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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Help needed to understand “On the reality of the quantum state”

I am having trouble to understand the reasoning in the following paper, On the reality of the quantum state. MF Pusey, J Barret and T Rudolph. Nature Phys. 8, 475–478 (2012); arXiv:1111.3328. ...
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Deriving Wave Function for Scattering States with Delta-Function Potential

I am following the Griffiths Book on Quantum Mechanics, and am following the derivation for the wave function for Delta-Function Potentials. $$V(x) = -\alpha \delta(x)$$ In the scattering states, ...
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How can I solve this quantum mechanical “paradox”?

Let a (free) particle move in $[0,a]$ with cyclic boundary condition $\psi(0)=\psi(a)$. The solution of the Schrödinger-equation can be put in the form of a plane wave. In this state the standard ...
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Single quantum particle in beam splitter, with different systems located in each channel

Suppose a quantum mechanical particle enters a beam-splitter, which sends its wave packets into two mutually orthogonal channels, $C_a$ and $C_b$. Suppose that $C_a$ also contains System A, with ...
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Is there a “natural” way to interpolate between a set of bound state wave functions?

Consider for example the Coulomb potential, $-Z/r$, for which there exist a set of bound states with energy $\epsilon_n := {-Z^2 \over 2 n^2}$ (in Hartree). If I want the "wavefunctions" for some ...
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How can energy be negative in a finite square well?

Say if the potential $V(x) < 0$ in the well but the sides or the scattered states its zero potential, anyways How is that the energy in the well is less than zero? Is it because the potential ...
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Notation of complex valued atomic orbitals

Atomic orbitals are usually labeled $1s$, $2p_x$, $2p_x$, $2p_z$ and so on. These wave functions are defined to be real valued. The original wave functions are complex valued. The $2p_x$ orbital is ...
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Expectation value of the Hamiltonian [closed]

How to calculate expectation value of the Hamiltonian for hydrogen atom? $$\langle H \rangle_{\alpha l} \equiv \frac{\langle \psi_{\alpha l m}|H(r)| \psi_{\alpha l m}\rangle} {\langle \psi_{\alpha l ...
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How to rewrite a wave function in terms of spheical harmonics

I'm given a wave function for a particle, in three variables (spherical coordinates): $ψ=ψ(r, θ, φ) = re^{-r/a}sin(θ)sin(φ)$. I'm tasked with rewriting $ψ$ in terms of spherical harmonics which are ...
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What's the microscopic and macroscopic effect of wavefunction dispersion?

In Quantum Mechanics (Merzbacher 2nd ed.), problem 2.1 asks us to derive the time evolution of a one-dimensional Gaussian wavefunction (formula given for $t=0$), assuming the velocity is in the $+x$ ...
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Energy of hydrogen atom - Schrodinger equation [closed]

The wavefunction of the electron in the hydrogen atom is $ k* exp(-r/a)$ (k is the normalization constant), but it does not take n into account, whereas the solution of Schrödinger's equation ...
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Clarification about two forms of the wave function

The wave function in the position representation is $\langle\ x\rvert\psi\rangle$ = $ \psi (x) $ , where $ \psi (x) $ are the continuous coefficients that multiply the orthonormal basis vectors, i.e, ...
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How to calculate the frequency of oscillation of superposition states [closed]

Been working on this question for a while and I'm not sure how to go about it. Could someone point me in the right direction, particularly for the frequency question. The question is as follows: A ...
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Why wavefunction is sometimes multiplied by the radius to get probability density?

When solving 1d particle in a box, the probability density is said to be proportional to $|\psi|$, but when solving 3d orbitals, the probability density is said to be proportional to $|\psi|^2 r^2$. ...
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Two fermions with total spin 1 antisymmetric wave function? [closed]

How can I prove, that two fermions with a total spin of 1 must have an antisymmetric wave function?
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Can we measure the energy of one of several identical particles?

Suppose we have a many-particle system described via a many-particle wavefunction that involves single-particle states $\lvert\lambda_{a}\rangle$, $\lvert\lambda_{b}\rangle$, ...
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Wave packets in Dirac equation

Gaussian wave packets remain Gaussians after evolution in case of the Schrodinger equation. It is a very useful property of these wave packets. I don't think the same is true for a Gaussian wave ...
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Derivation of group velocity using Fourier transform

The aim is to determine the group velocity of a wave packet with the general form $$\Psi\left(x,t\right)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \phi\left(x\right)e^{i\left(kx-\omega ...
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Why can a free particle not exists in a stationary state? [duplicate]

In normalising the complete wavefunction of a free partcile; $V(x)=0$ we arrive at $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\Psi_{k} ^\dagger\Psi_{k}dx=|A|^{2}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}dx=|A|^{2}\left(\infty\right)$ ...
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For a quantum free particle, would it be possible to relate the wavefunction $a_E(E)$ in energy basis and $a_p(p)$ in momentum basis?

The energy for a free particle has continuous energy eigenvalues $E$. Let $u(E,x)$ be its energy eigenstates in position basis. Its wavefunction $\psi(x,t)$ can be expressed as \begin{align} ...
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How can we fix the constant of the energy eigenstates of a quantum free particle such that they satisfy the orthonormality condition?

For a quantum free particle, the momentum and energy eigenstates are compatible. The constants of the momentum eigenstates are fixed by their orthonormality. Similarly, how can we fix the constant for ...
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Tricky particle in an infinite potential well question

For a particle in an infinite square-well potential in an energy eigenstate, the probability distribution relating to outcomes of position measurements vanishes outside the square well and takes a ...
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In quantum descriptions of atoms why are observables (which we derive from the wave function) attributed to electrons?

For example the orbital angular momentum, for the hydrogen atom. Is this the total angular momentum of the atom(electron and proton) or just the electron? I am asking because, I am learning about how ...
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Complex conjugate of hydrogen ground state wave function [closed]

For hydrogen atom ground state we know . I want to know the complex conjugate of .
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Find the eigen state of angular momentum for a trial wave function [closed]

If I have a simple trial wave function like this, $$\psi(r_x,r_y,r_z)=\exp(-v_1(r_x^2+r_y^2)-v_2r_z^2)$$ Can you tell me the detials for how to get the eigen state for $J=0$ for this wave function ...
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Physical interpretation of the constant coefficient appearing in solution to the Schrodinger equation

The product solution to the Schrodinger's equation is $$\Psi_{n} \left ( x,t \right )=\psi\left ( x \right )\phi\left ( t \right )$$ By superposition, the solution becomes $$\Psi \left ( x,t ...
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Quantum Backaction Question

Question about quantum back action in hypothetical scenario: We know that, at $t_0$, a certain kind of particle, with spin initially prepared to be “spin right” in the x basis, goes through a ...
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Propagation of momentum space wave function in linear potential [closed]

Under linear potential which denoted as $$V(x)=-Fx$$ Momentum space eigenket at time $t=0$ and some time $t$ has a relationship of $$\phi(p,t) = \mathrm{exp}\left[\frac{(p-Ft)^3-p^3}{6m\hbar ...
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Infinite square well physical interpretation

In quantum mechanics, the description of the infinite square well is given with the potential energy defined as $$V(x) = \begin{cases} 0 & \text{if } 0 \leq x \leq a,\\ \infty & ...
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Finite two-dimensional potential square well [closed]

I'm trying to solve the Schrodinger equation $$ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2 \psi+V(x,y)\psi(x,y)=E\psi(x,y) \tag{1}$$ for the finite two dimensional potential square well, that is, where ...
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Probability of measuring an observable $P$ in state $f$, computation [duplicate]

I have state vector $$f(x)=e^{-|x|+ix}$$ and observable $$P=-i\frac {d} {dx} $$ probability that measurement of $P$ in state $f$ will be in $[-1,1]$ I am stuck on this step. I dont know how to take ...
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Energy Expectation Value

I had an assignment question in which I was asked to calculate the expectation value of energy, $\langle E\rangle (t),$ and in the solution to it, the following was stated: \begin{align*} \langle ...
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Transmission and reflection amplitudes for delta potential Schrodinger equation

I hope this question is not too straightforward for this Q&A site. I have been reading a set of notes in which the transmission and reflection amplitudes for the delta potential Schrodinger ...
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Why is the wave function an element of the function space? [closed]

The general wave function is of the form $$\Psi \left ( x,y,z,t \right )=\psi \left ( x,y,z \right )T\left ( t \right )$$ Solving via separation of variables and finding the product solutions ...
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How is it possible to pull out derivatives of a wavefunction?

In an early derivation, the following equation was stated: $$\frac\partial{\partial t}\lvert\psi\rvert^2 = \frac{i\hbar}{2m}\biggl(\psi^*\frac{\partial^2\psi}{\partial x^2} - ...
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Is there a reason why probability density is written as $\psi^*\psi$ instead of $\psi\psi^*$?

As the title states, I see $|\psi|^2$ written as $\psi^*\psi$ instead of $\psi\psi^*$. Are both correct or is there a reason behind it? As far as I'm aware, the only time I see this sort of ordering ...
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Ground state of a particle in a ring - angular momentum is 0, but it is 'rotating' anyway?

Particle in 1D ring is a textbook problem, but there is one thing I don't understand - if the ground state is considered to have zero angular momentum, then its energy is also zero. And the ...
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Do wave functions really belong to $L^2$ space, or do we need to restrict our physical Hilbert space even further?

I am beginning to study quantum mechanics and I got stuck right at the beginning. I am trying to prove that the time derivative of the expected value of momentum of a particle is the (negative) ...
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How do we find the number of bounded states in this potential?

for the potential $$V(x)=-\frac{1}{1+\frac{x^2}{m^2}}$$ we can approximate the wave function and bounded state accurately for $x << m$ as simple harmonic oscillator, so what are we gonna do if ...
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Guess the wave function in a given potential

Are there any techniques in guessing the ground state wave function in any given potential? For example, for a given potential like $$ \frac{1}{1-x^2}$$ or $$ \frac{1}{1-x^3}~?$$ I know wave ...
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Analogy to Fourier transform in spherical coordinates with boundary at a certain radius

Suppose, we have a wavefuction $\phi(\vec{x})$ which is restricted in a sphere, with the spherical boundary condtion $$\phi(\vec{x}=R)=\phi_0.$$ How can I do the 'Fourier transformation' as the case ...
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Measurement of energy apparently violating the position-momentum Uncertainty Principle in a potential that does not depend on distance?

I am taking a beginning course in QM and I have learnt that the measurement of energy collapses the wavefunction of a particle to one of its energy eigenstates. But some misconceptions regarding this ...
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Normalisation of free particle wavefunction

The wavefunction $\Psi(x,t)$ for a free particle is given by $$\Psi(x,t) = A e^{i(kx-\frac{\hbar k}{2m}t)}$$ This wavefunction is non-normalisable. Does this mean that free particles do not exist in ...
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Additional quantum states of the infinite square well

The quantum states $\psi(x)$ of the infinite square well of width $a$ are given by $$\psi(x) = \sqrt{\frac{2}{a}}\sin\Big(\frac{n \pi x}{a}\Big),\ n= 1,2,3, \dots$$ Now, I understand $n \neq 0$, as ...
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Difference for boundary condition, particle in a box

When solving the simple problem of a free particle in a box of volume $V = L^3$, we can impose either periodic boundary conditions $\psi(0) = \psi(L)$ and $\psi '(0)= \psi'(L)$ either strict boundary ...
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Modern explanation of the Young experiment with Quantum Field Theory?

In the Young double slit experiment it is possible to detect the arrival of individual photons as well as an interference pattern. It doesn't makes much sense to me that something could be either a ...
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Bound states of Dirac Delta function in infinite well

If there is a potential of $-\alpha\delta(x)$ for $-a<x<a$ and $\infty$ elsewhere, and the energy of the system is less than 0, then I'm trying to find the wave function. From the Schrodinger ...
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How come an electron's wave function being nonzero at far distances doesn't mean it can travel faster than light? [duplicate]

I think the wave function of a free electron is nonzero almost everywhere. In particular there are regions of space arbitrarily far away where the electron has positive probability of being found. If ...
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What happens to the wave function of a particle immediately after measuring its energy?

For this question, I will be adhering to the Copenhagen interpretation (since that's what I've learned in university so far). For the sake of brevity/clarity, also, assume the Hamiltonian here has ...
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Antisymmetry requirement for the total wavefunction

My understanding is that if we are dealing with a system of two electrons, the total wavefunction needs to be antisymmetric only when the two electrons have same value of n and l ( i.e. they are ...