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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Finite vs. infinite systems, band structure and wave functions

Why do we need a finite system to find the find the wave function and a infinite system to find the band structure?
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Schrödinger's Equation and the depth of a finite potential well

Before I ask my question, I have to stress: I have absolutely no idea what the math is going on. I've read my textbook, several Wikipedia articles, scoured the internet, and don't feel anymore ...
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Is there a mathematical explanation for why there occur bound states if the effective potential falls below zero?

Usually in physics textbooks, if the effective potential of the radial schroedinger equation $$-\frac{d^2}{dr^2}u(r) + \frac{\ell(\ell+1)}{r^2}u(r) + V(r)u(r) = E u(r)$$ falls below zero in some ...
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Can the chance of finding a particle diminish over time?

Let's assume we have a wave function described by a wave equation and it is a function of space and time $\psi : \mathbb{R}^4 \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$. This function needs to be normalized, so if I ...
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Simplest fermionic normalized quantum many-particle wavefunction in position representation

What is the simplest fermionic normalized quantum many-particle wavefunction, expressed in the first-quantized position representation, that you can think of? The normal single-particle examples don't ...
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What does the quantum state of a system tell us about itself?

In quantum mechanics, quantum state refers to the state of a quantum system. A quantum state is given as a vector in a vector space, called the state vector. The state vector theoretically ...
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What happens to the Hamiltonian of the wave function after measurement?

As I understand it, the Hamiltonian is the kinetic plus the potential energy of the wave function. When a measurement is done what happens to the kinetic and potential energy? Does it dissipate? Is ...
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Physical meaning of linear combination of possible states in infinite well

The solution of infinite well, positioned from $x=0$ $x=l$, is $$ \Psi_n(x,t)= \sqrt{\frac{2}{l}}\sin\left(\frac{n\pi}{l}x\right)e^{iE_nt} $$ But the most general solution of this problem is : $$ ...
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Am I missing a trick to solving a 3D potential well problem?

I was playing around with a 3-D potential $V$ such that $V_{(r)} = 0$ for $r<a$, and $V_{(r)} = V_0>0$ otherwise. By using the Schrödinger Equation, I showed that: ...
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Must the wavefunction be analytic?

In order to show the preservation of normalization of the wave function (in one dimension for now), one shows that the time differential is zero, which entails the following step: $$ ...
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Question on wave function of hydrogen

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2013/may/23/quantum-microscope-peers-into-the-hydrogen-atom http://io9.com/the-first-image-ever-of-a-hydrogen-atoms-orbital-struc-509684901 they are claimed to ...
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Hilbert space vs. Projective Hilbert space

Hilbert space and rays: In a very general sense, we say that quantum states of a quantum mechanical system correspond to rays in the Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$, such that for any $c∈ℂ$ the state ...
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What is the physical significance of the two integration constants that appear in the ladder operator decomposition of the Quantum Hamiltonian?

If I have a simple one dimensional Hamiltonian of the form \begin{align} H = V - \partial_x^2 \end{align} and if I know one zero energy state solution $H\psi_0=0$ then I can use the Wronskian to ...
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Is it accurate to say “a wavefunction is a function of particle positions or momenta”?

Something has been bothering me for a while. I encounter this kind of statement everywhere: While a single particle is described by a wave function $\Psi({\vec r};t)$, a system of two particles, ...
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Given a wave function $\psi(x)$, is there always a potential $V(x)$ such that $\psi(x)$ is an eigenstate?

Given any unit norm wave function $\psi(x)$ which is in the Hilbert space, can we always find a $V(x)$ such that the $\psi(x)e^{-i\omega t}$ is a solution of the corresponding Schrödinger equation? (I ...
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Fermion 1D Hubbard Model ground state in the U = 0 limit

I am trying to determine the ground state of the 1D fermionic Hubbard model at half-filling of $2L$ sites with $L$ electrons with spin-$\uparrow$ and $L$ electrons with spin-$\downarrow$ in the $U=0$ ...
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Electron wave function question?

In interpretations of Quantum Mechanics that are Psi Ontic, in which the wave function is REAL ( Objective collapse theories, MWI, ect), does the wave function still physically spread to infinity? I ...
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Introductory Quantum, trouble with this boundary condition and potential

Working on problem 2.40 from Griffiths but can't seem to understand the first boundary condition. We are given the potential $V(x) = \left\{\begin{matrix} \infty & x < 0\\ ...
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Wave/particle-duality as result of taking different limits of a QFT

There is an account on dualities in quantum field theories and string theories by Polchinski from last week http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.5704 At the end of page 4, he writes the wave/particle ...
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Electron distribution around atom when moving

I do not have much experience on this but if an atom has some electrons around nucleus and the atom itself it is moving at some speed does that affect the distribution of electrons around? I am ...
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Finding a basis for minimal representation of a wavefunction (extracting symmetries)

I asked something like this on Math StackExchange, but now that I think about it, this probably belongs better over here. I want to find all linear operators (non necessarily hermitian) $\{\hat{A}\}$ ...
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Quantum Mechanical Wave Functions

Are wave functions, such as those used in the Schroedinger equation just 'guessed' and verified, or are there other theories which tell us the mathematical description of the wave function for ...
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Why don't we have particles whose wavefunctions are symmetric wrt one exchange operator and anti-symmetric wrt other exchange operator?

Consider a system with $n$ identical particles. Let the wavefunction of the system be $\psi(r_1,\ldots, r_2)$. Let $P_{a,b}$ represent the exchange operator which exchanges particle $a$ with particle ...
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Boundary Conditions in a Step Potential

I'm trying to solve problem 2.35 in Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd edition), but it left me rather confused, so I hope you can help me to understand this a little bit better. The ...
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How do we know that electron wave function extends to infinity?

Why do physicists assume this? Is it a proven fact that wave function extends to infinity or just a theory? Would it make sense if they didn't extend to infinity?
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Are wave functions real physical objects? [duplicate]

Are wave functions (ex. electron waves) real physical objects or just mathematical tools?. Some researchers say that they have proof that they are real objects. Here's [the link] ...
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What is the implication that the Schrodinger equation be solved by both real and imaginary part of the wave function? [closed]

Suppose $\psi = \psi_{real} + i \psi_{imag}$ be the wave function, then both $\psi_{real}$ and $\psi_{imag}$ can be used to solve the Schrodinger's equation This can be demonstrated by plugging ...
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How to minimize the wavepacket dispersion?

This is a final exam problem. Here is what I can remember: We know that if an electron's wavefunction starts out as a narrow wavepacket, and moving in a region of constant potential, then the ...
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wavefunction and contextuality

According to the French philosopher Michel Bitbol, the "deep-lying connection between the contextual character of observables, and the wave-like form of probability distributions was demonstrated ...
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What is the energy of a Gaussian wave packet?

Suppose we have a potential barrier situation, that is $V(x)$ is zero everywhere except on the interval $[-a,a]$, where it is equal to some $V_0 > 0$. Introduce some Gaussian shaped wave packet to ...
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Should the differential of a wavefunction have a time partial derivative?

In chapter 1 of Griffths' QM text, he shows that $\frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}t}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}|\Psi|^2\,\mathrm{d}x=0$ by noting $$\begin{align} ...
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Wave function in quantum mechanics

I was wondering about something while studying quantum mechanics. If the wave function collapses when measuring a particle and assumes a single position, how do we know that it was a wave in the first ...
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The wave function of transverse one is different from longitude one for convenience?

I use the book Fundamental of Physics Hallidays&Resnick 10th Edition Jearl Walker to study in my physics class while I got myself University Physics with Modern Physics Sears, Zemansky 13th ...
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Why two-particle wavefunctions are separable and their corresponding particles are indistiguishable at the same time?

If the wavefunction $\psi(r_1,r_2)$ doesn't represents an entangled state, it is separable: $$\psi(r_1,r_2)=\psi_a(r_1)\psi_b(r_2)$$ In this treatment, we ignore the interaction between two particles ...
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photon polarization, uncertainty in Energy

A beam of red light is sent along the $z$ axis through a polaroid filter that passes only $x$ polarized light. The beam is initially polarized at $30$°, and the total energy is $10$ Joules. Estimate ...
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Energy difference between symmetric and antisymmetric wavefunctions [closed]

Is there any energy difference between a particle in a symmetric wavefunction and an identical particle in an identical potential but in a state with an anti-symmetric wavefunction? Or is it ...
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Oscillators with anharmonic interaction terms

I'm looking for papers modeling oscillators coupled with anharmonic interaction terms. The term is combination of a linear element and a Gaussian kernel that decays proportionally to the difference of ...
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Effect of pressure increase on electron orbital wave functions

One of my nuclear physics exercises was to find out if increasing the pressure of a sample of $^{7}\textrm{Be}$ would increase the chance of electron capture to $^{7}\textrm{Li}$ occur. My reasoning ...
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Does an excited state wave function depend on state preparation?

Consider a quantum system with a ground state and many excited states (e.g. an atom). If the system is in an excited state, to what extent does its wave function depend on the method of state ...
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How does a Wavefunction collapse?

I have been wondering and researching... How does a wavefunction collapse into one state?More specifically, what conditions cause a wavefunction for a quantum particle to collapse? Does this have to ...
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Superconducting Wavefunction Phase (Feynman Lectures)

In Volume 3, Section 21-5 of the Feynman lectures (superconductivity), Feynman makes a step that I can't quite follow. To start, he writes the wavefunction of the ground state in the following form ...
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Allowed energies for semi-harmonic oscillator

Question: If a particle is attached to a semi-harmonic oscillator (that is, for example, the spring is stretchable but not compressible) such that the potential $V(x)$ is infinity for $x\leq0$ and ...
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Is $\phi_n =\left\langle \vec r | n \right\rangle $ the photon wave function?

I am a bit confused about this issue and I am still not clear whether is there is a photon wave function or not. Since we use Fock states $| n \rangle$ to represent the state of a quantized ...
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Does there exist a hyperbolic relationship between frequency $\omega$ and wavenumber $k$?

As the title states, is it possible to derive a hyperbolic relationship in the form of $\frac{x^2}{a^2} - \frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1$ between frequency $\omega$ and wavenumber $k$ I have tried to start this ...
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Hilbert space and Hamiltonians

Assume a system described by a Hamiltonian H, and assume that the eigenstates of H, $φ_i$(r) are integrable in absolute square. We say that these states belong to a Hilbert space (they can even form a ...
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Interpretation of Dirac equation states

In Pauli theory the components of two-component wavefunction were interpreted as probability amplitudes of finding the particle in particular spin state. This seems easy to understand. But when ...
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Quantum Wavefunctions Without Space

A handful of physicists have a rather peculiar definition of 'nothing' in terms of cosmology. Their claim is that the Universe, assuming it has 0 total energy, could have arisen from nothing but ...
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Estimate of the second shallowest bound state?

Suppose we have a 1D potential $V(x)$ of finite range, i.e., $$ V(x) ~=~0 $$ for $|x| > b $. The potential is assume to support at least two bound states, but might have more, say $n\geq 2$. ...
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About the complex nature of the wave function?

1. Why is the wave function complex? I've collected some layman explanations but they are incomplete and unsatisfactory. However in the book by Merzbacher in the initial few pages he provides an ...