Spin operator

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σx|x>=+|x>
σx|-x>=-|-x>

These equations also follows for σy and σz corresponds states |y> and |z>.
if we measure along axis X then X state vector let it go which means up spin and opposite not go through which means down spin.

and also same for y and z axis.

But,
σx|u>=|d> σx|d>=|u>

σy|u>=i|d> σy|d>=-i|u>

σz|u>=|u> σz|d>=-|d>

these 3 equations cant make any sense to me. i cant draw any physical meaning to these equations.

here 1st equation shows if up spin electron goes through along X axis then after measurement spin wilbe down.but this up electron has to be up for any specific axis??right?? without axis up down is unmeaningfull.isn't it??
 

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if we measure along axis X then X state vector let it go which means up spin and opposite not go through which means down spin.
opps mayb i complexed the sentence

if we measure along axis X and then if state X goes through it shows electron spin up and if not go then it means electron spin is down.
 
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It seems to me the u and d states are superpositions of the eigenstates of the spin operators. For example, for the first equation one you could say
[itex] \left|u \right\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left|+x \right\rangle + \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left|-x \right\rangle[/itex]
[itex]\left|d \right\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left|+x \right\rangle - \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left|-x \right\rangle[/itex]

and the equation is okay. Furthermore, I'd just change my labels like so (because what I name each axis is arbitrary)
[itex]x → z[/itex]

[itex]u → +x[/itex]

[itex]d → -x[/itex]

So it looks like the expression you may have see in your textbook.

[itex] \left|+x \right\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left|+z \right\rangle + \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left|-z \right\rangle[/itex]
[itex]\left|-x \right\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left|+z \right\rangle - \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left|-z \right\rangle[/itex]

Try to see if you can find a superposition of eigenstates that work for the others to make sure you understand. Remember to make sure the states are normalized.
 

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