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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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\ ...
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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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Difference between expectation values of $L^2$, $L_z$ and measuring $L^2$, $L_z$

I was given with this hydrogen radial wavefunction $$ R_{21} =\left(\sqrt{\frac{1}{3}}Y^0_1 + \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}Y^1_1\right) $$ and was asked to find a) What are the expectation values of 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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Who is doing the normalization of wave function in the time evolution of wave function?

In the Schrodinger equation, at any given time $t$ we should jointly add another sub equation, like $$||\psi_t(x)|| = 1$$ where $\psi_t(x) = \Psi(x,t)$, and then try to solve the two equations ...
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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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3D Quantum harmonic oscillator

For an isotropic 3D QHO in a potential $$V(x,y,z)={1\over 2}m\omega^2(x^2+y^2+z^2).$$ I can see by independence of the potential in the $x,y,z$ coordinates that the solution to the Schrodinger ...
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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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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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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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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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Normalizing 3-Dimensional Wave Function [closed]

How do you normalize a wave function in three dimensions with spherical coordinates?
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Calculation of the $\langle H \rangle$ for a particle in a box

I am working through a problem in which a particle is in an infinite potential well of length $L$ at $t=0$ before the spontaneous change of the box being expanded to length $2L$. I have calculated the ...
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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 = ...