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### What is the entropy of a density matrix which is the sum of two unitarily equivalent projectors?

Construction
Suppose I have a density matrix $\rho$ which is proportional to a projector $P$ formed by tensoring together $N$ small projectors $P^{(i)}$ of rank 2:
$P^{(i)} = |a\rangle_i\langle a| + ...

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### Bounding a spectral gap: what proof techniques exist?

The following situation is ubiquitous in mathematical physics. Let
$\Lambda_N$
be a finite-size lattice with linear size
$N$. An typical example would be the subset of
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### Simultaneous time-frequency concentration of orthonormal sequences?

Does there exist an orthonormal basis of square-integrable functions (either $L^2(\mathbb{R})$ or $L^2(\mathbb{C})$) such that the sequence of functions has bounded variance, and also the sequence ...

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### How is the physical meaning of an irreducible representation justified?

This is maybe not an entirely mathematical question, but consider it a pedagogical question about representation theory if you want to avoid physics-y questions on MO.
I've been reading Singer's ...

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### Which functions are Wiener-integrable?

I'm looking for either a few precise mathematical statements about Wiener integrals, or a reference where I can find them.
Background
The Wiener integral is an analytic tool to define certain ...

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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 ...

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### Why is addition of observables in quantum mechanics commutative?

I am no expert in the field. I hope the question is suitable for MO.
Background/Motivation
I once followed a quantum mechanics course aimed at mathematicians. Instead of the usual motivations coming ...

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### Tensor products as isomorphic functors in category theory

An earlier question that I posed sought to define a category with a set of quantum channels as arrows and the C$^{*}$-algebra that these channels map from and to as the object. So, for example, my ...

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### Quantum channels as categories: question 1.

A quantum channel is a mapping between Hilbert spaces, $\Phi : L(\mathcal{H}_{A}) \to L(\mathcal{H}_{B})$, where $L(\mathcal{H}_{i})$ is the family of operators on $\mathcal{H}_{i}$. In general, we ...

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### Are the Gell-Mann matrices extremal when used as Kraus operators for a quantum channel?

Landau and Streater proved that a set of Kraus operators, Ai, is extremal if and only if the set
$\{A_{k}^{\dagger}A_{l}\}_{k,l \ldots N}$
are linearly independent. I have seen very convincing ...

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### Noether's Theorem in Quantum Mechanics

In classical mechanics:
If a Lagrangian L is preserved by an infinitesimal change in the state space variables qi -> qi + εKi(q) leads to only second order change in the Lagrangian:
$$ 0 = ...

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### What is the relationship between algebraic geometry and quantum mechanics?

The basic relationship in algebraic geometry is between a variety and its ring of functions. Arguably a similarly basic relationship in quantum mechanics is between a state space and its algebra of ...

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### Where does a math person go to learn quantum mechanics?

My undergraduate advisor said something very interesting to me the other day; it was something like "not knowing quantum mechanics is like never having heard a symphony." I've been meaning to learn ...