# PlanetPhysics/Hamiltonian Operator 3

**Definition 0.1**
The {Hamiltonian operator} **H** introduced in quantum mechanics (QM) by Schr\"odinger (and thus sometimes also called the *Schr\"odinger operator*) on the Hilbert space **Failed to parse (unknown function "\Rset"): {\displaystyle L^2(\Rset^n)}**
is given by the action:

Failed to parse (unknown function "\Rset"): {\displaystyle \psi \mapsto [-\nabla^2 +V(x)]\psi, \quad\psi\in L^2(\Rset^n), }

The operator defined above , for a potential function specified as the real-valued function **Failed to parse (unknown function "\Rset"): {\displaystyle V\colon \Rset^n \to \Rset}**
is called the *Hamiltonian operator* , **H** , and only very rarely the *Schr\"odinger operator* .

### Schr\"odinger formulation of QMEdit

The energy conservation (quantum) law written with the operator **H** as the
Schr\"odinger equation is fundamental in quantum mechanics and is perhaps the most utilized, mathematical computation device in quantum mechanics of systems with a finite number of degrees of freedom. There is also, however, the alternative approach in the Heisenberg picture, or formulation, in which the observable and other operators are time-dependent whereas the state vectors are time-independent, which reverses the time dependences betwen operators and state vectors from the more popular Schr\"odinger formulation. Other formulations of quantum theories occur in
quantum field theories (QFT), such as QED (quantum electrodynamics) and QCD (quantum chromodynamics).

### Heisenberg formulation of QMEdit

Although the two formulations, or pictures, are unitarily (or mathematically) equivalent, however, sometimes the claim is made that the Heisenberg picture is "more natural and fundamental than the Schr\"odinger" formulation because the Lorentz invariance from general relativity is also encountered in the Heisenberg picture, and also because there is a `correspondence' between the commutator of an observable operator with the Hamiltonian operator, and the Poisson bracket formulation of classical mechanics. If the state vector , or does not change with time as in the Heisenberg picture, then the `equation of motion' of a (quantum) observable operator is :