A complex scalar field that describes a quantum mechanical system. The square of the modulus of the wave function gives the probability of the system to be found in a particular state.

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Conditions to find standing waves harmonics

I came up with a doubt on standing waves conditions. The type of question I find difficult to answer is of the following type. Consider a rope. I do not know if the rope is fixed at both end or at ...
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Situations in which there is path difference interference or formation of standing waves [on hold]

I came up with a doubt about standing waves and path difference in general. Consider these two different cases as examples. If I have a rope fixed at one end and I make the free end oscillating, I ...
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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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How to understand permutations of particles in Quantum Mechanics?

I'm studying identical particles in Quantum Mechanics and I'm having a hard time to understand the idea of permutations of particles from a mathematical standpoint. From one intuitive point of view ...
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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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Applicability of wavefunction matching when Hamiltonian (not just potential) varies

A simple tunnelling calculation can be performed for a potential step by calculating the eigenfunctions for the Hamiltonian on either side of the step and matching the wavefunctions (and using ...
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Show that $(x-iy)g(r)$, $z g(r)$ and $(x+iy)g(r)$ are mutually orthogonal [closed]

I want to show that $$\psi_1(x,y,z) = (x-iy)g(r)$$ $$\psi_2(x,y,z) = \sqrt{2}zg(r)$$ $$\psi_3(x,y,z) = -(x+iy)g(r)$$ where $g(r)$ is an arbitrary function of $r = \sqrt{x^2 + y^2 + z^2}$, are ...
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How can an orbital be recognised from the wavefunction notation?

I am a student and was working up the exercises in my book when I came across a problem that required me to identify the orbital given by $ \psi_{3,2,1}\,.$ What I can work out is that the sub-shell ...
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wave equation in dielectric medium [closed]

Maxwell's equations: $$\nabla \cdot \mathbf{E} = \frac {\rho} {\epsilon}$$ $$\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = - \frac {\partial \mathbf{B}} {\partial t}$$ $$\nabla\cdot \mathbf{B} = 0$$ $$\nabla \times \...
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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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Can a quantum mechanical system have more than one wave-function?

I was told that a quantum mechanical system is completely determined by its wave function. But superposition principle says that given two wave functions of some system, a linear combination of them ...
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Why does a electric Potential have to be real, but not a Potential in quantum mechanics?

So I had this Problem when I had to learn about classical electromagnetism: Why is it, that we use complex numbers when calculating stuff, but in the end only the real part is important (for example ...
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Can a physical wavefunction be non-smooth (its first derivative is discontinuous)?

Here's an argument that might support the statement that such a non-smooth wavefunction is not physical: You cannot add a finite number of smooth functions to get a non-smooth function. By fourier ...
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Energy Conservation in Changing Potential Well

If you prepare a particle in a basis state, $|n\rangle$ of an infinite potential well of length $L$, the energy of that state will be $\langle E\rangle = E_n$, with zero variance. If you then ...
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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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How can we justify identifying the Dirac delta function with the eigenfunction of position? [duplicate]

I can think of at least two different ways to understand eigenfunctions of operators in quantum mechanics. But neither one seems to provide a good explanation for why we take the position-basis ...
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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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Does the Hamiltonian time-evolution operator actually change the state of the system?

According to my understanding of things, the time evolution operator in QM looks something like this, $$U = \exp(-iHt/\hbar)$$ Which acts on the state vector / wave-function of the system to ...
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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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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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Can we write the wave function of the living things? If yes then how? [closed]

In quantum mechanics we studied that everything has a wave function associated with it.My question is can we write down the wave functions of things. Then how we can write down the wave functions of ...
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How can an atom be in an ensemble of energy states?

So I was reading this pdf and in sections 3.2.3 it states theres is an atom with |$\psi_{o}\rangle$ which is a linear combination of two energy eigenstates (a ground |0$\rangle$ and excited state |1$\...
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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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Can someone explain what the wave function is? [duplicate]

I've been doing she research I don't really understand what a wave function is. I used to think it was the de Broglie's wavelength but I've soon found otherwise. Just a simple and clear explanation ...
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Wavefunctions “adapted” to the perturbation ? Relation to Faraday effect

I came accross the following statement in a book: If one wants to switch on a magnetic field, one must first choose the appropriate complex unperturbed wave functions (that are "adapted" to the ...
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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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Schrödinger-Pauli Equation Solutions

The Schrödinger-Pauli equation is the non-relativistic limit of the Dirac equation, and therefore describes spin-1/2 particles in an external electromagnetic field. It is given by: $$\left[\frac{1}{...
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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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Is there one wavefunction per field? [closed]

Is the big picture of quantum field theory that: There are fields (EM, electron, Higgs, gravity, etc.) A field can be described by a wavefunction indicating the probability density of 1 or more '...
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Dirac Equation in RQM (as opposed to QFT) is written in which representation?

In introductory Quantum Mechanics treatments it is common to see the Schrödinger's equation being written, simply as: $$-\dfrac{\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2\Psi(\mathbf{r},t)+V(\mathbf{r})\Psi(\mathbf{r},t)=...
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Eigenstates of position and momentum operators in QM

In Griffiths pages 103-105 "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics" 2nd editiion he states that the eigenfunctions of the position and momentum operators are $$g_y(x) = \delta(x-y)$$ where the eigenvalue ...
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Where does $\hat{P}\psi(x) = -i\hbar \partial_x \psi(x)$ come from?

It's a very basic question, where does the relation $$\hat{P}\psi(x) = -i\hbar \partial_x \psi(x)$$ for any square integrable $\psi(x)$ come into existence? Some texts I found states that the above ...
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Mathematical definition of wavefront in case of non harmonic waves

What is the general mathematical definition of wavefront? Wavefront is the surface where, at fixed time, the phase is constant But for non-harmonic waves we cannot talk about phase as the ...
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What happens when two wavefunctions meet?

Apologies for the over-broad question(s), but I'm having a hard time finding out where to look to answer these myself: If a particle is a wavefunction describing a probability amplitude distributed ...
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Modern interpretation of wave-particle duality

As far as I understand, in the early days of quantum theory there was quite a lot of debate over how to interpret what it meant for a quantum mechanical object to exhibit both wave-like and particle-...
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Does uncertainty exist without consciousness? [closed]

How can uncertainty exist without conscious beings calling something uncertain? When you look at the uncertainty principle, it only makes sense if consciousness collapses, disturbs, interfere's with ...
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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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Behavior of atom's wave packets in a gas

It is my understanding that the wave packet of a free localized particle spreads with time. My question is what is the best description of the particles in a gas inside a closed container: Do they ...
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Overtone Transition Probability

For an anharmonic potential, like the morse potential, higher order transitions (overtone) with $\Delta n=\pm2,\pm3,..$ are allowed. How do I calculate the probability $P$ for such transitions? My ...
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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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What makes the probability distribution of a wavefunction in QM intrinsic? [closed]

I know that the usual interpretation of the wavefunction in QM is that it´s associated with a probability distribution of measurable quantities. Not a deterministic probability (like the probabilities ...
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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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Usage of Complex Numbers in Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

In Griffiths 2nd Edition Quantum Mechanics page 148, it says when describing the eigenfunction to a part of the central potential problem as $$\mathrm e^{i m \phi}$$ "In electrodynamics we would ...
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Finding $\psi(0)$ using Schrodinger equation with potential $U(x) = q\delta(x)$

I am having some trouble answering the following question in my "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" course: Using the integral equation: $$\psi(x) = Ae^{ikx} + Be^{-ikx} - \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}G^{\pm}(...
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3d wave packet form of a free particle

Consider the 3d wave packet of a free particle moving along the x-axis. The wave packet will have components in the y and z dimensions as well as the x dimension. What form do they take? Are they ...
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Interpreting group velocity of free particle wave packet

I am trying to understand the concept of group velocity of a free particle wave packet: $$\Psi(x,t) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \phi(k)e^{ikx}e^{-\frac{i \hbar k^2 t}{2m}}dk.$$ ...