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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How to plot numerically the wave functions according to the Hamiltonian?

It is often difficult to analytically solve the Schrodinger equation, and so we need to obtain a solution numerically. An example plot is shown below. Here, the wave functions for a three junction ...
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Feynman's derivation of the Schrödinger equation

I'm reading the following article: Feynman's derivation of the Schrödinger equation In this article, the autor claims that Feynman derivation of the Schrödinger equation was a key aspect of the ...
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Normalisation of angular wave function: particle in a circular box

For a particle in a circular box (with radius $R$) with zero potential inside the circle and infinitely high potential outside of the circle, the Schrödinger equation in polar coordinates is: $$-\...
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Existence of eigenstates in type III staggered semiconductor heterojunctions?

Two semiconductors are aligned in the type III staggered fashion and sandwiched in between infinite potentials. Can there be an eigenstate across the valence band of one material and the conduction ...
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Protocol for solving time independent Schrodinger equation

Just a short question about the protocol for solving the time-independent Schrodinger equation for different potentials and the reasons for accepting and rejecting solutions. Take for example the ...
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Gauge transformation of vector potential multiplies wavefunction by phase

Consider an electron in an electromagnetic field with scalar and vector potentials $\phi, \mathbf{A}$. Suppose for simplicity that $\mathbf{A}$ is time independent. Suppose also that we know the ...
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What factors relate the number of protons in the nucleons with the number of electrons in the orbitals?

Atoms always want to have a closed shell, because it requires low energy compared to the lattice enthalpy. How does this always match throughout the periodic table between the number of protons and ...
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Purpose of the multidimensional NLSE/GNLSE

I know the purpose of the NLSE (Evolution of a complex field envelope in a nonlinear dispersive medium). Usually I am solving the 1d-GNLSE when simulating the propagation of a light pulse through a ...
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Is there any Hamiltonian that contains time derivative? [duplicate]

Quantum mechanics is governed by Schrodinger's equation: $$\hat{H}\psi=i\hbar\partial_t \psi$$ It seems that Hamiltonian acts on wave functions like a time derivative. Just out of curiosity, is ...
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What is so special about atomic nodes and why do they exist? [duplicate]

Using Schrodinger’s wave equation we see that there are certain nodes, i.e radial nodes where the probability of finding the electron is minimum. These nodes are sometimes very close to the nucleus ...
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Solution for Schrödinger equation for constant box potential?

It is known that in a box potential, when we set $V = 0$ inside and $V = \infty$ on the boundaries, the solution to the equation $$ - \frac{\hbar}{2m} \bigg( \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} + \frac{ \...
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Are negative energy eigenstates orthogonal to plane wave states?

Orthogonality in discrete Hilbert spaces is straightforward - those encountered by typical examples of infinite wells of any type, spin systems etc. Continuous Hilbert spaces are fine too - we ...
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Where does the position operator come from?

In quantum mechanics the momentum and energy operators appear in Schroedinger's equation. In fact in the derivation of Schroedinger's equation from the classical wave equation the momentum operator ...
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Energy conservation and time translations

The time translation is given by a finite unitary transformation $$\hat{U_{\tau}}(\hat{H}) = e^{\big(\frac{i}{\hbar}\tau \bar{H}\big)}.$$ Where $$\hat{U_{\tau}}(\hat{H})|\psi(t) \rangle = |\psi(t-\tau)...
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Finding the velocity of a given wavepacket [closed]

I've been given a wave packet, that is moving from right to left toward a (known) potential, which has in time $t = 0$ has the form: $$ψ(x, t = 0) = Ae^{−c(x−x_0)^2}e^{ik_0x}$$ and I need to ...
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Finding the initial state in the power method for Hamiltonian diagonalization

In section III of the lecture note Chapter 1: Exact Diagonalization, Weimer has described the Power method for Hamiltonian diagonalization. The process requires the choice of an random initial state ...
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Schrödinger's interpretation of his wave function before Born

The below shows some excerpt from Feynman's lecture notes. 21–4 The meaning of the wave function When Schrödinger first discovered his equation he discovered the conservation law of Eq. (21....
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Can Schrödinger Equation be derived from Huygens' Principle?

Notes of Enrico Fermi start from an analogy between mechanics and optics and with 4 pages he derives the Schrödinger equation. In all my courses, I have seen as an axiom - this is how wave-particles ...
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Energy of central potential in QM

A hydrogen atom (Coulomb potential) has energy that only depends on $n$ (if we ignore other effects like spin-orbit coupling). In general (not necessarily Coulomb, can be any V), does $E$ depend on ...
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Schrodinger equation for time-dependent Hamiltonian?

Can I write a Schrodinger equation for time-dependent Hamiltonian like this: $$i\hbar\frac{d}{dt}\psi(t) = H(t)\psi(t)$$ and then perform Euler integration like this: $$\psi(t+\Delta t) = (1-\frac{...
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Wavefunction of electron in 3D infinite well with non-zero potential

Consider an electron moving in a potential $V$ defined by $$V(x,y,z) = \left \{ \begin{array}{ll} \alpha(x^2 + y^2) & 0 \leq z \leq a \\ \infty & \text{otherwise} \end{array} \right. $$ ...
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Schroedinger and Klein-Gordon equation and their complex conjugate

Let's consider the Schroedinger equation \begin{equation} i\hbar\frac{\partial}{\partial t}\psi=-\frac{\hbar}{2m}\nabla^2\psi \end{equation} If I have a wavefunction $\psi$ as a solution, then its ...
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Quantum mechanics: Path integrals vs normal

What are the similarities and differences in the theory for quantum mechanics using path integrals versus the normal method using wave functions?
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Spacetime background of Quantum mechanics [closed]

Why is it said that the Schrodinger equation suggests a fixed, non-dynamical background spacetime, with time as an external parameter? How does this interpretation come about from the Schrodinger ...
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Representing Hamiltonian in discrete position basis

I am trying to numerically find eigenstates of an Hamiltonian. Let $V(x)$ be some potential. Suppose my space is between $-L,L$ and that the allowed positions are every $\Delta x$, such that $\frac{1}{...
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Probability to measure momentum of a certain range (eigenfunctions and such)

At a certain point in time a particle of mass $m$ has the corresponding function (function of $x$) $$\psi(x)=\begin{cases}Nx \exp[-bx]~~&\text{for}& x\geq 0 \\ 0 ~~&\text{for}& x&...
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Eigenstates of 2D harmonic oscillator in a constant magnetic field

I want to find the eigenstates of the 2D harmonic oscillator in a constant magnetic field $\vec B = \vec B(x,y)$. My Hamiltonian reads $H_0 = H_{xy} + H_z$ where $H_{xy}$, is the hamiltonian of the ...
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Is the Schrodinger equation true for any operator? [closed]

I am going to use the notation $\hat{u}$ to refer to the operator version of $u$. For energy, E, and position $\hat{x}$. If we have a closed system and energy does not change over time: $$ E \hat{x} ...
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What is the cause of discrete or quantized energy levels in an atom? [duplicate]

I understand how it is that electrons move from one energy state to another, however I've not been able to find anywhere that describes why an atom has any particular states. Why should an atom of ...
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What is known about the hydrogen atom in $d$ spatial dimensions?

In a first (or second) course on quantum mechanics, everyone learns how to solve the time-independent Schrödinger equation for the energy eigenstates of the hydrogen atom: $$ \left(-\frac{\hbar^2}{2\...
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Propagating a Gaussian wavepacket backwards in time

So, I'm following the MIT OCW lectures on 8.04 quantum mechanics by Prof. Allan Adams. I have the expression for the probability distribution of a gaussian wavepacket for a free particle situation. No ...
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Rate of the increase of width of a Gaussian wavepacket

So, I'm following the MIT OCW lectures on 8.04 quantum mechanics by Prof. Allan Adams. I have the expression for the probability distribution of a gaussian wavepacket for a free particle situation. No ...
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Non-separable solutions of the Schroedinger equation

I'm studying an undergraduate Quantum Mechanics course and I have some doubts about the solution of the Schroedinger equation by the separation of variables method. If we suppose that the solutions ...
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WKB Approximation on an linear + harmonic potential

I have a quick question: I have performed the WKB approximation to find the energies of bound states in symmetric potentials (Square, harmonic, ...). To do this I just find the "turning points" by ...
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Deriving Rabi oscillations using the Heisenberg picture of QM

The semiclassical treatment of an simple two level atom in a resonant electromagnetic field is usually done in the Schrodinger/Interaction picture of QM, by assuming that the wavefunction of the atom ...
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Is the existence of a sole particle in an hypothetical infinite empty space explicitly forbidden by QM?

Suppose the universe is completely empty with one sole particle trapped in it. To simplify, I will only be looking at the one dimensional case. However, all arguments are applicable for three ...
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Can we have $E=0$ in Schrödinger's Equation?

I've read a little bit about zero-energy states, but I just don't get it. I'm just starting to study quantum mechanics and, at least for all the potentials I've seen until now (the most popular ones, ...
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Are there any specific examples of the application of Lewis-Riesenfeld procedure to time dependent Hamiltonians in QM?

Lewis-Riesenfeld invariant theory is a theory applicable to solve time-dependent Schrodinger equations. I have always encountered the theory related to the procedure, however never encountered any ...
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Use Runge Kutta method to solve schrodinger equation

The schrodinger equation in spherical coordinates after seperation of variables as a solution of hydrogen atom is given by $$ \frac{-\hbar^{2}}{2 \ m} \left[ \frac{1}{r^{2}} \frac{d}{dr} \left(r^{2} \...
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Limits used to find non-rel limit of the Klein-Gordon equation

I just have a question regarding assessing the non-relativistic limit of the Klein-Gordon equation. In the book I'm following (Quantum Mechanics by Bransden & Joachain) they use the limits (Chpt. ...
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Matrix representation of the radial Laplace operator isn't symmetric (or hermition as a result)

I'm working with the cylindrical coordinates. I'm using the central difference to convert the radial part of Laplace operator into a matrix. $\nabla^2 u = \frac{\partial ^2u}{\partial r^2}+\frac{1}{r}...
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Confusion of Schrödinger equation and complex conjugates

I have a similar question that was asked in the following link: (Schrödinger's Equation and its complex conjugate). But I find both the question and answers not specific enough. So let me ...
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Relation between probability density and transmission probability of a wavefunction?

Problems I did on current densities in elementary quantum mecanics course gives the answer contains transmission coeffecients, I am wondering is there any relation among them.
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1D Scattering Phase Shift (Finite Well) - Unphysical?

I am calculating the phase shift from a 1-dimensional potential well. This seems extremely simple, but I am just getting so confused by it. Let there be a potential well of depth $V_0$ and spatial ...
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Galilean transformation of Schrodinger equation and momentum operator

Let $$ \left.\begin{aligned} t'&=t\\x'&=x-vt \end{aligned}\right\} \quad \Longrightarrow\quad \dot{x}'=\dot{x}-v $$ and therefore $p'=p-mv$. If $p'=-i\hbar\nabla' $, then $\nabla'=\nabla-iv/\...
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Are $\psi ^{*}(x,t)$ and $\psi(x,-t)$ solutions of the same Schroedinger equation?

I have this question: Let $\psi(x,t)$ solution of the Schroedinger equation for a particle under a potential V(x) independent of time. Are $\psi ^{*}(x,t)$ and $\psi(x,-t)$ solutions of the same ...
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Interpretation of boundary conditions in time-independent Schrödinger equation

The time-independent Schrödinger equation: $$\ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2\psi}{dx^2} + V\psi = E\psi$$ is second order, so we should expect the solution to have two "degrees of freedom" which can ...
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Why can we set the coefficient $c_- = 0$ in the solution of the quantum particle on a ring?

In the quantum particle in a ring problem, the general solution for the wavefunction, with $k = R \sqrt{2 m E / \hbar^2}$, $R$ being the ring radius, $c_{+, -}$ being constants, $E$ the energy, and $m$...
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Allowed Wave Functions of System

Given a single-particle system with Hamiltonian $H$, what constraints can be put on the wave function at a particular point in time $\psi(x)$? Of course $\psi(x)$ must obey boundary conditions given ...
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How to find the minimum value of potential in QM?

In MIT problem sets I followed a solution of an exercise which focuses on odd-parity energy eigenstates in finite square well. The point of problem is how to know or find the minimal value of ...