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Homework Help: Change of basis

  1. Sep 30, 2007 #1
    Show the matrix representation of [tex] S_z [/tex] using the eigenkets of [tex]S_y[/tex] as base vectors.

    I'm not quite sure on the entire process but here's what i think:

    We get the transformation matrix though:

    [tex]U = \sum_k |b^{(k)} \rangle \langle a^{(k)} | [/tex]

    where |b> is the eigenket for S_y and <a| is the eigenket for S_z

    this will give me a change of basis operator that i can operate on the S_z operator to get it into the S_y basis.

    would this be the correct though process?
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  3. Oct 1, 2007 #2


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    Looks fine.

    Note: |a> is an eigenket for S_z; <a| would be an eigenbra that is in dual correspondence with |a>.
  4. Oct 2, 2007 #3
    I get:

    [tex]U =\left( \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} |+ \rangle \langle +| + \frac{i}{\sqrt{2}} |- \rangle \langle +| \right) + \left( \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} |+ \rangle \langle -| - \frac{i}{\sqrt{2}} |- \rangle \langle -| \right)[/tex]

    [tex]U= \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \left(\begin{array}{cc}1&1\\i&-i\end{array}\right)[/tex]


    thus, S-z in S_y basis is:

    looks okay?
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2007
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