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Partial differential equation which describes the time evolution of the wavefunction of a quantum system. It is one of the first and most fundamental equations of quantum mechanics.

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Interpretation of the Random Schrödinger Equation

I should preface this by admitting that my physics background is rather weak so I beg you to keep that in mind in your responses. I work in mathematics (specifically probability theory) and a paper ...
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Examples of exact many-body ground state wavefunction

Is there any non-trivial many-body system for which the exact solution to Schrödinger's equation is known? (By non-trivial, I mean a system with particle-particle interactions.) Perhaps something like ...
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Classical limit of a quantum system

If we have a one dimensional system where the potential $$V~=~\begin{cases}\infty & |x|\geq d, \\ a\delta(x) &|x|<d, \end{cases}$$ where $a,d >0$ are positive constants, what then is ...
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Hydrogen radial wave function infinity at r=0

When trying to solve the Schrödinger equation for hydrogen, one usually splits up the wave function into two parts: $\psi(r,\phi,\theta)= R(r)Y_{l,m}(\phi,\theta)$ I understand that the radial part ...
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solution of schrodinger equation - infinite solutions?

In Griffiths's introductory quantum mechanics book, it states that if $\Psi (x,t)$ is a solution to the Schrodinger's equation, then $A\Psi (x,t)$ must also be a solution, where A is any complex ...
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The eigenvalue of Schrodinger Equation

I'm a student majoring in Mathematics.But now I'm studying the KDV equation which uses Schrodinger Equation. My question is that in time-independent Schrodinger ...
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Calculating Ground State Energy in 1D Potential

Given potential $V(x) = Asec(x)$ for $x > 0$. I want to calculate the ground-state energy $E_0$ via the Schrödinger equation. I'm completely stuck on this one. I've set up the time-independent ...
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Superposition of wavefunctions

Suppose you have 2 normalized wavefunctions $\psi_1=Ne^{iax}e^{if(x)}e^{i\omega t}$ and $\psi_2=Ne^{-iax}e^{if(x)}e^{i\omega t}$ defined on $x\in [-x_0,x_0]$ and vanishes for $|x|>x_0$. What then ...
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I found a problem that says: Show by direct substitution that $R_{10}$ is a solution of Schrödinger's radial equation. AFAIK Schrödinger's radial equation is ...
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Nonlinear dynamics beneath quantum mechanics?

Yesterday I asked whether the Schroedinger Equation could possibly be nonlinear, after reviewing the answers and material given to me in that thread I feel like my question were adequately answered. ...
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Degeneracies of the first excited state

I have a box with $x,y,z$ all ranging from 0 to $l$. It has $V(x)$=0 inside and =$\infty$ outside. By extending the 1D Schrodinger equation, I have that the allowed energy eigenvalues are ...
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Projection of states after measurement

Continuing from the my previous 2-state system problem, I am told that the observable corresponding to the linear operator $\hat{L}$ is measured and we get the +1 state. Then it asks for the ...
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Two-state system problem

Given a 2-state system with (complete set) orthonormal eigenstates $u_1, u_2$ with eigenvalues $E_1, E_2$ respectively, where $E_2>E_1$, and there exists a linear operator $\hat{L}$ with ...
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Infinite square well

1. Given that for an infinite square well problem, $\psi(x,0)=\frac{6}{a^3}x(a-x)$, I can show by Fourier transform that the probability of measuring $E_n$  for $n$ even is 0. But is there a physical ...
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Eigenfunctions v.s. eigenstates

Is there a difference between "eigenfunction" and "eigenstate"? They seem to be used interchangeably in texts, which is confusing. My guess is that an "eigenfunction" has an explicit ...
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Inspecting the form of a wavefunction

Just a quick check: If given a time-independent wavefunction of the form $$\psi(x) = e^{ikx}f(x)$$, where $f(x)$ any arbitrary function of $x$ but one can't factor out another $e^{i\alpha x}$, ...
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On numerically solving the Schrödinger equation

I just read a paper 'A pocket calculator determination of energy eigenvalues' by J Killingbeck (1979). Link: http://iopscience.iop.org/0305-4470/10/6/001 I have some questions about section 2. Why ...
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Why can we treat quantum scattering problems as time-independent?

From what I remember in my undergraduate quantum mechanics class, we treated scattering of non-relativistic particles from a static potential like this: Solve the time-independent Schrodinger ...