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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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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What's the relation between molecular orbitals and electron density?

The way molecular orbitals are drawn represent the "encapsulated" space in which the wave function has a significant amplitude. How do I obtain from this the electron density? Is there a fundamental ...
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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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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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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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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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What is a wave function in simple language?

In my textbook it is given that 'The wave function describes the position and state of the electron and its square gives the probability density of electrons.' Can someone give me a very ...
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About 'de Broglie hypothesis' and the double slit experiment

EDIT: As i mentioned in my original question, i do not have the background to fully understand @Timaeus answer (which was very detailed indeed). I would appreciate if someone could give a more '...
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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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Mathematical explanation of quantum teleportation

I am now studying quantum teleportation. I get what the process is like but I'm wondering why it happens this way. You've got two entangled particles A and B whose wavefunctions are entangled. You ...
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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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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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Is it possible for $\Delta x$ ($\sigma_x$) of any free particle wave packet to be decreasing at any time?

Consider any wave packet describing a free particle (so no potential or other forces acting on it). Then it can be shown that $\Delta p$ does not change in time. However, my question is what happens ...
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Does Heisenberg's uncertainty under time evolution always grow?

Recently there have been some interesting questions on standard QM and especially on uncertainty principle and I enjoyed reviewing these basic concepts. And I came to realize I have an interesting ...
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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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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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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's the lowest nuclear charge $Z < 1$ that will support a bound two-electron ion $(Z,2e^-)$?

In my programming project I calculate the minimal energy of an atom with 2 electrons in the $L=0, S=0$ state, using a Hylleraas wave function. The values I find for $Z=2$ (He) and $Z=1$ (H$^-$) are ...
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Born Interpretation of Wave Function

I have just started Griffiths Intro to QM. I was studying Born's interpretation of Wave function and it says that the square of the modulus of the wave function is a measure of the probability of ...
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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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Quantum eraser double slit experiment

In the quantum eraser double slit experiment, does the photon (or wavefunction) pass through one slit or both slits when different polarizers are placed over the slits?
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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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Interpreting group velocity of free particle wave packet

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

From a classical standpoint, it seems pretty clear that information can be easily lost. If you knock over a bookshelf and the books fall out, it seems like their initial order on the shelf cannot be ...
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Solving traveling wave using the shooting method

The spatially-dependent Hodgkin-Huxley equation for a cylindrical dendrite or unmyelinated axon: where $\frac{a}{2\rho}\frac{\partial^2V}{\partial x^2}$ is a diffusion term $a$ is the fiber radius, ...
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Connection between singlet, triplet two-electron states and the Slater determinant

I'm confused about a number of things concerning two-electron systems and spin. Here is (perhaps too much) exposition, skip to "the problem" if you want: Consider the helium atom in the simplified ...
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How did Max Born come up with his rule? [duplicate]

In his rule, he stated that the probability is norm-squared of wave function, $|\psi|^2$. And as far as I knew, no one else at that time had "right" interpretation of the wave function. Even ...
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Is the Wave Function a Unitary Operator? [closed]

A unitary operator can be represented as an exponential $$e^{iA}$$ and as we represent the wave function in general as $$e^{i k x}.$$ Does that mean that the wavefunction is unitary as the exponent is ...
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Parts of the Quark Wavefunction

Quarks are fermions meaning that they have an antisymmetric wavefunction. Under particle exchange the sign of the wavefunction. The wavefunction is made up of a few different parts $$ \psi_{Total} = \...
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Where the time-dependent wavefunction $\Psi(\vec{x},t)$ lies?

Supose $\vec{x}=(x,y,z)\in \mathbb{R}^3$. The state of a physical system is described by the function $\Psi(\vec{x},t)$, where it must satisfy $$\int_{\mathbb{R}^3} d^3\vec{x}\;\vert\Psi(\vec{x},t)\...
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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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Linear Combinations of Energy Eigenfunctions in 1D

Given that a particle is in a state defined by the wavefunction: $$\Psi (x,t) = \psi_0(x)e^{-iE_0t/\hbar}+\psi_1(x)e^{-iE_1t/\hbar}$$ where $\psi_0(x)$ and $\psi_1(x)$ are the energy eigenfunctions of ...
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Wavefunction Collapse

I believe my Lecturer and the textbook have contradicted one another. My lecturer gave the example that if the spatial part of the wavefunction of a particle is given by $\psi(x) = c_1\psi_1(x) + c_2\...
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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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Taking Measurements of Quantities in QM

I have a quick question relating to Annihilation and Creation operators, and in taking observables in general. Let's say, for instance, that I prepare a particle so that I consider the projection of ...
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Schrödinger's Equation and its complex conjugate

I would like to know why there is a minus sign on the right-hand side of the Schrödinger's complex conjugate equation, whereas in the Schrödinger's equation there isn't. I know it is a simple question,...
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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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Tensor product in quantum mechanics?

I often see many-body systems in QM represented in terms of a tensor products of the individual wave functions. Like, given two wave functions with basis vectors $|A\rangle$ and $|B\rangle$, belonging ...
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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 ...
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Same quantum states represented in different basis

In literature on an introduction to quantum mechanics which I am working through, there is a section which explains that a vector has different representations based on the basis you choose and then ...
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Reflection in Finite Square Wells

For a Finite Square Well where we have a wavefunction $\psi(x)$ which is an energy eigenfunction with eigenvalue $E = 2V_0$ in the following potential: $V(x) = \begin{array}{ll} 6V_0 &...
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What do the wave functions associated to the Fock states of each mode of a bound state system mean?

$\renewcommand{\ket}[1]{\left \lvert #1 \right \rangle}$ Consider a string of length $L$ under tension and clamped on each end. This system is described by the wave equation and has a set of modes. ...
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Wavefunction of a system of particles

A three-dimensional volume $V$ contains a certain number $N$ of electrons and they can't escape the volume $V$. Assume for simplicity that the potential $\mathcal{V}(\mathbf{r})$ is zero in all the ...
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Position and momentum measurement effects on wave functions

I have a few short questions about an interpretation of what happens with position and momentum wave functions described in literature I am using. Given momentum space wave function and position space ...
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Solving quantum radial equation for infinite potential spherical annulus for $l=0$

There is a mass $m$ in a potential such that $$ V(r) = \left\{ \begin{array}{lr} 0, & a \leq r \leq b\\ \infty, & \text{everywhere else} \end{array} \right. $$ ...