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Prove the time evolution operator is unitary

  1. Dec 26, 2015 #1
    How is (5.240b) derived? I get [itex]{U^{-1}}^\dagger(t, t_0)\,U^{-1}(t, t_0)=I[/itex] instead.

    My steps:
    [tex]\begin{align}<\psi(t_0)\,|\,\psi(t_0)>&=\,<U(t_0, t)\,\psi(t)\,|\,U(t_0, t)\,\psi(t)>\\
    &=\,<U^{-1}(t, t_0)\,\psi(t)\,|\,U^{-1}(t, t_0)\,\psi(t)>\\
    &=\,<\psi(t)\,|\,{U^{-1}}^\dagger(t, t_0)\,U^{-1}(t, t_0)\,|\,\psi(t)>\end{align}[/tex]

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    Also, to get (5.240a), do we use the fact that [itex]<\psi(t_0)\,|\,\psi(t_0)>\,=\,<\psi(t_0)\,|\,U^\dagger(t, t_0)\,U(t, t_0)\,|\,\psi(t_0)>[/itex]is true for any [itex]\psi(t_0)[/itex]?
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  3. Dec 26, 2015 #2


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    Multiply both sides by appropriate matrices and you should get the result you want.
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