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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Physical interpretation of the constant coefficient appearing in solution to the Schrodinger equation

The product solution to the Schrodinger's equation is $$\Psi_{n} \left ( x,t \right )=\psi\left ( x \right )\phi\left ( t \right )$$ By superposition, the solution becomes $$\Psi \left ( x,t \...
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Quantum Backaction Question

Question about quantum back action in hypothetical scenario: We know that, at $t_0$, a certain kind of particle, with spin initially prepared to be “spin right” in the x basis, goes through a Stern-...
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Infinite square well physical interpretation

In quantum mechanics, the description of the infinite square well is given with the potential energy defined as $$V(x) = \begin{cases} 0 & \text{if } 0 \leq x \leq a,\\ \infty & \...
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Finite two-dimensional potential square well [closed]

I'm trying to solve the Schrodinger equation $$ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\nabla^2 \psi+V(x,y)\psi(x,y)=E\psi(x,y) \tag{1}$$ for the finite two dimensional potential square well, that is, where $$V(x,y)=\...
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Probability of measuring an observable $P$ in state $f$, computation [duplicate]

I have state vector $$f(x)=e^{-|x|+ix}$$ and observable $$P=-i\frac {d} {dx} $$ probability that measurement of $P$ in state $f$ will be in $[-1,1]$ I am stuck on this step. I dont know how to take ...
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Energy Expectation Value

I had an assignment question in which I was asked to calculate the expectation value of energy, $\langle E\rangle (t),$ and in the solution to it, the following was stated: \begin{align*} \langle E\...
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Transmission and reflection amplitudes for delta potential Schrodinger equation

I hope this question is not too straightforward for this Q&A site. I have been reading a set of notes in which the transmission and reflection amplitudes for the delta potential Schrodinger ...
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Why is the wave function an element of the function space? [closed]

The general wave function is of the form $$\Psi \left ( x,y,z,t \right )=\psi \left ( x,y,z \right )T\left ( t \right )$$ Solving via separation of variables and finding the product solutions yields,...
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How is it possible to pull out derivatives of a wavefunction?

In an early derivation, the following equation was stated: $$\frac\partial{\partial t}\lvert\psi\rvert^2 = \frac{i\hbar}{2m}\biggl(\psi^*\frac{\partial^2\psi}{\partial x^2} - \frac{\partial^2\psi^*}{\...
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Is there a reason why probability density is written as $\psi^*\psi$ instead of $\psi\psi^*$?

As the title states, I see $|\psi|^2$ written as $\psi^*\psi$ instead of $\psi\psi^*$. Are both correct or is there a reason behind it? As far as I'm aware, the only time I see this sort of ordering ...
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Ground state of a particle in a ring - angular momentum is 0, but it is 'rotating' anyway?

Particle in 1D ring is a textbook problem, but there is one thing I don't understand - if the ground state is considered to have zero angular momentum, then its energy is also zero. And the ...
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Do wave functions really belong to $L^2$ space, or do we need to restrict our physical Hilbert space even further?

I am beginning to study quantum mechanics and I got stuck right at the beginning. I am trying to prove that the time derivative of the expected value of momentum of a particle is the (negative) ...
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How do we find the number of bounded states in this potential?

for the potential $$V(x)=-\frac{1}{1+\frac{x^2}{m^2}}$$ we can approximate the wave function and bounded state accurately for $x << m$ as simple harmonic oscillator, so what are we gonna do if ...
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Guess the wave function in a given potential

Are there any techniques in guessing the ground state wave function in any given potential? For example, for a given potential like $$ \frac{1}{1-x^2}$$ or $$ \frac{1}{1-x^3}~?$$ I know wave ...
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Analogy to Fourier transform in spherical coordinates with boundary at a certain radius

Suppose, we have a wavefuction $\phi(\vec{x})$ which is restricted in a sphere, with the spherical boundary condtion $$\phi(\vec{x}=R)=\phi_0.$$ How can I do the 'Fourier transformation' as the case ...
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Measurement of energy apparently violating the position-momentum Uncertainty Principle in a potential that does not depend on distance?

I am taking a beginning course in QM and I have learnt that the measurement of energy collapses the wavefunction of a particle to one of its energy eigenstates. But some misconceptions regarding this ...
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Normalisation of free particle wavefunction

The wavefunction $\Psi(x,t)$ for a free particle is given by $$\Psi(x,t) = A e^{i(kx-\frac{\hbar k}{2m}t)}$$ This wavefunction is non-normalisable. Does this mean that free particles do not exist in ...
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Additional quantum states of the infinite square well

The quantum states $\psi(x)$ of the infinite square well of width $a$ are given by $$\psi(x) = \sqrt{\frac{2}{a}}\sin\Big(\frac{n \pi x}{a}\Big),\ n= 1,2,3, \dots$$ Now, I understand $n \neq 0$, as ...
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Difference for boundary condition, particle in a box

When solving the simple problem of a free particle in a box of volume $V = L^3$, we can impose either periodic boundary conditions $\psi(0) = \psi(L)$ and $\psi '(0)= \psi'(L)$ either strict boundary ...
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Modern explanation of the Young experiment with Quantum Field Theory?

In the Young double slit experiment it is possible to detect the arrival of individual photons as well as an interference pattern. It doesn't makes much sense to me that something could be either a ...
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Bound states of Dirac Delta function in infinite well

If there is a potential of $-\alpha\delta(x)$ for $-a<x<a$ and $\infty$ elsewhere, and the energy of the system is less than 0, then I'm trying to find the wave function. From the Schrodinger ...
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How come an electron's wave function being nonzero at far distances doesn't mean it can travel faster than light? [duplicate]

I think the wave function of a free electron is nonzero almost everywhere. In particular there are regions of space arbitrarily far away where the electron has positive probability of being found. If ...
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What happens to the wave function of a particle immediately after measuring its energy?

For this question, I will be adhering to the Copenhagen interpretation (since that's what I've learned in university so far). For the sake of brevity/clarity, also, assume the Hamiltonian here has ...
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Antisymmetry requirement for the total wavefunction

My understanding is that if we are dealing with a system of two electrons, the total wavefunction needs to be antisymmetric only when the two electrons have same value of n and l ( i.e. they are ...
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Measurement of position after collapse of a wavefunction

Suppose I have a wavefunction which collapses to a certain eigenstate after a measurement of energy. In that state, I perform a calculation of position and obtain a certain position value, say $x_0$. ...
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Showing two wavefunctions are proportional to one another [duplicate]

I am struggling to answer the following question: Let ψ₁(x) and ψ₂(x) be normalisable energy eigenfunctions for a particle of mass m in one dimension moving in a potential V(x). Suppose that ψ₁ and ...
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Schrodinger equation violates mathematics?

By the Hamiltonian formalism of quantum mechanics, given a quantum system in a state $\Psi$ in a Hilbert space $\mathcal H$, the state will instantaneously evolve in time according to $$\dot{\Psi}=\...
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How do we decide whether an electron orbital has a non-zero or zero probability of lying inside the nucleus of an hydrogen atom?

How do we decide whether an electron orbital has a non-zero or zero probability of lying inside the nucleus of an hydrogen atom? It is mostly from the radial function, as to what I think but how ...
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Is the wavefunction of particles inside a gas spread or localized?

For an individual free particle that starts localized, the wave function packet spreads over time, so the particle becomes less localized. Suppose now that we have a gas of those particles inside a ...
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Why does the wavefunction have to be continuous in the presence of a Dirac delta potential?

Considering the time-independent Schrödinger equation, I can see for a finite potential, why the wavefunction has to be continuous, I can also see why the first derivative of the wavefunction is ...
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Time dependent and time independent Schrödinger equations

I'm trying to understand the relation between the time dependent and time dependent Schrödinger equations. In particular, we know that the TDSE is $$H\Psi=i\hbar \frac{\partial \Psi}{\partial t}$$ ...
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Minimum uncertainity

I'm confused in finding the condition for minimum uncertainty, The author in the book I refer goes on saying that $|g\rangle=c|f\rangle$ is the condition for minimum uncertainity for some constant $...
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solutions of wave equation with cubic term

Does the following equation $$ \nabla^\mu \nabla_\mu \psi + a \psi^3 = b \psi $$ where $\psi$ is a real function, $a$ and $b$ are real constants, have other solutions that extend beyond a one ...
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Infinite potential well question with wave function $\psi (x) = (x -a/2)^2$

In an infinite potential well with width $a$, a particle in this potential well is at state with wave function is $\psi (x) = (x -a/2)^2$ (not normalized). If you measure the energy of the ...
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Confused on how to interpret the energy eigenfunction of Hydrogen

So here is an image of the third lowest energy eigenfunction of an electron in a hydrogen atom: Image from http://imgur.com/Lu4MocL I understand well the eigenfunctions given by Schrodinger's ...
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Spinor expectation value and measurement

I have a question about the difference between expectation value and probability of measurement. consider the spinor $\zeta = [-3\ \ 4i\ ]^T$ . The expectation value of $S_x$ is zero because : $$\...
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Coefficients and wavefunction in quantum mechanics

In general quantum mechanics we represent the state of a system with a state vector $| \psi \rangle $ in some Hilbert space in some base. Assuming a complete discrete set of bases vectors $ |n \rangle ...
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Quick way to compute $\langle n^{'}l^{'}m^{'}|r^k|nlm \rangle$, $k \in I$; $|nlm\rangle$ is $H$ atom eigenfunction [closed]

I want to compute quickly (using maybe some scaling arguments) $\langle n^{'}l^{'}m^{'}|r^k|nlm\rangle$, where $k \in I$. $|nlm \rangle$ is the eigenfunction of the Hydrogen atom ($H$). Example: ...
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How can quantum wavefunctions be smooth/continuous when particles are created/destroyed/changed?

My (admittedly limited) understanding of the Schrodinger equation tells me that the vector differential operators are only meaningful over a differentiable phase space. For example, if the dimensions ...
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Is a non-degenerate wavefunction real or complex?

In this video it is stated that: It can easily be verified that the wavefunction of a non-degenerate quantum mechanical system will be real. However the presenter does not explain why this ...
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Why must the probability be the integrated square modulus of the wave function [duplicate]

Quantum mechanics uses the wave function to calculate probabilities by taking the square modulus of the wave function as requirement by Max Born. Why should this (squaring of the wave function) be so, ...
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Exact closed form solution to the quantum harmonic oscillator

I came across this question in Griffiths QM, which asked to show that this equation $$\Psi(x,t)=\left(\frac{m\omega}{\pi \hbar}\right)^{1/4} \exp\left[-\frac{m\omega}{2\hbar} \left(x^2+\frac{a^2}{2}(...
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Scattering off of a bi-local potential

I am trying to figure out the scattering wave function for the following potential: $$V(x,x')=-A \phi(x)\phi^*(x')$$ Such that the SE can be written as $$[\frac{\hbar^2\partial^2_x}{2m}-E]\psi = A\...
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Valence bands question

I'm currently doing solid state physics and learning about semiconductors. During the course, I have seen a lot of energy/wavevector graphs, like this one (pic from Kittel): I did not have a ...
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Does wave function of an electron itself move?

As far as I know quantum mechanics, electrons in an atom in vacuum move accordingly a wave function (a complex scalar field), but the wave function itself does not move (except that the atom may ...
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Are Neutrons and anti-Neutrons attracted to each other over distance?

Lets create a scenario where you have a total vacuum and you're shooting into this vacuum two streams, one, a Neutron stream and the other an anti-Neutron stream and because you're curious what will ...
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Particle in a box: value for wave function $u(x)$ when potential $V(x)$ is infinity

The time-independent Schrödinger equation (TISE) is: $$ -\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2 u(x)}{dx^2}+V(x)u(x)=Eu(x) \hspace{15pt}$$ where $E$ is a constant. Imagine now a infinity potential well as ...
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What is the main difference between a free particle on a line and a free particle on a circle?

The energy spectrum for a free particle in a circle with radius $r$ is $$E_n=\frac{n^2\hbar^2}{2mr^2}.$$ The energy spectrum for a free particle on an infinite line is similar. If so, what is the ...
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Angular momentum for a given Wavefunction [closed]

Problem: Give a particle in the state $\Psi = e^{\frac{-(x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2})}{a^{2}}}(\frac{x}{a} + \frac{yz}{a^{2}})$, what are the allowed values for $l_{x}$ (and later for $l_{y}, l_{z}$). Attempt: ...
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Why are eigenspaces of a Hermitian operator mutually orthogonal? [closed]

In Quantum Mechanics, from the properties of the solution of Schrodinger's Equation inside the infinite well, is that they are: Mutually orthogonal for different eigenvalues. Orthonormal. Complete. ...