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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Meaning of the Vector Wave Equation

So I thought I would try my luck here on physics stack exchange about an intuitive meaning of the Vector Wave Equation. I know there are a lot of resources out there that explain this equation, but ...
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How do we know that there is a wavefunction which collapse?

How do we know that there actually is a wavefunction in the first place which collapse. How do we know that there is a transition from some linear combination of the eigenfunctions to a single one? ...
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Significance of $i$ in the Schrödinger equation [duplicate]

There's an imaginary $i$ in the Schrödinger equation, which I guess is to define the position of the particle in a space-time involving a complex function. But what is the real physical significance ...
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1D transmission lines wave equation solution

you may know that the solution of 1D wave equation by d’Alembert is F(x-ct)+F(x+ct) and my question is that like is this F(x-ct) at transmission lines only the equation of one forward going wave that ...
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The Hilbert space that contains the first order correction to the state vector in Time-independent Perturbation Theory

When deriving the expression for the first order correction to the state vector of the new hamiltonian( H = H0 + H' ) we assume that $|\psi$n1> = $\sum_{m \neq n}$ C$_m$(n) $|\psi ^0 _m>$ ...
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Wave function for step potential

Given the step potential $$V(x)=\begin{cases} 0~~~~~~~~\text{if }~~x \leq 0 \\ V_0~~~~~~\text{if }~~x > 0 \end{cases}$$ Consider the case where $E < V_0$. In this region $x \leq 0$ we have ...
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Help normalising and taking the inverse Fourier transform of this wavefunction [closed]

Normalising Consider the wavefunction $$\psi(x,0)=Ne^{-\frac{|x|}{\lambda}}.$$ In order to normalise this I take the integral, which due to the modulus on the $x$ I evaluate just from zero to ...
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Connection between Hamiltonian version of the least action principle and probability amplitude in the Schrödinger equation

If I'm not mistaken, Schrödinger was influenced to look at wave equations because of de Broglie's assertion about particles having a wavelength. He started with the Hamiltonian equation which is ...
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Quantum Mechanics: How to compute how fast must a function go to zero at infinity? [closed]

We say that the wave function must go to zero at infinity faster than $1/x^{0.5}$ in order for it to be normalizable. What about other quantities like the probability current? What is the general rule ...
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Normalization of a wave function in quantum mechanics

A more simple question, so I am watching a quantum mechanics lecture on potentials of free particles and am doing the general solution of schrodinger's stationary equation for a free particle when I ...
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Expanding a wavefunction [closed]

I have a wave function that I have already normalised: $$ \psi(x) = \sqrt{\frac{30}{a^{5}}}x(a-x) $$ but now I have been asked to expand it to get: $$ \psi(x) = \sqrt{\frac{960}{\pi^{6}}}\sum_{k} ...
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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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On the completeness relation in Quantum Mechanics

Why does $$ \sum_n \Phi^{\ast}_n(x)\Phi_n(r)=\delta(x−r) $$ represents a completeness relation? Or, put differently, why does it imply completeness? Is there any way to see it intuitively? Maybe an ...
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Why is the reflection coefficient in quantum mechanical scattering defined this way?

In Griffiths' "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, second edition" section 2.5.2, p. 73, he states: For the delta-function potential, when considering the scattered states (with $E > 0$), we have ...
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Should state vectors be considered constant?

By the principle of superposition, a state vector can be defined as $$\begin{align} \psi(x) &= c_1 \psi_1(x) + c_2 \psi_2(x) + \cdots + c_n \psi_n(x) \\ \lvert\psi\rangle &= \begin{pmatrix}c_1 ...
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How to tell when exponentials are real valued? (Barrier Potential)

Where $k_1=\frac{\sqrt{2mE}}{\hbar}$ and $\alpha=\frac{\sqrt{2m(V_0-E)}}{\hbar}$ I'm quite confused as to why the exponentials in regions I and III are complex functions while in region II the ...
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Existence of representation of symmetry transformation

There is a simple fact that we can change our point of view and that physical laws should remain the same, id est, outcomes of our experiments should be the same no matter from which frame of ...
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Perodic boundary conditions vs Dirichlet?

I have been working through several examples recently involving particles in boxes (when finding the partition function of an ideal gas for example or looking at photon gases). I have seen two ...
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Aharonov-Bohm effect [closed]

In the build up to Aharonov-Bohm effect, one has to represent the gauge covariant form of STIE. We need to consider two things; the vector potential A changes`under gauge transformation and as a ...
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Difference between a wavevector and wavefunction

I often see both terms used in textbooks, but I am not sure whether I understand the difference between them. Both describe the state of a system, however, they seem different in some ways. From what ...
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General expectation value

I have a basic question related to finding expectation values of an operator $\hat{Q}$ We know that the expectation of $\hat{Q}$ (in the position space) is given by $$\langle Q \rangle=\int {\Psi^* ...
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Derivation of Schrodinger's wave equation

To derive $$i \hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t} \psi = H \psi,$$ we start with $$i \hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t} |\alpha \rangle = H| \alpha \rangle$$ and then multiply by $\langle x|$ on the ...
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Perturbation by electrical field in infinite potential well: difference in first energy corrections because of difference in the limits of the well

In time independent perturbation theory we can calculate the first and second energy corrections resulted by a potential V in the Hamiltonian $ H=H_o + λV , $ , λ<<, by the expressions: $$ε_1 = ...
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Probability of finding electron in a spherical shell

In the book Arthur Beiser - Concepts of modern physics, probability of finding an electron in Hydrogen atom in the spherical shell between $r$ and $r+dr$ is given as \begin{equation} P(r)dr = ...
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Continuous spectra and quantum decoherence

Suppose that some quantum wave function $\psi = \int a_i \,i\rangle \,\,di$ where pseudo-spanning ket "vectors" of $\psi$, $i \rangle$, are continuous. (thus the use of integral.) By normalization, ...
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Understanding wave functions of matter waves

The wave functions of matter waves give the probability density of the particle being at a certain location. Does this arise because as an outside observer, we have incomplete information about the ...
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Momentum and position for free particle

In the section of 'The free particle' in 'Introduction to quantum mechanics, second edition' by Griffiths page 65. He has the wave equation as $$\Psi(x,t) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi}} ...
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Bloch Functions as an implication of the Crystallographic Restriction Theorem?

I'm studying Bloch Functions and it seems to me safe to assume that they are the most general Eigenfunction of a Hamiltionian with the crystal periodicity. Now the only considerations made in deriving ...
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The time evolution in Dirac delta potential [closed]

We know that the dirac delta potential has exactly one bound state. If the potential strength suddenly changes a value, the bound state should evolve to the new bound state, how to describe the time ...
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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} ...
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Is the sum of two stationary states of different energies also a stationary state?

The question title kind of speaks for itself really. I was thinking of maybe using the orthogonality relation to try to show this: $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\phi_n(x)\phi_m(x)dx=\delta_{nm}.$$ ...
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Does an expectation value over only part of a wavefunction have physical meaning?

Does the expression: $$\langle p\rangle_{x=a, b} =\frac{\int_a^b \Psi(x)^*\,\hat{p}\,\Psi(x)dx}{\int_a^b |\Psi(x)|^2dx} $$ have any physical meaning when $\int_a^b ...
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How can a probability distribution have wavelength (de Broglie wavelength)?

The wave function described by Schrodinger's equation is interpreted as describing the probability of a particle in at any point in space, i.e. a probability distribution. Since this distribution ...
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Loss of interference in single-photon Mach–Zehnder interferometer with detector in only one arm

I have read that if you have a Mach–Zehnder interferometer (doing a single-photon experiment) and put a non-destructive detector in only one of the two arms (connected to the first beam splitter), you ...
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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 $\lvert\lambda_{a}\rangle$, $\lvert\lambda_{b}\rangle$, ...