Here are the Six Postulates of Quantum Mechanics. Postulate 2 contains various Operators use in Quantum Mechanics.
Postulate 1. The state of a quantum mechanical system is completely specified by a function ψ(r, t) that depends on the coordinates of the particle(s) and on time. This function, called the wave function or state function, has the important property that ψ(r, t) ψ(r, t) dτ is the probability that the particle lies in the volume element dτ located at r at time t .
The wavefunction must satisfy certain mathematical conditions because of this probabilistic interpretation. For the case of a single particle, the probability of finding it somewhere is 1, so that we have the normalization condition
(110)
It is customary to also normalize manyparticle wavefunctions to 1.^{2} The wavefunction must also be singlevalued, continuous, and finite.
Postulate 2. To every observable in classical mechanics there corresponds a linear, Hermitian operator in quantum mechanics.
This postulate comes about because of the considerations raised in section 3.1.5: if we require that the expectation value of an operator Â is real, then Â must be a Hermitian operator. Some common operators occuring in quantum mechanics are collected in Table 1.
Table 1: Physical observables and their corresponding quantum operators (single particle)
Postulate 3. In any measurement of the observable associated with operator Â, the only values that will ever be observed are the eigenvalues a, which satisfy the eigenvalue equation
ÂΨ = aΨ (111)
This postulate captures the central point of quantum mechanicsthe values of dynamical variables can be quantized (although it is still possible to have a continuum of eigenvalues in the case of unbound states). If the system is in an eigenstate of Â with eigenvalue a, then any measurement of the quantity A will yield a.
Although measurements must always yield an eigenvalue, the state does not have to be an eigenstate of Â initially. An arbitrary state can be expanded in the complete set of eigenvectors of Â (ÂΨ_{i} = a_{i}Ψ_{i}) as
(112)
where n may go to infinity. In this case we only know that the measurement of A will yield one of the values a_{i}, but we don't know which one. However, we do know the probability that eigenvalue a_{i} will occurit is the absolute value squared of the coefficient, c_{i}^{2} (cf. section 3.1.4), leading to the fourth postulate below.
An important second half of the third postulate is that, after measurement of Ψ yields some eigenvalue a_{i}, the wavefunction immediately ``collapses'' into the corresponding eigenstate Ψ_{i} (in the case that a_{i} is degenerate, then Ψ becomes the projection of Ψ onto the degenerate subspace). Thus, measurement affects the state of the system. This fact is used in many elaborate experimental tests of quantum mechanics.
Postulate 4. If a system is in a state described by a normalized wave function Ψ, then the average value of the observable corresponding to Â is given by
(113)
Postulate 5. The wavefunction or state function of a system evolves in time according to the timedependent Schrödinger equation
(114)
The central equation of quantum mechanics must be accepted as a postulate, as discussed in section 2.2.
Postulate 6. The total wavefunction must be antisymmetric with respect to the interchange of all coordinates of one fermion with those of another. Electronic spin must be included in this set of coordinates.
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