Operational Axioms for Quantum Mechanics
Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano
2006-12-08
The mathematical formulation of Quantum Mechanics in terms of complex Hilbert space is derived for finite dimensions, starting from a general definition of "physical experiment" and from five simple Postulates concerning "experimental accessibility and simplicity". For the infinite dimensional case, on the other hand, a C*-algebra representation of physical transformations is derived, starting from just four of the five Postulates via a Gelfand-Naimark-Segal (GNS) construction. The present paper simplifies and sharpens the previous derivation in version 1. The main ingredient of the axiomatization is the postulated existence of "faithful states" that allows one to calibrate the experimental apparatus. Such notion is at the basis of the operational definitions of the scalar product and of the "transposed" of a physical transformation. What is new in the present paper with respect to quant-ph/0603011 is the operational deduction of an involution corresponding to the "complex-conjugation" for effects, whose extension to transformations allows to define the "adjoint" of a transformation when the extension is composition-preserving.
Operational Axioms for Quantum Mechanics
D'Ariano, Giacomo Mauro [QUIT Group, Dipartimento di Fisica 'A. Volta', via Bassi 6, I-27100 Pavia (Italy); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208 (United States)
2007-02-21
The mathematical formulation of Quantum Mechanics in terms of complex Hilbert space is derived for finite dimensions, starting from a general definition of physical experiment and from five simple Postulates concerning experimental accessibility and simplicity. For the infinite dimensional case, on the other hand, a C*-algebra representation of physical transformations is derived, starting from just four of the five Postulates via a Gelfand-Naimark-Segal (GNS) construction. The present paper simplifies and sharpens the previous derivation in Ref. [1]. The main ingredient of the axiomatization is the postulated existence of faithful states that allows one to calibrate the experimental apparatus. Such notion is at the basis of the operational definitions of the scalar product and of the transposed of a physical transformation. What is new in the present paper with respect to Ref. [1], is the operational deduction of an involution corresponding to the complex-conjugation for effects, whose extension to transformations allows to define the adjoint of a transformation when the extension is composition-preserving. The existence of such composition-preserving extension among possible extensions is analyzed.
Operational Axioms for Quantum Mechanics Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano
D'Ariano, Giacomo Mauro
Operational Axioms for Quantum Mechanics Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano QUIT Group, Dipartimento di Fisica is derived. Undeniably the axioms of Quantum Mechanics are of a highly abstract and mathematical nature of Quantum Mechanics, its "physical" axioms-- if they exist--must be of very general nature: they must even
Nonunique C operator in PT Quantum Mechanics
Carl M. Bender; S. P. Klevansky
2009-05-28
The three simultaneous algebraic equations, $C^2=1$, $[C,PT]=0$, $[C,H]=0$, which determine the $C$ operator for a non-Hermitian $PT$-symmetric Hamiltonian $H$, are shown to have a nonunique solution. Specifically, the $C$ operator for the Hamiltonian $H={1/2}p^2+{1/2}\\mu^2q^2+i\\epsilon q^3$ is determined perturbatively to first order in $\\epsilon$ and it is demonstrated that the $C$ operator contains an infinite number of arbitrary parameters. For each different $C$ operator, the corresponding equivalent isospectral Dirac-Hermitian Hamiltonian $h$ is calculated.
Generalized raising and lowering operators for supersymmetric quantum mechanics
Mark W. Coffey
2015-01-27
Supersymmetric quantum mechanics has many applications, and typically uses a raising and lowering operator formalism. For one dimensional problems, we show how such raising and lowering operators may be generalized to include an arbitrary function. As a result, the usual Rodrigues' formula of the theory of orthogonal polynomials may be recovered in special cases, and it may otherwise be generalized to incorporate an arbitrary function. We provide example generalized operators for several important classical orthogonal polynomials, including Chebyshev, Gegenbauer, and other polynomials. In particular, as concerns Legendre polynomials and associated Legendre functions, we supplement and generalize results of Bazeia and Das.
The SCOP-formalism: an Operational Approach to Quantum Mechanics
D'Hooghe, Bart [Leo Apostel Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (Belgium)
2010-05-04
We present the SCOP-formalism, an operational approach to quantum mechanics. If a State-COntext-Property-System (SCOP) satisfies a specific set of 'quantum axioms,] it fits in a quantum mechanical representation in Hilbert space. We present a model in which the maximal change of state of the system due to interaction with the measurement context is controlled by a parameter N. In the case N = 2 the system reduces to a model for the spin measurements on a quantum spin-1/2 particle. In the limit N->infinity the system is classical. For the intermediate cases it is impossible to define an orthocomplementation on the set of properties. Another interesting feature is that the probability of a state transition also depends on the context which induces it. This contrasts sharply with standard quantum mechanics for which Gleason's theorem states the uniqueness of the state transition probability and independent of measurement context. We show that if a SCOP satisfies a Gleason-like condition, namely that all state transition probabilities are independent of which measurement context induces the change of state, then the lattice of properties is orthocomplemented.
Duality, Mechanical Wave Theory, New Quantum Operators and Nonlinear Equations in Quantum Theory
Yi-Fang Chang
2010-08-17
Various dualities are summarized. Based on the universal wave-particle duality, along an opposite direction of the developed quantum mechanics, we use a method where the wave quantities frequency and wave length are replaced on various mechanical equations, and may be derive some new results. It is called the mechanical wave theory. From this we derive new operators which represent more physical quantities. Further, we propose some nonlinear equations and their solutions, which may be probably applied to quantum theory.
A dynamical time operator in Dirac's relativistic quantum mechanics
Mariano Bauer
2013-01-29
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 interference in time, in Zitterbewegung like effects in spintronics, grapheme and superconducting systems and in cosmology is noted.
A Macroscopic Mechanical Resonator Operated in the Quantum Limit
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
O'Connell, Aaron D.
We report the experimental results of a superconducting quantum bit coupled to a macroscopic mechanical resonator. The coupled sample was cooled in a dilution refrigerator to T = 25 mK. At this temperature, we measured the phonon occupation of the mechanical resonator and found it to be in the quantum ground state with high probability P 0 > 93%. We then excited the mechanical resonator from its ground state |0> to the single phonon state |1> by transferring a single quantum excitation from the quantum bit to the mechanical resonator. Using this ability, we probed the energy lifetime of the mechanical resonator, T1M = 6.1 ns, by monitoring the decay of a single phonon state. Next, we measured the decay of the superposed phonon state (|0>+|1>)/ 2 in order to extract the phase coherence time T 2M ? 2T1M. Finally, we explored higher phonon energy levels by directly exciting the mechanical resonator with a classical microwave source, thus creating a mechanical coherent state.
Overcoming Misconceptions in Quantum Mechanics with the Time Evolution Operator
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
Quijas, P. C. Garcia; Aguilar, L. M. Arevalo
2007-01-01
Recently, there have been many efforts to use the research techniques developed in the field of physics education research to improve the teaching and learning of quantum mechanics. In particular, part of this research is focusing on misconceptions held by students. For instance, a set of misconceptions is associated with the concept of stationary…
Quantum Operations and Measurement
Seevinck, Michiel
Quantum Operations and Measurement M.P Seevinck E-mail: M.P.Seevinck@phys.uu.nl Utrecht field in quantum physics Â or perhaps better, a new way of doing quantum physics Â . . . Surprisingly of these developments to the conceptual problems of quantum mechanics. In our view, the new work on quantum information
Quantum Operations and Measurement
Seevinck, Michiel
Quantum Operations and Measurement # M.P Seevinck # EÂmail: M.P.Seevinck@phys.uu.nl Utrecht in quantum physics -- or perhaps better, a new way of doing quantum physics -- . . . Surprisingly, with few to the conceptual problems of quantum mechanics. In our view, the new work on quantum information changes
Generalized space and linear momentum operators in quantum mechanics
Costa, Bruno G. da, E-mail: bruno.costa@ifsertao-pe.edu.br [Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Sertão Pernambucano, Campus Petrolina, BR 407, km 08, 56314-520 Petrolina, Pernambuco (Brazil); Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal da Bahia, R. Barão de Jeremoabo s/n, 40170-115 Salvador, Bahia (Brazil); Borges, Ernesto P., E-mail: ernesto@ufba.br [Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal da Bahia, R. Barão de Jeremoabo s/n, 40170-115 Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)
2014-06-15
We propose a modification of a recently introduced generalized translation operator, by including a q-exponential factor, which implies in the definition of a Hermitian deformed linear momentum operator p{sup ^}{sub q}, and its canonically conjugate deformed position operator x{sup ^}{sub q}. A canonical transformation leads the Hamiltonian of a position-dependent mass particle to another Hamiltonian of a particle with constant mass in a conservative force field of a deformed phase space. The equation of motion for the classical phase space may be expressed in terms of the generalized dual q-derivative. A position-dependent mass confined in an infinite square potential well is shown as an instance. Uncertainty and correspondence principles are analyzed.
Operational axioms for a C*-algebraic formulation of Quantum Mechanics
Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano
2007-01-29
A C*-algebra formulation of Quantum Mechanics is derived from purely operational axioms in which the primary role is played by the "transformations" that the system undergoes in the course of an "experiment". The notion of the {\\em adjoint} of a transformation is based on the postulated existence of "faithful states" that allows one to calibrate the experimental apparatus.
J L Safko
1996-01-01
This tome is a formal presentation of the unsharp observable approach to quantum mechanics using the positive operator valued (POV) concept of an observable. It is intended for philosophers and mathematicians as well as physicists. This is a very formalistic book. There are, however, portions that should be read by all experimentalists performing quantum mechanical studies as well as graduate
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Commins, Eugene D.
2014-10-01
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.
Transforming quantum operations: quantum supermaps
G. Chiribella; G. M. D'Ariano; P. Perinotti
2008-10-22
We introduce the concept of quantum supermap, describing the most general transformation that maps an input quantum operation into an output quantum operation. Since quantum operations include as special cases quantum states, effects, and measurements, quantum supermaps describe all possible transformations between elementary quantum objects (quantum systems as well as quantum devices). After giving the axiomatic definition of supermap, we prove a realization theorem, which shows that any supermap can be physically implemented as a simple quantum circuit. Applications to quantum programming, cloning, discrimination, estimation, information-disturbance trade-off, and tomography of channels are outlined.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Mandl, F.
1992-07-01
The Manchester Physics Series General Editors: D. J. Sandiford; F. Mandl; A. C. Phillips Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester Properties of Matter B. H. Flowers and E. Mendoza Optics Second Edition F. G. Smith and J. H. Thomson Statistical Physics Second Edition F. Mandl Electromagnetism Second Edition I. S. Grant and W. R. Phillips Statistics R. J. Barlow Solid State Physics Second Edition J. R. Hook and H. E. Hall Quantum Mechanics F. Mandl Particle Physics Second Edition B. R. Martin and G. Shaw The Physics of Stars Second Edition A. C. Phillips Computing for Scientists R. J. Barlow and A. R. Barnett Quantum Mechanics aims to teach those parts of the subject which every physicist should know. The object is to display the inherent structure of quantum mechanics, concentrating on general principles and on methods of wide applicability without taking them to their full generality. This book will equip students to follow quantum-mechanical arguments in books and scientific papers, and to cope with simple cases. To bring the subject to life, the theory is applied to the all-important field of atomic physics. No prior knowledge of quantum mechanics is assumed. However, it would help most readers to have met some elementary wave mechanics before. Primarily written for students, it should also be of interest to experimental research workers who require a good grasp of quantum mechanics without the full formalism needed by the professional theorist. Quantum Mechanics features: A flow diagram allowing topics to be studied in different orders or omitted altogether. Optional "starred" and highlighted sections containing more advanced and specialized material for the more ambitious reader. Sets of problems at the end of each chapter to help student understanding. Hints and solutions to the problems are given at the end of the book.
Natural star-products on symplectic manifolds and related quantum mechanical operators
B?aszak, Maciej, E-mail: blaszakm@amu.edu.pl; Doma?ski, Ziemowit, E-mail: ziemowit@amu.edu.pl
2014-05-15
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. -- Highlights: •Invariant representations of natural star-products on symplectic manifolds are considered. •Star-products induced by flat and non-flat connections are investigated. •Operator representations in Hilbert space of considered star-algebras are constructed.
Jean-Michel Delhotel
2014-10-27
Is quantum mechanics about 'states'? Or is it basically another kind of probability theory? It is argued that the elementary formalism of quantum mechanics operates as a well-justified alternative to 'classical' instantiations of a probability calculus. Its providing a general framework for prediction accounts for its distinctive traits, which one should be careful not to mistake for reflections of any strange ontology. The suggestion is also made that quantum theory unwittingly emerged, in Schroedinger's formulation, as a 'lossy' by-product of a quantum-mechanical variant of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation. As it turns out, the effectiveness of quantum theory qua predictive algorithm makes up for the computational impracticability of that master equation.
Bohmian mechanics contradicts quantum mechanics
Neumaier, Arnold
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
Bender, Carl M; DeKieviet, Maarten; Klevansky, S. P.
2013-01-01
-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
Introduction: quantum resonances Classical and quantum mechanics
Ramond, Thierry
: quantum resonances Classical and quantum mechanics Microlocal analysis Resonances associated;..... . .... . .... . ..... . .... . .... . .... . ..... . .... . .... . .... . ..... . .... . .... . .... . ..... . .... . ..... . .... . .... . Introduction: quantum resonances Classical and quantum mechanics Microlocal analysis Resonances associated with homoclinic orbits Outline Introduction: quantum resonances Classical and quantum mechanics Microlocal
Supersymmetry in quantum mechanics
Khare, Avinash [Institute of Physics, Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar 751005, Orissa (India)
2004-12-23
An elementary introduction is given to the subject of supersymmetry in quantum mechanics which can be understood and appreciated by any one who has taken a first course in quantum mechanics. We demonstrate with explicit examples that given a solvable problem in quantum mechanics with n bound states, one can construct n new exactly solvable Hamiltonians having n - 1, n - 2,..., 0 bound states. The relationship between the eigenvalues, eigenfunctions and scattering matrix of the supersymmetric partner potentials is derived and a class of reflectionless potentials are explicitly constructed. We extend the operator method of solving the one-dimensional harmonic oscillator problem to a class of potentials called shape-invariant potentials. It is worth emphasizing that this class includes almost all the solvable problems that are found in the standard text books on quantum mechanics. Further, we show that given any potential with at least one bound state, one can very easily construct one continuous parameter family of potentials having same eigenvalues and s-matrix. The supersymmetry inspired WKB approximation (SWKB) is also discussed and it is shown that unlike the usual WKB, the lowest order SWKB approximation is exact for the shape-invariant potentials and further, this approximation is not only exact for large quantum numbers but by construction, it is also exact for the ground state. Finally, we also construct new exactly solvable periodic potentials by using the machinery of supersymmetric quantum mechanics.
Quantum Mechanics Measurements, Mutually
Gruner, Daniel S.
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
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Murdin, P.
2000-11-01
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...
Nikolai Laskin
2000-01-01
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
Explicit Green operators for quantum mechanical Hamiltonians. I. The hydrogen atom
Heinz-Jürgen Flad; Gohar Harutyunyan; Reinhold Schneider; Bert-Wolfgang Schulze
2010-03-16
We study a new approach to determine the asymptotic behaviour of quantum many-particle systems near coalescence points of particles which interact via singular Coulomb potentials. This problem is of fundamental interest in electronic structure theory in order to establish accurate and efficient models for numerical simulations. Within our approach, coalescence points of particles are treated as embedded geometric singularities in the configuration space of electrons. Based on a general singular pseudo-differential calculus, we provide a recursive scheme for the calculation of the parametrix and corresponding Green operator of a nonrelativistic Hamiltonian. In our singular calculus, the Green operator encodes all the asymptotic information of the eigenfunctions. Explicit calculations and an asymptotic representation for the Green operator of the hydrogen atom and isoelectronic ions are presented.
Conceptual problems in quantum mechanics
V. P. Demutskii; R. V. Polovin
1993-01-01
This review is devoted to a discussion of the interpretation of quantum mechanics. The heuristic role and limitations of the principle of observability and of operationalism are discussed. It is shown that the probabilistic approach to quantum mechanics is essential as a way of reconciling the conflicting concepts of particle and wave. The reason why the reduction of the wave
Quantum Mechanics + Open Systems
Steinhoff, Heinz-JÃ¼rgen
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
Dissipative and quantum mechanics
Roumen Tsekov
2009-01-01
Three existing interpretations of quantum mechanics, given by Heisenberg, Bohm and Madelung, are examined to describe dissipative quantum systems as well. It is found that the Madelung quantum hydrodynamics is the only correct approach. A new stochastic reinterpretation of the quantum mechanics is proposed, which represents the microscopic face of the Madelung hydrodynamics. The main idea is that the vacuum
Johansen, Tom Henning
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
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Eduardo J. S. Villaseñor
2008-04-23
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.
Emergent mechanics, quantum and un-quantum
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Ralston, John P.
2013-10-01
There is great interest in quantum mechanics as an "emergent" phenomenon. The program holds that nonobvious patterns and laws can emerge from complicated physical systems operating by more fundamental rules. We find a new approach where quantum mechanics itself should be viewed as an information management tool not derived from physics nor depending on physics. The main accomplishment of quantum-style theory comes in expanding the notion of probability. We construct a map from macroscopic information as data" to quantum probability. The map allows a hidden variable description for quantum states, and efficient use of the helpful tools of quantum mechanics in unlimited circumstances. Quantum dynamics via the time-dependent Shroedinger equation or operator methods actually represents a restricted class of classical Hamiltonian or Lagrangian dynamics, albeit with different numbers of degrees of freedom. We show that under wide circumstances such dynamics emerges from structureless dynamical systems. The uses of the quantum information management tools are illustrated by numerical experiments and practical applications
SENSIBLE QUANTUM MECHANICS: ARE ONLY PERCEPTIONS
Don N. Page
Quantum mechanics may be formulated as Sensible Quantum Mechanics (SQM) so that it contains nothing probabilistic, except, in a certain frequency sense, conscious perceptions. Sets of these perceptions can be deterministi- cally realized with measures given by expectation values of positive-operator- valued awareness operators in a quantum state of the universe which never jumps or collapses. Ratios of the measures
Jean-Paul Metailié; Jean Claude Dutailly
2014-08-20
The purpose of the paper is to study the foundations of the main axioms of Quantum Mechanics. From a general study of the mathematical properties of the models used in Physics to represent systems, we prove that the states of a system can be represented in a Hilbert space, that a self-adjoint operator is associated to any observable, that the result of a measure must be the eigen value of the operator and appear with the usual probability. Furthermore an equivalent of the Wigner's theorem holds, which leads to the Schr\\"{o}dinger equation. These results are based on well known mathematics, and do not involve any specific hypothesis in Physics. They validate and explain the methods currently used, which are made simpler and safer, and open new developments. In the second edition of this paper important developments have been added about interacting systems and the transitions of phases.
Geometrization of Quantum Mechanics
J. F. Carinena; J. Clemente-Gallardo; G. Marmo
2007-03-23
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.
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
NSDL National Science Digital Library
2012-07-19
The microscopic world is full of phenomena very different from what we see in everyday life. Some of those phenomena can only be explained using quantum mechanics. This activity introduces basic quantum mechanics concepts about electrons that are essential to understanding modern and future technology, especially nanotechnology. Start by exploring probability distribution, then discover the behavior of electrons with a series of simulations.
Geometrization of quantum mechanics
T. W. B. Kibble
1979-01-01
Quantum mechanics is cast into a classical Hamiltonian form in terms of a symplectic structure, not on the Hilbert space of state-vectors but on the more physically relevant infinite-dimensional manifold of instantaneous pure states. This geometrical structure can accommodate generalizations of quantum mechanics, including the nonlinear relativistic models recently proposed. It is shown that any such generalization satisfying a few
Covariant quantum mechanics and quantum symmetries
JanyÂ?ka, Josef
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
Quantum mechanical effects from deformation theory
Much, A. [Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, 04103 Leipzig, Germany and Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Leipzig, 04009 Leipzig (Germany)] [Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, 04103 Leipzig, Germany and Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Leipzig, 04009 Leipzig (Germany)
2014-02-15
We consider deformations of quantum mechanical operators by using the novel construction tool of warped convolutions. The deformation enables us to obtain several quantum mechanical effects where electromagnetic and gravitomagnetic fields play a role. Furthermore, a quantum plane can be defined by using the deformation techniques. This in turn gives an experimentally verifiable effect.
Quantum mechanics from classical statistics
Wetterich, C. [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Universitaet Heidelberg, Philosophenweg 16, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany)], E-mail: c.wetterich@thphys.uni-heidelberg.de
2010-04-15
Quantum mechanics can emerge from classical statistics. A typical quantum system describes an isolated subsystem of a classical statistical ensemble with infinitely many classical states. The state of this subsystem can be characterized by only a few probabilistic observables. Their expectation values define a density matrix if they obey a 'purity constraint'. Then all the usual laws of quantum mechanics follow, including Heisenberg's uncertainty relation, entanglement and a violation of Bell's inequalities. No concepts beyond classical statistics are needed for quantum physics - the differences are only apparent and result from the particularities of those classical statistical systems which admit a quantum mechanical description. Born's rule for quantum mechanical probabilities follows from the probability concept for a classical statistical ensemble. In particular, we show how the non-commuting properties of quantum operators are associated to the use of conditional probabilities within the classical system, and how a unitary time evolution reflects the isolation of the subsystem. As an illustration, we discuss a classical statistical implementation of a quantum computer.
An introduction to quantum probability, quantum mechanics, and quantum computation
Thomases, Becca
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
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 of statistical mechanical methods allows useful statements to be made about the average complexity of various
Lahiri, A.; Roy, P.K.; Bagchi, B. (Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Calcutta)
1989-02-01
Using the ladder operator technique, a construction of the supersymmetric Hamiltonian is proposed. The authors show that the accidental degeneracies associated with the Coulomb and isotropic oscillator problems may be attributed to the existence of a supersymmetry of the Hamiltonians.
Quantum Mechanics Without Observers
W. H. Sulis
2013-03-03
The measurement problem and the role of observers have plagued quantum mechanics since its conception. Attempts to resolve these have introduced anthropomorphic or non-realist notions into physics. A shift of perspective based upon process theory and utilizing methods from combinatorial games, interpolation theory and complex systems theory results in a novel realist version of quantum mechanics incorporating quasi-local, nondeterministic hidden variables that are compatible with the no-hidden variable theorems and relativistic invariance, and reproduce the standard results of quantum mechanics to a high degree of accuracy without invoking observers.
Kapustin, Anton [California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)] [California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States)
2013-06-15
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.
Principles of Quantum Mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Landé, Alfred
2013-10-01
Preface; Introduction: 1. Observation and interpretation; 2. Difficulties of the classical theories; 3. The purpose of quantum theory; Part I. Elementary Theory of Observation (Principle of Complementarity): 4. Refraction in inhomogeneous media (force fields); 5. Scattering of charged rays; 6. Refraction and reflection at a plane; 7. Absolute values of momentum and wave length; 8. Double ray of matter diffracting light waves; 9. Double ray of matter diffracting photons; 10. Microscopic observation of ? (x) and ? (p); 11. Complementarity; 12. Mathematical relation between ? (x) and ? (p) for free particles; 13. General relation between ? (q) and ? (p); 14. Crystals; 15. Transition density and transition probability; 16. Resultant values of physical functions; matrix elements; 17. Pulsating density; 18. General relation between ? (t) and ? (?); 19. Transition density; matrix elements; Part II. The Principle of Uncertainty: 20. Optical observation of density in matter packets; 21. Distribution of momenta in matter packets; 22. Mathematical relation between ? and ?; 23. Causality; 24. Uncertainty; 25. Uncertainty due to optical observation; 26. Dissipation of matter packets; rays in Wilson Chamber; 27. Density maximum in time; 28. Uncertainty of energy and time; 29. Compton effect; 30. Bothe-Geiger and Compton-Simon experiments; 31. Doppler effect; Raman effect; 32. Elementary bundles of rays; 33. Jeans' number of degrees of freedom; 34. Uncertainty of electromagnetic field components; Part III. The Principle of Interference and Schrödinger's equation: 35. Physical functions; 36. Interference of probabilities for p and q; 37. General interference of probabilities; 38. Differential equations for ?p (q) and Xq (p); 39. Differential equation for ?? (q); 40. The general probability amplitude ??' (Q); 41. Point transformations; 42. General theorem of interference; 43. Conjugate variables; 44. Schrödinger's equation for conservative systems; 45. Schrödinger's equation for non-conservative systems; 46. Pertubation theory; 47. Orthogonality, normalization and Hermitian conjugacy; 48. General matrix elements; Part IV. The Principle of Correspondence: 49. Contact transformations in classical mechanics; 50. Point transformations; 51. Contact transformations in quantum mechanics; 52. Constants of motion and angular co-ordinates; 53. Periodic orbits; 54. De Broglie and Schrödinger function; correspondence to classical mechanics; 55. Packets of probability; 56. Correspondence to hydrodynamics; 57. Motion and scattering of wave packets; 58. Formal correspondence between classical and quantum mechanics; Part V. Mathematical Appendix: Principle of Invariance: 59. The general theorem of transformation; 60. Operator calculus; 61. Exchange relations; three criteria for conjugacy; 62. First method of canonical transformation; 63. Second method of canonical transformation; 64. Proof of the transformation theorem; 65. Invariance of the matrix elements against unitary transformations; 66. Matrix mechanics; Index of literature; Index of names and subjects.
Contextual Deterministic Quantum Mechanics
S. M. Roy
1999-08-18
We present a simple proof of quantum contextuality for a spinless particle with a one dimensional configuration space. We then discuss how the maximally realistic deterministic quantum mechanics recently constructed by this author and V. Singh can be applied to different contexts.
W G Unruh
2006-01-01
Quantum mechanics is one of the most successful theoretical structures in all of science. Developed between 1925-26 to explain the optical spectrum of atoms, the theory over the succeeding 80 years has been extended, first to quantum field theories, gauge field theories, and now even string theory. It is used every day by thousands of physicists to calculate physical phenomena
Heat Transfer Operators Associated with Quantum Operations
Ç. Aksak; S. Turgut
2011-04-14
Any quantum operation applied on a physical system is performed as a unitary transformation on a larger extended system. If the extension used is a heat bath in thermal equilibrium, the concomitant change in the state of the bath necessarily implies a heat exchange with it. The dependence of the average heat transferred to the bath on the initial state of the system can then be found from the expectation value of a hermitian operator, which is named as the heat transfer operator (HTO). The purpose of this article is the investigation of the relation between the HTOs and the associated quantum operations. Since, any given quantum operation on a system can be realized by different baths and unitaries, many different HTOs are possible for each quantum operation. On the other hand, there are also strong restrictions on the HTOs which arise from the unitarity of the transformations. The most important of these is the Landauer erasure principle. This article is concerned with the question of finding a complete set of restrictions on the HTOs that are associated with a given quantum operation. An answer to this question has been found only for a subset of quantum operations. For erasure operations, these characterizations are equivalent to the generalized Landauer erasure principle. For the case of generic quantum operations however, it appears that the HTOs obey further restrictions which cannot be obtained from the entropic restrictions of the generalized Landauer erasure principle.
Heinosaari, Teiko [Turku Centre for Quantum Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku (Finland); Jivulescu, Maria A. [Department of Mathematics, University Politehnica Timisoara, 300006 Timisoara (Romania); Reeb, David; Wolf, Michael M. [Department of Mathematics, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, 85748 Garching (Germany)
2012-10-15
For a given set of input-output pairs of quantum states or observables, we ask the question whether there exists a physically implementable transformation that maps each of the inputs to the corresponding output. The physical maps on quantum states are trace-preserving completely positive maps, but we also consider variants of these requirements. We generalize the definition of complete positivity to linear maps defined on arbitrary subspaces, then formulate this notion as a semidefinite program, and relate it by duality to approximative extensions of this map. This gives a characterization of the maps which can be approximated arbitrarily well as the restriction of a map that is completely positive on the whole algebra, also yielding the familiar extension theorems on operator spaces. For quantum channel extensions and extensions by probabilistic operations we obtain semidefinite characterizations, and we also elucidate the special case of Abelian inputs or outputs. Finally, revisiting a theorem by Alberti and Uhlmann, we provide simpler and more widely applicable conditions for certain extension problems on qubits, and by using a semidefinite programming formulation we exhibit counterexamples to seemingly reasonable but false generalizations of the Alberti-Uhlmann theorem.
Beyond conventional quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Ghirardi, C.
1991-10-01
The author reviews some recent attempts to overcome the conceptual difficulties encountered by trying to interpret quantum mechanics as giving a complete, objective and unified description of natural phenomena.
Projection operator method in quantum-mechanical many-particle system
M. Nakamura
1983-01-01
Summary The projection operator method is proposed for a microscopic description of collective motions in the many-body problem. This\\u000a method enables us to systematically separate the motions of many-particle systems into two dynamically independent parts,i.e. the collective part and the intrinsic part, without finding the intrinsic variables and also without using the method of\\u000a redundant variables. In our formalism, the intrinsic
Orthodox Quantum Mechanics Free from Paradoxes
Rodrigo Medina
2005-08-02
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.
Quantum Mechanics From the Cradle?
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Martin, John L.
1974-01-01
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)
PT symmetry in relativistic quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bender, Carl M.; Mannheim, Philip D.
2011-11-01
In nonrelativistic quantum mechanics and in relativistic quantum field theory, the time coordinate t is a parameter and thus the time-reversal operator T does not actually reverse the sign of t. In contrast, in the five-dimensional approach to relativistic quantum mechanics introduced by Feynman, time t is a quantum-mechanical operator. In this paper it is shown how one can use this five-dimensional approach to extend T and PT symmetry from nonrelativistic to relativistic quantum mechanics and implement time-reversal as an operation that effects TtT=-t just as P effects PxP=-x, with PT thus effecting PTx?PT=-x?. Some illustrative relativistic quantum-mechanical models are constructed whose associated Hamiltonians are non-Hermitian but PT symmetric, and it is shown that for each such Hamiltonian the energy eigenvalues are all real.
Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics with Reflections
Post, S; Zhedanov, A
2011-01-01
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.
Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics with Reflections
S. Post; L. Vinet; A. Zhedanov
2011-08-09
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.
Quantum Ballistic Evolution in Quantum Mechanics: Application to Quantum Computers
Paul Benioff
1996-05-15
Quantum computers are important examples of processes whose evolution can be described in terms of iterations of single step operators or their adjoints. Based on this, Hamiltonian evolution of processes with associated step operators $T$ is investigated here. The main limitation of this paper is to processes which evolve quantum ballistically, i.e. motion restricted to a collection of nonintersecting or distinct paths on an arbitrary basis. The main goal of this paper is proof of a theorem which gives necessary and sufficient conditions that T must satisfy so that there exists a Hamiltonian description of quantum ballistic evolution for the process, namely, that T is a partial isometry and is orthogonality preserving and stable on some basis. Simple examples of quantum ballistic evolution for quantum Turing machines with one and with more than one type of elementary step are discussed. It is seen that for nondeterministic machines the basis set can be quite complex with much entanglement present. It is also proved that, given a step operator T for an arbitrary deterministic quantum Turing machine, it is decidable if T is stable and orthogonality preserving, and if quantum ballistic evolution is possible. The proof fails if T is a step operator for a nondeterministic machine. It is an open question if such a decision procedure exists for nondeterministic machines. This problem does not occur in classical mechanics.
Fan Hongyi [Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030 (China); Department of Material Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)], E-mail: fhym@sjtu.edu.cn
2008-06-15
We show that Newton-Leibniz integration over Dirac's ket-bra projection operators with continuum variables, which can be performed by the technique of integration within ordered product (IWOP) of operators [Hong-yi Fan, Hai-liang Lu, Yue Fan, Ann. Phys. 321 (2006) 480], can directly recast density operators and generalized Wigner operators into normally ordered bivariate-normal-distribution form, which has resemblance in statistics. In this way the phase space formalism of quantum mechanics can be developed. The Husimi operator, entangled Husimi operator and entangled Wigner operator for entangled particles with different masses are naturally introduced by virtue of the IWOP technique, and their physical meanings are explained.
Nonlocality beyond quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Popescu, Sandu
2014-04-01
Nonlocality is the most characteristic feature of quantum mechanics, but recent research seems to suggest the possible existence of nonlocal correlations stronger than those predicted by theory. This raises the question of whether nature is in fact more nonlocal than expected from quantum theory or, alternatively, whether there could be an as yet undiscovered principle limiting the strength of nonlocal correlations. Here, I review some of the recent directions in the intensive theoretical effort to answer this question.
Probability in Quantum Mechanics
Abner Shimony
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
NSDL National Science Digital Library
Zollman, Dean
The Kansas State University Visual Quantum Mechanics project is developing instructional materials about quantum physics for high school and college students. Instructional units and/or courses are being created for high school and college non-science students, pre-medical and biology students, and science and engineering majors. Each set of the teaching-learning materials integrates interactive visualizations with inexpensive materials and written documents in an activity-based environment.
METHODOLOGICAL NOTES: Conceptual problems in quantum mechanics
V. P. Demutskii; R. V. Polovin
1992-01-01
This review is devoted to a discussion of the interpretation of quantum mechanics. The heuristic role and limitations of the principle of observability and of operationalism are discussed. It is shown that the probabilistic approach to quantum mechanics is essential as a way of reconciling the conflicting concepts of particle and wave. The reason why the reduction of the wave
W. Chagas-Filho
2009-05-11
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.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cufaro-Petroni, N.; Dewdney, C.; Holland, P.; Kyprianidis, T.; Vigier, J. P.
1985-09-01
The deduction by Guerra and Marra of the usual quantum operator algebra from a canonical variable Hamiltonian treatment of Nelson's hydrodynamical stochastic description of real nonrelativistic Schrödinger waves is extended to the causal stochastic interpretation given by Guerra and Ruggiero and by Vigier of relativistic Klein-Gordon waves. A specific representation shows that the Poisson brackets for canonical hydrodynamical observables become ``averages'' of quantum observables in the given state. Stochastic quantization thus justifies the standard procedure of replacing the classical particle (or field) observables with operators according to the scheme p?-->-i??? and L??-->-i?(x???-x???).
Quantum Mechanics in Phase Space
Ali Mohammad Nassimi
2008-06-11
The basics of the Wigner formulation of Quantum-Mechanics and few related interpretational issues are presented in a simple language. This formulation has extensive applications in Quantum Optics and in Mixed Quantum-Classical formulations.
Argyris Nicolaidis
2012-11-09
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.
Quantum Mechanics and Gravitation
A. Westphal
2003-04-08
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.
Fan Hongyi [Department of Material Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030 (China)], E-mail: fhym@sjtu.edu.cn
2008-02-15
We show that the technique of integration within normal ordering of operators [Hong-yi Fan, Hai-liang Lu, Yue Fan, Ann. Phys. 321 (2006) 480-494] applied to tackling Newton-Leibniz integration over ket-bra projection operators, can be generalized to the technique of integration within Weyl ordered product (IWWOP) of operators. The Weyl ordering symbol is introduced to find the Wigner operator's Weyl ordering form {delta}(p,q) = {delta}(p - P){delta}(q - Q) , and to find operators' Weyl ordered expansion formula. A remarkable property is that Weyl ordering of operators is covariant under similarity transformation, so it has many applications in quantum statistics and signal analysis. Thus the invention of the IWWOP technique promotes the progress of Dirac's symbolic method.
Physicalism versus quantum mechanics
Henry P. Stapp
2008-03-11
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.
On Randomness in Quantum Mechanics
Alberto C. de la Torre
2007-07-19
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.
Quantum Mechanical Models of Solids
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Heggie, Malcom
This web site contains the class notes for a course on Quantum Mechanical Models of Solids. Topics cover basic quantum mechanics, crystallography, exchange-correlation, metals, and semiconductors. The site also includes a list of useful books and references.
TRANSIENT QUANTUM MECHANICAL PROCESSES
L. COLLINS; J. KRESS; R. WALKER
1999-07-01
Our principal objective has centered on the development of sophisticated computational techniques to solve the time-dependent Schroedinger equation that governs the evolution of quantum mechanical systems. We have perfected two complementary methods, discrete variable representation and real space product formula, that show great promise in solving these complicated temporal problems. We have applied these methods to the interaction of laser light with molecules with the intent of not only investigating the basic mechanisms but also devising schemes for actually controlling the outcome of microscopic processes. Lasers now exist that produce pulses of such short duration as to probe a molecular process many times within its characteristic period--allowing the actual observation of an evolving quantum mechanical system. We have studied the potassium dimer as an example and found agreement with experimental changes in the intermediate state populations as a function of laser frequency--a simple control prescription. We have also employed elaborate quantum chemistry programs to improve the accuracy of basic input such as bound-bound and bound-free coupling moments. These techniques have far-ranging applicability; for example, to trapped quantum systems at very low temperatures such as Bose-Einstein condensates.
Geometrizing Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Falciano, F. T.; Novello, M.; Salim, J. M.
2010-12-01
We propose a new approach to describe quantum mechanics as a manifestation of non-Euclidean geometry. In particular, we construct a new geometrical space that we shall call Qwist. A Qwist space has a extra scalar degree of freedom that ultimately will be identified with quantum effects. The geometrical properties of Qwist allow us to formulate a geometrical version of the uncertainty principle. This relativistic uncertainty relation unifies the position-momentum and time-energy uncertainty principles in a unique relation that recover both of them in the non-relativistic limit.
Quantum Strategies and Local Operations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gutoski, Gus
2010-02-01
This thesis is divided into two parts. In Part I we introduce a new formalism for quantum strategies, which specify the actions of one party in any multi-party interaction involving the exchange of multiple quantum messages among the parties. This formalism associates with each strategy a single positive semidefinite operator acting only upon the tensor product of the input and output message spaces for the strategy. We establish three fundamental properties of this new representation for quantum strategies and we list several applications, including a quantum version of von Neumann's celebrated 1928 Min-Max Theorem for zero-sum games and an efficient algorithm for computing the value of such a game. In Part II we establish several properties of a class of quantum operations that can be implemented locally with shared quantum entanglement or classical randomness. In particular, we establish the existence of a ball of local operations with shared randomness lying within the space spanned by the no-signaling operations and centred at the completely noisy channel. The existence of this ball is employed to prove that the weak membership problem for local operations with shared entanglement is strongly NP-hard. We also provide characterizations of local operations in terms of linear functionals that are positive and "completely" positive on a certain cone of Hermitian operators, under a natural notion of complete positivity appropriate to that cone. We end the thesis with a discussion of the properties of no-signaling quantum operations.
Probabilistic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Brigitte Falkenburg; Peter Mittelstaedt
The probabilistic interpretation of quantum mechanics is based on Born's 1926 papers and von Neumann's formal account of quantum\\u000a mechanics in ? Hilbert space. According to Max Born (1882–1970), the quantum mechanical ? wave function ? does not have any\\u000a direct physical meaning, whereas its square ???2 is a probability [1] ? Born rule, probability in quantum mechanics. According to
Nonlinear Boundaries in Quantum Mechanics
Arthur Davidson
2011-08-01
Based on empirical evidence, quantum systems appear to be strictly linear and gauge invariant. This work uses concise mathematics to show that quantum eigenvalue equations on a one dimensional ring can either be gauge invariant or have a linear boundary condition, but not both. Further analysis shows that non-linear boundaries for the ring restore gauge invariance but lead unexpectedly to eigenfunctions with a continuous eigenvalue spectrum, a discreet subset of which forms a Hilbert space with energy bands. This Hilbert space maintains the principle of superposition of eigenfunctions despite the nonlinearity. The momentum operator remains Hermitian. If physical reality requires gauge invariance, it would appear that quantum mechanics should incorporate these nonlinear boundary conditions.
Optimal discrimination between quantum operations
Lvzhou Li; Daowen Qiu
2007-05-17
In this paper, we address the problem of discriminating two given quantum operations. Firstly, based on the Bloch representation of single qubit systems, we give the exact minimum error probability of discriminating two single qubit quantum operations by unentangled input states. In particular, for the Pauli channels discussed in [Phys. Rev. A {\\bf 71}, 062340 (2005)], we use a more intuitional and visual method to deal with their discrimination problem. Secondly, we consider the condition for perfect discrimination of two quantum operations. Specially, we get that two generalized Pauli channels are perfectly distinguishable if and only if their characteristic vectors are orthogonal.
Quantum transfer operators and quantum scattering
Stéphane Nonnenmacher
2010-01-22
These notes describe a new method to investigate the spectral properties if quantum scattering Hamiltonians, developed in collaboration with J. Sj\\"ostrand and M.Zworski. This method consists in constructing a family of "quantized transfer operators" $\\{M(z,h)\\}$ associated with a classical Poincar\\'e section near some fixed classical energy E. These operators are finite dimensional, and have the structure of "open quantum maps". In the semiclassical limit, the family $\\{M(z,h)\\}$ encode the quantum dynamics near the energy E. In particular, the quantum resonances of the form $E+z$, for $z=O(h)$, are obtained as the roots of $\\det(1-M(z,h))=0$.
Compton Operator in Quantum Electrodynamics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Garcia, Hector Luna; Garcia, Luz Maria
2015-01-01
In the frame in the quantum electrodynamics exist four basic operators; the electron self-energy, vacuum polarization, vertex correction, and the Compton operator. The first three operators are very important by its relation with renormalized and Ward identity. However, the Compton operator has equal importance, but without divergence, and little attention has been given it. We have calculated the Compton operator and obtained the closed expression for it in the frame of dimensionally continuous integration and hypergeometric functions.
Aalok Pandya
2009-01-19
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.
Quantum Mechanics and Multiply Connected Spaces
B. G. Sidharth
2006-05-16
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.
Quantum Mechanics and the Generalized Uncertainty Principle
Jang Young Bang; Micheal S. Berger
2006-11-30
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.
Quantum mechanics and the generalized uncertainty principle
Bang, Jang Young; Berger, Micheal S. [Physics Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405 (United States)
2006-12-15
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.
Nonlinear friction in quantum mechanics
Roumen Tsekov
2013-03-10
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.
Logical foundation of quantum mechanics
E. W. Stachow; Theoretische Physik
1980-01-01
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
Gaussian effective potential: Quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stevenson, P. M.
1984-10-01
We advertise the virtues of the Gaussian effective potential (GEP) as a guide to the behavior of quantum field theories. Much superior to the usual one-loop effective potential, the GEP is a natural extension of intuitive notions familiar from quantum mechanics. A variety of quantum-mechanical examples are studied here, with an eye to field-theoretic analogies. Quantum restoration of symmetry, dynamical mass generation, and "quantum-mechanical resuscitation" are among the phenomena discussed. We suggest how the GEP could become the basis of a systematic approximation procedure. A companion paper will deal with scalar field theory.
Advanced Concepts in Quantum Mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Esposito, Giampiero; Marmo, Giuseppe; Miele, Gennaro; Sudarshan, George
2014-11-01
Preface; 1. Introduction: the need for a quantum theory; 2. Experimental foundations of quantum theory; 3. Waves and particles; 4. Schrödinger picture, Heisenberg picture and probabilistic aspects; 5. Integrating the equations of motion; 6. Elementary applications: 1-dimensional problems; 7. Elementary applications: multidimensional problems; 8. Coherent states and related formalism; 9. Introduction to spin; 10. Symmetries in quantum mechanics; 11. Approximation methods; 12. Modern pictures of quantum mechanics; 13. Formulations of quantum mechanics and their physical implications; 14. Exam problems; Glossary of geometric concepts; References; Index.
The parity operator in quantum optical metrology
Christopher C. Gerry; Jihane Mimih
2010-07-04
Photon number states are assigned a parity of if their photon number is even and a parity of if odd. The parity operator, which is minus one to the power of the photon number operator, is a Hermitian operator and thus a quantum mechanical observable though it has no classical analog, the concept being meaningless in the context of classical light waves. In this paper we review work on the application of the parity operator to the problem of quantum metrology for the detection of small phase shifts with quantum optical interferometry using highly entangled field states such as the so-called N00N states, and states obtained by injecting twin Fock states into a beam splitter. With such states and with the performance of parity measurements on one of the output beams of the interferometer, one can breach the standard quantum limit, or shot-noise limit, of sensitivity down to the Heisenberg limit, the greatest degree of phase sensitivity allowed by quantum mechanics for linear phase shifts. Heisenberg limit sensitivities are expected to eventually play an important role in attempts to detect gravitational waves in interferometric detection systems such as LIGO and VIRGO.
On the missing axiom of Quantum Mechanics
Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano
2005-07-30
The debate on the nature of quantum probabilities in relation to Quantum Non Locality has elevated Quantum Mechanics to the level of an "Operational Epistemic Theory". In such context the quantum superposition principle has an extraneous non epistemic nature. This leads us to seek purely operational foundations for Quantum Mechanics, from which to derive the current mathematical axiomatization based on Hilbert spaces. In the present work I present a set of axioms of purely operational nature, based on a general definition of "the experiment", the operational/epistemic archetype of information retrieval from reality. As we will see, this starting point logically entails a series of notions [state, conditional state, local state, pure state, faithful state, instrument, propensity (i.e. "effect"), dynamical and informational equivalence, dynamical and informational compatibility, predictability, discriminability, programmability, locality, a-causality, rank of the state, maximally chaotic state, maximally entangled state, informationally complete propensity, etc. ], along with a set of rules (addition, convex combination, partial orderings, ...), which, far from being of quantum origin as often considered, instead constitute the universal "syntactic manual" of the operational/epistemic approach. The missing ingredient is, of course, the quantum superposition axiom for probability amplitudes: for this I propose some substitute candidates of purely operational/epistemic nature.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Jones, Robert
2011-03-01
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.
Is quantum field theory a generalization of quantum mechanics?
A. V. Stoyanovsky
2009-09-10
We construct a mathematical model analogous to quantum field theory, but without the notion of vacuum and without measurable physical quantities. This model is a direct mathematical generalization of scattering theory in quantum mechanics to path integrals with multidimensional trajectories (whose mathematical interpretation has been given in a previous paper). In this model the normal ordering of operators in the Fock space is replaced by the Weyl-Moyal algebra. This model shows to be useful in proof of various results in quantum field theory: one first proves these results in the mathematical model and then "translates" them into the usual language of quantum field theory by more or less "ugly" procedures.
Entanglement and Collective Quantum Operations
Anthony Chefles; Claire R. Gilson; Stephen M. Barnett
2000-06-16
We show how shared entanglement, together with classical communication and local quantum operations, can be used to perform an arbitrary collective quantum operation upon N spatially-separated qubits. A simple teleportation-based protocol for achieving this, which requires 2(N-1) ebits of shared, bipartite entanglement and 4(N-1) classical bits, is proposed. In terms of the total required entanglement, this protocol is shown to be optimal for even N in both the asymptotic limit and for `one-shot' applications.
Quantum mechanics probes superspace
S. Nicolis
2014-05-05
We study quantum mechanics in one space dimension in the stochastic formalism. We show that the partition function of the theory is, in fact, equivalent to that of a model, whose action is explicitly invariant (up to surface terms) under supersymmetry transformations--but whose invariance under the stochastic identities is not obvious, due to an apparent mismatch between fermions and bosons. The resolution of the riddle is that one "fermion" is a gauge artifact and, upon fixing the local, fermionic symmetry, called $\\kappa-$symmetry, we recover the stochastic partition function. The "fermions" do not propagate in the bulk, since their kinetic term is a total derivative. Their contribution to the action is through an ultra--local bilinear term, that may be exactly integrated out, as long as the superpotential has a unique minimum and we obtain a local action for the scalar. When the superpotential does not have a unique minimum, we use a Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation of the kinetic term to obtain an action in terms of the Fourier transform of the velocity, a kind of duality transformation. The classical particle thus moves in a medium of dipoles, that parametrize the quantum fluctuations and the classical trajectory $\\phi(\\tau)$, becomes a chiral superfield, $(\\phi(\\tau),\\psi_\\alpha(\\tau),F(\\tau))$, when quantum effects are taken into account. The observable superpartner of the scalar, however, is the fermion bilinear and thus, while supersymmetry may be realized, the observable partner excitations are not degenerate in mass. We compute the stochastic identities of the auxiliary field, using a lattice regularization of the equivalent "bosonic" action, for the case of a superpotential with a single minimum. We show that the lattice action can be expressed as an ultra--local functional of the auxiliary field, up to terms that vanish with the lattice spacing.
Bender, Carl M; DeKieviet, Maarten; Klevansky, S P
2013-04-28
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
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Geva, Eitan; Kosloff, Ronnie
1992-02-01
The finite-time operation of a quantum-mechanical heat engine with a working fluid consisting of many noninteracting spin-1/2 systems is considered. The engine is driven by an external, time-dependent and nonrotating magnetic field. The cycle of operation consists of two adiabats and two isotherms. The analysis is based on the time derivatives of the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Explicit relations linking quantum observables to thermodynamic quantities are developed. The irreversible operation of this engine is studied in three cases: (1) The sudden limit, where the performance is found to be the same as that of the spin analog of the Otto cycle. This case provides the lower bound of efficiency. (2) The step-cycle operation scheme. Here, the optimization of power is carried out in the high-temperature limit (the ``classical'' limit). The results obtained are similar to those of Andresen et al. [Phys. Rev. A 15, 2086 (1977)]. (3) The Curzon-Ahlborn operation scheme. The semigroup approach is used to model the dynamics. Then the power production is optimized. All the results obtained for Newtonian engines operating by the same scheme, such as the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency, apply in the high-temperature limit. These results are obtained without the additional assumption of proximity to thermal equilibrium, implicitly implied by the use of Newtonian heat conduction in the original derivation. It seems that the results of the Curzon-Ahlborn analysis are always obtained in the high-temperature limit, irrespective of the details of the model. The performance beyond the classical limit is optimized numerically. The classical approximation is found to be valid for most of the spin-polarization range. The deviations from the classical limit depend heavily upon the specific nature of both the working fluid and the heat baths and exhibit great diversity and complexity.
Timelines and Quantum Time Operators
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Moyer, Curt A.
2015-04-01
The failure of conventional quantum theory to recognize time as an observable and to admit time operators is addressed. Instead of focusing on the existence of a time operator for a given Hamiltonian, we emphasize the role of the Hamiltonian as the generator of translations in time to construct time states. Taken together, these states constitute what we call a timeline. Such timelines are adequate for the representation of any physical state, and appear to exist even for the semi-bounded and discrete Hamiltonian systems ruled out by Pauli's theorem. However, the step from a timeline to a valid time operator requires additional assumptions that are not always met. Still, this approach illuminates the issues surrounding the construction of time operators, and establishes timelines as legitimate alternatives to the familiar coordinate and momentum bases of standard quantum theory.
Timelines and Quantum Time Operators
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Moyer, Curt A.
2015-02-01
The failure of conventional quantum theory to recognize time as an observable and to admit time operators is addressed. Instead of focusing on the existence of a time operator for a given Hamiltonian, we emphasize the role of the Hamiltonian as the generator of translations in time to construct time states. Taken together, these states constitute what we call a timeline. Such timelines are adequate for the representation of any physical state, and appear to exist even for the semi-bounded and discrete Hamiltonian systems ruled out by Pauli's theorem. However, the step from a timeline to a valid time operator requires additional assumptions that are not always met. Still, this approach illuminates the issues surrounding the construction of time operators, and establishes timelines as legitimate alternatives to the familiar coordinate and momentum bases of standard quantum theory.
Invariance in adelic quantum mechanics
Branko Dragovich
2006-12-07
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.
QUANTUM MECHANICS WITHOUT STATISTICAL POSTULATES
G. GEIGER; ET AL
2000-11-01
The Bohmian formulation of quantum mechanics describes the measurement process in an intuitive way without a reduction postulate. Due to the chaotic motion of the hidden classical particle all statistical features of quantum mechanics during a sequence of repeated measurements can be derived in the framework of a deterministic single system theory.
Optimal discrimination of quantum operations
Massimiliano F. Sacchi
2005-05-24
We address the problem of discriminating with minimal error probability two given quantum operations. We show that the use of entangled input states generally improves the discrimination. For Pauli channels we provide a complete comparison of the optimal strategies where either entangled or unentangled input states are used.
Multiverse interpretation of quantum mechanics
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Bousso, Raphael; Susskind, Leonard
2012-02-01
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.
Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates
Jeffrey Bub
2013-01-08
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.
Classical and Quantum Mechanical Waves
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Riley, Lewis
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.
Quantum mechanics as applied mathematical statistics
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
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.
Decoherence in quantum mechanics and quantum cosmology
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Hartle, James B.
1992-01-01
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.
Quantum Phase and Quantum Phase Operators: Some Physics and Some History
Michael Martin Nieto
1993-04-08
After reviewing the role of phase in quantum mechanics, I discuss, with the aid of a number of unpublished documents, the development of quantum phase operators in the 1960's. Interwoven in the discussion are the critical physics questions of the field: Are there (unique) quantum phase operators and are there quantum systems which can determine their nature? I conclude with a critique of recent proposals which have shed new light on the problem.
Quantum duality, unbounded operators, and inductive limits
Dosi, Anar [Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Guzelyurt, KKTC, Mersin 10 (Turkey)
2010-06-15
In this paper, we investigate the inductive limits of quantum normed (or operator) spaces. This construction allows us to treat the space of all noncommutative continuous functions over a quantum domain as a quantum (or local operator) space of all matrix continuous linear operators equipped with S-quantum topology. In particular, we classify all quantizations of the polynormed topologies compatible with the given duality proposing a noncommutative Arens-Mackey theorem. Further, the inductive limits of operator spaces are used to introduce locally compact and locally trace class unbounded operators on a quantum domain and prove the dual realization theorem for an abstract quantum space.
A Quantum Mechanical Travelling Salesman
Ravindra N. Rao
2011-08-23
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.
Scattering Relativity in Quantum Mechanics
Richard Shurtleff
2011-08-09
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.
Quantum Mechanics: Ontology Without Individuals
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da Costa, Newton; Lombardi, Olimpia
2014-12-01
The purpose of the present paper is to consider the traditional interpretive problems of quantum mechanics from the viewpoint of a modal ontology of properties. In particular, we will try to delineate a quantum ontology that (i) is modal, because describes the structure of the realm of possibility, and (ii) lacks the ontological category of individual. The final goal is to supply an adequate account of quantum non-individuality on the basis of this ontology.
Quantum Maps from Transfer Operators
E. B. Bogomolny; M. Carioli
1993-01-01
The Selberg zeta function i S (s) yields an exact relationship between theperiodic orbits of a fully chaotic Hamiltonian system (the geodesic flow onsurfaces of constant negative curvature) and the corresponding quantum system(the spectrum of the Laplace-Beltrami operator on the same manifold).It was found that for certain manifolds, i S (s) can be exactly rewritten as theFredholm-Grothendieck determinant det(1 \\\\GammaT
Unambiguous discrimination among quantum operations
Guoming Wang; Mingsheng Ying
2006-04-24
We address the problem of unambiguous discrimination among a given set of quantum operations. The necessary and sufficient condition for them to be unambiguously distinguishable is derived in the cases of single use and multiple uses respectively. For the latter case we explicitly construct the input states and corresponding measurements that accomplish the task. It is found that the introduction of entanglement can improve the discrimination.
From Quantum Mechanics to Thermodynamics?
Steinhoff, Heinz-JÃ¼rgen
From Quantum Mechanics to Thermodynamics? Dresden, 22.11.2004 Jochen Gemmer UniversitÂ¨at OsnabrÂ¨uck #12;Table of Contents Â· Motivation and perspective Â· Brief review of historical approaches to thermodynamical behavior Â· Quantum approach to thermodynamical behavior Â· The route to equilibrium Â· Summary
Free will and quantum mechanics
Antonio Di Lorenzo
2011-05-05
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.
Missing experiments in quantum mechanics
Miroslav Pardy
2008-01-16
We discuss the two-slit experiment and the Aharonov-Bohm (AB) experiment in the magnetic field. In such a case the electron moving in the magnetic field produces so called synchrotron radiation. In other words the photons are emitted from the points of the electron trajectory and it means that the trajectory of electron is visible in the synchrotron radiation spectrum. The axiomatic system of quantum mechanics does not enable to define the trajectory of the elementary particle. The two-slit experiment and AB experiment in a magnetic field was never performed and it means that they are the missing experiments of quantum mechanics. The extension of the discussion to the cosmical rays moving in the magnetic field of the Saturn magnetosphere and its rings is mentioned. It is related to the probe CASSINI. The solution of the problem in the framework of the hydrodynamical model of quantum mechanics and the nonlinear quantum mechanics is also mentioned.
Noncommutative Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Cosmology
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Bastos, Catarina; Bertolami, Orfeu; Dias, Nuno Costa; Prata, João Nuno
We present a phase-space noncommutative version of quantum mechanics and apply this extension to Quantum Cosmology. We motivate this type of noncommutative algebra through the gravitational quantum well (GQW) where the noncommutativity between momenta is shown to be relevant. We also discuss some qualitative features of the GQW such as the Berry phase. In the context of quantum cosmology we consider a Kantowski-Sachs cosmological model and obtain the Wheeler-DeWitt (WDW) equation for the noncommutative system through the ADM formalism and a suitable Seiberg-Witten (SW) map. The WDW equation is explicitly dependent on the noncommutative parameters, ? and ?. We obtain numerical solutions of the noncommutative WDW equation for different values of the noncommutative parameters. We conclude that the noncommutativity in the momenta sector leads to a damped wave function implying that this type of noncommmutativity can be relevant for a selection of possible initial states for the universe.
Towards Adelic Noncommutative Quantum Mechanics
Goran S. Djordjevic; Ljubiša Neši?
A motivation of using noncommutative and nonarchimedean geometry on very short distances is given. Besides some mathematical\\u000a preliminaries, we give a short introduction in adelic quantum mechanics. We also recall to basic ideas and tools embedded\\u000a in q-deformed and noncommutative quantum mechanics. A rather fundamental approach, called deformation quantization, is noted.\\u000a A few relations between noncommutativity and nonarchimedean spaces as
V. A. Fateev; R. De Pietri; E. Onofri
2004-07-13
A class of singular integral operators, encompassing two physically relevant cases arising in perturbative QCD and in classical fluid dynamics, is presented and analyzed. It is shown that three special values of the parameters allow for an exact eigenfunction expansion; these can be associated to Riemannian symmetric spaces of rank one with positive, negative or vanishing curvature. For all other cases an accurate semiclassical approximation is derived, based on the identification of the operators with a peculiar Schroedinger-like operator.
Quantum Mechanics in Insulators
Aeppli, G. [London Centre for Nanotechnology, 17-19 Gordon Street, London (United Kingdom); Department of Physics and Astronomy, University College of London, London (United Kingdom)
2009-08-20
Atomic physics is undergoing a large revival because of the possibility of trapping and cooling ions and atoms both for individual quantum control as well as collective quantum states, such as Bose-Einstein condensates. The present lectures start from the 'atomic' physics of isolated atoms in semiconductors and insulators and proceed to coupling them together to yield magnets undergoing quantum phase transitions as well as displaying novel quantum states with no classical analogs. The lectures are based on: G.-Y. Xu et al., Science 317, 1049-1052 (2007); G. Aeppli, P. Warburton, C. Renner, BT Technology Journal, 24, 163-169 (2006); H. M. Ronnow et al., Science 308, 392-395 (2005) and N. Q. Vinh et al., PNAS 105, 10649-10653 (2008).
Time and the foundations of quantum mechanics
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Pashby, Thomas
Quantum mechanics has provided philosophers of science with many counterintuitive insights and interpretive puzzles, but little has been written about the role that time plays in the theory. One reason for this is the celebrated argument of Wolfgang Pauli against the inclusion of time as an observable of the theory, which has been seen as a demonstration that time may only enter the theory as a classical parameter. Against this orthodoxy I argue that there are good reasons to expect certain kinds of `time observables' to find a representation within quantum theory, including clock operators (which provide the means to measure the passage of time) and event time operators, which provide predictions for the time at which a particular event occurs, such as the appearance of a dot on a luminescent screen. I contend that these time operators deserve full status as observables of the theory, and on re ection provide a uniquely compelling reason to expand the set of observables allowed by the standard formalism of quantum mechanics. In addition, I provide a novel association of event time operators with conditional probabilities, and propose a temporally extended form of quantum theory to better accommodate the time of an event as an observable quantity. This leads to a proposal to interpret quantum theory within an event ontology, inspired by Bertrand Russell's Analysis of Matter. On this basis I mount a defense of Russell's relational theory of time against a recent attack.
A Euclidean formulation of relativistic quantum mechanics
Philip Kopp; Wayne Polyzou
2011-06-21
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.
Entangled state representations in noncommutative quantum mechanics
S. C. Jing; Q. Y. Liu; H. Y. Fan
2005-03-30
We introduce new representations to formulate quantum mechanics on noncommutative coordinate space, which explicitly display entanglement properties between degrees of freedom of different coordinate components and hence could be called entangled state representations. Furthermore, we derive unitary transformations between the new representations and the ordinary one used in noncommutative quantum mechanics (NCQM) and obtain eigenfunctions of some basic operators in these representations. To show the potential applications of the entangled state representations, a two-dimensional harmonic oscillator on the noncommutative plane with both coordinate-coordinate and momentum-momentum couplings is exactly solved.
Noncommutative Poisson boundaries of unital quantum operations
Lim, Bunrith Jacques [Institut de Recherche Mathematique de Rennes (IRMAR), Universite de Rennes 1 and CNRS (UMR 6625), 35042 Rennes Cedex (France)
2010-05-15
In this paper, Poisson boundaries of unital quantum operations (also called Markov operators) are investigated. In the case of unital quantum channels, compact operators belonging to Poisson boundaries are characterized. Using the characterization of amenable groups by the injectivity of their von Neumann algebras, we will answer negatively some conjectures appearing in the work of Arias et al. ['Fixed points of quantum operations', J. Math. Phys. 43, 5872 (2002)] about injectivity of the commuting algebra of the Kraus operators of unital quantum operations and their injective envelopes.
Ambiguous Discrimination of General Quantum Operations
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Li, Lü-Jun
2014-12-01
We consider the problem of discriminating general quantum operations. Using the definition of mapping operator to vector, and by some calculating skills, we derive an explicit formulation as a new bound on the minimum-error probability for ambiguous discrimination between arbitrary m quantum operations. This formulation consists only of Kraus-operators, the dimension, and the priori probabilities of the discriminated quantum operations, and is independent of input states. To some extent, we further generalize the bounds on the minimum-error probability for discriminating mixed states to quantum operations.
The Perfect Distinguishability of Quantum Operations
Runyao Duan; Yuan Feng; Mingsheng Ying
2009-08-03
We provide a feasible necessary and sufficient condition for when an unknown quantum operation (quantum device) secretely selected from a set of known quantum operations can be identified perfectly within a finite number of queries, and thus complete the characterization of the perfect distinguishability of quantum operations. We further design an optimal protocol which can achieve the perfect discrimination between two quantum operations by a minimal number of queries. Interestingly, employing the techniques from the theory of $q$-numerical range we find that an optimal perfect discrimination between two isometries is always achievable without using auxiliary systems or entanglement.
Adding control to arbitrary unknown quantum operations
Zhou, Xiao-Qi; Ralph, Timothy C.; Kalasuwan, Pruet; Zhang, Mian; Peruzzo, Alberto; Lanyon, Benjamin P.; O'Brien, Jeremy L.
2011-01-01
Although quantum computers promise significant advantages, the complexity of quantum algorithms remains a major technological obstacle. We have developed and demonstrated an architecture-independent technique that simplifies adding control qubits to arbitrary quantum operations—a requirement in many quantum algorithms, simulations and metrology. The technique, which is independent of how the operation is done, does not require knowledge of what the operation is, and largely separates the problems of how to implement a quantum operation in the laboratory and how to add a control. Here, we demonstrate an entanglement-based version in a photonic system, realizing a range of different two-qubit gates with high fidelity. PMID:21811242
Adding control to arbitrary unknown quantum operations.
Zhou, Xiao-Qi; Ralph, Timothy C; Kalasuwan, Pruet; Zhang, Mian; Peruzzo, Alberto; Lanyon, Benjamin P; O'Brien, Jeremy L
2011-01-01
Although quantum computers promise significant advantages, the complexity of quantum algorithms remains a major technological obstacle. We have developed and demonstrated an architecture-independent technique that simplifies adding control qubits to arbitrary quantum operations-a requirement in many quantum algorithms, simulations and metrology. The technique, which is independent of how the operation is done, does not require knowledge of what the operation is, and largely separates the problems of how to implement a quantum operation in the laboratory and how to add a control. Here, we demonstrate an entanglement-based version in a photonic system, realizing a range of different two-qubit gates with high fidelity. PMID:21811242
An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
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Hanlin, Heath
This Ohio State website provides an introduction to the principles of quantum mechanics as a supplement to the "discussion of hydrogen and many-electron orbitals commonly found in general chemistry text books." Users can find informative text and graphics explaining Classical Mechanics, uncertainty, Pauli Principle, stationary states, and much more. Through the tutorial, students can explore how physical objects can be perceived as both particles and waves. With the Macromedia Shockwave plug-in, visitors can hear discussions of the quantum mechanics topics covered.
What quantum computers may tell us about quantum mechanics
Monroe, Christopher
17 What quantum computers may tell us about quantum mechanics Christopher R. Monroe University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Quantum mechanics occupies a unique position in the history of science. It has sur successes of quantum mechanics, its foundations are often questioned, owing to the glaring difficulties
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Galvez, Enrique
This web site, authored by Enrique Galvez and Charles Holbrow of Colgate University, outlines a project to develop undergraduate physics labs that investigate quantum interference and entanglement with photons. The labs are designed for simplicity and low cost. A description of the lab set up, background information, and an article on the project are provided.
Optimal guidance law in quantum mechanics
Yang, Ciann-Dong, E-mail: cdyang@mail.ncku.edu.tw; Cheng, Lieh-Lieh, E-mail: leo8101@hotmail.com
2013-11-15
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.
Quantum Mechanics (QM) Measurement Package
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Belloni, Mario
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).
Large scale quantum mechanical enzymology
Lever, Greg
2014-10-07
for Physics were awarded to the predominant developers of the theory of quantum mechanics (QM). These laureates were Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Louis de Broglie, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schro¨dinger and Paul Dirac, in chronological order. In addition, Albert... Einstein’s significant contributions cannot go unmentioned. These theoretical insights laid the foundations for the quantum chemical approach that won Walter Kohn and John Pople the prize for Chemistry in 1998. Considering earlier works, Johannes Diderik...
Holism, Physical Theories and Quantum Mechanics
M. P. Seevinck
2005-02-04
Motivated by the question what it is that makes quantum mechanics a holistic theory (if so), I try to define for general physical theories what we mean by `holism'. For this purpose I propose an epistemological criterion to decide whether or not a physical theory is holistic, namely: a physical theory is holistic if and only if it is impossible in principle to infer the global properties, as assigned in the theory, by local resources available to an agent. I propose that these resources include at least all local operations and classical communication. This approach is contrasted with the well-known approaches to holism in terms of supervenience. The criterion for holism proposed here involves a shift in emphasis from ontology to epistemology. I apply this epistemological criterion to classical physics and Bohmian mechanics as represented on a phase and configuration space respectively, and for quantum mechanics (in the orthodox interpretation) using the formalism of general quantum operations as completely positive trace non-increasing maps. Furthermore, I provide an interesting example from which one can conclude that quantum mechanics is holistic in the above mentioned sense, although, perhaps surprisingly, no entanglement is needed.
QUANTUM MECHANICS AND DUALISM JEFFREY A. BARRETT
Stanford, Kyle
QUANTUM MECHANICS AND DUALISM JEFFREY A. BARRETT Abstract. The quantum measurement problem has led, and in a no-collapse formulation of quantum mechanics, a strong variety of dualism provides a way to account with Eugene Wigner's understanding of the standard collapse formulation of quantum mechanics. Two years prior
A Criterion for Holism in Quantum Mechanics
Seevinck, Michiel
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
A Criterion for Holism in Quantum Mechanics
Seevinck, Michiel
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
Quantum Mechanical Earth: Where Orbitals Become Orbits
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Keeports, David
2012-01-01
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…
Quantum mechanics from invariance laws
Florin Moldoveanu
2014-08-24
Quantum mechanics is an extremely successful theory of nature and yet it has resisted all attempts to date to have an intuitive axiomatization. In contrast, special theory of relativity is well understood and is rooted into natural or experimentally justified postulates. Here we show an axiomatization approach to quantum mechanics which is very similar with how special theory of relativity can be derived. The core idea is that of composing two systems and the fact that the composed system should have an invariant description in terms of dynamics. This leads to a Lie-Jordan algebraic formulation of quantum mechanics which can be converted into the usual Hilbert space formalism by the standard GNS construction. The starting assumptions are minimal: the existence of time and that of a configuration space which supports a tensor product as a way to compose two physical systems into a larger one.
WÃ¼thrich, Christian
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
Y. C. Huang; F. C. Ma; N. Zhang
2005-06-13
Classical statistical average values are generally generalized to average values of quantum mechanics, it is discovered that quantum mechanics is direct generalization of classical statistical mechanics, and we generally deduce both a new general continuous eigenvalue equation and a general discrete eigenvalue equation in quantum mechanics, and discover that a eigenvalue of quantum mechanics is just an extreme value of an operator in possibility distribution, the eigenvalue f is just classical observable quantity. A general classical statistical uncertain relation is further given, the general classical statistical uncertain relation is generally generalized to quantum uncertainty principle, the two lost conditions in classical uncertain relation and quantum uncertainty principle, respectively, are found. We generally expound the relations among uncertainty principle, singularity and condensed matter stability, discover that quantum uncertainty principle prevents from the appearance of singularity of the electromagnetic potential between nucleus and electrons, and give the failure conditions of quantum uncertainty principle. Finally, we discover that the classical limit of quantum mechanics is classical statistical mechanics, the classical statistical mechanics may further be degenerated to classical mechanics, and we discover that only saying that the classical limit of quantum mechanics is classical mechanics is mistake. As application examples, we deduce both Shrodinger equation and state superposition principle, deduce that there exist decoherent factor from a general mathematical representation of state superposition principle, and the consistent difficulty between statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics and determinant property of classical mechanics is overcome.
New Potentials for Old: The Darboux Transformation in Quantum Mechanics
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Williams, Brian Wesley; Celius, Tevye C.
2008-01-01
The Darboux transformation in quantum mechanics is reviewed at a basic level. Examples of how this transformation leads to exactly solvable potentials related to the "particle in a box" and the harmonic oscillator are shown in detail. The connection between the Darboux transformation and some modern operator based approaches to quantum mechanics…
Atomic quantum transistor based on swapping operation
Sergey A. Moiseev; Sergey N. Andrianov; Eugene S. Moiseev
2011-08-31
We propose an atomic quantum transistor based on exchange by virtual photons between two atomic systems through the control gate-atom. The quantum transistor is realized in two QED cavities coupled in nano-optical scheme. We have found novel effect in quantum dynamics of coupled three-node atomic system which provides control-SWAP(\\theta) processes in quantum transistor operation. New possibilities of quantum entanglement in an example of bright and dark qubit states have been demonstrated for quantum transport in the atomic chain. Potentialities of the proposed nano-optical design for quantum computing and fundamental issues of multi-atomic physics are also discussed.
CPT and Quantum Mechanics Tests with Kaons
Jose Bernabeu; John Ellis; Nick E. Mavromatos; Dimitri V. Nanopoulos; Joannis Papavassiliou
2006-07-28
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.
Quantum operation, quantum Fourier transform and semi-definite programming
Runyao Duan; Zhengfeng Ji; Yuan Feng; Mingsheng Ying
2003-12-25
We analyze a class of quantum operations based on a geometrical representation of $d-$level quantum system (or qudit for short). A sufficient and necessary condition of complete positivity, expressed in terms of the quantum Fourier transform, is found for this class of operations. A more general class of operations on qudits is also considered and its completely positive condition is reduced to the well-known semi-definite programming problem.
The quantum field theory interpretation of quantum mechanics
Alberto C. de la Torre
2015-03-02
It is shown that adopting the \\emph{Quantum Field} ---extended entity in space-time build by dynamic appearance propagation and annihilation of virtual particles--- as the primary ontology the astonishing features of quantum mechanics can be rendered intuitive. This interpretation of quantum mechanics follows from the formalism of the most successful theory in physics: quantum field theory.
Remarks on osmosis, quantum mechanics, and gravity
Carroll, Robert
2011-01-01
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.
Remarks on osmosis, quantum mechanics, and gravity
Robert Carroll
2011-04-03
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.
Quantum Mechanical Methods for Enzyme Kinetics
Jiali Gao; Donald G. Truhlar
2002-01-01
This review discusses methods for the incorporation of quantum mechanical effects into enzyme kinetics simulations in which the enzyme is an explicit part of the model. We emphasize three aspects: (a) use of quantum mechanical electronic structure methods such as molecular orbital theory and density functional theory, usually in conjunction with molecular mechanics; (b) treating vibrational motions quantum mechanically, either
Negative Observations in Quantum Mechanics
Douglas M. Snyder
1999-01-01
In quantum mechanics, it is possible to make observations that affect\\u000aphysical entities without there being a physical interaction between the\\u000aobserver and the physical entity measured. Epstein (1945) and Renninger (1960)\\u000adiscussed this situation, and Renninger called this type of observation a\\u000a\\
Renormalization group in quantum mechanics
Polony, J. [Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Louis Pasteur University, 3 rue de l`Universite, 67084 Strasbourg Cedex (France)] [Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Louis Pasteur University, 3 rue de l`Universite, 67084 Strasbourg Cedex (France); [Department of Atomic Physics, Lorand Eoelvos University, Puskin u 5-7, 1088 Budapest (Hungary)
1996-12-01
The running coupling constants are introduced in quantum mechanics and their evolution is described with the help of the renormalization group equation. The harmonic oscillator and the propagation on curved spaces are presented as examples. The Hamiltonian and the Lagrangian scaling relations are obtained. These evolution equations are used to construct low energy effective models. Copyright {copyright} 1996 Academic Press, Inc.
Quantum Mechanics and Physical Reality
N. Bohr
1935-01-01
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
The human story behind Everettian quantum mechanics
Alastair Wilson
Hugh Everett III (1930–1982) was an unappealing character with a remarkable mind. His Princeton doctoral thesis on the foundations of physics transformed our understanding of quantum–mechanical reality, and he made original contributions to military operations research and to game theory. His domestic life was less inspiring; he died young after a lifetime of over-indulgence in food, alcohol, tobacco and sex,
QUICK QUANTUM MECHANICS ---Introduction ---
Jackson, Andrew D.
of Classical Mechanics After Newton found his equations of motion, physicists knew they would have to wait are completely equivalent to Newton's laws. 2 A generalized coordinate can be, e.g., a Cartesian coordinate the behaviour of all of the generalized coordinates, q(t), subject to initial boundary conditions. Since Newton
A quantum genetic algorithm with quantum crossover and mutation operations
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SaiToh, Akira; Rahimi, Robabeh; Nakahara, Mikio
2013-11-01
In the context of evolutionary quantum computing in the literal meaning, a quantum crossover operation has not been introduced so far. Here, we introduce a novel quantum genetic algorithm that has a quantum crossover procedure performing crossovers among all chromosomes in parallel for each generation. A complexity analysis shows that a quadratic speedup is achieved over its classical counterpart in the dominant factor of the run time to handle each generation.
Star Products for Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
P. Henselder
2007-05-24
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.
Quantum transfer operators and chaotic scattering
Stéphane Nonnenmacher
2010-01-20
Transfer operators have been used widely to study the long time properties of chaotic maps or flows. We describe quantum analogues of these operators, which have been used as toy models by the quantum chaos community, but are also relevant to study "physical" continuous time systems.
Operator Deformations in Quantum Measurement Theory
Andreas Andersson
2014-03-21
We describe rigorous quantum measurement theory in the Heisenberg picture by applying operator deformation techniques previously used in noncommutative quantum field theory. This enables the conventional observables (represented by unbounded operators) to play a role also in the more general setting.
Quantum spin dynamics as a model for quantum computer operation
H. De Raedt; K. Michielsen; A. Hams; S. Miyashita; K. Saito
2002-01-01
: We study effects of the physical realization of quantum computers on their logical operation. Through simulation of physical\\u000a models of quantum computer hardware, we analyze the difficulties that are encountered in programming physical realizations\\u000a of quantum computers. Examples of logically identical implementations of the controlled-NOT operation and Grover's database\\u000a search algorithm are used to demonstrate that the results of
The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Nonlocality
John G. Cramer
2015-02-28
Quantum nonlocality is discussed as an aspect of the quantum formalism that is seriously in need of interpretation. The Transactional Interpretation of quantum mechanics, which describes quantum processes as transactional "handshakes" between retarded $\\psi$ waves and advanced $\\psi*$ waves, is discussed. Examples of the use of the Transactional Interpretation in resolving quantum paradoxes and in understanding the counter-intuitive aspects of the formalism, particularly quantum nonlocality, are provided.
A Criterion for Holism in Quantum Mechanics
Seevinck, Michiel
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
Entanglement and Disentanglement in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
Stanford, Kyle
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
Quantum Mechanics: Structures, Axioms and Paradoxes
Aerts, Diederik
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
From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory
From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics and the Strong Force Symmetry and Unification String Theory: a different kind of unification Extra Dimensions Strings and the Strong Force Thursday, May 7, 2009 #12;Review of Quantum Mechanics In general, particles
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 Extra) New Particles anti-particles (combining special relativity and quantum mechanics pions (mediator
Quantum Mechanics and Representation Theory Columbia University
Woit, Peter
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, 1967 Peter Woit (Columbia University) Quantum Mechanics and Representation Theory November 2013 2 / 30
From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory
From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics and the Strong Force Symmetry and Unification String Theory: a different kind of unification Extra Dimensions, 2009 #12;Quantum Mechanics: Measurement and Uncertainty Thursday, May 7, 2009 #12;Puzzle: The Stern
Visualizing quantum mechanics in phase space
Heiko Bauke; Noya Ruth Itzhak
2011-01-11
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.
Time Symmetry and Asymmetry in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Cosmology
Murray Gell-Mann; James B. Hartle
1993-01-01
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
Z Theory and its Quantum-Relativistic Operators
Pietro Giorgio Zerbo
2006-02-08
The view provided by Z theory, based on its quantum-relativistic operators, is an integrated picture of the micro and macro quantities relationships. The axiomatic formulation of the theory is presented in this paper. The theory starts with the existence of the wave function, the existence of three fundamental constants h, c and G as well as the physical quantity Rc (the radius of the space-time continuum) plus the definition of a general form for the quantum-relativistic functional operators. Using such starting point the relationships between relativity, quantum mechanics and cosmological quantities can be clarified.
Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Cosmology
B. L. Hu
1995-11-29
Statistical mechanical concepts and processes such as decoherence, correlation, and dissipation can prove to be of basic importance to understanding some fundamental issues of quantum cosmology and theoretical physics such as the choice of initial states, quantum to classical transition and the emergence of time. Here we summarize our effort in 1) constructing a unified theoretical framework using techniques in interacting quantum field theory such as influence functional and coarse-grained effective action to discuss the interplay of noise, fluctuation, dissipation and decoherence; and 2) illustrating how these concepts when applied to quantum cosmology can alter the conventional views on some basic issues. Two questions we address are 1) the validity of minisuperspace truncation, which is usually assumed without proof in most discussions, and 2) the relevance of specific initial conditions, which is the prevailing view of the past decade. We also mention how some current ideas in chaotic dynamics, dissipative collective dynamics and complexity can alter our view of the quantum nature of the universe.
Quantum mechanics and the psyche
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Galli Carminati, G.; Martin, F.
2008-07-01
In this paper we apply the last developments of the theory of measurement in quantum mechanics to the phenomenon of consciousness and especially to the awareness of unconscious components. Various models of measurement in quantum mechanics can be distinguished by the fact that there is, or there is not, a collapse of the wave function. The passive aspect of consciousness seems to agree better with models in which there is no collapse of the wave function, whereas in the active aspect of consciousness—i.e., that which goes together with an act or a choice—there seems to be a collapse of the wave function. As an example of the second possibility we study in detail the photon delayed-choice experiment and its consequences for subjective or psychological time. We apply this as an attempt to explain synchronicity phenomena. As a model of application of the awareness of unconscious components we study the mourning process. We apply also the quantum paradigm to the phenomenon of correlation at a distance between minds, as well as to group correlations that appear during group therapies or group training. Quantum entanglement leads to the formation of group unconscious or collective unconscious. Finally we propose to test the existence of such correlations during sessions of group training.
Effective equations for the quantum pendulum from momentous quantum mechanics
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
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.
Hermeneutics, underdetermination and quantum mechanics
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Cushing, James T.
1995-04-01
There exists an essential underdetermination in the interpretation of the formalism of quantum mechanics and this extends even to the question of whether or not physical phenomena at the most fundamental level are irreducibly and ineliminably indeterministic or absolutely deterministic. This is true in spite of the widespread belief that logic and empirical considerations alone demand an indeterministic world view in physics. This lends support to Martin Eger's analysis of a role for hermeneutics in science education.
On a commutative ring structure in quantum mechanics
Shigeki Matsutani
2009-10-10
In this article, I propose a concept of the $p$-on which is modelled on the multi-photon absorptions in quantum optics. It provides a commutative ring structure in quantum mechanics. Using it, I will give an operator representation of the Riemann $\\zeta$ function.
Game Theory in Categorical Quantum Mechanics
Ali Nabi Duman
2014-05-17
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}.
Second law for quantum operations
Sai Vinjanampathy; Kavan Modi
2014-05-23
We study thermodynamics of small quantum systems which are interacting with an environment that retains an arbitrary amount of memory. Such environmental memory is captured by initial correlations between the system and environment. For such dynamics, we formulate a second law of thermodynamics. As an application, we discuss how such correlations can be used to cool a quantum system.
Imperfect Cloning Operations in Algebraic Quantum Theory
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Kitajima, Yuichiro
2015-01-01
No-cloning theorem says that there is no unitary operation that makes perfect clones of non-orthogonal quantum states. The objective of the present paper is to examine whether an imperfect cloning operation exists or not in a C*-algebraic framework. We define a universal -imperfect cloning operation which tolerates a finite loss of fidelity in the cloned state, and show that an individual system's algebra of observables is abelian if and only if there is a universal -imperfect cloning operation in the case where the loss of fidelity is less than . Therefore in this case no universal -imperfect cloning operation is possible in algebraic quantum theory.
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Rapoport, Diego L.
2011-01-01
In this transdisciplinary article which stems from philosophical considerations (that depart from phenomenology—after Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger and Rosen—and Hegelian dialectics), we develop a conception based on topological (the Moebius surface and the Klein bottle) and geometrical considerations (based on torsion and non-orientability of manifolds), and multivalued logics which we develop into a unified world conception that surmounts the Cartesian cut and Aristotelian logic. The role of torsion appears in a self-referential construction of space and time, which will be further related to the commutator of the True and False operators of matrix logic, still with a quantum superposed state related to a Moebius surface, and as the physical field at the basis of Spencer-Brown's primitive distinction in the protologic of the calculus of distinction. In this setting, paradox, self-reference, depth, time and space, higher-order non-dual logic, perception, spin and a time operator, the Klein bottle, hypernumbers due to Musès which include non-trivial square roots of ±1 and in particular non-trivial nilpotents, quantum field operators, the transformation of cognition to spin for two-state quantum systems, are found to be keenly interwoven in a world conception compatible with the philosophical approach taken for basis of this article. The Klein bottle is found not only to be the topological in-formation for self-reference and paradox whose logical counterpart in the calculus of indications are the paradoxical imaginary time waves, but also a classical-quantum transformer (Hadamard's gate in quantum computation) which is indispensable to be able to obtain a complete multivalued logical system, and still to generate the matrix extension of classical connective Boolean logic. We further find that the multivalued logic that stems from considering the paradoxical equation in the calculus of distinctions, and in particular, the imaginary solutions to this equation, generates the matrix logic which supersedes the classical logic of connectives and which has for particular subtheories fuzzy and quantum logics. Thus, from a primitive distinction in the vacuum plane and the axioms of the calculus of distinction, we can derive by incorporating paradox, the world conception succinctly described above.
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 color, which is the "charge" of the strong force, mediated by gluons (which also carry color) quantum
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 Extra Dimensions Strings and the Strong Force Thursday, May 7, 2009 #12;Particle Interaction Summary quantum
Quantum mechanics as a sociology of matter
Raoul Nakhmanson
2003-08-01
Analogies between quantum mechanics and sociology lead to the hypothesis that quantum objects are complex products of evolution. Like biological objects they are able to receive, to work on, and to spread semantic information. In general meaning we can name it "consciousness". The important ability of consciousness is ability to predict future. Key words: Evolution, consciousness, information, quantum mechanics, EPR, decoherence.
Teaching Quantum Mechanics on an Introductory Level.
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Muller, Rainer; Wiesner, Hartmut
2002-01-01
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)
An approach to nonstandard quantum mechanics
Andreas Raab
2006-12-27
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.
Quantum mechanical light harvesting mechanisms in photosynthesis
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Scholes, Gregory
2012-02-01
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).
BOOK REVIEWS: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals
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Whitaker, A.
2004-02-01
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
Quantum Theory of Geometry I: Area Operators
Abhay Ashtekar; Jerzy Lewandowski
1996-01-01
A new functional calculus, developed recently for a fully non- perturbative treatment of quantum gravity, is used to begin a systematic construction of a quantum theory of geometry. Regulated operators corre- sponding to areas of 2-surfaces are introduced and shown to be self-adjoint on the underlying (kinematical) Hilbert space of states. It is shown that their spectra are purely discrete
Entropy, Stochastic Matrices, and Quantum Operations
Lin Zhang
2013-02-22
The goal of the present paper is to derive some conditions on saturation of (strong) subadditivity inequality for the stochastic matrices. The notion of relative entropy of stochastic matrices is introduced by mimicking quantum relative entropy. Some properties of this concept are listed and the connection between the entropy of the stochastic quantum operations and that of stochastic matrices are discussed.
Quantum mechanics: Myths and facts
Nikolic, H
2006-01-01
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.
Quantum mechanics: Myths and facts
H. Nikolic
2007-04-16
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.
Conjugates, Filters and Quantum Mechanics
Alexander Wilce
2014-11-18
The Jordan structure of finite-dimensional quantum theory is derived, in a conspicuously easy way, from a few simple postulates concerning abstract probabilistic models (each defined by a set of basic measurements and a convex set of states). A key assumption is that each system $A$ can be paired with an isomorphic conjugate system, $\\bar{A}$, by means of a non-signaling bipartite state $\\eta_A$ perfectly and uniformly correlating each basic measurement on $A$ with its counterpart on $\\bar{A}$. In the case of a quantum-mechanical system associated with a complex Hilbert space ${\\mathbf H}$, the conjugate system is that associated with the conjugate Hilbert space $\\bar{\\mathbf H}$, and $\\eta_A$ corresponds to the standard maximally entangled EPR state on ${\\mathbf H} \\otimes \\bar{\\mathbf H}$.
Treating Time Travel Quantum Mechanically
John-Mark A. Allen
2014-10-10
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.
Treating time travel quantum mechanically
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Allen, John-Mark A.
2014-10-01
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.
Operator Representations on Quantum Spaces
Claudia Bauer; Hartmut Wachter
2003-09-02
In this article we present explicit formulae for q-differentiation on quantum spaces which could be of particular importance in physics, i.e., q-deformed Minkowski space and q-deformed Euclidean space in three or four dimensions. The calculations are based on the covariant differential calculus of these quantum spaces. Furthermore, our formulae can be regarded as a generalization of Jackson's q-derivative to three and four dimensions.
Errors and paradoxes in quantum mechanics
D. Rohrlich
2007-08-28
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
A quantum mechanical model of "dark matter"
V. V. Belokurov; E. T. Shavgulidze
2014-03-28
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.
Correspondence Truth and Quantum Mechanics
Karakostas, Vassilios
2015-01-01
The logic of a physical theory reflects the structure of the propositions referring to the behaviour of a physical system in the domain of the relevant theory. It is argued in relation to classical mechanics that the propositional structure of the theory allows truth-value assignment in conformity with the traditional conception of a correspondence theory of truth. Every proposition in classical mechanics is assigned a definite truth value, either 'true' or 'false', describing what is actually the case at a certain moment of time. Truth-value assignment in quantum mechanics, however, differs; it is known, by means of a variety of 'no go' theorems, that it is not possible to assign definite truth values to all propositions pertaining to a quantum system without generating a Kochen-Specker contradiction. In this respect, the Bub-Clifton 'uniqueness theorem' is utilized for arguing that truth-value definiteness is consistently restored with respect to a determinate sublattice of propositions defined by the state...
Depicting qudit quantum mechanics and mutually unbiased qudit theories
André Ranchin
2014-12-30
We generalize the ZX calculus to quantum systems of dimension higher than two. The resulting calculus is sound and universal for quantum mechanics. We define the notion of a mutually unbiased qudit theory and study two particular instances of these theories in detail: qudit stabilizer quantum mechanics and Spekkens-Schreiber toy theory for dits. The calculus allows us to analyze the structure of qudit stabilizer quantum mechanics and provides a geometrical picture of qudit stabilizer theory using D-toruses, which generalizes the Bloch sphere picture for qubit stabilizer quantum mechanics. We also use our framework to describe generalizations of Spekkens toy theory to higher dimensional systems. This gives a novel proof that qudit stabilizer quantum mechanics and Spekkens-Schreiber toy theory for dits are operationally equivalent in three dimensions. The qudit pictorial calculus is a useful tool to study quantum foundations, understand the relationship between qubit and qudit quantum mechanics, and provide a novel, high level description of quantum information protocols.
Propagators in polymer quantum mechanics
Flores-González, Ernesto, E-mail: eflores@xanum.uam.mx; Morales-Técotl, Hugo A., E-mail: hugo@xanum.uam.mx; Reyes, Juan D., E-mail: jdrp75@gmail.com
2013-09-15
Polymer Quantum Mechanics is based on some of the techniques used in the loop quantization of gravity that are adapted to describe systems possessing a finite number of degrees of freedom. It has been used in two ways: on one hand it has been used to represent some aspects of the loop quantization in a simpler context, and, on the other, it has been applied to each of the infinite mechanical modes of other systems. Indeed, this polymer approach was recently implemented for the free scalar field propagator. In this work we compute the polymer propagators of the free particle and a particle in a box; amusingly, just as in the non polymeric case, the one of the particle in a box may be computed also from that of the free particle using the method of images. We verify the propagators hereby obtained satisfy standard properties such as: consistency with initial conditions, composition and Green’s function character. Furthermore they are also shown to reduce to the usual Schrödinger propagators in the limit of small parameter ?{sub 0}, the length scale introduced in the polymer dynamics and which plays a role analog of that of Planck length in Quantum Gravity. -- Highlights: •Formulas for propagators of free and particle in a box in polymer quantum mechanics. •Initial conditions, composition and Green’s function character is checked. •Propagators reduce to corresponding Schrödinger ones in an appropriately defined limit. •Results show overall consistency of the polymer framework. •For the particle in a box results are also verified using formula from method of images.
Transfer of Learning in Quantum Mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Singh, Chandralekha
2005-09-01
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.
Quantum selfish gene (biological evolution in terms of quantum mechanics)
Yuri I. Ozhigov
2013-12-07
I propose to treat the biological evolution of genoms by means of quantum mechanical tools. We start with the concept of meta- gene, which specifies the "selfish gene" of R.Dawkins. Meta- gene encodes the abstract living unity, which can live relatively independently of the others, and can contain a few real creatures. Each population of living creatures we treat as the wave function on meta- genes, which module squared is the total number of creatures with the given meta-gene, and the phase is the sum of "aspirations" to change the classical states of meta- genes. Each individual life thus becomes one of possible outcomes of the virtual quantum measurement of this function. The evolution of genomes is described by the unitary operator in the space of psi-functions or by Kossovsky-Lindblad equation in the case of open biosystems. This operator contains all the information about specific conditions under which individuals are, and how "aspirations" of their meta- genes may be implemented at the biochemical level. We show the example of quantum description of the population with two parts of meta-gene: "wolves" and "deer", which can be simultaneously in the same abstract living unity. "Selfish gene" reconciled with the notion of individuality of alive beings that gives possibility to consider evolutionary scenarios and their possible physical causes from the single position.
Improved lattice actions for supersymmetric quantum mechanics
Sebastian Schierenberg; Falk Bruckmann
2012-10-19
We analyze the Euclidean version of supersymmetric quantum mechanics on the lattice by means of a numerical path integral. We consider two different lattice derivatives and improve the actions containing them with respect to supersymmetry by systematically adding interaction terms with non-zero extent. To quantize this improvement, we measure boson and fermion masses and Ward identities for the naive as well as the improved models. The masses are degenerate in all models, but the magnitude of the Ward identities decreases significantly for both derivative operators using the improved actions. This is a clear sign that the breaking of supersymmetry due to lattice artifacts is reduced.
Non-representative quantum mechanical weak values
B. E. Y. Svensson
2015-03-06
The operational definition of a weak value for a quantum mechanical system involves the limit of the weak measurement strength tending to zero. I study how this limit compares to the situation for the undisturbed (no weak measurement) system. Under certain conditions, which I investigate, this limit is discontinuous in the sense that it does not merge smoothly to the Hilbert space description of the undisturbed system. Hence, in these discontinuous cases, the weak value does not represent the undisturbed system. As a result, conclusions drawn from such weak values regarding the properties of the studied system cannot be upheld. Examples are given.
Path integral in energy representation in quantum mechanics
P. Putrov
2007-08-30
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.
Norm estimates of complex symmetric operators applied to quantum systems
Emil Prodan; Stephan R. Garcia; Mihai Putinar
2005-10-24
This paper communicates recent results in theory of complex symmetric operators and shows, through two non-trivial examples, their potential usefulness in the study of Schr\\"odinger operators. In particular, we propose a formula for computing the norm of a compact complex symmetric operator. This observation is applied to two concrete problems related to quantum mechanical systems. First, we give sharp estimates on the exponential decay of the resolvent and the single-particle density matrix for Schr\\"odinger operators with spectral gaps. Second, we provide new ways of evaluating the resolvent norm for Schr\\"odinger operators appearing in the complex scaling theory of resonances.
A concise introduction to quantum probability, quantum mechanics, and quantum computation
Thomases, Becca
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
Notes on Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness
Elemer E Rosinger
2005-01-01
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
A Rosetta Stone for Quantum Mechanics with an Introduction to Quantum Computation
Samuel J. Lomonaco; jr
2000-07-17
The purpose of these lecture notes is to provide readers, who have some mathematical background but little or no exposure to quantum mechanics and quantum computation, with enough material to begin reading the research literature in quantum computation and quantum information theory. This paper is a written version of the first of eight one hour lectures given in the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Short Course on Quantum Computation held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the AMS in Washington, DC, USA in January 2000, and will appear in the AMS PSAPM volume entitled "Quantum Computation." Part 1 of the paper is an introduction the to the concept of the qubit. Part 2 gives an introduction to quantum mechanics covering such topics as Dirac notation, quantum measurement, Heisenberg uncertainty, Schrodinger's equation, density operators, partial trace, multipartite quantum systems, the Heisenberg versus the Schrodinger picture, quantum entanglement, EPR paradox, quantum entropy. Part 3 gives a brief introduction to quantum computation, covering such topics as elementary quantum computing devices, wiring diagrams, the no-cloning theorem, quantum teleportation, Shor's algorithm, Grover's algorithm. Many examples are given. A table of contents as well as an index are provided for readers who wish to "pick and choose." Since this paper is intended for a diverse audience, it is written in an informal style at varying levels of difficulty and sophistication from the very elementary to the more advanced.
Quantum mechanics without state vectors
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Weinberg, Steven
2014-10-01
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.
Quantum Mechanics Without State Vectors
Steven Weinberg
2014-05-14
It is proposed to give up the description of physical states in terms of ensembles of state vectors with various probabilities, relying instead solely on the density matrix as the description of reality. With this definition of a physical state, even in entangled states nothing that is done in one isolated system can instantaneously effect the physical state of a distant isolated system. 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 semi-group. Here new transformation properties are studied for general symmetry transformations forming groups, rather than semi-groups. Arguments are given that such symmetries should act on the density matrix as in ordinary quantum mechanics, but loopholes are found for all of these arguments.
Moyal quantum mechanics: The semiclassical Heisenberg dynamics
Osborn, T.A.; Molzahn, F.H. [Department of Physics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2 (Canada)] [Department of Physics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2 (Canada)
1995-07-01
The Moyal description of quantum mechanics, based on the Wigner--Weyl isomorphism between operators and symbols, provides a comprehensive phase space representation of dynamics. The Weyl symbol image of the Heisenberg picture evolution operator is regular in {h_bar} and so presents a preferred foundation for semiclassical analysis. Its semiclassical expansion ``coefficients,`` acting on symbols that represent observables, are simple, globally defined (phase space) differential operators constructed in terms of the classical flow. The first of two presented methods introduces a cluster-graph expansion for the symbol of an exponentiated operator, which extends Groenewold`s formula for the Weyl product of two symbols and has {h_bar} as its natural small parameter. This Poisson bracket based cluster expansion determines the Jacobi equations for the semiclassical expansion of ``quantum trajectories.`` Their Green function solutions construct the regular {h_bar}{down_arrow}0 asymptotic series for the Heisenberg--Weyl evolution map. The second method directly substitutes such a series into the Moyal equation of motion and determines the {h_bar} coefficients recursively. In contrast to the WKB approximation for propagators, the Heisenberg--Weyl description of evolution involves no essential singularity in {h_bar}, no Hamilton--Jacobi equation to solve for the action, and no multiple trajectories, caustics, or Maslov indices. {copyright} 1995 Academic Press, Inc.
Quantum Mechanics and Closed Timelike Curves
Florin Moldoveanu
2007-04-23
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.
Bohmian particle trajectories contradict quantum mechanics
Michael Zirpel
2009-03-23
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.
Quantum Mechanics - Fundamentals and Applications to Technology
Jasprit Singh
1996-01-01
Explore the relationship between quantum mechanics and information-age applications This volume takes an altogether unique approach to quantum mechanics. Providing an in-depth exposition of quantum mechanics fundamentals, it shows how these concepts are applied to most of today's information technologies, whether they are electronic devices or materials. No other text makes this critical, essential leap from theory to real-world applications.
Optimal guidance law in quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Yang, Ciann-Dong; Cheng, Lieh-Lieh
2013-11-01
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 ???.
Entanglement, Information and Multiparticle Quantum Operations
Anthony Chefles; Claire R. Gilson; Stephen M. Barnett
2000-06-28
Collective operations on a network of spatially-separated quantum systems can be carried out using local quantum (LQ) operations, classical communication (CC) and shared entanglement (SE). Such operations can also be used to communicate classical information and establish entanglement between distant parties. We show how these facts lead to measures of the inseparability of quantum operations, and argue that a maximally-inseparable operation on 2 qubits is the SWAP operation. The generalisation of our argument to N qubit operations leads to the conclusion that permutation operations are maximally-inseparable. For even N, we find the minimum SE and CC resources which are sufficient to perform an arbitrary collective operation. These minimum resources are 2(N-1) ebits and 4(N-1) bits, and these limits can be attained using a simple teleportation-based protocol. We also obtain lower bounds on the minimum resources for the odd case. For all $N{\\geq}4$, we show that the SE/CC resources required to perform an arbitrary operation are strictly greater than those that any operation can establish/communicate.
A Process Model of Quantum Mechanics
William Sulis
2014-04-21
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.
Quantum Statistical Mechanics. III. Equilibrium Probability
Phil Attard
2014-04-10
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.
The Mathematical Basis for Deterministic Quantum Mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
't Hooft, G.
2007-09-01
If there exists a classical, i.e. deterministic theory underlying quantum mechanics, 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.
Advances in relativistic molecular quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Liu, Wenjian
2014-04-01
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.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Oss, Stefano; Rosi, Tommaso
2015-04-01
We have developed an app for iOS-based smart-phones/tablets that allows a 3-D, complex phase-based colorful visualization of hydrogen atom wave functions. Several important features of the quantum behavior of atomic orbitals can easily be made evident, thus making this app a useful companion in introductory modern physics classes. There are many reasons why quantum mechanical systems and phenomena are difficult both to teach and deeply understand. They are described by equations that are generally hard to visualize, and they often oppose the so-called "common sense" based on the human perception of the world, which is built on mental images such as locality and causality. Moreover students cannot have direct experience of those systems and solutions, and generally do not even have the possibility to refer to pictures, videos, or experiments to fill this gap. Teachers often encounter quite serious troubles in finding out a sensible way to speak about the wonders of quantum physics at the high school level, where complex formalisms are not accessible at all. One should however consider that this is quite a common issue in physics and, more generally, in science education. There are plenty of natural phenomena whose models (not only at microscopic and atomic levels) are of difficult, if not impossible, visualization. Just think of certain kinds of waves, fields of forces, velocities, energy, angular momentum, and so on. One should also notice that physical reality is not the same as the images we make of it. Pictures (formal, abstract ones, as well as artists' views) are a convenient bridge between these two aspects.
The representation of numbers in quantum mechanics.
Benioff, P.; Physics
2002-12-01
Earlier work on modular arithmetic of k-ary representations of length L of the natural numbers in quantum mechanics is extended here to k-ary representations of all natural numbers, and to integers and rational numbers. Since the length L is indeterminate, representations of states and operators using creation and annihilation operators for bosons and fermions are defined. Emphasis is on definitions and properties of operators corresponding to the basic operations whose properties are given by the axioms for each type of number. The importance of the requirement of efficient implementability for physical models of the axioms is emphasized. Based on this, successor operations for each value of j corresponding to addition of k {l_brace}j-1{r_brace} if j>0 and k {l_brace}j{r_brace} if j<0 are defined. It follows from the efficient implementability of these successors, which is the case for all computers, that implementation of the addition and multiplication operators, which are defined in terms of polynomially many iterations of the successors, should be efficient. This is not the case for definitions based on the successor for j=1 only. This is the only successor defined in the usual axioms of arithmetic.
Mechanical momentum in nonequilibrium quantum electrodynamics
Michel de Haan
2006-10-23
The reformulation of field theory in which self-energy processes are no longer present [Annals of Physics, {\\bf311} (2004), 314.], [ Progr. Theor. Phys., {\\bf 109} (2003), 881.], [Trends in Statistical Physics {\\bf 3} (2000), 115.] provides an adequate tool to transform Swinger-Dyson equations into a kinetic description outside any approximation scheme. Usual approaches in quantum electrodynamics (QED) are unable to cope with the mechanical momentum of the electron and replace it by the canonical momentum. The use of that unphysical momentum is responsible for the divergences that are removed by the renormalization procedure in the $S$-matrix theory. The connection between distribution functions in terms of the canonical and those in terms of the mechanical momentum is now provided by a dressing operator [Annals of Physics, {\\bf314} (2004), 10] that allows the elimination of the above divergences, as the first steps are illustrated here.
Quantum network of superconducting qubits through opto-mechanical interface
Zhang-qi Yin; W. L. Yang; L. Sun; L. M. Duan
2015-01-08
We propose a scheme to realize quantum networking of superconducting qubits based on the opto-mechanical interface. The superconducting qubits interact with the microwave photons, which then couple to the optical photons through the opto-mechanical interface. The interface generates a quantum link between superconducting qubits and optical flying qubits with tunable pulse shapes and carrier frequencies, enabling transmission of quantum information to other superconducting or atomic qubits. We show that the scheme works under realistic experimental conditions and it also provides a way for fast initialization of the superconducting qubits under 1 K instead of 20 mK operation temperature.
Testing quantum mechanics: a statistical approach
Mankei Tsang
2014-01-27
As experiments continue to push the quantum-classical boundary using increasingly complex dynamical systems, the interpretation of experimental data becomes more and more challenging: when the observations are noisy, indirect, and limited, how can we be sure that we are observing quantum behavior? This tutorial highlights some of the difficulties in such experimental tests of quantum mechanics, using optomechanics as the central example, and discusses how the issues can be resolved using techniques from statistics and insights from quantum information theory.
The spacetime approach to quantum mechanics
James B. Hartle
1993-01-01
Feynman's sum-over-histories formulation of quantum mechanics is reviewed as an independent statement of quantum theory in spacetime form. It is different from the usual Schrödinger-Heisenberg formulation that utilizes states on spacelike surfaces because it assigns probabilities to different sets of alternatives. In a sum-over-histories formulation, alternatives at definite moments of time are more restricted than in usual quantum mechanics because
Quaternionic Formulation of Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics
Seema Rawat; O. P. S. Negi
2007-03-18
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.
From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory
From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics and the Strong Force Symmetry and Unification String Theory: a different kind of unification Extra Dimensions no such change Theory: Electrodynamics (1865) light is a moving disturbance in the electromagnetic field the laws
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
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
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
Probability in modal interpretations of quantum mechanics
Seevinck, Michiel
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 in modal interpretations, and to this end we make a comparison with many-worlds alternatives. An overall
Uncertainty and complementarity in axiomatic quantum mechanics
Pekka J. Lahti
1980-01-01
In this work an investigation of the uncertainty principle and the complementarity principle is carried through. A study of the physical content of these principles and their representation in the conventional Hilbert space formulation of quantum mechanics forms a natural starting point for this analysis. Thereafter is presented more general axiomatic framework for quantum mechanics, namely, a probability function formulation
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
Macroscopicity of Mechanical Quantum Superposition States
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nimmrichter, Stefan; Hornberger, Klaus
2013-04-01
We propose an experimentally accessible, objective measure for the macroscopicity of superposition states in mechanical quantum systems. Based on the observable consequences of a minimal, macrorealist extension of quantum mechanics, it allows one to quantify the degree of macroscopicity achieved in different experiments.
Quantum selfish gene (biological evolution in terms of quantum mechanics)
Ozhigov, Yuri I
2014-01-01
I propose to treat the biological evolution of genoms by means of quantum mechanical tools. We start with the concept of meta- gene, which specifies the "selfish gene" of R.Dawkins. Meta- gene encodes the abstract living unity, which can live relatively independently of the others, and can contain a few real creatures. Each population of living creatures we treat as the wave function on meta- genes, which module squared is the total number of creatures with the given meta-gene, and the phase is the sum of "aspirations" to change the classical states of meta- genes. Each individual life thus becomes one of possible outcomes of the virtual quantum measurement of this function. The evolution of genomes is described by the unitary operator in the space of psi-functions or by Kossovsky-Lindblad equation in the case of open biosystems. This operator contains all the information about specific conditions under which individuals are, and how "aspirations" of their meta- genes may be implemented at the biochemical lev...
An entropic picture of emergent quantum mechanics
D. Acosta; P. Fernandez de Cordoba; J. M. Isidro; J. L. G. Santander
2011-09-20
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.
An entropic picture of emergent quantum mechanics
Acosta, D; Isidro, J M; Santander, J L G
2011-01-01
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.
The Multiverse Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Raphael Bousso; Leonard Susskind
2011-07-22
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 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.
Catalysis in nonlocal quantum operations.
Vidal, G; Cirac, J I
2002-04-22
We show how entanglement can be used, without being consumed, to accomplish unitary operations that could not be performed without it. When applied to infinitesimal transformations, our method makes equivalent, in the sense of Hamiltonian simulation, a whole class of otherwise inequivalent two-qubit interactions. The new catalysis effect also implies the asymptotic equivalence of all such interactions. PMID:11955267
Polymer Quantum Mechanics and its Continuum Limit
Alejandro Corichi; Tatjana Vukasinac; Jose A. Zapata
2007-08-22
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.
Quantum Mechanics and physical calculations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Karayan, H. S.
2014-03-01
We suggest to realize the computer simulation and calculation by the algebraic structure built on the basis of the logic inherent to processes in physical systems (called physical computing). We suggest a principle for the construction of quantum algorithms of neuroinformatics of quantum neural networks. The role of academician Sahakyan is emphasized in the development of quantum physics in Armenia.
Quantum circuits cannot control unknown operations
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Araújo, Mateus; Feix, Adrien; Costa, Fabio; Brukner, ?aslav
2014-09-01
One of the essential building blocks of classical computer programs is the ‘if’ clause, which executes a subroutine depending on the value of a control variable. Similarly, several quantum algorithms rely on applying a unitary operation conditioned on the state of a control system. Here we show that this control cannot be performed by a quantum circuit if the unitary is completely unknown. The task remains impossible even if we allow the control to be done modulo a global phase. However, this no-go theorem does not prevent implementing quantum control of unknown unitaries in practice, as any physical implementation of an unknown unitary provides additional information that makes the control possible. We then argue that one should extend the quantum circuit formalism to capture this possibility in a straightforward way. This is done by allowing unknown unitaries to be applied to subspaces and not only to subsystems.
The volume operator in covariant quantum gravity
You Ding; Carlo Rovelli
2010-04-22
A covariant spin-foam formulation of quantum gravity has been recently developed, characterized by a kinematics which appears to match well the one of canonical loop quantum gravity. In particular, the geometrical observable giving the area of a surface has been shown to be the same as the one in loop quantum gravity. Here we discuss the volume observable. We derive the volume operator in the covariant theory, and show that it matches the one of loop quantum gravity, as does the area. We also reconsider the implementation of the constraints that defines the model: we derive in a simple way the boundary Hilbert space of the theory from a suitable form of the classical constraints, and show directly that all constraints vanish weakly on this space.
Operators from mirror curves and the quantum dilogarithm
Kashaev, Rinat
2015-01-01
Mirror manifolds to toric Calabi-Yau threefolds are encoded in algebraic curves. The quantization of these curves leads naturally to quantum-mechanical operators on the real line. We show that, for a large number of local del Pezzo Calabi-Yau threefolds, these operators are of trace class. In some simple geometries, like local P2, we calculate the integral kernel of the corresponding operators in terms of Faddeev's quantum dilogarithm. Their spectral traces are expressed in terms of multi-dimensional integrals, similar to the state-integrals appearing in three-manifold topology, and we show that they can be evaluated explicitly in some cases. Our results provide further verifications of a recent conjecture which gives an explicit expression for the Fredholm determinant of these operators, in terms of enumerative invariants of the underlying Calabi-Yau threefolds.
The formal path integral and quantum mechanics
Johnson-Freyd, Theo [Department of Mathematics, University of California - Berkeley, 970 Evans Hall, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States)
2010-11-15
Given an arbitrary Lagrangian function on R{sup d} and a choice of classical path, one can try to define Feynman's path integral supported near the classical path as a formal power series parameterized by 'Feynman diagrams', although these diagrams may diverge. We compute this expansion and show that it is (formally, if there are ultraviolet divergences) invariant under volume-preserving changes of coordinates. We prove that if the ultraviolet divergences cancel at each order, then our formal path integral satisfies a 'Fubini theorem' expressing the standard composition law for the time evolution operator in quantum mechanics. Moreover, we show that when the Lagrangian is inhomogeneous quadratic in velocity such that its homogeneous-quadratic part is given by a matrix with constant determinant, then the divergences cancel at each order. Thus, by 'cutting and pasting' and choosing volume-compatible local coordinates, our construction defines a Feynman-diagrammatic 'formal path integral' for the nonrelativistic quantum mechanics of a charged particle moving in a Riemannian manifold with an external electromagnetic field.
CPT and Quantum Mechanics Tests with Kaons: Theory
Nick E. Mavromatos
2006-07-28
In this talk I review theoretical motivations for possible CPT Violation and deviations from ordinary quantum mechanical behavior of field theoretic systems in some quantum gravity models, and I describe the relevant precision tests using neutral and charged Kaons. I emphasize the possibly unique role of neutral-meson factories in providing specific tests of models in which the CPT operator is not well-defined, leading to modifications of Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) particle correlators.
Distinguishability of Quantum States by Separable Operations
Runyao Duan; Yuan Feng; Yu Xin; Mingsheng Ying
2007-10-08
We study the distinguishability of multipartite quantum states by separable operations. We first present a necessary and sufficient condition for a finite set of orthogonal quantum states to be distinguishable by separable operations. An analytical version of this condition is derived for the case of $(D-1)$ pure states, where $D$ is the total dimension of the state space under consideration. A number of interesting consequences of this result are then carefully investigated. Remarkably, we show there exists a large class of $2\\otimes 2$ separable operations not being realizable by local operations and classical communication. Before our work only a class of $3\\otimes 3$ nonlocal separable operations was known [Bennett et al, Phys. Rev. A \\textbf{59}, 1070 (1999)]. We also show that any basis of the orthogonal complement of a multipartite pure state is indistinguishable by separable operations if and only if this state cannot be a superposition of 1 or 2 orthogonal product states, i.e., has an orthogonal Schmidt number not less than 3, thus generalize the recent work about indistinguishable bipartite subspaces [Watrous, Phys. Rev. Lett. \\textbf{95}, 080505 (2005)]. Notably, we obtain an explicit construction of indistinguishable subspaces of dimension 7 (or 6) by considering a composite quantum system consisting of two qutrits (resp. three qubits), which is slightly better than the previously known indistinguishable bipartite subspace with dimension 8.
Time Symmetry and Asymmetry in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Cosmology
Gell-Mann, Murray; Gell-Mann, Murray; Hartle, James B.
1993-01-01
We investigate the origin of the arrow of time in quantum mechanics in the context of quantum cosmology. The ``Copenhagen'' quantum mechanics of measured subsystems incorporates a fundamental arrow of time. Extending discussions of Aharonov, Bergmann and Lebovitz, Griffiths, and others we investigate a generalized quantum mechanics for cosmology that utilizes both an initial and a final density matrix to give a time-neutral formulation without a fundamental arrow of time. Time asymmetries can arise for particular universes from differences between their initial and final conditions. Theories for both would be a goal of quantum cosmology. A special initial condition and a final condition of indifference would be sufficient to explain the observed time asymmetries of the universe. In this essay we ask under what circumstances a completely time symmetric universe, with T-symmetric initial and final condition, could be consistent with the time asymmetries of the limited domain of our experience. We discuss the ap...
Aalok Pandya
2008-09-08
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.
Riemann hypothesis and quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Planat, Michel; Solé, Patrick; Omar, Sami
2011-04-01
In their 1995 paper, Jean-Benoît Bost and Alain Connes (BC) constructed a quantum dynamical system whose partition function is the Riemann zeta function ?(?), where ? 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 Nq = ?qk = 1pk is the primorial number of order q and ?b is a generalized Dedekind ? function depending on one real parameter b as \\psi _b (q)=q \\prod _{p \\in {P,}p \\vert q}\\frac{1-1/p^b}{1-1/p}. Fix a large inverse temperature ? > 2. The RH is then shown to be equivalent to the inequality N_q |\\phi _\\beta (N_q)|\\zeta (\\beta -1) \\gt e^\\gamma log log N_q, for q large enough. Under RH, extra formulas for high-temperature KMS states (1.5 < ? < 2) are derived. 'Number theory is not pure Mathematics. It is the Physics of the world of Numbers.' Alf van der Poorten
Weyl Geometries, Fisher Information and Quantum Entropy in Quantum Mechanics
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Fiscaletti, Davide; Licata, Ignazio
2012-11-01
It is known that quantum mechanics can be interpreted as a non-Euclidean deformation of the space-time geometries by means Weyl geometries. We propose here a dynamical explanation of such approach by deriving Bohm potential from minimum condition of Fisher information connected to the entropy of a quantum system.
Kinetic potentials in quantum mechanics
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Hall, Richard L.
1984-09-01
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.
Huang, Yi-Zhi
Quantum Hall systems Representation theory of vertex operator algebras Applications The end Quantum Science, CAS #12;Quantum Hall systems Representation theory of vertex operator algebras Applications quantum computation 2 Representation theory of vertex operator algebras Vetrex operator algebras, modules
Four-dimensional understanding of quantum mechanics
Jarek Duda
2009-10-14
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.
Canonical distribution and incompleteness of quantum mechanics
V. A. Skrebnev
2014-05-05
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.
Quantum Mechanics: Interpretation and Philosophy
Nielsen, Steven O.
-- the uncertainty principle -- superposition -- collapse of the wavefunction -- the measurement problem #12;Quantum to be fundamentally beyond our means (uncertainly principle: these are incompatible physical properties) #12;the
Playing Games with Quantum Mechanics
Simon J. D. Phoenix; Faisal Shah Khan
2012-02-22
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.
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.
Quantum Mechanical Search and Harmonic Perturbation
Jie-Hong R. Jiang; Dah-Wei Chiou; Cheng-En Wu
2007-09-14
Perturbation theory in quantum mechanics studies how quantum systems interact with their environmental perturbations. Harmonic perturbation is a rare special case of time-dependent perturbations in which exact analysis exists. Some important technology advances, such as masers, lasers, nuclear magnetic resonance, etc., originated from it. Here we add quantum computation to this list with a theoretical demonstration. Based on harmonic perturbation, a quantum mechanical algorithm is devised to search the ground state of a given Hamiltonian. The intrinsic complexity of the algorithm is continuous and parametric in both time T and energy E. More precisely, the probability of locating a search target of a Hamiltonian in N-dimensional vector space is shown to be 1/(1+ c N E^{-2} T^{-2}) for some constant c. This result is optimal. As harmonic perturbation provides a different computation mechanism, the algorithm may suggest new directions in realizing quantum computers.
Strange Bedfellows: Quantum Mechanics and Data Mining
Weinstein, Marvin; /SLAC
2009-12-16
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.
Quantum Ergodicity and the Analysis of Semiclassical Pseudodifferential Operators
Felix Wong
2014-10-11
This undergraduate thesis is concerned with developing the tools of differential geometry and semiclassical analysis needed to understand the the quantum ergodicity theorem of Schnirelman (1974), Zelditch (1987), and Colin de Verdi\\`ere (1985) and the quantum unique ergodicity conjecture of Rudnick and Sarnak (1994). The former states that, on any Riemannian manifold with negative curvature or ergodic geodesic flow, the eigenfunctions of the Laplace-Beltrami operator equidistribute in phase space with density 1. Under the same assumptions, the latter states that the eigenfunctions induce a sequence of Wigner probability measures on fibers of the Hamiltonian in phase space, and these measures converge in the weak-* topology to the uniform Liouville measure. If true, the conjecture implies that such eigenfunctions equidistribute in the high-eigenvalue limit with no exceptional "scarring" patterns. This physically means that the finest details of chaotic Hamiltonian systems can never reflect their quantum-mechanical behaviors, even in the semiclassical limit. The main contribution of this thesis is to contextualize the question of quantum ergodicity and quantum unique ergodicity in an elementary analytic and geometric framework. In addition to presenting and summarizing numerous important proofs, such as Colin de Verdi\\`ere's proof of the quantum ergodicity theorem, we perform graphical simulations of certain billiard flows and expositorily discuss several themes in the study of quantum chaos.
Notes on Quantum Entanglement of Local Operators
Masahiro Nozaki
2014-07-07
This is an expanded version of the short report arXiv:1401.0539, where we stud- ied the (Renyi) entanglement entropies for the excited state defined by acting a given local operator on the ground state. We introduced the (Renyi) entanglement entropies of given local operators which measure the degrees of freedom of local operators and characterize them in conformal field theories from the viewpoint of quantum entanglement. In present paper, we explain how to compute them in free massless scalar field theories and we also investigate their time evolution. The results are interpreted in terms of relativistic propagation of an entangled pair. The main new results which we acquire in the present paper are as follows. Firstly, we provide an explanation which shows that the (Renyi) entanglement entropies of a specific operator are given by (Renyi) entanglement entropies of binomial distribution by the replica method. That operator is constructed of only scalar field. Secondly, we found the sum rule which (Renyi) entanglement entropies of those local operators obey. Those local operators are located separately. Moreover we argue that (Renyi) entanglement entropies of specific operators in conformal field theories are given by (Renyi) entanglement entropies of binomial distribution. These specific operators are constructed of single-species operator. We also argue that general operators obey the sum rule which we mentioned above.
Notes on quantum entanglement of local operators
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nozaki, Masahiro
2014-10-01
This is an expanded version of the short report arXiv:1401.0539, where we studied the time evolution of (Renyi) entanglement entropies for the excited state defined by acting a given local operator on the ground state. In the present paper, we introduce (Renyi) entanglement entropies of given local operators which are defined by late time values of excesses of (Renyi) entanglement entropies. They measure the degrees of freedom of local operators and characterize them in conformal field theories from the viewpoint of quantum entanglement. We explain how to compute them in free massless scalar field theories and we also investigate their time evolution. Our results can be interpreted in terms of the relativistic propagation of entangled pairs. The main new results which we acquire in the present paper are as follows. Firstly, we provide an explanation which shows that (Renyi) entanglement entropies of a specific operator are given by (Renyi) entanglement entropies whose reduced density matrices are given by the binomial distribution. That operator is constructed of only the scalar field. Secondly, we found the sum rule which (Renyi) entanglement entropies of those local operators obey. Those local operators are located separately. Moreover we argue that (Renyi) entanglement entropies of specific operators in conformal field theories are given by (Renyi) entanglement entropies whose reduced density matrices are given by the binomial distribution. These specific operators are constructed of single-species operators. We also argue that general operators obey the sum rule which we mentioned above.
Information Security and Quantum Mechanics: Security of Quantum Protocols
P. Oscar Boykin
2002-10-28
The problem of security of quantum key protocols is examined. In addition to the distribution of classical keys, the problem of encrypting quantum data and the structure of the operators which perform quantum encryption is studied. It is found that unitary bases are central to both encryption of quantum information, as well as the generation of states used in generalized quantum key distribution (which are called mutually unbiased bases). A one-to-one correspondence between certain unitary bases and mutually unbiased bases is found. Finally, a new protocol for making anonymous classical broadcasts is given along with a security proof. An experimental procedure to implement this protocol is also given. In order to prove these new results, some new bounds for accessible information of quantum sources are obtained.
Quantum Semiotics: A Sign Language for Quantum Mechanics
Prashant
2006-01-01
Semiotics is the language of signs which has been used effectively in various disciplines of human scientific endeavor. It gives a beautiful and rich structure of language to express the basic tenets of any scientific discipline. In this article we attempt to develop from first principles such an axiomatic structure of semiotics for Quantum Mechanics. This would be a further enrichment to the already existing well understood mathematical structure of Quantum Mechanics but may give new insights and understanding to the theory and may help understand more lucidly the fundamentality of Nature which Quantum Theory attempts to explain.
Quantum Mechanics and the Brain
Patrick Suppes; J. Acacio de Barros
2007-01-01
In this paper we discuss possible quantum effects in the brain. We start with a historical review of what some prominent physicists have said about it. We then dis- cuss some proposals that quantum superpositions may be used by the brain. Although decoherence effects in the brain are believed to be too strong to allow quan- tum computations, we describe
Local quantum mechanics with finite Planck mass
M Kozlowski; J. Marciak -Kozlowska; M. pelc
2007-04-20
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
The Compton effect: Transition to quantum mechanics
R. H. Stuewer
2000-01-01
The discovery of the Compton effect at the end of 1922 was a decisive event in the transition to the new quantum mechanics of 1925-1926 because it stimulated physicists to examine anew the fundamental problem of the interaction between radiation and matter. I first discuss Albert Einstein's light-quantum hypothesis of 1905 and why physicists greeted it with extreme skepticism, despite
Superconformal Quantum Mechanics from M2-branes
Okazaki, Tadashi
2015-01-01
We discuss the superconformal quantum mechanics arising from the M2-branes. We begin with a comprehensive review on the superconformal quantum mechanics and emphasize that conformal symmetry and supersymmetry in quantum mechanics contain a number of exotic and enlightening properties which do not occur in higher dimensional field theories. We see that superfield and superspace formalism is available for $\\mathcal{N}\\le 8$ superconformal mechanical models. We then discuss the M2-branes with a focus on the world-volume descriptions of the multiple M2-branes which are superconformal three-dimensional Chern-Simons matter theories. Finally we argue that the two topics are connected in M-theoretical construction by considering the multiple M2-branes wrapped around a compact Riemann surface and study the emerging IR quantum mechanics. We establish that the resulting quantum mechanics realizes a set of novel $\\mathcal{N}\\ge 8$ superconformal quantum mechanical models which have not been reached so far. Also we discus...
Lee, Sang-Bong
1993-09-01
Quantum manifestation of classical chaos has been one of the extensively studied subjects for more than a decade. Yet clear understanding of its nature still remains to be an open question partly due to the lack of a canonical definition of quantum chaos. The classical definition seems to be unsuitable in quantum mechanics partly because of the Heisenberg quantum uncertainty. In this regard, quantum chaos is somewhat misleading and needs to be clarified at the very fundamental level of physics. Since it is well known that quantum mechanics is more fundamental than classical mechanics, the quantum description of classically chaotic nature should be attainable in the limit of large quantum numbers. The focus of my research, therefore, lies on the correspondence principle for classically chaotic systems. The chaotic damped driven pendulum is mainly studied numerically using the split operator method that solves the time-dependent Schroedinger equation. For classically dissipative chaotic systems in which (multi)fractal strange attractors often emerge, several quantum dissipative mechanisms are also considered. For instance, Hoover`s and Kubo-Fox-Keizer`s approaches are studied with some computational analyses. But the notion of complex energy with non-Hermiticity is extensively applied. Moreover, the Wigner and Husimi distribution functions are examined with an equivalent classical distribution in phase-space, and dynamical properties of the wave packet in configuration and momentum spaces are also explored. The results indicate that quantum dynamics embraces classical dynamics although the classicalquantum correspondence fails to be observed in the classically chaotic regime. Even in the semi-classical limits, classically chaotic phenomena would eventually be suppressed by the quantum uncertainty.
Hidden algebra method (quasi-exact-solvability in quantum mechanics)
Turbiner, Alexander [Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow 117259 (Russian Federation); Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado, Postal 70-543, 04510 Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)
1996-02-20
A general introduction to quasi-exactly-solvable problems of quantum mechanics is presented. Main attention is given to multidimensional quasi-exactly-solvable and exactly-solvable Schroedinger operators. Exact-solvability of the Calogero and Sutherland N-body problems ass ociated with an existence of the hidden algebra slN is discussed extensively.
Lagrangian Approaches of Dirac and Feynman to Quantum Mechanics
Y. G. Yi
2006-03-23
A unified exposition of the Lagrangian approach to quantum mechanics is presented, embodying the main features of the approaches of Dirac and of Feynman. The arguments of the exposition address the relation of the Lagrangian approach to the Hamiltonian operator and how the correspondence principle fits into each context.
The classical-statistical limit of quantum mechanics
Mario Castagnino
2005-03-23
The classical-statistical limit of quantum mechanics is studied. It is proved that the limit $\\hbar \\to 0$ is the good limit for the operators algebra but it si not so for the state compact set. In the last case decoherence must be invoked to obtain the classical-statistical limit.
Beyond Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity
Andrea Gregori
2010-02-24
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.
Relative-State Formulation of Quantum Mechanics
NSDL National Science Digital Library
Barrett, Jeffrey Alan
This entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy contains a comprehensive introduction of Everett's relative-state formulation of quantum mechanics. It explores the many attempts to reconstruct and interpret this no-collapse theory.
Supersymmetric q-deformed quantum mechanics
Traikia, M. H.; Mebarki, N. [Laboratoire de Physique Mathematique et Subatomique, Mentouri University, Constantine (Algeria)
2012-06-27
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.
Quantum mechanical streamlines. I - Square potential barrier
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Hirschfelder, J. O.; Christoph, A. C.; Palke, W. E.
1974-01-01
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.
Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
NSDL National Science Digital Library
Vaidman, Lev
This entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy contains a comprehensive introduction to the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. It includes discussions of the probability, tests, and objections to this interpretation.
Lecture Notes in Quantum Mechanics Doron Cohen
Cohen, Doron
formula Â· Fermi golden rule Â· Markovian master equations Â· Cross section / Born Â· The adiabatic equation Â· Spherical geometry, phase shifts Â· Cross section, optical theorem, resonances Quantum mechanics in practice
On a New Form of Quantum Mechanics (II)
N. Gorobey; A. Lukyanenko; I. Lukyanenko
2009-12-16
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.
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
Quantum mechanics in de Sitter space
Subir Ghosh; Salvatore Mignemi
2011-01-25
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.
2T Physics and Quantum Mechanics
W. Chagas-Filho
2008-02-20
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.
Nonequilibrium quantum statistical mechanics and thermodynamics
Walid K. Abou Salem
2006-01-23
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.
A Modified Lax-Phillips Scattering Theory for Quantum Mechanics
Yossi Strauss
2014-07-24
The Lax-Phillips scattering theory is an appealing abstract framework for the analysis of scattering resonances. Quantum mechanical adaptations of the theory have been proposed. However, since these quantum adaptations essentially retain the original structure of the theory, assuming the existence of incoming and outgoing subspaces for the evolution and requiring the spectrum of the generator of evolution to be unbounded from below, their range of applications is rather limited. In this paper it is shown that if we replace the assumption regarding the existence of incoming and outgoing subspaces by the assumption of the existence of Lyapunov operators for the quantum evolution (the existence of which has been proved for certain classes of quantum mechanical scattering problems) then it is possible to construct a structure analogous to the Lax-Phillips structure for scattering problems for which the spectrum of the generator of evolution is bounded from below.
Hidden time interpretation of quantum mechanics and "no protocol" argument
P. V. Kurakin
2007-11-15
Previously suggested hidden time interpretation of quantum mechanics allows to reproduce the same predictions as standard quantum mechanics provides, since it is based on Feynman many - paths formulation of QM. While new experimental consequences of this interpretation are under investigation, some advantages can be enumerated. (1) The interpretation is much field theoretic - like in classical sense, so it is local in mathematical sense, though quantum (physical) non-locality is preserved. (2) The interpretation is based on one type of mathematical objects, rather than two different (Hilbert space vectors and operators). (3) The interpretation, as it was argued, overcomes the problem of hidden variables in a radically new way, with no conflict to Bell's theorem. Recently an important argument against hidden variables - like formulations of quantum theory was risen - "no protocol" argument. It is argued in the paper, that hidden time interpretation successfully overcomes this argument.
Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics: a critical survey
Michele Caponigro
2008-11-24
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.
Testing foundations of quantum mechanics with photons
Peter Shadbolt; Jonathan C. F. Matthews; Anthony Laing; Jeremy L. O'Brien
2015-01-15
The foundational ideas of quantum mechanics continue to give rise to counterintuitive theories and physical effects that are in conflict with a classical description of Nature. Experiments with light at the single photon level have historically been at the forefront of tests of fundamental quantum theory and new developments in photonics engineering continue to enable new experiments. Here we review recent photonic experiments to test two foundational themes in quantum mechanics: wave-particle duality, central to recent complementarity and delayed-choice experiments; and Bell nonlocality where recent theoretical and technological advances have allowed all controversial loopholes to be separately addressed in different photonics experiments.
Simple New Axioms for Quantum Mechanics
N. P. Landsman
1996-04-10
The space P of pure states of any physical system, classical or quantum, is identified as a Poisson space with a transition probability. The latter is a function p: PxP -> [0,1]; in addition, a Poisson bracket is defined for functions on P. These two structures are connected through unitarity. Classical and quantum mechanics are each characterized by a simple axiom on the transition probability p. Unitarity then determines the Poisson bracket of quantum mechanics up to a multiplicative constant (identified with Planck's constant). Superselection rules are naturally incorporated.
Reciprocal relativity of noninertial frames: quantum mechanics
Stephen G. Low
2007-03-23
Noninertial transformations on time-position-momentum-energy space {t,q,p,e} with invariant Born-Green metric ds^2=-dt^2+dq^2/c^2+(1/b^2)(dp^2-de^2/c^2) and the symplectic metric -de/\\dt+dp/\\dq are studied. This U(1,3) group of transformations contains the Lorentz group as the inertial special case. In the limit of small forces and velocities, it reduces to the expected Hamilton transformations leaving invariant the symplectic metric and the nonrelativistic line element ds^2=dt^2. The U(1,3) transformations bound relative velocities by c and relative forces by b. Spacetime is no longer an invariant subspace but is relative to noninertial observer frames. Born was lead to the metric by a concept of reciprocity between position and momentum degrees of freedom and for this reason we call this reciprocal relativity. For large b, such effects will almost certainly only manifest in a quantum regime. Wigner showed that special relativistic quantum mechanics follows from the projective representations of the inhomogeneous Lorentz group. Projective representations of a Lie group are equivalent to the unitary reprentations of its central extension. The same method of projective representations of the inhomogeneous U(1,3) group is used to define the quantum theory in the noninertial case. The central extension of the inhomogeneous U(1,3) group is the cover of the quaplectic group Q(1,3)=U(1,3)*s H(4). H(4) is the Weyl-Heisenberg group. A set of second order wave equations results from the representations of the Casimir operators.
Projection evolution in quantum mechanics
A. Gozdz; M. Pietrow; M. Debicki
2005-08-08
We propose a model of time evolution of quantum objects which unites the unitary evolution and the measurement procedures. The model allows to treat the time on equal footing with other dynamical variables.
Deformation quantization: Quantum mechanics lives and works in phase space
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Zachos, Cosmas K.
2014-09-01
Wigner's 1932 quasi-probability Distribution Function in phase-space, his first paper in English, is a special (Weyl) representation of the density matrix. It has been useful in describing quantum flows in semiclassical limits; quantum optics; nuclear and physics; decoherence (eg, quantum computing); quantum chaos; "Welcher Weg" puzzles; molecular Talbot-Lau interferometry; atomic measurements. It is further of great importance in signal processing (time-frequency analysis). Nevertheless, a remarkable aspect of its internal logic, pioneered by H. Groenewold and J. Moyal, has only blossomed in the last quarter-century: It furnishes a third, alternate, formulation of Quantum Mechanics, independent of the conventional Hilbert Space (the gold medal), or Path Integral (the silver medal) formulations, and perhaps more intuitive, since it shares language with classical mechanics: one need not choose sides between coordinate or momentum space variables, since it is formulated simultaneously in terms of position and momentum. This bronze medal formulation is logically complete and self-standing, and accommodates the uncertainty principle in an unexpected manner, so that it offers unique insights into the classical limit of quantum theory. The observables in this formulation are cnumber functions in phase space instead of operators, with the same interpretation as their classical counterparts, only now composed together in novel algebraic ways using star products. One might then envision an imaginary world in which this formulation of quantum mechanics had preceded the conventional Hilbert-space formulation, and its own techniques and methods had arisen independently, perhaps out of generalizations of classical mechanics and statistical mechanics. A sampling of such intriguing techniques and methods has already been published in C. K. Zachos, Int Jou Mod Phys A17 297-316 (2002), and T. L. Curtright, D. B. Fairlie, and C. K. Zachos, A Concise Treatise on Quantum Mechanics in Phase Space, (Imperial Press & World Scientific, 2014).
The Möbius Symmetry of Quantum Mechanics
Alon E. Faraggi; Marco Matone
2015-02-16
The equivalence postulate approach to quantum mechanics aims to formulate quantum mechanics from a fundamental geometrical principle. Underlying the formulation there exists a basic cocycle condition which is invariant under $D$--dimensional M\\"obius transformations with respect to the Euclidean or Minkowski metrics. The invariance under global M\\"obius transformations implies that spatial space is compact. Furthermore, it implies energy quantisation and undefinability of quantum trajectories without assuming any prior interpretation of the wave function. The approach may be viewed as conventional quantum mechanics with the caveat that spatial space is compact, as dictated by the M\\"obius symmetry, with the classical limit corresponding to the decompactification limit. Correspondingly, there exists a finite length scale in the formalism and consequently an intrinsic regularisation scheme. Evidence for the compactness of space may exist in the cosmic microwave background radiation.
Phase space propagators for quantum operators
Ozorio de Almeida, A.M. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rua Xavier Sigaud 150, 22290-180, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Brodier, O. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rua Xavier Sigaud 150, 22290-180, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)]. E-mail: ozorio@cbpf.br
2006-08-15
The Heisenberg evolution of a given unitary operator corresponds classically to a fixed canonical transformation that is viewed through a moving coordinate system. The operators that form the bases of the Weyl representation and its Fourier transform, the chord representation are, respectively, unitary reflection and translation operators. Thus, the general semiclassical study of unitary operators allows us to propagate arbitrary operators, including density operators, i.e., the Wigner function. The various propagation kernels are different representations of the super-operators which act on the space of operators of a closed quantum system. We here present the mixed semiclassical propagator, that takes translation chords to reflection centres, or vice versa. In contrast to the centre-centre propagator that directly evolves Wigner functions, they are guaranteed to be caustic free, having a simple WKB-like universal form for a finite time, whatever the number of degrees of freedom. Special attention is given to the near-classical region of small chords, since this dominates the averages of observables evaluated through the Wigner function.
New methods for quantum mechanical reaction dynamics
Thompson, W.H. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry]|[Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States)
1996-12-01
Quantum mechanical methods are developed to describe the dynamics of bimolecular chemical reactions. We focus on developing approaches for directly calculating the desired quantity of interest. Methods for the calculation of single matrix elements of the scattering matrix (S-matrix) and initial state-selected reaction probabilities are presented. This is accomplished by the use of absorbing boundary conditions (ABC) to obtain a localized (L{sup 2}) representation of the outgoing wave scattering Green`s function. This approach enables the efficient calculation of only a single column of the S-matrix with a proportionate savings in effort over the calculation of the entire S-matrix. Applying this method to the calculation of the initial (or final) state-selected reaction probability, a more averaged quantity, requires even less effort than the state-to-state S-matrix elements. It is shown how the same representation of the Green`s function can be effectively applied to the calculation of negative ion photodetachment intensities. Photodetachment spectroscopy of the anion ABC{sup -} can be a very useful method for obtaining detailed information about the neutral ABC potential energy surface, particularly if the ABC{sup -} geometry is similar to the transition state of the neutral ABC. Total and arrangement-selected photodetachment spectra are calculated for the H{sub 3}O{sup -} system, providing information about the potential energy surface for the OH + H{sub 2} reaction when compared with experimental results. Finally, we present methods for the direct calculation of the thermal rate constant from the flux-position and flux-flux correlation functions. The spirit of transition state theory is invoked by concentrating on the short time dynamics in the area around the transition state that determine reactivity. These methods are made efficient by evaluating the required quantum mechanical trace in the basis of eigenstates of the Boltzmannized flux operator.
On reconciling quantum mechanics and local realism
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Graft, Donald A.
2013-10-01
Accepting nonlocal quantum correlations requires us to reject special relativity and/or probability theory. We can retain both by revising our interpretation of quantum mechanics regarding the handling of separated systems, as quantum mechanics conflicts with local realism only in its treatment of separated systems. We cannot use the joint probability formula for cases of separated measurements. We use the marginals (partial traces) together with whatever priors we have from an understanding of the system. This program can reconcile quantum mechanics with local realism. An apparent obstacle to this program is the experimental evidence, but we argue that the experiments have been misinterpreted, and that when correctly interpreted they confirm local realism. We describe a local realistic account of one important Einstein-Poldosky-Rosen-Bohm (EPRB) experiment (Weihs et al6) that claims to demonstrate nonlocal entanglement. We present a local realistic system (experiment) that can be calibrated into both quantum and classical correlation domains via adjustment of parameters (`hidden variables') of the apparatus. Weihs incorrectly dismisses these parameters as uncritical. Nonlocal entanglement is seen to be an error. The rest of quantum mechanics remains intact, and remains highly valued as a powerful probability calculus for observables. Freed from the incoherent idea of nonlocal entanglement, we can leverage powerful classical ideas, such as semiclassical radiation theory, stochastic dynamics, classical noncommutativity/contextuality, measurement effects on state, etc., to augment or complement quantum mechanics. When properly interpreted and applied, quantum mechanics lives in peaceful harmony with the local realist conception, and both perspectives offer useful paradigms for describing systems.
Quantum mechanics as "space-time statistical mechanics"?
Anders Månsson
2005-01-24
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.
Statistical mechanics based on fractional classical and quantum mechanics
Korichi, Z.; Meftah, M. T., E-mail: mewalid@yahoo.com [Physics Department, LRPPS Laboratory, Ouargla University, Ouargla 30000 (Algeria)
2014-03-15
The purpose of this work is to study some problems in statistical mechanics based on the fractional classical and quantum mechanics. At first stage we have presented the thermodynamical properties of the classical ideal gas and the system of N classical oscillators. In both cases, the Hamiltonian contains fractional exponents of the phase space (position and momentum). At the second stage, in the context of the fractional quantum mechanics, we have calculated the thermodynamical properties for the black body radiation, studied the Bose-Einstein statistics with the related problem of the condensation and the Fermi-Dirac statistics.
Quantum mechanics: last stop for reductionism
Gabriele Carcassi
2012-03-16
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.
Resources needed for non-unitary quantum operations
Raam Uzdin
2012-12-19
Non-unitary operations generated by an effective non-Hermitian Hamiltonian can be used to create quantum state manipulations which are impossible in Hermitian quantum mechanics. These operations include state preparation (or cooling) and non-orthogonal state discrimination. In this work we put a lower bound on the resources needed for the construction of some given non-unitary evolution. Passive systems are studied in detail and a general feature of such a system is derived. After interpreting our results using the singular value decomposition, several examples are studied analytically. In particular, we put a lower bound on the resources needed for non-Hermitian state preparation and non-orthogonal state discrimination.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Aspelmeyer, Markus; Schwab, Keith
2008-09-01
The last five years have witnessed an amazing development in the field of nano- and micromechanics. What was widely considered fantasy ten years ago is about to become an experimental reality: the quantum regime of mechanical systems is within reach of current experiments. Two factors (among many) have contributed significantly to this situation. As part of the widespread effort into nanoscience and nanofabrication, it is now possible to produce high-quality nanomechanical and micromechanical resonators, spanning length scales of millimetres to nanometres, and frequencies from kilohertz to gigahertz. Researchers coupled these mechanical elements to high-sensitivity actuation and readout systems such as single-electron transistors, quantum dots, atomic point contacts, SQUID loops, high-finesse optical or microwave-cavities etc. Some of these ultra-sensitive readout schemes are in principle capable of detection at the quantum limit and a large part of the experimental effort is at present devoted to achieving this. On the other hand, the fact that the groups working in the field come from various different physics backgrounds—the authors of this editorial are a representative sample—has been a constant source of inspiration for helpful theoretical and experimental tools that have been adapted from other fields to the mechanical realm. To name just one example: ideas from quantum optics have led to the recent demonstration (both in theory and experiment) that coupling a mechanical resonator to a high-finesse optical cavity can be fully analogous to the well-known sideband-resolved laser cooling of ions and hence is capable in principle of cooling a mechanical mode into its quantum ground state. There is no doubt that such interdisciplinarity has been a crucial element for the development of the field. It is interesting to note that a very similar sociological phenomenon occurred earlier in the quantum information community, an area which is deeply enriched by the diverse backgrounds and approaches of the researchers. As diverse as the approaches are the manifold of goals and perspectives for operating mechanical systems close to or within the quantum regime. Already now, nanomechanical sensors achieve single-molecule mass detection and magnetic resonance force detection from single-electron spins although they are operated far from quantum. Quantum-limited mechanical devices promise a new technology with hitherto unachieved performance for high-resolution sensing. This is also of high relevance for macroscopic mechanical resonators used in gravitational wave detectors. Furthermore, the increasing capability to couple mechanical modes to individual quantum systems raises the interesting question of whether mechanics can serve as a quantum bus in hybrid implementations of quantum information processing. Finally, the possibility of generating quantum superposition states that involve displacements of a massive macroscopic object (such as the center of mass of a mechanical beam) provides a completely new parameter regime for testing quantum theory over the amazing range from nanomechanical objects of several picograms up to gram-scale mirrors used in gravitational wave interferometers. We are looking forward to these fascinating developments! This Focus Issue is intended to highlight the present status of the field and to provide both introduction and motivation for students and researchers who want to get familiar with this exciting area or even want to join it. It also complements the conference activities of our community during the last year, where a series of dedicated invited sessions at several international conferences (APS March Meeting 2008, CLEO/QELS 2008, OSA Frontiers in Optics 2008, PQE 2008/2009 etc) culminated in the first Gordon Conference on 'Mechanical Systems at the Quantum Limit'. Given the fast development of the field it was not surprising to see that during the collection of the following contributions new progress was reported almost on a monthly basis and new groups entered the field. We intend to
Quantum Mechanics Based Multiscale Modeling of Materials
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lu, Gang
2013-03-01
We present two quantum mechanics based multiscale approaches that can simulate extended defects in metals accurately and efficiently. The first approach (QCDFT) can treat multimillion atoms effectively via density functional theory (DFT). The method is an extension of the original quasicontinuum approach with DFT as its sole energetic formulation. The second method (QM/MM) has to do with quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics coupling based on the constrained density functional theory, which provides an exact framework for a self-consistent quantum mechanical embedding. Several important materials problems will be addressed using the multiscale modeling approaches, including hydrogen-assisted cracking in Al, magnetism-controlled dislocation properties in Fe and Si pipe diffusion along Al dislocation core.
Quantum mechanism of Biological Search
Younghun Kwon
2006-05-09
We wish to suggest an algorithm for biological search including DNA search. Our argument supposes that biological search be performed by quantum search.If we assume this, we can naturally answer the following long lasting puzzles such that "Why does DNA use the helix structure?" and "How can the evolution in biological system occur?".
BOOK REVIEWS: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals
Kurt Gottfri; Tung-Mow Yan
2004-01-01
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
Failure of Standard Quantum Mechanics for the Description of Compound Quantum Entities
Aerts, Diederik
Failure of Standard Quantum Mechanics for the Description of Compound Quantum Entities Diederik that proves that two separated quantum entities cannot be described by means of standard quantum mechanics of this result indicates a failure of standard quantum mechanics, and not just some peculiar shortcoming due
Canonical Relational Quantum Mechanics from Information Theory
Joakim Munkhammar
2011-01-07
In this paper we construct a theory of quantum mechanics based on Shannon information theory. We define a few principles regarding information-based frames of reference, including explicitly the concept of information covariance, and show how an ensemble of all possible physical states can be setup on the basis of the accessible information in the local frame of reference. In the next step the Bayesian principle of maximum entropy is utilized in order to constrain the dynamics. We then show, with the aid of Lisi's universal action reservoir approach, that the dynamics is equivalent to that of quantum mechanics. Thereby we show that quantum mechanics emerges when classical physics is subject to incomplete information. We also show that the proposed theory is relational and that it in fact is a path integral version of Rovelli's relational quantum mechanics. Furthermore we give a discussion on the relation between the proposed theory and quantum mechanics, in particular the role of observation and correspondence to classical physics is addressed. In addition to this we derive a general form of entropy associated with the information covariance of the local reference frame. Finally we give a discussion and some open problems.
A quantum information approach to statistical mechanics
Gemma De las Cuevas
2013-12-20
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.
Foundations of quantum mechanics: decoherence and interpretation
Olimpia Lombardi; Juan Sebastián Ardenghi; Sebastian Fortin; Martin Narvaja
2010-09-02
In this paper we review Castagnino's contributions to the foundations of quantum mechanics. First, we recall his work on quantum decoherence in closed systems, and the proposal of a general framework for decoherence from which the phenomenon acquires a conceptually clear meaning. Then, we introduce his contribution to the hard field of the interpretation of quantum mechanics: the modal-Hamiltonian interpretation solves many of the interpretive problems of the theory, and manifests its physical relevance in its application to many traditional models of the practice of physics. In the third part of this work we describe the ontological picture of the quantum world that emerges from the modal-Hamiltonian interpretation, stressing the philosophical step toward a deep understanding of the reference of the theory.
Levitated Quantum Nano-Magneto-Mechanical Systems
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cirio, Mauro; Twamley, Jason; Brennen, Gavin K.; Milburn, Gerard J.
2011-03-01
Quantum nanomechanical sysems have attracted much attention as they provide new macroscopic platforms for the study of quantum mechanics but may also have applications in ultra-sensitive sensing, high precision measurements and in quantum computing. In this work we study the control and cooling of a quantum nanomechanical system which is magnetically levitated via the Meissner effect. Supercurrents in nano-sized superconducting loops give rise to a motional restoring force (trap), when placed in an highly inhomogenous magnetic field and can yield complete trapping of all translational and rotational motions of the levitated nano-object with motional oscillation frequencies ?˜10-100MHz. As the supercurrents experience little damping this system will possess unprecendented motional quality factors, with Qmotion˜10^9-10^13, and motional superposition states may remain coherent for days. We describe how to execute sideband cooling through inductive coupling to a nearby flux qubit, cooling the mechanical motion close to the ground state.
Spectral triplets, statistical mechanics and emergent geometry in non-commutative quantum mechanics
F. G. Scholtz; B. Chakraborty
2012-10-12
We show that when non-commutative quantum mechanics is formulated on the Hilbert space of Hilbert-Schmidt operators (referred to as quantum Hilbert space) acting on a classical configuration space, spectral triplets as introduced by Connes in the context of non-commutative geometry arise naturally. A distance function as defined by Connes can therefore also be introduced. We proceed to give a simple and general algorithm to compute this function. Using this we compute the distance between pure and mixed states on quantum Hilbert space and demonstrate a tantalizing link between statistics and geometry.
Collapse challenge for interpretations of quantum mechanics
Arnold Neumaier
2005-05-23
The collapse challenge for interpretations of quantum mechanics is to build from first principles and your preferred interpretation a complete, observer-free quantum model of the described experiment (involving a photon and two screens), together with a formal analysis that completely explains the experimental result. The challenge is explained in detail, and discussed in the light of the Copenhagen interpretation and the decoherence setting.
Solvable time-dependent models in quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cordero-Soto, Ricardo J.
In the traditional setting of quantum mechanics, the Hamiltonian operator does not depend on time. While some Schrodinger equations with time-dependent Hamiltonians have been solved, explicitly solvable cases are typically scarce. This thesis is a collection of papers in which this first author along with Suslov, Suazo, and Lopez, has worked on solving a series of Schrodinger equations with a time-dependent quadratic Hamiltonian that has applications in problems of quantum electrodynamics, lasers, quantum devices such as quantum dots, and external varying fields. In particular the author discusses a new completely integrable case of the time-dependent Schrodinger equation in Rn with variable coefficients for a modified oscillator, which is dual with respect to the time inversion to a model of the quantum oscillator considered by Meiler, Cordero-Soto, and Suslov. A second pair of dual Hamiltonians is found in the momentum representation. Our examples show that in mathematical physics and quantum mechanics a change in the direction of time may require a total change of the system dynamics in order to return the system back to its original quantum state. The author also considers several models of the damped oscillators in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics in a framework of a general approach to the dynamics of the time-dependent Schrodinger equation with variable quadratic Hamiltonians. The Green functions are explicitly found in terms of elementary functions and the corresponding gauge transformations are discussed. The factorization technique is applied to the case of a shifted harmonic oscillator. The time-evolution of the expectation values of the energy related operators is determined for two models of the quantum damped oscillators under consideration. The classical equations of motion for the damped oscillations are derived for the corresponding expectation values of the position operator. Finally, the author constructs integrals of motion for several models of the quantum damped oscillators in a framework of a general approach to the time-dependent Schrodinger equation with variable quadratic Hamiltonians. An extension of the Lewis-Riesenfeld dynamical invariant is given. The time-evolution of the expectation values of the energy related positive operators is determined for the oscillators under consideration. A proof of uniqueness of the corresponding Cauchy initial value problem is discussed as an application.
Foundations of quantum physics: a general realistic and operational approach
Aerts, Diederik
Foundations of quantum physics: a general realistic and operational approach Diederik Aerts FUND of quantum physics: a general realistic and operational approach", International Journal of Theoretical examples in detail in the light of this formalism: a classical deterministic entity and a quantum entity
On Time. 6b: Quantum Mechanical Time
C. K. Raju
2008-08-09
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.
Improving students' understanding of quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Singh, Chandralekha
2011-03-01
Learning quantum mechanics is especially challenging, in part due to the abstract nature of the subject. We have been conducting investigations of the difficulties that students have in learning quantum mechanics. To help improve student understanding of quantum concepts, we are developing quantum interactive learning tutorials (QuILTs) as well as tools for peer-instruction. The goal of QuILTs and peer-instruction tools is to actively engage students in the learning process and to help them build links between the formalism and the conceptual aspects of quantum physics without compromising the technical content. They focus on helping students integrate qualitative and quantitative understanding, confront and resolve their misconceptions and difficulties, and discriminate between concepts that are often confused. In this talk, I will give examples from my research in physics education of how students' prior knowledge relevant for quantum mechanics can be assessed, and how learning tools can be designed to help students develop a robust knowledge structure and critical thinking skills.
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 mechanics 1 This paper, to be presented to the Nordic Symposium on Basic Problems in Quantum Physics, June
Area Operators in Holographic Quantum Gravity
Marcelo Botta Cantcheff
2014-04-11
We argue that the holographic formula relating entanglement entropy and the area of a minimal surface is the key to define the area of surfaces in the (emergent) spacetime from the dual theory on the boundary. So we promote the entropy/area relation to operators to define the "area" observable in a holographic formulation of quantum gravity, then we find a suitable geometric representation for the states, and show that the Ryu-Takayanagi proposal is recovered in the approximation of semi-classical gravity. Finally, we discuss this picture in the example of a AdS-Black hole.
The statistical origins of quantum mechanics
U. Klein
2011-03-08
It is shown that Schroedinger's equation may be derived from three postulates. The first is a kind of statistical metamorphosis of classical mechanics, a set of two relations which are obtained from the canonical equations of particle mechanics by replacing all observables by statistical averages. The second is a local conservation law of probability with a probability current which takes the form of a gradient. The third is a principle of maximal disorder as realized by the requirement of minimal Fisher information. The rule for calculating expectation values is obtained from a fourth postulate, the requirement of energy conservation in the mean. The fact that all these basic relations of quantum theory may be derived from premises which are statistical in character is interpreted as a strong argument in favor of the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. The structures of quantum theory and classical statistical theories are compared and some fundamental differences are identified.
Quantum mechanics and consciousness: fact and fiction
Ulrich Mohrhoff
2014-08-03
This article was written in response to a request from an editor of American Vedantist. It is shown that the idea that consciousness is essential to understanding quantum mechanics arises from logical fallacies. This may be welcome news to those who share the author's annoyance at consciousness being dragged into discussions of physics, but beware: The same fallacies may underlie the reader's own way of making sense of quantum mechanics. The article ends up embracing a Vedantic world view, for two reasons. For one, such a world view seems to the author to be the most sensible alternative to a materialistic one. For another, quantum mechanics is inconsistent with a materialistic world view but makes perfect sense within a Vedantic framework of thought.
Multichannel framework for singular quantum mechanics
Camblong, Horacio E., E-mail: camblong@usfca.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 (United States); Epele, Luis N., E-mail: epele@fisica.unlp.edu.ar [Laboratorio de Física Teórica, Departamento de Física, IFLP, CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, C.C. 67–1900 La Plata (Argentina); Fanchiotti, Huner, E-mail: huner@fisica.unlp.edu.ar [Laboratorio de Física Teórica, Departamento de Física, IFLP, CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, C.C. 67–1900 La Plata (Argentina)] [Laboratorio de Física Teórica, Departamento de Física, IFLP, CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, C.C. 67–1900 La Plata (Argentina); García Canal, Carlos A., E-mail: garcia@fisica.unlp.edu.ar [Laboratorio de Física Teórica, Departamento de Física, IFLP, CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, C.C. 67–1900 La Plata (Argentina); Ordóñez, Carlos R., E-mail: ordonez@uh.edu [Department of Physics, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5506 (United States)
2014-01-15
A multichannel S-matrix framework for singular quantum mechanics (SQM) subsumes the renormalization and self-adjoint extension methods and resolves its boundary-condition ambiguities. In addition to the standard channel accessible to a distant (“asymptotic”) observer, one supplementary channel opens up at each coordinate singularity, where local outgoing and ingoing singularity waves coexist. The channels are linked by a fully unitary S-matrix, which governs all possible scenarios, including cases with an apparent nonunitary behavior as viewed from asymptotic distances. -- Highlights: •A multichannel framework is proposed for singular quantum mechanics and analogues. •The framework unifies several established approaches for singular potentials. •Singular points are treated as new scattering channels. •Nonunitary asymptotic behavior is subsumed in a unitary multichannel S-matrix. •Conformal quantum mechanics and the inverse quartic potential are highlighted.
Superstrings and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
't Hooft, Gerard
2014-05-01
It is put forward that modern elementary particle physics cannot be completely unified with the laws of gravity and general relativity without addressing the question of the ontological interpretation of quantum mechanics itself. The position of superstring theory in this general question is emphasized: superstrings may well form exactly the right mathematical system that can explain how quantum mechanics can be linked to a deterministic picture of our world. Deterministic interpretations of quantum mechanics are usually categorically rejected, because of Bell's powerful observations, and indeed these apply here also, but we do emphasize that the models we arrive at are super-deterministic, which is exactly the case where Bell expressed his doubts. Strong correlations at space-like separations could explain the apparent contradictions.
Mossbauer neutrinos in quantum mechanics and quantum field theory
Joachim Kopp
2009-06-12
We demonstrate the correspondence between quantum mechanical and quantum field theoretical descriptions of Mossbauer neutrino oscillations. First, we compute the combined rate $\\Gamma$ of Mossbauer neutrino emission, propagation, and detection in quantum field theory, treating the neutrino as an internal line of a tree level Feynman diagram. We include explicitly the effect of homogeneous line broadening due to fluctuating electromagnetic fields in the source and detector crystals and show that the resulting formula for $\\Gamma$ is identical to the one obtained previously (Akhmedov et al., arXiv:0802.2513) for the case of inhomogeneous line broadening. We then proceed to a quantum mechanical treatment of Mossbauer neutrinos and show that the oscillation, coherence, and resonance terms from the field theoretical result can be reproduced if the neutrino is described as a superposition of Lorentz-shaped wave packet with appropriately chosen energies and widths. On the other hand, the emission rate and the detection cross section, including localization and Lamb-Mossbauer terms, cannot be predicted in quantum mechanics and have to be put in by hand.
a Broken Symmetry Ontology: Quantum Mechanics as a Broken Symmetry.
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Buschmann, Jonathan Edgar
We propose a new broken symmetry ontology to be used to analyze the quantum domain. This ontology is motivated and grounded in a critical epistemological analysis, and an analysis of the basic role of symmetry in physics. Concurrently, we are led to consider non-heterogeneous systems, whose logical state space contains equivalence relations not associated with the causal relation. This allows us to find a generalized principle of symmetry and a generalized symmetry--conservation formalisms. In particular, we clarify the role of Noether's theorem in field theory. We show how a broken symmetry ontology already operates in a description of the weak interactions. Finally, by showing how a broken symmetry ontology operates in the quantum domain, we account for the interpretational problem and the essential incompleteness of quantum mechanics. We propose that the broken symmetry underlying this ontological domain is broken dilation invariance.
Classical Limit of Relativistic Quantum Mechanical Equations in the Foldy-Wouthuysen Representation
A. J. Silenko
2013-02-08
It is shown that, under the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin approximation conditions, using the Foldy-Wouthuysen 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.
Equivariant Localization for Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics
Levent Akant
2005-05-30
We apply equivariant localization to supersymmetric quantum mechanics and show that the partition function localizes on the instantons of the theory. Our construction of equivariant cohomology for SUSY quantum mechanics is different than the ones that already exist in the literature. A hidden bosonic symmetry is made explicit and the supersymmetry is extended. New bosonic symmetry is the square of the new fermionic symmetry. The D term is now the parameter of the bosonic symmetry. This construction provides us with an equivariant complex together with a Cartan differential and makes the use of localization principle possible.
Relativistic quantum mechanics and the Bohmian interpretation
H. Nikolic
2005-04-04
Conventional relativistic quantum mechanics, based on the Klein-Gordon equation, does not possess a natural probabilistic interpretation in configuration space. The Bohmian interpretation, in which probabilities play a secondary role, provides a viable interpretation of relativistic quantum mechanics. We formulate the Bohmian interpretation of many-particle wave functions in a Lorentz-covariant way. In contrast with the nonrelativistic case, the relativistic Bohmian interpretation may lead to measurable predictions on particle positions even when the conventional interpretation does not lead to such predictions.
Two basic Uncertainty Relations in Quantum Mechanics
Angelow, Andrey [Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko chaussee, 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria)
2011-04-07
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.
First-Person Plural Quantum Mechanics
Ulrich Mohrhoff
2014-10-22
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.
Novel symmetries in N=2 supersymmetric quantum mechanical models
Malik, R.P., E-mail: malik@bhu.ac.in [Physics Department, BHU-Varanasi-221 005 (India); DST-CIMS, Faculty of Science, BHU-Varanasi-221 005 (India); Khare, Avinash, E-mail: khare@iiserpune.ac.in [Indian Institute of Science for Education and Research, Pune-411 021 (India)] [Indian Institute of Science for Education and Research, Pune-411 021 (India)
2013-07-15
We demonstrate the existence of a novel set of discrete symmetries in the context of the N=2 supersymmetric (SUSY) quantum mechanical model with a potential function f(x) that is a generalization of the potential of the 1D SUSY harmonic oscillator. We perform the same exercise for the motion of a charged particle in the X–Y plane under the influence of a magnetic field in the Z-direction. We derive the underlying algebra of the existing continuous symmetry transformations (and corresponding conserved charges) and establish its relevance to the algebraic structures of the de Rham cohomological operators of differential geometry. We show that the discrete symmetry transformations of our present general theories correspond to the Hodge duality operation. Ultimately, we conjecture that any arbitrary N=2 SUSY quantum mechanical system can be shown to be a tractable model for the Hodge theory. -- Highlights: •Discrete symmetries of two completely different kinds of N=2 supersymmetric quantum mechanical models have been discussed. •The discrete symmetries provide physical realizations of Hodge duality. •The continuous symmetries provide the physical realizations of de Rham cohomological operators. •Our work sheds a new light on the meaning of the above abstract operators.
Douglas Farenick; Michael J. Kozdron
2012-03-14
A quantum probability measure is a function on a sigma-algebra of subsets of a (locally compact and Hausdorff) sample space that satisfies the formal requirements for a measure, but whose values are positive operators acting on a complex Hilbert space, and a quantum random variable is a measurable operator valued function. Although quantum probability measures and random variables are used extensively in quantum mechanics, some of the fundamental probabilistic features of these structures remain to be determined. In this paper we take a step toward a better mathematical understanding of quantum random variables and quantum probability measures by introducing a quantum analogue for the expected value of a quantum random variable relative to a quantum probability measure. In so doing we are led to theorems for a change of quantum measure and a change of quantum variables. We also introduce a quantum conditional expectation which results in quantum versions of some standard identities for Radon-Nikodym derivatives. This allows us to formulate and prove a quantum analogue of Bayes' rule.
Relations between multi-resolution analysis and quantum mechanics
F. Bagarello
2009-04-01
We discuss a procedure to construct multi-resolution analyses (MRA) of $\\Lc^2(\\R)$ starting from a given {\\em seed} function $h(s)$ which should satisfy some conditions. Our method, originally related to the quantum mechanical hamiltonian of the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE), is shown to be model independent. The role of a canonical map between certain canonically conjugate operators is discussed. This clarifies our previous procedure and makes much easier most of the original formulas, producing a convenient framework to produce examples of MRA.
Boundary dynamics and topology change in quantum mechanics
J. M. Pérez-Pardo; M. Barbero-Liñán; A. Ibort
2015-01-12
We show how to use boundary conditions to drive the evolution on a Quantum Mechanical system. We will see how this problem can be expressed in terms of a time-dependent Schr\\"{o}dinger equation. In particular we will need the theory of self-adjoint extensions of differential operators in manifolds with boundary. An introduction of the latter as well as meaningful examples will be given. It is known that different boundary conditions can be used to describe different topologies of the associated quantum systems. We will use the previous results to study how this topology change can be accomplished in a dynamical way.
A new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kohnle, Antje; Bozhinova, Inna; Browne, Dan; Everitt, Mark; Fomins, Aleksejs; Kok, Pieter; Kulaitis, Gytis; Prokopas, Martynas; Raine, Derek; Swinbank, Elizabeth
2014-01-01
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.
Partitions and Objective Indefiniteness in Quantum Mechanics
David Ellerman
2014-03-24
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.
A proof of von Neumann's postulate 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
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.
The ZX-calculus is complete for stabilizer quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Backens, Miriam
2014-09-01
The ZX-calculus is a graphical calculus for reasoning about quantum systems and processes. It is known to be universal for pure state qubit quantum mechanics (QM), meaning any pure state, unitary operation and post-selected pure projective measurement can be expressed in the ZX-calculus. The calculus is also sound, i.e. any equality that can be derived graphically can also be derived using matrix mechanics. Here, we show that the ZX-calculus is complete for pure qubit stabilizer QM, meaning any equality that can be derived using matrices can also be derived pictorially. The proof relies on bringing diagrams into a normal form based on graph states and local Clifford operations.
Can quantum mechanics fool the cosmic censor?
Matsas, G. E. A.; Silva, A. R. R. da [Instituto de Fisica Teorica, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Rua Pamplona 145, 01405-900, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Richartz, M. [Instituto de Fisica Gleb Wataghin, UNICAMP, C. P. 6165, 13083-970, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Saa, A. [Departamento de Matematica Aplicada, UNICAMP, C. P. 6065, 13083-859, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Vanzella, D. A. T. [Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Avenida Trabalhador Sao-carlense, 400, C. P. 369, 13560-970, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)
2009-05-15
We revisit the mechanism for violating the weak cosmic-censorship conjecture (WCCC) by overspinning a nearly-extreme charged black hole. The mechanism consists of an incoming massless neutral scalar particle, with low energy and large angular momentum, tunneling into the hole. We investigate the effect of the large angular momentum of the incoming particle on the background geometry and address recent claims that such a backreaction would invalidate the mechanism. We show that the large angular momentum of the incident particle does not constitute an obvious impediment to the success of the overspinning quantum mechanism, although the induced backreaction turns out to be essential to restoring the validity of the WCCC in the classical regime. These results seem to endorse the view that the 'cosmic censor' may be oblivious to processes involving quantum effects.
Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry
Marcolli, Matilde
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
Quantum mechanics and the time travel paradox
David T. Pegg
2005-06-17
The closed causal chains arising from backward time travel do not lead to paradoxes if they are self consistent. This raises the question as to how physics ensures that only self-consistent loops are possible. We show that, for one particular case at least, the condition of self consistency is ensured by the interference of quantum mechanical amplitudes associated with the loop. If this can be applied to all loops then we have a mechanism by which inconsistent loops eliminate themselves.
Quantum Signature Scheme Using a Single Qubit Rotation Operator
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Kang, Min-Sung; Hong, Chang-Ho; Heo, Jino; Lim, Jong-In; Yang, Hyung-Jin
2015-02-01
We present a quantum signature scheme using a single qubit rotation operator. In this protocol, the trusted center confirms the quantum signature and thus conforms with other quantum signature schemes. Utilizing the unitary properties of a single qubit rotation operator and Pauli operators, our protocol provides signature security and enhances the efficiency of communication. In addition, our protocol - using only a single qubit measurement - facilitates the ease of implementation and enhances convenience for users. The security of the protocol is analyzed.
Is Quantum Mechanics needed to explain consciousness ?
Knud Thomsen
2007-11-13
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.
Quantum Mechanical Effects in Gravitational Collapse
Eric Greenwood
2010-01-12
In this thesis we investigate quantum mechanical effects to various aspects of gravitational collapse. These quantum mechanical effects are implemented in the context of the Functional Schr\\"odinger formalism. The Functional Schr\\"odinger formalism allows us to investigate the time-dependent evolutions of the quantum mechanical effects, which is beyond the scope of the usual methods used to investigate the quantum mechanical corrections of gravitational collapse. Utilizing the time-dependent nature of the Functional Schr\\"odinger formalism, we study the quantization of a spherically symmetric domain wall from the view point of an asymptotic and infalling observer, in the absence of radiation. To build a more realistic picture, we then study the time-dependent nature of the induced radiation during the collapse using a semi-classical approach. Using the domain wall and the induced radiation, we then study the time-dependent evolution of the entropy of the domain wall. Finally we make some remarks about the possible inclusion of backreaction into the system.
Spin & statistics in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, II
Bernd Kuckert; Jens Mund
2005-01-01
Recently a sufficient and necessary condition for Pauli's spin-statistics connection in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics has been established [1]. The two-dimensional part of this result is extended to n-particle systems and reformulated and further simplified in a more geometric language.
The geometric semantics of algebraic quantum mechanics
John Alex Cruz Morales; Boris Zilber
2014-10-27
In this paper we will present an ongoing project which aims to use model theory as a suitable mathematical setting for studying the formalism of quantum mechanics. We will argue that this approach provides a geometric semantics for such formalism by means of establishing a (non-commutative) duality between certain algebraic and geometric objects.
BiHermitian supersymmetric quantum mechanics
Roberto Zucchini
2007-01-01
BiHermitian geometry, discovered long ago by Gates, Hull and Rocek, is the most general sigma model target space geometry allowing for (2, 2) world sheet supersymmetry. In this paper, we work out supersymmetric quantum mechanics for a biHermitian target space. We display the full supersymmetry of the model and illustrate in detail its quantization procedure. Finally, we show that the
Comparison of Classical and Quantum Mechanical Uncertainties.
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
Peslak, John, Jr.
1979-01-01
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)
QBism and Locality in Quantum Mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Nauenberg, Michael
2015-03-01
A critique to the article by C.A. Fuchs, N.D. Mermin, and R.Schack, "An introduction to QBism with and application to the locality of quantum mechanics" that appeared in Am. J. Phys. 82 (8), 749-754 (2014)
Summer 2011 Black Holes and Quantum Mechanics
to reject the notion of black holes that his theory of general relativity and gravity, published more than, explains the development of a string theoretic interpretation of black holes where quantum mechanics a precise description of a black hole, which is described holographically in terms of a theory living
Solvable potentials from supersymmetric quantum mechanics
Soh, D S; Kim, S P; Soh, Dong Sup; Cho, Kyung Hyun; Kim, Sang Pyo
1995-01-01
A recurrence relation of Riccati-type differential equations known in supersymmetric quantum mechanics is investigated to find exactly solvable potentials. Taking some simple {\\it ans\\"atze}, we find new classes of solvable potentials as well as reproducing the known shape-invariant ones.
Hidden algebra method (quasi-exact-solvability in quantum mechanics)
Turbiner, A. [Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Moscow 117259 (Russia)]|[Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado, Postal 70-543, 04510 Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)
1996-02-01
A general introduction to quasi-exactly-solvable problems of quantum mechanics is presented. Main attention is given to multidimensional quasi-exactly-solvable and exactly-solvable Schroedinger operators. Exact-solvability of the Calogero and Sutherland {ital N}-body problems ass ociated with an existence of the hidden algebra {ital sl}{sub {ital N}} is discussed extensively. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}
Quadratic Plus Linear Operators which Preserve Pure States of Quantum Systems: Small Dimensions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Saburov, Mansoor
2014-11-01
A mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics says that a pure state of a quantum system corresponds to a vector of norm 1 and an observable is a self-adjoint operator on the space of states. It is of interest to describe all linear or nonlinear operators which preserve the pure states of the system. In the linear case, it is nothing more than isometries of Hilbert spaces. In the nonlinear case, this problem was open. In this paper, in the small dimensional spaces, we shall describe all quadratic plus linear operators which preserve pure states of the quantum system.
The Compton effect: Transition to quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Stuewer, R. H.
2000-11-01
The discovery of the Compton effect at the end of 1922 was a decisive event in the transition to the new quantum mechanics of 1925-1926 because it stimulated physicists to examine anew the fundamental problem of the interaction between radiation and matter. I first discuss Albert Einstein's light-quantum hypothesis of 1905 and why physicists greeted it with extreme skepticism, despite Robert A. Millikan's confirmation of Einstein's equation of the photoelectric effect in 1915. I then follow in some detail the experimental and theoretical research program that Arthur Holly Compton pursued between 1916 and 1922 at the University of Minnesota, the Westinghouse Lamp Company, the Cavendish Laboratory, and Washington University that culminated in his discovery of the Compton effect. Surprisingly, Compton was not influenced directly by Einstein's light-quantum hypothesis, in contrast to Peter Debye and H.A. Kramers, who discovered the quantum theory of scattering independently. I close by discussing the most significant response to that discovery, the Bohr-Kramers-Slater theory of 1924, its experimental refutation, and its influence on the emerging new quantum mechanics.
Deformation Quantization: From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Field Theory
P. Tillman
2006-10-31
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.
Probability and Quantum Symmetries. II. The Theorem of Noether in quantum mechanics
Zambrini, Jean-Claude
Probability and Quantum Symmetries. II. The Theorem of Noether in quantum mechanics S. Albeverio, a new rigorous, but not probabilistic, Lagrangian version of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics is given in SchrÃ¶dinger's Euclidean quantum mechanics."1 There, a proba- bilistic i.e., "Euclidean" generalization
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.
The emergent Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hollowood, Timothy J.
2014-05-01
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.
Quantum mechanical coherence, resonance, and mind
Stapp, H.P.
1995-03-26
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.
Relativistic quantum mechanics with trapped ions
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lamata, L.; Casanova, J.; Gerritsma, R.; Roos, C. F.; García-Ripoll, J. J.; Solano, E.
2011-09-01
We consider the quantum simulation of relativistic quantum mechanics, as described by the Dirac equation and classical potentials, in trapped-ion systems. We concentrate on three problems of growing complexity. Firstly, we study the bidimensional relativistic scattering of single Dirac particles by a linear potential. Secondly, we explore the case of a Dirac particle in a magnetic field and its topological properties. Finally, we analyze the problem of two Dirac particles that are coupled by a controllable and confining potential. The latter interaction may be useful to study important phenomena such as the confinement and asymptotic freedom of quarks.
Limits to the Universality of Quantum Mechanics
Brian D. Josephson
2011-10-08
Niels Bohr's arguments indicating the non-applicability of quantum methodology to the study of the ultimate details of life given in his book "Atomic physics and human knowledge" conflict with the commonly held opposite view. The bases for the usual beliefs are examined and shown to have little validity. Significant differences do exist between the living organism and the type of system studied successfully in the physics laboratory. Dealing with living organisms in quantum-mechanical terms with the same degree of rigour as is normal for non-living systems would seem not to be possible without considering also questions of the origins of life and of the universe.
Evolution of quantum computer algorithms from reversible operators
A. J. Surkan; A. Khuskivadze
2002-01-01
An application of an evolutionary approach to hardware design is presented. A genetic algorithm was developed to discover good designs for quantum computer algorithms. The algorithms are expressed as quantum operator sequences applied in a circuit model. The circuits discovered are configurations of special purpose quantum computers. We have been exploring the evolution of algorithms as alternative configurations of hardware.
Emergence of quantum mechanics from a sub-quantum statistical mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Grössing, Gerhard
2014-07-01
A research program within the scope of theories on "Emergent Quantum Mechanics" is presented, which has gained some momentum in recent years. Via the modeling of a quantum system as a non-equilibrium steady-state maintained by a permanent throughput of energy from the zero-point vacuum, the quantum is considered as an emergent system. We implement a specific "bouncer-walker" model in the context of an assumed sub-quantum statistical physics, in analogy to the results of experiments by Couder and Fort on a classical wave-particle duality. We can thus give an explanation of various quantum mechanical features and results on the basis of a "21st century classical physics", such as the appearance of Planck's constant, the Schrödinger equation, etc. An essential result is given by the proof that averaged particle trajectories' behaviors correspond to a specific type of anomalous diffusion termed "ballistic" diffusion on a sub-quantum level. It is further demonstrated both analytically and with the aid of computer simulations that our model provides explanations for various quantum effects such as double-slit or n-slit interference. We show the averaged trajectories emerging from our model to be identical to Bohmian trajectories, albeit without the need to invoke complex wavefunctions or any other quantum mechanical tool. Finally, the model provides new insights into the origins of entanglement, and, in particular, into the phenomenon of a "systemic" non-locality.
Interagency mechanical operations group numerical systems group
NONE
1997-09-01
This report consists of the minutes of the May 20-21, 1971 meeting of the Interagency Mechanical Operations Group (IMOG) Numerical Systems Group. This group looks at issues related to numerical control in the machining industry. Items discussed related to the use of CAD and CAM, EIA standards, data links, and numerical control.
Operating mechanism of sheath in thermionic converters
Yoshihiko Hirai
1978-01-01
The operating mechanism of the sheath in the thermionic converter was studied by simulation and experiment and the output current density vs. voltage characteristics were calculated. The following conclusions were obtained: (1) electrons emitted from the emitter are subject to expansion in their density distribution in the accelerating field of the sheath; (2) in the decelerating field, electrons are subject
Semantics for a Quantum Programming Language by Operator Algebras
Kenta Cho
2014-12-30
This paper presents a novel semantics for a quantum programming language by operator algebras, which are known to give a formulation for quantum theory that is alternative to the one by Hilbert spaces. We show that the opposite category of the category of W*-algebras and normal completely positive subunital maps is an elementary quantum flow chart category in the sense of Selinger. As a consequence, it gives a denotational semantics for Selinger's first-order functional quantum programming language QPL. The use of operator algebras allows us to accommodate infinite structures and to handle classical and quantum computations in a unified way.
Chem 793 Quantum Mechanics I Chemistry 793
. Classical mechanics · F = ma. · Lagrangian formulation and the principle of stationary action. · Hamiltonian · Hilbert space. · Bras and kets. · Matrices in QM. · Noncommutativity of operators and Uncertainty Principle. · Connecting formalism with experiment ("interpretation"). 5. Applications · Particle in a 1D
Noncommutative Quantum Mechanics on a Curved Space
Nakamura, M
2015-01-01
Starting with the first-order singular Lagrangian, the canonical structures of the noncommutative quantum system on a submanifold embedded in the higher-dimensional Euclidean space are investigated with the projection operator method (POM) and the Dirac-bracket formulation in the case of the derivative-type constraint. Using the successive projection procedure and the iterativity of the Dirac bracket, the noncommutative quantum system is constructed in the form including all orders of the noncommutativity-parameters. When the noncommutative quantum system is constrained to a curved space, the commutator algebra of the system is presented within the 1st-order approximation with respect to Dirac-const. and the noncommutativity-parameters.
The Objective Inde...niteness Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
WÃ¼thrich, Christian
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
Predicting crystal structure by merging data mining with quantum mechanics
Ceder, Gerbrand
ARTICLES Predicting crystal structure by merging data mining with quantum mechanics CHRISTOPHER C@mit.edu Published online: 9 July 2006; doi:10.1038/nmat1691 Modern methods of quantum mechanics have proved with quantum mechanics if an algorithm to direct the search through the large space of possible structures
How to Teach the Postulates of Quantum Mechanics without Enigma.
ERIC Educational Resources Information Center
Teixeira-Dias, Jose J. C.
1983-01-01
Shows how a statistical approach can help students accept postulates of quantum mechanics. The approach, which also makes students aware of the philosophical/humanistic implications of quantum mechanics, involves the following sequence: (1) important experiments in quantum mechanics; (2) conventional statistical interpretation; (3) mathematical…
Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry
Marcolli, Matilde
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
Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry
Marcolli, Matilde
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
ADDENDUM: Chaos in Bohmian quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Efthymiopoulos, C.; Contopoulos, G.
2006-06-01
In our recently published paper 'Chaos in Bohmian quantum mechanics' we criticized a paper by Parmenter and Valentine (1995 Phys. Lett. A 201 1), because the authors made an incorrect calculation of the Lyapunov exponent in the case of Bohmian orbits in a quantum system of two uncoupled harmonic oscillators. After our paper was published, we became aware of an erratum published by the same authors (Parmenter and Valentine 1996 Phys. Lett. A 213 319) that recognized the error made in their previous calculations. The authors realized that, when correctly calculated, 'aperiodic trajectories with well defined boundaries...have vanishing Lyapunov exponents', i.e., they are not chaotic. We want to supplement our paper with a reference to this erratum. The generic calculation of Lyapunov exponents in Bohmian quantum systems remains an original contribution of our paper (section 2).
Hybrid protocol of remote implementations of quantum operations
Ning Bo Zhao; An Min Wang
2007-08-04
We propose a protocol of remote implementations of quantum operations by hybridizing bidirectional quantum state teleportation's (BQST) and Wang's one. The protocol is available for remote implemetations of quantum operations in the restricted sets specified in Sec. III. We also give the proof of the protocol and point out its optimization. As an extension, this hybrid protocol can be reduced to BQST and Wang protocols.
Quantum mechanics on phase space and teleportation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Messamah, Juba; Schroeck, Franklin E.; Hachemane, Mahmoud; Smida, Abdallah; Hamici, Amel H.
2015-03-01
The formalism of quantum mechanics on phase space is used to describe the standard protocol of quantum teleportation with continuous variables in order to partially investigate the interplay between this formalism and quantum information. Instead of the Wigner quasi-probability distributions used in the standard protocol, we use positive definite true probability densities which account for unsharp measurements through a proper wave function representing a non-ideal quantum measuring device. This is based on a result of Schroeck and may be taken on any relativistic or nonrelativistic phase space. The obtained formula is similar to a known formula in quantum optics, but contains the effect of the measuring device. It has been applied in three cases. In the first case, the two measuring devices, corresponding to the two entangled parts shared by Alice and Bob, are not entangled and described by two identical Gaussian wave functions with respect to the Heisenberg group. They lead to a probability density identical to the function which is analyzed and compared with the Wigner formalism. A new expression of the teleportation fidelity for a coherent state in terms of the quadrature variances is obtained. In the second case, these two measuring devices are entangled in a two-mode squeezed vacuum state. In the third case, two Gaussian states are combined in an entangled squeezed state. The overall observation is that the state of the measuring devices shared by Alice and Bob influences the fidelity of teleportation through their unsharpness and entanglement.
Does Quantum Mechanics Save Free Will?
Laszlo E. Szabo
1995-06-28
According to the widely accepted opinion, classical (statistical) physics does not support objective indeterminism, since the statistical laws of classical physics allow a deterministic hidden background, while --- as Arthur Fine writes polemizing with Gr\\"unbaum --- "{\\sl the antilibertarian position finds little room to breathe in a statistical world if we take laws of the quantum theory as exemplars of the statistical laws in such a world. So, it appears that, contrary to what Gr\\"unbaum claims, the libertarians' 'could have done otherwise' does indeed find support from indeterminism if we take the indeterministic laws to be of the sort found in the quantum theory.}" In this paper I will show that, quite the contrary, quantum mechanics does not save free will. For instance, the EPR experiments are compatible with a deterministic world. They admit a deterministic local hidden parameter description if the deterministic model is 'allowed' to describe not only the measurement outcomes, but also the outcomes of the 'decisions' whether this or that measurement will be performed. So, the derivation of the freedom of the will from quantum mechanics is a tautology: from the assumption that the world is indeterministic it is derived that the world cannot be deterministic.
Does quantum mechanics require non-locality?
Ghenadie N. Mardari
2014-10-29
Non-commutative properties of single quanta must violate the limit of Bell's theorem, but not the boundary of Tsirelson's theorem. This is a consequence of three basic principles: superposition (every quantum is in many states at the same time), correspondence (only the net state of interference is real), and uncertainty (conjugate variables have inversely proportional spectra). The two conditions have only been verified with entangled pairs of quanta. It is not possible to perform incompatible measurements on the same entity. Hence, the principles of quantum mechanics cannot be verified directly. At least one of them could be wrong. Though, as shown by EPR, this can only be true if non-locality is at work. In light of the latest developments in quantum theory, even that assumption is insufficient. Non-local effects are either unable to cross Bell's limit, or forced to violate Tsirelson's bound. New layers of hidden variables are required to maintain belief in action-at-a-distance, but the three principles cannot be rejected in any case. Therefore, quantum mechanics is immune to this challenge. The hypothesis of non-locality is superfluous.
Attosecond delays in photoionization: time and quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Maquet, Alfred; Caillat, Jérémie; Taïeb, Richard
2014-10-01
This article addresses topics regarding time measurements performed on quantum systems. The motivation is linked to the advent of ‘attophysics’ which makes feasible to follow the motion of electrons in atoms and molecules, with time resolution at the attosecond (1 as = 10?18 s) level, i.e. at the natural scale for electronic processes in these systems. In this context, attosecond ‘time-delays’ have been recently measured in experiments on photoionization and the question arises if such advances could cast a new light on the still active discussion on the status of the time variable in quantum mechanics. One issue still debatable is how to decide whether one can define a quantum time operator with eigenvalues associated to measurable ‘time-delays’, or time is a parameter, as it is implicit in the Newtonian classical mechanics. One objective of this paper is to investigate if the recent attophysics-based measurements could shed light on this parameter–operator conundrum. To this end, we present here the main features of the theory background, followed by an analysis of the experimental schemes that have been used to evidence attosecond ‘time-delays’ in photoionization. Our conclusion is that these results reinforce the view that time is a parameter which cannot be defined without reference to classical mechanics.
Events and the Ontology of Quantum Mechanics
Dorato, Mauro
2015-01-01
In the first part of the paper I argue that an ontology of events is precise, flexible and general enough so as to cover the three main alternative formulations of quantum mechanics as well as theories advocating an antirealistic view of the wave function. Since these formulations advocate a primitive ontology of entities living in four-dimensional spacetime, they are good candidates to connect that quantum image with the manifest image of the world. However, to the extent that some form of realism about the wave function is also necessary, one needs to endorse also the idea that the wave function refers to some kind of power. In the second part, I discuss some difficulties raised by the recent proposal that in Bohmian mechanics this power is holistically possessed by all the particles in the universe.
The preparation of states in quantum mechanics
Juerg Froehlich; Baptiste Schubnel
2014-09-28
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.
Beyond relativity and quantum mechanics: space physics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lindner, Henry H.
2011-09-01
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.
Chiral quantum mechanics (CQM) for antihydrogen systems
G. Van Hooydonk
2005-12-03
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.
Small Black Holes and Superconformal Quantum Mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Raeymaekers, Joris
2005-12-01
Recently, Gaiotto, Strominger and Yin have proposed a holographic representation of the microstates of certain N = 2 black holes as chiral primaries of a superconformal quantum mechanics living on D0-branes in the attractor geometry. We show that their proposal can be succesfully applied to `small' black holes which are dual to Dabholkar-Harvey states and have vanishing horizon area in the leading supergravity approximation.
Statistical-mechanical description of quantum entanglement
J. K. Korbicz; F. Hulpke; A. Osterloh; M. Lewenstein
2008-08-27
We present a description of finite dimensional quantum entanglement, based on a study of the space of all convex decompositions of a given density matrix. On this space we construct a system of real polynomial equations describing separable states. We further study this system using statistical mechanical methods. Finally, we apply our techniques to Werner states of two qubits and obtain a sufficient criterion for separability.
Quantum Mechanics on Manifolds and Topological Effects
Giovanni Morchio; Franco Strocchi
2007-01-01
A unique classification of the topological effects associated to quantum mechanics on manifolds is obtained on the basis of\\u000a the invariance under diffeomorphisms and the realization of the Lie–Rinehart relations between the generators of the diffeomorphism\\u000a group and the algebra of C\\u000a ? functions on the manifold. This leads to a unique (“Lie–Rinehart”) C\\u000a *-algebra as observable algebra; its regular
Physical Interpretations of Nilpotent Quantum Mechanics
Peter Rowlands
2010-04-09
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.
A tossed coin as quantum mechanical object
Alexander M. Soiguine
2014-08-28
Comprehensive and physically consistent model of a tossed coin is presented in terms of geometric algebra. The model clearly shows that there is nothing elementary particle specific in the half-spin quantum mechanical formalism. It also demonstrates what really is behind this formalism, feasibly reveals the probabilistic meaning of wave function and shows that arithmetic of packed objects, namely wave functions and Pauli matrices, reduces the amount of available information.
Modern Quantum Mechanics Experiments for Undergraduates
NSDL National Science Digital Library
Beck, Mark
Authored by Mark Beck of Whitman College's Department of Physics, this site provides information about simplified quantum mechanics experiments such as the Grangier experiment and single photon interference. Included are a general description, an overview, course materials, experiments, external links and notes. Each experiment or lesson provides instructions and other need information such as images, charts or graphs. This series of resources could be used to enhance or create curricula in the field.
Quantum Mechanics - Fundamentals and Applications to Technology
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Singh, Jasprit
1996-10-01
Explore the relationship between quantum mechanics and information-age applications This volume takes an altogether unique approach to quantum mechanics. Providing an in-depth exposition of quantum mechanics fundamentals, it shows how these concepts are applied to most of today's information technologies, whether they are electronic devices or materials. No other text makes this critical, essential leap from theory to real-world applications. The book's lively discussion of the mathematics involved fits right in with contemporary multidisciplinary trends in education: Once the basic formulation has been derived in a given chapter, the connection to important technological problems is summarily described. The many helpful features include * Twenty-eight application-oriented sections that focus on lasers, transistors, magnetic memories, superconductors, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and other important technology-driving materials and devices * One hundred solved examples, with an emphasis on numerical results and the connection between the physics and its applications * End-of-chapter problems that ground the student in both fundamental and applied concepts * Numerous figures and tables to clarify the various topics and provide a global view of the problems under discussion * Over two hundred illustrations to highlight problems and text A book for the information age, Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications to Technology promises to become a standard in departments of electrical engineering, applied physics, and materials science, as well as physics. It is an excellent text for senior undergraduate and graduate students, and a helpful reference for practicing scientists, engineers, and chemists in the semiconductor and electronic industries.
Entanglement, superselection rules and supersymmetric quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Cattaruzza, E.; Gozzi, E.; Pagani, C.
2014-07-01
In this paper we show that the energy eigenstates of supersymmetric quantum mechanics (SUSYQM) with non-definite “fermion” number are entangled states. They are “physical states” of the model provided that observables with odd number of spin variables are allowed in the theory like it happens in the Jaynes-Cummings model. Those states generalize the so-called “spin-spring” states of the Jaynes-Cummings model which have played an important role in the study of entanglement.
Relativistic Non-Hermitian Quantum Mechanics
Katherine Jones-Smith; Harsh Mathur
2014-07-01
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 $m_2$.
O. Tapia
2014-04-02
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.
Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics Quantum theory is arguably the most accurate scientific theory ever
Callender, Craig
1 PHIL 245: Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics Quantum theory is arguably the most accurate scientific of a quantum world has been hotly disputed since the theorys inception. Many very distinct models of a quantum?; the quantum eraser; instrumentalism; realism Week 3 Collapse Views "Realistic" collapse theories have been
Quantum mechanics, by itself, implies perception of a classical world
Casey Blood
2012-06-12
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.
Neutrino oscillations: Quantum mechanics vs. quantum field theory
Akhmedov, Evgeny Kh.; Kopp, Joachim; ,
2010-01-01
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.
Neutrino oscillations: quantum mechanics vs. quantum field theory
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Akhmedov, Evgeny Kh.; Kopp, Joachim
2010-04-01
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.
On the missing axiom of Quantum Mechanics Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano
D'Ariano, Giacomo Mauro
On the missing axiom of Quantum Mechanics Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano QUIT Group, Dipartimento di Fisica a set of axioms of purely operational nature, based on a general definition of "the experiment/epistemic approach. The miss- ing ingredient is, of course, the quantum superposition axiom for probability
Representation of complex rational numbers in quantum mechanics
Benioff, Paul [Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)
2005-09-15
A representation of complex rational numbers in quantum mechanics is described that is not based on logical or physical qubits. It stems from noting that the 0's in a product qubit state do not contribute to the number. They serve only as place holders. The representation is based on the distribution of four types of systems on an integer lattice. The four types, labeled as positive real, negative real, positive imaginary, and negative imaginary, are represented by creation and annihilation operators acting on the system vacuum state. Complex rational number states correspond to products of creation operators acting on the vacuum. Various operators, including those for the basic arithmetic operations, are described. The representation used here is based on occupation number states and is given for bosons and fermions.
A representation of complex rational numbers in quantum mechanics
Paul Benioff
2005-06-20
A representation of complex rational numbers in quantum mechanics is described that is not based on logical or physical qubits. It stems from noting that the zeros in a product qubit state do not contribute to the number. They serve only as place holders. The representation is based on the distribution of four types of systems on an integer lattice. The four types, labelled as positive real, negative real, positive imaginary, and negative imaginary, are represented by creation and annihilation operators acting on the system vacuum state. Complex rational string number states correspond to strings of creation operators acting on the vacuum. Various operators, including those for the basic arithmetic operations, are described. The representation used here is based on occupation number states and is given for bosons and fermions.
Bohmian mechanics in relativistic quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and string theory
H. Nikolic
2006-10-12
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.
Four and a Half Axioms for Finite Dimensional Quantum Mechanics
Alexander Wilce
2009-12-30
I discuss a set of strong, but probabilistically intelligible, axioms from which one can {\\em almost} derive the appratus of finite dimensional quantum theory. Stated informally, these require that systems appear completely classical as restricted to a single measurement, that different measurements, and likewise different pure states, be equivalent (up to the action of a compact group of symmetries), and that every state be the marginal of a bipartite non-signaling state perfectly correlating two measurements. This much yields a mathematical representation of measurements and states that is already very suggestive of quantum mechanics. In particular, in any theory satisfying these axioms, measurements can be represented by orthonormal subsets of, and states, by vectors in, an ordered real Hilbert space -- in the quantum case, the space of Hermitian operators, with its usual tracial inner product. One final postulate (a simple minimization principle, still in need of a clear interpretation) forces the positive cone of this space to be homogeneous and self-dual and hence, to be the the state space of a formally real Jordan algebra. From here, the route to the standard framework of finite-dimensional quantum mechanics is quite short.
Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Is Incorrect
Guang-Liang Li; Victor O. K. Li
2005-09-23
(A point-by-point response to a comment (quant-ph/0509130) on our paper (quant-ph/0509089) is added as Appendix C. We find the comment incorrect.) Einstein's criticism of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics is an important part of his legacy. Although most physicists consider Einstein's criticism technically unfounded, we show that the Copenhagen interpretation is actually incorrect, since Born's probability explanation of the wave function is incorrect due to a false assumption on "continuous probabilities" in modern probability theory. "Continuous probability" means a "probability measure" that can take every value in a subinterval of the unit interval (0, 1). We prove that such "continuous probabilities" are invalid. Since Bell's inequality also assumes "continuous probabilities", the result of the experimental test of Bell's inequality is not evidence supporting the Copenhagen interpretation. Although successful applications of quantum mechanics and explanation of quantum phenomena do not necessarily rely on the Copenhagen interpretation, the question asked by Einstein 70 years ago, i.e., whether a complete description of reality exists, still remains open.
Quantum mechanics with coordinate dependent noncommutativity
Kupriyanov, V. G. [CMCC, Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo André, SP (Brazil)] [CMCC, Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo André, SP (Brazil)
2013-11-15
Noncommutative quantum mechanics can be considered as a first step in the construction of quantum field theory on noncommutative spaces of generic form, when the commutator between coordinates is a function of these coordinates. In this paper we discuss the mathematical framework of such a theory. The noncommutativity is treated as an external antisymmetric field satisfying the Jacobi identity. First, we propose a symplectic realization of a given Poisson manifold and construct the Darboux coordinates on the obtained symplectic manifold. Then we define the star product on a Poisson manifold and obtain the expression for the trace functional. The above ingredients are used to formulate a nonrelativistic quantum mechanics on noncommutative spaces of general form. All considered constructions are obtained as a formal series in the parameter of noncommutativity. In particular, the complete algebra of commutation relations between coordinates and conjugated momenta is a deformation of the standard Heisenberg algebra. As examples we consider a free particle and an isotropic harmonic oscillator on the rotational invariant noncommutative space.
Quantum Mechanical Insights into Biological Processes at the Electronic Level
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Alexandrova, Anastassia N.
The realm of biology is always governed by underlying electronic effects. These effects are often treated implicitly and may go nearly unnoticed in classical biomolecular simulations, such as Monte Carlo or molecular dynamics. It is important to remember, however, that these classical methods always operate on the single, ground electronic potential energy surface (PES). Furthermore, classical methods assume the classical behavior of the atomic nuclei, and thus rely on the so-called Born-Oppenheimer approximation (BAO) heavily used in quantum mechanics, as discussed in detail below. Due to the BAO, the ground PES can be obtained by finding the optimal electronic solution for every position of stationary classical nuclei. The combined electronic and nuclear energy as a function of nuclear coordinates in the PES. The Born-Oppenheimer PES is usually very close to the chemical reality. Parameters of classical force fields are optimized to reproduce this ground PES, either calculated quantum mechanically or derived from the experiment. Thus, electronic structure is always an active player in classical simulations through the parameters of the force field in use. However, when it comes to the assessment of the mechanism of a biochemical reaction that involves breaking and forming of covalent bonds, quantum mechanics is an almost exclusive reliable approach, with a prominent classical exception being the empirical valence bond method. Furthermore, there is a large class of biological processes that simply cannot be assessed without explicit quantum mechanical treatment. An obvious example is electron transfer in enzymes or DNA that plays a pivotal role in every oxidation or reduction event in living cells.
Quantum Field Theory for Mathematicians Hamiltonian Mechanics and Symplectic Geometry
Woit, Peter
Quantum Field Theory for Mathematicians Â· Hamiltonian Mechanics and Symplectic Geometry Integral Quantization Â Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics Â Introduction to Scattering Theory Â· Classical Field Theory Â· Relativistic Fields, PoincarÂ´e Group and Wigner Classification Â· Free Quantum Fields
Quantum gears: a simple mechanical system in the quantum Angus MacKinnon
MacKinnon, Angus
Quantum gears: a simple mechanical system in the quantum regime Angus MacKinnon Blackett Laboratory. The quantum mechanics of a simple mechanical system is considered. A group of gears can serve as a model molecules. An expression is derived for the quantisation of the dynamics of a 2Âgear system. The general
Nielsen, Steven O.
FIG. 1: Size-dependent color emission of quantum dots. This is a purely quantum mechanical effect. FIG. 2: Size-dependent color emission of quantum dots. This is a purely quantum mechanical effect. 1 #12;FIG. 3: Size-dependent color emission of quantum dots. This is a purely quantum mechanical effect
Bhomian Mechanics vs. Standard Quantum Mechanics: a Difference in Experimental Predictions
Artur Szczepanski
2010-02-08
Standard Quantum Mechanics (QM) predicts an anti-intuitive fenomenon here referred to as "quantum autoscattering", which is excluded by Bhomian Mechanics. The scheme of a gedanken experiment testing the QM prediction is briefly discussed.
Quantum Mechanics of a Rotating Billiard
Nandan Jha; Sudhir R. Jain
2014-06-12
Integrability of a square billiard is spontaneously broken as it rotates about one of its corners. The system becomes quasi-integrable where the invariant tori are broken with respect to a certain parameter, $\\lambda = 2E/\\omega^{2}$ where E is the energy of the particle inside the billiard and $\\omega$ is the angular frequency of rotation of billiard. We study the system classically and quantum mechanically in view of obtaining a correspondence in the two descriptions. Classical phase space in Poincar\\'{e} surface of section shows transition from regular to chaotic motion as the parameter $\\lambda$ is decreased. In the Quantum counterpart, the spectral statistics shows a transition from Poisson to Wigner distribution as the system turns chaotic with decrease in $\\lambda$. The wavefunction statistics however show breakdown of time-reversal symmetry as $\\lambda$ decreases.
Quantum Mechanics in Terms of Realism
Arthur Jabs
2015-02-02
We expound an alternative to the Copenhagen interpretation of the formalism of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. The basic difference is that the new interpretation is formulated in the language of epistemological realism. It involves a change in some basic physical concepts. The $\\psi $ function is no longer interpreted as a probability amplitude of the observed behavior of elementary particles but as an objective physical field representing the particles themselves. The particles are thus extended objects whose extension varies in time according to the variation of $\\psi $. They are considered as fundamental regions of space with some kind of nonlocality. Special consideration is given to the Heisenberg relations, the reduction process, the problem of measurement, Schr\\"odinger's cat, Wigner's friend, the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen correlations, field quantization and quantum-statistical distributions.
Measurement and Ergodicity in Quantum Mechanics
Mariano Bauer; Pier A. Mello
2015-04-03
The experimental realization of successive non-demolition measurements on single microscopic systems brings up the question of ergodicity in Quantum Mechanics (QM). We investigate whether time averages over one realization of a single system are related to QM averages over an ensemble of similarly prepared systems. We adopt a generalization of von Neumann model of measurement, coupling the system to $N$ "probes" --with a strength that is at our disposal-- and detecting the latter. The model parallels the procedure followed in experiments on Quantum Electrodynamic cavities. The modification of the probability of the observable eigenvalues due to the coupling to the probes can be computed analytically and the results compare qualitatively well with those obtained numerically by the experimental groups. We find that the problem is not ergodic, except in the case of an eigenstate of the observable being studied.
Path integration in relativistic quantum mechanics
Ian H. Redmount; Wai-Mo Suen
1992-10-28
The simple physics of a free particle reveals important features of the path-integral formulation of relativistic quantum theories. The exact quantum-mechanical propagator is calculated here for a particle described by the simple relativistic action proportional to its proper time. This propagator is nonvanishing outside the light cone, implying that spacelike trajectories must be included in the path integral. The propagator matches the WKB approximation to the corresponding configuration-space path integral far from the light cone; outside the light cone that approximation consists of the contribution from a single spacelike geodesic. This propagator also has the unusual property that its short-time limit does not coincide with the WKB approximation, making the construction of a concrete skeletonized version of the path integral more complicated than in nonrelativistic theory.
Quantum-Mechanical Model of Spacetime
Jarmo Makela
2007-06-20
We consider a possibility to construct a quantum-mechanical model of spacetime, where Planck size quantum black holes act as the fundamental constituents of space and time. Spacetime is assumed to be a graph, where black holes lie on the vertices. Our model implies that area has a discrete spectrum with equal spacing. At macroscopic length scales our model reproduces Einstein's field equation with a vanishing cosmological constant as a sort of thermodynamical equation of state of spacetime and matter fields. In the low temperature limit, where most black holes are assumed to be in the ground state, our model implies the Unruh and the Hawking effects, whereas in the high temperature limit we find, among other things, that black hole entropy depends logarithmically on the event horizon area, instead of being proportional to the area.
Adaptive Perturbation Theory I: Quantum Mechanics
Weinstein, Marvin; /SLAC
2005-10-19
Adaptive perturbation is a new method for perturbatively computing the eigenvalues and eigenstates of quantum mechanical Hamiltonians that heretofore were not believed to be treatable by such methods. The novel feature of adaptive perturbation theory is that it decomposes a given Hamiltonian, H, into an unperturbed part and a perturbation in a way which extracts the leading non-perturbative behavior of the problem exactly. This paper introduces the method in the context of the pure anharmonic oscillator and then goes on to apply it to the case of tunneling between both symmetric and asymmetric minima. It concludes with an introduction to the extension of these methods to the discussion of a quantum field theory. A more complete discussion of this issue will be given in the second paper in this series, and it will show how to use the method of adaptive perturbation theory to non-perturbatively extract the structure of mass, wavefunction and coupling constant renormalization.
Elio Conte
2011-06-14
We review our approach to quantum mechanics adding also some new interesting results. We start by giving proof of two important theorems on the existence of the and Clifford algebras. This last algebra gives proof of the von Neumann basic postulates on the quantum measurement explaining thus in an algebraic manner the wave function collapse postulated in standard quantum theory. In this manner we reach the objective to expose a self-consistent version of quantum mechanics. We give proof of the quantum like Heisenberg uncertainty relations, the phenomenon of quantum Mach Zender interference as well as quantum collapse in some cases of physical interest We also discuss the problem of time evolution of quantum systems as well as the changes in space location. We also give demonstration of the Kocken-Specher theorem, and also we give an algebraic formulation and explanation of the EPR . By using the same approach we also derive Bell inequalities. Our formulation is strongly based on the use of idempotents that are contained in Clifford algebra. Their counterpart in quantum mechanics is represented by the projection operators that are interpreted as logical statements, following the basic von Neumann results. Using the Clifford algebra we are able to invert such result. According to the results previously obtained by Orlov in 1994, we are able to give proof that quantum mechanics derives from logic. We show that indeterminism and quantum interference have their origin in the logic.
Dimitri Marinelli; Annalisa Marzuoli; Vincenzo Aquilanti; Roger W. Anderson; Ana Carla P. Bitencourt; Mirco Ragni
2014-10-04
A unified vision of the symmetric coupling of angular momenta and of the quantum mechanical volume operator is illustrated. The focus is on the quantum mechanical angular momentum theory of Wigner's 6j symbols and on the volume operator of the symmetric coupling in spin network approaches: here, crucial to our presentation are an appreciation of the role of the Racah sum rule and the simplification arising from the use of Regge symmetry. The projective geometry approach permits the introduction of a symmetric representation of a network of seven spins or angular momenta. Results of extensive computational investigations are summarized, presented and briefly discussed.
Coupled-cavity terahertz quantum cascade lasers for single mode operation
Li, H., E-mail: hua.li@univ-paris-diderot.fr; Manceau, J. M.; Andronico, A.; Jagtap, V.; Sirtori, C.; Barbieri, S., E-mail: stefano.barbieri@univ-paris-diderot.fr [Laboratoire Matériaux et Phénomènes Quantiques, Université Paris Diderot and CNRS, UMR 7162, 10 rue A. Domont et L. Duquet, 75205 Paris (France); Li, L. H.; Linfield, E. H.; Davies, A. G. [School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom)
2014-06-16
We demonstrate the operation of coupled-cavity terahertz frequency quantum-cascade lasers composed of two sub-cavities separated by an air gap realized by optical lithography and dry etching. This geometry allows stable, single mode operation with typical side mode suppression ratios in the 30–40?dB range. We employ a transfer matrix method to model the mode selection mechanism. The obtained results are in good agreement with the measurements and allow prediction of the operating frequency.
Maslov's complex germ and the Weyl--Moyal algebra in quantum mechanics and in quantum field theory
A. V. Stoyanovsky
2007-02-28
The paper is a survey of some author's results related with the Maslov--Shvedov method of complex germ and with quantum field theory. The main idea is that many results of the method of complex germ and of perturbative quantum field theory can be made more simple and natural if instead of the algebra of (pseudo)differential operators one uses the Weyl algebra (operators with Weyl symbols) with the Moyal *-product. Section 1, devoted to quantum mechanics, contains a closed mathematical description of the Maslov--Shvedov method in the theory of Schrodinger equation, including the method of canonical operator. In particular, it contains a new simple definition of the Maslov index modulo 4. Section 2, devoted to quantum field theory, contains a logically self-consistent exposition of the main results of perturbative quantum field theory not using the subtraction of infinities from the quantum Hamiltonian of free field and normal ordering of operators. It also contains a result (dynamical evolution in quantum field theory in quasiclassical approximation) close to the Maslov--Shvedov quantum field theory complex germ.
Probability Representation of Quantum Mechanics: Comments and Bibliography
V. I. Man'ko; O. V. Pilyavets; V. G. Zborovskii
2006-10-17
The probability representation of states in standard quantum mechanics where the quantum states are associated with fair probability distributions (instead of wave function or density matrix) is shortly commented and bibliography related to the probability representation is given.
5.74 Introductory Quantum Mechanics II, Spring 2003
Tokmakoff, Andrei
Time-dependent quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Topics covered include perturbation theory, two-level systems, light-matter interactions, relaxation in quantum systems, correlation functions and linear response theory, ...
5.74 Introductory Quantum Mechanics II, Spring 2005
Tokmakoff, Andrei
Time-dependent quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Topics covered include perturbation theory, two-level systems, light-matter interactions, relaxation in quantum systems, correlation functions and linear response theory, ...
5.74 Introductory Quantum Mechanics II, Spring 2007
Tokmakoff, Andrei
Time-dependent quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Topics covered include perturbation theory, two-level systems, light-matter interactions, relaxation in quantum systems, correlation functions and linear response theory, ...
Clocks And Dynamics In Quantum Mechanics
Michael York
2014-07-11
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 component of a quantum system may be chosen to represent a clock and changes in other components can then be expected to be correlated with clocks with which they are entangled. Instead of traditional time-dependent equations of motion we provide a specific mechanism whereby evolution of data is instead quasi-causally related to the relative \\availability\\ of states and equations of motion are expressed in terms of quantized clock variables. We also suggest that time-reversal symmetry-breaking in weak interactions is an artifice of a conventional choice of co-ordinate time-function. Analysis of a "free" particle suggests that conventional co-ordinate space-time emerges from how we measure the separation of objects and events.
Quantum-mechanical description of Lense-Thirring effect for relativistic scalar particles
Alexander J. Silenko
2014-08-10
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.
Wigner Measures in Noncommutative Quantum Mechanics
C. Bastos; N. C. Dias; J. N. Prata
2009-07-25
We study the properties of quasi-distributions or Wigner measures in the context of noncommutative quantum mechanics. In particular, we obtain necessary and sufficient conditions for a phase-space function to be a noncommutative Wigner measure, for a Gaussian to be a noncommutative Wigner measure, and derive certain properties of the marginal distributions which are not shared by ordinary Wigner measures. Moreover, we derive the Robertson-Schr\\"odinger uncertainty principle. Finally, we show explicitly how the set of noncommutative Wigner measures relates to the sets of Liouville and (commutative) Wigner measures.
Euclidean Quantum Mechanics and Universal Nonlinear Filtering
Bhashyam Balaji
2008-09-25
An important problem in applied science is the continuous nonlinear filtering problem, i.e., the estimation of a Langevin state that is observed indirectly. In this paper, it is shown that Euclidean quantum mechanics is closely related to the continuous nonlinear filtering problem. The key is the configuration space Feynman path integral representation of the fundamental solution of a Fokker-Planck type of equation termed the Yau Equation of continuous-continuous filtering. A corollary is the equivalence between nonlinear filtering problem and a time-varying Schr\\"odinger equation.
Vector Models in PT Quantum Mechanics
Katherine Jones-Smith; Rudolph Kalveks
2013-04-21
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.
Perspectives: Quantum Mechanics on Phase Space
J. A. Brooke; F. E. Schroeck Jr
2006-06-27
The basic ideas in the theory of quantum mechanics on phase space are illustrated through an introduction of generalities, which seem to underlie most if not all such formulations and follow with examples taken primarily from kinematical particle model descriptions exhibiting either Galileian or Lorentzian symmetry. The structures of fundamental importance are the relevant (Lie) groups of symmetries and their homogeneous (and associated) spaces that, in the situations of interest, also possess Hamiltonian structures. Comments are made on the relation between the theory outlined and a recent paper by Carmeli, Cassinelli, Toigo, and Vacchini.
Counting Trees in Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics
Cordova, Clay
2015-01-01
We study the supersymmetric ground states of the Kronecker model of quiver quantum mechanics. This is the simplest quiver with two gauge groups and bifundamental matter fields, and appears universally in four-dimensional N=2 systems. The ground state degeneracy may be written as a multi-dimensional contour integral, and the enumeration of poles can be simply phrased as counting bipartite trees. We solve this combinatorics problem, thereby obtaining exact formulas for the degeneracies of an infinite class of models. We also develop an algorithm to compute the angular momentum of the ground states, and present explicit expressions for the refined indices of theories where one rank is small.
The metaphysics of quantum mechanics: Modal interpretations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Gluck, Stuart Murray
2004-11-01
This dissertation begins with the argument that a preferred way of doing metaphysics is through philosophy of physics. An understanding of quantum physics is vital to answering questions such as: What counts as an individual object in physical ontology? Is the universe fundamentally indeterministic? Are indiscernibles identical? This study explores how the various modal interpretations of quantum mechanics answer these sorts of questions; modal accounts are one of the two classes of interpretations along with so-called collapse accounts. This study suggests a new alternative within the class of modal views that yields a more plausible ontology, one in which the Principle of the Identity of Indisceribles is necessarily true. Next, it shows that modal interpretations can consistently deny that the universe must be fundamentally indeterministic so long as they accept certain other metaphysical commitments: either a perfect initial distribution of states in the universe or some form of primitive dispositional properties. Finally, the study sketches out a future research project for modal interpretations based on developing quantified quantum logic.
Mario Rabinowitz
2006-02-22
Quantum mechanics clearly violates the weak equivalence principle (WEP). This implies that quantum mechanics also violates the strong equivalence principle (SEP), as shown in this paper. Therefore a theory of quantum gravity may not be possible unless it is not based upon the equivalence principle, or if quantum mechanics can change its mass dependence. Neither of these possibilities seem likely at the present time. Examination of QM in n-space, as well as relativistic QM equations does not change this conclusion.
Gate operators for N-strategies quantum game
Katarzyna Bolonek-Laso?
2014-07-10
The quantization of 2-players N-strategies games is considered. The general form of gate operator is determined under the assumption that the classical pure strategies are contained in the set of pure quantum ones.
Continuous quantum error correction through local operations
Mascarenhas, Eduardo; Franca Santos, Marcelo [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 31270-901, Belo Horizonte (Brazil); Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, 2 Science Drive 3, 117542 Singapore (Singapore); Marques, Breno [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 31270-901, Belo Horizonte (Brazil); Terra Cunha, Marcelo [Departamento de Matematica, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 30123-970, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
2010-09-15
We propose local strategies to protect global quantum information. The protocols, which are quantum error-correcting codes for dissipative systems, are based on environment measurements, direct feedback control, and simple encoding of the logical qubits into physical qutrits whose decaying transitions are indistinguishable and equally probable. The simple addition of one extra level in the description of the subsystems allows for local actions to fully and deterministically protect global resources such as entanglement. We present codes for both quantum jump and quantum state diffusion measurement strategies and test them against several sources of inefficiency. The use of qutrits in information protocols suggests further characterization of qutrit-qutrit disentanglement dynamics, which we also give together with simple local environment measurement schemes able to prevent distillability sudden death and even enhance entanglement in situations in which our feedback error correction is not possible.
Larkin, Teresa L.
Materials* Yan Wang** and Teresa L. Hein American University In this paper we will present our experiences using a portion of the materials developed by the Visual Quantum Mechanics (VQM) project1 as part of our materials were utilized in a new second-tier introductory course for non-science majors at American
A quantum protective mechanism in photosynthesis.
Marais, Adriana; Sinayskiy, Ilya; Petruccione, Francesco; van Grondelle, Rienk
2015-01-01
Since the emergence of oxygenic photosynthesis, living systems have developed protective mechanisms against reactive oxygen species. During charge separation in photosynthetic reaction centres, triplet states can react with molecular oxygen generating destructive singlet oxygen. The triplet product yield in bacteria is observed to be reduced by weak magnetic fields. Reaction centres from plants' photosystem II share many features with bacterial reaction centres, including a high-spin iron whose function has remained obscure. To explain observations that the magnetic field effect is reduced by the iron, we propose that its fast-relaxing spin plays a protective role in photosynthesis by generating an effective magnetic field. We consider a simple model of the system, derive an analytical expression for the effective magnetic field and analyse the resulting triplet yield reduction. The protective mechanism is robust for realistic parameter ranges, constituting a clear example of a quantum effect playing a macroscopic role vital for life. PMID:25732807
A quantum protective mechanism in photosynthesis
Marais, Adriana; Sinayskiy, Ilya; Petruccione, Francesco; van Grondelle, Rienk
2015-01-01
Since the emergence of oxygenic photosynthesis, living systems have developed protective mechanisms against reactive oxygen species. During charge separation in photosynthetic reaction centres, triplet states can react with molecular oxygen generating destructive singlet oxygen. The triplet product yield in bacteria is observed to be reduced by weak magnetic fields. Reaction centres from plants' photosystem II share many features with bacterial reaction centres, including a high-spin iron whose function has remained obscure. To explain observations that the magnetic field effect is reduced by the iron, we propose that its fast-relaxing spin plays a protective role in photosynthesis by generating an effective magnetic field. We consider a simple model of the system, derive an analytical expression for the effective magnetic field and analyse the resulting triplet yield reduction. The protective mechanism is robust for realistic parameter ranges, constituting a clear example of a quantum effect playing a macroscopic role vital for life. PMID:25732807
A quantum protective mechanism in photosynthesis
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Marais, Adriana; Sinayskiy, Ilya; Petruccione, Francesco; van Grondelle, Rienk
2015-03-01
Since the emergence of oxygenic photosynthesis, living systems have developed protective mechanisms against reactive oxygen species. During charge separation in photosynthetic reaction centres, triplet states can react with molecular oxygen generating destructive singlet oxygen. The triplet product yield in bacteria is observed to be reduced by weak magnetic fields. Reaction centres from plants' photosystem II share many features with bacterial reaction centres, including a high-spin iron whose function has remained obscure. To explain observations that the magnetic field effect is reduced by the iron, we propose that its fast-relaxing spin plays a protective role in photosynthesis by generating an effective magnetic field. We consider a simple model of the system, derive an analytical expression for the effective magnetic field and analyse the resulting triplet yield reduction. The protective mechanism is robust for realistic parameter ranges, constituting a clear example of a quantum effect playing a macroscopic role vital for life.
BOOK REVIEW: Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics (2nd edition)
H. P. Stapp
2004-01-01
Quantum mechanics is usually defined in terms of some loosely connected axioms and rules. Such a foundation is far from the beauty of, e.g., the `principles' underlying classical mechanics. Motivated, in addition, by notorious interpretation problems, there have been numerous attempts to modify or `complete' quantum mechanics. A first attempt was based on so-called hidden variables; its proponents essentially tried
Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics (2nd edition)
G Mahler
2004-01-01
Quantum mechanics is usually defined in terms of some loosely connected axioms and rules. Such a foundation is far from the beauty of, e.g., the `principles' underlying classical mechanics. Motivated, in addition, by notorious interpretation problems, there have been numerous attempts to modify or `complete' quantum mechanics. A first attempt was based on so-called hidden variables; its proponents essentially tried
A note on the Landauer principle in quantum statistical mechanics
Boyer, Edmond
A note on the Landauer principle in quantum statistical mechanics Vojkan Jaksi´c1 and Claude results concerning the derivation of the Landauer bound from the first principles of statistical mechanics and proof of the Landauer principle in the context of quantum statistical mechanics has led to a number
Quantum Mechanical Study of Nanoscale MOSFET
NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)
Svizhenko, Alexei; Anantram, M. P.; Govindan, T. R.; Biegel, Bryan
2001-01-01
The steady state characteristics of MOSFETS that are of practical Interest are the drive current, off-current, dope of drain current versus drain voltage, and threshold voltage. In this section, we show that quantum mechanical simulations yield significantly different results from drift-diffusion based methods. These differences arise because of the following quantum mechanical features: (I) polysilicon gate depletion in a manner opposite to the classical case (II) dependence of the resonant levels in the channel on the gate voltage, (III) tunneling of charge across the gate oxide and from source to drain, (IV) quasi-ballistic flow of electrons. Conclusions dI/dV versus V does not increase in a manner commensurate with the increase in number of subbands. - The increase in dI/dV with bias is much smaller then the increase in the number of subbands - a consequence of bragg reflection. Our calculations show an increase in transmission with length of contact, as seen in experiments. It is desirable for molecular electronics applications to have a small contact area, yet large coupling. In this case, the circumferential dependence of the nanotube wave function dictates: - Transmission in armchair tubes saturates around unity - Transmission in zigzag tubes saturates at two.
A bilocal picture of quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Withers, L. P., Jr.; Narducci, F. A.
2015-04-01
A new, bilocal picture of quantum mechanics is developed. We show that Born’s rule supports a virtual probability for a particle to arrive, as a wave, at any two locations (but no more). We discuss two ways to implement twin detectors suitable for detecting bilocal arrivals. The bilocal picture sheds light on currents in quantum mechanics. We find there are two types of bilocal current density, whose polar form and related mean velocities are given. In the bilocal context, the definitions of both current types simplify. In the unilocal case, the two types become the usual current and a fluctuation current. Their respective mean velocity fields are the usual de Broglie–Madelung–Bohm velocity and the imaginary (osmotic) velocity. We obtain a new, probabilistic Schrödinger equation for the bilocal probability by itself, solve the example of a free particle, develop the dyadic stationary states, and find that the von Neumann equation for time-varying density of states follows directly from the new equation. We also show how to include the electromagnetic potentials in this probabilistic Schrödinger equation.
Huang, Yi-Zhi
Quantum Hall systems Representation theory of vertex operator algebras Applications The end Quantum;Quantum Hall systems Representation theory of vertex operator algebras Applications The end Outline 1 An approach to a fundamental conjecture #12;Quantum Hall systems Representation theory of vertex operator
Biological Applications of Hybrid Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics Calculation
Kang, Jiyoung; Hagiwara, Yohsuke; Tateno, Masaru
2012-01-01
Since in most cases biological macromolecular systems including solvent water molecules are remarkably large, the computational costs of performing ab initio calculations for the entire structures are prohibitive. Accordingly, QM calculations that are jointed with MM calculations are crucial to evaluate the long-range electrostatic interactions, which significantly affect the electronic structures of biological macromolecules. A UNIX-shell-based interface program connecting the quantum mechanics (QMs) and molecular mechanics (MMs) calculation engines, GAMESS and AMBER, was developed in our lab. The system was applied to a metalloenzyme, azurin, and PU.1-DNA complex; thereby, the significance of the environmental effects on the electronic structures of the site of interest was elucidated. Subsequently, hybrid QM/MM molecular dynamics (MD) simulation using the calculation system was employed for investigation of mechanisms of hydrolysis (editing reaction) in leucyl-tRNA synthetase complexed with the misaminoacylated tRNALeu, and a novel mechanism of the enzymatic reaction was revealed. Thus, our interface program can play a critical role as a powerful tool for state-of-the-art sophisticated hybrid ab initio QM/MM MD simulations of large systems, such as biological macromolecules. PMID:22536015
Biological applications of hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics calculation.
Kang, Jiyoung; Hagiwara, Yohsuke; Tateno, Masaru
2012-01-01
Since in most cases biological macromolecular systems including solvent water molecules are remarkably large, the computational costs of performing ab initio calculations for the entire structures are prohibitive. Accordingly, QM calculations that are jointed with MM calculations are crucial to evaluate the long-range electrostatic interactions, which significantly affect the electronic structures of biological macromolecules. A UNIX-shell-based interface program connecting the quantum mechanics (QMs) and molecular mechanics (MMs) calculation engines, GAMESS and AMBER, was developed in our lab. The system was applied to a metalloenzyme, azurin, and PU.1-DNA complex; thereby, the significance of the environmental effects on the electronic structures of the site of interest was elucidated. Subsequently, hybrid QM/MM molecular dynamics (MD) simulation using the calculation system was employed for investigation of mechanisms of hydrolysis (editing reaction) in leucyl-tRNA synthetase complexed with the misaminoacylated tRNA(Leu), and a novel mechanism of the enzymatic reaction was revealed. Thus, our interface program can play a critical role as a powerful tool for state-of-the-art sophisticated hybrid ab initio QM/MM MD simulations of large systems, such as biological macromolecules. PMID:22536015
Surveying Instructors' Attitudes and Approaches to Teaching Quantum Mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Siddiqui, Shabnam; Singh, Chandralekha
2010-10-01
Understanding instructors' attitudes and approaches to teaching quantum mechanics can be helpful in developing research-based learning tools. Here we discuss the findings from a survey in which 13 instructors reflected on issues related to quantum mechanics teaching. Topics included opinions about the goals of a quantum mechanics course, general challenges in teaching the subject, students' preparation for the course, comparison between their own learning of quantum mechanics vs. how they teach it and the extent to which contemporary topics are incorporated into the syllabus.
On some recent proposals for testing macrorealism versus quantum mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Benatti, Fabio; Ghirardi, Giancarlo; Grassi, Renata
1994-04-01
In order to evaluate its relevance, we reconsider critically the recent proposal by Leggett and Garg to test macrorealism against quantum mechanics by resorting to experiments involving noninvasive measurement processes on a SQUID. Our conclusion is that, in spite of the fact that the proposed experiment would neither constitute a test of macrorealism nor a test of macrocontextuality, a simplified form of it represents a (presumably) feasible experiment permitting a direct test of macroscopic quantum coherence. We also analyze the proposal from the point of view of the recent attempts to build up model theories allowing to take, within a purely quantum framework, a macrorealistic position about natural phenomena, i.e., the socalled dynamical reduction models and we stress that the proposed experiment has no relevance for the dynamical reduction program, as developed so far. However consideration of the SQUID system allows one to test other possible dynamical mechanisms leading to the objectification of macroproperties which could, in principle, be operative. We also briefly sketch experimental procedures to be followed to get all relevant information concerning macrocoherence.
Tulsi Dass
2006-12-29
Supmech, an algebraic scheme of mechanics integrating noncommutative symplectic geometry and noncommutative probability, subsumes quantum and classical mechanics and permits consistent treatment of interaction of quantum and classical systems. Quantum measurements are treated in this framework; the von Neumann reduction rule (generally postulated) is derived and interpreted in physical terms.
Bodek, K.; Rozp?dzik, D.; Zejma, J. [Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics, Reymonta 4, 30059 Kraków (Poland); Caban, P.; Rembieli?ski, J.; W?odarczyk, M. [University of ?ód?, Faculty of Physics and Applied Informatics, Pomorska 149/153, 90236 ?ód? (Poland); Ciborowski, J. [University of Warsaw, Faculty of Physics, Hoza 69, 00681 Warsaw (Poland); Enders, J.; Köhler, A. [Technische Universität Darmstadt, Institut für Kernphysik, Schlossgartenstraße 9, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany); Kozela, A. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Radzikowskiego 152, 31342 Kraków (Poland)
2013-11-07
The Polish-German project QUEST aims at studying relativistic quantum spin correlations of the Einstein-Rosen-Podolsky-Bohm type, through measurement of the correlation function and the corresponding probabilities for relativistic electron pairs. The results will be compared to theoretical predictions obtained by us within the framework of relativistic quantum mechanics, based on assumptions regarding the form of the relativistic spin operator. Agreement or divergence will be interpreted in the context of non-uniqueness of the relativistic spin operator in quantum mechanics as well as dependence of the correlation function on the choice of observables representing the spin. Pairs of correlated electrons will originate from the Mo/ller scattering of polarized 15 MeV electrons provided by the superconducting Darmstadt electron linear accelerator S-DALINAC, TU Darmstadt, incident on a Be target. Spin projections will be determined using the Mott polarimetry technique. Measurements (starting 2013) are planned for longitudinal and transverse beam polarizations and different orientations of the beam polarization vector w.r.t. the Mo/ller scattering plane. This is the first project to study relativistic spin correlations for particles with mass.
Three attempts at two axioms for quantum mechanics
Daniel Rohrlich
2011-11-04
The axioms of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics lack clear physical meaning. In particular, they say nothing about nonlocality. Yet quantum mechanics is not only nonlocal, it is twice nonlocal: there are nonlocal quantum correlations, and there is the Aharonov-Bohm effect, which implies that an electric or magnetic field h e r e may act on an electron t h e r e. Can we invert the logical hierarchy? That is, can we adopt nonlocality as an axiom for quantum mechanics and derive quantum mechanics from this axiom and an additional axiom of causality? Three versions of these two axioms lead to three different theories, characterized by "maximal nonlocal correlations", "jamming" and "modular energy". Where is quantum mechanics in these theories?
Universal programmable quantum circuit schemes to emulate an operator.
Daskin, Anmer; Grama, Ananth; Kollias, Giorgos; Kais, Sabre
2012-12-21
Unlike fixed designs, programmable circuit designs support an infinite number of operators. The functionality of a programmable circuit can be altered by simply changing the angle values of the rotation gates in the circuit. Here, we present a new quantum circuit design technique resulting in two general programmable circuit schemes. The circuit schemes can be used to simulate any given operator by setting the angle values in the circuit. This provides a fixed circuit design whose angles are determined from the elements of the given matrix-which can be non-unitary-in an efficient way. We also give both the classical and quantum complexity analysis for these circuits and show that the circuits require a few classical computations. For the electronic structure simulation on a quantum computer, one has to perform the following steps: prepare the initial wave function of the system; present the evolution operator U = e(-iHt) for a given atomic and molecular Hamiltonian H in terms of quantum gates array and apply the phase estimation algorithm to find the energy eigenvalues. Thus, in the circuit model of quantum computing for quantum chemistry, a crucial step is presenting the evolution operator for the atomic and molecular Hamiltonians in terms of quantum gate arrays. Since the presented circuit designs are independent from the matrix decomposition techniques and the global optimization processes used to find quantum circuits for a given operator, high accuracy simulations can be done for the unitary propagators of molecular Hamiltonians on quantum computers. As an example, we show how to build the circuit design for the hydrogen molecule. PMID:23267476
Universal programmable quantum circuit schemes to emulate an operator
Daskin, Anmer; Grama, Ananth; Kollias, Giorgos [Department of Computer Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); Kais, Sabre [Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States); Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Doha (Qatar)
2012-12-21
Unlike fixed designs, programmable circuit designs support an infinite number of operators. The functionality of a programmable circuit can be altered by simply changing the angle values of the rotation gates in the circuit. Here, we present a new quantum circuit design technique resulting in two general programmable circuit schemes. The circuit schemes can be used to simulate any given operator by setting the angle values in the circuit. This provides a fixed circuit design whose angles are determined from the elements of the given matrix-which can be non-unitary-in an efficient way. We also give both the classical and quantum complexity analysis for these circuits and show that the circuits require a few classical computations. For the electronic structure simulation on a quantum computer, one has to perform the following steps: prepare the initial wave function of the system; present the evolution operator U=e{sup -iHt} for a given atomic and molecular Hamiltonian H in terms of quantum gates array and apply the phase estimation algorithm to find the energy eigenvalues. Thus, in the circuit model of quantum computing for quantum chemistry, a crucial step is presenting the evolution operator for the atomic and molecular Hamiltonians in terms of quantum gate arrays. Since the presented circuit designs are independent from the matrix decomposition techniques and the global optimization processes used to find quantum circuits for a given operator, high accuracy simulations can be done for the unitary propagators of molecular Hamiltonians on quantum computers. As an example, we show how to build the circuit design for the hydrogen molecule.
Number-difference-phase uncertainty relation for NFM operational quantum phase description
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Fan, Hong-yi; Xiao, Min
1997-02-01
For the Noh, Fougers, and Mandel (NFM) operational quantum phase description, which is based on an eight-port homodyne-detection, we propose the number-difference-phase (ND-P) uncertainty relation and, then, discuss the mechanism of generation of ND-P squeezed states.
The measurement problem in quantum mechanics: A phenomenological investigation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Hunter, Joel Brooks
2008-10-01
This dissertation is a phenomenological investigation of the measurement problem in quantum mechanics. The primary subject matter for description and analysis is scientific instruments and their use in experiments which elicit the measurement problem. A methodological critique is mounted against the ontological commitments taken for granted in the canonical interpretations of quantum theory and the scientific activity of measurement as the necessary interface between theoretical interest and perceptual results. I argue that an aesthetic dimension of reality functions as aproto-scientific establishment of sense-making that constantly operates to set integratively all other cognitively neat determinations, including scientifically rendered objects that are intrinsically non-visualizable. The way in which data "key in" to the original and originative register of the sensible in observation is clarified by examining prostheses, measuring apparatuses and instruments that are sense-conveying and -integrative with the human sensorium. Experiments, technology and instrumentation are examined in order to understand how knowing and that which is known is bonded by praxis-aisthesis. Quantum measurement is a praxic-dynamie activity and homologically structured and structur ing functional engagement in terms of instantiation, quantifiability, and spatiotemporal differentiation. The distinctions between a beauty-aesthetic and praxis-aisthesis are delineated. It is argued that a beauty-aesthetic is a construal of the economic dimension of scientific objects and work, and is not the primary manner in which the aesthetic dimension is disclosed. The economic dimension of abstractions reduces to an austere aesthetic of calculative economy. Nature itself, however, is not stingy; it is intrinsically capacious, extravagant, full of surprise, nuance, ambiguity and allusiveness. The capaciousness of Nature and the way in which we are integratively set within Nature in a materiality-phenomenality correlation discloses Nature's constituent potential, a condition more primitive than causal interplay. Finally, the relation between a physical mechanism or process and its functional mathematical representation is clarified. No physical mechanism or process accounts for the empirical effects of measurement outcomes in some quantum mechanical experiments. Within the milieu of ordinary perceptual experience, complete with its horizonal structure of spatiality and temporality, something uncaused is encountered which resists full determination in terms of mathematical representation. Keywords: Quantum Mechanics, Measurement Problem, Phenomenology, Prosthesis, Aesthetic
Fundamental phenomena of quantum mechanics explored with neutron interferometers
J. Klepp; S. Sponar; Y. Hasegawa
2014-07-11
Ongoing fascination with quantum mechanics keeps driving the development of the wide field of quantum-optics, including its neutron-optics branch. Application of neutron-optical methods and, especially, neutron interferometry and polarimetry has a long-standing tradition for experimental investigations of fundamental quantum phenomena. We give an overview of related experimental efforts made in recent years.
Quantum Hypothesis Testing and Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
V. Jaksic; Y. Ogata; C. -A. Pillet; R. Seiringer
2012-07-16
We extend the mathematical theory of quantum hypothesis testing to the general $W^*$-algebraic setting and explore its relation with recent developments in non-equilibrium quantum statistical mechanics. In particular, we relate the large deviation principle for the full counting statistics of entropy flow to quantum hypothesis testing of the arrow of time.
Quantum mechanics, strong emergence and ontological non-reducibility
Gambini, Rodolfo; Pullin, Jorge
2015-01-01
We show that a new interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which the notion of event is defined without reference to measurement or observers, allows to construct a quantum general ontology based on systems, states and events. Unlike the Copenhagen interpretation, it does not resort to elements of a classical ontology. The quantum ontology in turn allows us to recognize that a typical behavior of quantum systems exhibits strong emergence and ontological non-reducibility. Such phenomena are not exceptional but natural, and are rooted in the basic mathematical structure of quantum mechanics.
Symmetry as a foundational concept in Quantum Mechanics
Ziaeepour, Houri
2015-01-01
Symmetries are widely used in modeling quantum systems but they do not contribute in postulates of quantum mechanics. Here we argue that logical, mathematical, and observational evidence require that symmetry should be considered as a fundamental concept in the construction of physical systems. Based on this idea, we propose a series of postulates for describing quantum systems, and establish their relation and correspondence with axioms of standard quantum mechanics. Through some examples we show that this reformulation helps better understand some of ambiguities of standard description. Nonetheless its application is not limited to explaining confusing concept and it may be a necessary step toward a consistent model of quantum cosmology and gravity.
Quantum mechanics, strong emergence and ontological non-reducibility
Rodolfo Gambini; Lucia Lewowicz; Jorge Pullin
2015-02-12
We show that a new interpretation of quantum mechanics, in which the notion of event is defined without reference to measurement or observers, allows to construct a quantum general ontology based on systems, states and events. Unlike the Copenhagen interpretation, it does not resort to elements of a classical ontology. The quantum ontology in turn allows us to recognize that a typical behavior of quantum systems exhibits strong emergence and ontological non-reducibility. Such phenomena are not exceptional but natural, and are rooted in the basic mathematical structure of quantum mechanics.
Hilbert space for quantum mechanics on superspace
Coulembier, K.; De Bie, H. [Department of Mathematical Analysis, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Gent (Belgium)
2011-06-15
In superspace a realization of sl{sub 2} is generated by the super Laplace operator and the generalized norm squared. In this paper, an inner product on superspace for which this representation is skew-symmetric is considered. This inner product was already defined for spaces of weighted polynomials (see [K. Coulembier, H. De Bie, and F. Sommen, Orthogonality of Hermite polynomials in superspace and Mehler type formulae, Proc. London Math. Soc. (accepted) arXiv:1002.1118]). In this article, it is proven that this inner product can be extended to the super Schwartz space, but not to the space of square integrable functions. Subsequently, the correct Hilbert space corresponding to this inner product is defined and studied. A complete basis of eigenfunctions for general orthosymplectically invariant quantum problems is constructed for this Hilbert space. Then the integrability of the sl{sub 2}-representation is proven. Finally, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle for the super Fourier transform is constructed.
Abe, Sumiyoshi; Matsuo, Yasuyuki
2015-01-01
Completely positive quantum operations are frequently discussed in the contexts of statistical mechanics and quantum information. They are customarily given by maps forming positive operator-values measures. To intuitively understand the physical meanings of such abstract operations, the method of phase-space representations is examined. This method enables one to grasp the operations in terms of the classical statistical notions. As an example of physical importance, here, the phase-space representation of the completely positive quantum operation arising from the single-mode subdynamics of the two-mode squeezed vacuum state, which maps from the vacuum state at vanishing temperature to mixed states with perfect decoherence including the thermal state, is studied. It is found in the P representation that remarkably this operation is invertible, implying that coherence lost by the quantum operation can be recovered. PMID:25679589
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Abe, Sumiyoshi; Matsuo, Yasuyuki
2015-01-01
Completely positive quantum operations are frequently discussed in the contexts of statistical mechanics and quantum information. They are customarily given by maps forming positive operator-values measures. To intuitively understand the physical meanings of such abstract operations, the method of phase-space representations is examined. This method enables one to grasp the operations in terms of the classical statistical notions. As an example of physical importance, here, the phase-space representation of the completely positive quantum operation arising from the single-mode subdynamics of the two-mode squeezed vacuum state, which maps from the vacuum state at vanishing temperature to mixed states with perfect decoherence including the thermal state, is studied. It is found in the P representation that remarkably this operation is invertible, implying that coherence lost by the quantum operation can be recovered.
Sumiyoshi Abe; Yasuyuki Matsuo
2015-01-22
Completely positive quantum operations are frequently discussed in the contexts of statistical mechanics and quantum information. They are customarily given by maps forming positive operator-values measures. To intuitively understand physical meanings of such abstract operations, the method of phase-space representations is examined. This method enables one to grasp the operations in terms of the classical statistical notions. As an example of physical importance, here, the phase-space representation of the completely positive quantum operation arising from the single-mode subdynamics of the two-mode squeezed vacuum state, which maps from the vacuum state at vanishing temperature to mixed states with perfect decoherence including the thermal state, is studied. It is found in the $P$ representation that remarkably this operation is invertible, implying that coherence lost by the quantum operation can be recovered.
Irreducible Tensor Operators and Multiple-Quantum NMR
Wayne Douglas Hutchison
1987-01-01
The aim of the work detailed in this thesis, is to provide a concise, and illuminating, mathematical description of multiple quantum nuclear magnetic resonance (MQNMR) experiments, on essentially isolated (non-coupled) nuclei. The treatment used is based on irreducible tensor operators, which form an orthonormal basis set. Such operators can be used to detail the state of the nuclear ensemble (density
Driving quantum-walk spreading with the coin operator
Romanelli, A. [Instituto de Fisica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de la Republica, CC 30, CP 11000 Montevideo (Uruguay)
2009-10-15
We generalize the discrete quantum walk on the line using a time-dependent unitary coin operator. We find an analytical relation between the long-time behaviors of the standard deviation and the coin operator. Selecting the coin time sequence allows to obtain a variety of predetermined asymptotic wave-function spreadings: ballistic, sub-ballistic, diffusive, subdiffusive, and localized.
On the operating mechanism of population control.
Wei, J
1992-01-01
The progress made in population control in China is accounted for. The ingredients are a sound operating system (a mechanism), sufficient motivation, adequate and appropriate funding, information dissemination which dispels health fears and extols the health benefits, and a breakdown of social barriers to birth control. The mechanism takes into account the facts that individuals make choices about birth control and should have sufficient motivation and that the costs to society and individuals should be acceptable. Birth control will succeed when the motivation is strong and costs are reasonable. Even forced implementation will not work when costs are high and motivation weak. The current Chinese mechanism is not adequate to deal with new problems arising from reform and an opening up to the Western world. A parent's motivation is a result of supply and demand under certain conditions. The ability to produce children is related to the maximum parity under no restrictions and the probability of survival. Policy interventions must be directed to increasing the gap between supply and demand by influencing a parent's desire for more children. This desire is influenced by number, gender, and birth intervals as well as by educational and occupational goals. Son preference will increase the demand for more children. The economic value of children, resources available for raising children, and a subjective value judgement also influence the desire for children. Parental decisions may not be well-founded. The purpose of the policy is to establish minimum age requirements for employment and job-training programs and to provide old age security with greater benefits to those practicing birth control. Campaigns should be conducted to convince people to have small families. The long-term cost effectiveness of the IUD and sterilization means a wise investment. Funding has been increased to 2 yuan/person to account for the expansion of the program in breadth and depth. Misconceptions about the cost to health through side effects can be dispelled through campaigns and appropriate targets. PMID:12286125
From fractional Fourier transformation to quantum mechanical fractional squeezing transformation
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Lv, Cui-Hong; Fan, Hong-Yi; Li, Dong-Wei
2015-02-01
By converting the triangular functions in the integration kernel of the fractional Fourier transformation to the hyperbolic function, i.e., tan ? ? tanh ?, sin ? ? sinh ?, we find the quantum mechanical fractional squeezing transformation (FrST) which satisfies additivity. By virtue of the integration technique within the ordered product of operators (IWOP) we derive the unitary operator responsible for the FrST, which is composite and is made of ei?a†a/2 and exp . The FrST may be implemented in combinations of quadratic nonlinear crystals with different phase mismatches. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11304126), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. BK20130532), the Natural Science Fund for Colleges and Universities in Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. 13KJB140003), the Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 2013M541608), and the Postdoctoral Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. 1202012B).
Frame transforms, star products and quantum mechanics on phase space
P. Aniello; V. I. Man'ko; G. Marmo
2008-04-10
Using the notions of frame transform and of square integrable projective representation of a locally compact group $G$, we introduce a class of isometries (tight frame transforms) from the space of Hilbert-Schmidt operators in the carrier Hilbert space of the representation into the space of square integrable functions on the direct product group $G\\times G$. These transforms have remarkable properties. In particular, their ranges are reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces endowed with a suitable 'star product' which mimics, at the level of functions, the original product of operators. A 'phase space formulation' of quantum mechanics relying on the frame transforms introduced in the present paper, and the link of these maps with both the Wigner transform and the wavelet transform are discussed.
Supersymmetric quantum mechanics and Painlevé equations
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Bermudez, David; Fernández C., David J.
2014-01-01
In these lecture notes we shall study first the supersymmetric quantum mechanics (SUSY QM), specially when applied to the harmonic and radial oscillators. In addition, we will define the polynomial Heisenberg algebras (PHA), and we will study the general systems ruled by them: for zero and first order we obtain the harmonic and radial oscillators, respectively; for second and third order the potential is determined by solutions to Painlevé IV (PIV) and Painlevé V (PV) equations. Taking advantage of this connection, later on we will find solutions to PIV and PV equations expressed in terms of confluent hypergeometric functions. Furthermore, we will classify them into several solution hierarchies, according to the specific special functions they are connected with.
Quantum mechanics without an equation of motion
Alhaidari, A. D. [Saudi Center for Theoretical Physics, Jeddah 21438 (Saudi Arabia)
2011-06-15
We propose a formulation of quantum mechanics for a finite level system whose potential function is not realizable and/or analytic solution of the wave equation is not feasible. The system's wavefunction is written as an infinite sum in a complete set of square integrable functions. Interaction in the theory is introduced in function space by a real finite tridiagonal symmetric matrix. The expansion coefficients of the wavefunction satisfy a three-term recursion relation incorporating the parameters of the interaction. Information about the structure and dynamics of the system is contained in the scattering matrix, which is defined in the usual way. The bound state energy spectrum (system's structure) is finite. Apart from the 2M- 1 dimensionless parameters of the interaction matrix, whose rank is M, the theory has one additional scale parameter. In the development, we utilize the kinematic tools of the J-matrix method.
Quantum mechanics of a generalised rigid body
Gripaios, Ben
2015-01-01
We consider the quantum version of Arnold's generalisation of a rigid body in classical mechanics. Thus, we quantise the motion on an arbitrary Lie group manifold of a particle whose classical trajectories correspond to the geodesics of any one-sided-invariant metric. We show how the derivation of the spectrum of energy eigenstates can be simplified by making use of automorphisms of the Lie algebra and (for groups of Type I) by methods of harmonic analysis. As examples, we consider all connected and simply-connected Lie groups up to dimension 3. This includes the universal cover of the archetypical rigid body, along with a number of new exactly-solvable models. We also discuss a possible application to the topical problem of quantising a perfect fluid.
Quantum mechanics of a generalised rigid body
Ben Gripaios; Dave Sutherland
2015-04-06
We consider the quantum version of Arnold's generalisation of a rigid body in classical mechanics. Thus, we quantise the motion on an arbitrary Lie group manifold of a particle whose classical trajectories correspond to the geodesics of any one-sided-invariant metric. We show how the derivation of the spectrum of energy eigenstates can be simplified by making use of automorphisms of the Lie algebra and (for groups of Type I) by methods of harmonic analysis. As examples, we consider all connected and simply-connected Lie groups up to dimension 3. This includes the universal cover of the archetypical rigid body, along with a number of new exactly-solvable models. We also discuss a possible application to the topical problem of quantising a perfect fluid.
Positive operator-valued measures in quantum decision theory
Yukalov, V I
2015-01-01
We show that the correct mathematical foundation of quantum decision theory, dealing with uncertain events, requires the use of positive operator-valued measure that is a generalization of the projection-valued measure. The latter is appropriate for operationally testable events, while the former is necessary for characterizing operationally uncertain events. In decision making, one has to distinguish composite non-entangled events from composite entangled events. The mathematical definition of entangled prospects is based on the theory of Hilbert-Schmidt spaces and is analogous to the definition of entangled statistical operators in quantum information theory. We demonstrate that the necessary condition for the appearance of an interference term in the quantum probability is the occurrence of entangled prospects and the existence of an entangled strategic state of a decision maker. The origin of uncertainties in standard lotteries is explained.
Positive operator-valued measures in quantum decision theory
V. I. Yukalov; D. Sornette
2015-03-16
We show that the correct mathematical foundation of quantum decision theory, dealing with uncertain events, requires the use of positive operator-valued measure that is a generalization of the projection-valued measure. The latter is appropriate for operationally testable events, while the former is necessary for characterizing operationally uncertain events. In decision making, one has to distinguish composite non-entangled events from composite entangled events. The mathematical definition of entangled prospects is based on the theory of Hilbert-Schmidt spaces and is analogous to the definition of entangled statistical operators in quantum information theory. We demonstrate that the necessary condition for the appearance of an interference term in the quantum probability is the occurrence of entangled prospects and the existence of an entangled strategic state of a decision maker. The origin of uncertainties in standard lotteries is explained.
Tampering detection system using quantum-mechanical systems
Humble, Travis S. (Knoxville, TN); Bennink, Ryan S. (Knoxville, TN); Grice, Warren P. (Oak Ridge, TN)
2011-12-13
The use of quantum-mechanically entangled photons for monitoring the integrity of a physical border or a communication link is described. The no-cloning principle of quantum information science is used as protection against an intruder's ability to spoof a sensor receiver using a `classical` intercept-resend attack. Correlated measurement outcomes from polarization-entangled photons are used to protect against quantum intercept-resend attacks, i.e., attacks using quantum teleportation.
Burton, Geoffrey R.
Quantum Information Theory Quantum mechanics makes probabilistic predictions about experiments lead to the development of a theory of quantum information that generalises previous notions distribution. Â· Information theory: noisy quantum states, purifications, von Neumann entropy, data compression
A Causal Net Approach to Relativistic Quantum Mechanics
R. D. Bateson
2012-05-13
In this paper we discuss a causal network approach to describing relativistic quantum mechanics. Each vertex on the causal net represents a possible point event or particle observation. By constructing the simplest causal net based on Reichenbach-like conjunctive forks in proper time we can exactly derive the 1+1 dimension Dirac equation for a relativistic fermion and correctly model quantum mechanical statistics. Symmetries of the net provide various quantum mechanical effects such as quantum uncertainty and wavefunction, phase, spin, negative energy states and the effect of a potential. The causal net can be embedded in 3+1 dimensions and is consistent with the conventional Dirac equation. In the low velocity limit the causal net approximates to the Schrodinger equation and Pauli equation for an electromagnetic field. Extending to different momentum states the net is compatible with the Feynman path integral approach to quantum mechanics that allows calculation of well known quantum phenomena such as diffraction.
Sheaf Logic, Quantum Set Theory and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
J. Benavides
2012-02-07
Based on the Sheaf Logic approach to set theoretic forcing, a hierarchy of Quantum Variable Sets is constructed which generalizes and simplifies the analogous construction developed by Takeuti on boolean valued models of set theory. Over this model two alternative proofs of Takeuti's correspondence, between self adjoint operators and the real numbers of the model, are given. This approach results to be more constructive showing a direct relation with the Gelfand representation theorem, revealing also the importance of these results with respect to the interpretation of Quantum Mechanics in close connection with the Deutsch-Everett multiversal interpretation. Finally, it is shown how in this context the notion of genericity and the corresponding generic model theorem can help to explain the emergence of classicality also in connection with the Deutsch- Everett perspective.
Hidden-Variables Models of Quantum Mechanics (Noncontextual and Contextual)
Abner Shimony
In the following discussion of hidden variables models of quantum mechanics the ? Hilbert space formulation of quantum mechanics\\u000a and the standard interpretation of its notation and concepts will be taken to be initially understood, even though challenges\\u000a to the standard interpretation are implicit in the proposals of ? hidden variables.\\u000a \\u000a Very soon after the formulation of the new quantum
Developing and Evaluating Animations for Teaching Quantum Mechanics Concepts
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Kohnle, Antje; Douglass, Margaret; Edwards, Tom J.; Gillies, Alastair D.; Hooley, Christopher A.; Sinclair, Bruce D.
2010-01-01
In this paper, we describe animations and animated visualizations for introductory and intermediate-level quantum mechanics instruction developed at the University of St Andrews. The animations aim to help students build mental representations of quantum mechanics concepts. They focus on known areas of student difficulty and misconceptions by…
Chem 7940 Quantum Mechanics II Spring 2011 Chemistry 7940
Chem 7940 Quantum Mechanics II Spring 2011 Chemistry 7940 Problem Set 4 Spring 2011 Due: in class frequency in the two limits and -E0/ , i.e., k 0. 1 of 3 #12;Chem 7940 Quantum Mechanics II Spring change sign? (iii) Show that the diagonal coupling matrix elements +| d d |+ and -| d d |- (8
Environment-Induced Decoherence in Noncommutative Quantum Mechanics
Joao Nuno Prata; Nuno Costa Dias
2006-12-02
We address the question of the appearence of ordinary quantum mechanics in the context of noncommutative quantum mechanics. We obtain the noncommutative extension of the Hu-Paz-Zhang master equation for a Brownian particle linearly coupled to a bath of harmonic oscillators. We consider the particular case of an Ohmic regime.
Quantum mechanics needs no consciousness (and the other way around)
Shan Yu; Danko Nikolic
2010-01-01
It has been suggested that consciousness plays an important role in quantum mechanics as it is necessary for the collapse of wave function during the measurement. Furthermore, this idea has spawned a symmetrical proposal: a possibility that quantum mechanics explains the emergence of consciousness in the brain. Here we formulated several predictions that follow from this hypothetical relationship and that
On the End of a Quantum Mechanical Romance
Gregory R. Mulhauser
1995-01-01
Comparatively recent advances in quantum measurement theory suggest that the decades-old flirtation between quantum mechanics and the philosophy of mind is about to end. Various approaches to what I have elsewhere dubbed 'interactive decoherence' promise to remove the conscious observer from the phenomenon of state vector reduction. The mechanisms whereby decoherence occurs suggest, on the one hand, that consciousness per
In Defense of a Heuristic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
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Healy, Eamonn F.
2010-01-01
Although the presentation of quantum mechanics found in traditional textbooks is intellectually well founded, it suffers from a number of deficiencies. Specifically introducing quantum mechanics as a solution to the arcane dilemma, the ultraviolet catastrophe, does little to impress a nonscientific audience of the tremendous paradigmatic shift…
Design and Validation of the Quantum Mechanics Conceptual Survey
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McKagan, S. B.; Perkins, K. K.; Wieman, C. E.
2010-01-01
The Quantum Mechanics Conceptual Survey (QMCS) is a 12-question survey of students' conceptual understanding of quantum mechanics. It is intended to be used to measure the relative effectiveness of different instructional methods in modern physics courses. In this paper, we describe the design and validation of the survey, a process that included…
Quaternionic quantum mechanics allows non-local boxes
Matthew McKague
2009-11-09
We consider non-local properties of quanternionic quantum mechanics, in which the complex numbers are replaced by the quaternions as the underlying algebra. Specifically, we show that it is possible to construct a non-local box. This allows one to rule out quaternionic quantum mechanics using assumptions about communication complexity or information causality.
Quantum Mechanics from Periodic Dynamics: the bosonic case
Dolce, Donatello [Johannes-Gutenberg Universitaet, D-55099 Mainz (Germany)
2010-05-04
Enforcing the periodicity hypothesis of the 'old' formulation of Quantum Mechanics we show the possibility for a new scenario where Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics are unified in a deterministic field theory. A novel interpretation of the AdS/CFT conjecture is discussed.
Testing Quantum Mechanics in the Neutral Kaon System
John Ellis; N. E. Mavromatos; D. V. Nanopoulos
1992-07-29
The neutral kaon system is a sensitive probe of quantum mechanics. We revive a parametrization of non-quantum-mechanical effects that is motivated by considerations of the nature of space-time foam, and show how it can be constrained by new measurements of $K_L \\rightarrow 2\\pi$ and $K_{L,S}$ semileptonic decays at LEAR or a $\\phi$ factory.
Students' Conceptual Difficulties in Quantum Mechanics: Potential Well Problems
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Ozcan, Ozgur; Didis, Nilufer; Tasar, Mehmet Fatih
2009-01-01
In this study, students' conceptual difficulties about some basic concepts in quantum mechanics like one-dimensional potential well problems and probability density of tunneling particles were identified. For this aim, a multiple choice instrument named Quantum Mechanics Conceptual Test has been developed by one of the researchers of this study…
From Indefiniteness to Definiteness in Quantum Mechanics
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Holladay, W. G.
1996-11-01
Generally a quantum state vector |?_s> for a system S is a superposition of eigenvectors | q > of a physical quantity Q : |?_s> = int | q> < q|? _s> dq. For some other physical quantity P with eigenvectors | p > , the superposition becomes | ? s > =int |p > < p |?s > dp. A measurement of P yields a definite one of its eigenvalues p with probability = | < p | ?s >|^2 = Tr ?p ?_s, where ?p is the projection operator on the vector | p > and ?s is the density operator for the state | ?_s> . In terms of q the probability of | < p | ?s > |^2= int int < p |q > < p |q' > < q | ?s > < q' | ?s >^* dq dq' where the interference terms for different values of q(q neq q') indicate the indefiniteness of the physical quantity Q in the state |?s >. If now each specific state | q > is distinctively correlated with, or labeled, by variables in an enlarged Hilbert space, H_L, characterized by vectors |Lq > , i.e. each | q > => | q > øtimes | Lq > , then the combined state of S and the labeling system becomes the entangled state: |? _SL > = int |q > øtimes | Lq > < q |?_s> dq. Then the probability of p = Tr ?p ?_SL = int | < p |q > |^2 | < q |?s > |^2 dq. The interference terms have disappeared, reflecting a situation in which Q has definite values q with probability | < q | ?_s> |^2. Some examples of the procedure will be discussed.
Probabilistic theories: what is special about Quantum Mechanics?
Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano
2009-04-16
Quantum Mechanics (QM) is a very special probabilistic theory, yet we don't know which operational principles make it so. All axiomatization attempts suffer at least one postulate of a mathematical nature. Here I will analyze the possibility of deriving QM as the mathematical representation of a "fair operational framework", i.e. a set of rules which allows the experimenter to make predictions on future "events" on the basis of suitable "tests", e.g. without interference from uncontrollable sources. Two postulates need to be satisfied by any fair operational framework: NSF: "no-signaling from the future"--for the possibility of making predictions on the basis of past tests; PFAITH: "existence of a preparationally faithful state"--for the possibility of preparing any state and calibrating any test. I will show that all theories satisfying NSF admit a C*-algebra representation of events as linear transformations of effects. Based on a very general notion of dynamical independence, it is easy to see that all such probabilistic theories are "non-signaling without interaction" ("non-signaling" for short)--another requirement for a fair operational framework. Postulate PFAITH then implies the "local observability principle", the tensor-product structure for the linear spaces of states and effects, the impossibility of bit commitment and additional features, such an operational definition of transpose, a scalar product for effects, weak-selfduality of the theory, and more. Dual to Postulate PFAITH an analogous postulate for effects would give additional quantum features, such as teleportation. However, all possible consequences of these postulates still need to be investigated, and it is not clear yet if we can derive QM from the present postulates only. [CONTINUES on manuscript
Quantum Hidden Markov Models based on Transition Operation Matrices
Micha? Cholewa; Piotr Gawron; Przemys?aw G?omb
2015-03-30
In this work, we extend the Quantum Markov chains proposition [S. Gudder. Quantum Markov chains. J. Math. Phys., 49(7), 2008] to propose Quantum Hidden Markov Models (QHMMs). For that, we use the notions of Transition Operation Matrices (TOM) and Vector States, which are an extension of classical stochastic matrices and probability distributions. Our main result is the Mealy QHMM formulation and proofs of algorithms needed for application of this model: Forward for general case and Vitterbi for a restricted class of QHMMs.
Operating single quantum emitters with a compact Stirling cryocooler
NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)
Schlehahn, A.; Krüger, L.; Gschrey, M.; Schulze, J.-H.; Rodt, S.; Strittmatter, A.; Heindel, T.; Reitzenstein, S.
2015-01-01
The development of an easy-to-operate light source emitting single photons has become a major driving force in the emerging field of quantum information technology. Here, we report on the application of a compact and user-friendly Stirling cryocooler in the field of nanophotonics. The Stirling cryocooler is used to operate a single quantum emitter constituted of a semiconductor quantum dot (QD) at a base temperature below 30 K. Proper vibration decoupling of the cryocooler and its surrounding enables free-space micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy to identify and analyze different charge-carrier states within a single quantum dot. As an exemplary application in quantum optics, we perform a Hanbury-Brown and Twiss experiment demonstrating a strong suppression of multi-photon emission events with g(2)(0) < 0.04 from this Stirling-cooled single quantum emitter under continuous wave excitation. Comparative experiments performed on the same quantum dot in a liquid helium (LHe)-flow cryostat show almost identical values of g(2)(0) for both configurations at a given temperature. The results of this proof of principle experiment demonstrate that low-vibration Stirling cryocoolers that have so far been considered exotic to the field of nanophotonics are an attractive alternative to expensive closed-cycle cryostats or LHe-flow cryostats, which could pave the way for the development of high-quality table-top non-classical light sources.
John Sidles
2001-01-01
Quantum measurement is traditionally analyzed via discrete algebraic methods. In contrast, practical quantum engineering generally involves measurement via continuous processes. Given any quantum projection operator on a finite-dimensional Hilbert space, we show how to construct a unique differential operator of Fokker-Planck type having the following properties: (1) the operator corresponds to a physically realizable measurement process, and (2) the fixed
Quantum Operator Design for Lattice Baryon Spectroscopy
Adam Lichtl
2007-09-06
A previously-proposed method of constructing spatially-extended gauge-invariant three-quark operators for use in Monte Carlo lattice QCD calculations is tested, and a methodology for using these operators to extract the energies of a large number of baryon states is developed. This work is part of a long-term project undertaken by the Lattice Hadron Physics Collaboration to carry out a first-principles calculation of the low-lying spectrum of QCD. The operators are assemblages of smeared and gauge-covariantly-displaced quark fields having a definite flavor structure. The importance of using smeared fields is dramatically demonstrated. It is found that quark field smearing greatly reduces the couplings to the unwanted high-lying short-wavelength modes, while gauge field smearing drastically reduces the statistical noise in the extended operators.
A quantum mechanical version of Price's theorem for Gaussian states
Igor G. Vladimirov
2014-09-15
This paper is concerned with integro-differential identities which are known in statistical signal processing as Price's theorem for expectations of nonlinear functions of jointly Gaussian random variables. We revisit these relations for classical variables by using the Frechet differentiation with respect to covariance matrices, and then show that Price's theorem carries over to a quantum mechanical setting. The quantum counterpart of the theorem is established for Gaussian quantum states in the framework of the Weyl functional calculus for quantum variables satisfying the Heisenberg canonical commutation relations. The quantum mechanical version of Price's theorem relates the Frechet derivative of the generalized moment of such variables with respect to the real part of their quantum covariance matrix with other moments. As an illustrative example, we consider these relations for quadratic-exponential moments which are relevant to risk-sensitive quantum control.