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### Time evolution of a quantum state

I have another point in QM that I would like clarified. Suppose $$\{|n\rangle\}$$ is a set of eigenstates of both the Hamiltonian $H$ and another operator $\hat O$ corresponding to an observable also. ...
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### Differential equation (Greens function) satisfied by the kernel using path integrals

I'm reading Feynman and Hibbs, Quantum Mechanics and Path Integrals. How do I show that the kernel $$\tag{2-25} K(x_2 t_2;x_1 t_1)=\int e^{\frac{i}{\hbar}S[2,1]}\mathcal{D}x$$ satisfies the ...
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### What values should the solved time-independent Schrodinger equation return? [closed]

I'm doing a project on Schrodinger's equation for my differential equations class. We solved the time independent function, and now we want to provide some examples of applying the equation by solving ...
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### Periodic boundary condition on a Wave Function of a Particle in a Box

Until now solving the Schrodinger Equation for a particle in a box was relatively easy because the boundaries conditions imposed zero value on the wave function at the boundaries. But now I must find ...
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### Change of basis in non-linear Schrodinger equation

At the mean-field level, the dynamics of a polariton condensate can be described by a type of nonlinear Schrodinger equation (Gross-Pitaevskii-type), for a classical (complex-number) wavefunction ...
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### Do we always ignore zero energy solutions to the (one dimensional) Schrödinger equation?

When we solve the Schrödinger equation on an infinite domain with a given potential $U$, much of the time the lowest possible energy for a solution corresponds to a non-zero energy. For example, for ...
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### Time Dependent HydroHow would I go about writing the time dependent wave function given the wavefunction at $t=0$? gen Wave Function

1) How vwoulHow would I go about writing the time dependent wave function given the wavefunction at $t=0$? go about writing the time dependent wave function given the wavefunction at $t=0$? ...
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### How do I determine the location of a free particle with Schrödinger's equation?

I'm trying to get to grips with the Schrödinger equation by looking at a free particle. I'm certain at some point I massively misunderstood something. According to a textbook and a lecture the free ...
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### Schrödinger equation for a harmonic oscillator

I have came across this equation for quantum harmonic oscillator $$W \psi = - \frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2\psi}{dx^2} + \frac{1}{2} m \omega^2 x^2 \psi$$ which is often remodelled by defining a new ...
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### When does the time independent Schrödinger equation have a physical solution?

In some cases, such as finite and infinite square wells, the Hamiltonian has energy eigenstates which correspond to physical wavefunctions. In other cases, such as a one dimensional universe with ...
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### Tunneling and transmission

Lets say we have a tunelling problem in the picture, where $W_p$ is a finite potential step: If particle is comming from the left a general solutions to the Schrödinger equations for sepparate ...
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### Why must the angular part of the Schrodinger Equation be an eigenfunction of L^2?

I was reading about the solution to the Schrodinger Equation in spherical coordinates with a radially symmetric potential, $V(r)$, and the book split the wavefunction into two parts: an angular part ...
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### The Klein–Gordon equation

As we know that the Schrödinger equation presents basis of Quantum Mechanics and analogy with Newton second law in Classical Mechanics, I thought that relativistic interpretation of Schrödinger ...
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### Potential step and its transmission / reflection

Lets say we have a potential step with regions 1 with zero potential $W_p\!=\!0$ (this is a free particle) and region 2 with potential $W_p$. Wave functions in this case are: \begin{align} ...
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### Why the hydrogen radial wave function is real?

Why the hydrogen radial wave function is real? Is it a coincidence?
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### How does a state in quantum mechanics evolve?

I have a question about the time evolution of a state in quantum mechanics. The time-dependent Schrodinger equation is given as $$i\hbar\frac{d}{dt}|\psi(t)\rangle = H|\psi(t)\rangle$$ I am ...
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### Wave equations for two intervals at Potential step

Lets say we have a potential step as in the picture: In the region I there is a free particle with a wavefunction $\psi_I$ while in the region II the wave function will be $\psi_{II}$. Let me ...
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### Energies and numbers of bound states in finite potential well

Hello I understand how to approach finite potential well (I learned a lot in my other topic here). However i am disturbed by equation which describes number of states $N$ for a finite potential well ( ...
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### Plotting $\psi$ for finite square well potential

Lets say we have a finite square potential well like below: This well has a $\psi$ which we can combine with $\psi_I$, $\psi_{II}$ and $\psi_{III}$. I have been playing around and got expressions ...
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### Solving the 1-D Schrodinger equation for a free particle: Confused about 2 possible general solutions

I am following Griffiths' Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, as well as an online lecture that follows a different book, and both sources give different equations for the general solution of the 1-D ...
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### Solving the time independent Schrodinger equation: Does a complex solution make sense?

In my notes, I have the Time Independent Schrodinger equation for a free particle $$\frac{\partial^2 \psi}{\partial x^2}+\frac{p^2}{\hbar^2}\psi=0\tag1$$ The solution to this is given, in my notes, ...
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### Particle in infinite potential well which is doubled in size at $t_0$

I am currently studying for an exam in Quantum Mechanics and came across a solution to a problem I have trouble with understanding. The Problem: A Particle sits in an infinite potential well ...
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### Proving One-dimensional Wave with Classic Expression [closed]

A general form of a one-dimensional wave is ψ(x) = sin kx where k is a constant. Show that this function is a solution to the classical expression ((d^2 ψ(x))/ dx^2)= -((2pi)/lambda)^2 ψ(x) What is ...
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### Hydrogen atom in quantum mechanics

I have problems following the calculations in Griffiths' Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Chapter 4.2.1): If you apply the Schrödinger equation to the Coulomb potential you get the following ...
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### Is this interpretation of $\psi=\frac{1}{\sqrt{\pi a^{3}}}e^{-r/a}$ correct?

Apologies if this is stating the obvious, but I'm a non-physicist trying to understand Griffiths' discussion of the hydrogen atom in chapter 4 of Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. The wave equation ...
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### exponential potential $\exp(|x|)$

For $a$ being positive what are the quantization conditions for an exponential potential? $$- \frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}y(x)+ ae^{|x|}y(x)=E_{n}y(x)$$ with boundary conditions $$y(0)=0=y(\infty)$$ I ...
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### Calculating the error by a small change of the potential in Schrodinger equation

In $\mathbb{R}^3$, consider the time-dependent (non-rel) Schrodinger equation with the potential energy $V(\mathbb{x})$. When a small change(e.g., just a small constant $\delta>0$) of V(x) is ...
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### Schrodinger's equation (explanation to non physicist)

For a report I'm writing on Quantum Computing, I'm interested in understanding a little about this famous equation. I'm an undergraduate student of math, so I can bear some formalism in the ...
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### Does a particle in a spherically symmetric infinite square well potential exert a force on the inner and outer shell barrier?

For a particle in the potential: $$V(r) = \begin{cases} 0 & \text{a < r < b}\\ \infty & \text{otherwise.} \end{cases}$$ Does this guy in the ground-state exert a force on the shells a ...
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### Two expressions for expectation value of energy

I was looking up expectation value of energy for a free particle on the following webpage: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/quantum/expect.html It says that $E=\frac{p^2}{2m}$ and ...
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### Temporal part of Quantum Wavefunction

I was hoping that someone could give me the more fundamental reason that we take as the temporal part of a quantum wavefunction the function $e^{-i\omega t}$ and not $e^{+i\omega t}$? Clearly ...
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### What does the general solution of the Schrodinger equation represent for the particle in a box problem?

For the particle in an infinitely deep potential well, I have an intuitive picture of the separable solutions of the Schrodinger equation as being the wavefunctions for the different allowed energy ...
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### Schrödinger operator with a potential defined implicitly

let be the problem $$-\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}y(x)+f(x)y(x)=E_{n}y(x)$$ however we have a problem, we do not know the potential but its inverse $$f^{-1}(x)=g(x)$$ we know $g(x)$ but not $f(x)$ ...
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### Meaning of instantaneous probability densities in time dependent wavefunctions

For a time dependent wavefunction, are the instantaneous probability densities meaningful? (The question applies for instances or more generally short lengths of time that are not multiples of the ...