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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Photograph of Light as Wave and Particle

what is this? actually its the first photo of light as wave and a particle. The bottom "slice" of the image shows the particles, while the top image shows light as a wave. i have questions 1.how ...
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Physical reason why the derivative of a wavefunction has to be continuous?

Question What is the physical reason (i.e. without any maths) that the derivative of a wavefunction (except with infinite potentials) has to be continuous? Other info I know that in the classical ...
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Why does the magnitude squared of the wave function give us the probability density? [duplicate]

My question doesn't go much beyond the title: Why does $$\left | \psi \left ( x,t \right ) \right |^{2}$$ give us the probability density of something appearing at a certain location? I understand ...
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Do bras and kets have dimensions?

I'm trying to understand more intuitively what bras and kets are, but some aspects of them remain a mystery to me. We usually think of $\psi (x)$ as having dimension of $[1/\sqrt{L}]$ so that ...
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Plane wave conditions

Which conditions have to be fulfilled in order to approximate a light beam by a plane wave (i.e. $\phi(x)\approx \phi(0)e^{ikx}$)? I am looking for both mathematical and experimental conditions. At ...
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Potential step and exponential decay?

Let us say we have a wave going from a region ($x<0$) where the potential is $U_1$ to a region ($x>0$) where the potential is $U_2$. The wave function in the second region takes the form: ...
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Finding the average energy from the superposition of state?

If I have two energy eigenstates $\psi_1(x)$ and $\psi_2(x)$ (corresponding to energy $E_1$ and $E_2$ respectively) and we prepare a particle in the superposition of both such that it is described by ...
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How to guarantee square integrable solutions to time-independent Schrödinger's equation?

Given the time-independent Schrödinger’s equation in one dimension $$H\psi = E\psi$$ what restrictions can we place on V(x) (inside the hamiltonian) and E to guarantee that the solutions won't have ...
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Quantum Physics - Step Potential? Don't understand it and how it relates to debroglie wavelength

Ok so I posted a question in the wrong format so it got closed, I hope this one is formatted better. I have a revision question that gives me the total energy of the electron, it then states that the ...
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Boundary conditions of the radial Schrodinger equation

Consider the radial differential equation $$\bigg( - \frac{d^2}{dr^2} + \frac{(\ell+\frac{d-3}{2})(\ell+\frac{d-1}{2})}{r^2} + V(r) + m^2 \bigg) \phi_\ell (r) = \lambda\ \phi_\ell (r),$$ which I've ...
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What's the correct link between Dirac notation and wave mechanics integrals?

In wave mechanics when we compute the expectation value of energy we write the following $$\left<\hat{H}\right>=\int_{-\infty}^\infty\mathrm{d}x\ ...
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Quantum Physics - What is the probability of it being in specific state (Stuck on question) [closed]

The normalised wavefunction for an electron in an infinite 1D potential well of length 65 pm can be written: $$\psi=(0.038 \psi_{n=1})+(-0.227\ i \psi_{n=10})+(g \psi_{n=5}).$$ If the state is ...
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Normalizing a wave function in a mixed well

So I got this potential and want to solve for the even wavefunctions http://imgur.com/GKAy4nD Since it's symmetric around the origin I need only to look at the interval [0,b] and solve for the ...
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Orbital angular momentum of electrons

In a QM class, to study the hydrogen atom, we started by defining the Hamiltonian $H$ for a central potential, then made an orbital angular momentum operator appear as part of $H$, then down the line ...
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Periodic Boundary Conditions in 2D Box [duplicate]

In a 2D box with both dimensions of $L$, the electron can move freely within this large box. Use periodic boundary condition, and find the wavefunctions and corresponding energies in this 2D box. I'm ...
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Scintillation from wave function

Suppose we have a system with a (non-relativistic) electron whose state is described by a time-dependent wave function $\psi(x,t)$. Then I think it's correct to say that if we introduce a phosphor ...
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Question about group velocity and travelling waves

I'm trying to learn some basic quantum mechanics and I have a question related to group velocity of a travelling wave. I know there are already a few questions related to group velocity, but I ...
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Questions about the formalism of Quantum Mechanics

I have to do a presentation on this. I'm not expected to do something really detailed, but I'm not understanding the mathematical formalism. I would like to receive general answers to these questions: ...
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What state does the particle in a box occupy?

My textbook derives the equations for the different energy states $E_n$ of the particle in a box. But my professor in class said this example was a good one because it spoke about the "superposition ...
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What is the meaning of “ Ψ is not a measurable quantity in itself”?

I want to know that why the wavefunction Ψ as a complex quantity (i.e $A+iB$ form) in quantum mechanics and somewhere I have studied that Ψ is not a measurable quantity in itself that's why we ...
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Is the Singlet state for Helium with 2 electrons symmetric rather than anti-symmetric as is meant to be for fermions?

I'm looking at two-electron Helium atoms where one electron is in the ground state (due to if it were in other states, it's de-excitation would simply lead to the ionization of the electron). The ...
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The meaning of the phase in the wave function

I have just started studying QM and I got into some trouble understanding something: Let's say there is a wave function of a particle in a 1D box ($0\leq x\leq a$): $$\psi(x,t=0) = ...
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Why is the position space free particle wavefunction a function of momentum?

This is one of those little things that has always confused me. If someone said to you "in quantum mechanics, the eigenfunctions of a free particle are $\exp(ipx/\hbar)$" how would you know that ...
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Normalizing 3-Dimensional Wave Function [closed]

How do you normalize a wave function in three dimensions with spherical coordinates?
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Free particle scattering in 2D using polar coordinates

The free particle hamiltonian commutes with the angular momentum operator L and Lz, so we can use a spherical wave basis instead of the regular plane-wave basis |k>, using spherical Bessel function ...
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Understanding the behavior of light/photons inside a Laser

I am trying to establish a model inside my head of how light behaves but find it hard with all the seemingly contradicting information. For example, electrons inside a Laser are raised to a higher ...
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What the wave function looks of a particle in the infinite square well looks like after collapse for measurements of position and energy

Consider a particle in a the infinite square well from x=0 to x=L. At t=to, I make a measurement of position and get x=L/2. What is the resulting wave function at t=to? My understanding, from reading, ...
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Normalisation of a wavefunction [closed]

If the system if found in the state: $$\psi=\sqrt{\frac{1}{2\pi}}(\frac1{\sqrt3}e^{-i3\phi}+ce^{-i4\phi})$$ what value of $c$ normalizes the wavefunction? Clearly: $$\int_0^{2\pi}\psi^*\psi ...
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Probability of finding particle in infinite square well, displaced walls

Initially a quantum particle moves in a one-dimensional well ($x$-axis) from $-a$ to $ a$, $ V = \infty $ outside and $ V = 0 $ inside the well. So initially, the wave-function $$ \psi_0 = ...
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How to separate k into real and imaginary parts?

In $k^2 - \frac{\omega^2}{c_o^2} + (\tau_{\alpha} i \omega)^{\alpha} k^2 = 0$, $k$ is the wavenumber, $\omega$ is angular frequency, others are constants. How can I separate the wavenumber $k$ into ...
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Importance of bound states

While solving a potential well problem we get scattering states and bound states (if exist). Number of the bound states we get depends on the potential profile. What I want to ask is, what is the ...
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Quantum Mechanics Notation

Generally we have that $$|\psi\rangle=\int_{all space} \psi(\mathbf x)|\mathbf x\rangle d^3\mathbf x$$ and therefore $\psi(\mathbf x)=\langle\mathbf x|\psi\rangle$. When discussing the mutual ...
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Has anyone published the procedure to generalize ladder operators for any potential in Schrodinger's equation?

I know that the ladder operator for the quantum harmonic oscillator \begin{align} H\psi_m = \left(\dfrac{p^2}{2m}+\dfrac{1}{2}m\omega^2x^2\right)\psi_m=E_m\psi_m \end{align} is \begin{align} A = ...
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Why position and momenta are fluctuating quantities?

In a coordinate basis we have $$\langle \Psi \mid \Psi \rangle = \int \prod_{i=1}^N d^3q_i |\Psi(\textbf{q}_1,\dots,\textbf{q}_N)|^2=1$$ This means that for any quantum state $\mid \Psi ...
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Particle in a one dimensional box conditions

Why does the wave function have to be $C^1(\mathbb{R})$ for a finite square well but not for an infinite square well? For an infinite square well with boundaries at $x=0$ and $x=L$, we have ...
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What is a 'turning point' in WKB and why does it fail at that point?

What is meant by a classical turning point in quantum mechanics and why does the WKB approximation fail at that point?
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Is de Broglie matter wave a mass or a particle hypothesis?

I'm having difficulty understanding de Broglie matter wave hypothesis. It is a mass or a particle hypothesis? According to de Broglie a particle with mass $m$ moving at a constant speed has an ...
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How to calculate the expectation value of position vector?

$$\psi (\vec{x})=Ae^{-(1/4a^2)|\vec{x}-\vec{x}_0|^2}e^{i\vec{p}_0\cdot \vec{x}/\hbar}$$ The wave function is like this, then how is the expectation value of position vector (not position) calculated? ...
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How to solve infinite square well with exponential solution (of oscillatory type)?

Given a potential well of $V = 0$ on the interval $(0,L)$ and $V = \infty$ outside the well, I am working to solve the Time Independent Schrodinger Equation $$\dfrac{d^2}{dx^2} \psi= ...
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Valence bond wavefunction of nitrogen

Could someone explain to me how one finds the valence bond wavefunction of an atom? Take nitrogen for example, I know both nitrogen molecules have a valence-electron configuration of 2s22p1x2p1y2p1z ...
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Position space wave function of an electron

In Wikipedia I find the wave function of a free particle to be $$ \Psi(\vec{r},t) = A\,e^{i(\vec{k}\vec{r}-\omega t)}$$ This is is a plane wave moving in the direction of $\vec{k}$ with speed (phase ...
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QM: Why is there a minus sign on the Energy operator when using complex conjugate?

I understand how they get the first equation. But I have no idea why there is a minus sign on the second equation: This is from a derivation for the probability density current found here: ...
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How to find the time evolution for two-component spinor? [closed]

I would like to find the time evolution for the given Hamiltonian, the initial state of the system we choose two spinor wavefunction $\psi_{+}(t=0)$ and $\psi_{-}(t=0)$ as given below: The effective ...
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Is there something wrong with quantizing two times in second quantization?

Second quantization is sometimes considered to be a bad name, because a single quantization is enough. For electrons, we can either start from a many body viewpoint and introduce field operators or we ...
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Help in solving Schrödinger equation for Hydrogen

I have almost finished getting the solution to the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom (got the theta and phi component equations), but am stuck on the r component equation. Can anyone help me ...
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How do I take take the partial derivatives of the general solution to the TDSE for a free particle? [closed]

Consider the general solution to the time-dependent Schrödinger equation for a free particle \begin{align*} \Psi(x,t) &=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \phi(k) e^{i\left(\hbar ...
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Can someone clarify what should and should not be an operator in my verification of the 1D solution to the SE for a free particle?

I just worked out the 1D free particle solution to the Schrödinger equation. My wave function was \begin{equation} \psi(x,t) = Ae^{i(px-Et)/\hbar} \end{equation} So I plugged this into both sides ...
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Derivation of Schrödinger equation - free particle

I learn quantum physics from Alonso-Finn's book (Amazon link), there's one step of Schrödinger equation for a free particle that I couldn't understand. $$ \frac{\mathrm{d^{2}\Psi } }{\mathrm{d} ...
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Justifying the notation $\langle x\ |\ \psi\rangle$ [duplicate]

I came across this expression: $$\langle x\ |\ \psi\rangle=\psi(x)$$ How can it be justified? I understand the LHS as an inner product, and the RHS just as a function of the parameter $x$.
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Eigenvalues of the radial Schrödinger equation on a finite integration interval

There are numerous ways to estimate the eigenvalues of a radial Schrödinger equation, see http://arxiv.org/abs/math-ph/0703040 as an example. Anyhow, the formulas only cover the Schrödinger equations ...