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GR0877 Problem 87

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SOLUTION: (D) \sigma_x \sigma_y - \sigma_y \sigma_x = \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1\\ 1 & 0 \end{pmatrix} \begin{pmatrix} 0 & -i\\ i & 0 \end{pmatrix} - \begin{pmatrix} 0 & -i\\ i & 0 \end{pmatrix} \begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1\\ 1 & 0 \end{pmatrix} = \begin{pmatrix} i & 0\\ 0 & -i \end{pmatrix} - \begin{pmatrix} -i & 0\\ 0 & i \end{pmatrix} = = 2i \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 0\\ 0 & -1 \end{pmatrix} = 2i \sigma_z.

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  1. CC
    05.06.2012 at 16:42

    Here it might be easier to just memorize the spin commutator relations,
    [J_x , J_y] = i\hbar J_z and then it’s cyclic permutations which work for all spin operators.

  2. SyLba
    17.10.2015 at 13:05

    you can do this in 5 secs. just find the [1,1] possition of the result

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