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Homework Help: Seriously stuck! 3D Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

  1. Oct 28, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The question is from Sakurai 2nd edition, problem 3.21. (See attachments)

    EDIT: Oops! Forgot to attach file! It should be there now..

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Part a, I feel like I can do without too much of a problem, just re-write L as L=xp and then re-write x and p in terms of the raising and lowering operators. Part B is where I have no idea.

    It says to write |01m> in TERMS of the eigenstates in cartesian coordinates. So I figure for q=0, l=1 the energy in spherical coordinates is..

    [tex]E=\frac{5}{2}\hbar \omega[/tex]

    So, obtaining this energy in cartesian coordinates, we can have..

    [tex](n_x , n_y , n_z) = (1 0 0) OR (0 1 0) OR (0 0 1)[/tex]

    Since in the rectangular coordinate system

    E=(n_x+n_y+n_z+3/2)\hbar \omega

    So if we were to write the spherical state in terms of the cartesian degenerate states, I would assume that would mean..

    [tex]|0 1 0>_S=A|1 0 0>_C+B|0 1 0>C + C|0 0 1>_C[/tex]

    Where subscript C = Cartesian basis and subscript S = spherical basis.

    Am I on the right track here? Because In order to find the coefficients I need to compute (for example)

    [tex]A=_S<1 0 0|0 1 0>_C[/tex]

    And I am not sure how to do that!

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  3. Dec 5, 2013 #2
    Hi, I am actually stuck on this problem at a similar state. I was curious if you were able to find a solution or any material covering this problem.
  4. Dec 8, 2013 #3


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    Try finding the matrix that represents ##\hat{L}_z## with respect to the cartesian basis and diagonalizing it.
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