Quick Calculation 15.1

A First Course in String Theory


Recall that a group is a set which is closed under an associative multiplication; it contains an identity element, and each element has a multiplicative inverse. Verify that \displaystyle{U(1)} and \displaystyle{U(N)}, as described above, are groups.


What is \displaystyle{U(1)}?

— Me@2019-05-24 11:25:41 PM


The set of all \displaystyle{1 \times 1} unitary matrices clearly coincides with the circle group; the unitary condition is equivalent to the condition that its element have absolute value 1. Therefore, the circle group is canonically isomorphic to \displaystyle{U(1)}, the first unitary group.

— Wikipedia on Circle group


In mathematics, a complex square matrix \displaystyle{U} is unitary if its conjugate transpose \displaystyle{U^*} is also its inverse—that is, if


where \displaystyle{I} is the identity matrix.

In physics, especially in quantum mechanics, the Hermitian conjugate of a matrix is denoted by a dagger (\displaystyle{\dagger}) and the equation above becomes

\displaystyle{U^{\dagger }U=UU^{\dagger }=I.}

The real analogue of a unitary matrix is an orthogonal matrix. Unitary matrices have significant importance in quantum mechanics because they preserve norms, and thus, probability amplitudes.

— Wikipedia on Unitary matrix



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Unitarity (physics)

Unitarity means that if a future state, F, of a system is unique, the corresponding past point, P,  is also unique, provided that there is no information lost on the transition from P to F.

— Me@2019-05-22 11:06:48 PM


In quantum physics, unitarity means that the future point is unique, and the past point is unique. If no information gets lost on the transition from one configuration to another[,] it is unique. If a law exists on how to go forward, one can find a reverse law to it.[1] It is a restriction on the allowed evolution of quantum systems that ensures the sum of probabilities of all possible outcomes of any event always equals 1.

Since unitarity of a theory is necessary for its consistency (it is a very natural assumption, although recently questioned[2]), the term is sometimes also used as a synonym for consistency, and is sometimes used for other necessary conditions for consistency, especially the condition that the Hamiltonian is bounded from below. This means that there is a state of minimal energy (called the ground state or vacuum state). This is needed for the third law of thermodynamics to hold.

— Wikipedia on Unitarity (physics)



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PhD, 3.7.1

碩士 4.7.1 | On Keeping Your Soul,
















假設你已經有財政自由 …

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A physics statement is meaningful only if it is with respect to an observer. So the many-world theory is meaningless.

— Me@2018-08-31 12:55:54 PM

— Me@2019-05-11 09:41:55 PM


Answer me the following yes/no question:

In your multi-universe theory, is it possible, at least in principle, for an observer in one universe to interact with any of the other universes?

If no, then it is equivalent to say that those other universes do not exist.

If yes, then those other universes are not “other” universes at all, but actually just other parts of the same universe.

— Me@2019-05-11 09:43:40 PM



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追憶逝水年華, 3

In Search of Lost Time, 3 | (反對)開夜車 3.1 | 止蝕 4




1. 只要每晚睡少四小時,就每晚可以多四小時溫習。

2. 只要每晚可以多四小時溫習,就可以追回之前,落後了的進度。







— Me@2019-05-09 10:04:55 PM



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Ex 1.8 Implementation of $\delta$

\displaystyle{ \begin{aligned} \delta_\eta f[q] &= \lim_{\epsilon \to 0} \left( \frac{f[q+\epsilon \eta]-f[q]}{\epsilon} \right) \\ \end{aligned}}

The variation may be represented in terms of a derivative.

— Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics

\displaystyle{ \begin{aligned} g( \epsilon ) &= f[q + \epsilon \eta] \\ \delta_\eta f[q] &= \lim_{\epsilon \to 0} \left( \frac{g(\epsilon) - g(0)}{\epsilon} \right) \\ &= D g(0) \\ \end{aligned}}


A lambda expression evaluates to a procedure. The environment in effect when the lambda expression is evaluated is remembered as part of the procedure; it is called the closing environment.

— Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics

(define (((delta eta) f) q)
  (let ((g (lambda (epsilon) (f (+ q (* epsilon eta))))))
    ((D g) 0))) 

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Classical probability, 7

Classical probability is macroscopic superposition.

— Me@2012.04.23


That is not correct, except in some special senses.

— Me@2019-05-02


That is not correct, if the “superposition” means quantum superposition.

— Me@2019-05-03 08:44:11 PM


The difference of the classical probability and quantum probability is the difference of a mixed state and a pure superposition state.

In classical probability, the relationship between mutually exclusive possible measurement results, before measurement, is OR.

In quantum probability, if the quantum system is in quantum superposition, the relationship between mutually exclusive possible measurement results, before measurement, is neither OR nor AND.

— Me@2019-05-03 06:04:27 PM



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PhD, 3.6

碩士 4.6 | On Keeping Your Soul, 2.2.6




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Varying a path

Suppose that we have a function \displaystyle{f[q]} that depends on a path \displaystyle{q}. How does the function vary as the path is varied? Let \displaystyle{q} be a coordinate path and \displaystyle{q + \epsilon \eta} be a varied path, where the function \displaystyle{\eta} is a path-like function that can be added to the path \displaystyle{q}, and the factor \displaystyle{\epsilon} is a scale factor. We define the variation \displaystyle{ \delta_\eta f[q]} of the function \displaystyle{f} on the path \displaystyle{q} by

\displaystyle{\delta_\eta f [q] = \lim_{\epsilon \to 0} \left( \frac{f[q + \epsilon \eta] - f[q]}{\epsilon} \right)}

The variation of \displaystyle{f} is a linear approximation to the change in the function \displaystyle{f} for small variations in the path. The variation of \displaystyle{f} depends on \displaystyle{\eta}.

— 1.5.1 Varying a path

— Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics


Exercise 1.7. Properties of \displaystyle{\delta}

The meaning of \displaystyle{\delta_\eta (fg)[q]} is

\displaystyle{\delta_\eta (f[q]g[q])}

— Me@2019-04-27 07:02:38 PM



2019.04.27 Saturday ACHK

Mixed states, 4


How is quantum superposition different from mixed state?

The state

\displaystyle{|\Psi \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left(|\psi_1\rangle +|\psi_2\rangle \right)}

is a pure state. Meaning, there’s not a 50% chance the system is in the state \displaystyle{|\psi_1 \rangle } and a 50% it is in the state \displaystyle{|\psi_2 \rangle}. There is a 0% chance that the system is in either of those states, and a 100% chance the system is in the state \displaystyle{|\Psi \rangle}.

The point is that these statements are all made before I make any measurements.

— edited Jan 20 ’15 at 9:54

— Mehrdad

— answered Oct 12 ’13 at 1:42

— Andrew


Given a state, mixed or pure, you can compute the probability distribution \displaystyle{P(\lambda_n)} for measuring eigenvalues \displaystyle{\lambda_n}, for any observable you want. The difference is the way you combine probabilities, in a quantum superposition you have complex numbers that can interfere. In a classical probability distribution things only add positively.

— Andrew Oct 12 ’13 at 14:41


— How is quantum superposition different from mixed state?

— Physics StackExchange



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(反對)開夜車 2.5












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Physical laws are low-energy approximations to reality, 1.3.1


Symmetry breaking is important.

When there is symmetry-breaking, the system goes to a low-energy state.

Each possible low-energy state can be regarded as a new “physical world”.

One “physical world” cannot jump to another, unless through quantum tunnelling. But the probability of quantum tunnelling happening is low.


Low-energy physics theories, such as harmonic oscillator, are often simple and beautiful.

— Professor Renbao Liu

— Me@2019-04-08 10:46:32 PM



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