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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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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Born Oppenheimer Approximation: Why can any molecular state be represented as a linear combination of electronic states?

in the Born Oppenheimer Approximation, one expands the molecular wavefunction $\Psi(x,X)$ in terms of the electronic wavefunctions $\phi(x;X)$: $$\Psi(x,X)= \sum_k(c(X)_k\phi(x;X)_k)$$ ($x$ are the ...
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Calculating the Reflection Coefficient of a Potential Step Explicitly

So I'm using the following definition for the Reflection coefficient, $R$ : $$R=\frac{\left\rvert\ \vec{j}_{reflected}\right\rvert}{\left\rvert\ \vec{j}_{incident}\right\rvert}$$ where ...
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Mathematical confusion in quantum mechanics

During a class about Ehrenfest theorem, my teacher use an equation to proceed its derivation (to prove $\frac{d<r>}{dt}=\frac{<p>}{m}$ ) and that is: ...
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A wave function that is normalized initially remains normalized

Suppose that $\Psi(x,t)$ is normalized at time $t=0$. Show that this implies that $\Psi(x,t)$ is normalized at all other times. I know that this makes intuitive sense, and we'd certainly want our ...
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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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Can we measure “wavefunction” of quantum particles?

We know that there is uncertainty principle, so question: can we ever measure wavefunction of particles? I do not think this is possible, but I am not sure. I guess that everything is probabilistic. ...
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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} ...
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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 = ...
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Linear vs. quadratic dispersion relation

In wave mechanics the dispersion relation between frequency $\omega$ and wave number $k$ is linear: $$\omega_n=c k_n$$ But in quantum mechanics, based on Schrödinger's equation, one can show that we ...
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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 $\lvert\langle p\lvert\psi\rangle\rvert^2$ have any meaning at all?

I used to think $\lvert\langle p\lvert\psi\rangle\rvert^2$ had the meaning of some likelihood of the particle's momentum being $p$ (within some tolerance interval $\Delta p$). Now I'm just confused. ...
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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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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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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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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. ...
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The boundary condition for delta function

Beginning with the Schr\"odinger equation for $N$ particles in one dimension interacting via a $\delta$-function potential $$(-\sum_{1}^{N}\frac{\partial^2}{\partial ...
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How axiomatic is the symmetrization requirement (i.e. the Pauli principle)? (in QM)

I've so far always been told, that the symmetrization requirement is an axiom on the level of the Schrödinger equation and the statistical interpretation of the wave function (or it's absolute value). ...
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Is de Broglie matter wave a mass or a particle hypothesis?

I'm having difficulty understanding de Broglie matter wave hypothesis. It is a mass or a particle hypothesis? According to de Broglie a particle with mass $m$ moving at a constant speed has an ...
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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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Particle in a double delta potential, scatter states

I was studying the scatter states of a particle in a double delta potential given in this link: Double delta function well – scattering states But I dont understand how equations (20) and (21) were ...
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Quantum States, Hilbert Space and Time

I'm having troubles with the assertion "(normalizable) wave-functions constitutes (projective) Hilbert space". The standard argument I find for this seems to go as following: say $\Psi(\vec{x},t)$ is ...
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Confused over complex representation of the wave

My quantum mechanics textbook says that the following is a representation of a wave traveling in the +$x$ direction:$$\Psi(x,t)=Ae^{i\left(kx-\omega t\right)}\tag1$$ I'm having trouble visualizing ...
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Importance of Schrodinger equation [closed]

Louis de Broglie suggested that for microparticles like electrons, wave-like properties can be applied in order to explain some phenomena. Schrodinger wrote down an equation, a wave equation, ...
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Wave packets and half-width at half-maximum

Suppose we have a Gaussian wave function and amplitude distribution function $$\psi(x) = (\frac{2}{\pi a^{2}})^{1/4}e^{-x^{2}/a^{2}}e^{ik_{0}x}, \qquad \phi(k) = (\frac{a^{2}}{2\pi})^{1/4}e^{-a^{2} ...
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Electrons are 3 dimensional quantized waves (wave functions)?

I thought that electron wave functions were only mathematical of were to find the electron. ...
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Quick question on sketching wavefunction in well

Usually for an infinite well, the sketch for n=3 level is this: Now I think if one side of the potential barrier is higher, the particle will be more likely to spend time on the left side than ...
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Relationship between nodes in wavefunction and orthogonality

I read that if I want to construct a wavefunction orthogonal to given $n$ orthogonal wavefunctions, then the new wavefunction should have $n$ nodes. Is this valid under all conditions? Is there a ...
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Does quantum mechanics allow faster than light (FTL) travel?

Let's suppose I initially have a particle with a nice and narrow wave function[1] (I will leave these unnormed): $$e^{-\frac{x^2}{a}}$$ where $a$ is some small number (to make it narrow). Let's also ...
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In what cases and with what method does one find a time dependent probability density for a quantum system in an infinite square well?

How can one find the time dependent probability density function of a quantum system given $\Psi(x,t=0)$? Say, $\psi(x) \sim x^4$ for $0 < x < L$. How can one find the time dependant probability ...
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Finite square wall with $E > V_0$

I'm working through a problem for homework and feel as if there is a typo or I am confused. The problem is with a one sided finite square wall such as this: So the energy is more than $V_0$. I'm ...
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What is the connection between gravitons and geometry?

I know there are two ways to do quantum gravity. One can pick a background space-time (usually Minkowski flat space-time) and then at any time slice one can define the state of the universe as the ...
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What is the equation of motion for multiple simultaneous pressure waves in a medium? (In the context of stimulated Brillouin scattering)

My overall motivation is to derive the behavior of Brillouin scattering in a birefringent fiber. Brillouin scattering is a nonlinear interaction between light and sound. In classic Brillouin ...
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Is it okay to put singularities into the wave function to test behavior around unstable potentials? [closed]

$$ \psi(r)=\sqrt[4]{\frac{ a}{8\pi^3 }}\frac{ \exp (-a r)}{r^{1.25}} $$ The wave function above is an example of a function that is normalizable in 3D space and $r=\sqrt{x^2+y^2+z^2}$. $$ -\psi ...
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Wave packet and group velocity?

While finding the wave function of a free particle say $\psi(x)$, my textbook says that this is nonphysical because the wave velocity is not same as particle velocity of the free-particle. I don't ...
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Quantum harmonic oscillator - Where am I going wrong?

Find the relationship between $a_+\psi_n$ and $\psi_{n+1}$ My attempt: I was able to prove that $\int{(a_+\psi)^*(a_+\psi)dx} = \int{\psi^*({a_-a_+\psi})dx}\qquad\qquad (1)$ And, ...
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Where do we get an initial wavefunction for a particle or a system?

In many QM text books, a numerical problem starts with the statement that "a particle has an initial wave function of ..." My question is how do we find the initial wave function in the first place?
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Why must $\Psi (x,t)$ go to zero faster than $\frac{1}{\sqrt{|x|}}$?

Why must $\Psi (x,t)$ go to zero faster than $\frac{1}{\sqrt{|x|}}$ as $|x|$ goes to $\infty$? According to Griffiths' Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, it must. I don't understand why, and this is ...
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How is charge separation in a polarized vacuum possible?

How is Charge Separation in a Polarized Vacuum possible? The Uehling potential provides the first correction term to the classical coulomb potential from QFT vacuum polarization: $$ V(r) \approx ...
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What is the difference between a one-particle state in the fock space and single particle wave function (in momentum representation)?

If I consider one single Dirac electron in momentum representation, I use the wavefunction $u(p)e^{-ipx}$, however if I consider an one-particle state in the Fock space I use $|p\rangle$. Should it ...
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Normalizing a wave function [closed]

A particle with mass $m$ is moving in one dimension. The wave function of the particle is $$\Psi(x,t)=Axe^{-(\sqrt{km}/2\hbar)x^2}e^{-i\sqrt{k/m}(3/2)t}$$ for $-\infty<x<\infty$, ...
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Uncertainity principle and double slit experiment?

My Understanding of uncertainty principle goes that if some particles are in same state, then their measurement of certain property (say $x$ and $p$) will be different for different particles. ...
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QM and relative phases

I recently started formally learning about QM. I have studied thus far that any global phase difference is irrelevant when taking energy expectation values. However, that is not evidently the case for ...
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Derive probability current density - factors of 2 discrepancy [closed]

To derive the probability current density for a particle in an electromagnetic field, we calculate $\dfrac{\partial \rho}{\partial t} = \dfrac{\partial}{\partial t} (\Psi^* \Psi) = \dfrac{\partial ...
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Which position and momentum distributions arise from some wave function?

Consider a particle in one dimension with wave function $\psi(x)$. The probability density function describing how likely it is to find it in a given position is given by ...
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Normalization of potential barrier solution

I don't understand a point in the solution attached to this barrier potential problem. Below equation 4.209, they say Assume first that the wave function on the right side of the barrier in the ...
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Probability in Measuring Noncommuting Observables

If I have a particle in a state $\Psi(x) = e^{-x^2}$ could I calculate probability of simultaneously measuring, say, $x > 0, p_x < 0$? I understand that $p_x$ and $x$ don't commute and ...