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Perturbation theory of eigenvalues - Effects of degeneracy/ multiplicity

In Quantum mechanics Schrödinger's perturbation theory is very important (see Wikipedia) which deals with perturbation of the discrete spectrum of a self-adjoint operator. Where can I find a ...
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Mathematical equivalent to ladder operators?

A powerful method in theoretical physics are ladder operators. They are used in QM to solve problems like the harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom. The idea is to solve with their help the ...
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A “coarse” version of position operator and its properties

I am wondering if someone has ever studied the following operator in the context of quantum mechanics: $$Q : L^2(\mathbb{R}) \to L^2(\mathbb{R})$$ $$(Q f)(x) := s(x) f(x),$$ where $s(x)$ is the ...
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Cardinality of the set of Boolean subalgbras of the lattice of projections on a Hilbert space.

A simple question I've managed to gey myself quite confused about. Given a Hilbert space H, what do we know about the cardinality of (a) the set P(H) of projection operators onto H (equivalently, ...
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C*-algebraic representation of observables vs self-adjoint operators one

I am trying to reconcile the "physicist" definition of an observable: self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space, and the operational one as given by Strocchi in "An introduction to the mathematical ...
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Existence of a projection operator onto a classical set of density matrices

I have a Hilbert space of quantum density matrices written in the Glauber-Sudarshan P representation - ie. we have coherent states $|\alpha \rangle$ and we write density matrices as $$ \rho = \int ...
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Functional Analysis and Differential Manifold incompatibility

From the mathematical point of view, where is the idea of the incompatibility between functional analysis, at the basis of quantum mechanics, and differential geometry, at the basis of general ...
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Infinite dimensional manifold

In Hamiltonian mechanics, one essentially work with $\mathbb{R}^{2n}$. However, this is only a local description of our configuration manifold $M$. More precisely, the mechanical system is regarded as ...
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Analytic continuation of instantaneous eigenstates of a time-dependent hamiltonian

We are considering the instantaneous eigenstates of an analytically time-dependent hamiltonian and I would like to know how legitimate it is to extend them to the complex plane. Specifically, our ...
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Is zero a hydrogen eigenvalue?

This question has been bugging me for some time. Take the hamiltonian for the hydrogen atom: $$\hat{H}=-\frac{1}{2}\nabla^2-\frac{1}{r},$$ acting on (a domain contained in) $L^2(\mathbb{R}^3)$. It is ...
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Quantum sheaves

Are the following definitions known? Consider H a Hilbert space. A "quantum topology" on H is a set Sigma of closed subspaces satisfying the following conditions: (a) {0} and H lie in Sigma (b) If ...
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Are all quantum cellular automata invertible & representable?

A little background: As far as I know there is no standard definition of a quantum cellular automaton in the literature. Different authors use different definitions. Here I propose my own definition ...
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Quantum Error Correction

One can correct the errors in a quantum channel iff the coherent information of the input state is not reduced by the channel. This is analogous to sending quantum entanglement through a channel. If ...
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Spectral decomposition for an arbitrary linear combination of position and momentum operators

Suppose we have the Hilbert space L2(Rn) and we have n operators Qi and n operators Pi defined in the usual way by: Qi ψ(q1,q2,...,qn) = qi ψ(q1,q2,...,qn) Pi ψ(q1,q2,...,qn) = -i ...
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Functional Analysis and its relation to mechanics

Hi I'm currently learning Hamiltonian and Lagrangian Mechanics (which I think also encompasses the calculus of variations) and I've also grown interested in functional analysis. I'm wondering if there ...
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The Quantum Operations On The Bipartite Systems

Given two distinct and noninteracting quantum mechanical systems $\mathfrak{S}\_1$ and $\mathfrak{S}\_2$ with state spaces $\mathcal H\_1$ and $\mathcal H\_2$, respectively, the state space of the ...