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Homework Help: Quantum mechanics, symmetry and degeneracy

  1. Oct 29, 2011 #1
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    I'm struggling to understand the concept of symmetry in quantum mechanics. My notes state "In general if the probability density has lower symmetry than the hamiltonian, the wavefunction will be degenerate". I don't really get the connection with the hamiltonian.

    It then says "if we reduce the symmetry of the hamiltonion, we lift the degeneracy".
    If I imagine a sphere of full energy states -it is symmetric, so if it's less symmetric then the energy levels can't all be filled and then it's no longer degenerate right?
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