and solid phases as well as across biological ion channels through membranes.

Han, Jaebeom; Mazack, Michael J. M.; Zhang, Peng; Truhlar, Donald G.; Gao, Jiali [Department of Chemistry and Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota, 207 Pleasant Street, SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-0431 (United States)] [Department of Chemistry and Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota, 207 Pleasant Street, SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-0431 (United States)

2013-08-07

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Quantum mechanical force field for water with explicit electronic polarization

A quantum mechanical force field (QMFF) for water is described. Unlike traditional approaches that use quantum mechanical results and experimental data to parameterize empirical potential energy functions, the present QMFF uses a quantum mechanical framework to represent intramolecular and intermolecular interactions in an entire condensed-phase system. In particular, the internal energy terms used in molecular mechanics are replaced by a quantum mechanical formalism that naturally includes electronic polarization due to intermolecular interactions and its effects on the force constants of the intramolecular force field. As a quantum mechanical force field, both intermolecular interactions and the Hamiltonian describing the individual molecular fragments can be parameterized to strive for accuracy and computational efficiency. In this work, we introduce a polarizable molecular orbital model Hamiltonian for water and for oxygen- and hydrogen-containing compounds, whereas the electrostatic potential responsible for intermolecular interactions in the liquid and in solution is modeled by a three-point charge representation that realistically reproduces the total molecular dipole moment and the local hybridization contributions. The present QMFF for water, which is called the XP3P (explicit polarization with three-point-charge potential) model, is suitable for modeling both gas-phase clusters and liquid water. The paper demonstrates the performance of the XP3P model for water and proton clusters and the properties of the pure liquid from about 900 × 106 self-consistent-field calculations on a periodic system consisting of 267 water molecules. The unusual dipole derivative behavior of water, which is incorrectly modeled in molecular mechanics, is naturally reproduced as a result of an electronic structural treatment of chemical bonding by XP3P. We anticipate that the XP3P model will be useful for studying proton transport in solution and solid phases as well as across biological ion channels through membranes. PMID:23927266

Han, Jaebeom; Mazack, Michael J. M.; Zhang, Peng; Truhlar, Donald G.; Gao, Jiali

2013-01-01

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Quantum ergodicity of a coherence-preserving SU(2) Hamiltonian system with quasiperiodic kicking

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this paper we study the time evolution of a quasiperiodically kicked spin system whose Hamiltonian is linear in the SU(2) generators. Since this Hamiltonian preserves SU(2) coherent states under time evolution, there is a close correspondence between the quantum evolution and the classical evolution of the system on the Bloch sphere. Such a system has previously been studied by Milonni, Ackerhalt, and Goggin [Phys. Rev. A 35, 1714 (1987)] and, with two incommensurate driving frequencies, the quantum evolution was characterized by (a) decay of the autocorrelation function of the state vector, (b) broadband power spectrum of observables, (c) ergodicity on the Bloch sphere. We expand upon their work to study the corresponding behavior of the motion on a symplectic phase space and the decay of the autocorrelation function of the state vector. When the forcing strength is such that the motion is localized in phase space, the autocorrelation function shows revivals. When the motion is ergodic the autocorrelation function rapidly decays without revivals. The classical motion however is not chaotic, there is no sensitive dependence on initial conditions. For three incommensurate frequencies, the motion is more delocalized than for two frequencies for a fixed forcing strength.

Gerry, Christopher C.; Schneider, Thomas

1990-08-01

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Quantum Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Computation Thursday, 22 March 2012

Quantum Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Computation Thursday, 22 March 2012 8:50 am Welcoming:30 Â 5:30 "Criticality without frustration for quantum spin-1 chains" Sergey Bravyi 6:30 pm Dinner at Triumph Brewery 138 Nassau Street Princeton, NJ 08542 609-924-7855 Quantum Statistical Mechanics

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Non-exponential decay in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We describe some salient features as well as some recent developments concerning short-time deviations from the exponential decay law in the context of Quantum Mechanics by using the Lee Hamiltonian approach and Quantum Field Theory by using relativistic Lagrangians. In particular, the case in which two decay channels are present is analyzed: the ratio of decay probability densities, which is a constant equal to the ratio of decay widths in the exponential limit, shows in general sizable fluctuations which persist also at long times.

Giacosa, Francesco

2014-10-01

230

Canonical Transformations in Quantum Mechanics

Quantum canonical transformations are defined algebraically outside of a Hilbert space context. This generalizes the quantum canonical transformations of Weyl and Dirac to include non-unitary transformations. The importance of non-unitary transformations for constructing solutions of the Schr\\"odinger equation is discussed. Three elementary canonical transformations are shown both to have quantum implementations as finite transformations and to generate, classically and infinitesimally, the full canonical algebra. A general canonical transformation can be realized quantum mechanically as a product of these transformations. Each transformation corresponds to a familiar tool used in solving differential equations, and the procedure of solving a differential equation is systematized by the use of the canonical transformations. Several examples are done to illustrate the use of the canonical transformations. [This is an extensively revised version of hep-th-9205080: the first third of the paper is new material; the notation has been simplified, and further discussion has been added to the remainder.

Arlen Anderson

1993-05-13

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Brownian local time and quantum mechanics

Let V be any (sufficiently regular) attractive potential in one and two dimensions. We make rigorous an argument of M.Kac, relating the recurrence of the Brownian motion to the existence of at least one bound state for the quantum Hamiltonian H = -(..delta../2)+V.

Ruelle, P.

1986-05-01

232

Remarks on osmosis, quantum mechanics, and gravity

Some relations of the quantum potential to Weyl geometry are indicated with applications to the Friedmann equations for a toy quantum cosmology. Osmotic velocity and pressure are briefly discussed in terms of quantum mechanics and superfluids with connections to gravity.

Robert Carroll

2011-04-03

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Remarks on osmosis, quantum mechanics, and gravity

Some relations of the quantum potential to Weyl geometry are indicated with applications to the Friedmann equations for a toy quantum cosmology. Osmotic velocity and pressure are briefly discussed in terms of quantum mechanics and superfluids with connections to gravity.

Carroll, Robert

2011-01-01

234

We develop the method analyzing particle number non-conserving phenomena with non-equilibrium quantum field-theory. In this study, we consider a CP violating model with interaction Hamiltonian that breaks particle number conservation. To derive the quantum Boltzmann equation for the particle number, we solve Schwinger-Dyson equation, which are obtained from two particle irreducible closed-time-path (2PI CTP) effective action. In this calculation, we show the contribution from interaction Hamiltonian to the time evolution of expectation value of particle number.

Hotta, Ryuuichi; Morozumi, Takuya; Takata, Hiroyuki [Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8526 (Japan); Tomsk state Pedagogical University Tomsk 634041 (Russian Federation)

2012-07-27

235

Surveying students' understanding of quantum mechanics in one spatial dimension

NSDL National Science Digital Library

We explore the difficulties that advanced undergraduate and graduate students have with non-relativistic quantum mechanics of a single particle in one spatial dimension. To investigate these difficulties we developed a conceptual survey and administered it to more than 200 students at 10 institutions. The issues targeted in the survey include the set of possible wavefunctions, bound and scattering states, quantum measurement, expectation values, the role of the Hamiltonian, and the time-dependence of the wavefunction and expectation values. We find that undergraduate and graduate students have many common difficulties with these concepts and that research-based tutorials and peer-instruction tools can significantly reduce these difficulties. The findings also suggest that graduate quantum mechanics courses may not be effective at helping students to develop a better conceptual understanding of these topics, partly because such courses mainly focus on quantitative assessments.

Zhu, Guangtian; Singh, Chandralekha

2012-04-30

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OSP: Quantum-mechanical Measurement

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This set of quantum mechanics java applets, part of the Open Source Physics project, provides simulations that demonstrate the effect of measurement on the time-dependence of quantum states. Exercises are available that demonstrate the results of measurement of energy, position, and momentum on states in potential wells (square well, harmonic oscillator, asymmetric well, etc). Eigenstates, superpositions of eigenstates, and wave packets can all be studied. Tutorials are also available. The material stresses the measurement of a quantum-mechanical wave function. The simulations can be delivered either through the OSP Launcher interface or embedded in html pages. The source code is available, and users are invited to contribute to the collection's development by submitting improvements. The simulations are available through the "View attached documents" link below.

Belloni, Mario; Christian, Wolfgang

2006-06-27

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Quantum Mechanics and Physical Reality

IN a recent article by A. Einstein, B. Podolsky and N. Rosen, which appeared in the Physical Review of May 15, and was reviewed in NATURE of June 22, the question of the completeness of quantum mechanical description has been discussed on the basis of a ``criterion of physical reality'', which the authors formulate as follows : ``If, without in

N. Bohr

1935-01-01

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Quantum Mechanics Of Consciousness

A phenomenological approach using the states of spin-like observables is developed to understand the nature of consciousness and the totality of experience. The three states of consciousness are taken to form the triplet of eigenstates of a spin-one entity and are derived as the triplet resulting from the composition of two spins by treating the subject and the object as interacting two-state, spin-half systems with external and internal projections. The state of deep sleep is analysed in the light of this phenomenological approach and a novel understanding of the status of the individual consciousness in this state is obtained. The resulting fourth state i.e. the singlet state is interpreted to correspond to the superconscious state of intuitive experience and is justified by invoking the concept of the universal consciousness as the underlying source of all individual states of experience. It is proposed that the individual experiences result from the operations of four individualizing observables which project out the individual from the universal. The one-to-one correspondence between the individual and the universal states of experience is brought out and their identity in the fourth state is established by showing that all individualizing quantum numbers become zero in this state leaving no trace of any individuality.

Rajat Kumar Pradhan

2009-07-28

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We recycle Cruz et al.'s (Phys. Lett. A 369 (2007) 400) work on the classical and quantum position-dependent mass (PDM) oscillators. To elaborate on the ordering ambiguity, we properly amend some of the results reported in their work and discuss the classical and quantum mechanical correspondence for the PDM harmonic oscillators. We use a point canonical transformation and show that one unique quantum PDM oscillator Hamiltonian (consequently, one unique ordering-ambiguity parametric set j=l=-1/4 and k=-1/2) is obtained. To show that such a parametric set is not just a manifestation of the quantum PDM oscillator Hamiltonian, we consider the classical and quantum mechanical correspondence for quasi-free PDM particles moving under the influence of their own PDM force fields.

Omar Mustafa

2012-08-10

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Star Products for Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

The star product formalism has proved to be an alternative formulation for nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. We want introduce here a covariant star product in order to extend the star product formalism to relativistic quantum mechanics in the proper time formulation.

P. Henselder

2007-05-24

241

Delay Time in Quaternionic Quantum Mechanics

In looking for quaternionic violations of quantum mechanics, we discuss the delay time for pure quaternionic potentials. The study shows in which energy region it is possible to amplify the difference between quaternionic and complex quantum mechanics.

Stefano De Leo; Gisele Ducati

2012-04-11

242

Quantum Mechanics Joachim Burgdorfer and Stefan Rotter

1 1 Quantum Mechanics Joachim BurgdÂ¨orfer and Stefan Rotter 1.1 Introduction 3 1.2 Particle and Quantization 8 1.5 Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics 9 1.6 Formalism of Quantum Mechanics 12 1.7 Solution Quantization 33 1.9.3 Gutzwiller Trace Formula 34 1.10 Conceptual Aspects of Quantum Mechanics 35 1

Rotter, Stefan

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Entanglement and Disentanglement in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

Entanglement and Disentanglement in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics Jeffrey A. Barrett August 16, 2014 Abstract A satisfactory formulation of relativistic quantum mechanics re- quires that one be able in relativistic quantum mechanics must ultimately depend on the details of one's strategy for addressing

Stanford, Kyle

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Quantum Mechanics: From Realism to Intuitionism

Quantum Mechanics: From Realism to Intuitionism A mathematical and philosophical investigation with the idea for this thesis I didn't know very much about the funda- ments of quantum mechanics. Discussions that the incomprehensibility of quantum mechanics is not easily stepped over. This became clearer to me when I followed

Bosma, Wieb

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Quantum Mechanics Revisited Jean Claude Dutailly

Quantum Mechanics Revisited Jean Claude Dutailly Paris (France) August 20, 2014 Abstract The purpose of the paper is to study the foundations of the main axioms of Quantum Mechanics. From a general a new theoretical foundation. ii) The quantum mechanics (QM) which is presented in all the books

Boyer, Edmond

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From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory

From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics Dimensions Strings and the Strong Force Thursday, May 7, 2009 #12;Particle Interaction Summary quantum mechanics and special relativity together imply the existence of anti-particles forces are mediated

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Quantum Mechanics for Mathematicians: Introduction and Overview

Quantum Mechanics for Mathematicians: Introduction and Overview Peter Woit Department Richard Feynman goes "I think it is safe to say that no one understands quantum mechanics."[1 was contrasting quantum mechanics with the theory of general relativity, a supposedly equally hard to understand

Woit, Peter

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Probability in modal interpretations of quantum mechanics

Probability in modal interpretations of quantum mechanics Dennis Dieks Institute for the History interpretations have the ambition to construe quantum mechanics as an ob- jective, man-independent description of physical reality. Their second leading idea is probabilism: quantum mechanics does not completely fix

Seevinck, Michiel

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Quantum Mechanics: Structures, Axioms and Paradoxes

Quantum Mechanics: Structures, Axioms and Paradoxes Diederik Aerts Center Leo Apostel, Brussels present an analysis of quantum mechanics and its problems and para- doxes taking into account the results a genuine incomplete- ness of standard quantum mechanics, however not an incompleteness that means

Aerts, Diederik

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A Criterion for Holism in Quantum Mechanics

A Criterion for Holism in Quantum Mechanics M.P Seevinck E-mail: M.P.Seevinck@phys.uu.nl Utrecht University, The Netherlands, August 2003. 1 #12; Motivation Â· The question whether or not quantum mechanics is it that makes quantum mechanics a holistic theory (if so), and other physical theories not (if so). Â· I propose

Seevinck, Michiel

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On a realistic interpretation of quantum mechanics

On a realistic interpretation of quantum mechanics Arnold Neumaier Institut fur Mathematik respecting the indeter- ministic nature of quantum mechanics, allows to speak of de#12;nite values for all], there are at least two levels of inter- preting quantum mechanics: the statistical interpretation in the narrower

Neumaier, Arnold

252

Visualizing quantum mechanics in phase space

We examine the visualization of quantum mechanics in phase space by means of the Wigner function and the Wigner function flow as a complementary approach to illustrating quantum mechanics in configuration space by wave functions. The Wigner function formalism resembles the mathematical language of classical mechanics of non-interacting particles. Thus, it allows a more direct comparison between classical and quantum dynamical features.

Heiko Bauke; Noya Ruth Itzhak

2011-01-11

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Although time measurements are routinely performed in laboratories, their theoretical description is still an open problem. Correspondingly, the status of the energy-time uncertainty relation is unsettled. In the first part of this work the necessity of positive operator valued measures (POVM) as descriptions of every quantum experiment is reviewed, as well as the suggestive role played by the probability current in time measurements. Furthermore, it is shown that no POVM exists, which approximately agrees with the probability current on a very natural set of wave functions; nevertheless, the choice of the set is crucial, and on more restrictive sets the probability current does provide a good arrival time prediction. Some ideas to experimentally detect quantum effects in time measurements are discussed. In the second part of the work the energy-time uncertainty relation is considered, in particular for a model of alpha decay for which the variance of the energy can be calculated explicitly, and the variance of time can be estimated. This estimate is tight for systems with long lifetimes, in which case the uncertainty relation is shown to be satisfied. Also the linewidth-lifetime relation is shown to hold, but contrary to the common expectation, it is found that the two relations behave independently, and therefore it is not possible to interpret one as a consequence of the other. To perform the mentioned analysis quantitative scattering estimates are necessary. To this end, bounds of the form $\\|1_Re^{-iHt}\\psi\\|_2^2 \\leq C t^{-3}$ have been derived, where $\\psi$ denotes the initial state, $H$ the Hamiltonian, $R$ a positive constant, and $C$ is explicitly known. As intermediate step, bounds on the derivatives of the $S$-matrix in the form $\\|1_K S^{(n)}\\|_\\infty \\leq C_{n,K} $ have been established, with $n=1,2,3$, and the constants $C_{n,K}$ explicitly known.

Nicola Vona

2014-03-11

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Effective quantum-memory Hamiltonian from local two-body interactions

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In Phys. Rev. A 88, 062313 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevA.88.062313 we proposed and studied a model for a self-correcting quantum memory in which the energetic cost for introducing a defect in the memory grows without bounds as a function of system size. This positive behavior is due to attractive long-range interactions mediated by a bosonic field to which the memory is coupled. The crucial ingredients for the implementation of such a memory are the physical realization of the bosonic field as well as local five-body interactions between the stabilizer operators of the memory and the bosonic field. Here, we show that both of these ingredients appear in a low-energy effective theory of a Hamiltonian that involves only two-body interactions between neighboring spins. In particular, we consider the low-energy, long-wavelength excitations of an ordered Heisenberg ferromagnet (magnons) as a realization of the bosonic field. Furthermore, we present perturbative gadgets for generating the required five-spin operators. Our Hamiltonian involving only local two-body interactions is thus expected to exhibit self-correcting properties as long as the noise affecting it is in the regime where the effective low-energy description remains valid.

Hutter, Adrian; Pedrocchi, Fabio L.; Wootton, James R.; Loss, Daniel

2014-07-01

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Time Symmetry and Asymmetry in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Cosmology

We investigate the origin of the arrow of time in quantum mechanics in the\\u000acontext of quantum cosmology. The ``Copenhagen'' quantum mechanics of measured\\u000asubsystems incorporates a fundamental arrow of time. Extending discussions of\\u000aAharonov, Bergmann and Lebovitz, Griffiths, and others we investigate a\\u000ageneralized quantum mechanics for cosmology that utilizes both an initial and a\\u000afinal density matrix to

Murray Gell-Mann; James B. Hartle

1993-01-01

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The Postulates of Quantum Mechanics (from Quantum Mechanics by Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, Bernard Diu, and Franck LaloÂ¨e) Introduction The postulates of quantum mechanics are the theory. Their physical content to the following questions: (i) How is the state of a quantum mechanical system at a given time described

Nielsen, Steven O.

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Intersecting N loop solutions of the hamiltonian constraint of quantum gravity

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Following the introduction by Ashtekar of a new set of canonical variables for the gravitational field and a new representation of quantum gravity based on them, Jacobson and Smolin presented a large class of solutions to the quantum hamiltonian constraint of general relativity based on the holonomy of the Ashtekar connection along simple loops and two intersecting loops. For all these solutions the metric is degenerate everywhere, including the point of intersection. This motivated Husain to extend the results to consider the case of three intersecting loops. However, the metric was degenerate as well on the three-loop solutions found since the loops were only allowed to have two independent tangent vectors at the point of intersection. We have developed a computer algebra code capable of generating solutions for an arbitrary number of loops. We explicitly present new four- and five-loop solutions. These are the first solutions known to have three independent tangent vectors at the intersection point. In spite of this they fail, however, to have a nondegenerate metric. We present a general argument that shows that the same situation arises for an arbitrary finite number of loops. Implications of this degeneracy for the interpretation of the connection and loop space representation of quantum gravity are also discussed.

Brügmann, Bernd; Pullin, Jorge

1991-09-01

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Several algorithms have been proposed to calculate the spatial entanglement spectrum from high order Rényi entropies and maximum entropy techniques. We present an alternative approach for computing the entanglement spectrum with quantum Monte Carlo for both continuum and lattice Hamiltonians. This method provides direct access to the matrix elements of the spatially reduced density matrix and we determine an estimator that can be used in variational Monte Carlo as well as other Monte Carlo methods. The algorithm is based on using a generalization of the swap operator, which can be extended to calculate a general class of density matrices that can include combinations of spin, space, particle, and even momentum degrees of freedom. We demonstrate the method by applying it to the H2 and N2 molecules and describe how the spatial entanglement spectrum encodes a covalent bond that includes all the many body correlations.

Tubman, Norm M.; Yang, D. ChangMo

2014-08-01

259

Ab-Initio Hamiltonian Approach to Light Nuclei And to Quantum Field Theory

Nuclear structure physics is on the threshold of confronting several long-standing problems such as the origin of shell structure from basic nucleon-nucleon and three-nucleon interactions. At the same time those interactions are being developed with increasing contact to QCD, the underlying theory of the strong interactions, using effective field theory. The motivation is clear - QCD offers the promise of great predictive power spanning phenomena on multiple scales from quarks and gluons to nuclear structure. However, new tools that involve non-perturbative methods are required to build bridges from one scale to the next. We present an overview of recent theoretical and computational progress with a Hamiltonian approach to build these bridges and provide illustrative results for the nuclear structure of light nuclei and quantum field theory.

Vary, J.P.; /Iowa State U.; Honkanen, H.; /Iowa State U.; Li, Jun; /Iowa State U.; Maris, P.; /Iowa State U.; Shirokov, A.M.; /SINP, Moscow; Brodsky, S.J.; /SLAC /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.; Harindranath, A.; /Saha Inst.; de Teramond, G.F.; /Costa Rica U.; Ng, E.G.; /LBL, Berkeley; Yang, C.; /LBL, Berkeley; Sosonkina, M.; /Ames Lab

2012-06-22

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Effective equations for the quantum pendulum from momentous quantum mechanics

In this work we study the quantum pendulum within the framework of momentous quantum mechanics. This description replaces the Schroedinger equation for the quantum evolution of the system with an infinite set of classical equations for expectation values of configuration variables, and quantum dispersions. We solve numerically the effective equations up to the second order, and describe its evolution.

Hernandez, Hector H.; Chacon-Acosta, Guillermo [Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, Facultad de Ingenieria, Nuevo Campus Universitario, Chihuahua 31125 (Mexico); Departamento de Matematicas Aplicadas y Sistemas, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa, Artificios 40, Mexico D. F. 01120 (Mexico)

2012-08-24

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Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics with Reflections

A novel realization of supersymmetric quantum mechanics is obtained by using as supercharges, differential-difference operators with reflections. A supersymmetric system with an extended Scarf I potential is presented and analyzed. Its eigenfunctions are given in terms of little -1 Jacobi polynomials which obey an eigenvalue equation of Dunkl type and arise as a q-> -1 limit of the little q-Jacobi polynomials. Intertwining operators connecting the wave functions of extended Scarf I potentials with different parameters are presented.

Post, S; Zhedanov, A

2011-01-01

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Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics with Reflections

We consider a realization of supersymmetric quantum mechanics where supercharges are differential-difference operators with reflections. A supersymmetric system with an extended Scarf I potential is presented and analyzed. Its eigenfunctions are given in terms of little -1 Jacobi polynomials which obey an eigenvalue equation of Dunkl type and arise as a q-> -1 limit of the little q-Jacobi polynomials. Intertwining operators connecting the wave functions of extended Scarf I potentials with different parameters are presented.

S. Post; L. Vinet; A. Zhedanov

2011-07-28

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PT symmetry in classical and quantum statistical mechanics.

PT-symmetric Hamiltonians and transfer matrices arise naturally in statistical mechanics. These classical and quantum models often require the use of complex or negative weights and thus fall outside the conventional equilibrium statistical mechanics of Hermitian systems. PT-symmetric models form a natural class where the partition function is necessarily real, but not necessarily positive. The correlation functions of these models display a much richer set of behaviours than Hermitian systems, displaying sinusoidally modulated exponential decay, as in a dense fluid, or even sinusoidal modulation without decay. Classical spin models with PT-symmetry include Z(N) models with a complex magnetic field, the chiral Potts model and the anisotropic next-nearest-neighbour Ising model. Quantum many-body problems with a non-zero chemical potential have a natural PT-symmetric representation related to the sign problem. Two-dimensional quantum chromodynamics with heavy quarks at non-zero chemical potential can be solved by diagonalizing an appropriate PT-symmetric Hamiltonian. PMID:23509384

Meisinger, Peter N; Ogilvie, Michael C

2013-04-28

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The Bogoliubov-de Gennes system, the AKNS hierarchy, and nonlinear quantum mechanical supersymmetry

We show that the Ginzburg-Landau expansion of the grand potential for the Bogoliubov-de Gennes Hamiltonian is determined by the integrable nonlinear equations of the AKNS hierarchy, and that this provides the natural mathematical framework for a hidden nonlinear quantum mechanical supersymmetry underlying the dynamics.

Correa, Francisco [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Casilla 307, Santiago 2 (Chile); Dunne, Gerald V. [Physics Department, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States); Plyushchay, Mikhail S. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Casilla 307, Santiago 2 (Chile)], E-mail: m.plyushchay@gmail.com

2009-12-15

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Quantum mechanical reaction probabilities via a discrete variable representation-absorbing boundary subsequent use to determine the cumulative reaction probability for a chemical reaction, has been extended probabilities, derives a DVR for the ex- act, multidimensional Watson Hamiltonian (referenced to a transition

Miller, William H.

266

Facets of contextual realism in quantum mechanics

In recent times, there is an upsurge of interest in demonstrating the quantum contextuality. In this proceedings, we explore the two different forms of arguments that have been used for showing the contextual character of quantum mechanics. First line of study concerns the violations of the noncontextual realist models by quantum mechanics, where second line of study that is qualitatively distinct from the earlier one, demonstrates the contextuality within the formalism of quantum mechanics.

Pan, Alok Kumar [LPTM (CNRS Unite 8089), Universite de Cergy-Pontoise, 95302 Cergy-Pontoise cedex (France); Home, Dipankar [CAPSS, Department of Physics, Bose Institute, Salt Lake, Calcutta 700091 (India)

2011-09-23

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Game Theory in Categorical Quantum Mechanics

Categorical quantum mechanics, which examines quantum theory via dagger-compact closed categories, gives satisfying high-level explanations to the quantum information procedures such as Bell-type entanglement or complementary observables (\\cite{AC}, \\cite{Co}, \\cite{Co2}). Inspired by the fact that Quantum Game Theory can be seen as branch of quantum information, we express Quantum Game Theory procedures using the topological semantics provided by Categorical Quantum Mechanics. We also investigate Bayesian Games with correlation from this novel point of view while considering the connection between Bayesian game theory and Bell non-locality investigated recently by Brunner and Linden \\cite{BL}.

Ali Nabi Duman

2014-05-17

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I. BASICS OF STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND QUANTUM MECHANICS Markus Holzmann

I. BASICS OF STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND QUANTUM MECHANICS Markus Holzmann LPMMC, Maison de Magist://www.lptl.jussieu.fr/users/markus/cours.html (Dated: March 1, 2010) We introduce basic concepts of classical and quantum statistical mechanics the basic concepts of statistical mechanics: partition function, free energy, density operators. As examples

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On the Various Aspects of Hamiltonian Description of the Mechanics of Continuous Media

We consider a general approach to the theory of continuous media starting from Lagrangian formalism. This formalism which uses the trajectories if constituents of media is very convenient for taking into account different types of interaction between particles typical for different media. Building the Hamiltonian formalism we discuss some issues which is not very well known, such as relation of famous Thompson theorem with the symmetry with respect to volume preserving diffeomorphisms. We also discuss the relation between Euler and Lagrange description and present similar to Euler $C^2$ formulation of continuous mechanics. In these general frameworks we consider as examples the theory of plasma and gravitating gas.

G. Pronko

2009-08-21

270

Lectures on Quantum Mechanics (nonlinear PDE point of view)

We expose the Schr\\"odinger quantum mechanics with traditional applications to Hydrogen atom. We discuss carefully the experimental and theoretical background for the introduction of the Schr\\"odinger, Pauli and Dirac equations, as well as for the Maxwell equations. We explain in detail all basic theoretical concepts. We explain all details of the calculations and mathematical tools: Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism for the systems with finite degree of freedom and for fields, Geometric Optics, the Hamilton-Jacobi equation and WKB approximation, Noether theory of invariants including the theorem on currents, four conservation laws (energy, momentum, angular momentum and charge), Lie algebra of angular momentum and spherical functions, scattering theory (limiting amplitude principle and limiting absorption principle), the Lienard-Wiechert formulas, Lorentz group and Lorentz formulas, Pauli theorem and relativistic covariance of the Dirac equation, etc. We give a detailed oveview of the conceptual development of the quantum mechanics, and expose main achievements of the ``old quantum mechanics'' in the form of exercises. One of our basic aim in writing this book, is an open and concrete discussion of the problem of a mathematical description of the following two fundamental quantum phenomena: i) Bohr's quantum transitions and ii) de Broglie's wave-particle duality. Both phenomena cannot be described by autonomous linear dynamical equations, and we give them a new mathematical treatment related with recent progress in the theory of global attractors of nonlinear hyperbolic PDEs.

A. Komech

2005-05-21

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Exploration of similarities between classical wave mechanics and quantum mechanics

This dissertation explores classical analogs of one particle wave mechanics and multiparticle quantum entanglement by using classical wave optics. We develop classical measurement techniques to simulate one particle wave mechanics and quantum entanglement for up to four particles. Classical simulation of multi-particle entanglement is useful for quantum information processing (QIP) because much of the QIP does not require collapse and

Kim Fook Lee

2002-01-01

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Teaching Quantum Mechanics on an Introductory Level.

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Presents a new research-based course on quantum mechanics in which the conceptual issues of quantum mechanics are taught at an introductory level. Involves students in the discovery of how quantum phenomena deviate from classical everyday experiences. (Contains 31 references.) (Author/YDS)

Muller, Rainer; Wiesner, Hartmut

2002-01-01

273

Investigation of exciton ground state in quantum dots via Hamiltonian diagonalization method

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We analyze the electron-hole (exciton) ground state associated with the first peak in the optical absorption spectra of semiconductor quantum dots. We assume the effective mass approximation and a dot radius R on the order of the exciton Bohr radius aB. A Hamiltonian diagonalization method which accounts for the exciton's kinetic, direct Coulomb, and surface polarization energies is used. We obtain a representation of the exciton ground-state wavefunction and a value for its energy using a basis set consisting of only three composite infinite spherical well wavefunctions. We discuss the precision obtained by this basis set by comparing with results from a much more extended basis set. Our results are used to predict the radius-dependent energy of the first peak in visible-light absorption spectra for CdSe quantum dots. Our analysis accurately describes the experimental data for dots with radii in the range aB

Schultz, Zachary M.; Essick, John M.

2008-03-01

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Orthodox Quantum Mechanics Free from Paradoxes

A formulation of quantum mechanics based on an operational definition of state is presented. This formulation, which includes explicitly the macroscopic systems, assumes the probabilistic interpretation and is nevertheless objective. The classical paradoxes of quantum mechanics are analyzed and their origin is found to be the fictitious properties that are usually attributed to quantum-mechanical states. The hypothesis that any mixed state can always be considered as an incoherent superposition of pure states is found to contradict quantum mechanics. A solution of EPR paradox is proposed. It is shown that entanglement of quantum states is compatible with realism and locality of events, but implies non-local encoding of information.

Rodrigo Medina

2005-08-02

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BOOK REVIEWS: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals

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This review is of three books, all published by Springer, all on quantum theory at a level above introductory, but very different in content, style and intended audience. That of Gottfried and Yan is of exceptional interest, historical and otherwise. It is a second edition of Gottfried’s well-known book published by Benjamin in 1966. This was written as a text for a graduate quantum mechanics course, and has become one of the most used and respected accounts of quantum theory, at a level mathematically respectable but not rigorous. Quantum mechanics was already solidly established by 1966, but this second edition gives an indication of progress made and changes in perspective over the last thirty-five years, and also recognises the very substantial increase in knowledge of quantum theory obtained at the undergraduate level. Topics absent from the first edition but included in the second include the Feynman path integral, seen in 1966 as an imaginative but not very useful formulation of quantum theory. Feynman methods were given only a cursory mention by Gottfried. Their practical importance has now been fully recognised, and a substantial account of them is provided in the new book. Other new topics include semiclassical quantum mechanics, motion in a magnetic field, the S matrix and inelastic collisions, radiation and scattering of light, identical particle systems and the Dirac equation. A topic that was all but totally neglected in 1966, but which has flourished increasingly since, is that of the foundations of quantum theory. John Bell’s work of the mid-1960s has led to genuine theoretical and experimental achievement, which has facilitated the development of quantum optics and quantum information theory. Gottfried’s 1966 book played a modest part in this development. When Bell became increasingly irritated with the standard theoretical approach to quantum measurement, Viki Weisskopf repeatedly directed him to Gottfried’s book. Gottfried had devoted a chapter of his book to these matters, titled ‘The Measurement Process and the Statistical Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics’. Gottfried considered the von Neumann or Dirac ‘collapse of state-vector’ (or ‘reduction postulate’ or ‘projection postulate’) was unsatisfactory, as he argued that it led inevitably to the requirement to include ‘consciousness’ in the theory. He replaced this by a more mathematically and conceptually sophisticated treatment in which, following measurement, the density matrix of the correlated measured and measuring systems, rho, is replaced by hat rho, in which the interference terms from rho have been removed. rho represents a pure state, and hat rho a mixture, but Gottfried argued that they are ‘indistinguishable’, and that we may make our replacement, ‘safe in the knowledge that the error will never be found’. Now our combined state is represented as a mixture, it is intuitive, Gottfried argued, to interpret it in a probabilistic way, |cm|2 being the probability of obtaining the mth measurement result. Bell liked Gottfried’s treatment little more than the cruder ‘collapse’ idea of von Neumann, and when, shortly before Bell’s death, his polemical article ‘Against measurement’ was published in the August 1990 issue of Physics World (pages 33-40), his targets included, not only Landau and Lifshitz’s classic Quantum Mechanics, pilloried for its advocacy of old-fashioned collapse, and a paper by van Kampen in Physica, but also Gottfried’s approach. Bell regarded his replacement of rho by hat rho as a ‘butchering’ of the density matrix, and considered, in any case, that even the butchered density matrix should represent co-existence of different terms, not a set of probabilities. Gottfried has replied to Bell ( Physics World, October 1991, pages 34-40; Nature 405, 533-36 (2000)). He has also become a major commentator on Bell’s work, for example editing the section on quantum foundations in the World Scientific edition of Bell’s collected works. Thus it is exceedingly interesting to disco

Whitaker, A.

2004-02-01

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Quantum mechanical light harvesting mechanisms in photosynthesis

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

More than 10 million billion photons of light strike a leaf each second. Incredibly, almost every red-coloured photon is captured by chlorophyll pigments and initiates steps to plant growth. Last year we reported that marine algae use quantum mechanics in order to optimize photosynthesis [1], a process essential to its survival. These and other insights from the natural world promise to revolutionize our ability to harness the power of the sun. In a recent review [2] we described the principles learned from studies of various natural antenna complexes and suggested how to utilize that knowledge to shape future technologies. We forecast the need to develop ways to direct and regulate excitation energy flow using molecular organizations that facilitate feedback and control--not easy given that the energy is only stored for a billionth of a second. In this presentation I will describe new results that explain the observation and meaning of quantum-coherent energy transfer. [4pt] [1] Elisabetta Collini, Cathy Y. Wong, Krystyna E. Wilk, Paul M. G. Curmi, Paul Brumer, and Gregory D. Scholes, ``Coherently wired light-harvesting in photosynthetic marine algae at ambient temperature'' Nature 463, 644-648 (2010).[0pt] [2] Gregory D. Scholes, Graham R. Fleming, Alexandra Olaya-Castro and Rienk van Grondelle, ``Lessons from nature about solar light harvesting'' Nature Chem. 3, 763-774 (2011).

Scholes, Gregory

2012-02-01

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The practical focus of this work is the dynamical simulation of polarization transport processes in quantum spin microscopy and spectroscopy. The simulation framework is built-up progressively, beginning with state-spaces (configuration manifolds) that are geometrically natural, introducing coordinates that are algebraically natural; and finally specifying dynamical potentials that are physically natural; in each respect explicit criteria are given for "naturality." The resulting framework encompasses Hamiltonian flow (both classical and quantum), quantum Lindbladian processes, and classical thermostatic processes. Constructive validation and verification criteria are given for metric and symplectic flows on classical, quantum, and hybrid state-spaces, with particular emphasis to tensor network state-spaces. Both classical and quantum examples are presented, including dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP). A broad span of applications and challenges is discussed, ranging from the design and simulation of quantum...

Sidles, John A; Jacky, Jonathan P; Picone, Rico A R; Harsila, Scott A

2010-01-01

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The Schr\\" odinger picture of the Dirac quantum mechanics is defined in charts with spatially flat Robertson-Walker metrics and Cartesian coordinates. The main observables of this picture are identified, including the interacting part of the Hamiltonian operator produced by the minimal coupling with the gravitational field. It is shown that in this approach new Dirac quantum modes on de Sitter spacetimes may be found analytically solving the Dirac equation.

Ion I. Cotaescu

2007-08-06

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present a systematic study of the noncommutative interaction of gravitational waves with matter at the quantum mechanical level in the long wavelength and small velocity limit. In particular, the noncommutative quantum dynamics of the Landau's problem is employed to measure the transmission amplitudes in terms of the Riemann's tensor elements by a gravitational wave in linearized approximation. It turns out that the Hamiltonian of the charged particles derived based on DeWitt's approach is valid by the deformed electromagnetic fields.

Jafari, Abolfazl

2014-10-01

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Quantum mechanics: Myths and facts

A common understanding of quantum mechanics (QM) among students and practical users is often plagued by a number of "myths", that is, widely accepted claims on which there is not really a general consensus among experts in foundations of QM. These myths include wave-particle duality, time-energy uncertainty relation, fundamental randomness, the absence of measurement-independent reality, locality of QM, nonlocality of QM, the existence of well-defined relativistic QM, the claims that quantum field theory (QFT) solves the problems of relativistic QM or that QFT is a theory of particles, as well as myths on black-hole entropy. The fact is that the existence of various theoretical and interpretational ambiguities underlying these myths does not yet allow us to accept them as proven facts. I review the main arguments and counterarguments lying behind these myths and conclude that QM is still a not-yet-completely-understood theory open to further fundamental research.

H. Nikolic

2006-09-21

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Quantum mechanics: Myths and facts

A common understanding of quantum mechanics (QM) among students and practical users is often plagued by a number of "myths", that is, widely accepted claims on which there is not really a general consensus among experts in foundations of QM. These myths include wave-particle duality, time-energy uncertainty relation, fundamental randomness, the absence of measurement-independent reality, locality of QM, nonlocality of QM, the existence of well-defined relativistic QM, the claims that quantum field theory (QFT) solves the problems of relativistic QM or that QFT is a theory of particles, as well as myths on black-hole entropy. The fact is that the existence of various theoretical and interpretational ambiguities underlying these myths does not yet allow us to accept them as proven facts. I review the main arguments and counterarguments lying behind these myths and conclude that QM is still a not-yet-completely-understood theory open to further fundamental research.

Nikolic, H

2006-01-01

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Quantum Mechanics: Myths and Facts

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A common understanding of quantum mechanics (QM) among students and practical users is often plagued by a number of “myths”, that is, widely accepted claims on which there is not really a general consensus among experts in foundations of QM. These myths include wave-particle duality, time-energy uncertainty relation, fundamental randomness, the absence of measurement-independent reality, locality of QM, nonlocality of QM, the existence of well-defined relativistic QM, the claims that quantum field theory (QFT) solves the problems of relativistic QM or that QFT is a theory of particles, as well as myths on black-hole entropy. The fact is that the existence of various theoretical and interpretational ambiguities underlying these myths does not yet allow us to accept them as proven facts. I review the main arguments and counterarguments lying behind these myths and conclude that QM is still a not-yet-completely-understood theory open to further fundamental research.

Nikoli?, Hrvoje

2007-11-01

283

Treating time travel quantum mechanically

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The fact that closed timelike curves (CTCs) are permitted by general relativity raises the question as to how quantum systems behave when time travel to the past occurs. Research into answering this question by utilizing the quantum circuit formalism has given rise to two theories: Deutschian-CTCs (D-CTCs) and "postselected" CTCs (P-CTCs). In this paper the quantum circuit approach is thoroughly reviewed, and the strengths and shortcomings of D-CTCs and P-CTCs are presented in view of their nonlinearity and time-travel paradoxes. In particular, the "equivalent circuit model"—which aims to make equivalent predictions to D-CTCs, while avoiding some of the difficulties of the original theory—is shown to contain errors. The discussion of D-CTCs and P-CTCs is used to motivate an analysis of the features one might require of a theory of quantum time travel, following which two overlapping classes of alternate theories are identified. One such theory, the theory of "transition probability" CTCs (T-CTCs), is fully developed. The theory of T-CTCs is shown not to have certain undesirable features—such as time-travel paradoxes, the ability to distinguish nonorthogonal states with certainty, and the ability to clone or delete arbitrary pure states—that are present with D-CTCs and P-CTCs. The problems with nonlinear extensions to quantum mechanics are discussed in relation to the interpretation of these theories, and the physical motivations of all three theories are discussed and compared.

Allen, John-Mark A.

2014-10-01

284

Treating Time Travel Quantum Mechanically

The fact that closed timelike curves (CTCs) are permitted by general relativity raises the question as to how quantum systems behave when time travel to the past occurs. Research into answering this question by utilising the quantum circuit formalism has given rise to two theories: Deutschian-CTCs (D-CTCs) and "postselected" CTCs (P-CTCs). In this paper the quantum circuit approach is thoroughly reviewed, and the strengths and shortcomings of D-CTCs and P-CTCs are presented in view of their non-linearity and time travel paradoxes. In particular, the "equivalent circuit model"---which aims to make equivalent predictions to D-CTCs, while avoiding some of the difficulties of the original theory---is shown to contain errors. The discussion of D-CTCs and P-CTCs is used to motivate an analysis of the features one might require of a theory of quantum time travel, following which two overlapping classes of new theories are identified. One such theory, the theory of "transition probability" CTCs (T-CTCs), is fully developed. The theory of T-CTCs is shown not to have certain undesirable features---such as time travel paradoxes, the ability to distinguish non-orthogonal states with certainty, and the ability to clone or delete arbitrary pure states---that are present with D-CTCs and P-CTCs. The problems with non-linear extensions to quantum mechanics are discussed in relation to the interpretation of these theories, and the physical motivations of all three theories are discussed and compared.

John-Mark A. Allen

2014-01-20

285

Davidson potential and SUSYQM in the Bohr Hamiltonian

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The Bohr Hamiltonian is modified through the Shape Invariance principle of SUper-SYmmetric Quantum Mechanics for the Davidson potential. The modification is equivalent to a conformal transformation of Bohr's metric, generating a different ?-dependence of the moments of inertia.

Georgoudis, P. E.

2013-06-01

286

Web-based Quantum Mechanics I Course

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This web site is an entire web-based Quantum Mechanics I Course based at the University of Tennessee. It includes instructional materials, in-class tutorials, simulations, links to other quantum resources, homework assignments, and solutions.

Breinig, Marianne

2009-09-17

287

Errors and paradoxes in quantum mechanics

Errors and paradoxes in quantum mechanics, entry in the Compendium of Quantum Physics: Concepts, Experiments, History and Philosophy, ed. F. Weinert, K. Hentschel, D. Greenberger and B. Falkenburg (Springer), to appear

D. Rohrlich

2007-08-28

288

A quantum mechanical model of "dark matter"

The role of singular solutions in some simple quantum mechanical models is studied. The space of the states of two-dimensional quantum harmonic oscillator is shown to be separated into sets of states with different properties.

V. V. Belokurov; E. T. Shavgulidze

2014-03-28

289

Playing Games in Quantum Mechanical Settings:. Features of Quantum Games

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In this lecture note, we present the implications of playing classical games in quantum mechanical settings where the quantum mechanical toolbox consisting of entanglement, quantum operations and measurement is used. After a brief introduction to the concepts of classical game theory and quantum mechanics, we study quantum games and their corresponding classical analogues to determine the novelties. In addition, we introduce a benchmark which attempts to make a fair comparison of classical games and their quantum extensions. This benchmark exploits the fact that in special settings a classical game should be reproduced as a subgame of its quantum extension. We obtained a rather surprising result that this requirement prevents the use of a large set of entangled states in quantum extension of classical games.

Özdemir, ?ahin Kaya; Shimamura, Junichi; Imoto, Nobuyuki

2008-04-01

290

Helping Students Learn Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Computing

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Quantum information science and technology is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field drawing researchers from science and engineering fields. Traditional instruction in quantum mechanics is insufficient to prepare students for research in quantum computing because there is a lack of emphasis in the current curriculum on quantum formalism and dynamics. We are investigating the difficulties students have with quantum mechanics and are developing and evaluating quantum interactive learning tutorials (QuILTs) to reduce the difficulties. Our investigation includes interviews with individual students and the development and administration of free-response and multiple-choice tests. We discuss the implications of our research and development project on helping students learn quantum mechanics relevant for quantum computing.

Singh, Chandralekha

2007-11-25

291

On the complexity of classical and quantum algorithms for numerical problems in quantum mechanics

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Our understanding of complex quantum mechanical processes is limited by our inability to solve the equations that govern them except for simple cases. Numerical simulation of quantum systems appears to be our best option to understand, design and improve quantum systems. It turns out, however, that computational problems in quantum mechanics are notoriously difficult to treat numerically. The computational time that is required often scales exponentially with the size of the problem. One of the most radical approaches for treating quantum problems was proposed by Feytiman in 1982 [46]: he suggested that quantum mechanics itself showed a promising way to simulate quantum physics. This idea, the so called quantum computer, showed its potential convincingly in one important regime with the development of Shor's integer factorization algorithm which improves exponentially on the best known classical algorithm. In this thesis we explore six different computational problems from quantum mechanics, study their computational complexity and try to find ways to remedy them. In the first problem we investigate the reasons behind the improved performance of Shor's and similar algorithms. We show that the key quantum part in Shor's algorithm, the quantum phase estimation algorithm, achieves its good performance through the use of power queries and we give lower bounds for all phase estimation algorithms that use power queries that match the known upper bounds. Our research indicates that problems that allow the use of power queries will achieve similar exponential improvements over classical algorithms. We then apply our lower bound technique for power queries to the Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problem and show matching lower bounds to the upper bounds of Papageorgiou and Wozniakowski [85]. It seems to be very difficult, though, to find nontrivial instances of the Sturm-Lionville problem for which power queries can be simulated efficiently. A quantum computer differs from a classical computer that uses randomness, because it allows "negative probabilities" that can cancel each other (destructive interference). Ideally we would like to transfer classical randomized algorithms to the quantum computer and get speed improvements. One of the simplest classical randomized algorithm is the random walk and we study the behavior of the continuous-time quantum random walk. We analyze this random walk in one dimension and give analytical formulas for its behavior that demonstrate its interference properties. Is interference or cancellation really the most important advantage that a quantum computer has over a classical computer? To answer that question we study the class StociMA of "stochastic quantum" algorithms that only use classical gates, but are given a quantum "witness", i.e. an arbitrary quantum state that can guide the algorithm in computing the correct answer, but should not be able to "fool" it. We show that there exists a complete problem for this class, which we call the stoquastic local Hamiltonian problem. In this problem we try to compute the lowest eigenvalue of a Hamiltonian with interactions that span only a fixed number of particles and all contribute negatively. With the help of this problem we prove that MA ? StocIMA ? SBP ? QMA. This shows that interference is one of the most important parts of quantum computation. The simulation of the evolution of a general quantum system in time requires a computational time that is exponential in the dimension of the system. But maybe the problem that we ask for is too general and we can simulate special systems in polynomial time. In particular it would be interesting to study quantum systems of "limited energy", i.e. for which the state at starting time consists mainly out of components with small energy. We model this in the theory of weighted reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces with two different sets of weights: product weights and finite-order weights. We will show that the information cost of computing the evolution for start

Bessen, Arvid J.

292

Multiverse interpretation of quantum mechanics

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We argue that the many worlds of quantum mechanics and the many worlds of the multiverse are the same thing, and that the multiverse is necessary to give exact operational meaning to probabilistic predictions from quantum mechanics. Decoherence—the modern version of wave-function collapse—is subjective in that it depends on the choice of a set of unmonitored degrees of freedom, the environment. In fact decoherence is absent in the complete description of any region larger than the future light cone of a measurement event. However, if one restricts to the causal diamond—the largest region that can be causally probed—then the boundary of the diamond acts as a one-way membrane and thus provides a preferred choice of environment. We argue that the global multiverse is a representation of the many worlds (all possible decoherent causal diamond histories) in a single geometry. We propose that it must be possible in principle to verify quantum-mechanical predictions exactly. This requires not only the existence of exact observables but two additional postulates: a single observer within the Universe can access infinitely many identical experiments; and the outcome of each experiment must be completely definite. In causal diamonds with a finite surface area, holographic entropy bounds imply that no exact observables exist, and both postulates fail: experiments cannot be repeated infinitely many times; and decoherence is not completely irreversible, so outcomes are not definite. We argue that our postulates can be satisfied in hats (supersymmetric multiverse regions with vanishing cosmological constant). We propose a complementarity principle that relates the approximate observables associated with finite causal diamonds to exact observables in the hat.

Bousso, Raphael; Susskind, Leonard

2012-02-01

293

Transfer of Learning in Quantum Mechanics

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We investigate the difficulties that undergraduate students in quantum mechanics courses have in transferring learning from previous courses or within the same course from one context to another by administering written tests and conducting individual interviews. Quantum mechanics is abstract and its paradigm is very different from the classical one. A good grasp of the principles of quantum mechanics requires creating and organizing a knowledge structure consistent with the quantum postulates. Previously learned concepts such as the principle of superposition and probability can be useful in quantum mechanics if students are given opportunity to build associations between new and prior knowledge. We also discuss the need for better alignment between quantum mechanics and modern physics courses taken previously because semi-classical models can impede internalization of the quantum paradigm in more advanced courses.

Singh, Chandralekha

2010-01-18

294

A concise introduction to quantum probability, quantum mechanics, and quantum computation

A concise introduction to quantum probability, quantum mechanics, and quantum computation Greg called "non-commutative probability". Recently quantum computation has entered as a new reason for both mathematicians and computer scientists to learn the precepts of quantum mechan- ics. Just as randomized

Thomases, Becca

295

Gauge invariant hydrogen atom Hamiltonian

For quantum mechanics of a charged particle in a classical external electromagnetic field, there is an apparent puzzle that the matrix element of the canonical momentum and Hamiltonian operators is gauge dependent. A resolution to this puzzle is recently provided by us in [2]. Based on the separation of the electromagnetic potential into pure gauge and gauge invariant parts, we have proposed a new set of momentum and Hamiltonian operators which satisfy both the requirement of gauge invariance and the relevant commutation relations. In this paper we report a check for the case of the hydrogen atom problem: Starting from the Hamiltonian of the coupled electron, proton and electromagnetic field, under the infinite proton mass approximation, we derive the gauge invariant hydrogen atom Hamiltonian and verify explicitly that this Hamiltonian is different from the Dirac Hamiltonian, which is the time translation generator of the system. The gauge invariant Hamiltonian is the energy operator, whose eigenvalue is the energy of the hydrogen atom. It is generally time-dependent. In this case, one can solve the energy eigenvalue equation at any specific instant of time. It is shown that the energy eigenvalues are gauge independent, and by suitably choosing the phase factor of the time-dependent eigenfunction, one can ensure that the time-dependent eigenfunction satisfies the Dirac equation.

Wei-Min Sun; Xiang-Song Chen; Xiao-Fu Lu; Fan Wang

2010-02-18

296

Effective S=1/2 Hamiltonians and the Quantum Spin Ice Ground State of Yb2Ti2O7

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New neutron scattering instrumentation offers unprecedented opportunities for mapping out the full dispersion and dynamic susceptibility of magnetic materials. In turn, these measurements can be exploited to determine their microscopic spin Hamiltonians in great detail. We've used these techniques to examine the exotic quantum spin ice ground state of Yb2Ti2O7, a pyrochlore magnet, which can be thought of in terms of spins decorating a network of corner-sharing tetrahedra. In this environment, Yb^3+displays a ground state crystal field doublet which is very well separated from its excited states, resulting in an effective S=1/2 description for the Yb moments. It's positive Curie-Weiss constant of ˜ 0.5 K indicates net ferromagnetic interactions and it displays a g-tensor with XY anisotropy. However strong spin orbit effects give rise to an anisotropic exchange Hamiltonian, which can be understood in quantitative detail by modeling time-of-flight neutron scattering in a high field polarized state with spin wave theory using anisotropic exchange. The resulting Hamiltonian shows strong coupling between local z-components of spin, as in spin ice, but also substantial terms that encourage quantum fluctuations. Armed with the microscopic spin Hamiltonian, the mean field phase diagram and a range of physical properties can be calculated and compared with experiment. We see that any possible ordering is strongly suppressed relative to mean field theory by the presence of geometrical frustration, quantum fluctuations, or both; and the low temperature bulk properties are well accounted for by the effective S=1/2 Hamiltonian we determine. [4pt] [1] K.A. Ross, L. Savary, B.D. Gaulin and L. Balents, Phys. Rev X, 1, 021022, 2011.

Gaulin, Bruce D.

2013-03-01

297

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The focus of this work is to obtain the ground state energy of the non-relativistic spin-independent molecular Hamiltonian without making the Born-Oppenheimer (BO) approximation. In addition to avoiding the BO approximation, this approach avoids imposing separable-rotor and harmonic oscillator approximations. The ground state solution is obtained variationally using multi-determinant variational Monte Carlo method where all nuclei and electrons in the molecule are treated quantum mechanically. The multi-determinant VMC provides the right framework for including explicit correlation in a multi-determinant expansion. This talk will discuss the construction of the basis functions and optimization of the variational coefficient. The electron-nuclear VMC method will be applied to H2, He2 and H2O and comparison of the VMC results with other methods will be presented. The results from these calculations will provide the necessary benchmark values that are needed in development of other multicomponent method such as electron-nuclear DFT and electron-nuclear FCIQMC.

Sambasivam, Abhinanden; Elward, Jennifer; Chakraborty, Arindam

2013-03-01

298

Quantum mechanics without state vectors

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Because the state vectors of isolated systems can be changed in entangled states by processes in other isolated systems, keeping only the density matrix fixed, it is proposed to give up the description of physical states in terms of ensembles of state vectors with various probabilities, relying only on density matrices. The density matrix is defined here by the formula giving the mean values of physical quantities, which implies the same properties as the usual definition in terms of state vectors and their probabilities. This change in the description of physical states opens up a large variety of new ways that the density matrix may transform under various symmetries, different from the unitary transformations of ordinary quantum mechanics. Such new transformation properties have been explored before, but so far only for the symmetry of time translations into the future, treated as a semigroup. Here, new transformation properties are studied for general symmetry transformations forming groups, not just semigroups. Arguments that such symmetries should act on the density matrix as in ordinary quantum mechanics are presented, but all of these arguments are found to be inconclusive.

Weinberg, Steven

2014-10-01

299

Identical Particles in Quantum Mechanics

If, in a system of identical particles, the one particle state is defined by the partial trace to one of the component spaces of the total Hilbert space, then all one particle states are identical. The particles are indistinguishable. This is often thought to be a typical quantum mechanical phenomenon. I will show however that an analogous procedure to define particle states exists in classical mechanics, which results in classical indistinguishable identical particles. From this analogy it follows that the indistinguishability of identical particles depends on how we define particle states. It is not an inevitable result of the symmetry postulate. Indeed, if particles are defined by partial traces, consistent use of the symmetry postulate leads to the conclusion that all identical particles in the universe are indistinguishable, so that particles can never be pointed at, not even in the classical limit. This does not correspond to the way the term particle is actually used in practice. I will argue that a particle should be defined in such a way that in the classical limit the quantum particle state becomes the state of a classical particle. This will lead us to a definition of particles which is in line with the way the term particle is actually used by physicists.

Andrea Lubberdink

2009-10-24

300

Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates

This is intended to be a serious paper, in spite of the title. The idea is that quantum mechanics is about probabilistic correlations, i.e., about the structure of information, since a theory of information is essentially a theory of probabilistic correlations. To make this clear, it suffices to consider measurements of two binary-valued observables, x with outcomes a = 0 or 1, performed by Alice in a region A, and y with outcomes b = 0 or 1 performed by Bob in a separated region B --or, to emphasize the banality of the phenomena, two ways of peeling a banana, resulting in one of two tastes. The imagined bananas of Bananaworld are non-standard, with operational or phenomenal probabilistic correlations for peelings and tastes that lie outside the polytope of local correlations. The 'no go' theorems tell us that we can't shoe-horn these correlations into a classical correlation polytope, which has the structure of a simplex, by supposing that something has been left out of the story, without giving up fundamental principles that define what we mean by a physical system. The nonclassical features of quantum mechanics, including the irreducible information loss on measurement, are shown to be generic features of correlations that lie outside the local correlation polytope. As far as the conceptual problems are concerned, we might as well talk about bananas.

Jeffrey Bub

2012-11-13

301

PT Symmetry in Classical and Quantum Statistical Mechanics

PT-symmetric Hamiltonians and transfer matrices arise naturally in statistical mechanics. These classical and quantum models often require the use of complex or negative weights and thus fall outside of the conventional equilibrium statistical mechanics of Hermitian systems. PT-symmetric models form a natural class where the partition function is necessarily real, but not necessarily positive. The correlation functions of these models display a much richer set of behaviors than Hermitian systems, displaying sinusoidally-modulated exponential decay, as in a dense fluid, or even sinusoidal modulation without decay. Classical spin models with PT symmetry include Z(N) models with a complex magnetic field, the chiral Potts model and the anisotropic next-nearest-neighbor Ising (ANNNI) model. Quantum many-body problems with a non-zero chemical potential have a natural PT-symmetric representation related to the sign problem. Two-dimensional QCD with heavy quarks at non-zero chemical potential can be solved by diagonalizing an appropriate PT-symmetric Hamiltonian.

Peter N. Meisinger; Michael C. Ogilvie

2012-08-24

302

Quantum Mechanics and Closed Timelike Curves

General relativity allows solutions exhibiting closed timelike curves. Time travel generates paradoxes and quantum mechanics generalizations were proposed to solve those paradoxes. The implications of self-consistent interactions on acausal region of space-time are investigated. If the correspondence principle is true, then all generalizations of quantum mechanics on acausal manifolds are not renormalizable. Therefore quantum mechanics can only be defined on global hyperbolic manifolds and all general relativity solutions exhibiting time travel are unphysical.

Florin Moldoveanu

2007-04-23

303

Bohmian particle trajectories contradict quantum mechanics

The Bohmian interpretation of quantum mechanics adds particle trajectories to the wave function and ensures that the probability distribution of the particle positions agrees with quantum mechanics at any time. This is not sufficient to avoid contradictions with quantum mechanics. There are correlations between particle positions at different times which cannot be reproduced with real particle trajectories. A simple rearrangement of an experimental test of the Bell-CHSH inequality demonstrates this.

Michael Zirpel

2009-03-23

304

A Process Model of Quantum Mechanics

A process model of quantum mechanics utilizes a combinatorial game to generate a discrete and finite causal space upon which can be defined a self-consistent quantum mechanics. An emergent space-time M and continuous wave function arise through a non-uniform interpolation process. Standard non-relativistic quantum mechanics emerges under the limit of infinite information (the causal space grows to infinity) and infinitesimal scale (the separation between points goes to zero). The model has the potential to address several paradoxes in quantum mechanics while remaining computationally powerful.

William Sulis

2014-04-13

305

Quantum Statistical Mechanics. III. Equilibrium Probability

Given are a first principles derivation and formulation of the probabilistic concepts that underly equilibrium quantum statistical mechanics. The transition to non-equilibrium probability is traversed briefly.

Phil Attard

2014-04-10

306

Deformation of supersymmetric and conformal quantum mechanics through affine transformations

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Affine transformations (dilatations and translations) are used to define a deformation of one-dimensional N = 2 supersymmetric quantum mechanics. Resulting physical systems do not have conserved charges and degeneracies in the spectra. Instead, superpartner Hamiltonians are q-isospectral, i.e. the spectrum of one can be obtained from another (with possible exception of the lowest level) by q(sup 2)-factor scaling. This construction allows easily to rederive a special self-similar potential found by Shabat and to show that for the latter a q-deformed harmonic oscillator algebra of Biedenharn and Macfarlane serves as the spectrum generating algebra. A general class of potentials related to the quantum conformal algebra su(sub q)(1,1) is described. Further possibilities for q-deformation of known solvable potentials are outlined.

Spiridonov, Vyacheslav

1993-01-01

307

Improving Students' Understanding of Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Richard Feynman once famously stated that nobody understands quantum mechanics. He was, of course, referring to the many strange, unintuitive foundational aspects of quantum theory such as its inherent indeterminism and state reduction during measurement according to the Copenhagen interpretation. But despite its underlying fundamental mysteries, the theory has remained a cornerstone of modern physics. Most physicists, as students, are introduced to quantum mechanics in a modern-physics course, take quantum mechanics as advanced undergraduates, and then take it again in their first year of graduate school. One might think that after all this instruction, students would have become certified quantum mechanics, able to solve the SchrÃ¶dinger equation, manipulate Dirac bras and kets, calculate expectation values, and, most importantly, interpret their results in terms of real or thought experiments. That sort of functional understanding of quantum mechanics is quite distinct from the foundational issues alluded to by Feynman.

Singh, Chandralekha; Belloni, Mario; Christian, Wolfgang

2008-06-23

308

Chiral transport equation from the quantum Dirac Hamiltonian and the on-shell effective field theory

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We derive the relativistic chiral transport equation for massless fermions and antifermions by performing a semiclassical Foldy-Wouthuysen diagonalization of the quantum Dirac Hamiltonian. The Berry connection naturally emerges in the diagonalization process to modify the classical equations of motion of a fermion in an electromagnetic field. We also see that the fermion and antifermion dispersion relations are corrected at first order in the Planck constant by the Berry curvature, as previously derived by Son and Yamamoto for the particular case of vanishing temperature. Our approach does not require knowledge of the state of the system, and thus it can also be applied at high temperature. We provide support for our result by an alternative computation using an effective field theory for fermions and antifermions: the on-shell effective field theory. In this formalism, the off-shell fermionic modes are integrated out to generate an effective Lagrangian for the quasi-on-shell fermions/antifermions. The dispersion relation at leading order exactly matches the result from the semiclassical diagonalization. From the transport equation, we explicitly show how the axial and gauge anomalies are not modified at finite temperature and density despite the incorporation of the new dispersion relation into the distribution function.

Manuel, Cristina; Torres-Rincon, Juan M.

2014-10-01

309

A semiclassical correction for quantum mechanical energy levels

We propose a semiclassical method for correcting molecular energy levels obtained from a quantum mechanical variational calculation. A variational calculation gives the energy level (i.e., eigenvalue) as the expectation value of the molecular Hamiltonian <{phi}|H|{phi}>, where |{phi}> is the trial wave function. The true (i.e., exact) eigenvalue E can thus be expressed as this variational result plus a correction, i.e., E=<{phi}|H|{phi}>+{Delta}E, the correction being due to the lack of exactness of the trial wave function. A formally exact expression for {Delta}E is usually given (via Loewdin partitioning methodology) in terms of the Greens function of the Hamiltonian projected onto the orthogonal complement of |{phi}>. Formal treatment of this expression (using Brillouin-Wigner perturbation theory to infinite order) leads to an expression for {Delta}E that involves matrix elements of the Greens function for the unprojected, i.e., full molecular Hamiltonian, which can then be approximated semiclassically. (Specifically, the Greens function is expressed as the Fourier transform of the quantum mechanical time evolution operator, e{sup -}iHt/({h_bar}/2{pi}), which in turn is approximated by using an initial value representation of semiclassical theory.) Calculations for several test problems (a one dimensional quartic potential, and vibrational energy levels of H{sub 2}O and H{sub 2}CO) clearly support our proposition that the error in the total eigenvalue E arises solely due to the semiclassical error in approximating {Delta}E, which is usually a small fraction of the total energy E itself.

Kaledin, Alexey L. [Department of Chemistry and Cherry L. Emerson Center for Scientific Computation, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322 (United States); McCurdy, C. William [Department of Applied Science and Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis, California 95616, USA and Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Miller, William H. [Department of Chemistry and Kenneth S. Pitzer Center for Theoretical Chemistry, University of California, California (United States) and Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)

2010-08-07

310

Quantum Mechanics Dung-Hai Lee

Quantum Mechanics Dung-Hai Lee Summer 2000 #12;Contents 1 A brief reminder of linear Algebra 3 1.5 Bell's inequality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 3 Quantum dynamics 23 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 3.12 Classical approximation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 3.13 Quantum statistical

Murayama, Hitoshi

311

A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This textbook, unlike most others in the topic, introduces the basic quantum concepts using spin, rather than starting from wave mechanics. This grounding in quantum phenomena, rather than difficult mathematics, is then used to cover all the standard topics in quantum physics. Relationships to experimental results are stressed. An instructor's manual is available.

Townsend, John

2004-03-04

312

Time Averaged Quantum Dynamics and the Validity of the Effective Hamiltonian Model

We develop a technique for finding the dynamical evolution in time of an averaged density matrix. The result is an equation of evolution that includes an Effective Hamiltonian, as well as decoherence terms in Lindblad form. Applying the general equation to harmonic Hamiltonians, we confirm a previous formula for the Effective Hamiltonian together with a new decoherence term which should in general be included, and whose vanishing provides the criteria for validity of the Effective Hamiltonian approach. Finally, we apply the theory to examples of the AC Stark Shift and Three- Level Raman Transitions, recovering a new decoherence effect in the latter.

Omar Gamel; Daniel F. V. James

2010-07-11

313

Time-averaged quantum dynamics and the validity of the effective Hamiltonian model

We develop a technique for finding the dynamical evolution in time of an averaged density matrix. The result is an equation of evolution that includes an effective Hamiltonian, as well as decoherence terms in Lindblad form. Applying the general equation to harmonic Hamiltonians, we confirm a previous formula for the effective Hamiltonian together with a additional decoherence term which should, in general, be included and whose vanishing provides the criteria for validity of the effective Hamiltonian approach. Finally, we apply the theory to examples of the ac Stark shift and three-level Raman transitions, recovering a decoherence effect in the latter.

Gamel, Omar; James, Daniel F. V. [Department of Physics, University of Toronto, 60 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A7 (Canada)

2010-11-15

314

This work focuses on the dynamics of a system of quantum multi harmonic oscillators whose Hamiltonian is conic in positions and momenta with time variant coefficients. While it is simple, this system is useful for modeling the dynamics of a number of systems in contemporary sciences where the equations governing spatial or temporal changes are described by sets of ODEs. The dynamical causal models used readily in neuroscience can be indirectly described by these systems. In this work, we want to show that it is possible to describe these systems using quantum wave function type entities and expectations if the dynamic of the system is related to a set of ODEs.

Demiralp, Metin [Istanbul Technical University, Informatics Institute, Group for Science and Methods of Computing, Maslak, 34469, Istanbul (Turkey)

2010-09-30

315

In this paper, control of open quantum systems with emphasis on the control of surface photochemical reactions is presented. A quantum system in a condensed phase undergoes strong dissipative processes. From a theoretical viewpoint, it is important to model such processes in a rigorous way. In this work, the description of open quantum systems is realized within the surrogate Hamiltonian approach [R. Baer and R. Kosloff, J. Chem. Phys. 106, 8862 (1997)]. An efficient and accurate method to find control fields is optimal control theory (OCT) [W. Zhu, J. Botina, and H. Rabitz, J. Chem. Phys. 108, 1953 (1998); Y. Ohtsuki, G. Turinici, and H. Rabitz, J. Chem. Phys. 120, 5509 (2004)]. To gain control of open quantum systems, the surrogate Hamiltonian approach and OCT, with time-dependent targets, are combined. Three open quantum systems are investigated by the combined method, a harmonic oscillator immersed in an ohmic bath, CO adsorbed on a platinum surface, and NO adsorbed on a nickel oxide surface. Throughout this paper, atomic units, i.e., ({Dirac_h}/2{pi})=m{sub e}=e=a{sub 0}= 1, have been used unless otherwise stated.

Asplund, Erik; Kluener, Thorsten [Institut fuer Reine und Angewandte Chemie, Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet Oldenburg, Postfach 2503, D-26111 Oldenburg (Germany)

2012-03-28

316

Kindergarten Quantum Mechanics: Lecture Notes

These lecture notes survey some joint work with Samson Abramsky as it was presented by me at several conferences in the summer of 2005. It concerns 'doing quantum mechanics using only pictures of lines, squares, triangles and diamonds'. This picture calculus can be seen as a very substantial extension of Dirac's notation, and has a purely algebraic counterpart in terms of so-called Strongly Compact Closed Categories (introduced by Abramsky and I which subsumes my Logic of Entanglement. For a survey on the 'what', the 'why' and the 'hows' I refer to a previous set of lecture notes. In a last section we provide some pointers to the body of technical literature on the subject.

Coecke, Bob [Oxford University Computing Laboratory, Wolfson Building, Parks rd, OX1 3QD Oxford (United Kingdom)

2006-01-04

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Kindergarten Quantum Mechanics lectures notes

These lecture notes survey some joint work with Samson Abramsky as it was presented by me at several conferences in the summer of 2005. It concerns `doing quantum mechanics using only pictures of lines, squares, triangles and diamonds'. This picture calculus can be seen as a very substantial extension of Dirac's notation, and has a purely algebraic counterpart in terms of so-called Strongly Compact Closed Categories (introduced by Abramsky and I in quant-ph/0402130 and [4]) which subsumes my Logic of Entanglement quant-ph/0402014. For a survey on the `what', the `why' and the `hows' I refer to a previous set of lecture notes quant-ph/0506132. In a last section we provide some pointers to the body of technical literature on the subject.

Coecke, B

2005-01-01

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Interactive Learning Tutorials on Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

We discuss the development and evaluation of quantum interactive learning tutorials (QuILTs), which are suitable for undergraduate courses in quantum mechanics. QuILTs are based on the investigation of student difficulties in learning quantum physics. They exploit computer-based visualization tools and help students build links between the formal and conceptual aspects of quantum physics without compromising the technical content. They can be used both as supplements to lectures or as self-study tools.

Singh, Chandralekha

2013-08-08

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Tests of CPT and Quantum Mechanics: experiment

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Neutral kaons provide one of the systems most sensitive to quantum mechanics and CPT violation. Models predicting quantum mechanics violation, also related to CPT violation, have been tested at the CPLEAR and KLOE experiments. In this report results of CPLEAR obtained by studying the time evolution of single and two entangled kaons are reviewed. New or improved limits on decoherence and CPT violation parameters have been obtained by KLOE studying the quantum interference in the channel ??KK?????. No deviations from the expectations of quantum mechanics and CPT symmetry have been observed.

Ambrosino, F.; Antonelli, A.; Antonelli, M.; Bacci, C.; Barva, M.; Beltrame, P.; Bencivenni, G.; Bertolucci, S.; Bini, C.; Bloise, C.; Bocchetta, S.; Bocci, V.; Bossi, F.; Bowring, D.; Branchini, P.; Bulychjov, S. A.; Caloi, R.; Campana, P.; Capon, G.; Capussela, T.; Carboni, G.; Ceradini, F.; Cervelli, F.; Chi, S.; Chiefari, G.; Ciambrone, P.; Conetti, S.; De Lucia, E.; De Santis, A.; De Simone, P.; De Zorzi, G.; Dell'Agnello, S.; Denig, A.; Di Domenico, A.; Di Donato, C.; Di Falco, S.; Di Micco, B.; Doria, A.; Dreucci, M.; Farilla, A.; Felici, G.; Ferrari, A.; Ferrer, M. L.; Finocchiaro, G.; Fiore, S.; Forti, C.; Franzini, P.; Gatti, C.; Gauzzi, P.; Giovannella, S.; Gorini, E.; Graziani, E.; Incagli, M.; Kluge, W.; Kulikov, V.; Lacava, F.; Lanfranchi, G.; Lee-Franzini, J.; Leone, D.; Martemianov, M.; Martini, M.; Massarotti, P.; Matsyuk, M.; Mei, W.; Meola, S.; Messi, R.; Miscetti, S.; Moulson, M.; Müller, S.; Murtas, F.; Napolitano, M.; Nguyen, F.; Palutan, M.; Pasqualucci, E.; Passalacqua, L.; Passeri, A.; Patera, V.; Perfetto, F.; Pontecorvo, L.; Primavera, M.; Santangelo, P.; Santovetti, E.; Saracino, G.; Schamberger, R. D.; Sciascia, B.; Sciubba, A.; Scuri, F.; Sfiligoi, I.; Sibidanov, A.; Spadaro, T.; Spiriti, E.; Tabidze, M.; Testa, M.; Tortora, L.; Valente, P.; Valeriani, B.; Venanzoni, G.; Veneziano, S.; Ventura, A.; Ventura, S.; Versaci, R.; Villella, I.; Xu, G.; KLOE Collaboration

2007-05-01

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present the multicomponent extension of the semistochastic quantum Monte Carlo (mc-SQMC) method for treating electron-nuclear correlation in the molecular Hamiltonian. All particles in the molecule are treated quantum mechanically and the variational solution is obtained with the SQMC method. The key feature of this approach is that the BO and separation-rotor approximation are not assumed. The application of the SQMC method for multicomponent systems involves many formidable challenges and this talk will focus on strategies to address these challenges including, appropriate coordinate system for the molecular Hamiltonian, separation of the center of mass kinetic energy, construction of the 1-particle basis functions for electrons and nuclei, construction of the multicomponent CI space and evaluation of connected configurations needed during propagation step in the SQMC method. Results from mc-SQMC will be presented for H2, He2, and H2O systems. The H2 system has been extensively studied using various methods, such as QMC and PIMC, making it an ideal system to test and compare the mc-SQMC implementation. The impact of the BO approximation and vibration-rotation coupling will be discussed by comparing mc-SQMC results with reported values for the weakly bound He2.

Ellis, Benjamin; Chakraborty, Arindam; Holmes, Adam; Changlani, Hitesh; Umrigar, Cyrus

2013-03-01

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From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory

From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics Quarks and the Strong Force Symmetry and Unification String Theory: a different kind of unification from the interaction energy Thursday, June 4, 2009 #12;String Theory: A different kind of unification

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From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory

From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics Quarks and the Strong Force Symmetry and Unification String Theory: a different kind of unification that is naturally solved by string theory Strings vibrating in a variety of ways give rise to particles of different

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From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory

From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics Quarks and the Strong Force Symmetry and Unification String Theory: a different kind of unification Friday, June 19, 2009 #12;String Theory Origins We introduced string theory as a possible solution to our

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From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory

of location Over time, the spike will often spread out again into a wave similar to the one it startedFrom Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics lengths and times to change depending on reference frame Any physical observable (the result

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Pseudospectra in non-Hermitian quantum mechanics

We propose giving the mathematical concept of the pseudospectrum a central role in quantum mechanics with non-Hermitian operators. We relate pseudospectral properties to quasi-Hermiticity, similarity to self-adjoint operators, and basis properties of eigenfunctions. The abstract results are illustrated by unexpected wild properties of operators familiar from PT-symmetric quantum mechanics.

D. Krejcirik; P. Siegl; M. Tater; J. Viola

2014-02-05

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On the quantum mechanics of supermembranes

We study the quantum-mechanical properties of a supermembrane and examine the nature of its ground state. A supersymmetric gauge theory of area-preserving transformations provides a convenient framework for this study. The supermembrane can be viewed as a limiting case of a class of models in supersymmetric quantum mechanics. Its mass does not depend on the zero modes and vanishes only

Bernard de Wit; J. Hoppe; H. Nicolai

1988-01-01

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QUANTUM MECHANICS AND DUALISM JEFFREY A. BARRETT

mechanics, a strong variety of mind-body dualism provides a natural criterion for when collapses occur record. We will also consider options for avoiding a commitment to at least mind-body dualism. 1. Quantum of quantum mechanics requires one to endorse a strong variety of mind-body dualism. In particular, he argued

Stanford, Kyle

328

PERSPECTIVE Quantum Mechanics of Black Holes

PERSPECTIVE Quantum Mechanics of Black Holes Edward Witten The popular conception of black holes reflects the behavior of the massive black holes found by astronomers and described by classical general to understand the behavior of black holes from a quantum mechanical point of view, however, have arrived

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Unified theory of exactly and quasiexactly solvable ''discrete'' quantum mechanics. I. Formalism

We present a simple recipe to construct exactly and quasiexactly solvable Hamiltonians in one-dimensional ''discrete'' quantum mechanics, in which the Schroedinger equation is a difference equation. It reproduces all the known ones whose eigenfunctions consist of the Askey scheme of hypergeometric orthogonal polynomials of a continuous or a discrete variable. The recipe also predicts several new ones. An essential role is played by the sinusoidal coordinate, which generates the closure relation and the Askey-Wilson algebra together with the Hamiltonian. The relationship between the closure relation and the Askey-Wilson algebra is clarified.

Odake, Satoru [Department of Physics, Shinshu University, Matsumoto 390-8621 (Japan); Sasaki, Ryu [Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502 (Japan)

2010-08-15

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An entropic picture of emergent quantum mechanics

Quantum mechanics emerges a la Verlinde from a foliation of space by holographic screens, when regarding the latter as entropy reservoirs that a particle can exchange entropy with. This entropy is quantised in units of Boltzmann's constant k. The holographic screens can be treated thermodynamically as stretched membranes. On that side of a holographic screen where spacetime has already emerged, the energy representation of thermodynamics gives rise to the usual quantum mechanics. A knowledge of the different surface densities of entropy flow across all screens is equivalent to a knowledge of the quantum-mechanical wavefunction on space. The entropy representation of thermodynamics, as applied to a screen, can be used to describe quantum mechanics in the absence of spacetime, that is, quantum mechanics beyond a holographic screen, where spacetime has not yet emerged. Our approach can be regarded as a formal derivation of Planck's constant h from Boltzmann's constant k.

D. Acosta; P. Fernandez de Cordoba; J. M. Isidro; J. L. G. Santander

2011-07-10

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Construction of the metric and equivalent Hermitian Hamiltonian via SUSY transformation operators

The metric operator, which is the basic ingredient for studying a quantum system described by a pseudo-Hermitian Hamiltonian, provides the necessary means for obtaining an equivalent description of the system using a Hermitian Hamiltonian. In the framework of supersymmetric quantum mechanics, we propose a method of constructing the metric operator and to obtain the Hermitian Hamiltonian equivalent to the given pseudo-Hermitian.

Shamshutdinova, V. V., E-mail: shvv@phys.tsu.ru [Tomsk State University (Russian Federation)

2012-10-15

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Improving Students' Understanding of Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Learning physics is challenging at all levels. Studentsâ difficulties in the introductory level physics courses have been widely studied and many instructional strategies have been developed to help students learn introductory physics. However, research shows that there is a large diversity in studentsâ preparation and skills in the upper-level physics courses and it is necessary to provide scaffolding support to help students learn advanced physics. This thesis explores issues related to studentsâ common difficulties in learning upper-level undergraduate quantum mechanics and how these difficulties can be reduced by research-based learning tutorials and peer instruction tools. We investigated studentsâ difficulties in learning quantum mechanics by administering written tests and surveys to many classes and conducting individual interviews with a subset of students. Based on these investigations, we developed Quantum Interactive Learning Tutorials (QuILTs) and peer instruction tools to help students build a hierarchical knowledge structure of quantum mechanics through a guided approach. Preliminary assessments indicate that studentsâ understanding of quantum mechanics is improved after using the research-based learning tools in the junior-senior level quantum mechanics courses. We also designed a standardized conceptual survey that can help instructors better probe studentsâ understanding of quantum mechanics concepts in one spatial dimension. The validity and reliability of this quantum mechanics survey is discussed.

Zhu, Guangtian

2011-07-31

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Special issue on Pseudo Hermitian Hamiltonians in Quantum Physics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This is a call for contributions to a special issue of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical dedicated to the subject of Pseudo Hermitian Hamiltonians in Quantum Physics as featured in the conference '6th International Workshop on Pseudo Hermitian Hamiltonians in Quantum Physics', City University London, UK, July 16--18 2007 (http://www.staff.city.ac.uk/~fring/PT/). Invited speakers at that meeting as well as other researchers working in the field are invited to submit a research paper to this issue. The Editorial Board has invited Andreas Fring, Hugh F Jones and Miloslav Znojil to serve as Guest Editors for the special issue. Their criteria for acceptance of contributions are as follows: •The subject of the paper should relate to the subject of the workshop ((see list of topics in the website of the conference http://www.staff.city.ac.uk/~fring/PT/). •Contributions will be refereed and processed according to the usual procedure of the journal. •Conference papers may be based on already published work but should either contain significant additional new results and/or insights or give a survey of the present state of the art, a critical assessment of the present understanding of a topic, and a discussion of open problems. •Papers submitted by non-participants should be original and contain substantial new results. The guidelines for the preparation of contributions are the following: •The DEADLINE for submission of contributions is 16 November 2007. This deadline will allow the special issue to appear in June 2008. •There is a nominal page limit of 16 printed pages (approximately 9600 words) per contribution. For papers exceeding this limit, the Guest Editors reserve the right to request a reduction in length. Further advice on publishing your work in Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical may be found at www.iop.org/Journals/jphysa. •Contributions to the special issue should, if possible, be submitted electronically by web upload at www.iop.org/Journals/jphysa or by e-mail to jphysa@iop.org, quoting 'JPhysA Special Issue—PHHQP07'. Submissions should ideally be in standard LaTeX form. Please see the website for further information on electronic submissions. •Authors unable to submit electronically may send hard copy contributions to: Publishing Administrators, Journal of Physics A, Institute of Physics Publishing, Dirac House, Temple Back, Bristol BS1 6BE, UK, enclosing the electronic code on CD if available and quoting 'JPhysA Special Issue---PHHQP07'. All contributions should be accompanied by a read-me file or covering letter giving the postal and e-mail addresses for correspondence. The Publishing Office should be notified of any subsequent change of address. •This special issue will be published in the paper and online version of the journal. Each participant at the workshop and the corresponding author of each contribution will receive a complimentary copy of the issue.

Fring, Andreas; Jones, Hugh F.; Znojil, Miloslav

2007-11-01

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Quantum-mechanical description of Lense-Thirring effect for relativistic scalar particles

Exact expression for the Foldy-Wouthuysen Hamiltonian of scalar particles is used for a quantum-mechanical description of the relativistic Lense-Thirring effect. The exact evolution of the angular momentum operator in the Kerr field approximated by a spatially isotropic metric is found. The quantum-mechanical description of the full Lense-Thirring effect based on the Laplace-Runge-Lenz vector is given in the nonrelativistic and weak-field approximation. Relativistic quantum-mechanical equations for the velocity and acceleration operators are obtained. The equation for the acceleration defines the Coriolis-like and centrifugal-like accelerations and presents the quantum-mechanical description of the frame-dragging effect.

Alexander J. Silenko

2014-08-10

335

Polymer quantum mechanics and its continuum limit

A rather nonstandard quantum representation of the canonical commutation relations of quantum mechanics systems, known as the polymer representation, has gained some attention in recent years, due to its possible relation with Planck scale physics. In particular, this approach has been followed in a symmetric sector of loop quantum gravity known as loop quantum cosmology. Here we explore different aspects of the relation between the ordinary Schroedinger theory and the polymer description. The paper has two parts. In the first one, we derive the polymer quantum mechanics starting from the ordinary Schroedinger theory and show that the polymer description arises as an appropriate limit. In the second part we consider the continuum limit of this theory, namely, the reverse process in which one starts from the discrete theory and tries to recover back the ordinary Schroedinger quantum mechanics. We consider several examples of interest, including the harmonic oscillator, the free particle, and a simple cosmological model.

Corichi, Alejandro [Instituto de Matematicas, Unidad Morelia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM-Campus Morelia, A. Postal 61-3, Morelia, Michoacan 58090 (Mexico); Departamento de Gravitacion y Teoria de Campos, Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, A. Postal 70-543, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Institute for Gravitational Physics and Geometry, Physics Department, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States); Vukasinac, Tatjana [Facultad de Ingenieria Civil, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacan 58000 (Mexico); Zapata, Jose A. [Instituto de Matematicas, Unidad Morelia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM-Campus Morelia, A. Postal 61-3, Morelia, Michoacan 58090 (Mexico)

2007-08-15

336

Polymer Quantum Mechanics and its Continuum Limit

A rather non-standard quantum representation of the canonical commutation relations of quantum mechanics systems, known as the polymer representation has gained some attention in recent years, due to its possible relation with Planck scale physics. In particular, this approach has been followed in a symmetric sector of loop quantum gravity known as loop quantum cosmology. Here we explore different aspects of the relation between the ordinary Schroedinger theory and the polymer description. The paper has two parts. In the first one, we derive the polymer quantum mechanics starting from the ordinary Schroedinger theory and show that the polymer description arises as an appropriate limit. In the second part we consider the continuum limit of this theory, namely, the reverse process in which one starts from the discrete theory and tries to recover back the ordinary Schroedinger quantum mechanics. We consider several examples of interest, including the harmonic oscillator, the free particle and a simple cosmological model.

Alejandro Corichi; Tatjana Vukasinac; Jose A. Zapata

2007-03-31

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NON-COMMUTATIVE SPHERES AND NUMERICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS

NON-COMMUTATIVE SPHERES AND NUMERICAL QUANTUM MECHANICS basic issues that arise when one attempts to mo* *del quantum mechanical systems on a computer, quantum mechanics. Contributed to the proceedings of a NATO conference on operator algebras, ma

Arveson, William

338

Quantum Mechanics: Bell and Quantum Entropy for the Classroom

In this article we are willing to give some first steps to quantum mechanics and a motivation of quantum mechanics and its interpretation for undergraduate students not from physics. After a short historical review in the development we discuss philosophical, physical and mathematical interpretation. We define local realism, locality and hidden variable theory which ends up in the EPR paradox, a place where questions on completeness and reality comes into play. The fundamental result of the last century was maybe Bell's that states that local realism is false if quantum mechanics is true. From this fact we can obtain the so called Bell inequalities. After a didactic example of the fact what these inequalities means we describe the key concept of quantum entanglement motivated here by quantum information theory. Also classical entropy and von Neuman entropy is discussed.

Pluch, Philipp

2014-01-01

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Quantum computation teaches us that quantum mechanics exhibits exponential complexity. We argue that the standard scientific paradigm of "predict and verify" cannot be applied to testing quantum mechanics in this limit of high complexity. We describe how QM can be tested in this regime by extending the usual scientific paradigm to include {\\it interactive experiments}.

Dorit Aharonov; Umesh Vazirani

2012-06-16

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OPTI 570A-Quantum Mechanics Course Description

OPTI 570A- Quantum Mechanics Course Description: This is a one-semester course designed to provide students with a solid understanding of quantum mechanics formalism, techniques, and important example physics, quantum optics, relativistic quantum mechanics and other advanced quantum mechanics topics

Arizona, University of

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The geometry of the symplectic structures and Fubini-Study metric is discussed. Discussion in the paper addresses geometry of Quantum Mechanics in the classical phase space. Also, geometry of Quantum Mechanics in the projective Hilbert space has been discussed for the chosen Quantum states. Since the theory of classical gravity is basically geometric in nature and Quantum Mechanics is in no way devoid of geometry, the explorations pertaining to more and more geometry in Quantum Mechanics could prove to be valuable for larger objectives such as understanding of gravity.

Aalok Pandya

2008-09-08

342

Collimation processes in quantum mechanics interpreted in quantum real numbers

We reexamine the theory of quantum mechanics using non-standard real numbers, called quantum real numbers (qr-numbers), that are constructed from entities in the standard Hilbert space formulation of the theory. Our motivation is to elucidate certain apparently paradoxical features of the standard theory by enlarging the class of real numbers that physical quantities can take as numerical values. The concept

John Vincent Corbett; Thomas Durt

2009-01-01

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Topological Strings from Quantum Mechanics

We propose a general correspondence which associates a non-perturbative quantum-mechanical operator to a toric Calabi-Yau manifold, and we conjecture an explicit formula for its spectral determinant in terms of an M-theoretic version of the topological string free energy. As a consequence, we derive an exact quantization condition for the operator spectrum, in terms of the vanishing of a generalized theta function. The perturbative part of this quantization condition is given by the Nekrasov-Shatashvili limit of the refined topological string, but there are non-perturbative corrections determined by the conventional topological string. We analyze in detail the cases of local P2, local P1xP1 and local F1. In all these cases, the predictions for the spectrum agree with the existing numerical results. We also show explicitly that our conjectured spectral determinant leads to the correct spectral traces of the corresponding operators, which are closely related to topological string theory at orbifold points. Phys...

Grassi, Alba; Marino, Marcos

2014-01-01

344

Hamiltonians and Lagrangians of non-autonomous one-dimensional mechanical systems

It is shown that a given non-autonomous system of two first-order ordinary differential equations can be expressed in Hamiltonian form. The derivation presented here allow us to obtain previously known results such as the infinite number of Hamiltonians in the autonomous case and the Helmholtz condition for the existence of a Lagrangian.

G. F. Torres del Castillo; I. Rubalcava Garcia

2006-11-02

345

Four-dimensional understanding of quantum mechanics

In this paper I will try to convince that quantum mechanics does not have to lead to indeterminism, but is just a natural consequence of four-dimensional nature of our world - that for example particles shouldn't be imagined as 'moving points' in space, but as their trajectories in the spacetime like in optimizing action formulation of Lagrangian mechanics. There will be analyzed simplified model - Boltzmann distribution among trajectories occurs to give quantum mechanic like behavior - for example electron moving in proton's potential would make some concrete trajectory which average exactly to the probability distribution of the quantum mechanical ground state. We will use this model to build intuition about quantum mechanics and discuss its generalizations to get some effective approximation of physics. We will see that topological excitations of the simplest model obtained this way already creates known from physics particle structure, their decay modes and electromagnetic/gravitational interactions between them.

Jarek Duda

2009-10-14

346

Canonical distribution and incompleteness of quantum mechanics

The paper discusses the physical groundlessness of the models used for the derivation of canonical distribution and provides the experimental data demonstrating the incompleteness of quantum mechanics. The possibility of using statistical ensembles is presented as a consequence of the existence of probabilistic processes which are not accounted for by quantum mechanics. The paper provides a new analytical derivation of canonical distribution for macrosystems which takes into account subquantum processes. The paper discusses the possibility of the experimental study of a probability which is beyond quantum mechanics.

V. A. Skrebnev

2012-01-04

347

Active Quantum Mechanics: Tutorials and Writing Assignments

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This web site contains active-learning tutorials and writing assignments for upper-level undergraduate quantum mechanics. The tutorials focus on the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. The writing assignments focus on the interpretation of quantum mechanics, and particularly the role of experiments. The topics cover range from introduction to the Schrodinger equation through perturbation theory. In the course using these materials, students work in small groups to complete worksheet-based tutorials during class time, and do fairly typical homework problems and writing assignments, on their own.

Timberlake, Todd

2011-08-01

348

Quantum Physics Online: Wave Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This is a set of interactive Java applets illustrating the wave nature of quantum physics. Animations are used to illustrate propagation of wave packets, and scattering from potentials. There is also a simple illustration of a scanning tunneling microscope. These applets are part of an extensive collection of animations and simulations illustrating a large range of quantum topics, and an ongoing effort for developing a fully interactive quantum-physics class. Both French and English versions are available.

Joffre, Manuel

2004-03-28

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Relationship between quantum walks and relativistic quantum mechanics

Quantum walk models have been used as an algorithmic tool for quantum computation and to describe various physical processes. This article revisits the relationship between relativistic quantum mechanics and the quantum walks. We show the similarities of the mathematical structure of the decoupled and coupled forms of the discrete-time quantum walk to that of the Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations, respectively. In the latter case, the coin emerges as an analog of the spinor degree of freedom. Discrete-time quantum walk as a coupled form of the continuous-time quantum walk is also shown by transforming the decoupled form of the discrete-time quantum walk to the Schroedinger form. By showing the coin to be a means to make the walk reversible and that the Dirac-like structure is a consequence of the coin use, our work suggests that the relativistic causal structure is a consequence of conservation of information. However, decoherence (modeled by projective measurements on position space) generates entropy that increases with time, making the walk irreversible and thereby producing an arrow of time. The Lieb-Robinson bound is used to highlight the causal structure of the quantum walk to put in perspective the relativistic structure of the quantum walk, the maximum speed of walk propagation, and earlier findings related to the finite spread of the walk probability distribution. We also present a two-dimensional quantum walk model on a two-state system to which the study can be extended.

Chandrashekar, C. M. [Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 2Y5 (Canada); Banerjee, Subhashish [Chennai Mathematical Institute, Padur PO, Siruseri 603 103 (India); Srikanth, R. [Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research, Devanahalli, Bangalore 562 110 (India); Raman Research Institute, Sadashiva Nagar, Bangalore 560 080 (India)

2010-06-15

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Quantum-mechanical analysis of single molecule quantum electronic devices

This paper documents the need to coherently apply quantum mechanics in order to analyze microscopic devices. We examine device physics and study characteristics of single-molecule processing devices. The device physics of the proposed single-molecule device is based on the controlled propagation of electrons. By applying quantum mechanics and advanced numeric schemes, we perform the device-level analysis researching electron propagation (motion),

Sergey Edward Lyshevski

2011-01-01

351

Playing Games with Quantum Mechanics

We present a perspective on quantum games that focuses on the physical aspects of the quantities that are used to implement a game. If a game is to be played, it has to be played with objects and actions that have some physical existence. We call such games playable. By focusing on the notion of playability for games we can more clearly see the distinction between classical and quantum games and tackle the thorny issue of what it means to quantize a game. The approach we take can more properly be thought of as gaming the quantum rather than quantizing a game and we find that in this perspective we can think of a complete quantum game, for a given set of preferences, as representing a single family of quantum games with many different playable versions. The versions of Quantum Prisoners Dilemma presented in the literature can therefore be thought of specific instances of the single family of Quantum Prisoner's Dilemma with respect to a particular measurement. The conditions for equilibrium are given for playable quantum games both in terms of expected outcomes and a geometric approach. We discuss how any quantum game can be simulated with a classical game played with classical coins as far as the strategy selections and expected outcomes are concerned.

Simon J. D. Phoenix; Faisal Shah Khan

2012-02-21

352

Action with Acceleration i: Euclidean Hamiltonian and Path Integral

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

An action having an acceleration term in addition to the usual velocity term is analyzed. The quantum mechanical system is directly defined for Euclidean time using the path integral. The Euclidean Hamiltonian is shown to yield the acceleration Lagrangian and the path integral with the correct boundary conditions. Due to the acceleration term, the state space depends on both position and velocity — and hence the Euclidean Hamiltonian depends on two degrees of freedom. The Hamiltonian for the acceleration system is non-Hermitian and can be mapped to a Hermitian Hamiltonian using a similarity transformation; the matrix elements of the similarity transformation are explicitly evaluated.

Baaquie, Belal E.

2013-10-01

353

Snyder noncommutativity and pseudo-Hermitian Hamiltonians from a Jordanian twist

Nonrelativistic quantum mechanics and conformal quantum mechanics are deformed through a Jordanian twist. The deformed space coordinates satisfy the Snyder noncommutativity. The resulting deformed Hamiltonians are pseudo-Hermitian Hamiltonians of the type discussed by Mostafazadeh. The quantization scheme makes use of the so-called 'unfolded formalism' discussed in previous works. A Hopf algebra structure, compatible with the physical interpretation of the coproduct, is introduced for the universal enveloping algebra of a suitably chosen dynamical Lie algebra (the Hamiltonian is contained among its generators). The multi-particle sector, uniquely determined by the deformed two-particle Hamiltonian, is composed of bosonic particles.

Castro, P. G. [DM/ICE/UFJF, Campus Universitario, cep 36036-330, Juiz de Fora (Brazil); Kullock, R.; Toppan, F. [TEO/CBPF, Rua Dr. Xavier Sigaud 150, cep 22290-180, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

2011-06-15

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Strange Bedfellows: Quantum Mechanics and Data Mining

Last year, in 2008, I gave a talk titled Quantum Calisthenics. This year I am going to tell you about how the work I described then has spun off into a most unlikely direction. What I am going to talk about is how one maps the problem of finding clusters in a given data set into a problem in quantum mechanics. I will then use the tricks I described to let quantum evolution lets the clusters come together on their own.

Weinstein, Marvin; /SLAC

2009-12-16

355

Strange Bedfellows: Quantum Mechanics and Data Mining

Last year, in 2008, I gave a talk titled {\\it Quantum Calisthenics}. This year I am going to tell you about how the work I described then has spun off into a most unlikely direction. What I am going to talk about is how one maps the problem of finding clusters in a given data set into a problem in quantum mechanics. I will then use the tricks I described to let quantum evolution lets the clusters come together on their own.

Marvin Weinstein

2009-11-03

356

Strange Bedfellows: Quantum Mechanics and Data Mining

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Last year, in 2008, I gave a talk titled Quantum Calisthenics. This year I am going to tell you about how the work I described then has spun off into a most unlikely direction. What I am going to talk about is how one maps the problem of finding clusters in a given data set into a problem in quantum mechanics. I will then use the tricks I described to let quantum evolution lets the clusters come together on their own.

Weinstein, Marvin

2010-02-01

357

Strange Bedfellows: Quantum Mechanics and Data Mining

Last year, in 2008, I gave a talk titled {\\it Quantum Calisthenics}. This year I am going to tell you about how the work I described then has spun off into a most unlikely direction. What I am going to talk about is how one maps the problem of finding clusters in a given data set into a problem in quantum mechanics. I will then use the tricks I described to let quantum evolution lets the clusters come together on their own.

Weinstein, Marvin

2009-01-01

358

Visual Quantum Mechanics: Online Interactive Programs

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Visual Quantum Mechanics project, from the Physics Education Group of Kansas State University's Department of Physics, develops innovative ways to "introduce quantum physics to high school and college students who do not have a background in modern physics or higher level math." Funded by the National Science Foundation, this resource for educators provides interactive computer visualizations and animations that introduce quantum mechanics. The interactive programs (which require Shockwave) include a spectroscopy lab suite, a probability illustrator, an energy band creator, quantum tunneling, a color creator (a Java version is also available), a wave function sketcher, a wave packet explorer, an energy diagram explorer, a diffraction suite, and a hydrogen spectroscopy program. These online demonstrations should prove to be excellent visual, hands-on teaching aids when introducing concepts involving quantum mechanics. Users can download Shockwave at the site.

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Quantum Mechanics and the Generalized Uncertainty Principle

The generalized uncertainty principle has been described as a general consequence of incorporating a minimal length from a theory of quantum gravity. We consider a simple quantum mechanical model where the operator corresponding to position has discrete eigenvalues and show how the generalized uncertainty principle results for minimum uncertainty wave packets.

Jang Young Bang; Micheal S. Berger

2006-10-11

360

Quantum Mechanics and Multiply Connected Spaces

t is well known that the difference between Quantum Mechanics and Classical Theory appears most crucially in the non Classical spin half of the former theory and the Wilson-Sommerfelt quantization rule. We argue that this is symptomatic of the fact that Quantum Theory is actually a theory in multiply connected space while Classical Theory operates in simply connected space.

B. G. Sidharth

2006-05-16

361

Local quantum mechanics with finite Planck mass

In this paper the motion of quantum particles with initial mass m is investigated. The quantum mechanics equation is formulated and solved. It is shown that the wave function contains the component which is depended on the gravitation fine structure constant

M Kozlowski; J. Marciak -Kozlowska; M. pelc

2007-04-20

362

Web-based Quantum Mechanics II Course

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This web site is an entire web-based Quantum Mechanics II Course based at the University of Tennessee; it has all instructional materials, in-class tutorials, simulations, links to other quantum resources, a discussion forum, homework assignments, and solutions.

Breinig, Marianne

2005-04-16

363

Space time symmetry in quantum mechanics

New prescription to treat position and time equally in quantum mechanics is presented. Using this prescription, we could successfully derive some interesting formulae such as time-of-arrival for a free particle and quantum tunneling formula. The physical interpretation will be discussed.

Zinkoo Yun

2014-02-26

364

Deformed Woods-Saxon Potential in the Frame of Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics for Any l-State

A novel analytically solvable deformed Woods-Saxon potential is investigated by means of the Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics. Hamiltonian hierarchy method and the shape invariance property are used in the calculations. The energy levels are obtained for any l-state. The interrelations for some nuclear scattering processes are also discussed

Cuneyt Berkdemir; Ayse Berkdemir; Ramazan Sever

2005-02-15

365

It is generally acknowledged that neither the Klein-Gordon equation nor the Dirac Hamiltonian can produce sound solitary-particle relativistic quantum mechanics due to the ill effects of their negative-energy solutions; instead their field-quantized wavefunctions are reinterpreted as dealing with particle and antiparticle simultaneously--despite the clear physical distinguishability of antiparticle from particle and the empirically known slight breaking of the underlying CP invariance. The natural square-root Hamiltonian of the free relativistic solitary particle is iterated to obtain the Klein-Gordon equation and linearized to obtain the Dirac Hamiltonian, steps that have calculational but not physical motivation, and which generate the above-mentioned problematic negative-energy solutions as extraneous artifacts. Since the natural square root Hamiltonian for the free relativistic solitary particle contrariwise produces physically unexceptionable quantum mechanics, this article focuses on extending that Hamiltonian to describe a solitary particle (of either spin 0 or spin one-half) in relativistic interaction with an external electromagnetic field. That is achieved by use of Lorentz-covariant solitary-particle four momentum techniques together with the assumption that well-known nonrelativistic dynamics applies in the particle's rest frame. Lorentz-invariant solitary particle actions, whose formal Hamiltonization is an equivalent alternative approach, are as well explicitly displayed. It is proposed that two separate solitary-particle wavefunctions, one for a particle and the other for its antiparticle, be independently quantized in lieu of "reinterpreting" negative energy solutions--which indeed don't even afflict proper solitary particles.

Steven Kenneth Kauffmann

2009-09-22

366

Ab initio quantum mechanical study of ?-AlOOH boehmite: structure and vibrational spectrum

The structure and vibrational spectrum of boehmite have been investigated at the quantum-mechanical level with the CRYSTAL\\u000a code, using a Gaussian-type basis set and the B3LYP Hamiltonian. Three space groups are considered in this study: Cmcm, Cmc21, P21\\/c. Cmcm turns out to correspond to a transition state, whereas Cmc21 and P21\\/c are minimum energy structures. The difference among them is

Yves Noel; Raffaella Demichelis; Fabien Pascale; Piero Ugliengo; Roberto Orlando; Roberto Dovesi

2009-01-01

367

Action principle for cellular automata and the linearity of quantum mechanics

We introduce an action principle for a class of integer valued cellular automata and obtain Hamiltonian equations of motion. Employing sampling theory, these discrete deterministic equations are invertibly mapped on continuum equations for a set of bandwidth limited harmonic oscillators, which encode the Schr\\"odinger equation. Thus, the linearity of quantum mechanics is related to the action principle of such cellular automata and its conservation laws to discrete ones.

Hans-Thomas Elze

2013-12-05

368

Action principle for cellular automata and the linearity of quantum mechanics

We introduce an action principle for a class of integer valued cellular automata and obtain Hamiltonian equations of motion. Employing sampling theory, these discrete deterministic equations are invertibly mapped on continuum equations for a set of bandwidth limited harmonic oscillators, which encode the Schr\\"odinger equation. Thus, the linearity of quantum mechanics is related to the action principle of such cellular automata and its conservation laws to discrete ones.

Elze, Hans-Thomas

2014-01-01

369

Action principle for cellular automata and the linearity of quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We introduce an action principle for a class of integer-valued cellular automata and obtain Hamiltonian equations of motion. Employing sampling theory, these discrete deterministic equations are invertibly mapped on continuum equations for a set of bandwidth-limited harmonic oscillators, which encode the Schrödinger equation. Thus, the linearity of quantum mechanics is related to the action principle of such cellular automata and its conservation laws to discrete ones.

Elze, Hans-Thomas

2014-01-01

370

Quantum mechanics from Newton's second law and the canonical commutation relation [X, P] = i

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Despite the fact that it has been known since the time of Heisenberg that quantum operators obey a quantum version of Newton's laws, students are often told that derivations of quantum mechanics must necessarily follow from the Hamiltonian or Lagrangian formulations of mechanics. Here, we first derive the existing Heisenberg equations of motion from Newton's laws and the uncertainty principle using only the equations F=\\frac{dP}{dt}, P=m\\frac{dV}{dt}, and [X, P] = i. Then, a new expression for the propagator is derived that makes a connection between time evolution in quantum mechanics and the motion of a classical particle under Newton's laws. The propagator is solved for three cases where an exact solution is possible: (1) the free particle; (2) the harmonic oscillator; and (3) a constant force, or linear potential in the standard interpretation. We then show that for a general for a general force F(X), by Taylor expanding X(t) in time, we can use this methodology to reproduce the Feynman path integral formula for the propagator. Such a picture may be useful for students as they make the transition from classical to quantum mechanics and help solidify the equivalence of the Hamiltonian, Lagrangian, and Newtonian pictures of physics in their minds.

Palenik, Mark C.

2014-07-01

371

Quantum Mechanics from Newton's Second Law and the Canonical Commutation Relation [X,P]=i

Despite the fact that it has been known since the time of Heisenberg that quantum operators obey a quantum version of Newton's laws, students are often told that derivations of quantum mechanics must necessarily follow from the Hamiltonian or Lagrangian formulations of mechanics. Here, we first derive the existing Heisenberg equations of motion from Newton's laws and the uncertainty principle using only the equations $F=\\frac{dP}{dt}$, $P=m\\frac{dV}{dt}$, and $\\left[X,P\\right]=i$. Then, a new expression for the propagator is derived that makes a connection between time evolution in quantum mechanics and the motion of a classical particle under Newton's laws. The propagator is solved for three cases where an exact solution is possible 1) the free particle 2) the harmonic oscillator 3) a constant force, or linear potential in the standard interpretation. Such a picture may be useful for students as they make the transition from classical to quantum mechanics and help solidify the equivalence of the Hamiltonian, Lagrangian, and Newtonian formulations of physics in their minds.

Mark C. Palenik

2014-01-31

372

Quantum Mechanics of Klein-Gordon-Type Fields and Quantum Cosmology

We formulate the quantum mechanics of the solutions of a Klein-Gordon-type field equation: (\\partial_t^2+D)\\psi(t)=0, where D is a positive-definite operator acting in a Hilbert space \\tilde H. We determine all the positive-definite inner products on the space H of the solutions of such an equation and establish their physical equivalence. We use a simple realization of the unique Hilbert space structure on H to construct the observables of the theory explicitly. In general, there are infinitely many choices for the Hamiltonian each leading to a different notion of time-evolution in H. Among these is a particular choice that generates t-translations in H and identifies t with time whenever D is t-independent. For a t-dependent D, we show that t-translations never correspond to unitary evolutions in H, and t cannot be identified with time. We apply these ideas to develop a formulation of quantum cosmology based on the Wheeler-DeWitt equation for a Friedman-Robertson-Walker model coupled to a real scalar field. We solve the Hilbert space problem, construct the observables, introduce a new set of the wave functions of the universe, reformulate the quantum theory in terms of the latter, reduce the problem of time to the determination of a Hamiltonian operator acting in L^2(\\R)\\oplus L^2(\\R), show that the factor-ordering problem is irrelevant for the kinematics of the quantum theory, and propose a formulation of the dynamics. Our method allows for a genuine probabilistic interpretation and a unitary Schreodinger time-evolution.

Ali Mostafazadeh

2003-06-02

373

Quantum mechanical streamlines. I - Square potential barrier

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Exact numerical calculations are made for scattering of quantum mechanical particles hitting a square two-dimensional potential barrier (an exact analog of the Goos-Haenchen optical experiments). Quantum mechanical streamlines are plotted and found to be smooth and continuous, to have continuous first derivatives even through the classical forbidden region, and to form quantized vortices around each of the nodal points. A comparison is made between the present numerical calculations and the stationary wave approximation, and good agreement is found between both the Goos-Haenchen shifts and the reflection coefficients. The time-independent Schroedinger equation for real wavefunctions is reduced to solving a nonlinear first-order partial differential equation, leading to a generalization of the Prager-Hirschfelder perturbation scheme. Implications of the hydrodynamical formulation of quantum mechanics are discussed, and cases are cited where quantum and classical mechanical motions are identical.

Hirschfelder, J. O.; Christoph, A. C.; Palke, W. E.

1974-01-01

374

Lecture Notes in Quantum Mechanics Doron Cohen

, scattering resonances Â· The Aharonov-Bohm effect Â· Magnetic field (Landau levels, Hall effect) Â· Motion Â· Spherical geometry, phase shifts Â· Cross section, optical theorem, resonances Quantum mechanics in practice

Cohen, Doron

375

Student difficulties in learning quantum mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Reports on a preliminary project that uses a phenomenographic approach to explore the ways in which a small number of fundamental ideas are conceptualized by students who are judged to have mastered quantum mechanics material.

Johnston, Ian D.; Crawford, K.; Fletcher, P. R.

2006-06-19

376

Student Difficulties in Learning Quantum Mechanics.

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Reports on a preliminary project that uses a phenomenographic approach to explore the ways in which a small number of fundamental ideas are conceptualized by students who are judged to have mastered quantum mechanics material. (DDR)

Johnston, I. D.; Crawford, K.; Fletcher, P. R.

1998-01-01

377

Beyond Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity

In this note I present the main ideas of my proposal about the theoretical framework that could underlie, and therefore "unify", Quantum Mechanics and Relativity, and I briefly summarize the implications and predictions.

Andrea Gregori

2010-02-24

378

Conservation laws in the quantum mechanics of closed systems

We investigate conservation laws in the quantum mechanics of closed systems and begin by reviewing an argument that exact decoherence implies the exact conservation of quantities that commute with the Hamiltonian. However, we also show that decoherence limits the alternatives that can be included in sets of histories that assess the conservation of these quantities. In the case of charge and energy, these limitations would be severe were these quantities not coupled to a gauge field. However, for the realistic cases of electric charge coupled to the electromagnetic field and mass coupled to spacetime curvature, we show that when alternative values of charge and mass decohere they always decohere exactly and are exactly conserved. Further, while decohering histories that describe possible changes in time of the total charge and mass are also subject to the limitations mentioned above, we show that these do not, in fact, restrict {ital physical} alternatives and are therefore not really limitations at all.

Hartle, J.B. [Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States)] [Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States); [Theoretical Astrophysics, T-6, MSB288, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); [Isaac Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, 20 Clarkson Road, Cambridge, CB3 0EH (United Kingdom); Laflamme, R. [Theoretical Astrophysics, T-6, MSB288, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)] [Theoretical Astrophysics, T-6, MSB288, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); [Isaac Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge, 20 Clarkson Road, Cambridge, CB3 0EH (United Kingdom); Marolf, D. [Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry, Physics, Department, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States)] [Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry, Physics, Department, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States)

1995-06-15

379

Spectral geometry of power-law potentials in quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It is supposed that a single particle moves in openR3 in an attractive central power-law potential V(q)(r)=sgn(q)rq, q>-2, and obeys nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. This paper is concerned with the question: How do the discrete eigenvalues Enl(q) of the Hamiltonian H=-?+V(q) depend on the power parameter q\\? Pure power-law potentials have the elementary property that, for p

Hall, Richard L.

1989-06-01

380

CLNS 96/1399 Peculiarities of Quantum Mechanics

CLNS 96/1399 Peculiarities of Quantum Mechanics: Origins and Meaning Yuri F. Orlov Floyd R. Newman, specifically quantum, features of quantum mechanics --- quanÂ tum nonlocality, indeterminism, interference are quantum observables themselves and are represented in quantum mechanics by density matrices of pure states

381

On a New Form of Quantum Mechanics (II)

The correspondence of a new form of quantum mechanics based on a quantum version of the action principle, which was proposed earlier [arXiv:0807.3508], with the ordinary quantum mechanics is established. New potentialities of the quantum action principle in the interpretation of quantum mechanics are considered.

N. Gorobey; A. Lukyanenko; I. Lukyanenko

2009-12-16

382

Quantum mechanics in de Sitter space

We consider some possible phenomenological implications of the extended uncertainty principle, which is believed to hold for quantum mechanics in de Sitter spacetime. The relative size of the corrections to the standard results is however of the order of the ratio between the length scale of the quantum mechanical system and the de Sitter radius, and therefore exceedingly small. Nevertheless, the existence of effects due to the large scale curvature of spacetime in atomic experiments has a theoretical relevance.

Subir Ghosh; Salvatore Mignemi

2009-11-30

383

SEI: Quantum Mechanics I Course Materials

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This web site provides research-based materials for junior-level quantum mechanics I courses on quantum mechanics. Topics covered include the Schroedinger equation, bound state problems, Hilbert space and operators, the hydrogen atom, and spin. The course archives include documented student difficulties, learning goals, ConcepTests (clicker questions), class activities, homework, tutorials, and a conceptual assessment tool. All may be downloaded, although the assessment tools require permission from the authors for access.

Goldhaber, Steve; Pollock, Steven J.

2010-01-29

384

Nonequilibrium quantum statistical mechanics and thermodynamics

The purpose of this work is to discuss recent progress in deriving the fundamental laws of thermodynamics (0th, 1st and 2nd-law) from nonequilibrium quantum statistical mechanics. Basic thermodynamic notions are clarified and different reversible and irreversible thermodynamic processes are studied from the point of view of quantum statistical mechanics. Special emphasis is put on new adiabatic theorems for steady states close to and far from equilibrium, and on investigating cyclic thermodynamic processes using an extension of Floquet theory.

Walid K. Abou Salem

2006-01-23

385

The geometry of Quantum Mechanics in the context of uncertainty and complementarity, and probability is explored. We extend the discussion of geometry of uncertainty relations in wider perspective. Also, we discuss the geometry of probability in Quantum Mechanics and its interpretations. We give yet another interpretation to the notion of Faraday lines and loops as the locus of probability flow. Also, the possibilities of visualization of spectra of area operators by means of classical geometric forms and conventional Quantum Mechanics are explored.

Aalok Pandya

2009-01-19

386

Gerbes, Quantum Mechanics and Gravity

We prove that invariance of a quantum theory under the semiclassical vs. strong-quantum duality $S/\\hbar\\longleftrightarrow\\hbar/S$, where S is the classical action, is equivalent to noncommutativity (of the Heisenberg-algebra type) of the coordinates of the space on which S is defined. We place these facts in correspondence with gerbes and Neveu-Schwarz B-fields and discuss their implications for a quantum theory of gravity. Feynman's propagator turns out to be closely related to the trivialisation of a gerbe on configuration space.

J. M. Isidro

2005-10-10

387

What is Time in Quantum Mechanics?

Time of arrival in quantum mechanics is discussed in two versions: the classical axiomatic "time of arrival operator" introduced by J. Kijowski and the EEQT method. It is suggested that for free particles the two methods may lead to the same result. On the other hand the EEQT method can be easily geometrized within the framework of Galilei-Newton general relativistic quantum mechanics developed by M. Modugno and collaborators, and it can be applied to non-free evolutions. The way of geometrization of irreversible quantum dynamics based on dissipative Liouville equation is suggested.

Arkadiusz Jadczyk

2014-02-25

388

Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: a critical survey

This brief survey analyzes the epistemological implications about the role of observer in the interpretations of Quantum Mechanics. As we know, the goal of most interpretations of quantum mechanics is to avoid the apparent intrusion of the observer into the measurement process. In the same time, there are implicit and hidden assumptions about his role. In fact, most interpretations taking as ontic level one of these fundamental concepts as information, physical law and matter bring us to new problematical questions. We think, that no interpretation of the quantum theory can avoid this intrusion until we do not clarify the nature of observer.

Michele Caponigro

2008-11-24

389

Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: a critical survey

This brief survey analyzes the epistemological implications about the role of observer in the interpretations of Quantum Mechanics. As we know, the goal of most interpretations of quantum mechanics is to avoid the apparent intrusion of the observer into the measurement process. In the same time, there are implicit and hidden assumptions about his role. In fact, most interpretations taking as ontic level one of these fundamental concepts as information, physical law and matter bring us to new problematical questions. We think, that no interpretation of the quantum theory can avoid this intrusion until we do not clarify the nature of observer.

Caponigro, Michele

2008-01-01

390

Testing foundations of quantum mechanics with photons

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Quantum mechanics continues to predict effects at odds with a classical understanding of nature. Experiments with light at the single-photon level have historically been at the forefront of fundamental tests of quantum theory and the current developments in photonic technologies enable the exploration of new directions. Here we review recent photonic experiments to test two important themes in quantum mechanics: wave-particle duality, which is central to complementarity and delayed-choice experiments; and Bell nonlocality, where the latest theoretical and technological advances have allowed all controversial loopholes to be separately addressed in different experiments.

Shadbolt, Peter; Mathews, Jonathan C. F.; Laing, Anthony; O'Brien, Jeremy L.

2014-04-01

391

Quantum Mechanics: Rigid Rotator Applet

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This simulation shows time-dependent quantum state wavefunctions for the rigid rotator, the spherical harmonic states projected on a sphere. Position, angular momentum, and energy of the states can all be viewed, with phase shown with color. Energy-eigenstate wavefunctions, and combinations of states, can be created through changes in the amplitude and phase of the basis states using spinors, or through the creation of Gaussian wavefunctions with the mouse. The quantum numbers of the states are shown.

Falstad, Paul

2004-05-17

392

Time-dependent {P} {T}-symmetric quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The parity-time-reversal ( {P} {T})-symmetric quantum mechanics (QM) (PTQM) has developed into a noteworthy area of research. However, to date, most known studies of PTQM focused on the spectral properties of non-Hermitian Hamiltonian operators. In this work, we propose an axiom in PTQM in order to study general time-dependent problems in PTQM, e.g., those with a time-dependent {P} {T}-symmetric Hamiltonian and with a time-dependent metric. We illuminate our proposal by examining a proper mapping from a time-dependent Schrödinger-like equation of motion for PTQM to the familiar time-dependent Schrödinger equation in conventional QM. The rich structure of the proper mapping hints that time-dependent PTQM can be a fruitful extension of conventional QM. Under our proposed framework, we further study in detail the Berry-phase generation in a class of {P} {T}-symmetric two-level systems. It is found that a closed path in the parameter space of PTQM is often associated with an open path in a properly mapped problem in conventional QM. In one interesting case, we further interpret the Berry phase as the flux of a continuously tunable fictitious magnetic monopole, thus highlighting the difference between PTQM and conventional QM despite the existence of a proper mapping between them.

Gong, Jiangbin; Wang, Qing-hai

2013-12-01

393

We use quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics simulations to study the cleavage of the ribonucleic acid (RNA) backbone catalyzed by ribonuclease H. This protein is a prototypical member of a large family of enzymes that use two-metal catalysis to process nucleic acids. By combining Hamiltonian replica exchange with a finite-temperature string method, we calculate the free energy surface underlying the RNA-cleavage reaction and characterize its mechanism. We find that the reaction proceeds in two steps. In a first step, catalyzed primarily by magnesium ion A and its ligands, a water molecule attacks the scissile phosphate. Consistent with thiol-substitution experiments, a water proton is transferred to the downstream phosphate group. The transient phosphorane formed as a result of this nucleophilic attack decays by breaking the bond between the phosphate and the ribose oxygen. In the resulting intermediate, the dissociated but unprotonated leaving group forms an alkoxide coordinated to magnesium ion B. In a second step, the reaction is completed by protonation of the leaving group, with a neutral Asp132 as a likely proton donor. The overall reaction barrier of ?15 kcal mol(-1), encountered in the first step, together with the cost of protonating Asp132, is consistent with the slow measured rate of ?1-100/min. The two-step mechanism is also consistent with the bell-shaped pH dependence of the reaction rate. The nonmonotonic relative motion of the magnesium ions along the reaction pathway agrees with X-ray crystal structures. Proton-transfer reactions and changes in the metal ion coordination emerge as central factors in the RNA-cleavage reaction. PMID:21539371

Rosta, Edina; Nowotny, Marcin; Yang, Wei; Hummer, Gerhard

2011-06-15

394

Quantum mechanics: last stop for reductionism

The state space of a homogeneous body is derived under two different assumptions: infinitesimal reducibility and irreducibility. The first assumption leads to a real vector space, used in classical mechanics, while the second one leads to a complex vector space, used in quantum mechanics.

Gabriele Carcassi

2012-03-16

395

Quantum mechanics as "space-time statistical mechanics"?

In this paper we discuss and analyse the idea of trying to see (non-relativistic) quantum mechanics as a ``space-time statistical mechanics'', by using the classical statistical mechanical method on objective microscopic space-time configurations. It is argued that this could perhaps be accomplished by giving up the assumption that the objective ``state'' of a system is independent of a future measurement performed on the system. This idea is then applied in an example of quantum state estimation on a qubit system.

Anders Månsson

2005-01-24

396

Quantum mechanics as applied mathematical statistics

Basic mathematical apparatus of quantum mechanics like the wave function, probability density, probability density current, coordinate and momentum operators, corresponding commutation relation, Schroedinger equation, kinetic energy, uncertainty relations and continuity equation is discussed from the point of view of mathematical statistics. It is shown that the basic structure of quantum mechanics can be understood as generalization of classical mechanics in which the statistical character of results of measurement of the coordinate and momentum is taken into account and the most important general properties of statistical theories are correctly respected.

Skala, L., E-mail: Lubomir.Skala@mff.cuni.cz [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); University of Waterloo, Department of Applied Mathematics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada); Cizek, J. [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Prague 2 (Czech Republic); University of Waterloo, Department of Applied Mathematics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada); Kapsa, V. [Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Prague 2 (Czech Republic)

2011-05-15

397

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Foster, Mark P.

398

A dynamical time operator in Dirac's relativistic quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A self-adjoint dynamical time operator is introduced in Dirac's relativistic formulation of quantum mechanics and shown to satisfy a commutation relation with the Hamiltonian analogous to that of the position and momentum operators. The ensuing time-energy uncertainty relation involves the uncertainty in the instant of time when the wave packet passes a particular spatial position and the energy uncertainty associated with the wave packet at the same time, as envisaged originally by Bohr. The instantaneous rate of change of the position expectation value with respect to the simultaneous expectation value of the dynamical time operator is shown to be the phase velocity, in agreement with de Broglie's hypothesis of a particle associated wave whose phase velocity is larger than c. Thus, these two elements of the original basis and interpretation of quantum mechanics are integrated into its formal mathematical structure. Pauli's objection is shown to be resolved or circumvented. Possible relevance to current developments in electron channeling, in interference in time, in Zitterbewegung-like effects in spintronics, graphene and superconducting systems and in cosmology is noted.

Bauer, M.

2014-03-01

399

Quantum Mechanics, Spacetime Locality, and Gravity

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Quantum mechanics introduces the concept of probability at the fundamental level, yielding the measurement problem. On the other hand, recent progress in cosmology has led to the "multiverse" picture, in which our observed universe is only one of the many, bringing an apparent arbitrariness in defining probabilities, called the measure problem. In this paper, we discuss how these two problems are related with each other, developing a picture for quantum measurement and cosmological histories in the quantum mechanical universe. In order to describe the cosmological dynamics correctly within the full quantum mechanical context, we need to identify the structure of the Hilbert space for a system with gravity. We argue that in order to keep spacetime locality, the Hilbert space for dynamical spacetime must be defined only in restricted spacetime regions: in and on the (stretched) apparent horizon as viewed from a fixed reference frame. This requirement arises from eliminating all the redundancies and overcountings in a general relativistic, global spacetime description of nature. It is responsible for horizon complementarity as well as the "observer dependence" of horizons/spacetime—these phenomena arise to represent changes of the reference frame in the relevant Hilbert space. This can be viewed as an extension of the Poincaré transformation in the quantum gravitational context. Given an initial condition, the evolution of the multiverse state obeys the laws of quantum mechanics—it evolves deterministically and unitarily. The beginning of the multiverse, however, is still an open issue.

Nomura, Yasunori

2013-08-01

400

Notes on Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness

There have lately been a variety of attempts to connect, or even explain, if not in fact, reduce human consciousness to quantum mechanical processes. Such attempts tend to draw a sharp and fundamental distinction between the role of consciousness in classical mechanics, and on the other hand, in quantum mechanics, with an insistence on the assumed exceptional character of the latter. What is strangely missed, however, is the role of human consciousness as such in the very discovery or creation of both of these physical theories. And this a priori role is far more important than all the possible a posteriori interplays between consciousness and the mentioned two theories of physics, interplays which may happen during one or another specific experiment, measurement, and so on. In this regard it is suggested that the specific features human consciousness may exhibit during interactions with quantum mechanical systems may as well have other explanations which do not appear to be less plausible, or less well founded.

Elemer E Rosinger

2005-08-13

401

Treating Time Travel Quantum Mechanically

The fact that closed timelike curves (CTCs) are permitted by general relativity raises the question as to how quantum systems behave when time travel to the past occurs. Research into answering this question by utilising the quantum circuit formalism has given rise to two theories: D-CTCs and P-CTCs. In this paper the quantum circuit approach is thoroughly reviewed, and the strengths and shortcomings of D-CTCs and P-CTCs are presented in view of their non-linearity and time travel paradoxes. In particular, the "equivalent circuit model"---which aims to make equivalent predictions to D-CTCs, while avoiding some of the difficulties of the original theory---is shown to contain errors. The discussion of D-CTCs and P-CTCs is used to motivate an analysis of the features one might require of a theory of quantum time travel, following which two overlapping classes of new theories are identified. One such theory, the theory of T-CTCs, is fully developed. The theory of T-CTCs is shown to not have undesirable features--...

Allen, John-Mark A

2014-01-01

402

Quantum mechanics and the equivalence principle

A quantum particle moving in a gravitational field may penetrate the classically forbidden region of the gravitational potential. This raises the question of whether the time of flight of a quantum particle in a gravitational field might deviate systematically from that of a classical particle due to tunnelling delay, representing a violation of the weak equivalence principle. I investigate this using a model quantum clock to measure the time of flight of a quantum particle in a uniform gravitational field, and show that a violation of the equivalence principle does not occur when the measurement is made far from the turning point of the classical trajectory. I conclude with some remarks about the strong equivalence principle in quantum mechanics.

P. C. W. Davies

2004-03-03

403

A quantum information approach to statistical mechanics

We review some connections between quantum information and statistical mechanics. We focus on three sets of results for classical spin models. First, we show that the partition function of all classical spin models (including models in different dimensions, different types of many-body interactions, different symmetries, etc) can be mapped to the partition function of a single model. Second, we give efficient quantum algorithms to estimate the partition function of various classical spin models, such as the Ising or the Potts model. The proofs of these two results are based on a mapping from partition functions to quantum states and to quantum circuits, respectively. Finally, we show how classical spin models can be used to describe certain fluctuating lattices appearing in models of discrete quantum gravity.

Gemma De las Cuevas

2013-12-20

404

Quantum electro-mechanical systems (QEMS)

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We give a quantum description of a Quantum Electro-Mechanical System (QEMS) comprising a single quantum dot harmonically bound between two electrodes and facilitating a tunnelling current between them. An example of such a system is a fullerene molecule between two metal electrodes. The description is based on a quantum master equation for the density operator of the electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom and thus incorporates the dynamics of both diagonal (population) and off diagonal (coherence) terms. We derive coupled equations of motion for the electron occupation number of the dot and the vibrational degrees of freedom, including damping of the vibration and thermo-mechanical noise, and give a semiclassical description of the dynamics under a variety of bias conditions. This dynamical description is related to observable features of the system including the stationary conductance as a function of bias voltage.

Utami, Dian W.; Goan, Hsi-Sheng; Milburn, Gerard J.

2004-04-01

405

Testing the limits of quantum mechanical superpositions

Quantum physics has intrigued scientists and philosophers alike, because it challenges our notions of reality and locality--concepts that we have grown to rely on in our macroscopic world. It is an intriguing open question whether the linearity of quantum mechanics extends into the macroscopic domain. Scientific progress over the last decades inspires hope that this debate may be decided by table-top experiments.

Markus Arndt; Klaus Hornberger

2014-10-01

406

Testing the limits of quantum mechanical superpositions

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Quantum physics has intrigued scientists and philosophers alike, because it challenges our notions of reality and locality -- concepts that we have grown to rely on in our macroscopic world. It is an intriguing open question whether the linearity of quantum mechanics extends into the macroscopic domain. Scientific progress over the past decades inspires hope that this debate may be settled by table-top experiments.

Arndt, Markus; Hornberger, Klaus

2014-04-01

407

A Primer on Resonances in Quantum Mechanics

After a pedagogical introduction to the concept of resonance in classical and quantum mechanics, some interesting applications are discussed. The subject includes resonances occurring as one of the effects of radiative reaction, the resonances involved in the refraction of electromagnetic waves by a medium with a complex refractive index, and quantum decaying systems described in terms of resonant states of the energy. Some useful mathematical approaches like the Fourier transform, the complex scaling method and the Darboux transformation are also reviewed.

O. Rosas-Ortiz; N. Fernandez-Garcia; Sara Cruz y Cruz

2009-02-24

408

A Primer on Resonances in Quantum Mechanics

After a pedagogical introduction to the concept of resonance in classical and quantum mechanics, some interesting applications are discussed. The subject includes resonances occurring as one of the effects of radiative reaction, the resonances involved in the refraction of electromagnetic waves by a medium with a complex refractive index, and quantum decaying systems described in terms of resonant states of the energy. Some useful mathematical approaches like the Fourier transform, the complex scaling method and the Darboux transformation are also reviewed.

Rosas-Ortiz, O; Cruz, Sara Cruz y; 10.1063/1.3040259

2009-01-01

409

On Time. 6b: Quantum Mechanical Time

The existence of small amounts of advanced radiation, or a tilt in the arrow of time, makes the basic equations of physics mixed-type functional differential equations. The novel features of such equations point to a microphysical structure of time. This corresponds to a change of logic at the microphysical level. We show that the resulting logic is a quantum logic. This provides a natural and rigorous explanation of quantum interference. This structured-time interpretation of quantum mechanics is briefly compared with various other interpretations of q.m.

C. K. Raju

2008-08-09

410

Quantum mechanical counterpart of nonlinear optics

Raman-type laser excitation of a trapped atom allows one to realize the quantum mechanical counterpart of phenomena of nonlinear optics, such as Kerr-type nonlinearities, parametric amplification, and multi-mode mixing. Additionally, huge nonlinearities emerge from the interference of the atomic wave function with the laser waves. They lead to a partitioning of the phase space accompanied by a significantly different action of the time evolution in neighboring phase-space zones. For example, a nonlinearly modified coherent "displacement" of the motional quantum state may induce strong amplitude squeezing and quantum interferences.

S. Wallentowitz; W. Vogel

1997-05-15

411

Objective and Subjective Probabilities in Quantum Mechanics

The concept of probability was prominent in the original foundations of quantum mechanics, and continues to be so today. Indeed, the controversies regarding objective and subjective interpretations of probability have again become active. I argue that, although both objective and subjective probabilities have domains of relevance in QM, their roles are quite distinct. Even where both are legitimate, the objective and subjective probabilities differ, both conceptually and numerically. There are quantum probabilities that have no useful subjective interpretations, and there are subjective probabilities that cannot be realized as quantum probabilities.

Leslie Ballentine

2007-10-31

412

Optimal guidance law in quantum mechanics

Following de Broglie’s idea of a pilot wave, this paper treats quantum mechanics as a problem of stochastic optimal guidance law design. The guidance scenario considered in the quantum world is that an electron is the flight vehicle to be guided and its accompanying pilot wave is the guidance law to be designed so as to guide the electron to a random target driven by the Wiener process, while minimizing a cost-to-go function. After solving the stochastic optimal guidance problem by differential dynamic programming, we point out that the optimal pilot wave guiding the particle’s motion is just the wavefunction ?(t,x), a solution to the Schrödinger equation; meanwhile, the closed-loop guidance system forms a complex state–space dynamics for ?(t,x), from which quantum operators emerge naturally. Quantum trajectories under the action of the optimal guidance law are solved and their statistical distribution is shown to coincide with the prediction of the probability density function ?{sup ?}?. -- Highlights: •Treating quantum mechanics as a pursuit-evasion game. •Reveal an interesting analogy between guided flight motion and guided quantum motion. •Solve optimal quantum guidance problem by dynamic programming. •Gives a formal proof of de Broglie–Bohm’s idea of a pilot wave. •The optimal pilot wave is shown to be a wavefunction solved from Schrödinger equation.

Yang, Ciann-Dong, E-mail: cdyang@mail.ncku.edu.tw; Cheng, Lieh-Lieh, E-mail: leo8101@hotmail.com

2013-11-15

413

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present a systematic investigation of calculating quantum dots (QDs) energy levels using the finite element method in the frame of the eight-band k · p method. Numerical results including piezoelectricity, electron and hole levels, as well as wave functions are achieved. In the calculation of energy levels, we do observe spurious solutions (SSs) no matter Burt-Foreman or symmetrized Hamiltonians are used. Different theories are used to analyse the SSs, we find that the ellipticity theory can give a better explanation for the origin of SSs and symmetrized Hamiltonian is easier to lead to SSs. The energy levels simulated with the two Hamiltonians are compared to each other after eliminating SSs, different Hamiltonians cause a larger difference on electron energy levels than that on hole energy levels and this difference decreases with the increase of QD size.

Gu, Yong-Xian; Yang, Tao; Ji, Hai-Ming; Xu, Peng-Fei; Wang, Zhan-Guo

2010-08-01

414

The Mechanism of Quantum Computation

I provide an alternative way of seeing quantum computation. First, I describe an idealized classical problem solving machine\\u000a whose coordinates are submitted to a nonfunctional relation representing all the problem constraints; moving an input part,\\u000a reversibly and nondeterministically produces a solution through a many body interaction. The machine can be considered the\\u000a many body generalization of another perfect machine, the

Giuseppe Castagnoli

2008-01-01

415

CLNS 96/1443 Peculiarities of Quantum Mechanics

CLNS 96/1443 REVISED Peculiarities of Quantum Mechanics: Origins and Meaning 1 Yuri F. Orlov Floyd The most peculiar, specifically quantum, features of quantum mechanics --- quanÂ tum nonlocality of pure states. Structurally, quantum mechanics is a result of applying nonÂAbelian symmetries to truth

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Green's Functions and Their Applications to Quantum Mechanics

Green's Functions and Their Applications to Quantum Mechanics Jeff Schueler June 2, 2011 Contents 1 Green's Functions in Quantum Mechanics and Many-body Theory 8 3.1 Time Independent Green's Fuctions, specifically in how they apply to quantum mechan- ics. I plan to introduce some of the fundamentals of quantum

Morrow, James A.

417

Two basic Uncertainty Relations in Quantum Mechanics

In the present article, we discuss two types of uncertainty relations in Quantum Mechanics-multiplicative and additive inequalities for two canonical observables. The multiplicative uncertainty relation was discovered by Heisenberg. Few years later (1930) Erwin Schroedinger has generalized and made it more precise than the original. The additive uncertainty relation is based on the three independent statistical moments in Quantum Mechanics-Cov(q,p), Var(q) and Var(p). We discuss the existing symmetry of both types of relations and applicability of the additive form for the estimation of the total error.

Angelow, Andrey [Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko chaussee, 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria)

2011-04-07

418

First-Person Plural Quantum Mechanics

Doing justice to quantum mechanics calls for a deeper examination of the relations between our experience, its objects, and its subjects than either third-person interpretations or the first-person singular interpretation of the QBist permit. The metaphysical space opened by Bohr's employment of the "Kantian wedge" between the objective world, about which we can communicate, and the world "in itself" allows quantum mechanics to unfold its metaphysical potential. This in turn makes it possible to go a long way towards bridging the epistemological gap between the empirical and transcendental conceptions of reality.

Mohrhoff, Ulrich

2014-01-01

419

First-Person Plural Quantum Mechanics

Doing justice to quantum mechanics calls for a deeper examination of the relations between our experience, its objects, and its subjects than either third-person interpretations or the first-person singular interpretation of the QBist permit. The metaphysical space opened by Bohr's employment of the "Kantian wedge" between the objective world, about which we can communicate, and the world "in itself" allows quantum mechanics to unfold its metaphysical potential. This in turn makes it possible to go a long way towards bridging the epistemological gap between the empirical and transcendental conceptions of reality.

Ulrich Mohrhoff

2014-10-22

420

Space and time from quantum mechanics

Classical mechanics historically preceded quantum mechanics and thus far has not been displaced from primary status; the path to construction of quantum theory has remained rooted in classical ideas about objective reality within space and time. Use of a less correct theory as underpinning for a more correct theory not only is unaesthetic but has spawned the perplexing and never-resolved puzzle of measurement. A growing number of physicist-philosophers torture themselves these days over collapse of the quantum-mechanical state vector when measurement is performed. Additionally, pointlike structure of the spacetime manifold underlying local classical fields has endowed quantum theory with mathematical dilemmas. It has been proposed by Gell-Mann and Hartle that objectively-realistic ideas such as measurement may lack a priori status, the predominantly classical present universe having evolved as a relic of the big bang. Other authors have suggested that spacetime itself need not be a priori but may stem from quantum mechanics. Haag has written recently that spacetime without (quantum) events is probably a meaningless concept. Henry Stapp and I have for several years been exploring a simple quantum system devoid of classical underpinning, even spacetime, but admitting within the Hilbert space a special Lie-group-related category of vector known as coherent state. Groups unitarily representable in our Hilbert space include the Poincare group, which relates to 3 + 1 spacetime. Coherent states generally are labeled by parameters associated with unitary group representations, and it has long been recognized that when such parameters become large a classical objective interpretation may result. Stapp and I have been attempting to understand space and time via large coherent-state parameters. Six years ago I presented to this gathering a preliminary report on our enterprise; in this paper I provide an update.

Chew, G.F.

1992-09-16

421

Space and time from quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Classical mechanics historically preceded quantum mechanics and thus far has not been displaced from primary status; the path to construction of quantum theory has remained rooted in classical ideas about objective reality within space and time. Use of a less correct theory as underpinning for a more correct theory not only is unaesthetic but has spawned the perplexing and never-resolved puzzle of measurement. A growing number of physicist-philosophers torture themselves these days over the collapse of the quantum-mechanical state vector when measurement is performed. Additionally, the pointlike structure of the spacetime manifold underlying local classical fields has endowed quantum theory with mathematical dilemmas. It has been proposed by Gell-Mann and Hartle that objectively-realistic ideas such as measurement may lack a priori status, the predominantly classical present universe having evolved as a relic of the big bang. Other authors have suggested that spacetime itself need not be a priori but may stem from quantum mechanics. Haag has written recently that spacetime without (quantum) events is probably a meaningless concept. Henry Stapp and I have for several years been exploring a simple quantum system devoid of classical underpinning, even spacetime, but admitting within the Hilbert space a special Lie-group-related category of vector known as a coherent state. Groups unitarily representable in our Hilbert space include the Poincare group, which relates to 3 + 1 spacetime. Coherent states generally are labeled by parameters associated with unitary group representations, and it has long been recognized that when such parameters become large a classical objective interpretation may result. Stapp and I have been attempting to understand space and time via large coherent-state parameters. Six years ago I presented to this gathering a preliminary report on our enterprise; in this paper I provide an update.

Chew, G. F.

1992-09-01

422

Geometry of PT-symmetric quantum mechanics

Recently, much research has been carried out on Hamiltonians that are not Hermitian but are symmetric under space-time reflection, that is, Hamiltonians that exhibit PT symmetry. Investigations of the Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue problem associated with such Hamiltonians have shown that in many cases the entire energy spectrum is real and positive and that the eigenfunctions form an orthogonal and complete basis.

Carl M. Bender; Dorje C. Brody; Bernhard K. Meister

2007-01-01

423

Time-Dependent Hilbert Spaces, Geometric Phases, and General Covariance in Quantum Mechanics

We investigate consequences of allowing the Hilbert space of a quantum system to have a time-dependent metric. For a given possibly nonstationary quantum system, we show that the requirement of having a unitary Schreodinger time-evolution identifies the metric with a positive-definite (Ermakov-Lewis) dynamical invariant of the system. Therefore the geometric phases are determined by the metric. We construct a unitary map relating a given time-independent Hilbert space to the time-dependent Hilbert space defined by a positive-definite dynamical invariant. This map defines a transformation that changes the metric of the Hilbert space but leaves the Hamiltonian of the system invariant. We propose to identify this phenomenon with a quantum mechanical analogue of the principle of general covariance of General Relativity. We comment on the implications of this principle for geometrically equivalent quantum systems and investigate the underlying symmetry group.

Ali Mostafazadeh

2003-06-30

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Several algorithms have been proposed to calculate the spatial entanglement spectrum from high order Renyi entropies. In this work we present an alternative approach for computing the entanglement spectrum with quantum Monte Carlo for both continuum and lattice Hamiltonians. This method provides direct access to the matrix elements of the spatially reduced density matrix and we determine an estimator that can be used in variational Monte Carlo as well as other Monte Carlo methods. The algorithm is based on using a generalization of the Swap operator, which can be extended to calculate a general class of density matrices that can include combinations of spin, space, particle and even momentum coordinates. We demonstrate the method by applying it to the Hydrogen and Nitrogen molecules and describe for the first time how the spatial entanglement spectrum encodes a covalent bond that includes all the many body correlations.

Norm M. Tubman; D. ChangMo Yang

2014-02-03

425

A new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Institute of Physics New Quantum Curriculum consists of freely available online learning and teaching materials (quantumphysics.iop.org) for a first course in university quantum mechanics starting from two-level systems. This approach immediately immerses students in inherently quantum-mechanical aspects by focusing on experiments that have no classical explanation. It allows from the start a discussion of the interpretive aspects of quantum mechanics and quantum information theory. This paper gives an overview of the resources available from the IOP website. The core text includes around 80 articles which are co-authored by leading experts, arranged in themes, and can be used flexibly to provide a range of alternative approaches. Many of the articles include interactive simulations with accompanying activities and problem sets that can be explored by students to enhance their understanding. Much of the linear algebra needed for this approach is included in the resource. Solutions to activities are available to instructors. The resources can be used in a variety of ways, from being supplemental to existing courses to forming a complete programme.

Kohnle, Antje; Bozhinova, Inna; Browne, Dan; Everitt, Mark; Fomins, Aleksejs; Kok, Pieter; Kulaitis, Gytis; Prokopas, Martynas; Raine, Derek; Swinbank, Elizabeth

2014-01-01

426

Partitions and Objective Indefiniteness in Quantum Mechanics

Classical physics and quantum physics suggest two meta-physical types of reality: the classical notion of a objectively definite reality with properties "all the way down," and the quantum notion of an objectively indefinite type of reality. The problem of interpreting quantum mechanics (QM) is essentially the problem of making sense out of an objectively indefinite reality. These two types of reality can be respectively associated with the two mathematical concepts of subsets and quotient sets (or partitions) which are category-theoretically dual to one another and which are developed in two mathematical logics, the usual Boolean logic of subsets and the more recent logic of partitions. Our sense-making strategy is "follow the math" by showing how the logic and mathematics of set partitions can be transported in a natural way to Hilbert spaces where it yields the mathematical machinery of QM--which shows that the mathematical framework of QM is a type of logical system over the complex numbers. And then we show how the machinery of QM can be transported the other way down to the set-like vector spaces over Z_2 showing how the classical logical finite probability calculus (in a "non-commutative" version) is a type of "quantum mechanics" over Z_2, i.e., over sets. In this way, we try to make sense out of objective indefiniteness and thus to interpret quantum mechanics.

David Ellerman

2014-01-10

427

Macroscopic Quantum Mechanics in a Classical Spacetime

We apply the many-particle Schr\\"{o}dinger-Newton equation, which describes the co-evolution of an many-particle quantum wave function and a classical space-time geometry, to macroscopic mechanical objects. By averaging over motions of the objects' internal degrees of freedom, we obtain an effective Schr\\"odinger-Newton equation for their centers of mass, which are degrees of freedom that can be monitored and manipulated at the quantum mechanical levels by state-of-the-art optoemchanics experiments. For a single macroscopic object moving quantum mechanically within a harmonic potential well, we found that its quantum uncertainty evolves in a different frequency from its classical eigenfrequency --- with a difference that depends on the internal structure of the object, and can be observable using current technology. For several objects, the Schr\\"odinger-Newton equation predicts semiclassical motions just like Newtonian physics, yet they do not allow quantum uncertainty to be transferred from one object to another through gravity.

Huan Yang; Haixing Miao; Da-Shin Lee; Bassam Helou; Yanbei Chen

2012-10-01

428

The Poincare-Birkhoff theorem in Quantum Mechanics

Quantum manifestations of the dynamics around resonant tori in perturbed Hamiltonian systems, dictated by the Poincar\\'e--Birkhoff theorem, are shown to exist. They are embedded in the interactions involving states which differ in a number of quanta equal to the order of the classical resonance. Moreover, the associated classical phase space structures are mimicked in the quasiprobability density functions and their zeros.

D. A. Wisniacki; M. Saraceno; F. J. Arranz; R. M. Benito; F. Borondo

2011-05-07

429

From Cbits to Qbits: Teaching computer scientists quantum mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this article, a strategy is suggested for teaching mathematically literate students, with no background in physics, just enough quantum mechanics for them to understand and develop algorithms in quantum computation and quantum information theory.

Mermin, N. D.

2004-04-29

430

Quantum mechanics of time travel through post-selected teleportation

This paper discusses the quantum mechanics of closed-timelike curves (CTCs) and of other potential methods for time travel. We analyze a specific proposal for such quantum time travel, the quantum description of CTCs based ...

Maccone, Lorenzo

431

A proof of von Neumann's postulate in Quantum Mechanics

A Clifford algebraic analysis is explained. It gives proof of von Neumann's postulate on quantum measurement. It is of basic significance to explain the problem of quantum wave function reduction in quantum mechanics.

Conte, Elio [Department of Pharmacology and Human Physiology, TIRES-Center for Innovative Technologies for Signal Detection and Processing, Department of Physics, University of Bari (Italy) and School of Advanced International Studies for Applied Theoretical and Non Linear Methodologies of Physics, Bari (Italy)

2010-05-04

432

Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry

Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry Matilde Marcolli Adem Lectures, Mexico City, January 2011 Matilde Marcolli Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry #12 Mechanics, L-series and Anabelian Geometry, arXiv:1009.0736 Matilde Marcolli Quantum statistical mechanics

Marcolli, Matilde

433

CPT and Quantum Mechanics Tests with Kaons

In this review we first discuss the theoretical motivations for possible CPT violation and deviations from ordinary quantum-mechanical behavior of field-theoretic systems in the context of an extended class of quantum-gravity models. Then we proceed to a description of precision tests of CPT symmetry using mainly neutral kaons. We emphasize the possibly unique role of neutral meson factories in providing specific tests of models where the quantum-mechanical CPT operator is not well-defined, leading to modifications of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen particle correlators. Finally, we present tests of CPT, T, and CP using charged kaons, and in particular K_l4 decays, which are interesting due to the high statistics attainable in experiments.

Jose Bernabeu; John Ellis; Nick E. Mavromatos; Dimitri V. Nanopoulos; Joannis Papavassiliou

2006-07-28

434

A Euclidean formulation of relativistic quantum mechanics

In this paper we discuss a formulation of relativistic quantum mechanics that uses Euclidean Green functions or generating functionals as input. This formalism has a close relation to quantum field theory, but as a theory of linear operators on a Hilbert space, it has many of the advantages of quantum mechanics. One interesting feature of this approach is that matrix elements of operators in normalizable states on the physical Hilbert space can be calculated directly using the Euclidean Green functions without performing an analytic continuation. The formalism is summarized in this paper. We discuss the motivation, advantages and difficulties in using this formalism. We discuss how to compute bound states, scattering cross sections, and finite Poincare transformations without using analytic continuation. A toy model is used to demonstrate how matrix elements of exp(-beta H) in normalizable states can be used to construct-sharp momentum transition matrix elements.

Philip Kopp; Wayne Polyzou

2011-06-21

435

Open Source Physics: Quantum Mechanical Measurement

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This set of quantum mechanics java applets, part of the Open Source Physics project, provides simulations that demonstrate the effect of measurement on the time-dependence of quantum states. Exercises are available that demonstrate the results of measurement of energy, position, and momentum on states in potential wells (square well, harmonic oscillator, asymmetric well, etc). Eigenstates, superpositions of eigenstates, and wave packets can all be studied. Tutorials are also available. The material stresses the measurement of a quantum-mechanical wave function. The simulations can be delivered either through the OSP Launcher interface or embedded in html pages. The source code is available, and users are invited to contribute to the collection's development by submitting improvements. The simulations are available through the "View attached documents" link below.

Belloni, Mario; Christian, Wolfgang

2008-06-02

436

WEAK MEASUREMENT IN QUANTUM MECHANICS ABRAHAM NEBEN

WEAK MEASUREMENT IN QUANTUM MECHANICS ABRAHAM NEBEN PHYS 342 Final Project March 10, 2011 Contents of Postselection 4 4. Impossible Spin Measurements 5 5. Hardy's Paradox 5 6. Controversy over Weak Measurement 8 7 of a Measurement of a Component of the Spin of a Spin-1/2 Particle Can Turn Out to be 100." [1] The topic

Rosner, Jonathan L.

437

Quantum mechanical model for Maya Blue

This work is about Maya Blue (MB), a pigment developed by Mesoamerican civilizations between the 5th and 16th centuries from an aluminosilicate mineral (palygorskite) and an organic dye (indigo). Two different supramolecular quantum-mechanical models afford explanations for the unusual stability of MB based on the oxidation of the indigo molecule during the heating process and its interaction with palygorskite. A

María E. Fuentes; Brisa Peña; César Contreras; Ana L. Montero; Russell Chianelli; Manuel Alvarado; Ramón Olivas; Luz M. Rodríguez; Héctor Camacho; Luis A. Montero-Cabrera

2008-01-01

438

Is Quantum Mechanics needed to explain consciousness ?

In this short comment to a recent contribution by E. Manousakis [1] it is argued that the reported agreement between the measured time evolution of conscious states during binocular rivalry and predictions derived from quantum mechanical formalisms does not require any direct effect of QM. The recursive consumption analysis process in the Ouroboros Model can yield the same behavior.

Knud Thomsen

2007-11-13

439

Comparison of Classical and Quantum Mechanical Uncertainties.

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Comparisons are made for the particle-in-a-box, the harmonic oscillator, and the one-electron atom. A classical uncertainty principle is derived and compared with its quantum-mechanical counterpart. The results are discussed in terms of the statistical interpretation of the uncertainty principle. (Author/BB)

Peslak, John, Jr.

1979-01-01

440

Subjective and Objective Probabilities in Quantum Mechanics

We discuss how the apparently objective probabilities predicted by quantum mechanics can be treated in the framework of Bayesian probability theory, in which all probabilities are subjective. Our results are in accord with earlier work by Caves, Fuchs, and Schack, but our approach and emphasis are different. We also discuss the problem of choosing a noninformative prior for a density matrix.

Mark Srednicki

2005-01-03

441

Spin Glass: A Bridge between quantum computation and statistical mechanics

We show two fascinating topics lying between quantum information processing and statistical mechanics. First, we introduce an elaborated technique, the surface code, to prepare the particular quantum state with robustness against decoherence. Second, we show another interesting technique to employ quantum nature, quantum annealing. Through both of the topics, we would shed light on the birth of the interdisciplinary field between quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics.

Masayuki Ohzeki

2012-04-13

442

Deformation Quantization: From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Field Theory

The aim of this paper is to give a basic overview of Deformation Quantization (DQ) to physicists. A summary is given here of some of the key developments over the past thirty years in the context of physics, from quantum mechanics to quantum field theory. Also, we discuss some of the conceptual advantages of DQ and how DQ may be related to algebraic quantum field theory. Additionally, our previous results are summarized which includes the construction of the Fedosov star-product on dS/AdS. One of the goals of these results was to verify that DQ gave the same results as previous analyses of these spaces. Another was to verify that the formal series used in the conventional treatment converged by obtaining exact and nonperturbative results for these spaces.

P. Tillman

2006-10-31

443

Riemann hypothesis and Quantum Mechanics

In their 1995 paper, Jean-Beno\\^{i}t Bost and Alain Connes (BC) constructed a quantum dynamical system whose partition function is the Riemann zeta function $\\zeta(\\beta)$, where $\\beta$ is an inverse temperature. We formulate Riemann hypothesis (RH) as a property of the low temperature Kubo-Martin-Schwinger (KMS) states of this theory. More precisely, the expectation value of the BC phase operator can be written as $$\\phi_{\\beta}(q)=N_{q-1}^{\\beta-1} \\psi_{\\beta-1}(N_q), $$ where $N_q=\\prod_{k=1}^qp_k$ is the primorial number of order $q$ and $ \\psi_b $ a generalized Dedekind $\\psi$ function depending on one real parameter $b$ as $$ \\psi_b (q)=q \\prod_{p \\in \\mathcal{P,}p \\vert q}\\frac{1-1/p^b}{1-1/p}.$$ Fix a large inverse temperature $\\beta >2.$ The Riemann hypothesis is then shown to be equivalent to the inequality $$ N_q |\\phi_\\beta (N_q)|\\zeta(\\beta-1) >e^\\gamma \\log \\log N_q, $$ for $q$ large enough. Under RH, extra formulas for high temperatures KMS states ($1.5< \\beta <2$) are derived.

Michel Planat; Patrick Solé; Sami Omar

2010-12-21

444

Nano, Quantum, and Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics: Educational Sites

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This collection of links provides access to web sites associated with nano, quantum, and statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. The links are arranged by type: basic principles (including classical thermodynamics), nano, quantum, and statistical mechanics, mathematical techniques, applications, and references.

445

Quantum Hypothesis Testing Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics

Quantum Hypothesis Testing and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics V. JaksiÂ´c1 , Y. Ogata2 , C with recent developments in non-equilibrium quantum statistical mechanics. In particular, we relate the large

Boyer, Edmond

446

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Using Burt's exact envelope function theory together with symmetry arguments, we have derived an explicit form for the 6×6 valence-band effective mass Hamiltonian for semiconductor heterojunctions with wurtzite symmetry C46v. The properly ordered Hamiltonian has a similar form to that of the bulk wurtzite effective Hamiltonian, and reduces to it when a homogeneous system is assumed. The wurtzite effective mass parameters are written in terms of dimensionless quantities that reveal the coupling with the various remote bands with ?1, ?5, and ?6 symmetries. Correct boundary conditions for heterojunctions with abrupt interfaces are presented. The widely used (although formally incorrect) symmetrized Hamiltonian and boundary conditions are shown to neglect the contribution of the d-like remote bands, specifically ?6, which has character \\{dxz,dyz\\}. Numerical calculations of the subband structure of GaN/AlxGa1-xN quantum wells display significant differences on the heavy-holes subband states. We find that the changes in dispersion are enhanced when the material parameters of the well and barrier differ considerably and/or for small widths of the quantum wells. Apart from quantitative energy shifts of the subbands, these results have experimental consequences, including level anticrossing and the corresponding changes to the transition matrix elements in quantum wells.

Mireles, Francisco; Ulloa, Sergio E.

1999-11-01

447

The emergent Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We introduce a new and conceptually simple interpretation of quantum mechanics based on reduced density matrices of sub-systems from which the standard Copenhagen interpretation emerges as an effective description of macroscopically large systems. This interpretation describes a world in which definite measurement results are obtained with probabilities that reproduce the Born rule. Wave function collapse is seen to be a useful but fundamentally unnecessary piece of prudent book keeping which is only valid for macro-systems. The new interpretation lies in a class of modal interpretations in that it applies to quantum systems that interact with a much larger environment. However, we show that it does not suffer from the problems that have plagued similar modal interpretations like macroscopic superpositions and rapid flipping between macroscopically distinct states. We describe how the interpretation fits neatly together with fully quantum formulations of statistical mechanics and that a measurement process can be viewed as a process of ergodicity breaking analogous to a phase transition. The key feature of the new interpretation is that joint probabilities for the ergodic subsets of states of disjoint macro-systems only arise as emergent quantities. Finally we give an account of the EPR-Bohm thought experiment and show that the interpretation implies the violation of the Bell inequality characteristic of quantum mechanics but in a way that is rather novel. The final conclusion is that the Copenhagen interpretation gives a completely satisfactory phenomenology of macro-systems interacting with micro-systems.

Hollowood, Timothy J.

2014-05-01

448

Quantum mechanical coherence, resonance, and mind

Norbert Wiener and J.B.S. Haldane suggested during the early thirties that the profound changes in our conception of matter entailed by quantum theory opens the way for our thoughts, and other experiential or mind-like qualities, to play a role in nature that is causally interactive and effective, rather than purely epiphenomenal, as required by classical mechanics. The mathematical basis of this suggestion is described here, and it is then shown how, by giving mind this efficacious role in natural process, the classical character of our perceptions of the quantum universe can be seen to be a consequence of evolutionary pressures for the survival of the species.

Stapp, H.P.

1995-03-26

449

Indistinguishable Particles in Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction

In this article, we discuss the identity and indistinguishability of quantum systems and the consequent need to introduce an extra postulate in Quantum Mechanics to correctly describe situations involving indistinguishable particles. This is, for electrons, the Pauli Exclusion Principle, or in general, the Symmetrization Postulate. Then, we introduce fermions and bosons and the distributions respectively describing their statistical behaviour in indistinguishable situations. Following that, we discuss the spin-statistics connection, as well as alternative statistics and experimental evidence for all these results, including the use of bunching and antibunching of particles emerging from a beam splitter as a signature for some bosonic or fermionic states.

Y. Omar

2005-11-01

450

Doubly special quantum and statistical mechanics from quantum $?$-Poincaré algebra

Recently Amelino--Camelia proposed a ``Doubly Special Relativity'' theory with two observer independent scales (of speed and mass) that could replace the standard Special Relativity at energies close to the Planck scale. Such a theory might be a starting point in construction of quantum theory of space-time. In this paper we investigate the quantum and statistical mechanical consequences of such a proposal. We construct the generalized Newton--Wigner operator and find relations between energy/momentum and frequency/wavevector for position eigenstates of this operator. These relations indicate the existence of a minimum length scale. Next we analyze the statistical mechanics of the corresponding systems. We find that depending on the value of a parameter defining the canonical commutational algebra one has to do either with system with maximal possible temperature or with the one, which in the high temperature limit becomes discrete.

J. Kowalski-Glikman

2001-11-12

451

Understanding photochemical processes often requires accurate descriptions of the nonadiabatic events involved. The cost of accurate quantum chemical simulations of the nonadiabatic dynamics of complex systems is typically high. Here, we discuss the use of interpolated quasi-diabatic potential-energy matrices, which aims to reduce the computational cost with minimal sacrifices in accuracy. It is shown that interpolation reproduces the reference ab initio information satisfactorily for a sizeable chromophore in terms of its adiabatic energies and derivative coupling vectors. Actual nonadiabatic simulation results of the chromophore in the gas phase and in aqueous solution are presented, and it is demonstrated that the interpolated quasi-diabatic Hamiltonian can be applied to studying nonadiabatic events of a complex system in an ensemble manner at a much-reduced cost. Limitations, and how they can be overcome in future studies, are also discussed. PMID:25080201

Park, Jae Woo; Rhee, Young Min

2014-10-20

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Quantum Mechanics Joachim Burgd orfer and Stefan Rotter

1 1 Quantum Mechanics Joachim BurgdË? orfer and Stefan Rotter 1.1 Introduction 3 1.2 Particle and Quantization 8 1.5 Angular Momentum in Quantum Mechanics 9 1.6 Formalism of Quantum Mechanics 12 1.7 Solution Quantization 33 1.9.3 Gutzwiller Trace Formula 34 1.10 Conceptual Aspects of Quantum Mechanics 35 1

Rotter, Stefan

453

Light-Front Hamiltonian Approach to the Bound-State Problem in Quantum Electrodynamics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Why is the study of the Lamb shift in hydrogen, which at the level of detail found in this paper was largely completed by Bethe in 1947, of any real interest today? While completing such a calculation using new techniques may be very interesting for formal and academic reasons, our primary motivation is to lay groundwork for precision bound-state calculations in QCD. The Lamb shift provides an excellent pedagogical tool for illustrating light-front Hamiltonian techniques, which are not widely known; but more importantly it presents three of the central dynamical and computational problems that we must face to make these techniques useful for solving QCD: How does a constituent picture emerge in a gauge field theory? How do bound-state energy scales emerge non-perturbatively? How does rotational symmetry emerge in a non-perturbative light-front calculation?

Jones, Billy D.

1997-10-01

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Spectral and Quantum Dynamical Properties of the Weakly Coupled Fibonacci Hamiltonian

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We consider the spectrum of the Fibonacci Hamiltonian for small values of the coupling constant. It is known that this set is a Cantor set of zero Lebesgue measure. Here we study the limit, as the value of the coupling constant approaches zero, of its thickness and its Hausdorff dimension. We prove that the thickness tends to infinity and, consequently, the Hausdorff dimension of the spectrum tends to one. We also show that at small coupling, all gaps allowed by the gap labeling theorem are open and the length of every gap tends to zero linearly. Moreover, for a sufficiently small coupling, the sum of the spectrum with itself is an interval. This last result provides a rigorous explanation of a phenomenon for the Fibonacci square lattice discovered numerically by Even-Dar Mandel and Lifshitz. Finally, we provide explicit upper and lower bounds for the solutions to the difference equation and use them to study the spectral measures and the transport exponents.

Damanik, David; Gorodetski, Anton

2011-07-01

455

Quantum Mechanics Under a Momentum Space Artificial Magnetic Field

The Berry curvature is a geometrical property of an energy band which acts as a momentum space magnetic field in the effective Hamiltonian describing single-particle quantum dynamics. We show how this perspective may be exploited to study systems directly relevant to ultracold gases and photonics. Given the exchanged roles of momentum and position, we demonstrate that the global topology of momentum space is crucially important. We propose a simple experiment to study the Harper-Hofstadter Hamiltonian with a harmonic trap that will illustrate the advantages of this approach and that will also constitute the first realisation of magnetism on a torus.

Hannah M. Price; Tomoki Ozawa; Iacopo Carusotto

2014-03-24

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The Objective Inde...niteness Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

The Objective Inde...niteness Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics David Ellerman University of California at Riverside Draft (not for quotation) May 28, 2013 Abstract Quantum mechanics (QM models indef- inite elements that become more de...nite as distinctions are made. If quantum mechanics

WÃ¼thrich, Christian

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Quantum Mechanics Summary/Review Spring 2009 Compton Lecture Series

time, the spike will generally spread out again, and the information about position will be lost one component at a time. Â· Planck's constant determines the scale at which quantum mechanical effectsQuantum Mechanics Summary/Review Spring 2009 Compton Lecture Series: From Quantum Mechanics

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Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry

Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry Matilde Marcolli Beijing, August 2013 Matilde Marcolli Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry #12;joint work with Gunther Matilde Marcolli Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry #12;Number fields: finite

Marcolli, Matilde

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Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry

Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry Matilde Marcolli Colloquium, Harvard University, March 24, 2011 Matilde Marcolli Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry #12 as partition functions of physical systems Matilde Marcolli Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian

Marcolli, Matilde

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Harvard University Physics 143b: Quantum Mechanics II

Harvard University Physics 143b: Quantum Mechanics II Instructor : Subir Sachdev, Lyman 343@fas.harvard.edu This is the second half of an introductory course on quantum mechanics. The course will complete the text book: the photon 5. Relativistic quantum mechanics: the Dirac equation 6. Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen "paradox", Bell

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Harvard University Physics 143b: Quantum Mechanics II

Harvard University Physics 143b: Quantum Mechanics II Instructor : Subir Sachdev, Lyman 343@physics.harvard.edu This is the second half of an introductory course on quantum mechanics. The course will complete the text book: the photon 5. Relativistic quantum mechanics: the Dirac equation 6. Scattering theory. 7. Einstein

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Faculty Disagreement about the Teaching of Quantum Mechanics

Faculty Disagreement about the Teaching of Quantum Mechanics Michael Dubson1 , Steve Goldhaber1 (matter wave vs. information wave vs. something else). Keywords: upper-division quantum mechanics, curriculum reform, faculty survey, quantum mechanics textbooks PACS: 01.40.-d, 01.40.Fk, 01.40.gb, 01.40.G

Colorado at Boulder, University of

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Physica D 145 (2000) 330348 Lyapunov exponent in quantum mechanics.

Physica D 145 (2000) 330Â348 Lyapunov exponent in quantum mechanics. A phase-space approach V extension of the notion of Lyapunov exponent to quantum mechanics, the method that is developed is also trajectories in phase-space, it is not obvious what the corresponding quantities in quantum mechanics should be

Vilela Mendes, Rui

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The syllabus of the Course 624 Quantum Mechanics 2

The syllabus of the Course 624 Quantum Mechanics 2 Spring 2009. Instructor V.L. Pokrovsky. 1. Many-body quantum mechanics. Second quantization. Spin and statistics. Bose- Einstein condensation. 6's phase. Landau-Zener theory. Principal textbook: E. Merzbacher, Quantum Mechanics, 3-d edition, Wiley

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Quantum Mechanics as a Science -Religion Bridge By Stanley Klein

Quantum Mechanics as a Science - Religion Bridge By Stanley Klein (May 1, 2002) Stanley Klein and for fitting contact lenses. Klein's interest in quantum mechanics and brain research has led him to explore of more than 20 years, DUALITY, summarizes his theme that the duality of quantum mechanics provides

Klein, Stanley

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1/n expansion in quantum mechanics

The classical approximation (/ell/ = n - 1 /yields/ /infinity/) for the energy /var epsilon/(/sup 0/) and the semiclassical expansion in problems of quantum mechanics are discussed. A recursive method is proposed for calculating the quantum corrections of arbitrary order to /var epsilon/ (/sup 0/), this being valid for both bound and quasistationary states. The generalization of the method to states with an arbitrary number of nodes and the possibility of a more general choice of the parameter of the semiclassical expansion are considered. The method is illustrated by the example of the Yukawa and funnel potentials and for the Stark effect in the hydrogen atom. These examples demonstrate the rapid convergence of the 1/n expansion even for small quantum numbers.

Vainberg, V.M.; Mur, V.D.; Popov, V.S.; Sergeev, A.V.; Shcheblykin, A.V.

1988-09-01

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A Chaotic, Deterministic Model for Quantum Mechanics

With the decline of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics and the recent experiments indicating that quantum mechanics does actually embody 'objective reality', one might ask if a 'mechanical', conceptual model for quantum mechanics could be found. We propose such a model. Vacuum energy fluctuations imply mass fluctuations and, through general relativity, curvature fluctuations. And those fluctuations are indicated by fluctuations of the metric tensor. The metric tensor fluctuations can 'explain' the uncertainty relations and non-commuting properties of conjugate variables. We argue that that the probability density is proportional to the square root of minus the determinant of the metric tensor (the differential volume element). We argue that the metric elements are not stochastic but are oscillating at a high enough frequency that measured values of same appear stochastic (i.e. crypto-stochastic). We suggest that the oscillations at the position of particles are described as torsional vibrations. A crypto-stochastic (or chaotic) oscillating metric yields, among other things, a model of super-position, photon polarization, and entanglement, and all within the confines of a 4-dimensional space-time.

Carl Frederick

2014-06-20

468

Exact Parent Hamiltonian for the Quantum Hall States in a Lattice

We study lattice models of charged particles in uniform magnetic fields. We show how longer range hopping can be engineered to produce a massively degenerate manifold of single-particle ground states with wave functions identical to those making up the lowest Landau level of continuum electrons in a magnetic field. We find that in the presence of local interactions, and at the appropriate filling factors, Laughlin's fractional quantum Hall wave function is an exact many-body ground state of our lattice model. The hopping matrix elements in our model fall off as a Gaussian, and when the flux per plaquette is small compared to the fundamental flux quantum one only needs to include nearest and next-nearest neighbor hoppings. We suggest how to realize this model using atoms in optical lattices, and describe observable consequences of the resulting fractional quantum Hall physics.

Kapit, Eliot; Mueller, Erich [Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (United States)

2010-11-19

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Geometry of PT-symmetric quantum mechanics

Recently, much research has been carried out on Hamiltonians that are not\\u000aHermitian but are symmetric under space-time reflection, that is, Hamiltonians\\u000athat exhibit PT symmetry. Investigations of the Sturm-Liouville eigenvalue\\u000aproblem associated with such Hamiltonians have shown that in many cases the\\u000aentire energy spectrum is real and positive and that the eigenfunctions form an\\u000aorthogonal and complete basis.

Carl M. Bender; Dorje C. Brody; Bernhard K. Meister

2007-01-01

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Quantum damped oscillator II: Bateman’s Hamiltonian vs. 2D parabolic potential barrier

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We show that quantum Bateman’s system which arises in the quantization of a damped harmonic oscillator is equivalent to a quantum problem with 2D parabolic potential barrier known also as 2D inverted isotropic oscillator. It turns out that this system displays the family of complex eigenvalues corresponding to the poles of analytical continuation of the resolvent operator to the complex energy plane. It is shown that this representation is more suitable than the hyperbolic one used recently by Blasone and Jizba.

Chru?ci?ski, Dariusz

2006-04-01

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Coulomb problem in non-commutative quantum mechanics

The aim of this paper is to find out how it would be possible for space non-commutativity (NC) to alter the quantum mechanics (QM) solution of the Coulomb problem. The NC parameter {lambda} is to be regarded as a measure of the non-commutativity - setting {lambda}= 0 which means a return to the standard quantum mechanics. As the very first step a rotationally invariant NC space R{sub {lambda}}{sup 3}, an analog of the Coulomb problem configuration space (R{sup 3} with the origin excluded) is introduced. R{sub {lambda}}{sup 3} is generated by NC coordinates realized as operators acting in an auxiliary (Fock) space F. The properly weighted Hilbert-Schmidt operators in F form H{sub {lambda}}, a NC analog of the Hilbert space of the wave functions. We will refer to them as 'wave functions' also in the NC case. The definition of a NC analog of the hamiltonian as a hermitian operator in H{sub {lambda}} is one of the key parts of this paper. The resulting problem is exactly solvable. The full solution is provided, including formulas for the bound states for E < 0 and low-energy scattering for E > 0 (both containing NC corrections analytic in {lambda}) and also formulas for high-energy scattering and unexpected bound states at ultra-high energy (both containing NC corrections singular in {lambda}). All the NC contributions to the known QM solutions either vanish or disappear in the limit {lambda}{yields} 0.

Galikova, Veronika; Presnajder, Peter [Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University of Bratislava, Mlynska dolina F2, Bratislava (Slovakia)] [Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University of Bratislava, Mlynska dolina F2, Bratislava (Slovakia)

2013-05-15

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In 1956 Dyson analyzed the low-energy excitations of a ferromagnet using a Hamiltonian that was non-Hermitian with respect to the standard inner product. This allowed for a facile rendering of these excitations (known as spin waves) as weakly interacting bosonic quasi-particles. More than 50 years later, we have the full denouement of non-Hermitian quantum mechanics formalism at our disposal when considering Dyson's work, both technically and contextually. Here we recast Dyson's work on ferromagnets explicitly in terms of two inner products, with respect to which the Hamiltonian is always self-adjoint, if not manifestly "Hermitian". Then we extend his scheme to doped antiferromagnets described by the t-J model, in hopes of shedding light on the physics of high-temperature superconductivity.

Katherine Jones-Smith

2013-04-21

473

Quantum Mechanics, Gravity, and the Multiverse

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The discovery of accelerating expansion of the universe has led us to take the dramatic view that our universe may be one of the many universes in which low energy physical laws take different forms: the multiverse. I explain why/how this view is supported both observationally and theoretically, especially by string theory and eternal inflation. I then describe how quantum mechanics plays a crucial role in understanding the multiverse, even at the largest distance scales. The resulting picture leads to a revolutionary change of our view of spacetime and gravity, and completely unifies the paradigm of the eternally inflating multiverse with the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. The picture also provides a solution to a long-standing problem in eternal inflation, called the measure problem, which I briefly describe.

Nomura, Yasunori

2012-04-01

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Clocks And Dynamics In Quantum Mechanics

We argue that (1) our perception of time through change and (2) the gap between reality and our observation of it are at the heart of both quantum mechanics and the dynamical mechanism of physical systems. We suggest that the origin of quantum uncertainty lies with the absence of infinities or infinitesimals in observational data and that our concept of time derives from observing changing data (events). We argue that the fundamentally important content of the Superposition Principle is not the "probability amplitude" of posterior state observation but future state availability conditional only on prior information. Since event detection also implies posterior conditions (e.g. a specific type of detectable event occurred) as well as prior conditions, the probabilities of detected outcomes are also conditional on properties of the posterior properties of the observation. Such posterior conditions cannot affect the prior state availabilities and this implies violation of counter-factual definiteness. A componen...

York, Michael

2014-01-01

475

Beyond relativity and quantum mechanics: space physics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Albert Einstein imposed an observer-based epistemology upon physics. Relativity and Quantum Mechanics limit physics to describing and modeling the observer's sensations and measurements. Their "underlying reality" consists only of ideas that serve to model the observer's experience. These positivistic models cannot be used to form physical theories of Cosmic phenomena. To do this, we must again remove the observer from the center of physics. When we relate motion to Cosmic space instead of to observers and we attempt to explain the causes of Cosmic phenomena, we are forced to admit that Cosmic space is a substance. We need a new physics of space. We can begin by replacing Relativity with a modified Lorentzian-Newtonian model of spatial flow, and Quantum Mechanics with a wave-based theory of light and electrons. Space physics will require the reinterpretation of all known phenomena, concepts, and mathematical models.

Lindner, Henry H.

2011-09-01

476

The preparation of states in quantum mechanics

The important problem of how to prepare a quantum mechanical system, $S$, in a specific initial state of interest - e.g., for the purposes of some experiment - is addressed. Three distinct methods of state preparation are described. One of these methods has the attractive feature that it enables one to prepare $S$ in a preassigned initial state with certainty; i.e., the probability of success in preparing $S$ in a given state is unity. This method relies on coupling $S$ to an open quantum-mechanical environment, $E$, in such a way that the dynamics of $S \\vee E$ pulls the state of $S$ towards an "attractor", which is the desired initial state of $S$. This method is analyzed in detail.

Juerg Froehlich; Baptiste Schubnel

2014-09-28

477

Euclidean Quantum Mechanics and Universal Nonlinear Filtering

An important problem in applied science is the continuous nonlinear filtering\\u000aproblem, i.e., the estimation of a Langevin state that is observed indirectly.\\u000aIn this paper, it is shown that Euclidean quantum mechanics is closely related\\u000ato the continuous nonlinear filtering problem. The key is the configuration\\u000aspace Feynman path integral representation of the fundamental solution of a\\u000aFokker-Planck type

Bhashyam Balaji

2009-01-01

478

Nine Formulations of Quantum Mechanics: Lecture

NSDL National Science Digital Library

In this lecture, Dr. Daniel Styer, a physics professor at Oberlin College, guides the listener through nine formulations of quantum mechanics. Styer discusses each formulation's unique abilities and challenges, then offers his perspective on the application to undergraduate education. This lecture was delivered at the Kavli Institute for Physics, as a part of the Theorists at Undergraduate Institutions mini-program. Audio, video and slides are included.

Styer, Dan

2005-08-07

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Physical Interpretations of Nilpotent Quantum Mechanics

Nilpotent quantum mechanics provides a powerful method of making efficient calculations. More importantly, however, it provides insights into a number of fundamental physical problems through its use of a dual vector space and its explicit construction of vacuum. Physical interpretation of the nilpotent formalism is discussed with respect to boson and baryon structures, the mass-gap problem, zitterbewgung, Berry phase, renormalization, and related issues.

Peter Rowlands

2010-04-09

480

Sixty years of quantum wave mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present an inaugural lecture, originally given by the author on 2 June 1987 at the Queen's University of Belfast, but in an edited version, on the topic "Sixty years of quantum wave mechanics". A short historical survey is given as an introduction to some of the author's own personal research in the theory of atomic collisions, notably heavy-particle collisions and semiclassical methods.

Crothers, D. S. F.

1989-11-01

481

Chiral quantum mechanics (CQM) for antihydrogen systems

A first deception of QM on antiH already appears in one-center integrals for two-center systems (G. Van Hooydonk, physics/0511115). In reality, full QM is a theory for chiral systems but the QM establishment was wrong footed with a permutation of reference frames. With chiral quantum mechanics (CQM), the theoretical ban on natural antiH must be lifted as soon as possible.

G. Van Hooydonk

2005-12-03

482

Quantum Mechanics and Motion: A Modern Perspective

This essay is an attempted to address, from a modern perspective, the motion of a particle. Quantum mechanically, motion consists of a series of localizations due to repeated interactions that, taken close to the limit of the continuum, yields a world-line. If a force acts on the particle, its probability distribution is accordingly modified. This must also be true for macroscopic objects, although now the description is far more complicated by the structure of matter and associated surface physics.

Gerald E. Marsh

2009-12-27

483

Relativistic Non-Hermitian Quantum Mechanics

We develop relativistic wave equations in the framework of the new non-hermitian ${\\cal PT}$ quantum mechanics. The familiar Hermitian Dirac equation emerges as an exact result of imposing the Dirac algebra, the criteria of ${\\cal PT}$-symmetric quantum mechanics, and relativistic invariance. However, relaxing the constraint that in particular the mass matrix be Hermitian also allows for models that have no counterpart in conventional quantum mechanics. For example it is well-known that a quartet of Weyl spinors coupled by a Hermitian mass matrix reduces to two independent Dirac fermions; here we show that the same quartet of Weyl spinors, when coupled by a non-Hermitian but $\\cal{PT}$ symmetric mass matrix, describes a single relativistic particle that can have massless dispersion relation even though the mass matrix is non-zero.The ${\\cal PT}$-generalized Dirac equation is also Lorentz invariant, unitary in time, and CPT respecting, even though as a non-interacting theory it violates ${\\cal P}$ and ${\\cal T}$ individually. The relativistic wave equations are reformulated as canonical fermionic field theories to facilitate the study of interactions, and are shown to maintain many of the canonical structures from Hermitian field theory, but with new and interesting new possibilities permitted by the non-hermiticity parameter $m_2$.

Katherine Jones-Smith; Harsh Mathur

2009-08-28

484

Quantum mechanics and low energy nucleon dynamics

We discuss the problem of consistency of quantum mechanics as applied to low energy nucleon dynamics with the symmetries of QCD. It is shown that the dynamics consistent with these symmetries is not governed by the Schrodinger equation. We present a new way to formulate the effective theory of nuclear forces as an inevitable consequence of the basic principles of quantum mechanics and the symmetries of strong interactions. We show that being formulated in this way the effective theory of nuclear forces can be put on the same firm theoretical grounds as the quantum mechanics of atomic phenomena. In this case the effective theory allows one to describe with a given accuracy not only two-nucleon scattering, but also the evolution of nucleon systems, and places the constraints on the off-shell behavior of the two-nucleon interaction. In this way we predict the off-shell behavior of the S wave two-nucleon T-matrix at very low energies when the pionless theory is applicable. Further extensions and applications of this approach are discussed.

Renat Kh. Gainutdinov; Aigul A. Mutygullina

2003-04-03

485

Hunting for Snarks in Quantum Mechanics

A long-standing debate over the interpretation of quantum mechanics has centered on the meaning of Schroedinger's wave function {psi} for an electron. Broadly speaking, there are two major opposing schools. On the one side, the Copenhagen school(led by Bohr, Heisenberg and Pauli) holds that {psi} provides a complete description of a single electron state; hence the probability interpretation of {psi}{psi}* expresses an irreducible uncertainty in electron behavior that is intrinsic in nature. On the other side, the realist school(led by Einstein, de Broglie, Bohm and Jaynes) holds that {psi} represents a statistical ensemble of possible electron states; hence it is an incomplete description of a single electron state. I contend that the debaters have overlooked crucial facts about the electron revealed by Dirac theory. In particular, analysis of electron zitterbewegung(first noticed by Schroedinger) opens a window to particle substructure in quantum mechanics that explains the physical significance of the complex phase factor in {psi}. This led to a testable model for particle substructure with surprising support by recent experimental evidence. If the explanation is upheld by further research, it will resolve the debate in favor of the realist school. I give details. The perils of research on the foundations of quantum mechanics have been foreseen by Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark{exclamation_point}.

Hestenes, David [Physics Department, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States)

2009-12-08

486

Hunting for Snarks in Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A long-standing debate over the interpretation of quantum mechanics has centered on the meaning of Schroedinger's wave function ? for an electron. Broadly speaking, there are two major opposing schools. On the one side, the Copenhagen school (led by Bohr, Heisenberg and Pauli) holds that ? provides a complete description of a single electron state; hence the probability interpretation of ??* expresses an irreducible uncertainty in electron behavior that is intrinsic in nature. On the other side, the realist school (led by Einstein, de Broglie, Bohm and Jaynes) holds that ? represents a statistical ensemble of possible electron states; hence it is an incomplete description of a single electron state. I contend that the debaters have overlooked crucial facts about the electron revealed by Dirac theory. In particular, analysis of electron zitterbewegung (first noticed by Schroedinger) opens a window to particle substructure in quantum mechanics that explains the physical significance of the complex phase factor in ?. This led to a testable model for particle substructure with surprising support by recent experimental evidence. If the explanation is upheld by further research, it will resolve the debate in favor of the realist school. I give details. The perils of research on the foundations of quantum mechanics have been foreseen by Lewis Carroll in The Hunting of the Snark!

Hestenes, David

2009-12-01

487

Combining abstract to laboratory projected quantum states a general analysis of headline quantum phenomena is presented. Standard representation mode is replaced; instead quantum states sustained by elementary material constituents occupy its place. Renouncing to assign leading roles to language originated in classical physics when describing genuine quantum processes, together with sustainment concept most, if not all weirdness associated to Quantum Mechanics vanishes.

O. Tapia

2014-04-02

488

A geometric approach to general quantum statistical systems (including the harmonic oscillator) is presented. It is applied to Casimir energy and the dissipative system with friction. We regard the (N+1)-dimensional Euclidean {\\it coordinate} system (X$^i$,$\\tau$) as the quantum statistical system of N quantum (statistical) variables (X$^i$) and one {\\it Euclidean time} variable ($\\tau$). Introducing paths (lines or hypersurfaces) in this space (X$^i$,$\\tau$), we adopt the path-integral method to quantize the mechanical system. This is a new view of (statistical) quantization of the {\\it mechanical} system. The system Hamiltonian appears as the {\\it area}. We show quantization is realized by the {\\it minimal area principle} in the present geometric approach. When we take a {\\it line} as the path, the path-integral expressions of the free energy are shown to be the ordinary ones (such as N harmonic oscillators) or their simple variation. When we take a {\\it hyper-surface} as the path, the system Hamiltonian is given by the {\\it area} of the {\\it hyper-surface} which is defined as a {\\it closed-string configuration} in the bulk space. In this case, the system becomes a O(N) non-linear model. We show the recently-proposed 5 dimensional Casimir energy (ArXiv:0801.3064,0812.1263) is valid. We apply this approach to the visco-elastic system, and present a new method using the path-integral for the calculation of the dissipative properties.

Shoichi Ichinose

2010-10-27

489

Quantum mechanics, by itself, implies perception of a classical world

Several versions of reality can simultaneously exist in the states of quantum mechanics, but we perceive only one classical version. The question is whether the mathematics of quantum mechanics, by itself, implies we perceive only one classical version. Zurek has used a method involving the environment, redundancy, decoherence and quantum Darwinism to show that quantum mechanics does indeed imply this result, but the argument is quite complex. Here we give a simpler method based on linearity.

Casey Blood

2010-09-23

490

Neutrino oscillations: Quantum mechanics vs. quantum field theory

A consistent description of neutrino oscillations requires either the quantum-mechanical (QM) wave packet approach or a quantum field theoretic (QFT) treatment. We compare these two approaches to neutrino oscillations and discuss the correspondence between them. In particular, we derive expressions for the QM neutrino wave packets from QFT and relate the free parameters of the QM framework, in particular the effective momentum uncertainty of the neutrino state, to the more fundamental parameters of the QFT approach. We include in our discussion the possibilities that some of the neutrino's interaction partners are not detected, that the neutrino is produced in the decay of an unstable parent particle, and that the overlap of the wave packets of the particles involved in the neutrino production (or detection) process is not maximal. Finally, we demonstrate how the properly normalized oscillation probabilities can be obtained in the QFT framework without an ad hoc normalization procedure employed in the QM approach.

Akhmedov, Evgeny Kh.; Kopp, Joachim; ,

2010-01-01

491

The response of a test particle, both for the free case and under the harmonic oscillator potential, to circularly polarized gravitational waves is investigated in a noncommutative quantum mechanical setting. The system is quantized following the prescription in \\cite{ncgw1}. Standard algebraic techniques are then employed to solve the Hamiltonian of the system. The solutions, in both cases, show signatures of the coordinate noncommutativity. In the harmonic oscillator case, this signature plays a key role in altering the resonance point and the oscillation frequency of the system.

Gangopadhyay, Sunandan; Saha, Swarup

2014-01-01

492

Natural star-products on symplectic manifolds and related quantum mechanical operators

In this paper is considered a problem of defining natural star-products on symplectic manifolds, admissible for quantization of classical Hamiltonian systems. First, a construction of a star-product on a cotangent bundle to an Euclidean configuration space is given with the use of a sequence of pair-wise commuting vector fields. The connection with a covariant representation of such a star-product is also presented. Then, an extension of the construction to symplectic manifolds over flat and non-flat pseudo-Riemannian configuration spaces is discussed. Finally, a coordinate free construction of related quantum mechanical operators from Hilbert space over respective configuration space is presented.

Maciej Blaszak; Ziemowit Domanski

2013-11-13

493

Noncommutative quantum mechanics in a time-dependent background

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We investigate a quantum mechanical system on a noncommutative space for which the structure constant is explicitly time dependent. Any autonomous Hamiltonian on such a space acquires a time-dependent form in terms of the conventional canonical variables. We employ the Lewis-Riesenfeld method of invariants to construct explicit analytical solutions for the corresponding time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The eigenfunctions are expressed in terms of the solutions of variants of the nonlinear Ermakov-Pinney equation and discussed in detail for various types of background fields. We utilize the solutions to verify a generalized version of Heisenberg's uncertainty relations for which the lower bound becomes a time-dependent function of the background fields. We study the variance for various states, including standard Glauber coherent states with their squeezed versions and Gaussian Klauder coherent states resembling a quasiclassical behavior. No type of coherent state appears to be optimal in general with regard to achieving minimal uncertainties, as this feature turns out to be background field dependent.

Dey, Sanjib; Fring, Andreas

2014-10-01

494

Bohmian mechanics in relativistic quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and string theory

I present a short overview of my recent achievements on the Bohmian interpretation of relativistic quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and string theory. This includes the relativistic-covariant Bohmian equations for particle trajectories, the problem of particle creation and destruction, the Bohmian interpretation of fermionic fields and the intrinsically Bohmian quantization of fields and strings based on the De Donder-Weyl covariant canonical formalism.

H. Nikolic

2006-10-12

495

Recently, Li {\\it et al.} [Phys. Rev. Lett. {\\bf 107}, 060501 (2011)] have demonstrated that topologically protected measurement-based quantum computation can be implemented on the thermal state of a nearest-neighbor two-body Hamiltonian with spin-2 and spin-3/2 particles provided that the temperature is smaller than a critical value, namely, threshold temperature. Here we show that the thermal state of a nearest-neighbor two-body Hamiltonian, which consists of only spin-3/2 particles, allows us to perform topologically protected measurement-based quantum computation. The threshold temperature is calculated and turns out to be comparable to that with the spin-2 and spin-3/2 system. Furthermore, we generally show that a cluster state of high connectivity can be efficiently generated from the thermal state of the spin-3/2 system without severe thermal noise accumulation.

Keisuke Fujii; Tomoyuki Morimae

2011-11-03

496

Optimal guidance law in quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Following de Broglie's idea of a pilot wave, this paper treats quantum mechanics as a problem of stochastic optimal guidance law design. The guidance scenario considered in the quantum world is that an electron is the flight vehicle to be guided and its accompanying pilot wave is the guidance law to be designed so as to guide the electron to a random target driven by the Wiener process, while minimizing a cost-to-go function. After solving the stochastic optimal guidance problem by differential dynamic programming, we point out that the optimal pilot wave guiding the particle's motion is just the wavefunction ?(t,x), a solution to the Schrödinger equation; meanwhile, the closed-loop guidance system forms a complex state-space dynamics for ?(t,x), from which quantum operators emerge naturally. Quantum trajectories under the action of the optimal guidance law are solved and their statistical distribution is shown to coincide with the prediction of the probability density function ???.

Yang, Ciann-Dong; Cheng, Lieh-Lieh

2013-11-01