# Homework Help: Hermitian Operators

1. Mar 3, 2006

### James R

My memory is fading. Can somebody please remind me how I would go about determining in each of the following cases whether the operator A is Hermitian or not?

Case 1.

$$A\psi(x) = \psi(x+a)$$

Case 2.

$$A\psi(x) = \psi^*(x)$$

where the star indicates complex conjugation.

2. Mar 3, 2006

### vanesch

Staff Emeritus
take two vectors, f and g. In your case, these are functions of x.
Now calculate ff = A f and gg = A g.
If A is hermitean, then <gg,f> = <g,ff> for all f and g.

3. Mar 3, 2006

### dextercioby

Assume for simplicity that $\hat{A}$ is an linear operator continuous on the Hilbert space $L^{2}\left(\mathbb{R}\right)$ in which the scalar product between 2 arbitrary vectors is

$$\langle \psi,\phi \rangle =\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} dx \ \psi^{*}(x) \phi (x)$$.

If an operator described above is symmetric, then

$$\langle \psi, \hat{A}\phi\rangle =\langle \hat{A}\psi, \phi\rangle , \forall \psi,\phi \in \mathcal{H}$$

So check both operators now.

Daniel.

4. Mar 5, 2006

### James R

Thanks..................