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[2013-09-21] Scott Aaronson - Is Quantum Meachanics An Island In Theoryspace?

[2018-08-25] copenhagen interpretation is not time symmetric, we lose quantum information when wavefunction collapses

[2017-06-03] pilot wave theory

The other thing you should know is that Copenhagen is not any longer widely accepted amongst people who actually work on interpretations of QM or in foundational physics in general, it's just accepted outside the community as something that most people have at least some knowledge of.
Now, what's the problem with Copenhagen. The biggest one is the so-called measurement problem, that there is an ill-defined delineation between a system and its observer, or between "quantum" and "classical". There's may others though, e.g. that randomness is postulated rather than a result of the theory.

Pilot wave theory: the pilot wave, particle follows it. Bohm trajectory.
If we could determine position and velocity, we would be able to predict trajectory exactly.

Incompatible with relativity, non-local.

global hidden variables pilot wave?
pilot wave theory is both physical and deterministic

[2015-08-26] .

a |00> + b |01> + c |10> + d |11>
Measure of entanglement: ad - bc

For 1 < p < inf, Lp is reflexive

Riesz theorem: p ∈ (1, inf), phi ∈ Lp*.
There exists a unique g ∈ Lq, s.t. phi(f) = \ip{g}{f}. Norms are equal.
T: Lq -> (Lp)*
T(u) f = \ip{Tu}{f}

[2015-08-26] Lower bound for quantum search

Theorem: any quantum algorithm must take at least O(sqrt(N)) queries.
Lemma: 1 query > no algorithm can guarantee success prob > const / N.
t steps: P[success] = O(t2)/N

[2015-08-26] continuous and discrete symmetries [[symmetry]]

commutator with Hamiltonian => time derivative (todo what?)
V = I - i eps G (generator)
[H, V] = 0
[H, I - i eps G] = 0
[H, G] = 0

degenerate level. Degeneracy is a consequence of symmetry

[2015-08-26] bosons and fermions

P(ra, rb) = Pa(ra) Pb(rb)

P+-(ra, rb) = A (Pa(ra) Pb(rb) +/- Pb(ra) Pa(rb))


X : symmetry operator

X P(ra, rb) = P(rb, ra)
[X, H] = 0
complete set of simultaneous eigenvalues

P(ra, rb) = +- P(rb, ra): fundamental law; symmetrization requirement

two identical particles can't occupy same single-particle states. Pauli exclusion principle.

[2015-08-26] Fock space ???

[2015-08-26] [A, H] = 0, [B, H] = 0, [A, B] = C; C ∉ L(A, B) => [C, H] = 0 commutator algebra, lie algebra [[lie]]

[2013-09-21] Simplified Bell's experiment

[2015-08-26] Extended Church-Turing thesis: Any "reasonable" model of computation can be simulated on a probabilistic Turing machine with at most polynomial overhead.

[2013-09-21] Lucien Hardy — Quantum Theory From Five Reasonable Axioms

[2013-09-21] Hidden variables and "nice" properties

[2013-09-21] Bohmian interpretation

[2013-09-21] Read David P. DiVincenzo "Two-bit gates are universal for quantum computation" [[qcomp]]

[2013-09-21] Prover, verifier (Из лекции Шеня в ПОМИ 30 сентября 2012)

  1. Sequential repetition
  2. Parallel repetition
  3. Sequential repetition (multi-prover)
  4. Parallel repetition (multi-prover)

Левый игрок: получает (a), вводит (c). Второй игрок: получает (b), вводит (d). Победа – если (c \otimes d = a \lor b).

Оптимальная стратегия: один игрок вводит (0), другой – (1). В (\frac34) случаев (a \lor b) равен (1), соответственно, они будут выигрывать с вероятностью в (p_C = \frac34) процентов.

Как доказать, что нельзя больше:

[2013-09-21] Simon's problem [[qcomp]]

related [[qcomp]]

[2019-05-06] quantum mechanics - What equation describes the wavefunction of a single photon? - Physics Stack Exchange

In quantum field theory, the Dirac equation and the Schrödinger equation have very different roles. The Dirac equation is an equation for the field, which is not a particle. The time evolution of a particle, ie, a quantum state, is always given by the Schrödinger equation. The hamiltonian for this time evolution is written in terms of fields which obey a certain equation themselves. So, the proper answer is: Schrödinger equation with a hamiltonian given in terms of a massless vector field whose equation is nothing else but Maxwell's equation.

[2019-05-06] wavefunction - Can particle quantum spin be described with a wave function? - Physics Stack Exchange [[spin]]

Within the context of first quantization (the Schrodinger equation), spin itself is not characterized by the spatial or momentum space wave function (the function that defines a complex quantity over all space). It is instead treated with a separate Hilbert space that quantifies the spin states 'tacked on' to this wavefunction by an outer product. It is a matter of semantics whether you consider 'wavefunction' to refer to the complex field alone, or the composite field/spin hilbert spaces.

More advanced field equations incorporate spin more naturally. The Dirac equation, for example, no longer describes the evolution of a complex scalar field, but the evolution of a four-vector, that naturally describes spin states. For this system, spin isis characterized in the wavefunction itself.

[2019-05-29] Anyon - Wikipedia

So it can be seen that the topological notion of equivalence comes from a study of the Feynman path integral.[3]:28

[2019-05-29] Spin–statistics theorem - Wikipedia

[2019-05-29] Why are all particles bosons or fermions? /r/askscience (on anyons)

Excellent questions - the answers are very subtle.

First of all, let's look at your first question, why exchange has to be symmetric or antisymmetric. You may be surprised to know that It's actually a peculiarity of having 3 (actually, just of having more than 2) spatial dimensions.

To see why this is, let's think first about how to implement particle exchange. A careful way to do this is to imagine that you start with two particles and slowly drag one of them around the other one until it's on the other side, then slide both particles over so that they are in the initial positions. You should try to draw this if my description is confusing. The statistics shouldn't depend on *how* you drag one particle around the other, just that you complete one half loop.

Now, suppose you exchange the particles twice. That's the same as dragging one particle halfway around the other, and then doing it again, that is, having one particle make a full loop around the other one. Now here's the key point: again, the result here shouldn't depend on the exact shape or size of the loop, only that the particles have been exchanged twice. In two dimensions, this loop must contain the other particle, and you cannot shrink the loop to zero size without crashing the first particle into the second at some point. However, in three dimensions, you can push the loop out of the original plane - in fact, you can shrink the loop to zero size while always keeping the first particle far away from the second particle. (Sorry I don't have pictures! Try drawing some.) This means that two exchanges *must* have the same effect as doing nothing at all, since the statistics shouldn't depend on what the loop looks like! That is, a single exchange can *only* either give you a minus sign or no change at all, so that you get no change upon doing it twice. In 2D, this is not true - in fact, you can get [anyons]( in 2D.

This exhausts my expertise for lay explanations to your questions - unfortunately I don't have a non-technical answer to the others. Hopefully someone else can fill in. But I'll give a couple of starting points.

Your second question, of why a particle can't have other spins. ~~It's a result of putting special relativity and quantum mechanics together, actually, in 3 spatial dimensions. For the mathematically inclined, it has to do with the fact that 1/2-integer and integer spins are the only allowed representations of the Lorentz group (which is the set of symmetries of spacetime in special relativity).~~ (EDIT: Important correction given as a response.)

And finally, the connection between the two - the [spin-statistics theorem]( tells you that bosons have integer spin and fermions have half-integer spin. This again relies on special relativity and having 3 spatial dimensions.

so QCD is very hard computationaly and unsolved for atomic nuclei energy scales. wonder if I could contribute [[think]] [[qcd]]

[2014-11-24] А также хочу осознать книжку Teschlа по квантовой механике( [[self]]

[2019-05-29] What exactly are anyons and how are they relevant to topological quantum computing? - Quantum Computing Stack Exchange

[2019-05-29] What exactly are anyons and how are they relevant to topological quantum computing? - Quantum Computing Stack Exchange

[2019-05-29] Why are all particles bosons or fermions? /r/askscience

> Your second question, of why a particle can't have other spins. It's a result of putting special relativity and quantum mechanics together, actually, in 3 spatial dimensions. For the mathematically inclined, it has to do with the fact that 1/2-integer and integer spins are the only allowed representations of the Lorentz group (which is the set of symmetries of spacetime in special relativity).

Actually, plain old rotational symmetry in 3D will give you the restriction to half-integer and integer spins. Adding special relativity will give you the notions of chirality and helicity, as well as the spin-statistics theorem.

[2019-02-20] Aspects of objectivity in quantum mechanics

The best summary can be found starting at page 7 in
Especially: "local gauge invariance in quantum theory does not imply the existence of an external electromagnetic field"!

[2019-02-20] Aspects of objectivity in quantum mechanics
yeah, it's got some pretty interesting results… definitely read more

[2018-12-18] quantum mechanics - A "Hermitian" operator with imaginary eigenvalues - Physics Stack Exchange
 For your model, the classical hamiltonian H=12(q3p+pq3)=q3pH=12(q3p+pq3)=q3p produces the Hamilton equations
These are fairly easy to solve, and the solutions are not well behaved:
where t0t0 and p0p0 are constants of integration. Note, in particular, that there are no (real) solutions after a certain time t0=tin+12q(tin)2t0=tin+12q(tin)2. How, then, are you expecting reasonable physics out of the quantized version of this?

[2018-10-17] Baez on hologram principle

String theorists like anti-de Sitter spacetime... but it's very weird.  In 2d it's the hyperboloid shown here!  Time loops around in a circle, while space extends infinitely far left and right.   (The blue cone is just for fun, not part of the spacetime.)


[2018-12-24] quantum mechanics - Infinite square well in momentum space - Physics Stack Exchange

space is a bounded region of the real axis, so no translation group can be defined

huh, that's interesting…

[2018-12-24] quantum mechanics - Conservation of momentum in infinite square well - Physics Stack Exchange

[2019-01-28] Why The Schrodinger Equation Fails at Relativity /r/Physics

Physics students always say that the Schrodinger equation doesn't hold for SR, but it does. It's not the Schrodinger equation that fails though, it's the non-relativistic Hamiltonian that fails. The Dirac equation *is* the Schrodinger equation, but with the Dirac Hamiltonian. The Schrodinger equation is valid.

[2019-01-28] Why The Schrodinger Equation Fails at Relativity /r/Physics

Yeah the schroedinger equation just defines the hamiltonian as the generator of time translations, it can't be *wrong* any more than the number 4 can be wrong.

[2020-07-21] quantum mechanics - Is Schrodinger's Cat itself an observer? - Physics Stack Exchange

The point is, it has made you think about the issue. Whereas we all might agree a hydrogen atom is not an observer and a human is an observer, the case of a cat is not so clear. The point of the thought experiment is to expose problems with the Copenhagen interpretation - which it does very successfully.

[2020-07-21] quantum mechanics - Is Schrodinger's Cat itself an observer? - Physics Stack Exchange

As you open the box, this quantum state again evolves unitarily (i.e. without any kind of "collapse") into

[2020-07-21] Copenhagen interpretation - Wikipedia

Wigner's friend

   Wigner puts his friend in with the cat. The external observer believes the system is in state ( | dead ⟩ + | alive ⟩ ) / 2 {\displaystyle (|{\text{dead}}\rangle +|{\text{alive}}\rangle )/{\sqrt {2}}} (|{\text{dead}}\rangle +|{\text{alive}}\rangle )/{\sqrt {2}}. However, his friend is convinced that the cat is alive, i.e. for him, the cat is in the state | alive ⟩ {\displaystyle |{\text{alive}}\rangle } |{\text{alive}}\rangle . How can Wigner and his friend see different wave functions?

   The Copenhagen interpretation: The answer depends on the positioning of Heisenberg cut, which can be placed arbitrarily. If Wigner's friend is positioned on the same side of the cut as the external observer, his measurements collapse the wave function for both observers. If he is positioned on the cat's side, his interaction with the cat is not considered a measurement.

[2020-07-21] hmm, heisenber's cut is kinda like event horizon??

[2020-08-01] Untitled - DiracEquation.pdf

[2020-08-03] (2) Quantum Mechanics 12b - Dirac Equation II - YouTube

studying spinors – try to translate dirac equation solution from moving reference frame (only px component) to still

[2020-08-03] (2) Quantum Mechanics 12b - Dirac Equation II - YouTube

make some flashcards from this video..

[2019-01-07] quantum mechanics - How is the Schroedinger equation a wave equation? - Physics Stack Exchange [[pde]]

Actually, a wave equation is any equation that admits wave-like solutions, which take the form f(x⃗ ±v⃗ t)f(x→±v→t). The equation ∂2f∂t2=c2∇2f∂2f∂t2=c2∇2f, despite being called "the wave equation," is not the only equation that does this.

hmm, so if you do variable transform and substitute in pde, the substitution behaves like a wave… interesting

[2020-08-11] Majorana equation - Wikipedia [[sm]]

right, so it's unclear whether neutrinos get their mass from Higgs or something else

So far most particles we discovered seem to be described by Dirac equation? We haven't seen evidence of Majorana particles so far?

[2020-08-12] Circular reasoning? [[spinor]]

We can even define a ‘metric’ that is antisymmetric: a two-dimensional space called spinor space has such a metric, and it turns out to be of fundamental importance in physics.

hmm, interesting

Tweet from @hamishtodd [[towatch]]


@hamish_todd: The Schrödinger equation describes the wave function or state function of a quantum-mechanical system. It states that, over time, the humps will move in a direction perpendicular to the colored stripes

[2014-07-18] Quantum entanglement is not nonlocality, it's correlation! [[quantum]]

Vector potential is important because it is impossible to state action principle in a Lorentz invariant way directly in terms of E and B fields.

[2016-09-03] infinite dimentional Hilbert space is crucial for quantum mechanics? [[quantum]]

The most famous such equation is the position/momentum commutation relation mentioned earlier, which for our purposes is just the following matrix equation:
AB – BA = I.
This equation can’t be satisfied by any finite-dimensional matrices, since AB and BA have the same trace, so Tr(AB-BA)=0, but Tr(I) is nonzero.

[2020-07-21] ">Explain the Universe on Twitter: "What are phonons, rotons, plasmons, anyons and excitons? Get yourself into a pure stream of explainons in our new episodon on quasiparticles:" / Twitter [[tolisten]]

[2019-07-17] Quantum Zeno effect

[2020-12-20] quantum zeno effect: measure the system often enough, it appears as if it's not changing. [[drill]]

evolution is linear, so after time dt the amplitude of changing state is proportional to dt, and probability to dt2. So by making dt low enough, probability of ever changing state is arbitrary close to 0


Uncertaincy principle nice video [[quantum]] [[viz]] – if you limit the time domain of a pure note, counterintuitively, you'll have to use more sine waves to approximate it, so widen the frequency domain

[2019-12-22] karldray/quantum: Simulate reverse causality using quantum suicide. [[philosophy]] [[quantum]]

[2020-06-30] architecture - How are quantum gates realised, in terms of the dynamic? - Quantum Computing Stack Exchange [[qcomp]]

[2020-01-15] Disprove quantum immortality without risking your life (2019) [[philosophy]]

[2019-08-28] wigner's friend experiment

[2019-12-11] Māris Ozols on Twitter: "Helping my students to see beyond equations." / Twitter [[quantum]] [[notation]]


Helping my students to see beyond equations.

[2018-09-25] "It’s hard to think when someone Hadamards your brain" [[fun]] [[cs]] [[quantum]]

[2019-08-02] 〈 Berger | Dillon 〉 on Twitter: "A changing Magnetic flux induces an Electric field. This can create a current in a wire to power a💡! No battery needed!" / Twitter [[viz]] [[inspiration]]


A changing Magnetic flux induces an Electric field. This can create a current in a wire to power a
No battery needed!

very nice visualisation!

[2020-03-24] New essay: "How quantum teleportation works"

I'm excited to announce the launch of a new essay, "How quantum teleportation works" (joint with Andy Matuschak). Teleportation is fun and surprising, and a fundamental primitive in quantum computation. This essay explains in detail how it works. It's available here:

[2019-05-02] Quantum Soccer — Greg Egan [[quantum]] [[games]]

[2021-01-16] (2) Quantum Waves visualized in 3D - YouTube [[quantum]] [[viz]]

basic idea: draw the wavefunction in the orthogonal plane, then it's easy to see where the wavepacket is moving

[2021-01-17] (2) QCD: Visualizing the Strongest Force in the Universe: Quantum Chromodynamics - YouTube [[quantum]]

nice derivation of strong force energy via E=mc2, the uncertaincy principle, and radius of the nucleus

[2020-12-29] quantum mechanics - Neutrino oscillations in their rest frame - Physics Stack Exchange

Tweet from @nonlocalpodcast [[quantum]]


@nonlocalpodcast: Seasons greetings! We - @captainhamptons , William, @henryquantum - are excited (and nervous!) to announce a project we've been working on: a quantum computing podcast! We have two episodes posted, and a bunch more to come. Tune in @, Spotify, or iTunes!

[2019-02-18] Lecture by Douglas Hofstadter: Albert Einstein on Light; Light on Albert Einstein - YouTube [[biography]]
Einstein was given Nobel Prize for photoelectic effect; no one in the commitee believed in light quanta

[2019-02-18] Lecture by Douglas Hofstadter: Albert Einstein on Light; Light on Albert Einstein - YouTube [[physics]]
apparently, Planck still didn't believe in light quanta in 1913

Fermions are matter bosons are forces [[stm]] [[drill]]

[2020-08-21] Chirality (physics) - Wikipedia

For massless particles – photons, gluons, and (hypothetical) gravitons – chirality is the same as helicity; a given massless particle appears to spin in the same direction along its axis of motion regardless of point of view of the observer.

[2021-01-23] David Tong: Topics in Quantum Mechanics [[physics]] [[quantum]]

[2020-08-01] Klein paradox - Wikipedia

However, Klein’s result showed that if the potential is of the order of the electron mass, V ∼ m c 2 {\displaystyle V\sim mc^{2}} V\sim mc^{2}, the barrier is nearly transparent. Moreover, as the potential approaches infinity, the reflection diminishes and the electron is always transmitted.

wow, pretty insane

The wavefunction Ψ is a 4×1 column vector (also known as a spinor) and each element is a function of space and time, representing the spin state (up or down) of the electron and the associated positron solution.

Paul Dirac: the purest soul in physics – Physics World
in context

[2020-08-01] Viktor T. Toth - Spinors and fields

[2020-08-01] Viktor T. Toth - Building a quantum theory

[2014-11-01] What stops the Hydrogen atom from being destroyed? /r/askscience

That is a weak interaction effect and not something mediated by the electromagnetic interaction, which was specifically what the OP was asking about.
To discuss that we'd really need to move to QFT and beyond just the Schrodinger equation.
Though I presume the next logical question is why the weak interaction doesn't induce electron capture with hydrogen...
In this case, it is because a free neutron is a higher energy, less stable system. Electron capture is only relevant in systems where the resulting neutron is stabilized by the rest of the nucleus.
In cases where the neutron is *not* stabilized, you get positron emission. It is no accident that positron emission is a *common* decay mode among neutron rich nuclei.

Why do we not have spin greater than 2? - Physics Stack Exchange [[spin]]

[2019-04-20] Aharonov-Bohm Experiment

The best explanation can be found here: at page 18ff

[2019-02-19] Векторный потенциал — Википедия

Подобно тому, как скалярный потенциал связан с понятием энергии, векторный потенциал обнаруживает тесную связь с понятием импульса
Так, в случае быстрого отключения магнитного поля частица, находившаяся в нём, получает дополнительный импульс qA.

[2019-04-20] right, so it happens because a change in vector potential results in electric field (maxwell's laws)

anyons: 2D quasi particles, global phase picked up after interchange [[drill]] [[quantum]]

[2019-05-29] what is topological QC: {tries to rely on topological (more stable) properties of anyons} [[drill]] [[quantum]]

[2018-11-30] Magnetic field requires three dimensions

[2019-06-17] Quantum computing | Microsoft

The only scalable quantum solution
We've taken a scalable topological approach, harnessing superior qubits that perform more complex computations, at lower cost, with higher accuracy.

[2019-06-05] GitHub - qg-cpt-marseille/sl2cfoam: Library for computing EPRL transition amplitudes in Loop Quantum Gravity. [[qg]]

maybe read Dirac's original paper? [[dirac]] [[tostudy]]

[2020-07-19] Magnets cannot exist under classical mechanics

[2020-12-03] A New Theorem Maps Out the Limits of Quantum Physics | Quanta Magazine

[2021-03-16] Квантовый Компьютер : Как устроен? Как программировать? Уже? : Блог Вастрик.ру [[qcomp]]