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Jan Skibinski,
Numeric Quest Inc., Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
Literate Haskell module QuantumVector.lhs
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Initialized: 2000-05-31, last modified: 2000-06-10
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This is our attempt to model the abstract Dirac's formalism of Quantum Mechanics in Haskell. Although we have been developing quantum mechanical applications and examples for some time [2], the machinery used there is tightly coupled to a concrete representation of states and observables by complex vectors and matrices. implemented mainly as Haskell lazy lists.

However, the Dirac's formalism in Hilbert space is much more abstract than that, and many problems of Quantum Mechanics can be solved without referring to any particular matrix representation, but using certain generic properties of operators, such as their commutative relations instead. Haskell seems to be well suited for such abstract tasks, even in its current form that does not support any of the abstract notions of computer algebra as yet. This has been already recognized by Jerzy Karczmarczuk [1], where he proposes a very interesting representation of Hilbert space and illustrates it by several powerful examples. But the task is not trivial and far from being complete. Quantum Mechanics presents many challenges to any formalism and only by careful examination of many of its facets and alternative approaches, a consistent model of Dirac's formalism can be developed for Haskell. Hoping to help with solving this problem, we present here a computing abstract, which is quite different from that of [1].

We recognize a quantum state as an abstract vector | x >, which can be represented in one of many possible bases -- similar to many alternative representations of a 3D vector in rotated systems of coordinates. A choice of a particular basis is controlled by a generic type variable, which can be any Haskell object -- providing that it supports a notion of equality and ordering. A state which is composed of many quantum subsystems, not necessarily of the same type, can be represented in a vector space considered to be a tensor product of the subspaces.

With this abstract notion we proceed with Haskell definition of two vector spaces: Ket and its dual Bra. We demonstrate that both are properly defined according to the abstract mathematical definition of vector spaces. We then introduce inner product and show that our Bra and Ket can be indeed considered the vector spaces with inner product. Multitude of examples is attached in the description. To verify the abstract machinery developed here we also provide the basic library module Momenta -- a non-trivial example designed to compute Clebsch-Gordan coefficients of a transformation from one basis of angular momenta to another.

Section 6 is a rehash of known definitions of linear operators with the emphasis on both Dirac and Haskell notations and on Haskell examples. The formalism developed here centers around two operations: a scalar product of two vectors,x <> y, and a closure operation,a >< x, which can be considered an application of a quantum operatorato a vectorx. At this stage our formalism applies only to discrete cases, but we hope to generalize it on true Hilbert space as well.

Contents

- 1. Infix operators
- 2. Vector space
- 3. Ket vector space
- 4. Bra vector space
- 5. Bra and Ket spaces as inner product spaces
- 6. Linear operators

- 6.1. Operator notation
- 6.2. Renaming the representation
- 6.3. Closure formula, or identity operator
- 6.4. Changing the representation
- 6.5. Implementation of the operator equation A | x > = | y >
- 6.6. Inverse operator
- 6.7. Matrix representation of an operator
- 6.8. Adjoint operator
- 6.9. Unitary operator
- 6.10. Hermitian operator
- 7. Showing kets and bras
- 8. Data Tuple for tensor products
- 9. References
- 10. Copyright and license

1. Infix operatorsHaskell requires that fixities of infix operators are defined at the top of the module. So here they are. They are to be explained later.

> module QuantumVector where > import Data.Complex -- our Scalar is Complex Double > import Data.List (nub) > infixl 7 *> -- tensor product of two kets > infixl 7 <* -- tensor product of two bras > -- scalar-ket multiplication > infix 6 |> > -- scalar-bra multiplication > infix 6 <| > infixl 5 +> -- sum of two kets > infixl 5 <+ -- sum of two bras > infix 4 <> -- inner product > infix 5 >< -- closure

2. Vector spaceDefinition. A set V of elements x ,y ,z ,...is called a vector (or linear) space over a complex field C if

Definition. The maximum number of linearly independent vectors in V or, what is the same thing, the minimum number of linearly independent vectors required to span V is the dimension r of vector space V.

- (a) vector addition + is defined in V such that V is an abelian group under addition, with identity element 0
1:x+y=y+x2:x+ (y+z) = (x+y) +z3:0+x=x+0

- (b) the set is close with respect to scalar multiplication and vector addition
4: a (x+y) = ax+ ay5: (a + b)x= ax+ bx6: a (bx) = (a b)x7: 1x=x8: 0x=0where a, b, c are complex scalarsDefinition. A set of r linearly independent vectors is called a basis of the space. Each vector of the space is then a unique linear combination of the vectors of this basis.

Based on the above definitions we will define two vector spaces: ket space and its dual -- bra space, which, in addition to the above properties, will also support several common operations -- grouped below in the class DiracVector.

> class DiracVector a where > add :: a -> a -> a > scale :: Scalar -> a -> a > reduce :: a -> a > basis :: a -> [a] > components :: a -> [Scalar] > compose :: [Scalar] -> [a] -> a > dimension :: a -> Int > norm :: a -> Double > normalize :: a -> a > dimension x = length (basis x) > > normalize x > | normx == 0 = x > | otherwise = compose cs (basis x) > where > cs = [a*v :+ b*v |a :+ b <- components x] > v = 1 / normx > normx = norm x

3. Ket vector spaceWe submit that the following datatype and accompanying operations define a complex vector space, which we will call the ket vector space.

> type Scalar = Complex Double > data Ket a = > KetZero -- zero ket vector > | Ket a -- base ket vector > | Scalar :|> Ket a -- scaling ket vectors > | Ket a :+> Ket a -- spanning ket spaceA tensor product of two ket spaces is also a ket space.> (*>) :: (Ord a, Ord b) => Ket a -> Ket b -> Ket (Tuple a b) > Ket a *> Ket b = Ket (a :* b) > _ *> KetZero = KetZero > KetZero *> _ = KetZero > x *> y = foldl1 (:+>) [((Bra a <> x) * (Bra b <> y)) :|> Ket (a :* b) > | Ket a <- basis x, Ket b <- basis y] > (|>) :: Ord a => Scalar -> Ket a -> Ket a > -- > -- Multiplication of ket by scalar > -- > s |> (x :+> y) = (s |> x) +> (s |> y) > _ |> KetZero = KetZero > 0 |> _ = KetZero > s |> (s2 :|> x) = (s * s2) |> x > s |> x = s :|> x > (+>) :: Ord a => Ket a -> Ket a -> Ket a > -- > -- Addition of two kets > -- > x +> KetZero = x > KetZero +> x = x > x +> y = reduce (x :+> y) > instance (Eq a, Ord a) => Eq (Ket a) where > -- > -- Two ket vectors are equal if they have identical > -- components > -- > x == y = and [c k x == c k y | k <- basis x] > where > c k z = (toBra k) <> zThe data Ket is parametrized by type variable "a", which can be anything that can be compared for equality and ordered: integer, tuple, list of integers, etc. For example, the data constructor`Ket (3::Int)`

creates a base vector`|3>`

, annotated by Int. Similarly,`Ket (2::Int,1::Int)`

, creates a base vector`|(2,1)>`

annotated by a tuple of Ints. Those two vectors belong to two different bases.The eight examples below illustrate the eight defining equations of the vector space, given in section 1. All of them evaluate to True.

1: Ket 2 +> Ket 3 == Ket 3 +> Ket 2 2: Ket 1 +> (Ket 2 +> Ket 3) == (Ket 1 +> Ket 2) +> Ket 3 3: Ket 1 +> KetZero == KetZero +> Ket 1 4: 5 |> (Ket 2 +> Ket 3) == 5 |> Ket 2 +> 5 |> Ket 3 5: (5 + 7) |> Ket 2 == 5 |> Ket 2 +> 7 |> Ket 2 6: 2 |> (4 |> Ket 2) == 8 |> Ket 2 7: 1 |> Ket 2 == Ket 2 8: 0 |> Ket 2 == KetZeroThe ket expressions can be pretty printed, as shown below.Ket 2 +> Ket 3 ==> 1.0 |2> + 1.0 |3> 5 |> (Ket 2 +> Ket 3) ==> 5.0 |2> + 5.0 |3> 2 |> (4 |> Ket 2) ==> 8.0 |2>In order to support all those identities we also need several additional functions for reducing the vector to its canonical form, for composing the ket vector, and for extracting the ket basis and the ket components -- as shown below.> reduceKet :: Ord a => Ket a -> Ket a > reduceKet x > -- > -- Reduce vector `x' to its canonical form > -- > = compose cs ks > where > ks = basis x > cs = [toBra k <> x | k <- ks] > ketBasis :: Ord a => Ket a -> [Ket a] > -- > -- Sorted list of unique base vectors of the ket vector > -- > ketBasis KetZero = [] > ketBasis (Ket k) = [Ket k] > ketBasis (_ :|> x) = [x] > ketBasis (k1 :+> k2) = nub (ketBasis k1 ++ ketBasis k2) > toBra :: Ord a => Ket a -> Bra a > -- > -- Convert from ket to bra vector > -- > toBra (Ket k) = Bra k > toBra (x :+> y) = toBra x :<+ toBra y > toBra (p :|> x) = (conjugate p) :<| toBra x > instance Ord a => DiracVector (Ket a) where > add = (+>) > scale = (|>) > reduce = reduceKet > basis = ketBasis > components x = [toBra e <> x | e <- basis x] > compose xs ks = foldl1 (:+>) [fst z :|> snd z | z <- zip xs ks] > > norm KetZero = 0 > norm x = sqrt $ realPart (toBra x <> x)But those auxilliary functions refer to vectors from the conjugated space bra, which we shall now define below.

4. Bra vector spaceDefinition. Let V be the defining n-dimensional complex vector space. Associate with the defining n-dimensional complex vector space V a conjugate (or dual) n-dimensional vector space obtained by complex conjugation of elements x in V.

We will call this space the bra space, and the corresponding vectors - the bra vectors. Further, we submit that the following datatype and the corresponding operations define bra space in Haskell.

> data Bra a = > BraZero -- zero bra vector > | Bra a -- base bra vector > | Scalar :<| Bra a -- scaling bra vectors > | Bra a :<+ Bra a -- spanning bra spaceA tensor product of two bra spaces is also a bra space.> (<*) :: (Ord a, Ord b) => Bra a -> Bra b -> Bra (Tuple a b) > Bra a <* Bra b = Bra (a :* b) > _ <* BraZero = BraZero > BraZero <* _ = BraZero > x <* y = foldl1 (:<+) [((x <> Ket a) * (y <> Ket b)) :<| Bra (a :* b) > | Bra a <- basis x, Bra b <- basis y] > (<|) :: Ord a => Scalar -> Bra a -> Bra a > s <| (x :<+ y) = (s <| x) <+ (s <| y) > _ <| BraZero = BraZero > 0 <| _ = BraZero > s <| (s2 :<| x) = (s * s2) <| x > s <| x = s :<| x > (<+) :: Ord a => Bra a -> Bra a -> Bra a > -- > -- Sum of two bra vectors > -- > x <+ BraZero = x > BraZero <+ x = x > x <+ y = reduce (x :<+ y) > instance (Eq a, Ord a) => Eq (Bra a) where > -- > -- Two bra vectors are equal if they have > -- identical components > -- > -- > x == y = and [c b x == c b y | b <- basis x] > where > c b z = z <> toKet bSimilarly to what we have done for ket vectors, we also define several additional functions for reducing the bra vector to its canonical form, for composing the bra vector, and for extracting the bra basis and the bra components -- as shown below.> reduceBra :: Ord a => Bra a -> Bra a > reduceBra x > -- > -- Reduce bra vector `x' to its canonical form > -- > = compose cs bs > where > bs = basis x > cs = [x <> toKet b | b <- bs] > braBasis :: Ord a => Bra a -> [Bra a] > -- > -- List of unique basis of the bra vector > -- > braBasis BraZero = [] > braBasis (Bra b) = [Bra b] > braBasis (_ :<| x) = [x] > braBasis (b1 :<+ b2) = nub (braBasis b1 ++ braBasis b2) > toKet :: Ord a => Bra a -> Ket a > -- > -- Convert from bra to ket vector > -- > toKet (Bra k) = Ket k > toKet (x :<+ y) = toKet x :+> toKet y > toKet (p :<| Bra k) = (conjugate p) :|> Ket k > instance Ord a => DiracVector (Bra a) where > add = (<+) > scale = (<|) > reduce = reduceBra > basis = braBasis > components x = [x <> toKet e | e <- basis x] > compose xs ks = foldl1 (:<+) [fst z :<| snd z | z <- zip xs ks] > > norm BraZero = 0 > norm x = sqrt $ realPart (x <> toKet x)

5. Bra and Ket spaces as inner product spacesDefinition. A complex vector space V is an inner product space if with every pair of elements x ,y from V there is associated a unique inner (or scalar) product < x | y > from C, such that

9: < x | y > = < y | x >We submit that the dual ket and bra spaces are inner product spaces, providing that the inner product is defined by the operator <> given below:^{*}10: < a x | b y > = a^{*}b < x | y > 11: < z | a x + b y > = a < z | x > + b < z, y > where a, b, c are the complex scalars> (<>) :: Ord a => Bra a -> Ket a -> Scalar > -- > -- Inner product, or the "bra-ket" product > -- > BraZero <> _ = 0 > _ <> KetZero = 0 > Bra i <> Ket j = d i j > (p :<| x) <> (q :|> y) = p * q * (x <> y) > (p :<| x) <> y = p * (x <> y) > x <> (q :|> y) = q * (x <> y) > x <> (y1 :+> y2) = (x <> y1) + (x <> y2) > (x1 :<+ x2) <> y = (x1 <> y) + (x2 <> y) > d :: Eq a => a -> a -> Scalar > d i j > -- > -- Classical Kronecker's delta > -- for instances of Eq class > -- > | i == j = 1 > | otherwise = 0 >The expressions below illustrate the definitions 9-11. They are all true.9: (toBra x <> y) == conjugate (toBra y <> x) 10: (toBra (a |> x) <> (b |> y)) == (conjugate a)*b*(toBra x <> y) 11: (toBra z <> (a |> x +> b |> y)) == a*(toBra z <> x) + b*(toBra z <> y) where x = (2 :+ 3) |> Ket 2 y = ((1:+2) |> Ket 3) +> Ket 2 z = Ket 2 +> Ket 3 a = 2:+1 b = 1

6. Linear operatorsLinear operators, or simply operators, are functions from vector in representation a

ato vector in representationba :: Ket a -> Ket balthough quite often the operations are performed on the same representation. The linear operators A are defined byA (c1 | x > + c2 | y > ) = c1 A | x > + c2 A | y >We will describe variety of special types of operators, such as inverse, unitary, adjoint and hermitian. This is not an accident that the names of those operators resemble names from matrix calculus, since Dirac vectors and operators can be viewed as matrices.

With the exception of variety of examples, no significant amount of Haskell code will be added here. This section is devoted mainly to documentation; we feel that it is important to provide clear definitions of the operators, as seen from the Haskell perspective. Being a strongly typed language, Haskell might not allow for certain relations often shown in traditional matrix calculus, such as

A = Bsince the two operators might have in fact two distinct signatures. In matrix calculus one only compares tables of unnamed numbers, while in our Haskell formalism we compare typed entieties. For this reason, we will be threading quite slowly here, from one definition to another to assure that they are correct from the perspective of typing rules of Haskell.

6.1. Operator notationThe notation

| y > = A | x >is pretty obvious: operator A acting on vector | x > produces vector | y >. It is not obvious though whether both vectors use the same representation. The Haskell version of the above clarifies this point, as in this example:y = a >< x where a :: Ket Int -> Ket (Int, Int) a = ......In this case it is seen the two vectors have distinct representations. The operator >< will be explained soon but for now treat is as an application of an operator to a vector, or some kind of a product of the two.The above can be also written as

| y > = | A x >where the right hand side is just a defining label saying that the resulting vector has been produced by operator A acting on | x >.Linear operators can also act on the bra vectors

< y | = < x | A <---providing that they have correct signatures. This postfix notation though is a bit awkward, and not supported by Haskell. To avoid confusion we will be using the following notation instead:< y | = < A x |which says that bra y is obtained from ket y, where | y > = | A x >, as before. In Haskell we will write it asy = toBra $ a >< x

6.2. Renaming the representationOne simple example of an operator is

label "new"which renames a vector representation by adding extra label"new"in the basis vectorsKet a. Silly as it sounds, this and other similar re-labeling operations can be actually quite useful; for example, we might wish to distinguish between old and new bases, or just to satisfy the Haskell typechecker.label :: (Ord a, Ord b) => b -> Ket a -> Ket (b, a) label i (Ket a) = Ket (i, a) label i x = (label i) >< x

6.3. Closure formula, or identity operatorAlthough the general Dirac formalism often refers to abstract vectors | x >, our implementation must be more concrete than that -- we always represent the abstract vectors in some basis of our choice, as in:

| x > = cTo recover the component c_{k}| k > (sum over k)_{k}we form the inner productcPutting it back to the previous equation:_{k}= < k | x >| x > = < k | x > | k > (sum over k) = | k > < k | x > = Id | x > where Id = | k > < k | (sum over k)we can see that the vector | x > has been abstracted away. The formula says that vector | x > can be decomposed in any basis by applying identity operator Id to it. This is also known as a closure formula. Well, Haskell has the "id" function too, and we could apply it to any ket, as in:id (Ket 1 +> 10 |> Ket 2) ==> | 1 > + 10 | 2 >but Haskell's "id" does not know anything about representations; it just gives us back the same vector | x > in our original representation.We need something more accurately depicting the closure formula | k > < k |, that would allow us to change the representation if we wanted to, or leave it alone otherwise. Here is the

closurefunction and coresponding operator (><) that implement the closure formula for a givenoperator.> closure :: (DiracVector a, DiracVector b) => (a -> b) -> a -> b > closure operator x = > compose' (components x) (map operator (basis x)) > where > compose' xs ks = foldl1 add (zipWith scale xs ks) > (><) :: (DiracVector b, DiracVector a) => (a -> b) -> a -> b > operator >< x = closure operator x

6.4. Changing the representationThe silly

labelfunction found in the comment of the section 6.1 uses in fact the closure relation. But we could define is simpler than that:> label :: t -> Ket t1 -> Ket (t, t1) > label i (Ket x) = Ket (i, x)and then apply a closure to a vector x, as in:closure (label 0) (Ket 2 +> 7 |> Ket 3) ==> 1.0 |(0,2)> + 7.0 |(0,3)>Somewhat more realistic example involves "rotation" of the old basis with simulaneous base renaming:> rot :: Ket Int -> Ket (Int, Int) > rot (Ket 1) = normalize $ Ket (1,1) +> Ket (1,2) > rot (Ket 2) = normalize $ Ket (1,1) +> (-1) |> Ket (1,2) > rot (Ket _) = error "exceeded space dimension"The example functionrotassumes transformation from two-dimensional basis [| 1 >, | 2 >] to another two-dimensional basis [| (1,1) >, | (1,2) >] by expressing the old basis by the new one. Given this transformation we can apply the closure to any vector | x > represented in the old basis; as a result we will get the same vector | x > but represented in the new basis.rot >< (Ket 1 +> 7 |> Ket 2) ==> 5.65685 |(1,1)> + -4.24264 |(1,2)>

6.5. Implementation of the operator equation A | x > = | y >The Haskell implementation of the closure formula is not just a useless simulation of the theoretical closure - it is one of the workhorses of the apparatus employed here.

We will be using linear operators to evaluate equations like this:

| y > = A | x >The resulting vector | y > can have either the same representation as | x > or different - depending on the nature of operator A. The most general type of A isKet a -> Ket bbut more often than not the basis will be the same as before. But how we define the operator A itself? The best way is to specify how it acts on the base vectors | k >. If we can chose as our basis the eigenvectors of A this would be even better, because the definition of A would be then extremely simple. After inserting the identity | k >< k | between the operator A and vector | x > in the above equation one gets| y > = A | k > < k | x > (sum over k)This will be implemented in Haskell as:y = a >< xThe closure formula will take care of the rest and it will produce the result | y > . The examples previously given do just that. One caveat though: since operator A will only be defined for the basis, but not for other vectors, skipping the closure formula and coding directlyy = a' xis not advisable. This will certainly fail for vectors other than basis unless one makes extra provisions for that. This is what we did in module Momenta, before we had the closure support ready. Using the closure is safe and this is the way to go!

6.6. Inverse operatorAn operator B = A

^{-1}that inverses the equation| y > = A | x > y = a >< x -- where a :: Ket a -> Ket binto| x > = B | y > x = b >< y -- where b :: Ket b -> Ket ais called the inverse operator.For example, the inverse operator to the operator

label iis:> label' :: (Ord a, Ord b) => Ket (a, b) -> Ket b > label' (Ket (_, x)) = Ket xIt is easy to check that applying the operator A and its inverse A^{-1}in succession to any ket | x > one should obtain the same vector | x > again, as in:AOnce again, notice the omnipresent closure operator in Haskell implementation. Tempting as it might be to implement the above example as^{-1}A | x > = | x > -- Haskell example label' >< (label 0 >< x) == x where x = Ket 1 +> 10 |> Ket 7 ==> True-- Do not do it in Haskell!!! (label' . label 0) >< x == x where x = Ket 1 +> 10 |> Ket 7 ==> Truethis is not a recommended way. Although this example would work, but a similar example forrotationoperations would fail in a spectacular way. The correct way is to insert the closure operator between two rotations:rot' >< (rot >< x) == x where x = Ket 1 +> 10 |> Ket 2 ==> Truewhere the inverse operatorrot'is defined below:> rot' :: Ket (Int, Int) -> Ket (Int) > rot' (Ket (1,1)) = normalize $ Ket 1 +> Ket 2 > rot' (Ket (1,2)) = normalize $ Ket 1 +> (-1) |> Ket 2 > rot' (Ket (_,_)) = error "exceeded space dimension"

6.7. Matrix representation of an operator

The scalar products

< k | A l' > = < k | A | l' >such that | k > and | l' > are the base vectors (in general belonging to two different bases), form a transformation matrix Akl'.In Haskell this matrix is formed as

k <> a >< l' where k = ... :: Bra b l' = ... :: Ket a a = ... :: Ket a -> Ket b

6.8. Adjoint operatorOur definition of adjoint operator is different than that in theory of determinants. Many books, not necessarily quantum mechanical oriented, refer to the latter as

classical adjoint operator.With every linear operator A we can associate an adjoint operator B = A

^{+}, also known as Hermitian conjugate operator, such that equality of the two scalar products< Aholds for every vector | u > and | x >. In Haskell notation the above can be written as:^{+}u | x > = < u | A x >(toBra (b >< u) <> x) == toBra u <> a >< x where a = ... :: Ket a -> Ket b b = ... :: Ket b -> Ket a x = ... :: Ket a u = ... :: Ket bFor example, the operatorrot'is adjoint to operatorrot(toBra (rot' >< u) <> x) == (toBra u <> rot >< x) where x = Ket 1 +> 10 |> Ket 2 u = Ket (1,1) +> 4 |> Ket (1,2) ==> TrueIt can be shown that(AMatrix A^{+})^{+}= A^{+}is conjugate transposed to A, as proven below= A^{+}kl' = < k | A^{+}| l' > = < k | A^{+}l' > = < A^{+}l' | k >^{*}= < l' | A | k >^{*}= A^{*}l'k

6.9. Unitary operatorUnitary transformations preserve norms of vectors. We say, that the norm of a vector is invariant under unitary transformation. Operators describing such transformations are called unitary operators.

< A x | A x > = < x | x >The example of this is rotation transformation, which indeed preserves the norm of any vector x, as shown in this Haskell example(toBra u <> u) == (toBra x <> x) where u = rot >< x x = Ket 1 +> 10 |> Ket 2 ==> TrueInverse and adjoint operators of unitary operators are equal

Awhich indeed is true for our example operator^{-1}= A^{+}rot.Computation of the adjont operators A

^{+}from A is quite easy since the process is rather mechanical, as described in the previous section. On the other hand, finding inverse operators is not that easy, with the exception of some simple cases, such as our example 2D rotation. It is therefore important to know whether a given operator is unitary, as this would allow us to replace inverse operators by adjoint operators.

6.10. Hermitian operatorA Hermitian operator is a self adjoint operator; that is

< A u | x > = < u | A x >Another words: A^{+}= A.Notice however, that this relation holds only for the vectors in the same representation, since in general the operators A and A

^{+}have distinct signatures, unless types a, b are the same:a :: Ket a -> Ket b -- operator A a' :: Ket b -> Ket a -- operator AElements of hermitian matrices must therefore satisfy:^{+}Aij = (Aji)In particular, their diagonal elements must be real.^{*}Our example operator

rotis not hermitian, since it describes transformation from one basis to another. But here is a simple example of a hermitian operator, which multiplies any ket by scalar 4. It satisfies our definition:(toBra (a >< u) <> x) == (toBra u <> a >< x) where a v = 4 |> v x = Ket 1 +> Ket 2 u = Ket 2 ==> TrueHere is a short quote from [3].Why do we care whether an operator is Hermitian? It's because of a few theorems:In quantum mechanics, these characteristics are essential if you want to represent measurements with operators. Operators must be Hermitian so that observables are real. And, you must be able to expand in the eigenfunctions - the expansion coefficients give you probabilities!

- The eigenvalues of Hermitian operators are always real.
- The expectation values of Hermitian operators are always real.
- The eigenvectors of Hermitian operators span the Hilbert space.
- The eigenvectors of Hermitian operators belonging to distinct eigenvalues are orthogonal.

7. Showing kets and brasLastly, here are show functions for pretty printing of Dirac vectors.

> instance (Show a, Eq a, Ord a) => Show (Ket a) where > showsPrec _ KetZero = showString "| Zero >" > showsPrec n (Ket j) = showString "|" . showsPrec n j . showString ">" > showsPrec n (x :|> k) = showsScalar n x . showsPrec n k > showsPrec n (j :+> k) = showsPrec n j . showString " + " . showsPrec n k > instance (Show a, Eq a, Ord a) => Show (Bra a) where > showsPrec _ BraZero = showString "< Zero |" > showsPrec n (Bra j) = showString "<" . showsPrec n j . showString "|" > showsPrec n (x :<| k) = showsScalar n x . showsPrec n k > showsPrec n (j :<+ k) = showsPrec n j . showString " + " . showsPrec n k > showsScalar :: (Show t, RealFloat t) => Int -> Complex t -> String -> String > showsScalar n x@(a :+ b) > | b == 0 = showsPrec n a . showString " " > | otherwise = showString "(" .showsPrec n x . showString ") "

8. Data Tuple for tensor productsA state vector of several subsystems is modelled as a ket parametrized by a type variable Tuple, which is similar to ordinary () but is shown differently. Tensor product of several simple states leads to deeply entangled structure, with many parenthesis obstructing readability. What we really want is a simple notation for easy visualization of products of several states, as in:

Ket 1 *> Ket (2, 1) * Ket '+' ==> | 1; (2,1); '+' >See module Momenta for practical example of tensor products of vector spaces.> data Tuple a b = a :* b > deriving (Eq, Ord) > instance (Show a, Show b) => Show (Tuple a b) where > showsPrec n (a :* b) = showsPrec n a . showString "; " . showsPrec n b

9. References

- [1] Jerzy Karczmarczuk, Scientific computation and functional programming, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Caen, France, Jan 20, 1999, http://www.info.unicaen.fr/~karczma/

- [2] Jan Skibinski, Collection of Haskell modules, Numeric Quest Inc., http://www.numeric-quest.com/haskell/"

- [3] Steven Pollock, University of Colorado, Quantum Mechanics, Physics 3220 Fall 97, lecture notes

10. Copyright and license-- -- Copyright: -- -- (C) 2000 Numeric Quest, All rights reserved -- -- Email: jans@numeric-quest.com -- -- http://www.numeric-quest.com -- -- License: -- -- GNU General Public License, GPL --