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Operational Axioms for Quantum Mechanics

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.

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

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Operational Axioms for Quantum Mechanics

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.

Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano

2006-11-08

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Operational Axioms for Quantum Mechanics Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano

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

D'Ariano, Giacomo Mauro

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On the geometry of the energy operator in quantum mechanics

We analyze the different ways to define the energy operator in geometric theories of quantum mechanics. In some formulations the operator contains the scalar curvature as a multiplicative term. We show that such term can be canceled or added with an arbitrary constant factor, both in the mainstream Geometric Quantization and in the Covariant Quantum Mechanics, developed by Jadczyk and Modugno with several contributions from many authors.

Carlos Tejero Prieto; Raffaele Vitolo

2014-08-26

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Third-order differential ladder operators and supersymmetric quantum mechanics

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Hierarchies of one-dimensional Hamiltonians in quantum mechanics admitting third-order differential ladder operators are studied. Each Hamiltonian has associated three-step Darboux (pseudo)-cycles and Painlevé IV equations as a closure condition. The whole hierarchy is generated applying some operations on the cycles. These operations are investigated in the frame of supersymmetric quantum mechanics and mainly involve algebraic manipulations. A consistent geometric representation for the hierarchy and cycles is built that also helps in understanding the operations. Three kinds of hierarchies are distinguished and a realization based on the harmonic oscillator Hamiltonian is supplied, giving an interpretation for the spectral properties of the Hamiltonians of each hierarchy.

Mateo, J.; Negro, J.

2008-02-01

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We study Hankel transformation of the induced entangled state representation by quantum mechanical operator algebraic method, the derivatives of functions and their ascending and lowering operators—studied by quantum mechanical operator algebraic method of the derivatives of functions.

Song, Jun; Zhou, Jun; Fan, Hong-Yi

2013-10-01

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The SCOP-formalism: an Operational Approach to Quantum Mechanics

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.

D'Hooghe, Bart [Leo Apostel Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) (Belgium)

2010-05-04

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Isometric operators, isospectral Hamiltonians, and supersymmetric quantum mechanics

Isometric operators are used to provide a unified theory of the three established procedures for generating one-parameter families of isospectral Hamiltonians. All members of the same family of isospectral Hamiltonians are unitarily equivalent, and the unitary transformations between them form a group isomorphic with the additive group of real numbers. The theory is generalized by including the parameter identifying a member of an isospectral family as a new variable. The unitary transformations within a family correspond to translations in the parameter space. The generator of infinitesimal translations represents a conserved quantity in the extended theory. Isometric operators are then applied to the development of models of supersymmetric quantum mechanics. In addition to the standard models based on the Darboux procedure, I show how to construct models based on the Abraham-Moses and Pursey procedures. The formalism shows that the Nieto ambiguity present in all models of supersymmetric quantum mechanics can be interpreted as a renormalization of the ground state of the supersymmetric system. This allows a generalization of supersymmetric quantum mechanics analogous to that developed for systems of isospectral Hamiltonians.

Pursey, D.L.

1986-04-15

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The origin of the algebra of quantum operators in the stochastic formulation of quantum mechanics

The origin of the algebra of the non-commuting operators of quantum mechanics is explained in the general Fenyes-Nelson stochastic models in which the diffusion constant is a free parameter. This is achieved by continuing the diffusion constant to imaginary values, a continuation which destroys the physical interpretation, but does not affect experimental predictions. This continuation leads to great mathematical simplification in the stochastic theory, and to an understanding of the entire mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. It is more than a formal construction because the diffusion parameter is not an observable in these theories.

Mark P. Davidson

2001-12-18

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The general aim of this paper is to extend the Modal-Hamiltonian interpretation of quantum mechanics to the case of relativistic quantum mechanics with gauge U(1) elds. In this case we propose that the actual- valued observables are the Casimir operators of the Poincar\\'e group and of the group U(1) of the internal symmetry of the theory. Moreover, we also show that the magnitudes that acquire actual values in the relativistic and in the non-relativistic cases are correctly related through the adequate limit.

Juan Sebastián Ardenghi; Mario Castagnino; Olimpia Lombardi

2010-12-05

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This thesis explores the understanding of the chemistry and physics of colloidal quantum dots for practical solar energy photoconversion. Solar cell devices that make use of PbS quantum dots generally rely on constant and unchanged optical properties such that band gap energies remain tuned within the device. The design and development of unique experiments to ascertain mechanisms of optical band gap shifts occurring in PbS quantum dot thin-films exposed to air are discussed. The systematic study of the absorption properties of PbS quantum dot films exposed to air, heat, and UV illumination as a function of quantum dot size has been described. A method to improve the air-stability of films with atomic layer deposition of alumina is demonstrated. Encapsulation of quantum dot films using a protective layer of alumina results in quantum dot solids that maintain tuned absorption for 1000 hours. This thesis focuses on the use of atomic force microscopy and electrical variants thereof to study the physical and electrical characteristics of quantum dot arrays. These types of studies have broad implications in understanding charge transport mechanisms and solar cell device operation, with a particular emphasis on quantum dot transistors and solar cells. Imaging the channel potential of a PbSe quantum dot thin-film in a transistor showed a uniform distribution of charge coinciding with the transistor current voltage characteristics. In a second study, solar cell device operation of ZnO/PbS heterojunction solar cells was investigated by scanning active cross-sections with Kelvin probe microscopy as a function of applied bias, illumination and device architecture. This technique directly provides operating potential and electric field profiles to characterize drift and diffusion currents occurring in the device. SKPM established a field-free region occurring in the quantum dot layer, indicative of diffusion-limited transport. These results provide the path to optimization of future architectures that may employ drift-based transport in the quantum dot layer for enhanced charge extraction and power conversion efficiency.

Ihly, Rachelle

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Overcoming Misconceptions in Quantum Mechanics with the Time Evolution Operator

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

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…

Quijas, P. C. Garcia; Aguilar, L. M. Arevalo

2007-01-01

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The structure of Poincaré covariant tensor operators in quantum mechanical models

The structure of operators that transform covariantly in Poincare invariant quantum mechanical models is analyzed. These operators are shown to have an interaction dependence that comes from the geometry of the Poincare group. The operators can be expressed in terms of matrix elements in a complete set of eigenstates of the mass and spin operators associated with the dynamical representation

Wayne N. Polyzou; W. H. Klink

1988-01-01

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Introduction; Part I. Basic Features of Quantum Mechanics: 1. From classical mechanics to quantum mechanics; 2. Quantum observable and states; 3. Quantum dynamics; 4. Examples of quantum dynamics; 5. Density matrix; Part II. More Advanced Topics: 6. Angular momentum and spin; 7. Identical particles; 8. Symmetries and conservation laws; 9. The measurement problem; Part III. Matter and Light: 10. Perturbations and approximation methods; 11. Hydrogen and helium atoms; 12. Hydrogen molecular ion; 13. Quantum optics; Part IV. Quantum Information: State and Correlations: 14. Quantum theory of open systems; 15. State measurement in quantum mechanics; 16. Entanglement: non-separability; 17. Entanglement: quantum information; References; Index.

Auletta, Gennaro; Fortunato, Mauro; Parisi, Giorgio

2014-01-01

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Physical Properties as Modal Operators in the Topos Approach to Quantum Mechanics

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In the framework of the topos approach to quantum mechanics we give a representation of physical properties in terms of modal operators on Heyting algebras. It allows us to introduce a classical type study of the mentioned properties.

Freytes, H.; Domenech, G.; de Ronde, C.

2014-12-01

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Towards a general operational and realistic framework for quantum mechanics and relativity theory

Towards a general operational and realistic framework for quantum mechanics and relativity theory and relativity theory, such that both appear as special cases of this new theory. Our framework is operational with the macroscopic material entities that have emerged from the microworld. This clarifies why general relativity

Aerts, Diederik

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Towards a General Operational and Realistic Framework for Quantum Mechanics and Relativity Theory

We propose a general operational and realistic framework that aims at a generalization of quantum mechanics and relativity theory, such that both appear as special cases of this new theory. Our framework is operational, in the sense that all aspects are introduced with specific reference to events to be experienced, and realistic, in the sense that the hypothesis of an

Diederik Aerts; Sven Aerts

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Quantum-Mechanical Position Operator in Extended Systems

The position operator (defined within the Schrödinger representation in the standard way) becomes meaningless when periodic boundary conditions are adopted for the wave function, as usual in condensed matter physics. I show how to define the position expectation value by means of a simple many-body operator acting on the wave function of the extended system. The relationships of the present

Raffaele Resta; Fisica Teorica; Strada Costiera

1998-01-01

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Operational axioms for a C*-algebraic formulation of Quantum Mechanics

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.

Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano

2007-01-29

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A quantum mechanical (QM) approach for modeling and simulation of MOS devices, covering the whole operation region, was proposed. This formulation is applicable continuously from the subthreshold to the saturation regions, since it exactly treats the QM effects on the in-depth distribution of the gate induced carriers in the channel by solving one dimensional Poisson equation and Schrödinger equation self-consistently

T Hanajiri; K Aoto; T Hoshino; M Niizato; Y Nakajima; T Toyabe; T Morikawa; T Sugano; Y Akagi

2004-01-01

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Pseudoanalytic function theory is considered to study a two-dimensional supersymmetric quantum mechanics system. Hamiltonian components of the superhamiltonian are factorized in terms of one Vekua and one Bers derivative operators. We show that imaginary and real solutions of a Vekua equation and its Bers derivative are ground state solutions for the superhamiltonian. The two-dimensional Darboux and pseudo-Darboux transformations correspond to Bers derivatives in the complex plane. Results on the completeness of the ground states are obtained. Finally, superpotential is studied in the separable case in terms of transmutation operators. We show how Hamiltonian components of the superhamiltonian are related to the Laplacian operator using these transmutation operators.

Alex Bilodeau; Sébastien Tremblay

2013-07-01

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

Commins, Eugene D.

2014-10-01

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NSDL National Science Digital Library

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

De Raedt, Hans; Michielsen, Kristel

2010-03-25

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

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

2013-01-01

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The paper describes self-adjoint extensions of the operator Hâ = \\/minus\\/\\/triangle\\/ from the Hilbert space Lâ(R\\/sub n\\/) to a certain Pontryagin space generated by interactions represented by generalized functions. Hamiltonians of quantum-mechanical models are obtained by restricting such extensions to positive invariant subspaces.

Yu. G. Shondin; Yu. G

1988-01-01

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Using the Weyl ordering of operators expansion formula (Hong-Yi Fan, J. Phys. A 25 (1992) 3443) this paper finds a kind of two-fold integration transformation about the Wigner operator Delta (q',p') (q-number transform) in phase space quantum mechanics, and its inverse where Q, P are the coordinate and momentum operators, respectively. We apply it to study mutual converting formulae among

Hong-Yi Fan

2010-01-01

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The probability operator for a generic non-equilibrium quantum system is derived. The corresponding stochastic, dissipative Schr\\"odinger equation is also given. The dissipative and stochastic propagators are linked by the fluctuation-dissipation theorem that is derived from the unitary condition on the time propagator. The dissipative propagator is derived from thermodynamic force and entropy fluctuation operators that are in general non-linear.

Attard, Phil

2014-01-01

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In this paper we use Dirac function to construct a fractional operator called fractional corresponding operator, which is the general form of momentum corresponding operator. Then we give a judging theorem for this operator and with this judging theorem we prove that R-L, G-L, Caputo, Riesz fractional derivative operator and fractional derivative operator based on generalized functions, which are the most popular ones, coincide with the fractional corresponding operator. As a typical application, we use the fractional corresponding operator to construct a new fractional quantization scheme and then derive a uniform fractional Schrödinger equation in form. Additionally, we find that the five forms of fractional Schrödinger equation belong to the particular cases. As another main result of this paper, we use fractional corresponding operator to generalize fractional quantization scheme by using Lévy path integral and use it to derive the corresponding general form of fractional Schrödinger equation, which consequently proves that these two quantization schemes are equivalent. Meanwhile, relations between the theory in fractional quantum mechanics and that in classic quantum mechanics are also discussed. As a physical example, we consider a particle in an infinite potential well. We give its wave functions and energy spectrums in two ways and find that both results are the same.

Zhang, Xiao; Wei, Chaozhen; Liu, Yingming; Luo, Maokang

2014-11-01

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We derive an analytical model for the electrostatics and the drive current in a silicon nanowire operating in JFET mode. We\\u000a show that there exists a range of nanowire radii and doping densities for which the nanowire JFET satisfies reasonable device\\u000a characteristics. For thin nanowires we have developed a self-consistent quantum mechanical model to obtain the electronic\\u000a structure.

Bart Sorée; Wim Magnus; Geoffrey Pourtois

2008-01-01

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Murdin, P.

2000-11-01

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

Nikolai Laskin

2000-01-01

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Metric Operator in Pseudo-Hermitian Quantum Mechanics and the Imaginary Cubic Potential

We present a systematic perturbative construction of the most general metric operator (and positive-definite inner product) for quasi-Hermitian Hamiltonians of the standard form, H= p^2/2 + v(x), in one dimension. We show that this problem is equivalent to solving an infinite system of iteratively decoupled hyperbolic partial differential equations in (1+1)-dimensions. For the case that v(x) is purely imaginary, the latter have the form of a nonhomogeneous wave equation which admits an exact solution. We apply our general method to obtain the most general metric operator for the imaginary cubic potential, v(x)=i \\epsilon x^3. This reveals an infinite class of previously unknown CPT- as well as non-CPT-inner products. We compute the physical observables of the corresponding unitary quantum system and determine the underlying classical system. Our results for the imaginary cubic potential show that, unlike the quantum system, the corresponding classical system is not sensitive to the choice of the metric operat...

Mostafazadeh, A

2005-01-01

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Emergent mechanics, quantum and un-quantum

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Ralston, John P.

2013-10-01

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Quantum Mechanics II (Undergraduate)

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

Nickrent, Daniel L.

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Quantum noise in ideal operational amplifiers

We consider a model of quantum measurement built on an ideal operational amplifier operating in the limit of infinite gain, infinite input impedance and null output impedance and with a feddback loop. We evaluate the intensity and voltage noises which have to be added to the classical amplification equations in order to fulfill the requirements of quantum mechanics. We give a description of this measurement device as a quantum network scattering quantum fluctuations from input to output ports.

Jean-Michel Courty; Francesca Grassia; Serge Reynaud

1998-11-24

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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.

Jean-Paul Metailié; Jean Claude Dutailly

2014-08-20

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Advanced Visual Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

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

Axmann, Wally; Group, Kansas S.

2004-04-04

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PT Symmetric, Hermitian and P-Self-Adjoint Operators Related to Potentials in PT Quantum Mechanics

In the recent years a generalization $H=p^2 +x^2(ix)^\\epsilon$ of the harmonic oscillator using a complex deformation was investigated, where \\epsilon\\ is a real parameter. Here, we will consider the most simple case: \\epsilon even and x real. We will give a complete characterization of three different classes of operators associated with the differential expression H: The class of all self-adjoint (Hermitian) operators, the class of all PT symmetric operators and the class of all P-self-adjoint operators. Surprisingly, some of the PT symmetric operators associated to this expression have no resolvent set.

Tomas Azizov; Carsten Trunk

2011-09-15

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

Okazaki, Tadashi

2015-01-01

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

Tadashi Okazaki

2014-11-03

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I. BASICS OF STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND QUANTUM MECHANICS Markus Holzmann

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

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Operational interpretations of quantum discord

Quantum discord quantifies nonclassical correlations beyond the standard classification of quantum states into entangled and unentangled. Although it has received considerable attention, it still lacks any precise interpretation in terms of some protocol in which quantum features are relevant. Here we give quantum discord its first information-theoretic operational meaning in terms of entanglement consumption in an extended quantum-state-merging protocol. We further relate the asymmetry of quantum discord with the performance imbalance in quantum state merging and dense coding.

Cavalcanti, D.; Modi, K. [Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Aolita, L. [ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques, Mediterranean Technology Park, 08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona) (Spain); Boixo, S. [Institute for Quantum Information, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125 (United States); Piani, M. [Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1 (Canada); Winter, A. [Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Department of Mathematics, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TW (United Kingdom)

2011-03-15

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Quantum mechanical effects from deformation theory

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.

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

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Kapustin, Anton

2013-06-01

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Heat Transfer Operators Associated with Quantum Operations

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.

Ç. Aksak; S. Turgut

2011-04-14

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Quantum mechanics and brain uncertainty.

This paper argues that molecular governing structures (such as receptors, gating molecules, or ionic channels) which operate pervasively in the brain, often with small number particle systems (as, for example, at the surfaces of membranes, synaptic clefts, or macromolecules), may plausibly be vehicles for the transmutation of quantum mechanical fluctuations to normal-level neural signaling. PMID:17125159

Macgregor, Ronald J

2006-09-01

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PT-symmetric quantum mechanics

This paper proposes to broaden the canonical formulation of quantum mechanics. Ordinarily, one imposes the condition H†=H on the Hamiltonian, where † represents the mathematical operation of complex conjugation and matrix transposition. This conventional Hermiticity condition is sufficient to ensure that the Hamiltonian H has a real spectrum. However, replacing this mathematical condition by the weaker and more physical requirement

Carl M. Bender; Stefan Boettcher; Peter N. Meisinger

1999-01-01

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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.

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

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NSDL National Science Digital Library

Visual Quantum Mechanics provides illustrations of quantum mechanics using computer-generated animations. Visualizations provide learning experiences for beginners and offer new insights to the advanced student or researcher. This project includes the development of multimedia software for teaching and scientific software for the solution of the Shrodinger equation and the visualization of these solutions in two and three dimensions. The materials presented here are related to two texts by the author.

Thaller, Bernd

2004-07-10

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Perfect distinguishability of quantum operations.

We provide a feasible necessary and sufficient condition for when an unknown quantum operation (quantum device) secretly 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, we find that an optimal perfect discrimination between two isometries is always achievable without auxiliary systems or entanglement. PMID:20366023

Duan, Runyao; Feng, Yuan; Ying, Mingsheng

2009-11-20

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BOOK REVIEW: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The aim of relativistic quantum mechanics is to describe the finer details of the structure of atoms and molecules, where relativistic effects become nonnegligible. It is a sort of intermediate realm, between the familiar nonrelativistic quantum mechanics and fully relativistic quantum field theory, and thus it lacks the simplicity and elegance of both. Yet it is a necessary tool, mostly for quantum chemists. Pilkuhn's book offers to this audience an up-to-date survey of these methods, which is quite welcome since most previous textbooks are at least ten years old. The point of view of the author is to start immediately in the relativistic domain, following the lead of Maxwell's equations rather than classical mechanics, and thus to treat the nonrelativistic version as an approximation. Thus Chapter 1 takes off from Maxwell's equations (in the noncovariant Coulomb gauge) and gradually derives the basic aspects of Quantum Mechanics in a rather pedestrian way (states and observables, Hilbert space, operators, quantum measurement, scattering,. Chapter 2 starts with the Lorentz transformations, then continues with the Pauli spin equation and the Dirac equation and some of their applications (notably the hydrogen atom). Chapter 3 is entitled `Quantum fields and particles', but falls short of treating quantum field theory properly: only creation/annihilation operators are considered, for a particle in a box. The emphasis is on two-electron states (the Pauli principle, the Foldy--Wouthuysen elimination of small components of Dirac spinors, Breit projection operators. Chapter 4 is devoted to scattering theory and the description of relativistic bound states. Chapter 5, finally, covers hyperfine interactions and radiative corrections. As we said above, relativistic quantum mechanics is by nature limited in scope and rather inelegant and Pilkuhn's book is no exception. The notation is often heavy (mostly noncovariant) and the mathematical level rather low. The central topic is the description of atoms and molecules, including relativistic effects. The author fulfils this program in a reasonable way and offers a valuable tool to the targeted audience. I am not overly enthusiastic about the end result, but I might be prejudiced. Clearly, going further would require the full power of quantum field theory, but this is clearly beyond the scope of the book.

Antoine, J.-P.

2004-01-01

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Principles of a 2nd Quantum Mechanics

A qualitative but formalized representation of microstates is first established quite independently of the quantum mechanical mathematical formalism, exclusively under epistemological-operational-methodological constraints. Then, using this representation as a reference-and-imbedding-structure, the foundations of an intelligible reconstruction of the Hilbert-Dirac formulation of Quantum Mechanics is developed. Inside this reconstruction the measurement problem as well as the other major problems raised by the quantum mechanical formalism, dissolve.

Mioara Mugur-Schächter

2014-10-23

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Probability in Quantum Mechanics

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

Abner Shimony

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Visual Quantum Mechanics provides illustrations of quantum mechanics using computer-generated animations. Visualizations provide learning experiences for beginners and offer new insights to the advanced student or researcher. This project includes the development of multimedia software for teaching and scientific software for the solution of the Shrodinger equation and the visualization of these solutions in two and three dimensions. The materials presented here are related to two texts by the author. A German translation is also available. Quicktime is needed to view these movies.

Thaller, Bernd

2009-05-14

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TIME IN QUANTUM MECHANICS A Thesis by KIMBERLY R. CHAPIN Submitted to Texas A8M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE Approved as to style and content by: Marian O. Scully (Chair... of Committee) Edward S. Fry (Member) aan Laane (Member) Thomas W. Adair, III (Head of Department) August 1997 Major Subject: Physics TIME IN QIJANTUM MECHANICS A Thesis by KIMBERLY R. CHAPIN Submitted to the Oflice of Graduate Studies of Texas A...

Chapin, Kimberly R.

2012-06-07

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QUICK QUANTUM MECHANICS ---Introduction ---

to their students. Thus, it was natural that the historical evolution of quantum mechanics relied on some aspects sin 2 ` â?? OE 2 ] \\Gamma V (r) : (2) The time evolution of the system is given once we determine, replace it by q(t) + ffif (t) where ffif (t) is completely arbitrary except for the facts

Jackson, Andrew D.

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Quantum Mechanics Beyond Hilbert Space

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Going Beyond Hilbert Space Why? The Different Formalisms What Does One Obtain? The Mathematical Formalism Rigged Hilbert Spaces Scales and Lattices of Hilbert Spaces Partial Inner Product Spaces Operators on PIP-Spaces Application in Quantum Mechanics: The Fock-Bargmann Representation - Revisited A RHS of Entire Functions A LHS of Entire Functions Around ? Application in Scattering Theory RHS: Resonances, Gamow Vectors, Arrow of Time LHS: Integral Equations vs. Complex Scaling Conclusion

Antoine, J.-P.

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Quantum Mechanical Models of Solids

NSDL National Science Digital Library

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.

Heggie, Malcom; Martinez, Irene S.; Venables, John, 1936-

2010-08-24

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TRANSIENT QUANTUM MECHANICAL PROCESSES

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.

L. COLLINS; J. KRESS; R. WALKER

1999-07-01

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"Velocities" in Quantum Mechanics

The present paper deals with some kind of quantum ``velocity'' which is introduced by the method of hydrodynamical analogy. It is found that this ``velocity'' is in general irrotational, namely, a vorticity vanishes, and then a velocity potential must exist in quantum mechanics. In some elementary examples of stable systems we will see what the ``velocities'' are. In particular, the two-dimensional flows of these examples can be expressed by complex velocity potentials whose real and imaginary parts are the velocity potentials and stream functions, respectively.

Shimbori, T; Shimbori, Toshiki; Kobayashi, Tsunehiro

2000-01-01

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"Velocities" in Quantum Mechanics

The present paper deals with some kind of quantum ``velocity'' which is introduced by the method of hydrodynamical analogy. It is found that this ``velocity'' is in general irrotational, namely, a vorticity vanishes, and then a velocity potential must exist in quantum mechanics. In some elementary examples of stable systems we will see what the ``velocities'' are. In particular, the two-dimensional flows of these examples can be expressed by complex velocity potentials whose real and imaginary parts are the velocity potentials and stream functions, respectively.

Toshiki Shimbori; Tsunehiro Kobayashi

2000-04-21

62

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

Glenn Eric Johnson

2014-12-21

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Probabilistic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

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

Brigitte Falkenburg; Peter Mittelstaedt

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Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics

Jean Zinn-Justin's textbook Path Integrals in Quantum Mechanics aims to familiarize the reader with the path integral as a calculational tool in quantum mechanics and field theory. The emphasis is on quantum statistical mechanics, starting with the partition function Tr exp(-? H) and proceeding through the diffusion equation to barrier penetration problems and their semiclassical limit. The 'real time' path

J Louko

2005-01-01

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Nonlinear Boundaries in Quantum Mechanics

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.

Arthur Davidson

2011-06-22

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Time Asymmetric Quantum Mechanics

The meaning of time asymmetry in quantum physics is discussed. On the basis of a mathematical theorem, the Stone--von Neumann theorem, the solutions of the dynamical equations, the Schr\\"odinger equation (1) for states or the Heisenberg equation (6a) for observables are given by a unitary group. Dirac kets require the concept of a RHS (rigged Hilbert space) of Schwartz functions; for this kind of RHS a mathematical theorem also leads to time symmetric group evolution. Scattering theory suggests to distinguish mathematically between states (defined by a preparation apparatus) and observables (defined by a registration apparatus (detector)). If one requires that scattering resonances of width $\\Gamma$ and exponentially decaying states of lifetime $\\tau=\\frac{\\hbar}{\\Gamma}$ should be the same physical entities (for which there is sufficient evidence) one is led to a pair of RHS's of Hardy functions and connected with it, to a semigroup time evolution $t_{0}\\leq tbeginning of time, just like the big bang time for the universe, when it was a quantum system. The decay of quasi-stable particles is used to illustrate this quantum mechanical time asymmetry. From the analysis of these processes, we show that the properties of rigged Hilbert spaces of Hardy functions are suitable for a formulation of time asymmetry in quantum mechanics.

Arno R. Bohm; Manuel Gadella; Piotr Kielanowski

2011-09-03

67

Optimal discrimination between quantum operations

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.

Lvzhou Li; Daowen Qiu

2007-05-17

68

Quantum Mechanics Survey (QMS)

NSDL National Science Digital Library

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

Singh, Chandralekha; Zhu, Guangtian

2012-04-29

69

Quantum Mechanics and the Generalized Uncertainty Principle

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

Jang Young Bang; Micheal S. Berger

2006-11-30

70

Quantum mechanics and the generalized uncertainty principle

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

Bang, Jang Young; Berger, Micheal S. [Physics Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405 (United States)

2006-12-15

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Dynamical noncommutative quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We study some basic and interesting quantum mechanical systems in dynamical noncommutative spaces in which the space-space commutation relations are position dependent. It is observed that the fundamental objects in the dynamical noncommutative space introduced here are string-like. We show that the Stark effect can be employed to determine whether the noncommutativity of space is dynamical or non-dynamical. It appears that unlike a non-dynamical case there is a fundamental energy ??2/m in this dynamical space.

Alavi, S. A.; Abbaspour, S.

2014-01-01

72

Advanced Concepts in Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Esposito, Giampiero; Marmo, Giuseppe; Miele, Gennaro; Sudarshan, George

2014-11-01

73

The parity operator in quantum optical metrology

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.

Christopher C. Gerry; Jihane Mimih

2010-07-04

74

Unknown Quantum States and Operations,a Bayesian View

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The classical de Finetti theorem provides an operational definition of the concept of an unknown probability in Bayesian probability theory, where probabilities are taken to be degrees of belief instead of objective states of nature. In this chapter, we motivate and review two results that generalize de Finettis theorem to the quantum mechanical setting: Namely a de Finetti theorem for quantum states and a de Finetti theorem for quantum operations. The quantum-state theorem, in a closely analogous fashion to the original de Finetti theorem, deals with exchangeable density-operator assignments and provides an operational definition of the concept of an unknown quantum state in quantum-state tomography. Similarly, the quantum-operation theorem gives an operational definition of an unknown quantum operation in quantum-process tomography. These results are especially important for a Bayesian interpretation of quantum mechanics, where quantum states and (at least some) quantum operations are taken to be states of belief rather than states of nature.

Fuchs, Christopher A.; Schack, Rüdiger

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EVENTUM MECHANICS OF QUANTUM TRAJECTORIES: CONTINUAL MEASUREMENTS, QUANTUM PREDICTIONS

EVENTUM MECHANICS OF QUANTUM TRAJECTORIES: CONTINUAL MEASUREMENTS, QUANTUM PREDICTIONS AND FEEDBACK CONTROL VIACHESLAV P BELAVKIN Abstract. Quantum mechanical systems exhibit an inherently probabilistic on the basis of an independent-increment model for quantum noise and nondemolition causal- ity principle

Belavkin, Viacheslav P.

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From Quantum Mechanics to Thermodynamics?

From Quantum Mechanics to Thermodynamics? Dresden, 22.11.2004 Jochen Gemmer UniversitÂ¨at Osnabr to thermodynamical behavior Â· Quantum approach to thermodynamical behavior Â· The route to equilibrium Â· Summary of thermodynamical behavior entirely on the basis of Hamilton models and SchrÂ¨odinger-type quantum dynamics. Â· define

Steinhoff, Heinz-JĂĽrgen

77

Quantum mechanics probes superspace

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.

S. Nicolis

2014-05-05

78

Zitterbewegung in Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The possibility that zitterbewegung opens a window to particle substructure in quantum mechanics is explored by constructing a particle model with structural features inherent in the Dirac equation. This paper develops a self-contained dynamical model of the electron as a lightlike particle with helical zitterbewegung and electromagnetic interactions. The model admits periodic solutions with quantized energy, and the correct magnetic moment is generated by charge circulation. It attributes to the electron an electric dipole moment rotating with ultrahigh frequency, and the possibility of observing this directly as a resonance in electron channeling is analyzed in detail. Correspondence with the Dirac equation is discussed. A modification of the Dirac equation is suggested to incorporate the rotating dipole moment.

Hestenes, David

2010-01-01

79

Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics of Scattering

In the quantum mechanics of collision problems we must consider scattering states of the system. For these states, the wave functions do not remain in Hilbert space, but they are expressible in terms of generalized functions of a Gel'fand triplet. Supersymmetric quantum mechanics for dealing with the scattering states is here proposed.

Shimbori, T; Shimbori, Toshiki; Kobayashi, Tsunehiro

2001-01-01

80

Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics of Scattering

In the quantum mechanics of collision problems we must consider scattering states of the system. For these states, the wave functions do not remain in Hilbert space, but they are expressible in terms of generalized functions of a Gel'fand triplet. Supersymmetric quantum mechanics for dealing with the scattering states is here proposed.

Toshiki Shimbori; Tsunehiro Kobayashi

2000-10-27

81

Supersymmetric quantum mechanics of scattering

In the quantum mechanics of collision problems we must consider scattering states of the system. For these states, the wave functions do not remain in Hilbert space, but they are expressible in terms of generalized functions of a Gel'fand triplet. Supersymmetric quantum mechanics for dealing with the scattering states is here proposed.

Toshiki Shimbori; Tsunehiro Kobayashi

2001-01-01

82

Quantum mechanism helps agents combat \\

Quantum strategies have been successfully applied to game theory for years.\\u000aHowever, as a reverse problem of game theory, the theory of mechanism design is\\u000aignored by physicists. In this paper, the theory of mechanism design is\\u000ageneralized to a quantum domain. The main result is that by virtue of a quantum\\u000amechanism, agents who satisfy a certain condition can

Haoyang Wu

2010-01-01

83

Optimal discrimination of quantum operations

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.

Massimiliano F. Sacchi

2005-05-24

84

Applied quantum mechanics 1 Applied Quantum Mechanics

that one may identify the momentum operator as Problem 2.5 Create a simple model of a heterostructure diode make to develop the model. Under p m0= 2 c 2 c 2 2 Â = 1 2 n 2= x t x p m td d x i 2 ----- x x the electron be described as a particle or a wave? Problem 2.8 What is the Bohr radius for an electron

Levi, Anthony F. J.

85

Bananaworld: Quantum Mechanics for Primates

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

Jeffrey Bub

2013-01-08

86

Quantum Image Morphology Processing Based on Quantum Set Operation

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Set operation is the essential operation of mathematical morphology, but it is difficult to complete the set operation quickly on the electronic computer. Therefore, the efficiency of traditional morphology processing is very low. In this paper, by adopting the method of the combination of quantum computation and image processing, though multiple quantum logical gates and combining the quantum image storage, quantum loading scheme and Boyer search algorithm, a novel quantum image processing method is proposed, which is the morphological image processing based on quantum set operation. The basic operations, such as erosion and dilation, are carried out for the images by using the quantum erosion algorithm and quantum dilation algorithm. Because the parallel capability of quantum computation can improve the speed of the set operation greatly, the image processing gets higher efficiency. The runtime of our quantum algorithm is {O}({? M N}). As a result, this method can produce better results.

Zhou, Ri-Gui; Chang, Zhi-bo; Fan, Ping; Li, Wei; Huan, Tian-tian

2014-11-01

87

Classical and Quantum Mechanical Waves

NSDL National Science Digital Library

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

Riley, Lewis

2006-07-22

88

Quantum ballistic evolution in quantum mechanics: Application to quantum computers

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

Paul Benioff

1996-01-01

89

Quantum Mechanics Of Consciousness

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

Rajat Kumar Pradhan

2009-07-28

90

Topological Strings from Quantum Mechanics

We propose a general correspondence which associates a non-perturbative quantum-mechanical operator to a toric Calabi-Yau manifold, and we conjecture an explicit formula for its spectral determinant in terms of an M-theoretic version of the topological string free energy. As a consequence, we derive an exact quantization condition for the operator spectrum, in terms of the vanishing of a generalized theta function. The perturbative part of this quantization condition is given by the Nekrasov-Shatashvili limit of the refined topological string, but there are non-perturbative corrections determined by the conventional topological string. We analyze in detail the cases of local P2, local P1xP1 and local F1. In all these cases, the predictions for the spectrum agree with the existing numerical results. We also show explicitly that our conjectured spectral determinant leads to the correct spectral traces of the corresponding operators, which are closely related to topological string theory at orbifold points. Physically, our results provide a Fermi gas picture of topological strings on toric Calabi-Yau manifolds, which is fully non-perturbative and background independent. They also suggest the existence of an underlying theory of M2 branes behind this formulation. Mathematically, our results lead to precise, surprising conjectures relating the spectral theory of functional difference operators to enumerative geometry.

Alba Grassi; Yasuyuki Hatsuda; Marcos Marino

2014-11-27

91

Quantum duality, unbounded operators, and inductive limits

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.

Dosi, Anar [Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus, Guzelyurt, KKTC, Mersin 10 (Turkey)

2010-06-15

92

Unambiguous discrimination among quantum operations

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.

Guoming Wang; Mingsheng Ying

2005-12-18

93

Quantum-mechanical Maxwell's demon

A Maxwell's demon is a device that gets information and trades it in for thermodynamic advantage, in apparent (but not actual) contradiction to the second law of thermodynamics. Quantum-mechanical versions of Maxwell's demon exhibit features that classical versions do not: in particular, a device that gets information about a quantum system disturbs it in the process. This paper proposes experimentally

Seth Lloyd

1997-01-01

94

Neutron Interferometry: Lessons in Experimental Quantum Mechanics

The first successful operation of a perfect crystal neutron interferometer by Rauch, Treimer and Bonse (1974) in Vienna opened up new vistas; intricate quantum mechanical concepts that could only be dealt with in thought experiments during the Einstein-Bohr era, now became accessible to direct tests in the laboratory. In the following decade, Helmut Rauch and co-workers implemented interferometric verifications of

2001-01-01

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Octonionic Quantum Mechanics and Complex Geometry

The use of complex geometry allows us to obtain a consistent formulation of octonionic quantum mechanics (OQM). In our octonionic formulation we solve the hermiticity problem and define an appropriate momentum operator within OQM. The nonextendability of the completeness relation and the norm conservation is also discussed in details.

Stefano De Leo; Khaled Abdel-Khalek

1996-09-03

96

Quantum mechanics and the psyche

In this paper we apply the last developments of the theory of measurement in quantum mechanics to the phenomenon of consciousness\\u000a and especially to the awareness of unconscious components. Various models of measurement in quantum mechanics can be distinguished\\u000a by the fact that there is, or there is not, a collapse of the wave function. The passive aspect of consciousness

G. Galli Carminati; F. Martin

2008-01-01

97

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.

V. A. Fateev; R. De Pietri; E. Onofri

2004-07-12

98

Zeno Dynamics in Quantum Statistical Mechanics

We study the quantum Zeno effect in quantum statistical mechanics within the operator algebraic framework. We formulate a condition for the appearance of the effect in W*-dynamical systems, in terms of the short-time behaviour of the dynamics. Examples of quantum spin systems show that this condition can be effectively applied to quantum statistical mechanical models. Further, we derive an explicit form of the Zeno generator, and use it to construct Gibbs equilibrium states for the Zeno dynamics. As a concrete example, we consider the X-Y model, for which we show that a frequent measurement at a microscopic level, e.g. a single lattice site, can produce a macroscopic effect in changing the global equilibrium.

Andreas U. Schmidt

2002-07-11

99

Models of Damped Oscillators in Quantum Mechanics

We consider several models of the damped oscillators in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics in a framework of a general approach to the dynamics of the time-dependent Schroedinger 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.

Ricardo Cordero-Soto; Erwin Suazo; Sergei K. Suslov

2009-06-04

100

Quantum secret sharing schemes and reversibility of quantum operations

Quantum secret sharing schemes encrypting a quantum state into a multipartite entangled state are treated. The lower bound on the dimension of each share given by Gottesman [Phys. Rev. A 61, 042311 (2000)] is revisited based on a relation between the reversibility of quantum operations and the Holevo information. We also propose a threshold ramp quantum secret sharing scheme and evaluate its coding efficiency.

Ogawa, Tomohiro [Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-8656 (Japan); Sasaki, Akira [Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, 1-3-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005 (Japan); Iwamoto, Mitsugu [Graduate School of Information Systems, University of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu-shi, Tokyo, 182-8585 (Japan); Yamamoto, Hirosuke [Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba, 277-8561 (Japan)

2005-09-15

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QUANTUM TRANSFER OPERATORS AND QUANTUM SCATTERING STEPHANE NONNENMACHER

QUANTUM TRANSFER OPERATORS AND QUANTUM SCATTERING STÂ´EPHANE NONNENMACHER 1. IntroductionÂ¨ostrand and Maciej Zworski, the aim of which is a better understanding of quantum scattering systems, in situations are physically relevant: for instance, mesoscopic quantum dots are often modelled by open chaotic billiards [17

Paris-Sud XI, UniversitĂ© de

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An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

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.

Hanlin, Heath

103

A complete solution to the problem of setting up Wigner distribution for N-level quantum systems is presented. The scheme makes use of some of the ideas introduced by Dirac in the course of defining functions of noncommuting observables and works uniformly for all N. Further, the construction developed here has the virtue of being essentially input-free in that it merely requires finding a square root of a certain N^2 x N^2 complex symmetric matrix, a task which, as is shown, can always be accomplished analytically. As an illustration, the case of a single qubit is considered in some detail and it is shown that one recovers the result of Feynman and Wootters for this case without recourse to any auxiliary constructs.

S. Chaturvedi; E. Ercolessi; G. Marmo; G. Morandi; N. Mukunda; R. Simon

2005-07-20

104

General description of discriminating quantum operations

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The discrimination of quantum operations plays a key role in quantum information and computation. Unlike discriminating quantum states, it has some special properties which can be carried out in practice. In this paper, we provide a general description of discriminating quantum operations. Concretely speaking, we describe the distinguishability between quantum operations using a measure called operator fidelity. It is shown that, employing the theory of operator fidelity, we can not only verify some previous results to discriminate unitary operations, but also exhibit a more general discrimination condition. We further apply our results to analysing the security of some quantum cryptographic protocols and discuss the realization of our method using well-developed quantum algorithms.

Zhang, Ke-Jia; Zhu, Ping; Gao, Fei; Guo, Fen-Zhuo; Qin, Su-Juan; Wen, Qiao-Yan

2011-10-01

105

Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals

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 Whitaker

2004-01-01

106

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This web site outlines a set of 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, the lab manual, and several articles on both the curriculum development and research performed in the lab are provided.

Galvez, Enrique; Holbrow, Charles

2005-04-16

107

Optimal guidance law in quantum mechanics

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

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

2013-11-15

108

Quantum Mechanics: Sum Over Paths

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Created by Edwin F. Taylor a former professor at the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, this material describes methods of presenting quantum mechanics using the path-integral formulation. Included are links to a paper and presentation outlining the method, software to simulate the path integrals, and student workbook materials. This course has been used for introducing quantum physics to high school teachers.

Taylor, Edwin F.

2009-05-26

109

Large scale quantum mechanical enzymology

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...

Lever, Greg

2014-10-07

110

PT quantum mechanics - Recent results

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

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

2012-09-26

111

Locality and Nonlinear Quantum Mechanics

Nonlinear modifications of quantum mechanics generically lead to nonlocal effects which violate relativistic causality. We study these effects using the functional Schrodinger equation for quantum fields and identify a type of nonlocality which causes nearly instantaneous entanglement of spacelike separated systems. We describe a simple example involving widely separated wave-packet (coherent) states, showing that nonlinearity in the Schrodinger evolution causes spacelike entanglement, even in free field theory.

Chiu Man Ho; Stephen D. H. Hsu

2015-01-09

112

Quantum Mechanical Earth: Where Orbitals Become Orbits

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

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

Keeports, David

2012-01-01

113

Minkowski Space and Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A paradigm shift distinguishes general relativity from classical mechanics. In general relativity the energy-momentum tensor is the effective cause of the ontological space-time curvature and vice-versa, while in classical physics, the structure of space-time is treated as an accidental cause, serving only as a backdrop against which the laws of physics unfold. This split in turn is inherited by quantum mechanics, which is usually developed by changing classical (including special relativity) Hamiltonians into quantum wave equations.

O'Hara, Paul

114

Quantum groups, coherent states, squeezing and lattice quantum mechanics

By resorting to the Fock--Bargmann representation, we incorporate the quantum Weyl--Heisenberg algebra, $q$-WH, into the theory of entire analytic functions. The $q$--WH algebra operators are realized in terms of finite difference operators in the $z$ plane. In order to exhibit the relevance of our study, several applications to different cases of physical interest are discussed: squeezed states and the relation between coherent states and theta functions on one side, lattice quantum mechanics and Bloch functions on the other, are shown to find a deeper mathematical understanding in terms of $q$-WH. The r\\^ole played by the finite difference operators and the relevance of the lattice structure in the completeness of the coherent states system suggest that the quantization of the WH algebra is an essential tool in the physics of discretized (periodic) systems.

E. Celeghini; S. De Martino; S. De Siena; M. Rasetti; G. Vitiello

1996-04-04

115

Quantum Logical Operations on Encoded Qubits

We show how to carry out quantum logical operations (controlled-not and Toffoli gates) on encoded qubits for several encodings which protect against various 1-bit errors. This improves the reliability of these operations by allowing one to correct for one bit errors which either preexisted or occurred in course of operation. The logical operations we consider allow one to cary out the vast majority of the steps in the quantum factoring algorithm. Thus, our results help bring quantum factoring and other quantum computations closer to reality

Wojciech Hubert Zurek; Raymond Laflamme

1996-05-14

116

Remarks on osmosis, quantum mechanics, and gravity

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

Carroll, Robert

2011-01-01

117

Remarks on osmosis, quantum mechanics, and gravity

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

Robert Carroll

2011-04-03

118

OSP: Quantum-mechanical Measurement

NSDL National Science Digital Library

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

Belloni, Mario; Christian, Wolfgang

2006-06-27

119

Nine formulations of Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article provides a comprehensive review of the various formulations of quantum mechanics. The article contains a brief description of each formulation, advantages/disadvantages, application notes, and recommended references for. Recommended references include textbooks using the formulation background information and influential publications.

Styer, Dan; Balkin, Miranda; Becker, Kathryn; Wotherspoon, Tim; Forth, Scott; Kramer, Mark

2005-04-16

120

Quantum mechanics in q-deformed calculus

Starting on the basis of q-deformed calculus and q-symmetric oscillator algebra, we introduce a generalized Schrödinger equation which admits factorized time-space solutions and the free plane wave functions can be expressed in terms of the so-called basic-hypergeometric functions. In this framework, q-deformed adjoint and q-hermitian operator properties occur i a natural way in order to satisfy the fundamental quantum mechanics

A. Lavagno; G. Gervino

2009-01-01

121

Quantum Mechanics: Structures, Axioms and Paradoxes

Quantum Mechanics: Structures, Axioms and Paradoxes Diederik Aerts Center Leo Apostel, Brussels show that two of the traditional axioms of quantum ax- iomatics are not satisfied for these `in between., 1999, "Quantum Mechanics; Structures, Axioms and Paradoxes", in Quantum Structures and the Nature

Aerts, Diederik

122

A quantum mechanical model of interference

In this paper an ideal quantum mechanical model of interference is constructed, in particular, the role of the quantum mechanical phase difference of two harmonic modes on the interference picture is investigated.

A. Shalom; J. Zak

1973-01-01

123

Star Products for Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

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

P. Henselder

2007-05-24

124

A quantum genetic algorithm with quantum crossover and mutation operations

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 which 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.

Akira SaiToh; Robabeh Rahimi; Mikio Nakahara

2013-11-22

125

Quantum Mechanics of Black Holes

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The popular conception of black holes reflects the behavior of the massive black holes found by astronomers and described by classical general relativity. These objects swallow up whatever comes near and emit nothing. Physicists who have tried to understand the behavior of black holes from a quantum mechanical point of view, however, have arrived at quite a different picture. The difference is analogous to the difference between thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The thermodynamic description is a good approximation for a macroscopic system, but statistical mechanics describes what one will see if one looks more closely.

Witten, Edward

2012-08-01

126

Quantum spin dynamics as a model for quantum computer operation

: 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

H. De Raedt; K. Michielsen; A. Hams; S. Miyashita; K. Saito

2002-01-01

127

Quantum Groups, Coherent States, Squeezing and Lattice Quantum Mechanics

By resorting to the Fock--Bargmann representation, we incorporate the quantum Weyl--Heisenberg ($q$-WH) algebra into the theory of entire analytic functions. The main tool is the realization of the $q$--WH algebra in terms of finite difference operators. The physical relevance of our study relies on the fact that coherent states (CS) are indeed formulated in the space of entire analytic functions where they can be rigorously expressed in terms of theta functions on the von Neumann lattice. The r\\^ole played by the finite difference operators and the relevance of the lattice structure in the completeness of the CS system suggest that the $q$--deformation of the WH algebra is an essential tool in the physics of discretized (periodic) systems. In this latter context we define a quantum mechanics formalism for lattice systems.

Celeghini; S. De Martino; S. De Siena; M. Rasetti; G. Vitiello

1993-10-20

128

First Day Handout Phys 430: Quantum Mechanics

First Day Handout Phys 430: Quantum Mechanics (Dated: 18 August 2014) Meeting times: MWF 1:00-1:50 Room: Neckers 410 Text: "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics," 2nd Edition, by D. Griffiths. Instructor Interpretation (e) The Uncertainty Principle (f) Dirac Notation 4. Chapter 4: Quantum Mechanics in Three

Nickrent, Daniel L.

129

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

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On the interpretation of quantum mechanics

After a brief discussion of the reasons for the complete failure of a deterministic interpretation of quantum mechanics (§ 1)Niels Bohr's ideas on quantum mechanics are exposed. The importance of Bohr's idea on the necessity of combining the quantum-mechanical description of atomic objects with a classical description of the instruments is stressed (§ 2).It is pointed out, however, that the

V. A. Fock

1957-01-01

131

On the interpretation of quantum mechanics

After a brief discussion of the reasons for the complete failure of a deterministic interpretation of quantum mechanics (§ 1) Niels Bohr's ideas on quantum mechanics are exposed. The importance of Bohr's idea on the necessity of combining the quantum-mechanical description of atomic objects with a classical description of the instruments is stressed (§ 2). It is pointed out, however,

V. A. Fock

1957-01-01

132

Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory

An accessible, comprehensive reference to modern quantum mechanics and field theory. In surveying available books on advanced quantum mechanics and field theory, Franz Gross determined that while established books were outdated, newer titles tended to focus on recent developments and disregard the basics. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics and Field Theory fills this striking gap in the field. With a strong emphasis

Franz Gross

1999-01-01

133

A quantum-mechanical relaxation model

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The atomic origin of micromagnetic damping is investigated by developing and solving a quantum-mechanical relaxation model. A projection-operator technique is used to derive an analytical expression for the relaxation time as a function of the heat-bath and interaction parameters. The present findings are consistent with earlier research beyond the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation and show that the underlying relaxation mechanism is very general. Zermelo's recurrence paradox means that there is no true irreversibility in non-interacting nanoparticles, but the corresponding recurrence times are very long and can be ignored in many cases.

Skomski, R.; Kashyap, A.; Sellmyer, D. J.

2012-04-01

134

Time Symmetry and Asymmetry in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Cosmology

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

Murray Gell-Mann; James B. Hartle

1993-01-01

135

Two dogmas about quantum mechanics

We argue that the intractable part of the measurement problem -- the 'big' measurement problem -- is a pseudo-problem that depends for its legitimacy on the acceptance of two dogmas. The first dogma is John Bell's assertion that measurement should never be introduced as a primitive process in a fundamental mechanical theory like classical or quantum mechanics, but should always be open to a complete analysis, in principle, of how the individual outcomes come about dynamically. The second dogma is the view that the quantum state has an ontological significance analogous to the significance of the classical state as the 'truthmaker' for propositions about the occurrence and non-occurrence of events, i.e., that the quantum state is a representation of physical reality. We show how both dogmas can be rejected in a realist information-theoretic interpretation of quantum mechanics as an alternative to the Everett interpretation. The Everettian, too, regards the 'big' measurement problem as a pseudo-problem, because the Everettian rejects the assumption that measurements have definite outcomes, in the sense that one particular outcome, as opposed to other possible outcomes, actually occurs in a quantum measurement process. By contrast with the Everettians, we accept that measurements have definite outcomes. By contrast with the Bohmians and the GRW 'collapse' theorists who add structure to the theory and propose dynamical solutions to the 'big' measurement problem, we take the problem to arise from the failure to see the significance of Hilbert space as a new kinematic framework for the physics of an indeterministic universe, in the sense that Hilbert space imposes kinematic (i.e., pre-dynamic) objective probabilistic constraints on correlations between events.

Jeffrey Bub; Itamar Pitowsky

2007-12-27

136

Quantum Mechanics in symmetry language

We consider symmetry as a foundational concept in quantum mechanics and rewrite quantum mechanics and measurement axioms in this description. We argue that issues related to measurements and physical reality of states can be better understood in this view. In particular, the abstract concept of symmetry provides a basis-independent definition for observables. Moreover, we show that the apparent projection/collapse of the state as the final step of measurement or decoherence is the result of breaking of symmetries. This phenomenon is comparable with a phase transition by spontaneous symmetry breaking, and makes the process of decoherence and classicality a natural fate of complex systems consisting of many interacting subsystems. Additionally, we demonstrate that the property of state space as a vector space representing symmetries is more fundamental than being an abstract Hilbert space, and its $L2$ integrability can be obtained from the imposed condition of being a representation of a symmetry group and general properties of probability distributions.

Houri Ziaeepour

2014-09-17

137

Modern Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics Experiments

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The site describes a collection of simplified quantum mechanics experiments developed at Whitman College by Professor Mark Beck. It links to a complete laboratory manual with the following experiments: (1) Spontaneous Parametric Downconversion, (2) Proof of the Existence of Photons, (3) Single Photon Interference, (4) Testing Local Realism Ă la Hardy. The manual also presents documentation for LabView interfaces to the experimental setups. Equipment lists, apparatus pictures, and a collection of links to additional resources is included.

Beck, Mark

2004-07-10

138

Von Neumann Entropy-Preserving Quantum Operations

For a given quantum state $\\rho$ and two quantum operations $\\Phi$ and $\\Psi$, the information encoded in the quantum state $\\rho$ is quantified by its von Neumann entropy $\\S(\\rho)$. By the famous Choi-Jamio{\\l}kowski isomorphism, the quantum operation $\\Phi$ can be transformed into a bipartite state, the von Neumann entropy $\\S^{\\mathrm{map}}(\\Phi)$ of the bipartite state describes the decoherence induced by $\\Phi$. In this Letter, we characterize not only the pairs $(\\Phi, \\rho)$ which satisfy $\\S(\\Phi(\\rho))=\\S(\\rho)$, but also the pairs $(\\Phi, \\Psi)$ which satisfy $\\S^{\\mathrm{map}}(\\Phi\\circ\\Psi) = \\S^{\\mathrm{map}}(\\Psi)$.

Lin Zhang; Junde Wu

2011-10-12

139

Note on Generalized Quantum Gates and Quantum Operations

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recently, Gudder proved that the set of all generalized quantum gates coincides the set of all contractions in a finite-dimensional Hilbert space (S. Gudder, Int. J. Theor. Phys. 47:268-279, 2008). In this note, we proved that the set of all generalized quantum gates is a proper subset of the set of all contractions on an infinite dimensional separable Hilbert space ?. Meanwhile, we proved that the quantum operation deduced by an isometry is an extreme point of the set of all quantum operations on ?.

Wang, Yue-Qing; Du, Hong-Ke; Dou, Yan-Ni

2008-09-01

140

Storing unitary operators in quantum states

We present a scheme to store unitary operators with self-inverse generators in quantum states and a general circuit to retrieve them with definite success probability. The continuous variable of the operator is stored in a single-qubit state and the information about the kind of the operator is stored in classical states with finite dimension. The probability of successful retrieval is always 1/2 irrespective of the kind of the operator, which is proved to be maximum. In case of failure, the result can be corrected with additional quantum states. The retrieving circuit is almost as simple as that which handles only the single-qubit rotations and CNOT as the basic operations. An interactive way to transfer quantum dynamics, that is, to distribute naturally copy-protected programs for quantum computers is also presented using this scheme.

Jaehyun Kim; Yongwook Cheong; Jae-Seung Lee; Soonchil Lee

2001-09-20

141

Quantum Mechanical Models of Turing Machines That Dissipate No Energy

Quantum mechanical Hamiltonian models of Turing machines are constructed here on a finite lattice of spin- 1\\/2 systems. The models do not dissipate any energy and they operate at the quantum limit in that the system (energy uncertainty)\\/(computation speed) is close to the limit given by the time-energy uncertainty principle.

Paul Benioff

1982-01-01

142

Twist deformation of rotationally invariant quantum mechanics

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

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

2010-11-15

143

Game Theory in Categorical Quantum Mechanics

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

Ali Nabi Duman

2014-05-17

144

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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 Musčs 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.

Rapoport, Diego L.

2011-01-01

145

Imperfect Cloning Operations in Algebraic Quantum Theory

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Kitajima, Yuichiro

2015-01-01

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Quantum mechanical light harvesting mechanisms in photosynthesis

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

Scholes, Gregory

2012-02-01

147

BOOK REVIEWS: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Whitaker, A.

2004-02-01

148

Treating Time Travel Quantum Mechanically

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

John-Mark A. Allen

2014-01-20

149

A quantum mechanical model of "dark matter"

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

V. V. Belokurov; E. T. Shavgulidze

2014-03-28

150

Propagators in polymer quantum mechanics

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.

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

151

Depicting qudit quantum mechanics and mutually unbiased qudit theories

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.

André Ranchin

2014-12-30

152

Implementing unitary operators in quantum computation

We present a general method which expresses a unitary operator by the product of operators allowed by the Hamiltonian of spin-1/2 systems. In this method, the generator of an operator is found first, and then the generator is expanded by the base operators of the product operator formalism. Finally, the base operators disallowed by the Hamiltonian, including more than two-body interaction operators, are replaced by allowed ones by the axes transformation and coupling order reduction technique. This method directly provides pulse sequences for the nuclear magnetic resonance quantum computer, and can be generally applied to other systems.

Jaehyun Kim; Jae-Seung Lee; Soonchil Lee

1999-08-16

153

Contribution to understanding the mathematical structure of quantum mechanics

Probabilistic description of results of measurements and its consequences for understanding quantum mechanics are discussed.\\u000a It is shown that the basic mathematical structure of quantum mechanics like the probability amplitudes, the Born rule, commutation\\u000a and uncertainty relations, probability density current, momentum operator, and rules for including the scalar and vector potentials\\u000a and antiparticles can be obtained from the probabilistic description

L. Skála; V. Kapsa

2007-01-01

154

Norm estimates of complex symmetric operators applied to quantum systems

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.

Emil Prodan; Stephan R. Garcia; Mihai Putinar

2005-10-24

155

Decoherent quantum walks driven by a generic coin operation

We consider the effect of different unitary noise mechanisms on the evolution of a quantum walk (QW) on a linear chain with a generic coin operation: (i) bit-flip channel noise, restricted to the coin subspace of the QW and (ii) topological noise caused by randomly broken links in the linear chain. Similarities and differences in the respective decoherent dynamics of

G. Abal; R. Donangelo; F. Severo; R. Siri

2008-01-01

156

Heisenberg and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. The Emergence of Quantum Mechanics: 2. Quantum mechanics and the principle of observability; 3. The problem of interpretation; Part II. The Heisenberg-Bohr Dialogue: 4. The wave-particle duality; 5. Indeterminacy and the limits of classical concepts: the turning point in Heisenberg's thought; 6. Heisenberg and Bohr: divergent viewpoints of complementarity; Part III. Heisenberg's Epistemology and Ontology of Quantum Mechanics: 7. The transformation of Kantian philosophy; 8. The linguistic turn in Heisenberg's thought; Conclusion; References; Index.

Camilleri, Kristian

2011-09-01

157

Heisenberg and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. The Emergence of Quantum Mechanics: 2. Quantum mechanics and the principle of observability; 3. The problem of interpretation; Part II. The Heisenberg-Bohr Dialogue: 4. The wave-particle duality; 5. Indeterminacy and the limits of classical concepts: the turning point in Heisenberg's thought; 6. Heisenberg and Bohr: divergent viewpoints of complementarity; Part III. Heisenberg's Epistemology and Ontology of Quantum Mechanics: 7. The transformation of Kantian philosophy; 8. The linguistic turn in Heisenberg's thought; Conclusion; References; Index.

Camilleri, Kristian

2009-02-01

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The multidimensional N=4 supersymmetric (SUSY) quantum mechanics (QM) is constructed using the superfield approach. As a result, the component form of the classical and quantum Lagrangian and Hamiltonian is obtained. In the SUSY QM considered, both classical and quantum N=4 algebras include central charges, and this opens various possibilities for partial supersymmetry breaking. It is shown that quantum-mechanical models with

E. E. Donets; A. Pashnev; J. Juan Rosales; M. M. Tsulaia

2000-01-01

159

Quantum Statistical Mechanics. III. Equilibrium Probability

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

Phil Attard

2014-04-10

160

Bohmian Mechanics and the Quantum Revolution

This is a review-essay on ``Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics'' by John Bell and ``The Undivided Universe: An Ontological Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics'' by David Bohm and Basil Hiley. The views of these authors concerning the character of quantum theory and quantum reality---and, in particular, their approaches to the issues of nonlocality, the possibility of hidden variables, and the nature of and desiderata for a satisfactory scientific explanation of quantum phenomena---are contrasted, with each other and with the orthodox approach to these issues.

Sheldon Goldstein

1995-12-26

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Exchangeability and de Finetti's theorem: from probabilities to quantum-mechanical states

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This paper gives a simple introduction to the quantum mechanical concept of a probability operator valued measurement (POVM) and shows how it can be used to derive a quantum version of de Finetti's representation theorem.

Schack, Rüdiger

2004-11-01

162

The representation of numbers in quantum mechanics.

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.

Benioff, P.; Physics

2002-12-01

163

Quantum mechanics: A new chapter?

We review the conceptual problems in quantum mechanics on a fundamental level. It is shown that the proposed model of extended electrons and a clear understanding of rotations in three dimensional space solve a large part of these problems, in particular the problems related to the ontological status and physical meaning of wavefunctions. It also solves the problem of non-locality. The experimental results obtained in Yves Couder's group and theoretical results by Gerdard Gr\\"ossing indicate that the wave-like distribution of trajectories of electrons in interference experiments are most likely due to the quantized interactions leading to a discrete set of transferred momenta. A separate experimental confirmation of this interpretation for double-slit interferometry of photons has been given by the group of Steinberg.

Werner A. Hofer

2012-09-05

164

Interactive Learning Tutorials on Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

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

Singh, Chandralekha

2013-08-08

165

Testing quantum mechanics: a statistical approach

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Tsang, Mankei

2013-12-01

166

Thermodynamic integration from classical to quantum mechanics

We present a new method for calculating quantum mechanical corrections to classical free energies, based on thermodynamic integration from classical to quantum mechanics. In contrast to previous methods, our method is numerically stable even in the presence of strong quantum delocalization. We first illustrate the method and its relationship to a well-established method with an analysis of a one-dimensional harmonic oscillator. We then show that our method can be used to calculate the quantum mechanical contributions to the free energies of ice and water for a flexible water model, a problem for which the established method is unstable.

Habershon, Scott [Centre for Computational Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TS (United Kingdom); Manolopoulos, David E. [Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QZ (United Kingdom)

2011-12-14

167

Imperfect cloning operations in algebraic quantum theory

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 $\\epsilon$-imperfect cloning operation which tolerates a finite loss $\\epsilon$ 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 $\\epsilon$-imperfect cloning operation in the case where the loss of fidelity is less than 1/4. Therefore, in this case no universal $\\epsilon$-imperfect cloning operation is possible in algebraic quantum theory.

Yuichiro Kitajima

2014-09-30

168

NONEQUILIBRIUM QUANTUM STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS #

NONEQUILIBRIUM QUANTUM STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND THERMODYNAMICS # Walid K. Abou Salem + Institut f recent progress in deriving the fundamental laws of thermodynamics (0 th , 1 st and 2 nd Âlaw) from nonequilibrium quantum statistical mechanics. Basic thermodynamic notions are clarified and di#erent reversible

169

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;Relativity (Why it makes sense) Thursday, May 7

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From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory

From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics Quarks and the Strong Force Symmetry and Unification String Theory: a different kind of unification Extra Dimensions Strings and the Strong Force Friday, May 15, 2009 #12;Quark Summary mesons and baryons

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From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory

From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory Relativity (why it makes sense) Quantum mechanics Quarks and the Strong Force Symmetry and Unification String Theory: a different kind of unification Extra Dimensions Strings and the Strong Force Thursday, May 7, 2009 #12;Scattering Summary the best way to study

172

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 Relativity The laws of physics

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From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory

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

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From Quantum Mechanics to String Theory

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

175

Uncertainty and complementarity in axiomatic quantum mechanics

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

Pekka J. Lahti

1980-01-01

176

PERSPECTIVE Quantum Mechanics of Black Holes

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

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Some Novel Thought Experiments Involving Foundations of Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this thesis, we have proposed some novel thought experiments involving foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum information theory, using quantum entanglement property. Concerning foundations of quantum mechanics, we have suggested some typical systems including two correlated particles which can distinguish between the two famous theories of quantum mechanics, i.e. the standard and Bohmian quantum mechanics, at the individual level of pair of particles. Meantime, the two theories present the same predictions at the ensemble level of particles. Regarding quantum information theory, two theoretical quantum communication schemes including quantum dense coding and quantum teleportation schemes have been proposed by using entangled spatial states of two EPR particles shared between two parties. It is shown that the rate of classical information gain in our dense coding scheme is greater than some previously proposed multi-qubit protocols by a logarithmic factor dependent on the dimension of Hilbert space. The proposed teleportation scheme can provide a complete wave function teleportation of an object having other degrees of freedom in our three-dimensional space, for the first time. All required unitary operators which are necessary in our state preparation and Bell state measurement processes are designed using symmetric normalized Hadamard matrix, some basic gates and one typical conditional gate, which are introduced here for the first time.

Akhavan, Omid

2004-02-01

178

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

Nicola Vona

2014-03-11

179

Polymer quantum mechanics and its continuum limit

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

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

2007-08-15

180

The volume operator in covariant quantum gravity

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.

You Ding; Carlo Rovelli

2010-04-22

181

Quantum circuits cannot control unknown operations

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Araújo, Mateus; Feix, Adrien; Costa, Fabio; Brukner, ?aslav

2014-09-01

182

Quantum mechanical version of the classical Liouville theorem

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In terms of the coherent state evolution in phase space, we present a quantum mechanical version of the classical Liouville theorem. The evolution of the coherent state from |z> to |sz - rz*> corresponds to the motion from a point z (q,p) to another point sz - rz* with |s|2 - |r|2 = 1. The evolution is governed by the so-called Fresnel operator U(s,r) that was recently proposed in quantum optics theory, which classically corresponds to the matrix optics law and the optical Fresnel transformation, and obeys group product rules. In other words, we can recapitulate the Liouville theorem in the context of quantum mechanics by virtue of coherent state evolution in phase space, which seems to be a combination of quantum statistics and quantum optics.

Xie, Chuan-Mei; Fan, Hong-Yi

2013-03-01

183

Stochastic differential equations for trace-class operators and quantum continual measurements

The theory of measurements continuous in time in quantum mechanics (quantum continual measurements) has been formulated by using the notions of instrument and positive operator valued measure, functional integrals, quantum stochastic differential equations and classical stochastic differential equations (SDE's). Various types of SDE's are involved, and precisely linear and non linear equations for vectors in Hilbert spaces and for trace-class

Alberto Barchielli; Anna Maria Paganoni

2000-01-01

184

Quantum mechanical model for two-state jump Markovian process

A quantum mechanical model is given which is equivalent to the stochastic dephasing subject to the two-state jump Markovian process. The stochastic variable corresponds to a Hermitian operator of a spin-1\\/2 system which is embedded in a thermal reservoir, where the time-evolution of the spin-1\\/2 system is described by the quantum master equation of the Lindblad form.

Masashi Ban; Sachiko Kitajima; Kishiko Maruyama; Fumiaki Shibata

2008-01-01

185

Time Symmetry and Asymmetry in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Cosmology

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...

Gell-Mann, Murray; Gell-Mann, Murray; Hartle, James B.

1993-01-01

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Can PT-Symmetric Quantum Mechanics be a Viable Alternative Quantum Theory?

Update: A time-independent $n\\times n$ PT-symmetric (and symmetric) Hamiltonian is diagonalizable since it has all distinct real eigenvalues and the resulting diagonal matrix is a real symmetric matrix. The diagonalization results an isometry so there shouldn't be any issue with unitarity and unfortunately this very elementary mathematical fact somehow did not draw the authors' attention. However, PT-symmetric quantum mechanics is not out of trouble. For time-dependent PT-symmetric (and symmetric) Hamiltonians (even $2\\times 2$ ones) the authors observed that there is a violation of unitarity. Moreover, the first named author showed in his recent article arXiv:1312.7738 that PT-symmetric quantum mechanics is indeed a certain kind of Hermitian quantum mechanics and that in order for time-evolution to be unitary with respect to $J$-inner product (one that gives rise to a Hilbert space structure on the space of state functions), the potential energy operator $V(x)$ must be real. This means that those complex PT-symmetric Hamiltonians that have been studied by physicists are unfortunately unphysical. The first named author discussed in a subsequent article arXiv:1401.5149 that while finite-state PT-symmetric quantum mechanics with time-independent Hamiltonians is not physically any different from Hermitian quantum mechanics, PT-symmetric quantum mechanics exhibits a distinctive symmetry from that of Hermitian quantum mechanics.

Sungwook Lee; Lawrence R. Mead

2014-05-18

187

Riemann hypothesis and quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Planat, Michel; Solé, Patrick; Omar, Sami

2011-04-01

188

Kinetic potentials in quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Suppose that the Hamiltonian H=-?+vf(r) represents the energy of a particle which moves in an attractive central potential and obeys nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. The discrete eigenvalues Enl=Fnl(v) of H may be expressed as a Legendre transformation Fnl(v)=mins?0(s+vfŻnl(s)), n=1,2,3,..., l=0,1,2,..., where the ``kinetic potentials'' fŻnl(s) associated with f(r) are defined by fŻnl(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)( fŻnl(i)(s)). This nice behavior of the kinetic potentials leads to a constructive global approximation theory for Schrödinger eigenvalues. As an illustration, detailed recipes are provided for arbitrary linear combinations of power-law potentials and the log potential. For the linear plus Coulomb potential and the quartic anharmonic oscillator the approximate eigenvalues are compared to accurate values found by numerical integration.

Hall, Richard L.

1984-09-01

189

Quantum mechanical studies of lincosamides.

Lincosamides are a class of antibiotics used both in clinical and veterinary practice for a wide range of pathogens. This group of drugs inhibits the activity of the bacterial ribosome by binding to the 23S RNA of the large ribosomal subunit and blocking protein synthesis. Currently, three X-ray structures of the ribosome in complex with clindamycin are available in the Protein Data Bank, which reveal that there are two distinct conformations of the pyrrolidinyl propyl group of the bound clindamycin. In this work, we used quantum mechanical methods to investigate the probable conformations of clindamycin in order to explain the two binding modes in the ribosomal 23S RNA. We studied three lincosamide antibiotics: clindamycin, lincomycin, and pirlimycin at the B3LYP level with the 6-31G** basis set. The focus of our work was to connect the conformational landscape and electron densities of the two clindamycin conformers found experimentally with their physicochemical properties. For both functional conformers, we applied natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis and the atoms in molecules (AIM) theory, and calculated the NMR parameters. Based on the results obtained, we were able to show that the structure with the intramolecular hydrogen bond C=O…H-O is the most stable conformer of clindamycin. The charge transfer between the pyrrolidine-derivative ring and the six-atom sugar (methylthiolincosamide), which are linked via an amide bond, was found to be the dominant factor influencing the high stability of this conformer. PMID:22116607

Kulczycka-Mierzejewska, Katarzyna; Trylska, Joanna; Sadlej, Joanna

2012-06-01

190

Comment on Consistent Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics Using Quantum Trajectories

Recently, Griffiths presented a generalization of the consistent history approach to quantum mechanics. I can easily construct all possible complete families satisfying Griffiths' "noninterference conditions". Since only trivial families exist one may conclude that Griffiths' proposal has not got farther than the ordinary theory of quantum measurement.

Lajos Diosi

1993-04-27

191

Quantum mechanical wavepacket transport in quantum cascade laser structures

We present a viewpoint of the transport process in quantum cascade laser structures in which spatial transport of charge through the structure is a property of coherent quantum mechanical wave functions. In contrast, scattering processes redistribute particles in energy and momentum but do not directly cause spatial motion of charge.

S.-C. Lee; F. Banit; M. Woerner; A. Wacker

2006-01-01

192

Canonical distribution and incompleteness of quantum mechanics

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

V. A. Skrebnev

2014-05-05

193

Quantum-mechanical suppression of bremsstrahlung

We have studied quantum-mechanical suppression of bremsstrahlung of low-energy 1-500 MeV photons from high-energy 25 GeV electrons. We measured the LPM effect, where multiple scattering of the radiating electron destroys coherence required for the emission of low-energy photons, and the dielectric effect, where the emitted photon traveling in the radiator medium interferes with itself. For the experiment, the collaboration developed a novel method of extracting a parasitic low-intensity high-energy electron beam into the fixed target area during normal SLC operation of the accelerator. The results agree quantitatively with Migdal`s calculation of the LPM effect. Surface effects, for which there is no satisfactory theoretical prediction, are visible at low photon energies. For very thin targets, the suppression disappears, as expected. Preliminary results on dielectric suppression of bremsstrahlung are in qualitative agreement with the expectation.

Becker-Szendy, R. [Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA (United States); Anthony, P. [Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA (United States)]|[Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Bosted, P. [American Univ., Washington, DC (United States)] [and others

1993-12-01

194

Playing Games with Quantum Mechanics

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

Simon J. D. Phoenix; Faisal Shah Khan

2012-02-21

195

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.

196

Strange Bedfellows: Quantum Mechanics and Data Mining

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

Weinstein, Marvin; /SLAC

2009-12-16

197

Strange Bedfellows: Quantum Mechanics and Data Mining

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

Marvin Weinstein

2009-11-03

198

Quantum Ergodicity and the Analysis of Semiclassical Pseudodifferential Operators

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.

Felix Wong

2014-10-11

199

On the Gravitization of Quantum Mechanics 1: Quantum State Reduction

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper argues that the case for "gravitizing" quantum theory is at least as strong as that for quantizing gravity. Accordingly, the principles of general relativity must influence, and actually change, the very formalism of quantum mechanics. Most particularly, an "Einsteinian", rather than a "Newtonian" treatment of the gravitational field should be adopted, in a quantum system, in order that the principle of equivalence be fully respected. This leads to an expectation that quantum superpositions of states involving a significant mass displacement should have a finite lifetime, in accordance with a proposal previously put forward by Diósi and the author.

Penrose, Roger

2014-05-01

200

Notes on Quantum Entanglement of Local Operators

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.

Masahiro Nozaki

2014-05-22

201

Decoherent quantum walks driven by a generic coin operation

We consider the effect of different unitary noise mechanisms on the evolution of a quantum walk (QW) on a linear chain with a generic coin operation: (i) bit-flip channel noise, restricted to the coin subspace of the QW, and (ii) topological noise caused by randomly broken links in the linear chain. Similarities and differences in the respective decoherent dynamics of the walker as a function of the probability per unit time of a decoherent event taking place are discussed.

Abal, G; Severo, F; Siri, R

2007-01-01

202

Decoherent quantum walks driven by a generic coin operation

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We consider the effect of different unitary noise mechanisms on the evolution of a quantum walk (QW) on a linear chain with a generic coin operation: (i) bit-flip channel noise, restricted to the coin subspace of the QW and (ii) topological noise caused by randomly broken links in the linear chain. Similarities and differences in the respective decoherent dynamics of the walker as a function of the probability per unit time of a decoherent event taking place are discussed.

Abal, G.; Donangelo, R.; Severo, F.; Siri, R.

2008-01-01

203

Decoherent quantum walks driven by a generic coin operation

We consider the effect of different unitary noise mechanisms on the evolution of a quantum walk (QW) on a linear chain with a generic coin operation: (i) bit-flip channel noise, restricted to the coin subspace of the QW, and (ii) topological noise caused by randomly broken links in the linear chain. Similarities and differences in the respective decoherent dynamics of the walker as a function of the probability per unit time of a decoherent event taking place are discussed.

G. Abal; R. Donangelo; F. Severo; R. Siri

2007-08-09

204

Quantum-Mechanical Model of Spacetime

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

Jarmo Makela

2007-01-01

205

Quantum mechanics as electrodynamics of curvilinear waves

The suggested theory is the new quantum mechanics (QM) interpretation.The\\u000aresearch proves that QM represents the electrodynamics of the curvilinear\\u000aclosed (non-linear) waves. It is entirely according to the modern\\u000ainterpretation and explains the particularities and the results of the quantum\\u000afield theory.

Alexander G. Kyriakos

2002-01-01

206

Space time symmetry in quantum mechanics

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

Zinkoo Yun

2014-02-26

207

The Compton effect: Transition to quantum mechanics

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

R. H. Stuewer

2000-01-01

208

Quantum Semiotics: A Sign Language for Quantum Mechanics

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.

Prashant

2006-01-01

209

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.

Lee, Sang-Bong

1993-09-01

210

Taming the zoo of supersymmetric quantum mechanical models

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Smilga, A. V.

2013-05-01

211

Supersymmetric q-deformed quantum mechanics

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

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

2012-06-27

212

Lecture Notes in Quantum Mechanics Doron Cohen

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

Cohen, Doron

213

Fundamental Quantum Mechanics--A Graphic Presentation

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes a presentation of basic quantum mechanics for nonscience majors that relies on a computer-generated graphic display to circumvent the usual mathematical difficulties. It allows a detailed treatment of free-particle motion in a wave picture. (MLH)

Wise, M. N.; Kelley, T. G.

1977-01-01

214

Student Difficulties with Energy in Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This website contains the results of a study on student difficulties in understanding energy in quantum mechanics. The most common misconceptions are listed. This content was presented to the 1997 meeting of the AAPT.

Redish, Edward F.; Bao, Lei; Jolly, Pratibha

2005-07-26

215

Stochastic Models of Quantum Mechanics - A Perspective

A subjective survey of stochastic models of quantum mechanics is given along with a discussion of some key radiative processes, the clues they offer, and the difficulties they pose for this program. An electromagnetic basis for deriving quantum mechanics is advocated, and various possibilities are considered. It is argued that only non-local or non-causal theories are likely to be a successful basis for such a derivation.

Mark P. Davidson

2006-10-06

216

Simple New Axioms for Quantum Mechanics

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.

N. P. Landsman

1996-04-10

217

Testing foundations of quantum mechanics with photons

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.

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

2015-01-15

218

Projection evolution in quantum mechanics

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.

A. Gozdz; M. Pietrow; M. Debicki

2005-08-08

219

Canonical Transformations and the Hamilton-Jacobi Theory in Quantum Mechanics

Canonical transformations using the idea of quantum generating functions are applied to construct a quantum Hamilton-Jacobi theory, based on the analogy with the classical case. An operator and a c-number forms of the time-dependent quantum Hamilton-Jacobi equation are derived and used to find dynamical solutions of quantum problems. The phase-space picture of quantum mechanics is discussed in connection with the present theory.

Jung-Hoon Kim; Hai-Woong Lee

1999-04-04

220

Reciprocal relativity of noninertial frames: quantum mechanics

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.

Stephen G. Low

2007-03-23

221

Quantum Mechanics, Common Sense and the Black Hole Information Paradox

The purpose of this paper is to analyse, in the light of information theory and with the arsenal of (elementary) quantum mechanics (EPR correlations, copying machines, teleportation, mixing produced in sub-systems owing to a trace operation, etc.) the scenarios available on the market to resolve the so-called black-hole information paradox. We shall conclude that the only plausible ones are those where either the unitary evolution of quantum mechanics is given up, in which information leaks continuously in the course of black-hole evaporation through non-local processes, or those in which the world is polluted by an infinite number of meta-stable remnants.

Ulf H. Danielsson; Marcelo Schiffer

1993-05-14

222

Deformation quantization: Quantum mechanics lives and works in phase space

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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).

Zachos, Cosmas K.

2014-09-01

223

Modal Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity: A Reconsideration

Two of the main interpretative problems in quantum mechanics are the so-called measurement problem and the question of the compatibility of quantum mechanics with relativity theory. Modal interpretations of quantum mechanics were designed to solve both of these problems. They are no-collapse (typically) indeterministic interpretations of quantum mechanics that supplement the orthodox state description of physical systems by a set

Joseph Berkovitz; Meir Hemmo

2005-01-01

224

New methods for quantum mechanical reaction dynamics

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.

Thompson, W.H. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Chemistry; [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States)

1996-12-01

225

Statistical mechanics based on fractional classical and quantum mechanics

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.

Korichi, Z.; Meftah, M. T., E-mail: mewalid@yahoo.com [Physics Department, LRPPS Laboratory, Ouargla University, Ouargla 30000 (Algeria)

2014-03-15

226

Quantum mechanics as "space-time statistical mechanics"?

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

Anders Mĺnsson

2005-01-24

227

Weak measurements in quantum mechanics

The article recapitulates the concept of weak measurement in its broader sense encapsulating the trade between asymptotically weak measurement precision and asymptotically large measurement statistics. Essential applications in time-continuous measurement and in postselected measurement are presented both in classical and in quantum contexts. We discuss the anomalous quantum weak value in postselected measurement. We concentrate on the general mathematical and physical aspects of weak measurements and we do not expand on their interpretation. Particular applications, even most familiar ones, are not subject of the article which was written for Elsevier's Encyclopedia of Mathematical Physics.

Lajos Diosi

2005-05-10

228

Notes on Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness

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

Elemer E Rosinger

2005-08-13

229

Quantum Mechanics, Spacetime Locality, and Gravity

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Nomura, Yasunori

2013-08-01

230

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Aspelmeyer, Markus; Schwab, Keith

2008-09-01

231

BOOK REVIEWS: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals

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

Kurt Gottfri; Tung-Mow Yan

2004-01-01

232

Quantum Mechanics and Algorithmic Randomness

A long sequence of tosses of a classical coin produces an apparently random bit string, but classical randomness is an illusion: the algorithmic information content of a classically-generated bit string lies almost entirely in the description of initial conditions. This letter presents a simple argument that, by contrast, a sequence of bits produced by tossing a quantum coin is, almost

Ulvi Yurtsever

1998-01-01

233

Statistical mechanics of disordered quantum optimization

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The classical statistical mechanical approach to complexity theory proceeds from the study of ensembles of computationally intractable optimization problems as a species of unusual disordered magnetic systems. Over the last thirty years, researchers have used this approach to supplement worst-case hardness results encoded by complexity theory with detailed information about thermodynamic and dynamic phase transitions in the structure of typical cases. This exchange of ideas between classical statistical mechanics and computer science enabled the development of important heuristic algorithms such as simulated annealing and survey propagation and further refined our understanding of glassiness and critical slowing in physical disordered systems. In this thesis, we map out an analogous program in the quantum context. The question is simple: what can quantum statistical mechanics reveal about the difficulty of solving hard quantum optimization problems? Or more directly, what makes those problems hard even for quantum computers? In this pursuit, we introduce the study of ensembles of optimization problems whose complexity status is intrinsically quantum mechanical (Part I) and develop techniques to study quantum spin glasses and the transverse field adiabatic algorithm applied to classically hard random optimization problems (Part II). In particular, we introduce the study of random quantum satisfiability (QSAT) and identify the coarse aspects of its phase diagram, including a new form of entanglement transition. We generalize the cavity method to the study of quantum models and use it to study the transverse field Ising glass and frustrated AKLT models on the Bethe lattice. We further apply the cavity method to extract Griffiths-McCoy singularities in a diluted (classical) ferromagnet and finally observe that there are no Goldstone bosons on the Bethe lattice.

Laumann, Christopher Richard

234

Testing the limits of quantum mechanical superpositions

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

Markus Arndt; Klaus Hornberger

2014-10-01

235

. ?The accurate modeling of biological processes presents major computational difficulties owing to the inherent complexity\\u000a of the macromolecular systems of interest. Simulations of biochemical reactivity tend to require highly computationally intensive\\u000a quantum mechanical methods, but localized chemical effects tend to depend significantly on properties of the extended biological\\u000a environment – a regime far more readily examined with lower-level classical empirical

M. M. Hurley; J. B. Wright; G. H. Lushington; W. E. White

2003-01-01

236

On Time. 6b: Quantum Mechanical Time

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

C. K. Raju

2008-08-09

237

Multichannel framework for singular quantum mechanics

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.

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); Ordóńez, Carlos R., E-mail: ordonez@uh.edu [Department of Physics, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5506 (United States)

2014-01-15

238

Timeless path integral for relativistic quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Starting from the canonical formalism of relativistic (timeless) quantum mechanics, the formulation of a timeless path integral is rigorously derived. The transition amplitude is reformulated as the sum, or functional integral, over all possible paths in the constraint surface specified by the (relativistic) Hamiltonian constraint, and each path contributes with a phase identical to the classical action divided by ?. The timeless path integral manifests the timeless feature as it is completely independent of the parametrization for paths. For the special case that the Hamiltonian constraint is a quadratic polynomial in momenta, the transition amplitude admits the timeless Feynman's path integral over the (relativistic) configuration space. Meanwhile, the difference between relativistic quantum mechanics and conventional nonrelativistic (with time) quantum mechanics is elaborated on in light of the timeless path integral.

Chiou, Dah-Wei

2013-06-01

239

Two basic Uncertainty Relations in Quantum Mechanics

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

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

2011-04-07

240

First-Person Plural Quantum Mechanics

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

Ulrich Mohrhoff

2014-10-22

241

Equivariant Localization for Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics

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.

Levent Akant

2005-05-26

242

Basic Concepts for a Quantum Mechanical Theory of Events

A physical theory is proposed that obeys both the principles of special relativity and of quantum mechanics. As a key feature, the laws are formulated in terms of quantum events rather than of particle states. Temporal and spatial coordinates of a quantum event are treated on equal footing, namely as self-adjoint operators on a Hilbert space. The theory is not based upon Lagrangian or Hamiltonian mechanics, and breaks with the concept of a continuously flowing time. The physical object under consideration is a spinless particle exposed to an external potential. The theory also accounts for particle-antiparticle pair creation and annihilation, and is therefore not a single-particle theory in the usual sense. The Maxwell equations are derived as a straightforward consequence of certain fundamental commutation relations. In the non-relativistic limit and in the limit of vanishing time uncertainty, the Schr\\"odinger equation of a spinless particle exposed to an external electromagnetic field is obtained.

Kim J. Bostroem

2005-03-21

243

Novel symmetries in N=2 supersymmetric quantum mechanical models

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.

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

244

A Process Algebra Approach to Quantum Mechanics

The process approach to NRQM offers a fourth framework for the quantization of physical systems. Unlike the standard approaches (Schrodinger-Heisenberg, Feynman, Wigner-Gronewald-Moyal), the process approach is not merely equivalent to NRQM and is not merely a re-interpretation. The process approach provides a dynamical completion of NRQM. Standard NRQM arises as a asymptotic quotient by means of a set-valued process covering map, which links the process algebra to the usual space of wave functions and operators on Hilbert space. The process approach offers an emergentist, discrete, finite, quasi-non-local and quasi-non-contextual realist interpretation which appears to resolve many of the paradoxes and is free of divergences. Nevertheless, it retains the computational power of NRQM and possesses an emergent probability structure which agrees with NRQM in the asymptotic quotient. The paper describes the process algebra, the process covering map for single systems and the configuration process covering map for multiple systems. It demonstrates the link to NRQM through a toy model. Applications of the process algebra to various quantum mechanical situations - superpositions, two-slit experiments, entanglement, Schrodinger's cat - are presented along with an approach to the paradoxes and the issue of classicality.

William H. Sulis

2014-09-07

245

Quantum mechanical perspectives and generalization of the fractional Fourier Transformation

Fourier and fractional-Fourier transformations are widely used in theoretical physics. In this paper we make quantum perspectives and generalization for the fractional Fourier transformation (FrFT). By virtue of quantum mechanical representation transformation and the method of integration within normal ordered product (IWOP) of operators, we find the key point for composing FrFT, and reveal the structure of FrFT. Following this procedure, a full family of generalized fractional transformations are discovered with the usual FrFT as one special case. The eigen-functions of arbitrary GFrT are derived explicitly.

Jun-Hua Chen; Hong-Yi Fan

2014-08-23

246

A new introductory quantum mechanics curriculum

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

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

2014-01-01

247

From Cbits to Qbits: Teaching computer scientists quantum mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

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

Mermin, N. D.

2004-04-29

248

Emergence of Quantum Mechanics from a Sub-Quantum Statistical Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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...

Grössing, Gerhard

2015-10-01

249

Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry

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

Marcolli, Matilde

250

Quantum stochastic integral representations of Fock space operators

An (unbounded) operator ? on Boson Fock space over L (R+) is called regular if it is an admissible white noise operator such that the conditional expectations give rise to a regular quantum martingale. We prove that an admissible white noise operator is regular if and only if it admits a quantum stochastic integral representation.

Un Cig Ji; Nobuaki Obata

2009-01-01

251

Open Source Physics: Quantum Mechanical Measurement

NSDL National Science Digital Library

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

Belloni, Mario; Christian, Wolfgang

2008-06-02

252

Quantum mechanics and the time travel paradox

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.

David T. Pegg

2005-06-17

253

Student Difficulties with Quantum Mechanics Formalism

NSDL National Science Digital Library

We discuss student difficulties in distinguishing between the physical space and Hilbert space and difficulties related to the Time-independent Schroedinger equation and measurements in quantum mechanics. These difficulties were identified by administering written surveys and by conducting individual interviews with students.

Singh, Chandralekha

2007-06-26

254

Quantum Mechanics Studies of Cellobiose Conformations

Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

Three regions of the Phi,Psi space of cellobiose were analyzed with quantum mechanics. A central region, in which most crystal structures are found, was covered by a 9 x 9 grid of 20° increments of Phi and Psi. Besides these 81 constrained minimizations, we studied two central sub-regions and two re...

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Is Quantum Mechanics needed to explain consciousness ?

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

Knud Thomsen

2007-11-13

256

Vlasov hydrodynamics of a quantum mechanical model

We derive the Vlasov hydrodynamics from the microscopic equations of a quantum mechanical model, which simulates that of an assembly of gravitating particles. In addition we show that the local microscopic dynamics of the model corresponds, on a suitable time-scale, to that of an ideal Fermi gas.

Heide Narnhofer; Geoffrey L. Sewell

1981-01-01

257

Quantum mechanical model for Maya Blue

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

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

2008-01-01

258

A Quantum Mechanical Model of Spherical Supermembranes

We present a quantum mechanical model of spherical supermembranes. Using superfields to represent the Cartesian coordinates of the membrane, we are able to exactly determine its supersymmetric vacua. We find there are two classical vacua, one corresponding to an extended membrane and one corresponding to a point-like membrane. Instanton effects then lift these vacua to massive states. Similarities to spherical

John Conley; Ben Geller; Mark G. Jackson; Laura Pomerance; Sharad Shrivastava

2003-01-01

259

Comparison of Classical and Quantum Mechanical Uncertainties.

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

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

Peslak, John, Jr.

1979-01-01

260

Quantum mechanics with explicit time dependence

We investigate quantum mechanical Hamiltonians with explicit time dependence. We find a class of models in which an analogue of the time-independent Schrödinger equation exists. Among the models in this class is a new exactly soluble model, the harmonic oscillator with frequency inversely proportional to time.

John Rogers; Donald Spector

1992-01-01

261

The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This article introduces the interpretation of the formalism of quantum mechanics, the Transactional Interpretation (TI) which addresses some issues raised by recent tests of Bell's inequalities. TI is non-local, relativistically invariant, and fully causal. A detailed comparison is made with the Copenhagen interpretation. Also, there is a link providing articles that have cited this one.

Cramer, John

2013-11-08

262

Non-Hermitian Quantum Mechanics with Minimal Length Uncertainty

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We study non-Hermitian quantum mechanics in the presence of a minimal length. In particular we obtain exact solutions of a non-Hermitian displaced harmonic oscillator and the Swanson model with minimal length uncertainty. The spectrum in both the cases are found to be real. It is also shown that the models are ? pseudo-Hermitian and the metric operator is found explicitly in both the cases.

Jana, T. K.; Roy, P.

2009-08-01

263

Quantum Signature Scheme Using a Single Qubit Rotation Operator

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Kang, Min-Sung; Hong, Chang-Ho; Heo, Jino; Lim, Jong-In; Yang, Hyung-Jin

2014-08-01

264

Quadratic Plus Linear Operators which Preserve Pure States of Quantum Systems: Small Dimensions

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Saburov, Mansoor

2014-11-01

265

Consistent interpretations of quantum mechanics

Within the last decade, significant progress has been made towards a consistent and complete reformulation of the Copenhagen interpretation (an interpretation consisting in a formulation of the experimental aspects of physics in terms of the basic formalism; it is consistent if free from internal contradiction and complete if it provides precise predictions for all experiments). The main steps involved decoherence (the transition from linear superpositions of macroscopic states to a mixing), Griffiths histories describing the evolution of quantum properties, a convenient logical structure for dealing with histories, and also some progress in semiclassical physics, which was made possible by new methods. The main outcome is a theory of phenomena, viz., the classically meaningful properties of a macroscopic system. It shows in particular how and when determinism is valid. This theory can be used to give a deductive form to measurement theory, which now covers some cases that were initially devised as counterexamples against the Copenhagen interpretation. These theories are described, together with their applications to some key experiments and some of their consequences concerning epistemology.

Omnes, R. (Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et Hautes Energies, Universite de Paris XI, Batiment 211, 91405 Orsay CEDEX (France))

1992-04-01

266

The Compton effect: Transition to quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Stuewer, R. H.

2000-11-01

267

Quantum Mechanics, Spacetime Locality, and Gravity

Quantum mechanics introduces the concept of probability at the fundamental level, yielding the measurement problem. On the other hand, recent progress in cosmology has led to the "multiverse" picture, in which our observed universe is only one of the many, bringing an apparent arbitrariness in defining probabilities, called the measure problem. In this paper, we discuss how these two problems are intimately related with each other, developing a complete picture for quantum measurement and cosmological histories in the quantum mechanical universe. On one hand, quantum mechanics eliminates the arbitrariness of defining probabilities in the multiverse, as discussed in arXiv:1104.2324. On the other hand, the multiverse allows for understanding why we observe an ordered world obeying consistent laws of physics, by providing an infinite-dimensional Hilbert space. This results in the irreversibility of quantum measurement, despite the fact that the evolution of the multiverse state is unitary. In order to describe the cosmological dynamics correctly, we need to identify the structure of the Hilbert space for a system with gravity. We argue that in order to keep spacetime locality, the Hilbert space for dynamical spacetime must be defined only in restricted spacetime regions: in and on the (stretched) apparent horizon as viewed from a fixed reference frame. This requirement arises from eliminating all the redundancies and overcountings in a general relativistic, global spacetime description of nature. It is responsible for horizon complementarity as well as the "observer dependence" of horizons/spacetime---these phenomena arise to represent changes of the reference frame in the relevant Hilbert space. This can be viewed as an extension of the Poincare transformation in the quantum gravitational context, as the Lorentz transformation is viewed as an extension of the Galilean transformation.

Yasunori Nomura

2012-05-08

268

Towards bringing Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity together

Two questions are suggested as having priority when trying to bring together Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity. Both questions have a scope which goes well beyond Physics, and in particular Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity.

Elemer E Rosinger

2005-12-16

269

A Signal Processing Model of Quantum Mechanics

This paper develops a deterministic model of quantum mechanics as an accumulation-and-threshold process. The model arises from an analogy with signal processing in wireless communications. Complex wavefunctions are interpreted as expressing the amplitude and phase information of a modulated carrier wave. Particle transmission events are modeled as the outcome of a process of signal accumulation that occurs in an extra (non-spacetime) dimension. Besides giving a natural interpretation of the wavefunction and the Born rule, the model accommodates the collapse of the wave packet and other quantum paradoxes such as EPR and the Ahanorov-Bohm effect. The model also gives a new perspective on the 'relational' nature of quantum mechanics: that is, whether the wave function of a physical system is "real" or simply reflects the observer's partial knowledge of the system. We simulate the model for a 2-slit experiment, and indicate possible deviations of the model's predictions from conventional quantum mechanics. We also indicate how the theory may be extended to a field theory.

Chris Thron; Johnny Watts

2012-05-08

270

The emergent Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Hollowood, Timothy J.

2014-05-01

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PERSPECTIVE Quantum Mechanics of Black Holes

The popular conception of black holes reflects the behavior of the massive black holes found by astronomers and described by classical general relativity. These objects swallow up whatever comes near and emit nothing. Physicists who have tried to understand the behavior of black holes from a quantum mechanical point of view, however, have arrived at quite a different picture. The difference is analogous to the difference between thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The thermodynamic description is a good approximation for a macroscopic system, but statistical mechanics describes what one will see if one looks more closely.

Edward Witten

272

Quantum mechanical coherence, resonance, and mind

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

Stapp, H.P.

1995-03-26

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16 CFR 703.5 - Operation of the Mechanism.

Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

... 2010-01-01 false Operation of the Mechanism. 703.5 Section 703.5 Commercial...SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES Minimum Requirements of the Mechanism § 703.5 Operation of the Mechanism. (a) The Mechanism shall...

2010-01-01

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Evolution of quantum computer algorithms from reversible operators

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.

A. J. Surkan; A. Khuskivadze

2002-01-01

275

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Conditional quantum oscillations are investigated for quantum gate operations in superconducting flux qubits. We present an effective Hamiltonian which describes a conditional quantum oscillation in two-qubit systems. Rabi-type quantum oscillations are discussed in implementing conditional quantum oscillations to quantum gate operations. Two conditional quantum oscillations depending on the states of control qubit can be synchronized to perform controlled-gate operations by varying system parameters. It is shown that the conditional quantum oscillations with their frequency synchronization make it possible to operate the controlled-NOT and -U gates with a very accurate gate performance rate in interacting qubit systems. Further, this scheme can be applicable to realize a controlled multi-qubit operation in various solid-state qubit systems.

Chen, Ai Min; Cho, Sam Young

2011-11-01

276

Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry

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

Marcolli, Matilde

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Quantum statistical mechanics, L-series, Anabelian Geometry

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

Marcolli, Matilde

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The Objective Inde...niteness Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

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

WĂĽthrich, Christian

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PHYS 530A: QUANTUM MECHANICS II SYLLABUS (2014 Spring)

PHYS 530A: QUANTUM MECHANICS II SYLLABUS (2014 Spring) Department of Physics, Southern Illinois be familiar with the contents of an undergraduate level course on Quantum mechanics, an equivalent of PHYS-430 Quantum Mechanics-I. Familiarity with the following topics will be assumed: complex variables, partial

Nickrent, Daniel L.

280

A Chaotic, Deterministic Model for Quantum Mechanics

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

Carl Frederick

2014-06-20

281

Mechanisms of Auger recombination in semiconducting quantum dots

Microscopic calculation of the probability of Auger recombination of charge carriers localized in a semiconducting quantum dot (QD) is carried out. It is shown that two mechanism of Auger recombination (nonthreshold and quasi-threshold) operate in the QD. The nonthreshold Auger recombination mechanism is associated with scattering of a quasimomentum from a heterobarrier, while the quasi-threshold mechanism is connected with spatial confinement of the wave functions of charge carriers to the QD region; scattering of carriers occurs at the short-range Coulomb potential. Both mechanisms lead to a substantial enhancement of Auger recombination at the QD as compared to a homogeneous semiconductor. A detailed analysis of the dependence of Auger recombination coefficient on the temperature and QD parameters is carried out. It is shown that the nonthreshold Auger recombination process dominates at low temperatures, while the quasi-threshold mechanism prevails at high temperatures. The dependence of the Auger recombination coefficient on the QD radius experiences noticeable changes as compared to quantum wells and quantum filaments.

Zegrya, G. G., E-mail: zegrya@theory.ioffe.ru; Samosvat, D. M. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physicotechnical Institute (Russian Federation)

2007-06-15

282

Information geometry, dynamics and discrete quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We consider a system with a discrete configuration space. We show that the geometrical structures associated with such a system provide the tools necessary for a reconstruction of discrete quantum mechanics once dynamics is brought into the picture. We do this in three steps. Our starting point is information geometry, the natural geometry of the space of probability distributions. Dynamics requires additional structure. To evolve the Pk, we introduce coordinates Sk canonically conjugate to the Pk and a symplectic structure. We then seek to extend the metric structure of information geometry, to define a geometry over the full space of the Pk and Sk. Consistency between the metric tensor and the symplectic form forces us to introduce a Kähler geometry. The construction has notable features. A complex structure is obtained in a natural way. The canonical coordinates of the ?k = ?Pk eiSk Kähler space are precisely the wave functions of quantum mechanics. The full group of unitary transformations is obtained. Finally, one may associate a Hilbert space with the Kähler space, which leads to the standard version of quantum theory. We also show that the metric that we derive here using purely geometrical arguments is precisely the one that leads to Wootters' expression for the statistical distance for quantum systems.

Reginatto, Marcel; Hall, Michael J. W.

2013-08-01

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Attosecond delays in photoionization: time and quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Maquet, Alfred; Caillat, Jérémie; Taďeb, Richard

2014-10-01

284

Beyond relativity and quantum mechanics: space physics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Lindner, Henry H.

2011-09-01

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Emerging interpretations of quantum mechanics and recent progress in quantum measurement

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The focus of this paper is to provide a brief discussion on the quantum measurement process, by reviewing select examples highlighting recent progress towards its understanding. The areas explored include an outline of the measurement problem, the standard interpretation of quantum mechanics, quantum to classical transition, types of measurement (including weak and projective measurements) and newly emerging interpretations of quantum mechanics (decoherence theory, objective reality, quantum Darwinism and quantum Bayesianism).

Clarke, M. L.

2014-01-01

286

1/N expansion in noncommutative quantum mechanics

We study the 1/N expansion in noncommutative quantum mechanics for the anharmonic and Coulombian potentials. The expansion for the anharmonic oscillator presented good convergence properties, but for the Coulombian potential, we found a divergent large N expansion when using the usual noncommutative generalization of the potential. We proposed a modified version of the noncommutative Coulombian potential which provides a well-behaved 1/N expansion.

Ferrari, A. F. [Universidade Federal do ABC, Centro de Ciencias Naturais e Humanas, Rua Santa Adelia, 166, 09210-170, Santo Andre, SP (Brazil); Gomes, M.; Stechhahn, C. A. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Caixa Postal 66318, 05315-970, Sao Paulo - SP (Brazil)

2010-08-15

287

A tossed coin as quantum mechanical object

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.

Alexander M. Soiguine

2014-08-28

288

Non-Lipschitz approach to quantum mechanics

An attempt to reconcile quantum mechanics with Newton's laws represented by the non-Lipschitz formalism has been made. As a proof-of-concept, a line of equally spaced atoms was studied. It appeared that enforcement of atom incompressibility required relaxation of the Lipschitz condition at the points of contact. This, in turn, led to fractional powers and discreteness of values of the basic

Michail Zak

1998-01-01

289

Nine Formulations of Quantum Mechanics: Lecture

NSDL National Science Digital Library

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

Styer, Dan

2005-08-07

290

Finite quantum mechanical model for the stock market

The price of a given stock is exactly known only at the time of sale when the stock is between the traders. If we know the price (owner) then we have no information on the owner (price). A more general description including cases when we have partial information on both price and ownership is obtained by using the quantum mechanics methods. The relation price-ownership is similar to the relation position-momentum. Our approach is based on the mathematical formalism used in the case of quantum systems with finite-dimensional Hilbert space. The linear operator corresponding to the ownership is obtained from the linear operator corresponding to the price by using the finite Fourier transform. In our idealized model, the Schrodinger type equation describing the time evolution of the stock price is solved numerically.

Liviu-Adrian Cotfas

2012-09-04

291

Relativistic non-Hermitian quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We develop relativistic wave equations in the framework of the new non-Hermitian PT quantum mechanics. The familiar Hermitian Dirac equation emerges as an exact result of imposing the Dirac algebra, the criteria of 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 PT-symmetric mass matrix, describes a single relativistic particle that can have massless dispersion relation even though the mass matrix is nonzero. The PT-generalized Dirac equation is also Lorentz invariant, unitary in time, and CPT respecting, even though as a noninteracting theory it violates P and 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 possibilities permitted by the non-Hermiticity parameter m2.

Jones-Smith, Katherine; Mathur, Harsh

2014-06-01

292

Hunting for Snarks in Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

Hestenes, David

2009-12-01

293

Hunting for Snarks in Quantum Mechanics

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

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

2009-12-08

294

A method of combined quantum mechanics\\/molecular mechanics has been developed to model larger organometallic and metallobiochemical systems where neither quantum mechanics nor molecular mechanics, applied separately, can solve the problem. An electronically transparent interface, which allows charge transfers between the quantum and classical fragments, is devised and realized by employing a special iterative procedure of double (intrafragment and interfragment) self-consistent

Max Kangchien Leong

1997-01-01

295

Possible corrections to quantum mechanical predictions in hidden variable model

We derive possible corrections to the statistical predictions of quantum mechanics in measurement over ensemble of identically prepared system based on a hidden variable model of quantization developed in the previous work. The corrections are characterized by a dimensionless parameter $\\sigma$ and the prediction of quantum mechanics is reproduced in the formal limit $\\sigma\\rightarrow 0$. Quantum mechanics is argued to be reliable for sufficiently low quantum number.

Agung Budiyono

2012-01-22

296

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

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

Casey Blood

2010-09-23

297

Neutrino oscillations: Quantum mechanics vs. quantum field theory

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

Akhmedov, Evgeny Kh.; Kopp, Joachim; ,

2010-01-01

298

On the missing axiom of Quantum Mechanics Giacomo Mauro D'Ariano

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

D'Ariano, Giacomo Mauro

299

A representation of complex rational numbers in quantum mechanics

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.

Paul Benioff

2005-06-20

300

Representation of complex rational numbers in quantum mechanics

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.

Benioff, Paul [Physics Division, Argonne National Laboratory Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)

2005-09-15

301

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

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

H. Nikolic

2006-10-12

302

Unstable trajectories and the quantum mechanical uncertainty

There is still an ongoing discussion about various seemingly contradictory aspects of classical particle motion and its quantum mechanical counterpart. One of the best accepted viewpoints that intend to bridge the gap is the so-called Copenhagen Interpretation. A major issue there is to regard wave functions as probability amplitudes (usually for the position of a particle). However, the literature also reports on approaches that claim a trajectory for any quantum mechanical particle, Bohmian mechanics probably being the most prominent one among these ideas. We introduce a way to calculate trajectories as well, but our crucial ingredient is their well controlled local (thus also momentaneous) degree of instability. By construction, at every moment their unpredictability, i.e., their local separation rates of neighboring trajectories, is governed by the local value of the given modulus square of a wave function. We present extensive numerical simulations of the H and He atom, and for some velocity-related quantities, namely angular momentum and total energy, we inspect their agreement with the values appearing in wave mechanics. Further, we interpret the archetypal double slit interference experiment in the spirit of our findings. We also discuss many-particle problems far beyond He, which guides us to a variety of possible applications.

Moser, Hans R. [Physics Institute, University of Zuerich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zuerich (Switzerland)], E-mail: moser@physik.uzh.ch

2008-08-15

303

Four and a Half Axioms for Finite Dimensional Quantum Mechanics

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.

Alexander Wilce

2009-12-30

304

Quantum mechanics with coordinate dependent noncommutativity

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.

Kupriyanov, V. G. [CMCC, Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo André, SP (Brazil)] [CMCC, Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo André, SP (Brazil)

2013-11-15

305

MSE 157: Quantum Mechanics of Nanoscale Materials Course Information

there. Textbook The textbook for this course is Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by David Griffiths. We Quantum Mechanics by Walter A. Harrison An Introduction to Quantum Physics by A.P. French and Edwin F was created to describe and explain a world of atoms and electrons far removed from everyday human experience

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A theoretical study of the molecular mechanism of the thymidylate synthase-catalyzed reaction has been carried out using hybrid quantum mechanics\\/molecular mechanics methods. We have examined all of the stationary points (reactants, intermediates, transition structures, and products) on the multidimensional potential energy surfaces for the multistep enzymatic process. The characterization of these relevant structures facilitates the gaining of insight into the

Natalia Kanaan; Sergio Martí; Vicent Moliner; Amnon Kohen

2007-01-01

307

Quantum-Mechanical Model of Spacetime

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.

Jarmo Makela

2007-06-20

308

Adaptive Perturbation Theory I: Quantum Mechanics

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.

Weinstein, Marvin; /SLAC

2005-10-19

309

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.

Elio Conte

2011-06-14

310

The operator algebra approach to quantum groups

A relatively simple definition of a locally compact quantum group in the C*-algebra setting will be explained as it was recently obtained by the authors. At the same time, we put this definition in the historical and mathematical context of locally compact groups, compact quantum groups, Kac algebras, multiplicative unitaries, and duality theory. PMID:10639116

Kustermans, Johan; Vaes, Stefaan

2000-01-01

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5.74 Introductory Quantum Mechanics II, Spring 2005

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, ...

Tokmakoff, Andrei

312

Probability Representation of Quantum Mechanics: Comments and Bibliography

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.

V. I. Man'ko; O. V. Pilyavets; V. G. Zborovskii

2006-10-17

313

Coupled-cavity terahertz quantum cascade lasers for single mode operation

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.

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 Phénomčnes 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

314

Lecture Script: Introduction to Computational Quantum Mechanics

This document is the lecture script of a one-semester course taught at the University of Basel in the Fall semesters of 2012 and 2013. It is aimed at advanced students of physics who are familiar with the concepts and notations of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics lectures can often be separated into two classes. In the first class you get to know Schroedinger's equation and find the form and dynamics of simple physical systems (square well, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom); most calculations are analytic and inspired by calculations originally done in the 1920s and 1930s. In the second class you learn about large systems such as molecular structures, crystalline solids, or lattice models; these calculations are usually so complicated that it is difficult for the student to understand them in all detail. This lecture tries to bridge the gap between simple analytic calculations and complicated large-scale computations. We will revisit most of the problems encountered in introductory quantum mechanics, focusing on computer implementations for finding analytical as well as numerical solutions and their visualization. Most of these calculations are too complicated to be done by hand. Even relatively simple problems, such as two interacting particles in a one-dimensional trap, do not have analytic solutions and require the use of computers for their solution and visualization. More complex problems scale exponentially with the number of degrees of freedom, and make the use of large computer simulations unavoidable. The course is taught using the Mathematica programming language; however, the concepts presented are readily translated to any other programming language.

Roman Schmied

2014-03-27

315

Euclidean Quantum Mechanics and Universal Nonlinear Filtering

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.

Bhashyam Balaji

2008-09-25

316

Scattering in PT-symmetric quantum mechanics

A general formalism is worked out for the description of one-dimensional scattering in non-hermitian quantum mechanics and constraints on transmission and reflection coefficients are derived in the cases of P, T or PT invariance of the Hamiltonian. Applications to some solvable PT-symmetric potentials are shown in detail. Our main original results concern the association of reflectionless potentials with asymptotic exact PT symmetry and the peculiarities of separable kernels of non-local potentials in connection with Hermiticity, T invariance and PT invariance.

Cannata, Francesco [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bologna and Dipartimento di Fisica dell' Universita, Via Irnerio 46, I 40126 Bologna (Italy)]. E-mail: Francesco.Cannata@bo.infn.it; Dedonder, Jean-Pierre [GMPIB Universite Paris 7 - Denis-Diderot, 2 Place Jussieu, F-75251, Paris Cedex 05 (France)]. E-mail: dedonder@paris7.jussieu.fr; Ventura, Alberto [Ente Nuove Tecnologie, Energia e Ambiente, Bologna and Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Bologna (Italy)]. E-mail: Alberto.Ventura@bologna.enea.it

2007-02-15

317

Hidden geometric character of relativistic quantum mechanics

Geometry can be an unsuspected source of equations with physical relevance, as everybody is aware since Einstein formulated the general theory of relativity. However, efforts to extend a similar type of reasoning to other areas of physics, namely, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, and particle physics, usually had very limited success; particularly in quantum mechanics the standard formalism is such that any possible relation to geometry is impossible to detect; other authors have previously trod the geometric path to quantum mechanics, some of that work being referred to in the text. In this presentation we will follow an alternate route to show that quantum mechanics has indeed a strong geometric character. The paper makes use of geometric algebra, also known as Clifford algebra, in five-dimensional space-time. The choice of this space is given the character of first principle, justified solely by the consequences that can be derived from such choice and their consistency with experimental results. Given a metric space of any dimension, one can define monogenic functions, the natural extension of analytic functions to higher dimensions; such functions have null vector derivative and have previously been shown by other authors to play a decisive role in lower dimensional spaces. All monogenic functions have null Laplacian by consequence; in a hyperbolic space this fact leads inevitably to a wave equation with planelike solutions. This is also true for five-dimensional space-time and we will explore those solutions, establishing a parallel with the solutions of the free particle Dirac equation. For this purpose we will invoke the isomorphism between the complex algebra of 4x4 matrices, also known as Dirac's matrices. There is one problem with this isomorphism, because the solutions to Dirac's equation are usually known as spinors (column matrices) that do not belong to the 4x4 matrix algebra and as such are excluded from the isomorphism. We will show that a solution in terms of Dirac spinors is equivalent to a plane wave solution. Just as one finds in the standard formulation, monogenic functions can be naturally split into positive/negative energy together with left/right ones. This split is provided by geometric projectors and we will show that there is a second set of projectors providing an alternate fourfold split. The possible implications of this alternate split are not yet fully understood and are presently the subject of profound research.

Almeida, Jose B. [Physics Department, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal)

2007-01-15

318

A toy model for quantum mechanics

The toy model used by Spekkens [R. Spekkens, Phys. Rev. A 75, 032110 (2007)] to argue in favor of an epistemic view of quantum mechanics is extended by generalizing his definition of pure states (i.e. states of maximal knowledge) and by associating measurements with all pure states. The new toy model does not allow signaling but, in contrast to the Spekkens model, does violate Bell-CHSH inequalities. Negative probabilities are found to arise naturally within the model, and can be used to explain the Bell-CHSH inequality violations.

S. J. van Enk

2007-05-18

319

Topological Solution of Bohmian Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The topological solutions of the De Broglie-Bohm quantum mechanics are presented. Starting from the Schrödinger equation for one particle system and ?-mapping topological current theory, the trajectory of the particle is derived explicitly, and can be used as the world line of the particle. The world line is just at the zero point of the wave function and it is shown that the vorticity of the world line can be expressed by Hopf index and Brouwer degree. The evolution of the world line at the bifurcation point is given.

Shi, Xuguang; Yu, Ming; Duan, Yishi

320

A Quantum Mechanical Model of Spherical Supermembranes

We present a quantum mechanical model of spherical supermembranes. Using superfields to represent the cartesian coordinates of the membrane, we are able to exactly determine its supersymmetric vacua. We find there are two classical vacua, one corresponding to an extended membrane and one corresponding to a point-like membrane. For the ${\\mathcal N} = 2$ case, instanton effects then lift these vacua to massive states. For the ${\\mathcal N} = 4$ case, there is no instanton tunneling, and the vacua remain massless. Similarities to spherical supermembranes as giant gravitons and in Matrix theory on pp-waves is discussed.

John Conley; Ben Geller; Mark G. Jackson; Laura Pomerance; Sharad Shrivastava

2003-02-07

321

Supersymmetric quantum mechanics and its applications

The Hamiltonian in Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics is defined in terms of charges that obey the same algebra as that of the generators of supersymmetry in field theory. The consequences of this symmetry for the spectra of the component parts that constitute the supersymmetric system are explored. The implications of supersymmetry for the solutions of the Schroedinger equation, the Dirac equation, the inverse scattering theory and the multi-soliton solutions of the KdV equation are examined. Applications to scattering problems in Nuclear Physics with specific reference to singular potentials which arise from considerations of supersymmetry will be discussed.

Sukumar, C.V. [Wadham College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PN (United Kingdom)

2004-12-23

322

Expressing the operations of quantum computing in multiparticle geometric algebra

We show how the basic operations of quantum computing can be expressed and manipulated in a clear and concise fashion using a multiparticle version of geometric (aka Clifford) algebra. This algebra encompasses the product operator formalism of NMR spectroscopy, and hence its notation leads directly to implementations of these operations via NMR pulse sequences.

Shyamal S. Somaroo; David G. Cory; Timothy F. Havel

1998-01-03

323

Expressing the operations of quantum computing in multiparticle geometric algebra

We show how the basic operations of quantum computing can be expressed and manipulated in a clear and concise fashion using a multiparticle version of geometric (aka Clifford) algebra. This algebra encompasses the product operator formalism of NMR spectroscopy, and hence its notation leads directly to implementations of these operations via NMR pulse sequences.

Shyamal S. Somaroo; David G. Cory; Timothy F. Havel

1998-01-01

324

From PT-symmetric quantum mechanics to conformal field theory

One of the simplest examples of a PT-symmetric quantum system is the scaling Yang-Lee model, a quantum field theory with cubic interaction and purely imaginary coupling. We give a historical review of some facts about this model in d PT-symmetric quantum mechanics. We also discuss some more general results on PT-symmetric quantum mechanics and the ODE/IM correspondence, and mention applications to magnetic systems and cold atom physics.

Patrick Dorey; Clare Dunning; Roberto Tateo

2009-06-05

325

Representation of natural numbers in quantum mechanics

This paper represents one approach to making explicit some of the assumptions and conditions implied in the widespread representation of numbers by composite quantum systems. Any nonempty set and associated operations is a set of natural numbers or a model of arithmetic if the set and operations satisfy the axioms of number theory or arithmetic. This paper is limited to k-ary representations of length L and to the axioms for arithmetic modulo k{sup L}. A model of the axioms is described based on an abstract L-fold tensor product Hilbert space H{sup arith}. Unitary maps of this space onto a physical parameter based product space H{sup phy} are then described. Each of these maps makes states in H{sup phy}, and the induced operators, a model of the axioms. Consequences of the existence of many of these maps are discussed along with the dependence of Grover's and Shor's algorithms on these maps. The importance of the main physical requirement, that the basic arithmetic operations are efficiently implementable, is discussed. This condition states that there exist physically realizable Hamiltonians that can implement the basic arithmetic operations and that the space-time and thermodynamic resources required are polynomial in L.

Benioff, Paul

2001-03-01

326

Multiplication of distributions and Dirac formalism of quantum mechanics

We define multiplication and convolution of distributions and ultradistributions by introducing the notions of evaluation of distributions and integration of ultradistributions. An application is made to an interpretation of the Dirac formalism of quantum mechanics. The role of the Hilbert space of states is played by what is termed a Hermitian orthonormal system, and operators are replaced by the generalized matrices. We describe a simple example of one dimensional free particle and construct explicitly a representation of the Weyl algebra as the generalized matrices.

Kim, Namhoon [Department of Mathematics Education, Hongik University, 72-1 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul 121-791 (Korea, Republic of)

2010-02-15

327

The metaphysics of quantum mechanics: Modal interpretations

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Gluck, Stuart Murray

2004-11-01

328

Simulating Quantum Mechanics by Non-Contextual Hidden Variables

No physical measurement can be performed with infinite precision. This leaves a loophole in the standard no-go arguments against non-contextual hidden variables. All such arguments rely on choosing special sets of quantum-mechanical observables with measurement outcomes that cannot be simulated non-contextually. As a consequence, these arguments do not exclude the hypothesis that the class of physical measurements in fact corresponds to a dense subset of all theoretically possible measurements with outcomes and quantum probabilities that \\emph{can} be recovered from a non-contextual hidden variable model. We show here by explicit construction that there are indeed such non-contextual hidden variable models, both for projection valued and positive operator valued measurements.

Rob Clifton; Adrian Kent

1999-08-09

329

Continuous quantum error correction through local operations

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.

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

330

Smallest Relational Mechanics Model of Quantum Cosmology

Relational particle mechanics are models in which there is, overall, no time, position, orientation (nor, sometimes, scale). They are useful for whole-universe modelling - the setting for quantum cosmology. This note concerns 3 particles in 1d in shape-scale split variables. The scale part parallels certain Friedmann equations, while in this note the shape part involves functions on the circle. The scale part is taken to be `heavy' and `slow' so the semiclassical approach applies and scale provides an approximate timestandard with repect to which the light physics runs. Relational particle mechanics moreover provide conceptual models of inhomogeneity, structure formation and nontrivial linear constraints (minisuperspace models do not and midisuperspace models only do at the cost of substantial complications).

Edward Anderson

2009-08-13

331

Ewald mesh method for quantum mechanical calculations

The Fourier transform Coulomb (FTC) method has been shown to be effective for the fast and accurate calculation of long-range Coulomb interactions between diffuse (low-energy cutoff) densities in quantum mechanical (QM) systems. In this work, we split the potential of a compact (high-energy cutoff) density into short-range and long-range components, similarly to how point charges are handled in the Ewald mesh methods in molecular mechanics simulations. With this linear scaling QM Ewald mesh method, the long-range potential of compact densities can be represented on the same grid as the diffuse densities that are treated by the FTC method. The new method is accurate and significantly reduces the amount of computational time on short-range interactions, especially when it is compared to the continuous fast multipole method. PMID:22443753

Chang, Chun-Min; Shao, Yihan; Kong, Jing

2012-01-01

332

INTRODUCTION TO RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM MECHANICS AND THE DIRAC EQUATION

The development of quantum mechanics is presented from a his- torical perspective. The principles of special relativity are reviewed. Relativis- tic quantum mechanics is developed, including the Klein-Gordon equation and up to the Dirac equation. Near the end of the 19th century, physicists were confident in their view of the world. Newton's mechanics had explained the dynamics of everything from

JACOB E. SONE

333

A note on the Landauer principle in quantum statistical mechanics

A note on the Landauer principle in quantum statistical mechanics Vojkan JaksiÂ´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

Boyer, Edmond

334

Quantum Mechanical Study of Nanoscale MOSFET

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

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.

Svizhenko, Alexei; Anantram, M. P.; Govindan, T. R.; Biegel, Bryan

2001-01-01

335

Supersymmetric quantum mechanics and the Korteweg--de Vries hierarchy

The connection between supersymmetric quantum mechanics and the Korteweg--de Vries (KdV) equation is discussed, with particular emphasis on the KdV conservation laws. It is shown that supersymmetric quantum mechanics aids in the derivation of the conservation laws, and gives some insight into the Miura transformation that converts the KdV equation into the modified KdV equation. The construction of the [tau] function by means of supersymmetric quantum mechanics is discussed.

Grant, A.K.; Rosner, J.L. (Enrico Fermi Institute and Department of Physics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States))

1994-05-01

336

Biological applications of hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics calculation.

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

Kang, Jiyoung; Hagiwara, Yohsuke; Tateno, Masaru

2012-01-01

337

The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This encyclopedia entry contains a comprehensive introduction to the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. It includes discussions of the probability, tests, and objections to this interpretation.

Vaidman, Lev

2005-04-16

338

We restate Kay's 1998 hypothesis which simultaneously offers an objective definition for the entropy of a closed system, a microscopic foundation for the Second Law, a resolution of the Information Loss (and other) Black-Hole Puzzle(s) and an objective mechanism for decoherence. Presupposing a conventional unitary theory of low-energy quantum gravity, it offers all this by taking the physical density operator of a closed system to be the partial trace of its total density operator (assumed pure) over gravity and by defining its physical entropy to be its `matter-gravity entanglement entropy'. We also recall Kay's 1998 modified non-relativistic (many-body) quantum mechanics based on Kay's hypothesis with a Newtonian approximation to quantum gravity. In this modification, we find formal expectation values for certain `observables' such as momentum-squared and Parity are altered but those for functions of positions are unaltered. However, by arguing that every real measurement can ultimately be taken to be a pos...

Kay, Bernard S

2007-01-01

339

Three attempts at two axioms for quantum mechanics

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?

Daniel Rohrlich

2010-11-24

340

Quantum Sufficiency in the Operator Algebra Framework

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The paper is devoted to the investigation of the notion of sufficiency in quantum statistics. Three kinds of this notion are considered: plain sufficiency (called simply: sufficiency), Petz's sufficiency, and Umegaki's sufficiency. The problem of the existence and structure of the minimal sufficient subalgebra is analyzed in some detail, conditions yielding equivalence of the three modes of sufficiency are considered, and quantum Basu's theorem is obtained. Moreover, it is shown that an interesting "factorization theorem" of Jen?ová and Petz needs some corrections to hold true.

?uczak, Andrzej

2014-10-01

341

Universal programmable quantum circuit schemes to emulate an operator

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Daskin, Anmer; Grama, Ananth; Kollias, Giorgos; Kais, Sabre

2012-12-01

342

Universal programmable quantum circuit schemes to emulate an operator

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.

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

343

Exponential complexity and ontological theories of quantum mechanics

Ontological theories of quantum mechanics describe a single system by means of well-defined classical variables and attribute the quantum uncertainties to our ignorance about the underlying reality represented by these variables. We consider the general class of ontological theories describing a quantum system by a set of variables with Markovian (either deterministic or stochastic) evolution. We provide proof that the number of continuous variables cannot be smaller than 2N-2, N being the Hilbert-space dimension. Thus, any ontological Markovian theory of quantum mechanics requires a number of variables which grows exponentially with the physical size. This result is relevant also in the framework of quantum Monte Carlo methods.

Montina, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Firenze, Via Sansone 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino (Italy)

2008-02-15

344

Hilbert space for quantum mechanics on superspace

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.

Coulembier, K.; De Bie, H. [Department of Mathematical Analysis, Faculty of Engineering, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Gent (Belgium)

2011-06-15

345

Supersymmetric quantum mechanics and Painlevé equations

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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.

Bermudez, David; Fernández C., David J.

2014-01-01

346

Supersymmetric quantum mechanics and Painlevé equations

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.

Bermudez, David; Fernández C, David J. [Departamento de Física, Cinvestav, A.P. 14-740, 07000 México D.F. (Mexico)

2014-01-08

347

Is Quantum Mechanics the Whole Truth?

Quantum mechanics has been enormously successful in describing nature at the atomic level and most physicists believe it is, in principle, the 'whole truth' about the world even at the everyday level. However, such a view, at first glance, leads to a severe problem. In certain circumstances, the most natural interpretation of the theory implies that no definite outcome of an experiment occurs until the act of observation. For many decades this problem was regarded as merely philosophical-it was thought it had no consequences that could be tested in experiment. However, in the last dozen years or so, the situation has changed dramatically in this respect. The problem, some popular resolutions of it, the current experimental situation and prospects for the future are discussed.

Leggett, Anthony J. [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)

2008-05-29

348

Quantum mechanical systems exhibit an inherently probabilistic nature upon\\u000ameasurement which excludes in principle the singular direct observability\\u000acontinual case. Quantum theory of time continuous measurements and quantum\\u000aprediction theory, developed by the author on the basis of an\\u000aindependent-increment model for quantum noise and nondemolition causality\\u000aprinciple in the 80's, solves this problem allowing continual quantum\\u000apredictions and reducing

VIACHESLAV P BELAVKIN

2007-01-01

349

Noncommutative quantum mechanics: Uniqueness of the functional description

The generalized Weyl transform of index {alpha} is used to implement the time-slice definition of the phase space path integral yielding the Feynman kernel in the case of noncommutative quantum mechanics. As expected, this representation for the Feynman kernel is not unique but labeled by the real parameter {alpha}. We succeed in proving that the {alpha}-dependent contributions disappear at the limit where the time slice goes to zero. This proof of consistency turns out to be intricate because the Hamiltonian involves products of noncommuting operators originating from the noncommutativity. The antisymmetry of the matrix parametrizing the noncommutativity plays a key role in the cancellation mechanism of the {alpha}-dependent terms.

Bemfica, F. S.; Girotti, H. O. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Caixa Postal 15051, 91501-970-Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

2008-12-15

350

Tampering detection system using quantum-mechanical systems

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.

Humble, Travis S. (Knoxville, TN); Bennink, Ryan S. (Knoxville, TN); Grice, Warren P. (Oak Ridge, TN)

2011-12-13

351

Multiple-event probability in general-relativistic quantum mechanics: a discrete model

We introduce a simple quantum mechanical model in which time and space are discrete and periodic. These features avoid the complications related to continuous-spectrum operators and infinite-norm states. The model provides a tool for discussing the probabilistic interpretation of generally-covariant quantum systems, without the confusion generated by spurious infinities. We use the model to illustrate the formalism of general-relativistic quantum mechanics, and to test the definition of multiple-event probability introduced in a companion paper. We consider a version of the model with unitary time-evolution and a version without unitary time-evolution

Mauricio Mondragon; Alejandro Perez; Carlo Rovelli

2007-04-30

352

Quantum Information Theory Quantum mechanics makes probabilistic predictions about experiments lead to the development of a theory of quantum information that generalises previous notions allow us to build unbreakable cryptosystems based on quantum communication, and how our intuitive

Burton, Geoffrey R.

353

Sheaf Logic, Quantum Set Theory and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

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.

J. Benavides

2011-11-11

354

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We propose mutant versions of quantum mechanics constructed on vector spaces over the finite Galois fields GF(3) and GF(9). The mutation we consider here is distinct from what we proposed in previous papers on Galois field quantum mechanics. In this new mutation, the canonical expression for expectation values is retained instead of that for probabilities. In fact, probabilities are indeterminate. Furthermore, it is shown that the mutant quantum mechanics over the finite field GF(9) exhibits super-quantum correlations (i.e. the Bell-Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt bound is 4). We comment on the fundamental physical importance of these results in the context of quantum gravity.

Chang, Lay Nam; Lewis, Zachary; Minic, Djordje; Takeuchi, Tatsu

2013-12-01

355

Vortex Line Fluctuations in Superconductors from Elementary Quantum Mechanics

Concepts from elementary quantum mechanics can be used to understand vortex line fluctuations in high-temperature superconductors. Flux lines are essentially classical objects, described by a string tension, their mutual repulsion, and interactions with pinning centers. The classical partition function, however, is isomorphic to the imaginary time path integral description of quantum mechanics. This observation is used to determine the thermal

David R. Nelson

1993-01-01

356

Quantum mechanical retrocausation? Call for nonlocal causal models!

A new possible version of multisimultaneous causality is proposed, and real experiments allowing us to decide between this view and quantum mechanical retrocausation are further discussed. The interest of testing quantum mechanics against as many nonlocal causal models as possible is stressed.

Antoine Suarez

1998-02-12

357

Quantum mechanical features of optically pumped CW FIR lasers

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Quantum mechanical predictions for the gain of an optically pumped CW FIR laser are presented for cases in which one or both of the pump and FIR transitions are pressure or Doppler broadened. The results are compared to those based on the rate equation model. Some of the quantum mechanical predictions are verified in CH3OH.

Seligson, D.; Leite, J. R. R.; Sanchez, A.; Feld, M. S.; Ducloy, M.

1977-01-01

358

Using a Computer-Rich Curriculum to Teach Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site is the notes for a seminar on the use of java applets in quantum mechanics pedagogy. Applets are included that cover basic quantum mechanics, hydrogenic and two-particle systems, and some simulation techniques. Time dependent results are stressed.

Belloni, Mario; Carroll, Meghan

2004-03-10

359

An overview of the transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics

We summarize the transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics (TI) and consider various points concerning the TI and its relation to the Copenhagen interpretation (CI). Questions concerning mapping the TI onto the CI, of advanced waves as solutions to proper wave equations, of collapse and the QM formalism, and of the relation of quantum mechanical interpretations to experimental tests and results are discussed. 12 refs.

Cramer, J.G.

1987-01-01

360

Hidden-Variables Models of Quantum Mechanics (Noncontextual and Contextual)

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

Abner Shimony

361

Two-dimensional quantum mechanical modeling of nanotransistors

Quantization in the inversion layer and phase coherent transport are anticipated to have significant impact on device performance in ``ballistic'' nanoscale transistors. While the role of some quantum effects have been analyzed qualitatively using simple one-dimensional ballistic models, two-dimensional (2D) quantum mechanical simulation is important for quantitative results. In this paper, we present a framework for 2D quantum mechanical simulation

A. Svizhenko; M. P. Anantram; T. R. Govindan; B. Biegel; R. Venugopal

2002-01-01

362

Quantum Mechanical Black Holes: Towards a Unification of Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity

In this paper, starting from vortices we are finally lead to a treatment of\\u000aFermions as Kerr-Newman type Black Holes wherein we identify the horizon at the\\u000aparticle's Compton wavelength periphery. A naked singularity is avoided and the\\u000asingular processes inside the horizon of the Black Hole are identified with\\u000aQuantum Mechanical effects within the Compton wavelength. Inertial mass,\\u000agravitation,

B. G. Sidharth; B. M. Birla; Adarsh Nagar

1998-01-01

363

Operating single quantum emitters with a compact Stirling cryocooler.

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. PMID:25638078

Schlehahn, A; Krüger, L; Gschrey, M; Schulze, J-H; Rodt, S; Strittmatter, A; Heindel, T; Reitzenstein, S

2015-01-01

364

What Is a Quantum-Mechanical ``Weak Value'' the Value of?

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A so called “weak value” of an observable in quantum mechanics (QM) may be obtained in a weak measurement + post-selection procedure on the QM system under study. Applied to number operators, it has been invoked in revisiting some QM paradoxes ( e.g., the so called Three-Box Paradox and Hardy’s Paradox). This requires the weak value to be interpreted as a bona fide property of the system considered, a par with entities like operator mean values and eigenvalues. I question such an interpretation; it has no support in the basic axioms of quantum mechanics and it leads to unreasonable results in concrete situations.

Svensson, Bengt E. Y.

2013-10-01

365

Quantum Operator Design for Lattice Baryon Spectroscopy

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.

Adam Lichtl

2007-09-06

366

Highlighting the mechanism of the quantum speedup by time-symmetric and relational quantum mechanics

Bob hides a ball in one of four drawers. Alice is to locate it. Classically she has to open up to three drawers, quantally just one. The fundamental reason for this quantum speedup is not known. We explain it by extending the usual representation of the quantum algorithm, limited to the process of solving the problem, to the process of setting the problem. The number of the drawer with the ball becomes a unitary transformation of the random outcome of the preparation measurement. This brings in relational quantum mechanics: the extension is with respect to Bob and cannot be with respect to Alice. It would tell her the drawer number before she opens any drawer. To Alice, the projection of the quantum state due to the preparation measurement should be retarded at the end of her search; in the input state of the search, the drawer number is determined to Bob and undetermined to Alice. A second consequence is the emergence of an ambiguity. Either the preparation measurement or the final one required to read the solution selects the solution. For reasons of symmetry, we assume that the selection shares evenly between the two measurements. All is as if Alice, by reading the solution, selected half of the information that specifies the drawer number. This selection leaves the input state to Bob unaltered and projects that to Alice on a state of lower entropy where she knows that half in advance. The quantum algorithm is a sum over histories in each of which Alice knows in advance that the ball is in a pair of drawers and locates it by opening one of the two. More in general, given an oracle problem, this explanation of the speedup predicts the number of queries required to solve it in an optimal quantum way.

Giuseppe Castagnoli

2014-12-11

367

BYU PHYS 731 Statistical Mechanics Chapter 7: Sethna Professor Manuel Berrondo Quantum Statistical #12;BYU PHYS 731 Statistical Mechanics Chapter 7: Sethna Professor Manuel Berrondo Quantum ensembles: = n pn |n n| density matrix 2 #12;BYU PHYS 731 Statistical Mechanics Chapter 7: Sethna Professor

Hart, Gus

368

A quantum mechanical version of Price's theorem for Gaussian states

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.

Igor G. Vladimirov

2014-09-15

369

Lectures on Black Hole Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The lectures that follow were originally given in 1992, and written up only slightly later. Since then there have been dramatic developments in the quantum theory of black holes, especially in the context of string theory. None of these are reflected here. The concept of quantum hair, which is discussed at length in the lectures, is certainly of permanent interest, and I continue to believe that in some generalized form it will prove central to the whole question of how information is stored in black holes. The discussion of scattering and emission modes from various classes of black holes could be substantially simplified using modern techniques, and from currently popular perspectives the choice of examples might look eccentric. On the other hand fashions have changed rapidly in the field, and the big questions as stated and addressed here, especially as formulated for "real" black holes (nonextremal, in four-dimensional, asymptotically flat space-time, with supersymmetry broken), remain pertinent even as the tools to address them may evolve. The four lectures I gave at the school were based on two lengthy papers that have now been published, "Black Holes as Elementary Particles," Nuclear Physics B380, 447 (1992) and "Quantum Hair on Black Holes," Nuclear Physics B378, 175 (1992). The unifying theme of this work is to help make plausible the possibility that black holes, although they are certainly unusual and extreme states of matter, may be susceptible to a description using concepts that are not fundamentally different from those we use in describing other sorts of quantum-mechanical matter. In the first two lectures I discussed dilaton black holes. The fact that apparently innocuous changes in the "matter" action can drastically change the properties of a black hole is already very significant: it indicates that the physical properties of small black holes cannot be discussed reliably in the abstract, but must be considered with due regard to the rest of physics. (The macroscopic properties of large black holes, in particular those of astrophysical interest, are presumably well described by the familiar Einstein-Maxwell action which governs the massless fields. Heavy fields will at most provide Yukawa tails to the field surrounding the hole.) I will show how perturbations may be set up and analyzed completely, and why doing this is crucial for understanding the semiclassical physics of the hole including the Hawking radiation quantitatively. It will emerge that there is a class of dilaton black holes which behave as rather straightforward elementary particles. In the other two lectures I discussed the issue of hair on black holes, in particular the existence of hair associated with discrete gauge charges and its physical consequences. This hair is particularly interesting to analyze because it is invisible classically and to all order in ?. Its existence shows that black holes can have some "internal" quantum numbers in addition to their traditional classification by mass, charge, and angular momentum. The text that follows, follows the original papers closely.

Wilczek, Frank

370

The Born Rule in Quantum and Classical Mechanics

Considerable effort has been devoted to deriving the Born rule (e.g. that $|\\psi(x)|^2 dx$ is the probability of finding a system, described by $\\psi$, between $x$ and $x + dx$) in quantum mechanics. Here we show that the Born rule is not solely quantum mechanical; rather, it arises naturally in the Hilbert space formulation of {\\it classical} mechanics as well. These results provide new insights into the nature of the Born rule, and impact on its understanding in the framework of quantum mechanics.

Paul Brumer; Jiangbin Gong

2006-04-24

371

Cloning in nonlinear Hamiltonian quantum and hybrid mechanics

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

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

2014-11-17

372

Nonlocal Measurements in the Time-Symmetric Quantum Mechanics

Although nondemolition, reliable, and instantaneous quantum measurements of some nonlocal variables are impossible, demolition reliable instantaneous measurements are possible for all variables. It is shown that this is correct also in the framework of the time-symmetric quantum formalism, i.e. nonlocal variables of composite quantum systems with quantum states evolving both forward and backward in time are measurable in a demolition way. The result follows from the possibility to reverse with certainty the time direction of a backward evolving quantum state. Demolition measurements of nonlocal backward evolving quantum states require remarkably small resources. This is so because the combined operation of time reversal and teleportation of a local backward evolving quantum state requires only a single quantum channel and no transmission of classical information.

Vaidman, L; Vaidman, Lev; Nevo, Izhar

2005-01-01

373

Nonlocal Measurements in the Time-Symmetric Quantum Mechanics

Although nondemolition, reliable, and instantaneous quantum measurements of some nonlocal variables are impossible, demolition reliable instantaneous measurements are possible for all variables. It is shown that this is correct also in the framework of the time-symmetric quantum formalism, i.e. nonlocal variables of composite quantum systems with quantum states evolving both forward and backward in time are measurable in a demolition way. The result follows from the possibility to reverse with certainty the time direction of a backward evolving quantum state. Demolition measurements of nonlocal backward evolving quantum states require remarkably small resources. This is so because the combined operation of time reversal and teleportation of a local backward evolving quantum state requires only a single quantum channel and no transmission of classical information.

Lev Vaidman; Izhar Nevo

2005-04-06

374

Quantum Operator Design for Lattice Baryon Spectroscopy

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. These techniques are then applied in the construction of nucleon operators. Correlation matrix elements between these operators are estimated using 200 configurations on a $12^3 \\times 48$ anisotropic lattice in the quenched approximation with unphysically heavy u, d quark masses (the pion mass is approximately 700 MeV). After a change of basis operators using a variational method is applied, the energies of up to eight states are extracted in each symmetry channel. Although comparison with experiment is not justified, the pattern of levels obtained qualitatively agrees with the observed spectrum. A comparison with quark model predictions is also made; the quark model predicts more low-lying even-parity states than this study yields, but both the quark model and this study predict more odd-parity states near 2 GeV than currently observed in experiments.

Adam C. Lichtl

2007-01-12

375

Quantum Mechanics as a Classical Theory III: Epistemology

The two previous papers developed quantum mechanical formalism from classical mechanics and two additional postulates. In the first paper it was also shown that the uncertainty relations possess no ontological validity and only reflect the formalism's limitations. In this paper, a Realist Interpretation of quantum mechanics based on these results is elaborated and compared to the Copenhagen Interpretation. We demonstrate that von Neumann's proof of the impossibility of a hidden variable theory is not correct, independently of Bell's argumentation. A local hidden variable theory is found for non-relativistic quantum mechanics, which is nothing else than newtonian mechanics itself. We prove that Bell's theorem does not imply in a non-locality of quantum mechanics, and also demonstrate that Bohm's theory cannot be considered a true hidden variable theory.

L. S. F. Olavo

1995-03-31

376

QUANTUM STATISTICAL MECHANICS OVER FUNCTION FIELDS CATERINA CONSANI AND MATILDE MARCOLLI

QUANTUM STATISTICAL MECHANICS OVER FUNCTION FIELDS CATERINA CONSANI AND MATILDE MARCOLLI 1 interplay between quantum statistical mechanics and arithmetic. In the case of number fields, the symmetries]. Moreover, very recently Benoit Jacob constructed an interesting quantum statistical mechanical system

Marcolli, Matilde

377

EEE 434 Quantum Mechanics for Engineers (3) [F] Course (Catalog) Description

EEE 434 Quantum Mechanics for Engineers (3) [F] Course (Catalog) Description: Angular momentum. Ferry, Quantum Mechanics: An Introduction for Device Physicists and Electrical Engineers, Institute Objective: Students are conversant with the concepts of quantum mechanics as they apply to semiconductors

Zhang, Junshan

378

We detect and quantify quantum correlations between the polarization and the frequency degrees of freedom of single photons by means of local operations acting only on the polarization degree of freedom. These operations only require experimental control over an easily accessible two-dimensional subsystem despite handling strongly mixed quantum states comprised of a continuum of orthogonal frequency states, which exclude an efficient finite-dimensional truncation of the total Hilbert space.

Jian-Shun Tang; Yi-Tao Wang; Geng Chen; Yang Zou; Chuan-Feng Li; Guang-Can Guo; Ying Yu; Mi-Feng Li; Guo-Wei Zha; Hai-Qiao Ni; Zhi-Chuan Niu; Manuel Gessner; Heinz-Peter Breuer

2014-10-07

379

Statistical approach to quantum mechanics II: Nonrelativistic spin

In this second paper in a series, we show that the the general statistical approach to nonrelativistic quantum mechanics developed in the first paper yields a representation of quantum spin and magnetic moments based on classical nonrelativistic spinning top models, using Euler angle coordinates. The models allow half-odd-integer spin and predict supraluminal speeds only for electrons and other leptons, which must be treated relativistically. The spin operators in the space-fixed frame satisfy the usual commutation rules, while those in the rotating body-fixed frame satisfy "left-handed" rules. The commutation rules are independent of the structure of the top, so all nonrelativistic rigidly rotating objects must have integer or odd-half-integer spin. Physical boundary conditions restrict all mixed spin states to involve only half-odd-integer or only integer spin eigenstates. For spin 1/2, the theory automatically yields a modified Pauli-Schr\\"odinger equation. The Hamiltonian operator in this equation contains a rigid rotator term and a term involving the square of the magmetic field, as well as an interaction term having the usual form in spherically symmetric and some cylindrically symmetric models, valid for any magnetogyric ratio.

G. H. Goedecke

2014-08-07

380

Conservation law of operator current in open quantum systems

We derive a fundamental conservation law of operator current for master equations describing reduced quantum systems. If this law is broken, the temporal integral of the current operator of an arbitrary system observable does not yield in general the change of that observable in the evolution. We study Lindblad-type master equations as examples and prove that the application of the secular approximation during their derivation results in a violation of the conservation law. We show that generally any violation of the law leads to artificial corrections to the complete quantum dynamics, thus questioning the accuracy of the particular master equation.

J. Salmilehto; P. Solinas; M. Möttönen

2011-10-25

381

Information flow in quantum mechanics: The Quantum Maxwell Demon

Quantum information can be lost only when a quantum system is placed in contact with a heat bath, and then only in proportion to the entropy generated. Applied to the universe as a whole this suggests that the universe is in an algorithmically simple nearly pure quantum state. This could be verified by squeezing'' the vacuum state, and it is quite plausible that this is exactly what is happening inside black holes. 14 refs.

Chapline, G.F.

1990-08-09

382

Spin Glass a Bridge Between Quantum Computation and Statistical Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this chapter, we show two fascinating topics lying between quantum information processing and statistical mechanics. First, we introduce an elaborated technique, the surface code, to prepare the particular quantum state with robustness against decoherence. Interestingly, the theoretical limitation of the surface code, accuracy threshold, to restore the quantum state has a close connection with the problem on the phase transition in a special model known as spin glasses, which is one of the most active researches in statistical mechanics. The phase transition in spin glasses is an intractable problem, since we must strive many-body system with complicated interactions with change of their signs depending on the distance between spins. Fortunately, recent progress in spin-glass theory enables us to predict the precise location of the critical point, at which the phase transition occurs. It means that statistical mechanics is available for revealing one of the most interesting parts in quantum information processing. We show how to import the special tool in statistical mechanics into the problem on the accuracy threshold in quantum computation. Second, we show another interesting technique to employ quantum nature, quantum annealing. The purpose of quantum annealing is to search for the most favored solution of a multivariable function, namely optimization problem. The most typical instance is the traveling salesman problem to find the minimum tour while visiting all the cities. In quantum annealing, we introduce quantum fluctuation to drive a particular system with the artificial Hamiltonian, in which the ground state represents the optimal solution of the specific problem we desire to solve. Induction of the quantum fluctuation gives rise to the quantum tunneling effect, which allows nontrivial hopping from state to state. We then sketch a strategy to control the quantum fluctuation efficiently reaching the ground state. Such a generic framework is called quantum annealing. The most typical instance is quantum adiabatic computation based on the adiabatic theorem. The quantum adiabatic computation as discussed in the other chapter, unfortunately, has a crucial bottleneck for a part of the optimization problems. We here introduce several recent trials to overcome such a weakpoint by use of developments in statistical mechanics. Through both of the topics, we would shed light on the birth of the interdisciplinary field between quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics.

Ohzeki, Masayuki

2013-09-01

383

Is string interaction the origin of quantum mechanics?

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

String theory was developed by demanding consistency with quantum mechanics. In this paper we wish to reverse the reasoning. We pretend that open string field theory is a fully consistent definition of the theory - it is at least a self-consistent sector. Then we find in its structure that the rules of quantum mechanics emerge from the non-commutative nature of the basic string joining/splitting interactions. Thus, rather than assuming the quantum commutation rules among the usual canonical variables we derive them from the physical process of string interactions. Morally we could apply such an argument to M-theory to cover quantum mechanics for all physics. If string or M-theory really underlies all physics, it seems that the door has been opened to an explanation of the origins of quantum mechanics from the physical processes point of view.

Bars, Itzhak; Rychkov, Dmitry

2014-12-01

384

Is Holographic Entropy and Gravity the result of Quantum Mechanics?

In this paper we suggest a connection between quantum mechanics and Verlinde's recently proposed entropic force theory for the laws of Newton. We propose an entropy based on the quantum mechanical probability density distribution. With the assumption that the holographic principle holds we propose that our suggested quantum entropy generalizes the Bekenstein entropy used by Verlinde in his approach. Based on this assumption we suggest that Verlinde's entropic theory of gravity has a quantum mechanical origin. We establish a reformulation of the Newtonian potential for gravity based on this quantum mechanical entropy. We also discuss the notion of observation and the correspondence to classical physics. Finally we give a discussion, a number of open problems and some concluding remarks.

Joakim Munkhammar

2010-03-05

385

Entanglement witness operator for quantum teleportation.

The ability of entangled states to act as a resource for teleportation is linked to a property of the fully entangled fraction. We show that the set of states with their fully entangled fraction bounded by a threshold value required for performing teleportation is both convex and compact. This feature enables the existence of Hermitian witness operators, the measurement of which could distinguish unknown states useful for performing teleportation. We present an example of such a witness operator illustrating it for different classes of states. PMID:22243295

Ganguly, Nirman; Adhikari, Satyabrata; Majumdar, A S; Chatterjee, Jyotishman

2011-12-30

386

Statistical Mechanics of Quantum-Classical Systems with Holonomic Constraints

The statistical mechanics of quantum-classical systems with holonomic constraints is formulated rigorously by unifying the classical Dirac bracket and the quantum-classical bracket in matrix form. The resulting Dirac quantum-classical theory, which conserves the holonomic constraints exactly, is then used to formulate time evolution and statistical mechanics. The correct momentum-jump approximation for constrained system arises naturally from this formalism. Finally, in analogy with what was found in the classical case, it is shown that the rigorous linear response function of constrained quantum-classical systems contains non-trivial additional terms which are absent in the response of unconstrained systems.

Alessandro Sergi

2005-11-15

387

More on Exact $\\CP$-Symmetric Quantum Mechanics

In this article, we discussed certain properties of non-Hermitian $\\CP$-symmetry Hamiltonian, and it is shown that a consistent physical theory of quantum mechanics can be built on a ${\\cal C} \\CP$-symmetry Hamiltonian. In particular, we show that these theories have unitary time evolution, and conservation probability. Furthermore, transition from quantum mechanics to classical mechanics is investigate and it is found that the Ehrenfest theorem is satisfied.

Khaled Saaidi

2003-09-15

388

Are quantum-mechanical-like models possible, or necessary, outside quantum physics?

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This article examines some experimental conditions that invite and possibly require recourse to quantum-mechanical-like mathematical models (QMLMs), models based on the key mathematical features of quantum mechanics, in scientific fields outside physics, such as biology, cognitive psychology, or economics. In particular, I consider whether the following two correlative features of quantum phenomena that were decisive for establishing the mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics play similarly important roles in QMLMs elsewhere. The first is the individuality and discreteness of quantum phenomena, and the second is the irreducibly probabilistic nature of our predictions concerning them, coupled to the particular character of the probabilities involved, as different from the character of probabilities found in classical physics. I also argue that these features could be interpreted in terms of a particular form of epistemology that suspends and even precludes a causal and, in the first place, realist description of quantum objects and processes. This epistemology limits the descriptive capacity of quantum theory to the description, classical in nature, of the observed quantum phenomena manifested in measuring instruments. Quantum mechanics itself only provides descriptions, probabilistic in nature, concerning numerical data pertaining to such phenomena, without offering a physical description of quantum objects and processes. While QMLMs share their use of the quantum-mechanical or analogous mathematical formalism, they may differ by the roles, if any, the two features in question play in them and by different ways of interpreting the phenomena they considered and this formalism itself. This article will address those differences as well.

Plotnitsky, Arkady

2014-12-01

389

This paper introduces QOperAv v1.5, a Java application available for free. (Source code included in the distribution.) QOperAv is a "code generator" for generating quantum circuits. The quantum circuits generated by QOperAv can be used to evaluate with polynomial efficiency the average of $f(A)$ for some simple (that is, computable with polynomial efficiency) function $f$ and a Hermitian operator $A$, provided that we know how to compile $\\exp(iA)$ with polynomial efficiency. QOperAv implements an algorithm described in earlier papers, that combines various standard techniques such as quantum phase estimation and quantum multiplexors.

Robert R. Tucci

2010-10-24

390

Potentiality and Contradiction in Quantum Mechanics

Following J.-Y.B\\'eziau in his pioneer work on non-standard interpretations of the traditional square of opposition, we have applied the abstract structure of the square to study the relation of opposition between states in superposition in orthodox quantum mechanics in \\cite{are14}. Our conclusion was that such states are \\ita{contraries} (\\ita{i.e.} both can be false, but both cannot be true), contradicting previous analyzes that have led to different results, such as those claiming that those states represent \\ita{contradictory} properties (\\ita{i. e.} they must have opposite truth values). In this chapter we bring the issue once again into the center of the stage, but now discussing the metaphysical presuppositions which underlie each kind of analysis and which lead to each kind of result, discussing in particular the idea that superpositions represent potential contradictions. We shall argue that the analysis according to which states in superposition are contrary rather than contradictory is still more plausible.

Jonas R. B. Arenhart; Décio Krause

2014-06-07

391

Quantum mechanical studies of DNA and LNA.

Quantum mechanical (QM) methodology has been employed to study the structure activity relations of DNA and locked nucleic acid (LNA). The QM calculations provide the basis for construction of molecular structure and electrostatic surface potentials from molecular orbitals. The topologies of the electrostatic potentials were compared among model oligonucleotides, and it was observed that small structural modifications induce global changes in the molecular structure and surface potentials. Since ligand structure and electrostatic potential complementarity with a receptor is a determinant for the bonding pattern between molecules, minor chemical modifications may have profound changes in the interaction profiles of oligonucleotides, possibly leading to changes in pharmacological properties. The QM modeling data can be used to understand earlier observations of antisense oligonucleotide properties, that is, the observation that small structural changes in oligonucleotide composition may lead to dramatic shifts in phenotypes. These observations should be taken into account in future oligonucleotide drug discovery, and by focusing more on non RNA target interactions it should be possible to utilize the exhibited property diversity of oligonucleotides to produce improved antisense drugs. PMID:24491259

Koch, Troels; Shim, Irene; Lindow, Morten; Řrum, Henrik; Bohr, Henrik G

2014-04-01

392

PT-Symmetric Matrix Quantum Mechanics

Recently developed methods for PT-symmetric models are applied to quantum-mechanical matrix models. We consider in detail the case of potentials of the form $V=-(g/N^{p/2-1})Tr(iM)^{p}$ and show how the calculation of all singlet wave functions can be reduced to solving a one-dimensional PT-symmetric model. The large-N limit of this class of models exists, and properties of the lowest-lying singlet state can be computed using WKB. For $p=3,4$, the energy of this state for small values of $N$ appears to show rapid convergence to the large-N limit. For the special case of $p=4$, we extend recent work on the $-gx^{4}$ potential to the matrix model: we show that the PT-symmetric matrix model is equivalent to a hermitian matrix model with a potential proportional to $+(4g/N)Tr\\Pi^{4}$. However, this hermitian equivalent model includes an anomaly term $\\hbar\\sqrt{2g/N}Tr\\Pi$. In the large-N limit, the anomaly term does not contribute at leading order to the properties of singlet states.

Peter N. Meisinger; Michael C. Ogilvie

2007-01-23

393

Entropic trade-off relations for quantum operations

Spectral properties of an arbitrary matrix can be characterized by the entropy of its rescaled singular values. Any quantum operation can be described by the associated dynamical matrix or by the corresponding superoperator. The entropy of the dynamical matrix describes the degree of decoherence introduced by the map, while the entropy of the superoperator characterizes the a priori knowledge of the receiver of the outcome of a quantum channel Phi. We prove that for any map acting on a N--dimensional quantum system the sum of both entropies is not smaller than ln N. For any bistochastic map this lower bound reads 2 ln N. We investigate also the corresponding R\\'enyi entropies, providing an upper bound for their sum and analyze entanglement of the bi-partite quantum state associated with the channel.

Wojciech Roga; Zbigniew Pucha?a; ?ukasz Rudnicki; Karol ?yczkowski

2012-06-12

394

Characterizing quantum phase transitions by single qubit operations

We introduce observable quantities, borrowing from concepts of quantum information theory, for the characterization of quantum phase transitions in spin systems. These observables are uniquely defined in terms of single spin unitary operations. We define the energy gap between the ground state and the state produced by the action of a single-qubit local gate. We show that this static quantity involves only single-site expectations and two-point correlation functions on the ground state. We then discuss a dynamical local observable defined as the acceleration of quantum state evolution after performing an instaneous single-qubit perturbation on the ground state. This quantity involves three-point correlations as well. We show that both the static and the dynamical observables detect and characterize completely quantum critical points in a class of spin systems.

S. M. Giampaolo; F. Illuminati; S. De Siena

2006-04-07

395

A Novel Radiation to Test Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

We point out that a new mechanism for radiation should exist if the Bohm theory of quantum mechanics is taken seriously. By traversing a quantum potential, an electron will necessarily be accelerated and radiate. For an illustration, we show that in the double-slit experiment this radiation yields a characteristic spectrum and a distinct pattern on the screen that is complementary to the pattern of the electrons. Experimentally, either the existence or the nonexistence of such a radiation would have important implications for the foundations of quantum mechanics.

Pisin Chen

2014-03-05

396

Spectral geometry of power-law potentials in quantum mechanics

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It is supposed that a single particle moves in openR3 in an attractive central power-law potential V(q)(r)=sgn(q)rq, q>-2, and obeys nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. This paper is concerned with the question: How do the discrete eigenvalues Enl(q) of the Hamiltonian H=-?+V(q) depend on the power parameter q\\? Pure power-law potentials have the elementary property that, for poperators of the form H'=-?+, A(q)?openR. This geometrical approach greatly simplifies the description of the spectra and also facilitates the construction of some general eigenvalue bounds and approximation formulas.

Hall, Richard L.

1989-06-01

397

We restate Kay's 1998 hypothesis which simultaneously offers an objective definition for the entropy of a closed system, a microscopic foundation for the Second Law, a resolution of the Information Loss (and other) Black-Hole Puzzle(s) and an objective mechanism for decoherence. Presupposing a conventional unitary theory of low-energy quantum gravity, it offers all this by taking the physical density operator of a closed system to be the partial trace of its total density operator (assumed pure) over gravity and by defining its physical entropy to be its `matter-gravity entanglement entropy'. We also recall Kay's 1998 modified non-relativistic (many-body) quantum mechanics based on Kay's hypothesis with a Newtonian approximation to quantum gravity. In this modification, we find formal expectation values for certain `observables' such as momentum-squared and Parity are altered but those for functions of positions are unaltered. However, by arguing that every real measurement can ultimately be taken to be a position measurement, we prove that, in practice, it is impossible to detect any alteration at all and, in particular, we predict no alteration for Roger Penrose's experiment. Nevertheless, Kay's modification contains no Schr\\"odinger Cat-like states, and also allows an `events' interpretation which we tentatively propose and begin to explore. We also obtain a Second-Law type result for a non-relativistic toy-model closed system and argue that similar results will apply for a wide class of model Newtonian and post-Newtonian closed systems although we argue that ordinary actual lab-sized systems can never be treated as closed for the purpose of calculating their entropy. Compared with `collapse models' such as GRW, Kay's Newtonian theory does a similar job while being free from ad hoc assumptions.

Bernard S. Kay; Varqa Abyaneh

2007-10-04

398

Time operator and quantum projection evolution

In this paper, we consider time as a dynamical variable. In particular, we present the explicit realization of the time operator within four-dimensional nonrelativistic spacetime. The approach assumes including events as a part of the evolution. The evolution is not driven by the physical time, but it is based on the causally related physical events. The usual Schroedinger unitary evolution can be easily derived as a special case of the three-dimensional projection onto the space of simultaneous events. Also the time-energy uncertainty relation makes clear and mathematically rigorous interpretation.

Gozdz, A., E-mail: Andrzej.Gozdz@umcs.lublin.pl; Debicki, M. [University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska, Institute of Physics (Poland)], E-mail: mdebicki@kft.umcs.lublin.pl

2007-03-15

399

Entanglement swapping in the transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics

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The transactional interpretation (TI) of quantum mechanics, which uses retarded and advanced solutions of the Schrödinger equation and its complex conjugate, offers an original way to visualize and understand quantum processes. After a brief review, we show how it can be applied to different quantum situations, emphasizing the importance of specifying a complete configuration of absorbers. We consider in more detail the phenomenon of entanglement swapping, and see how the apparent retroactive enforcement of entanglement can be understood in the TI.

Marchildon, Louis

2014-12-01

400

Foundations of quantum physics: a general realistic and operational approach

space is ad hoc, in the sense that there are no physically obvious and plausible reasons why the Hilbert of the Hilbert spaces, by introducing a new completed quantum mechanics in Hilbert space, were new `pure' states are introduced, not represented by rays of the Hilbert space. Published as: Aerts, D., 1999, "Foundations

Aerts, Diederik

401

Lectures on Black Hole Quantum Mechanics

The lectures that follow were originally given in 1992, and written up only slightly later. Since then there have been dramatic developments in the quantum theory of black holes, especially in the context of string theory. None of these are reflected here. The concept of quantum hair, which is discussed at length in the lectures, is certainly of permanent interest,

Frank Wilczek

1998-01-01

402

Quantum statistical mechanics of vortices in high-temperature superconductors

Starting from the vortex equation of motion, we construct an effective Euclidean action and formulate the quantum statistical mechanics of the vortex system. The formalism is applied to the calculation of various thermodynamic quantities such as the specific heat and the magnetic susceptibility of the vortex lattice. Furthermore, we investigate the effect of quantum fluctuations on the vortex-lattice melting transition.

G. Blatter; B. I. Ivlev

1994-01-01

403

Quantum statistical mechanics of vortices in high-temperature superconductors

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Starting from the vortex equation of motion, we construct an effective Euclidean action and formulate the quantum statistical mechanics of the vortex system. The formalism is applied to the calculation of various thermodynamic quantities such as the specific heat and the magnetic susceptibility of the vortex lattice. Furthermore, we investigate the effect of quantum fluctuations on the vortex-lattice melting transition.

Blatter, G.; Ivlev, B. I.

1994-10-01

404

NARST 1999: Research on Teaching and Learning Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This is a collection of nine papers from a session at the 1999 NARST conference on teaching and learning in quantum mechanics. Topics covered include conceptual understanding of students, computers and visualization, curriculum, and the relations between classical and quantum understanding.

2004-03-10

405

QUANTUM MECHANICS When German physicist Max Planck became the

QUANTUM MECHANICS When German physicist Max Planck became the father of quantum theory in 1900, he and recentlyofGermany'sMaxPlanckInstitute.Ateam of computational scientists led by Dr. Roscilde is using the Oak under your arm. Planck had a much more modest and immediate need

Haas, Stephan

406

A Rigorous Path Integral for Supersymmetic Quantum Mechanics and the Heat Kernel

In a rigorous construction of the path integral for supersymmetric quantum mechanics on a Riemann manifold, based on Bär and Pfäffle's use of piecewise geodesic paths, the kernel of the time evolution operator is the heat kernel for the Laplacian on forms. The path integral is approximated by the integral of a form on the space of piecewise geodesic paths

Dana S. Fine; Stephen F. Sawin

2008-01-01

407

Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?

In a complete theory there is an element corresponding to each element of reality. A sufficient condition for the reality of a physical quantity is the possibility of predicting it with certainty, without disturbing the system. In quantum mechanics in the case of two physical quantities described by non-commuting operators, the knowledge of one precludes the knowledge of the other.

A. Einstein; B. Podolsky; N. Rosen

1935-01-01

408

The auxiliary field method in quantum mechanics

The auxiliary field method is a new technique to obtain closed formulae for the solutions of eigenequations in quantum mechanics. The idea is to replace a Hamiltonian $H$ for which analytical solutions are not known by another one $\\tilde H$, including one or more auxiliary fields. For instance, a potential $V(r)$ not solvable is replaced by another one $P(r)$ more familiar, or a semirelativistic kinetic part is replaced by an equivalent nonrelativistic one. The approximation comes from the replacement of the auxiliary fields by pure real constants. The approximant solutions for $H$, eigenvalues and eigenfunctions, are then obtained by the solutions of $\\tilde H$ in which the auxiliary parameters are eliminated by an extremization procedure for the eigenenergies. If $H=T(\\bm p)+V(r)$ and if $P(r)$ is a power law, the approximate eigenvalues can be written $T(p_0)+V(r_0)$, where the mean impulsion $p_0$ is a function of the mean distance $r_0$ and where $r_0$ is determined by an equation which is linked to the generalized virial theorem. The general properties of the method are studied and the connections with the envelope theory presented. This method is first applied to nonrelativistic and semirelativistic two-body systems, with a great variety of potentials. Closed formulae are produced for energies, eigenstates, various observables and critical constants, with sometimes a very good accuracy. The method is then used to solve nonrelativistic and semirelativistic many-body systems with one-body and two-body interactions. For such cases, analytical solutions can only be obtained for systems of identical particles, but several systems of interest for atomic and hadronic physics are studied. General results concerning the many-body critical constants are presented, as well as duality relations existing between approximate and exact eigenvalues.

Bernard Silvestre-Brac; Claude Semay; Fabien Buisseret

2011-01-27

409

High temperature and white noise approximations are frequently invoked when deriving the quantum Brownian equation for an oscillator. Even if this white noise approximation is avoided, it is shown that if the zero point energies of the environment are neglected, as they often are, the resultant equation will violate not only the basic tenet of quantum mechanics that requires the density operator to be positive, but also the uncertainty principle. When the zero-point energies are included, asymptotic results describing the evolution of the oscillator are obtained that preserve positivity and, therefore, the uncertainty principle.

Allan Tameshtit

2012-04-09

410

Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. A view of our universe

of bright young scientists, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli and others (Fig. 2). THE COPENHAGEN the foundation of quantum mechanics at the Bohr Institute with Werner Heisenberg (middle) and Wolfgang Pauli

Lindgren, Ingvar

411

The Thermodynamic Arrow-of-time and Quantum Mechanics

I give an explanation of the thermodynamic arrow-of-time (namely entropy increases with time) within a quantum mechanical framework. This entails giving a solution to the Loschmidt paradox, i.e. showing how an irreversible ...

Maccone, Lorenzo

412

Quantum mechanics helps in learning for more intelligent robot

A learning algorithm based on state superposition principle is presented. The physical implementation analysis and simulated experiment results show that quantum mechanics can give helps in learning for more intelligent robot.

Dao-Yi Dong; Chun-Lin Chen; Zong-Hai Chen; Chen-Bin Zhang

2005-06-18

413

Interference with correlated photons: Five quantum mechanics experiments for undergraduates

setting. The experiments use correlated photons produced by parametric down conversion to generate for doing experiments with single photons have stimulated studies of the fundamen- tals of quantum mechanics

Galvez, Enrique J. "Kiko"

414

A Simplified Quantum Mechanical Model of Diatomic Molecules

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Introduces a simple one-dimensional model of a diatomic molecule that can explain all the essential features of a real two particle quantum mechanical system and gives quantitative results in fair agreement with those of a hydrogen molecule. (GA)

Nielsen, Lars Drud

1978-01-01

415

A Computational Model for Observation in Quantum Mechanics

A computational model of observation in quantum mechanics is presented. The model provides a clean and simple computational paradigm which can be used to illustrate and possibly explain some of the unintuitive and ...

Rozas, Guillermo Juan

1987-03-01

416

Everett's Relative-State Formulation of Quantum Mechanics

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This encyclopedia entry 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.

Barrett, Jeff

2005-04-16

417

QUANTUM MECHANICAL CARRIER OF THE IMPRINTS OF GRAVITATION a

QUANTUM MECHANICAL CARRIER OF THE IMPRINTS OF GRAVITATION invariance of spacetime in the absence of gravitation* *. This car- rier consists of the phase Einstein actually started o* *n the path which led towards his formulation of gravitation (general

Gerlach, Ulrich

418

Vortex Line Fluctuations in Superconductors from Elementary Quantum Mechanics

Concepts from elementary quantum mechanics can be used to understand vortex\\u000aline fluctuations in high-temperature superconductors. Flux lines are\\u000aessentially classical objects, described by a string tension, their mutual\\u000arepulsion, and interactions with pinning centers. The classical partition\\u000afunction, however, is isomorphic to the imaginary time path integral\\u000adescription of quantum mechanics. This observation is used to determine the\\u000athermal

David R. Nelson

1993-01-01

419

Combined quantum and molecular mechanics (QM/MM).

We describe the current state of the art of mixed quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methodology, with a particular focus on modeling of enzymatic reactions. Over the past decade, the effectiveness of these methods has increased dramatically, based on improved quantum chemical methods, advances in the description of the QM/MM interface, and reductions in the cost/performance of computing hardware. Two examples of pharmaceutically relevant applications, cytochrome P450 and class C ?-lactamase, are presented.: PMID:24981493

Friesner, Richard A

2004-12-01

420

Exactly solvable quantum mechanical models with Stückelberg divergences

We consider an exactly solvable quantum mechanical model with an infinite number of degrees of freedom that is an analogue\\u000a of the model of N scalar fields (?\\/N)(?a\\u000a a)2 in the leading order in 1\\/N. The model involves vacuum and S-matrix divergences and also the Stckelberg divergences, which\\u000a are absent in other known renormalizable quantum mechanical models with, divergences (such

O. Yu. Shvedov; Shvedov I

2000-01-01

421

Three Essential Reasons Why Nature Chose Quantum Mechanics

We discuss the reason why quantum mechanics is chosen as the most basic law of nature. Probability amplitude, which becomes a probability density after square it, is considered as one of the most essential ingredient of quantum mechanics. Code transfer experiments based on the probability amplitude is proved to be i) error of code transfer is minimum, ii) that error is independent of coding parameters and iii) non-trivial and non-local correlation is possible.

Yoshimasa Kurihara

2013-04-21

422

Scalable quantum mechanical simulation of large polymer systems

We describe a program for quantum mechanical calculations of very large hydrocarbon polymer systems. It is based on a new algorithmic approach to the quantum mechanical tight binding equations that naturally leads to a very efficient parallel implementation and that scales linearly with respect to the number of atoms. We get both very high single node performance as well as a significant parallel speedup on the SGI Origin 2000 parallel computer.

Goedecker, S. [Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart (Germany); Hoisie, A.; Kress, J.; Lubeck, O.; Wasserman, H. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

1997-08-01

423

Nonlinear Phenomenology from Quantum Mechanics: Soliton in a Lattice

We study a soliton in an optical lattice holding bosonic atoms quantum mechanically using both an exact numerical solution and quantum Monte Carlo simulations. The computation of the state is combined with an explicit account of the measurements of the numbers of the atoms at the lattice sites. In particular, importance sampling in the quantum Monte Carlo method arguably produces faithful simulations of individual experiments. Even though the quantum state is invariant under lattice translations, an experiment may show a noisy version of the localized classical soliton.

Juha Javanainen; Uttam Shrestha

2009-03-29

424

Quantum fragile matter: mechanical excitations of a Reggeon ion chain

This paper proposes to study quantum fragile materials with small linear elasticity and a strong response to zero-point fluctuations. As a first model, we consider a non-unitary (but PT-symmetric) massive quantum chain with a Reggeon-type cubic nonlinearity. At the critical point, the chain supports neither the ordinary quantum phonons of a Luttinger liquid, nor the supersonic solitons that arise in classical fragile critical points in the absence of fluctuations. Quantum fluctuations, approximately captured within a one-loop renormalization group, give rise to mechanical excitations with a nonlinear dispersion relation and dissipative spectral behavior. Models of similar complexity should be realizable with trapped ions.

Strack, Philipp

2013-01-01

425

The Challenge of Characterizing Operations in the Mechanisms Underlying Behavior

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Neuroscience and cognitive science seek to explain behavioral regularities in terms of underlying mechanisms. An important element of a mechanistic explanation is a characterization of the operations of the parts of the mechanism. The challenge in characterizing such operations is illustrated by an example from the history of physiological…

Bechtel, William

2005-01-01

426

Is Quantum Mechanics Incompatible with Newton's First Law of Motion

Quantum mechanics (QM)clearly violates Newton's First Law of Motion (NFLM) in the quantum domain. This paper examines an apparent incompatibility between the predictions of QM in the classical limit, and that of classical mechanics (CM) with respect to NFLM. In the process, a general argument is made that such a disparity may be found commonly for a wide variety of quantum predictions in the classical limit. The meaning of the classical limit is examined. Critical views regarding QM by Schrodinger, Bohm, Bell, Clauser, and others are presented as a perspective for the motivation of the present work.

Rabinowitz, Mario

2007-01-01

427

Characterizing mixing and measurement in quantum mechanics

What fundamental constraints characterize the relationship between a mixture $\\rho = \\sum_i p_i \\rho_i$ of quantum states, the states $\\rho_i$ being mixed, and the probabilities $p_i$? What fundamental constraints characterize the relationship between prior and posterior states in a quantum measurement? In this paper we show that there are many surprisingly strong constraints on these mixing and measurement processes that can be expressed simply in terms of the eigenvalues of the quantum states involved. These constraints capture in a succinct fashion what it means to say that a quantum measurement acquires information about the system being measured, and considerably simplify the proofs of many results about entanglement transformation.

M. A. Nielsen

2000-08-16

428

Assessing the Montevideo Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

This paper gives a philosophical assessment of the Montevideo interpretation of quantum theory, advocated by Gambini, Pullin and co-authors. This interpretation has the merit of linking its proposal about how to solve the measurement problem to the search for quantum gravity: namely by suggesting that quantum gravity makes for fundamental limitations on the accuracy of clocks, which imply a type of decoherence that "collapses the wave-packet". I begin (Section 2) by sketching the topics of decoherence, and quantum clocks, on which the interpretation depends. Then I expound the interpretation, from a philosopher's perspective (Sections 3, 4 and 5). Finally, in Section 6, I argue that the interpretation, at least as developed so far, is best seen as a form of the Everett interpretation: namely with an effective or approximate branching, that is induced by environmental decoherence of the familiar kind, and by the Montevideans' "temporal decoherence".

Jeremy Butterfield

2014-06-17

429

From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Field Theory: The Hopf route

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We show that the combinatorial numbers known as Bell numbers are generic in quantum physics. This is because they arise in the procedure known as Normal ordering of bosons, a procedure which is involved in the evaluation of quantum functions such as the canonical partition function of quantum statistical physics, inter alia. In fact, we shall show that an evaluation of the non-interacting partition function for a single boson system is identical to integrating the exponential generating function of the Bell numbers, which is a device for encapsulating a combinatorial sequence in a single function. We then introduce a remarkable equality, the Dobinski relation, and use it to indicate why renormalisation is necessary in even the simplest of perturbation expansions for a partition function. Finally we introduce a global algebraic description of this simple model, giving a Hopf algebra, which provides a starting point for extensions to more complex physical systems.

Solomon, A. I.; Duchamp, G. H. E.; Blasiak, P.; Horzela, A.; Penson, K. A.

2011-03-01

430

Whether quantum mechanics can be almighty even in information science

We discuss that there is a crucial contradiction within quantum mechanics. We derive a proposition concerning a quantum expectation value under the assumption of the existence of the directions in a spin-1/2 system. The quantum predictions within the formalism of von Neumann's projective measurement cannot coexist with the proposition concerning the existence of the directions. Therefore, we have to give up either the existence of the directions or the formalism of von Neumann's projective measurement. Hence there is a crucial contradiction within the Hilbert space formalism of the quantum theory. This implies that there is no axiomatic system for the quantum theory. This also reveals that we need new physical theories in order to explain the handing of raw experimental data. We discuss that this crucial contradiction makes the quantum-theoretical formulation of Deutsch's algorithm questionable.

Koji Nagata; Tadao Nakamura

2008-11-28

431

A Practical Quantum Mechanism for the Public Goods Game

Quantum generalizations of conventional games broaden the range of available strategies, which can help improve outcomes for the participants. With many players, such quantum games can involve entanglement among many states which is difficult to implement, especially if the states must be communicated over some distance. This paper describes a quantum mechanism for the economically significant $n$-player public goods game that requires only two-particle entanglement and is thus much easier to implement than more general quantum mechanisms. In spite of the large temptation to free ride on the efforts of others in this game, two-particle entanglement is sufficient to give near optimal expected payoff when players use a simple mixed strategy for which no player can benefit by making different choices. This mechanism can also address some heterogeneous preferences among the players.

Kay-Yut Chen; Tad Hogg; Raymond Beausoleil

2003-01-06

432

BOOK REVIEW: Mind, Matter and Quantum Mechanics (2nd edition)

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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 to expel the non-classical nature of quantum mechanics. More recent proposals intend to complete quantum mechanics not within mechanics proper but on a `higher (synthetic) level'; by means of a combination with gravitation theory (R Penrose), with quantum information theory (C M Caves, C A Fuchs) or with psychology and brain science (H P Stapp). I think it is fair to say that in each case the combination is with a subject that, per se, suffers from a very limited understanding that is even more severe than that of quantum mechanics. This was acceptable, though, if it could convincingly be argued that scientific progress desperately needs to join forces. Quantum mechanics of a closed system was a beautiful and well understood theory with its respective state being presented as a point on a deterministic trajectory in Liouville space---not unlike the motion of a classical N-particle system in its 6N-dimensional phase-space. Unfortunately, we need an inside and an outside view, we need an external reference frame, we need an observer. This unavoidable partition is the origin of most of the troubles we have with quantum mechanics. A pragmatic solution is introduced in the form of so-called measurement postulates: one of the various incompatible properties of the system under consideration is supposed to be realized (i.e. to become a fact, to be defined without fundamental dispersion) based on `instantaneous' projections within some externally selected measurement basis. As a result, the theory becomes essentially statistical rather than deterministic; furthermore there is an asymmetry between the observed and the observing. This is the point where consciousness may come in. Complemented by an introduction and several appendices, Henry Stapp's book consists essentially of three parts: theory, implications, and new developments. The theory part gives a very readable account of the Copenhagen interpretation, some aspects of a psychophysical theory, and, eventually, hints towards a quantum foundation of the brain--mind connection. The next part, `implications', summarizes some previous attempts to bridge the gap between the working rules of quantum mechanics and their possible consequences for our understanding of this world (Pauli, Everett, Bohm, Heisenberg). The last section, `new developments', dwells on some ideas about the conscious brain and its possible foundation on quantum mechanics. The book is an interesting and, in part, fascinating contribution to a field that continues to be a companion to `practical' quantum mechanics since its very beginning. It is doubtful whether such types of `quantum ontologies' will ever become (empirically) testable; right now one can hardly expect more than to be offered some consistent `grand picture', which the reader may find more or less acceptable or even rewarding. Many practicing quantum physicists, though, will remain unimpressed. The shift from synthetic ontology to analytic ontology is the foundation of the present work. This means that fundamental wholes are being partitioned into their ontologically subordinate components by means of `events'. The actual event, in turn, is an abrupt change in the Heisenberg state describing the quantum universe. The new state then defines the tendencies associated with the next actual event. To avoid infinite regression in terms of going from one state of tendencies to the next, consciousness is there to give these events a special `feel', to provide a status of `intrinsic actuality'. The brain of an alert human observer is similar in an important way to a quantum detection device: it can amplify small signals to large macroscopic ef

Mahler, G.

2004-07-01

433

Quantum mechanics and reality: An interpretation of Everett's theory

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The central part of Everett's formulation of quantum mechanics is a quantum mechanical model of memory and of observation as the recording of information in a memory. To use this model as an answer to the measurement problem, Everett has to assume that a conscious observer can be in a superposition of such memory states and be unaware of it. This assumption has puzzled generations of readers. The fundamental aim of this dissertation is to find a set of simpler assumptions which are sufficient to show that Everett's model is empirically adequate. I argue that Everett's model needs three assumptions to account for the process of observation: an assumption of decoherence of observers as quantum mechanical systems; an assumption of supervenience of mental states (qualities) over quantum mechanical properties; and an assumption about the interpretation of quantum mechanical states in general: quantum mechanical states describe ensembles of states of affairs coexisting in the same system. I argue that the only plausible understanding of such ensembles is as ensembles of possibilities, and that all standard no-collapse interpretations agree in this reading of quantum mechanical states. Their differences can be understood as different theories about what marks the real state within this ensemble, and Everett's theory as the claim that no additional 'mark of reality' is necessary. Using the three assumptions, I argue that introspection cannot determine the objective quantum mechanical state of an observer. Rather, the introspective qualities of a quantum mechanical state can be represented by a (classical) statistical ensemble of subjective states. An analysis of these subjective states and their dynamics leads to the conclusion that they suffice to give empirically correct predictions. The argument for the empirical adequacy of the subjective state entails that knowledge of the objective quantum mechanical state is impossible in principle. Empirical reality for a conscious observer is not described by the objective state, but by a Everettian relative state conditional on the subjective state, and no theoretical 'mark of reality' is necessary for this concept of reality. I compare the resulting concept of reality to Kant's distinction between empirical and transcendental reality.

Lehner, Christoph Albert

434

The mechanism of hydrolysis of deprotonated methyl triphosphate (MTP) to methyl diphosphate (MDP) and inorganic phosphate\\u000a (Pi) in water clusters in the presence and absence of magnesium cations has been modeled. Modeling has been performed by the\\u000a effective fragment potential-based quantum mechanical\\/molecular mechanical method. The energies and energy derivatives in\\u000a the quantum subsystem including MTP, reacting water molecules, and Mg2+

A. V. Rogov; B. L. Grigorenko; A. V. Bochenkova; A. A. Granovskii; A. V. Nemukhin

2007-01-01

435

Scheduling error correction operations for a quantum computer.

In a (future) quantum computer a single logical quantum bit (qubit) will be made of multiple physical qubits. These extra physical qubits implement mandatory extensive error checking. The efficiency of error correction will fundamentally influence the performance of a future quantum computer, both in latency/speed and in error threshold (the worst error tolerated for an individual gate). Executing this quantum error correction requires scheduling the individual operations subject to architectural constraints. Since our last talk on this subject, a team of researchers at Sandia National Labortories has designed a logical qubit architecture that considers all relevant architectural issues including layout, the effects of supporting classical electronics, and the types of gates that the underlying physical qubit implementation supports most naturally. This is a two-dimensional system where 2-qubit operations occur locally, so there is no need to calculate more complex qubit/information transportation. Using integer programming, we found a schedule of qubit operations that obeys the hardware constraints, implements the local-check code in the native gate set, and minimizes qubit idle periods. Even with an optimal schedule, however, parallel Monte Carlo simulation shows that there is no finite error probability for the native gates such that the error-correction system would be benecial. However, by adding dynamic decoupling, a series of timed pulses that can reverse some errors, we found that there may be a threshold. Thus finding optimal schedules for increasingly-refined scheduling problems has proven critical for the overall design of the logical qubit system. We describe the evolving scheduling problems and the ideas behind the integer programming-based solution methods. This talk assumes no prior knowledge of quantum computing.

Landahl, Andrew J.; Carr, Robert D.; Phillips, Cynthia Ann; Ganti, Anand

2010-09-01

436

Quantum tic-tac-toe: A teaching metaphor for superposition in quantum mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Quantum tic-tac-toe was developed as a metaphor for the counterintuitive nature of superposition exhibited by quantum systems. It offers a way of introducing quantum physics without advanced mathematics, provides a conceptual foundation for understanding the meaning of quantum mechanics, and is fun to play. A single superposition rule is added to the child's game of classical tic-tac-toe. Each move consists of a pair of marks subscripted by the number of the move ("spooky" marks) that must be placed in different squares. When a measurement occurs, one spooky mark becomes real and the other disappears. Quantum tic-tac-toe illustrates a number of quantum principles including states, superposition, collapse, nonlocality, entanglement, the correspondence principle, interference, and decoherence. The game can be played on paper or on a white board. A Web-based version provides a refereed playing board to facilitate the mechanics of play, making it ideal for classrooms with a computer projector.

Goff, Allan

2006-11-01

437

Quantum entanglement of local operators in conformal field theories.

We introduce a series of quantities which characterize a given local operator in any conformal field theory from the viewpoint of quantum entanglement. It is defined by the increased amount of (Rényi) entanglement entropy at late time for an excited state defined by acting the local operator on the vacuum. We consider a conformal field theory on an infinite space and take the subsystem in the definition of the entanglement entropy to be its half. We calculate these quantities for a free massless scalar field theory in two, four and six dimensions. We find that these results are interpreted in terms of quantum entanglement of a finite number of states, including Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen states. They agree with a heuristic picture of propagations of entangled particles. PMID:24702348

Nozaki, Masahiro; Numasawa, Tokiro; Takayanagi, Tadashi

2014-03-21

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On the metric operator for quantum cylindrical waves

Every (1 polarization) cylindrical wave solution of vacuum general relativity is completely determined by a corresponding axisymmetric solution to the free scalar wave equation on an auxilliary 2+1 dimensional flat spacetime. The physical metric at radius R is determined by the energy, $\\gamma (R)$, of the scalar field in a box (in the flat spacetime) of radius R. In a recent work, among other important results, Ashtekar and Pierri have introduced a strategy to study the quantum geometry in this system, through a regularized quantum counterpart of $\\gamma (R)$. We show that this regularized object is a densely defined symmetric operator, thereby correcting an error in their proof of this result. We argue that it admits a self adjoint extension and show that the operator, unlike its classical counterpart, is not positive.

Madhavan Varadarajan

1999-10-12

439

Terahertz quantum-cascade laser operating up to 137 K

We report operation of a terahertz quantum-cascade laser at 3.8 THz (lambda~79 mum) up to a heat-sink temperature of 137 K. A resonant phonon depopulation design was used with a low-loss metal-metal waveguide, which provided a confinement factor of nearly unity. A threshold current density of 625 A\\/cm2 was obtained in pulsed mode at 5 K. Devices fabricated using a

Benjamin S. Williams; Sushil Kumar; Hans Callebaut; Qing Hu; John Louis Reno

2003-01-01

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Anomalous capacitance-voltage profiles in quantum wells explained by a quantum mechanical model

We have developed a quantum mechanical model for understanding and explaining the capacitance–voltage (C–V) carrier profiles observed in quantum wells (QW). The external field imposed on the QW during C–V profiling changes the carrier distribution of the system. This model considers the effects of field and quantum confinement of the carriers in the well. The results obtained by iterative solutions

Sudakshina Kundu; Dipankar Biswas; Reshmi Datta

1997-01-01

441

Electron exchange-correlation in quantum mechanics

It is shown that Fermi-Dirac statistics is guaranteed by the Dirac current, from which spin-dependent quantum velocity fields and spin-dependent quantum trajectories can be inferred. Pauli's exclusion principle is demonstrated using the spin-dependent quantum trajectories. The Dirac current, unlike the Schroedinger current, is nonzero for stationary bound states due to the permanent magnetic moment of the electron. It is of order c{sup 0} in agreement with observation that Fermi-Dirac statistics is independent of electronic velocity. In summary the physical basis for exchange-correlation is found in Dirac's equation, although Schroedinger's equation may be used to evaluate the Dirac current in the nonrelativistic regime of electronic velocity.

Ritchie, B

2009-01-30

442

Multiple-event probability in general-relativistic quantum mechanics

We discuss the definition of quantum probability in the context of 'timeless' general-relativistic quantum mechanics. In particular, we study the probability of sequences of events, or multievent probability. In conventional quantum mechanics this can be obtained by means of the 'wave function collapse' algorithm. We first point out certain difficulties of some natural definitions of multievent probability, including the conditional probability widely considered in the literature. We then observe that multievent probability can be reduced to single-event probability, by taking into account the quantum nature of the measuring apparatus. In fact, by exploiting the von-Neumann freedom of moving the quantum/classical boundary, one can always trade a sequence of noncommuting quantum measurements at different times, with an ensemble of simultaneous commuting measurements on the joint system+apparatus system. This observation permits a formulation of quantum theory based only on single-event probability, where the results of the wave function collapse algorithm can nevertheless be recovered. The discussion also bears on the nature of the quantum collapse.

Hellmann, Frank [Fakultaet fuer Physik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, D-80799 Munich (Germany); Centre de Physique Theorique de Luminy, Universite de la Mediterranee, F-13288 Marseille (France); Mondragon, Mauricio; Perez, Alejandro; Rovelli, Carlo [Centre de Physique Theorique de Luminy, Universite de la Mediterranee, F-13288 Marseille (France)

2007-04-15

443

Fault Models for Quantum Mechanical Switching Networks

The difference between faults and errors is that, unlike faults, errors can be corrected using control codes. In classical test and verification one develops a test set separating a correct circuit from a circuit containing any considered fault. Classical faults are modelled at the logical level by fault models that act on classical states. The stuck fault model, thought of as a lead connected to a power rail or to a ground, is most typically considered. A classical test set complete for the stuck fault model propagates both binary basis states, 0 and 1, through all nodes in a network and is known to detect many physical faults. A classical test set complete for the stuck fault model allows all circuit nodes to be completely tested and verifies the function of many gates. It is natural to ask if one may adapt any of the known classical methods to test quantum circuits. Of course, classical fault models do not capture all the logical failures found in quantum circuits. The first obstacle faced when using methods from classical test is developing a set of realistic quantum-logical fault models. Developing fault models to abstract the test problem away from the device level motivated our study. Several results are established. First, we describe typical modes of failure present in the physical design of quantum circuits. From this we develop fault models for quantum binary circuits that enable testing at the logical level. The application of these fault models is shown by adapting the classical test set generation technique known as constructing a fault table to generate quantum test sets. A test set developed using this method is shown to detect each of the considered faults.

Jacob Biamonte; Jeff S. Allen; Marek A. Perkowski

2010-01-19

444

Scattering and reflection positivity in relativistic Euclidean quantum mechanics

Scattering and reflection positivity in relativistic Euclidean quantum mechanics W. N. Polyzou The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 Abstract In this paper I exhibit a class of reflection positive mechanics where the dynamics is introduced through a collection of reflection positive Euclidean "Green

Polyzou, Wayne

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Scattering and reflection positivity in relativistic Euclidean quantum mechanics

Scattering and reflection positivity in relativistic Euclidean quantum mechanics W. N. Polyzou The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 Abstract In this paper I exhibit a class of reflection positive mechanics where the dynamics is introduced through a collection of reflection positive Euclidean ``Green

Polyzou, Wayne

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Comments on continuous observation in quantum mechanics

It is shown that in open quantum systems the so-called Zeno paradox is not valid. The equations of ideal continuous measurement for Markovian open systems are elaborated and applied to Pauli's simple open system, the actual energy level of which is shown to be monitorable by a continuous nondemolition measurement.

L. Diósi

1986-01-01

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A quantum mechanical model of adaptive mutation

The principle that mutations occur randomly with respect to the direction of evolutionary change has been challenged by the phenomenon of adaptive mutations. There is currently no entirely satisfactory theory to account for how a cell can selectively mutate certain genes in response to environmental signals. However, spontaneous mutations are initiated by quantum events such as the shift of a

Johnjoe McFadden; Jim Al-Khalili

1999-01-01

448

Revisiting the displacement operator for quantum systems with position-dependent mass

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Recently Costa Filho [Phys. Rev. APLRAAN1050-294710.1103/PhysRevA.84.050102 84, 050102(R) (2011)] have introduced a position-dependent infinitesimal translation operator which corresponds to a position-dependent linear momentum and consequently to a quantum particle with position-dependent effective mass. Although there is no doubt about the novelty of the idea and the formalism, we believe that some aspects of the quantum mechanics in their original work could be enhanced. Here in this Brief Report first we address those points and then an alternative is introduced. Finally we apply the formalism for a quantum particle under a null potential confined in a square well, and the results are compared with those in the paper mentioned above.

Mazharimousavi, S. Habib

2012-03-01

449

Self-adjoint Operators as Functions II: Quantum Probability

In "Self-adjoint Operators as Functions I: Lattices, Galois Connections, and the Spectral Order" [arXiv:1208.4724], it was shown that self-adjoint operators affiliated with a von Neumann algebra N can equivalently be described as certain real-valued functions on the projection lattice P(N) of the algebra, which we call q-observable functions. Here, we show that q-observable functions can be interpreted as generalised quantile functions for quantum observables interpreted as random variables. More generally, when L is a complete meet-semilattice, we show that L-valued cumulative distribution functions and the corresponding L-quantile functions form a Galois connection. An ordinary CDF can be written as an L-CDF composed with a state. For classical probability, one picks L=B(\\Omega), the complete Boolean algebra of measurable subsets modulo null sets of a measurable space \\Omega. For quantum probability, one uses L=P(N), the projection lattice of a nonabelian von Neumann algebra N. Moreover, using some constructions from the topos approach to quantum theory, we show that there is a joint sample space for all quantum observables, despite no-go results such as the Kochen-Specker theorem. Specifically, the spectral presheaf \\Sigma\\ of a von Neumann algebra N, which is not a mere set, but a presheaf (i.e., a 'varying set'), plays the role of the sample space. The relevant meet-semilattice L in this case is the complete bi-Heyting algebra of clopen subobjects of \\Sigma. We show that using the spectral presheaf \\Sigma\\ and associated structures, quantum probability can be formulated in a way that is structurally very similar to classical probability.

Andreas Doering; Barry Dewitt

2012-10-21

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New Understandings of Quantum Mechanics Based on Interaction

The interaction between two parts in a compound quantum system may be reconsidered more completely than before and some new understandings and conclusions different from current quantum mechanics are obtained, including the conservation law in the evolution in an isolated quantum system, new understandings of duality of particle and wave and the superposition principle of states, three laws corresponding to Newton's laws, new understandings of measurement and the uncertainty relation, arguments against the non-locality of any entangled state and a simple criterion of coherence which is obtained for the experimenter to examine the correctness of the non-locality. These may make quantum mechanics be easily understood intuitively and some strange properties will not appear.

Tian-Hai Zeng

2010-08-10

451

From principles of mechanics to quantum mechanics - a survey on fuzziness in scientific theories

In this paper we discuss the principles of two fundamental theories of physics: mechanics and quantum mechanics. First, we consider two philosophical positions of the German physicist Heinrich Hertz. He established one of the both in the introduction of his well known Principles of Mechanics. This view - Hertz's \\

Rudolf Seising

2008-01-01

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Hybrid quantum mechanical\\/molecular mechanical potentials have proved to be powerful tools for the simulation of many processes in condensed phase systems and, as a result, there is much current research into how they can be improved. An area of recent attention has been the inclusion of polarization effects on the atoms in the molecular mechanical region which have been shown

Martin J. Field

1997-01-01

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(N+1)-dimensional quantum mechanical model for a closed universe

A quantum mechanical model for an (N+1)-dimensional universe arising from a quantum fluctuation is outlined. (3+1) dimensions are a closed, infinitely expanding universe, and the remaining N-3 dimensions are compact. The (3+1) noncompact dimensions are modeled by quantizing a canonical Hamiltonian description of a homogeneous isotropic universe. It is assumed that gravity and the strong-electroweak (SEW) force had equal strengths

T. R. Mongan

1999-01-01

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Quantum mechanical signature in exclusive coherent pion production

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We calculate the coherent production of pions from subthreshold to relativistic energies in heavy-ion collisions using a quantum, microscopic, many-body model. For the first time, in this approach, we use harmonic oscillator wave functions to describe shell-model information. The theoretical quantum mechanical results obtained for the pion spectra represent an important improvement over our previous microscopic, many-body calculations.

Deutchman, P. A.; Buvel, R. L.; Maung, K. M.; Norbury, J. W.; Townsend, L. W.

1986-01-01

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Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics for Bianchi Class A models

In this work we present cosmological quantum solutions for all Bianchi Class A cosmological models obtained by means of supersymmetric quantum mechanics . We are able to write one general expression for all bosonic components occuring in the Grassmann expansion of the wave function of the Universe for this class of models. These solutions are obtained by means of a more general ansatz for the so-called master equations.

J. Socorro; E. R. Medina

1999-12-13

456

Quantum mechanics emerges from information theory applied to causal horizons

It is suggested that quantum mechanics is not fundamental but emerges from classical information theory applied to causal horizons. The path integral quantization and quantum randomness can be derived by considering information loss of fields or particles crossing Rindler horizons for accelerating observers. This implies that information is one of the fundamental roots of all physical phenomena. The connection between this theory and Verlinde's entropic gravity theory is also investigated.

Jae-Weon Lee

2010-05-16

457

Quantum Mechanics Emerges from Information Theory Applied to Causal Horizons

It is suggested that quantum mechanics is not fundamental but emerges from classical information theory applied to causal\\u000a horizons. The path integral quantization and quantum randomness can be derived by considering information loss of fields or\\u000a particles crossing Rindler horizons for accelerating observers. This implies that information is one of the fundamental roots\\u000a of all physical phenomena. The connection between

Jae-Weon Lee

2011-01-01

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Large-scale universal quantum computing requires the implementation of quantum error correction (QEC). While the implementation of QEC has already been demonstrated for quantum memories, reliable quantum computing requires also the application of nontrivial logical gate operations to the encoded qubits. Here, we present examples of such operations by implementing, in addition to the identity operation, the NOT and the Hadamard gate to a logical qubit encoded in a five qubit system that allows correction of arbitrary single qubit errors. We perform quantum process tomography of the encoded gate operations, demonstrate the successful correction of all possible single qubit errors and measure the fidelity of the encoded logical gate operations.

Jingfu Zhang; Raymond Laflamme; Dieter Suter

2012-08-23

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16 CFR 703.5 - Operation of the Mechanism.

Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

... Commercial Practices FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION RULES, REGULATIONS, STATEMENTS AND INTERPRETATIONS UNDER THE MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY ACT INFORMAL DISPUTE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES Minimum Requirements of the Mechanism § 703.5 Operation of...

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16 CFR 703.5 - Operation of the Mechanism.

Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

... Commercial Practices FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION RULES, REGULATIONS, STATEMENTS AND INTERPRETATIONS UNDER THE MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY ACT INFORMAL DISPUTE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES Minimum Requirements of the Mechanism § 703.5 Operation of...

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16 CFR 703.5 - Operation of the Mechanism.

Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

... Commercial Practices FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION RULES, REGULATIONS, STATEMENTS AND INTERPRETATIONS UNDER THE MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY ACT INFORMAL DISPUTE SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES Minimum Requirements of the Mechanism § 703.5 Operation of...

2013-01-01

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73. GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MECHANISM, FOR OPERATING DIVERSION DAM SLUICE ...

73. GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MECHANISM, FOR OPERATING DIVERSION DAM SLUICE GATES Courtesy of U.S.R.S., Salt River Project - Roosevelt Power Canal & Diversion Dam, Parallels Salt River, Roosevelt, Gila County, AZ

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Imitating quantum mechanics: qubit-based model for simulation

We present an approach to simulating quantum computation based on a classical model that directly imitates discrete quantum systems. Qubits are represented as harmonic functions in a 2D vector space. Multiplication of qubit representations of different frequencies results in exponential growth of the state space similar to the tensor-product composition of qubit spaces in quantum mechanics. Individual qubits remain accessible in a composite system, which is represented as a complex function of a single variable, though entanglement imposes a demand on resources that scales exponentially with the number of entangled qubits. We carry out a simulation of Shor's algorithm and discuss a simpler implementation in this classical model.

Steven Peil

2009-06-29

465

Aspects of the Decoherent Histories Approach to Quantum Mechanics

I give an informal overview of the decoherent histories approach to quantum mechanics, due to Griffiths, to Omn\\`es, and to Gell-Mann and Hartle is given. Results on the connections between decoherence, records, correlation and entropy are described. The emphasis of the presentation is on understanding the broader meaning of the conditions of consistency and decoherence, and in particular, the extent to which they permit one to assign definite properties to the system. The quantum Brownian motion model is briefly discussed. (To appear in proceedings of the workshop, "Stochastic Evolution of Quantum States in Open Systems and Measurement Processes", Budapest, March, 1993, edited by L.Diosi).

J. J. Halliwell

1993-08-06

466

Classical Representations of Quantum Mechanics Related to Statistically Complete Observables

We present a reformulation of quantum mechanics in terms of probability measures and functions on a general classical sample space and in particular in terms of probability densities and functions on phase space. The basis of our proceeding is the existence of so-called statistically complete observables and the duality between the state spaces and the spaces of the observables, the latter holding in the quantum as well as in the classical case. In the phase-space context, we further discuss joint position-momentum observables, Hilbert spaces of infinitely differentiable functions on phase space, and dequantizations. Finally, the relation of quantum dynamics to the classical Liouville dynamics is investigated.

Werner Stulpe

2006-10-16

467

Bell Transform, Teleportation Operator and Teleportation-Based Quantum Computation

We introduce the concept of the Bell transform to represent known quantum gates in the literature, which are a unitary basis transformation from the product basis to the Bell states or the Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger (GHZ) states. The algebraic structure of the four dimensional Bell transform has been studied systematically in this paper and we point out that it may be not a Clifford gate. The representative examples of the four dimensional Bell transform are verified as maximally entangling Clifford gates and some of them are recognized as parity-preserving gates or matchgates or Yang--Baxter gates. We define the teleportation operator in terms of the four dimensional Bell transform and apply it to the reformulation of the fault-tolerant construction of single-qubit gates and two-qubit gates in teleportation-based quantum computation. The algebraic structure of the higher dimensional Bell transform is also included and representative examples for it are verified as multi-qubit Clifford gates. Our research suggests that the Bell transform may play important roles in quantum information and computation as a new type of quantum transform.

Yong Zhang; Kun Zhang

2014-07-16

468

Comment on 'Nonlocality, Counterfactuals and Quantum Mechanics'

A recent proof [H. P. Stapp, Am. J. Phys. 65, 300 (1997)], formulated in the symbolic language of modal logic, claims to show that contemporary quantum theory, viewed as a set of rules that allow us to calculate statistical predictions among certain kinds of observations, cannot be imbedded in any rational framework that conforms to the principles that (1) the experimenters' choices of which experiments they will perform can be considered to be free choices, (2) outcomes of measurements are unique, and (3) the free choices just mentioned have no backward-in-time effects of any kind. This claim is similar to Bell's theorem, but much stronger, because no reality assumption alien to quantum philosophy is used. The paper being commented on [W. Unruh, Phys. Rev. A 59, 126 (1999)] argues that some such reality assumption has been ''smuggled'' in. That argument is examined here and shown, I believe, to be defective.

Stapp, H.P.

1999-04-14

469

Quantum Mechanics for Beginning Physics Students

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The past two decades of attention to introductory physics education has emphasized enhanced development of conceptual understanding to accompany calculational ability. Given this, it is surprising that current texts continue to rely on the Bohr model to develop a flawed intuition, and introduce correct atomic physics on an ad hoc basis. For example, Halliday, Resnick, and Walker describe the origin of atomic quantum numbers as such: "The restrictions on the values of the quantum number for the hydrogen atom, as listed in Table 39-2, are not arbitrary but come out of the solution to Schrödinger's equation." They give no further justification, but do point out the values are in conflict with the predictions of the Bohr model.

Schneider, Mark B.

2010-10-01

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Investigations of fundamental phenomena in quantum mechanics with neutrons

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Neutron interferometer and polarimeter are used for the experimental investigations of quantum mechanical phenomena. Interferometry exhibits clear evidence of quantum-contextuality and polarimetry demonstrates conflicts of a contextual model of quantum mechanics á la Leggett. In these experiments, entanglements are achieved between degrees of freedom in a single-particle: spin, path and energy degrees of freedom are manipulated coherently and entangled. Both experiments manifest the fact that quantum contextuality is valid for phenomena with matter waves with high precision. In addition, another experiment is described which deals with error-disturbance uncertainty relation: we have experimentally tested error-disturbance uncertainty relations, one is derived by Heisenberg and the other by Ozawa. Experimental results confirm the fact that the Heisenberg's uncertainty relation is often violated and that the new relation by Ozawa is always larger than the limit. At last, as an example of a counterfactual phenomenon of quantum mechanics, observation of so-called quantum Cheshire Cat is carried out by using neutron interferometer. Experimental results suggest that pre- and post-selected neutrons travel through one of the arms of the interferometer while their magnetic moment is located in the other arm.

Hasegawa, Yuji

2014-04-01

471

Quantum mechanics from an equivalence principle

The authors show that requiring diffeomorphic equivalence for one-dimensional stationary states implies that the reduced action S{sub 0} satisfies the quantum Hamilton-Jacobi equation with the Planck constant playing the role of a covariantizing parameter. The construction shows the existence of a fundamental initial condition which is strictly related to the Moebius symmetry of the Legendre transform and to its involutive character. The universal nature of the initial condition implies the Schroedinger equation in any dimension.

Faraggi, A.E. [Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL (United States). Inst. for Fundamental Theory; Matone, M. [Univ. of Padova (Italy)

1997-05-15

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A new look at the position operator in quantum theory

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The postulate that coordinate and momentum representations are related to each other by the Fourier transform has been accepted from the beginning of quantum theory by analogy with classical electrodynamics. As a consequence, an inevitable effect in standard theory is the wave packet spreading (WPS) of the photon coordinate wave function in directions perpendicular to the photon momentum. This leads to the following paradoxes: if the major part of photons emitted by stars are in wave packet states (what is the most probable scenario) then we should see not separate stars but only an almost continuous background from all stars; no anisotropy of the CMB radiation should be observable; data on gamma-ray bursts, signals from directional radio antennas (in particular, in experiments on Shapiro delay) and signals from pulsars show no signs of WPS. In addition, a problem arises why there are no signs of WPS for protons in the LHC ring. We argue that the above postulate is based neither on strong theoretical arguments nor on experimental data and propose a new consistent definition of the position operator. Then WPS in directions perpendicular to the particle momentum is absent and the paradoxes are resolved. Different components of the new position operator do not commute with each other and, as a consequence, there is no wave function in coordinate representation. Implications of the results for entanglement, quantum locality and the problem of time in quantum theory are discussed.

Lev, F. M.

2015-01-01

473

A New Look at the Position Operator in Quantum Theory

The postulate that coordinate and momentum representations are related to each other by the Fourier transform has been accepted from the beginning of quantum theory by analogy with classical electrodynamics. As a consequence, an inevitable effect in standard theory is the wave packet spreading (WPS) of the photon coordinate wave function in directions perpendicular to the photon momentum. This leads to the following paradoxes: if the major part of photons emitted by stars are in wave packet states (what is the most probable scenario) then we should see not separate stars but only an almost continuous background from all stars; no anisotropy of the CMB radiation should be observable; data on gamma-ray bursts, signals from directional radio antennas (in particular, in experiments on Shapiro delay) and signals from pulsars show no signs of WPS. In addition, a problem arises why there are no signs of WPS for protons in the LHC ring. We argue that the above postulate is based neither on strong theoretical arguments nor on experimental data and propose a new consistent definition of the position operator. Then WPS in directions perpendicular to the particle momentum is absent and the paradoxes are resolved. Different components of the new position operator do not commute with each other and, as a consequence, there is no wave function in coordinate representation. Implications of the results for entanglement, quantum locality and the problem of time in quantum theory are discussed.

Felix M. Lev

2015-01-07

474

A Euclidean formulation of relativistic quantum mechanics P. Kopp and W. N. Polyzou

) In this paper we discuss a formulation of relativistic quantum mechanics that uses model Euclidean Green In this paper we investigate a framework for constructing relativistic quantum mechanical models of few are motivated by quantum field theory, but their connection with quantum mechanical models of a finite number

Polyzou, Wayne

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A Euclidean formulation of relativistic quantum mechanics P. Kopp and W. N. Polyzou

mechanical models of few-degree- of-freedom systems that are inspired by an underlying quantum field theory at these energies are motivated by quantum field theory, but their connection with quantum mechanical models of a finite number of degrees of freedom is not straightforward. The advantage of a quantum mechanical model

Polyzou, Wayne

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A Euclidean formulation of relativistic quantum mechanics P. Kopp and W. N. Polyzou

) In this paper we discuss a formulation of relativistic quantum mechanics that uses model Euclidean Green we investigate a framework for constructing relativistic quantum mechanical models of few are motivated by quantum field theory, but their connection with quantum mechanical models of a finite number

Polyzou, Wayne

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Physics 139B Quantum Mechanics II Fall 2009 Instructor: Howard Haber

Physics 139B Quantum Mechanics II Fall 2009 Instructor: Howard Haber O#ce: ISB, Room 326 Phone OUTSIDE READING: Quantum Physics, by Stephen Gasiorowicz Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, by David J to Quantum Mechanics, by John S. Townsend PREREQUISITES: Physics 116C and Physics 139A. It is assumed

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Physics 139B Quantum Mechanics II Fall 2009 Instructor: Howard Haber

Physics 139B Quantum Mechanics II Fall 2009 Instructor: Howard Haber Office: ISB, Room 326 Phone OUTSIDE READING: Quantum Physics, by Stephen Gasiorowicz Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, by David J to Quantum Mechanics, by John S. Townsend PREREQUISITES: Physics 116C and Physics 139A. It is assumed

California at Santa Cruz, University of

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Quantum-mechanical description of in-medium fragmentation

We present a quantum-mechanical description of quark-hadron fragmentation in a nuclear environment. It employs the path-integral formulation of quantum mechanics, which takes care of all phases and interferences and contains all relevant time scales, such as production, coherence, and formation. The cross section includes the probability of prehadron (colorless dipole) production both inside and outside the medium. Moreover, it also includes inside-outside production, which is a typical quantum-mechanical interference effect (like twin-slit electron propagation). We observe a substantial suppression caused by the medium, even if the prehadron is produced outside the medium and no energy loss is involved. This important source of suppression is missed in the usual energy-loss scenario interpreting the effect of jet quenching observed in heavy ion collisions. This may be one reason for the too large gluon density reported by such analyses.

Kopeliovich, B. Z. [Departamento de Fisica y Centro de Estudios Subatomicos, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Casilla 110-V, Valparaiso (Chile); Institut fuer Theoretische Physik der Universitaet, Philosophenweg 19, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation); Pirner, H.-J. [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik der Universitaet, Philosophenweg 19, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Potashnikova, I. K.; Schmidt, Ivan [Departamento de Fisica y Centro de Estudios Subatomicos, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Casilla 110-V, Valparaiso (Chile); Tarasov, A. V. [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik der Universitaet, Philosophenweg 19, D-69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation); Voskresenskaya, O. O. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation)

2008-11-15

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A deformation quantization theory for noncommutative quantum mechanics

We show that the deformation quantization of noncommutative quantum mechanics previously considered by Dias and Prata ['Weyl-Wigner formulation of noncommutative quantum mechanics', J. Math. Phys. 49, 072101 (2008)] and Bastos, Dias, and Prata ['Wigner measures in non-commutative quantum mechanics', e-print arXiv:math-ph/0907.4438v1; Commun. Math. Phys. (to appear)] can be expressed as a Weyl calculus on a double phase space. We study the properties of the star-product thus defined and prove a spectral theorem for the star-genvalue equation using an extension of the methods recently initiated by de Gosson and Luef ['A new approach to the *-genvalue equation', Lett. Math. Phys. 85, 173-183 (2008)].

Costa Dias, Nuno; Prata, Joao Nuno [Departamento de Matematica, Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Av. Campo Grande, 376, 1749-024 Lisboa (Portugal) and Grupo de Fisica Matematica, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto 2, 1649-003 Lisboa (Portugal); Gosson, Maurice de [NuHAG Fakultaet fuer Mathematik, Universitaet Wien, Wien 1090 (Austria); Luef, Franz [NuHAG Fakultaet fuer Mathematik, Universitaet Wien, Wien 1090 (Austria); Department of Mathematics, UC Berkeley, 847 Evans Hall, Berkeley, California 94720-3840 (United States)

2010-07-15

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The symplectic egg in classical and quantum mechanics

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Symplectic geometry is the language of Classical Mechanics in its Hamiltonian formulation, and it also plays a crucial role in Quantum Mechanics. Symplectic geometry seemed to be well understood until 1985, when the mathematician Gromov discovered a surprising and unexpected property of canonical transformations: the non-squeezing theorem. Gromov's result, nicknamed the "principle of the symplectic camel," seems at first sight to be an abstruse piece of pure mathematics. It turns out that it has fundamental—and unsuspected—consequences in the interpretations of both Classical and Quantum Mechanics, because it is essentially a classical form of the uncertainty principle. We invite the reader to a journey taking us from Gromov's non-squeezing theorem and its dynamical interpretation to the quantum uncertainty principle, opening the way to new insights.

de Gosson, Maurice A.

2013-05-01

482

A mechanism to signal receptor–substrate interactions with luminescent quantum dots

Semiconductor quantum dots are becoming valuable analytical tools for biomedical applications. Indeed, their unique photophysical properties offer the opportunity to design luminescent probes for imaging and sensing with unprecedented performance. In this context, we have identified operating principles to transduce the supramolecular association of complementary receptor–substrate pairs into an enhancement in the luminescence of sensitive quantum dots. Our mechanism is based on the electrostatic adsorption of cationic quenchers on the surface of anionic quantum dots. The adsorbed quenchers suppress efficiently the emission character of the associated nanoparticles on the basis of photoinduced electron transfer. In the presence of target receptors able to bind the quenchers and prevent electron transfer, however, the luminescence of the quantum dots is restored. Thus, complementary receptor–substrate pairs can be identified with luminescence measurements relying on our design logic. In fact, we have demonstrated with a representative example that our protocol can be adapted to signal protein–ligand interactions. PMID:16861301

Yildiz, Ibrahim; Tomasulo, Massimiliano; Raymo, Françisco M.

2006-01-01

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NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We show that the new quantum extension of Rényi's ?-relative entropies, introduced recently by Müller-Lennert et al. (J Math Phys 54:122203, 2013) and Wilde et al. (Commun Math Phys 331(2):593-622, 2014), have an operational interpretation in the strong converse problem of quantum hypothesis testing. Together with related results for the direct part of quantum hypothesis testing, known as the quantum Hoeffding bound, our result suggests that the operationally relevant definition of the quantum Rényi relative entropies depends on the parameter ?: for ? < 1, the right choice seems to be the traditional definition {{D_?^{(old)}} (? | ?) :=1/?-1 log Tr ?^{?} ?^{1-?}} , whereas for ? > 1 the right choice is the newly introduced version {D_?^{(new)}} (? | ?) := 1/?-1 log Tr big(?^{1-?/2 ?}? ?^{1-?/2 ?}big)^{?} .On the way to proving our main result, we show that the new Rényi ?-relative entropies are asymptotically attainable by measurements for ? > 1. From this, we obtain a new simple proof for their monotonicity under completely positive trace-preserving maps.

Mosonyi, Milán; Ogawa, Tomohiro

2014-12-01

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Link Layer Device Grouping Mechanism using Real World Operation

In ubiquitous computing environments, with many devices, users must be able to select devices easily and communicate safely. To realize this goal, we propose ViCon: a link layer device grouping mechanism using real world operation. ViCon allows real world operation to cooperate with existing service discovery system and protects communication. It creates secure virtual network among devices which are selected

Satoshi KOMORITA; Hiroyuki MORIKAWA; Tomonori AOYAMA

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Study on a Possible Darwinian Origin of Quantum Mechanics

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A sketchy subquantum theory deeply influenced by Wheeler's ideas (Am. J. Phys. 51:398-404, 1983) and by the de Broglie-Bohm interpretation (Goldstein in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2006) of quantum mechanics is further analyzed. In this theory a fundamental system is defined as a dual entity formed by bare matter and a methodological probabilistic classical Turing machine. The evolution of the system would be determined by three Darwinian informational regulating principles. Some progress in the derivation of the postulates of quantum mechanics from these regulating principles is reported. The entanglement in a bipartite system is preliminarily considered.

Baladrón, C.

2011-03-01

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Predicted ultrafast single-qubit operations in semiconductor quantum dots C. E. Pryora

Predicted ultrafast single-qubit operations in semiconductor quantum dots C. E. Pryora and M. E rotation of spin in quantum dots containing a single electron. The calculated magnitude of the effective for them to serve as elements of a quantum-dot-based quantum computer. Â© 2006 American Institute of Physics

Flatte, Michael E.

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Bounded Real Properties for a Class of Annihilation-Operator Linear Quantum Systems

This paper considers the bounded real properties for a class of linear quantum systems which can be defined by complex quantum stochastic differential equations in terms of annihilation operators only. The paper considers complex quantum versions of the Bounded Real Lemma, the Strict Bounded Real Lemma and the Lossless Bounded Real Lemma. For the class of quantum sys- tems under

Aline I. Maalouf; Ian R. Petersen

2011-01-01

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The Konigsberg Interpretation Of Quantum Mechanics?

means of determining the states of the re spective "component" systems (I and II) of this complex. Thus the states of the component systems can be determined, if at all, only by measurement. Now the quantum theory asserts that the measuring process... of the following general sort: (I) In this arrangement, a particle, say a photon or elec tron, is emitted at B, passes through a narrow slit A in C and strikes a target at D. The dotted line below C indicates that C may or may not be rigidly attached...

Horner, Jack K.

1976-06-01

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Conceptual and mathematical barriers to students learning quantum mechanics

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Quantum mechanics has revolutionized the way we view the physical world. This theory has required a dramatic revision in the structure of the laws of mechanics governing the behavior of the particles and led to the discovery of macroscopic quantum effects ranging from lasers and superconductivity to neutron stars and radiation from black holes. Though its validity is well confirmed by the experimental evidence available, quantum mechanics remains somewhat of a mystery. The purpose of this study is to identify students' conceptual and mathematical difficulties in learning the core concepts of introductory quantum mechanics, with the eventual goal of developing instructional material to help students with these difficulties. We have investigated student understanding of several core topics in the introductory courses, including quantum measurement, probability, Uncertainty Principle, wave functions, energy eigenstates, recognizing symmetry in physical systems, and mathematical formalism. Student specific difficulties with these topics are discussed throughout this dissertation. In addition, we have studied student difficulties in learning, applying, and making sense out of complex mathematical processes in the physics classroom. We found students' achievement in quantum courses is not independent of their math backgrounds (correlation coefficient 0.547 for P631 and 0.347 for P263). In addition, there is a large jump in the level of mathematics at which one needs to succeed in physics courses after the sophomore level in The Ohio State University's physics curriculum. Many students do not have a functional understanding of probability and its related terminologies. For example, many students confuse the "expectation value" with "probability density" in measurement and some students confuse "probability density" with "probability amplitude" or describe the probability amplitude as a "place" or "area." Our data also suggested t