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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Imagine a system with just two linear independent states:

[tex]|1>=(1,0)[/tex] and [tex]|2>=(0,1)[/tex] (these are actually column matrices, but I don't know how to type those in tex)

[tex]|\Psi>=a|1>+b|2>=(a,b)[/tex], also [tex]|a|^2+|b|^2=1[/tex]

suppose the hamiltonian is a 2x2 matrix with entries j,g above and g,j below, [tex](g,j \in R>0)[/tex].

The time-independent schroding equation reads

[tex]H |\Psi>=i h/(2 pi) d/dt(|\Psi>)[/tex]

a) find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of this hamiltonian

b) suppose the system starts out at t=0 in |1>, what is the state at time t?

3. The attempt at a solution

I thought of solving the time-independent SE;

[tex]ja+gb= i h/(2 pi) d/dt(a)[/tex]

[tex]ga+jb= i h/(2 pi) d/dt(b)[/tex]

but does this mean g=0? And if so, how do I get any further. I'm stuck.

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