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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Does measurement change the evolution of wave function?

Basically any measurement is on wave function $|\psi\rangle$ is done by operator $X$ such that $X|\psi\rangle$ results observable $x$ with some probability. But what happens to $|\psi\rangle$? Does ...
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Does a free electron, one that's not either in an atom or a wire, have an associated wave-function?

Would a free electron, one that's not either in an atom or moving through a wire, but moving through empty space on its own, have an associated wave-function? Or, is an electron described as a ...
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Solution of the Radial Part of the Schroedinger Equation [closed]

The general Schroedinger Equation is: $$\left[-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\triangle +V(r,\vartheta,\varphi)\right]\psi_{nlm}=E\psi_{nlm}$$ When considering free waves, i.e. $V(r,\vartheta,\varphi)=0$ and a ...
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How to visualize a Schrödinger cat state?

I recently read about Schrödinger cat states (SCS), which are basically a superposition of two coherent states $|\alpha\rangle$ with opposite phases, that is, $$ |cat\rangle = |\alpha\rangle \pm ...
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Property of the wave functions of a free particle

How can I show that the following holds? $$\langle nlm\mid \partial_z^2\mid nlm\rangle=-\int_0^{4\pi}d\Omega\int_0^{\infty}drr^2\left|\partial_z\psi_{nlm}\right|^2$$ The wave functions of a free ...
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How do phase carries structural information about the function? [closed]

Suppose you are on a railway platform and you hear the sound of train coming towards you. Now, Using Fourier transformation we can convert the time domain function (here take sound as a function) ...
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Time evolution of a wavepacket

I do not understand why if $H\psi = E\psi$, then the time-evolution of the wavefunction is given by $e^{-iEt/h}\psi(x)$.
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For an event that can occur in many ways, why is the wavefunction of the event the sum of wavevfunction for each way separately?

The wavefunction of identical particles is given as: $$\psi_{1,2} (x_1,x_2) = \psi_1(x_1)\psi_2(x_2) + \psi_2(x_1)\psi_1(x_2)$$ . Why is it so? Why is it the sum of the two states? What is the ...
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Why do we must initially assume that the wavefunction is complex?

The sound waves are real, and they can interfere, so corresponding apparat may be used in quantum mechanics. We also may use the time dependence in a form of orthogonal matrix multiplying the initial ...
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Analytical non-separable solution for schrodinger equation

I am an undergraduate with the background of a first course in Quantum Mechanics. I want to find out if there exist non-unique solutions to Schrodinger equation. So I have to find potentials ...
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What is the difference between real orbital & complex orbital?

While reading Atomic orbitals, I came before these two terms. The 'real orbital' is given here: Real orbitals An atom that is embedded in a crystalline solid feels multiple preferred axes, ...
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Indistinguishable particles and probability density

I am given the following (probably simple) exercise, but I think I misunderstand something: Let $\psi_{a,b}(r_1,r_2)$ be a two-particle state, calculate the probability density for distinguishable ...
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Where do these two equalities for the expectation value come from precisely? Doesn't $\Psi^* x \Psi = x |\Psi|^2$?

Where do these two equalities for the expectation value come from precisely? : $$\begin{align} \langle x\rangle &= \int_{-\infty} ^\infty \Psi^* x \Psi\,\mathrm{d}x \\ \langle x^2\rangle &= ...
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The Tunnelling Man [closed]

What's the probability that I will tunnel through a solid wall? By "tunnel" I mean, the probability of finding me on the other side of the wall. Assumptions Wall thickness = $d$ Clearly state any ...
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Mach-Zehnder interferometry wave functions

Consider the set up below: I have read that in the apparatus the wavefunction is given by: $$|\psi \rangle=e^{i\theta}|c \rangle +i |b \rangle$$ where $\theta$ is the phase added by the phase ...
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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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What is the meaning of integrating over the state space?

If $\lvert\psi\rangle$ denotes the state space corresponding to a qubit, then what is the meaning of the $$\int d\psi$$ where the integral is over whole state space of a qubit? How do I evaluate it? ...
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Finding the wave function of a quantum harmonic oscillator [duplicate]

How can I find the wave function of a quantum harmonic oscillator? If I measure its energy several times, my measurements will change the state of a system. All I know are the possible states, given ...
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Why is probability of finding the electron at a certain point when one of the slits is closed $|\Psi|^2 $ & not $|\Psi|^2 dx$?

Let in a given physical condition, the wave-function to a particle be assigned as $|\Psi (x_i,0,0,t)|^2 dx$. Now, at the double-slit experiment , the probability of finding the particle at any $x$ ...
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Particle in a 1D Box with Symmetric potential: How find solutions?

I am working on a problem in which I shall find the normalised solution to the 1D particle in a box. Solving for the particle in an asymmetric potential is quite straight forward, but I run into ...
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Particle in a box - speed probability distribution

Consider a particle in a box with infinite barriers. By solving the Schrödinger we can find the probability of finding the particle at some points in the box. How can we find the probability of ...
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How to measure the wave-function experimentally?

Do experimental physicists really measure the wave function of a system? How do they do it? Do they make many identically-prepared systems and measure the position of the particle(s) over and over ...
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Probability density for wavefunction given as infinite superposition of eigenstates

How do we find the probability density as a function of (x,t), if the wavefunction is expressed as an infinite superposition of eigenstates? When the wavefunction is expressed as a superpostion of ...
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Probability density for momentum in Quantum Mechanics

In a book i found the following equations: $$ \phi(k)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \int_{-\infty}^\infty \Psi(x,0)e^{-ikx}dx $$ and $$ \Psi(x,t)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}} \int_{-\infty}^\infty ...
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Problem with momentum values in a QM problem

I have the following equation of $Ψ$ around a ring (the particle is bound to move only on the ring): To visualize the state(it dies before L/2 if L=2πR): We can see from the first picture that ...
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Why “textbook examples” of solutions to Schrodinger equation only deal with electrons?

Whenever studying first courses of quantum mechanics, the Schrodinger eqaution is always illustrated by an electron in some kind of a potential, and the solution (wavefunction) represents probability. ...
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Molecular orbital theory

What I have learnt : When two waves overlap in phase, the resultant wave formed had a greater amplitude than that of the two interfering waves. When they overlap out of phase then the resultant ...
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Fiber bundle understanding of the wavefunction

Usually people say that given a wavefunction $\Psi$ although $|\Psi(\cdot, t)|^2$ is the probability density for the position random variable at time $t$, the wavefunction $\Psi$ itself has no ...
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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 ...
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What is the purpose of the imaginary portion of the wave function?

I recently watched this video. I'm trying to learn about the origin of the wave function and therefore understand its use in the Schrödinger Equation. However at the end of the video I understood up ...
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systems of particles that are not symmetric or anti-symmetric; Helium 4

Suppose I have an electron and a proton, and that the electron is in the spin-up state, and that the proton is in the spin-down state. The particles are distinguishable, so I should just be able to ...
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Applying operators to the wave function, getting the physical units

Reading the wikipedia entry about operators, in particular the table at the end listing all operators, I have several questions regarding an $N$-particle system or statements that I wonder whether ...
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Regarding derivation of Probability Current

The question for the full derivation of Probability Conservation -> Probability Current was already asked here: Probability current. I apologize for not retyping it out, but it's already beautifully ...
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Time dependent solution to infinite well

A particle of mass $m$ is confined within an infinite, one-dimensional potential well, $U(x)$, of width $a$. $$ U\left(x\right) = \left\{ \begin{array}{lr} \infty &\: x \leq ...
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Calculating the probability of a given energy

Given a normalised wavefunction say $$\psi(x) = A\sin(n\pi x),$$ (where $A$ is a normalisation constant) I can calculate the probability of finding the particle being between a position $x$ and $x + ...
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How do I normalize this wavefunction? [closed]

I need to find the normalisation constant $A$ for the wave function: $$ \psi\left(x\right) = \left\{ \begin{array}{lr} A &\: \frac{-a}{4} \leq x \leq \frac{a}{4}\\ 0 &\: ...
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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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Photograph of Light as Wave and Particle [duplicate]

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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Is it guaranteed that wavefunction is well behaved everywhere?

I don't really know much about Quantum mechanics, but would like to know one simple fact. The state function $\Psi(r, t)$ whose magnitude gives the probability density of the position of the particle ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Observables in Quantum Mechanics

Studying on own quantum mechanics I came across: Preceeding text: A basic postulate of quantum mechanics tells us how to set up the operator corresponding to a given observable. Observables, ...
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No well-defined frequency for a wave packet?

There are similar questions to mine on this site, but not quite what I am asking (I think). The de Broglie relations for energy and momentum $$ \lambda = \frac{h}{p}, \\ \nu = E/h .$$ equate a ...
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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\ ...