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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Energy of an Electron in a One Dimensional Periodic Potential

First, we consider the time independent Schrodinger equation of the form: $$\bigg(-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2}{dx^2}+u(x) \bigg)\phi_A(x)=E_A\phi_A(x)$$ Where $u(x)$ is a potential created by a ...
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Capacitor with big space of insulation and polymer inside

The capacitor has insulator and it is covered by two conductors from top and bottom. I started to think if this insulation part can be wide like 1 cm big - yes, it can but then permittivity has to be ...
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Doubt in a certain equation of a research paper [closed]

In the following research paper (link provided) , I am not able to figure out how do we get the equation (7) . Please help me out. Also , please recommend the necessary pre requisite text to ...
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Expected value $<\hat{x}>$ of: $\Phi(x,t)=Ne^{-a[(Mx^2/\hbar)+it]}$ is infinite, why?

The problem says: A particle of mass $M$ is described by the wave function: $$\Phi(x,t)=Ne^{-a[(Mx^2/\hbar)+it]}$$ where a is a positive constant. Asked to determine such things as the ...
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Complex Conjugate of Wave Function's Derivative

I am reading Griffiths QM textbook and I got confused by the following identity: How to prove from $$\frac{\partial \Psi}{\partial t} = \frac{i\hbar}{2m} \frac{\partial^2 \Psi}{\partial x^2} - ...
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Determining the Wave Function From Initial Conditions

This is Problem 2.6 (b) in Griffiths, Intro to QM: A particle in an infinite square well has its initial wave function an even mixture of the first two stationary states: $\Psi(x,0) = ...
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The Dirac-Delta function as an initial state for the quantum free particle

I want to ask if it is reasonable that I use the Dirac-Delta function as an intial state ($\Psi (x,0) $) for the free particle wavefunction and interpret it such that I say that the particle is ...
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Can a relativistic quantum particle be completely confined into a finite hole?

If we write the Klein-Gordon equation in this form \begin{equation*} c^2 \hbar^2 \nabla^2 \Psi = \hbar^2 \ddot{\Psi} + 2i\hbar (U - mc^2) \dot{\Psi} + U (2mc^2 - U) \Psi \end{equation*} we have a ...
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Is it true that the Schrödinger equation only applies to spin-1/2 particles?

I recently came across a claim that the Schrödinger equation only describes spin-1/2 particles. Is this true? I realize that the question may be ill-posed as some would consider the general ...
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Relationship between Schrodinger equation and string/membrane

In Sakurai's Modern Quantum Mechanics (2nd ed) p.99, he says We know from the theory of partial differential equations that (time-independent Schrodinger equation) subject to boundary ...
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Electron shells in atoms: What causes them to exist as they do?

I have seen similar posts, but I haven't seen what seems to be a clear and direct answer. Why do only a certain number of electrons occupy each shell? Why are the shells arranged in certain distances ...
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Any help available for Solid State Electronic Devices and Materials? [migrated]

I am teaching and doing research work in Solid State Electronic Devices and Materials, which is a subset of Materials Science & Engineering - a branch of Applied Physics. I want to know if this ...
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(Level: Undergrad) Continuity Conditions on the Wavefunction and Initial Values

I know that a physically meaningful $\Psi$ needs to be continuous. However, recently I came across a problem in which they were considering a wavefunction for the infinite square well potential and ...
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First-order and second-order wave equations, versus the uncertainty principle

In classical physics, we have second-order equations like Newton's laws, so we need to specify both position (zeroth order) and velocity (first order) of a particle as initial conditions, in order to ...
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Writing Schrodinger equation with central potential in Atomic unit

I'm struggling to write Schrodinger equation with a central potential in Atomic unit. $$ ...
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Justification of discrete spectrum for V(x) unbounded at $\pm \infty$ in Pauling and Wilson

In Pauling and Wilson, Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, they offer the following intuitive reason for the discrete spectrum of a potential which is unbounded at $\pm \infty$: This is ...
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Proving that the electronic Schrödinger equation has no closed analytic solutions for >1 electron

It is stated in many books that analytic closed solutions to the time-independent electronic Schrödinger equation, $$\hat{H}\Psi = E\Psi, $$ exist for the one-electron problem (e.g. hydrogen atom, ...
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Is there some quantum potential producing exponential eigenvalues?

Usual central potentials produce quantum spectra with energy levels going as $n$, $n^2$, $n^3$ and so on, being $n$ the quantum number of the orbit. In the other extreme we have "dirac-delta" ...
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Does Heisenberg equation of motion imply the Schrodinger equation for evolution operator?

Let us choose to postulate (e.g. considering the analogy of the Hamiltonian being a generator of time evolution in classical mechanics) $$ i\hbar \frac{d\hat{U}}{dt}=\hat{H}\hat{U}\tag{1} $$ where ...
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Computational package to find the ground state of a particle in 3D domain

I am developing a numerical algorithm to find the ground state of a Hermitian matrix. Obvious applications are quantum many-body systems and particles in various potentials. I am a little stuck with ...
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Solving the Schrödinger equation where the initial wave function is an energy eigenfunction

I was watching Allan Adams' lecture on energy eigenfunctions, and there's one part (around 43 minutes into the lecture) that confuses me. Suppose we have the initial wave function $\Psi (x,0)$ such ...
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What is the energy operator and from where do we get it?

I am trying to learn Quantum mechanics from MIT OCW Videos about quantum mechanics. I have reached the 5th lecture. Please help me in understanding this: In the middle (At 32:08), the professor wrote ...
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Poles for a particle scattered in a delta potential

I am working on problem a professor gave me to get an idea for the research he does, and have hit a point where I'm having a difficult time seeing where I need to go from where I'm at. I would also ...
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Divergent solution in time-dependent Schrödinger equation

if I transform the time-dependent Schrödinger equation without a potential I get: $$ - \hbar \omega \psi(\omega,x) = \frac{- \hbar^2}{2m} \frac{\partial^2 \psi(\omega,x)}{\partial x^2}$$ The ...
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Initial condition for Fourier transformed Schrödinger equation

I asked in this thread Time-dependet Schrödinger equation how to solve the Time-dependent Schrödinger equation. One of JamalS' recommendations was the Fourier transform, which is why I want to quote ...
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Time-dependent Schrödinger equation with $V=V(x,t)$

I was wondering about the following: If you have the time-dependent Schrödinger equation such that $$i \hbar \frac{\partial\psi(x,t)}{\partial t} = - \frac{\hbar^2}{2m} ...
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How is the time independent potential term a solution of Schrodinger equation

Consider a time-independent potential: $V(x)$. Then, it is usually stated that $$ \Psi(x,t)=\rho(x)\exp{\left(-\frac{i}{\hbar}Et\right)} $$ is the general form of a solution of the Schrodinger ...
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Calculating Quantum number from initial conditions

I have solved the particle in a box problem to get energy eigenstates and wave vectors: $$E_{n}=\frac{\hbar^{2} k^2}{2m} ,\hspace{1cm} k_{n}=\frac{\pi n}{L}$$ And now I am trying to figure out how ...
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Particle in a box under harmonic driving

Is the particle in a box under harmonic driving electric field solvable analytically? Here is the Schrodinger equation: $$ i\frac{\partial \psi(x,t)}{\partial t}=\left[-\frac{1}{2} ...
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Quick question on perturbation theory

Suppose we have a particle in an infinite potential well, with $V(x) = 0,\space 0< x < a $ and infinity everywhere else. Now suppose we have a perturbation on the LHS of the well: $V_1(x) = v, ...
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Stabilization of von Neumann equation

Given the solution of the Von Neumann equation $\rho(t) = e^{-i H t/\hbar} \rho(0) e^{i H t/\hbar}$ How can we justify if it will be stabilized as $t\rightarrow\infty$ in general? For example, ...
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Time evolution of states - Is total energy constant or not?

Suppose the state of the particle is given as follows: $$ |\psi_{(t)}\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt2} \left( e^{-\frac{i\omega t}{2}} |0\rangle + e^{-\frac{3i\omega t}{2}} |1\rangle \right) $$ Where the ...
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Quick question on sketching wavefunction in well

Usually for an infinite well, the sketch for n=3 level is this: Now I think if one side of the potential barrier is higher, the particle will be more likely to spend time on the left side than ...
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Why are hydrogen energy levels degenerate in $\ell$ and $m$?

Is there a good physical picture of why the energy levels in a hydrogen atom are independent of the angular momentum quantum number $\ell$ and $m$?
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Nuclear shell model - finite square well

I am trying to make a simplified approximation and solve Schrodinger equation in the finite square well to model the nucleus of Ca (shell nuclear model). The potential is $ V(r) = -V_0$ for ...
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Stationary state of time-independent Schroedinger equation is always real valued function?

I am reflecting on the solution of the time-independent Schroedinger equation. My reasoning is that the stationary state of the time-independent Schroedinger equation must be a real valued function ...
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Time-dependent perturbation - details in derivation

I get confused about two things when deriving the time-dependent perturbative approach. We have the Hamiltonian $$H = H_0 + \lambda H^{(1)}$$ and we have solved (from Schroedinger) $$\dot{C_f(t)} ...
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Two explanations of non-zero atomic radius

I have came across two separate explanations for why atoms have a positive atomic radius (as opposed to electrons "collapsing" into the nucleus). The first is via Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, ...
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Isn't $E-U = K$ in Schrodinger's Equation?

I'm studying quantum mechanics in its most basic level (I don't even know if Physicists call this already quantum mechanics) and I have one doubt in Schrodinger's equation. The book presents the ...
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Numerical solving of 2D and 3D Schrodinger equations

I am studying 2D quantum scattering models for my Bachelor's thesis. Somewhat like these: ,with Dirichlet ($\psi \mid_\Gamma = 0$) boundary conditions on the "walls" of the waveguide and the ...
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Time derivative of the state vector as expressed in abstract Hilbert space vs. as a wavefunction

The Schrodinger equation in Hilbert space is expressed as : $$\frac{\partial}{\partial t} \psi(t) = \frac{-i}{\hbar}H\psi(t). $$ Here $\frac{\partial}{\partial t} \psi(t) \equiv \psi'(t) \equiv\lim ...
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The nature of “hard wall” boundary condition for Schrodinger's equation

For a quantum particle in an one-dimensional infinite well of width $L$, the potential has the formal expression: $$ V(x) = \begin{cases} \infty, & x < 0 \\ 0, & 0 \le x \le L \\ \infty, ...
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An operator on the other side of the Schrödinger equation

A form of the Schrödinger equation is $$ \left[-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m} \nabla^2 + V(\vec{r}, t)\right]\Psi = i\hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t} \Psi $$ The bracketed term is of course the ...
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On use of Hamiltonians for Helium

The Hamiltonian of helium can be expressed as the sum of two hydrogen Hamiltonians and that of the Coulomb interaction of two electrons. $$\hat H = \hat H_1 + \hat H_2 + \hat H_{1,2}.$$ The wave ...
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Is it possible to find the hydrogen atom's radial wavefunctions?

Is there a way to actually find the equation of $R(r)$ without looking at a table with these equations already given? I'm given $n$, $\ell$, and $m$.
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Kronig-Penney model

I am studying the Kronig-Penney model as treated in the book by Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics. In this model one considers a period potential which is zero in the region $[0,a]$ ...
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Question about the Klein Paradox

I am trying to understand some points about the paradox, what I am doing is solving the for the step potential $$ V = V_0 ~\theta(z) $$ I have two solutions $$ \Phi_I = e^{ik_1 z} + r e^{-ik_1 z}$$ ...
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Can the wave function of the hydrogen atom be written as a superposition of plane waves with a single frequency?

The solutions of the Schrödinger equation for a hydrogen atom have definite energy. Does this mean that they could be written as a superposition of plane waves of a single frequency - corresponding to ...
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Extending a solution for $\left(H_\text{osc} + \delta^{(3)}(\vec r) \frac{\partial}{\partial r} r \right) \Psi(\vec r)$ to Gaussian potentials

I am a undergrad and currently trying to understand and use the following paper: Th. Busch u. a. Two Cold Atoms in a Harmonic Trap. 1997. URL: ...
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Boundary conditions: Particle in a ring

Particle in ring is a well-known example where a solution of the Schrodinger equation exists. My question is: In principle we also want that $\psi'(\theta) = \psi'(\theta + 2\pi)$. The thing is that ...