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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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. ...
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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 x_i^2}+2c\sum_{<i,j>}\delta(...
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General formula for expanding wave function in terms of orthogonal states?

Given a wave function $\psi(x) = \langle \psi | x \rangle$. It can be expanded in terms of orthogonal states: $$ \langle \psi | x \rangle = \sum_n \langle \psi | n \rangle \langle n |x \rangle $$ ...
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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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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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Electrons are 3 dimensional quantized waves (wave functions)?

I thought that electron wave functions were only mathematical of were to find the electron. http://sciencequestionswithsurprisinganswers.org/2013/01/12/why-dont-atoms-collapse-if-they-are-mostly-empty-...
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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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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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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 are the functions of these coefficients $c_1,c_2,c_3,c_4$ in $ \psi_{sp^3}= c_1\psi_{2s}+ c_2\psi_{2p_{x}} + c_3\psi_{2p_y}+ c_4\psi_{2p_{z}}$?

Hybridised orbitals are linear combinations of atomic orbitals of same or nearly-same energies. Atomic orbitals interfere constructively or destructively to give rise to a new orbital which is what we ...
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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 ''(r)...
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Normalized wave functions in position and momentum space

Using the following expression for the Dirac delta function: $$\delta(k-k')=\frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}e^{i(k-k')x}\mathrm{d}x$$ show that if $\Psi(x,t)$ is normalized at time $t=0$, ...
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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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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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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, $(a_-a_+-\...
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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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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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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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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: $$\int{x\psi\nabla^2\psi^*}d\tau=\int{\...
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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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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 $-\infty<x<\infty$, where ...
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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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Where are the worlds in many-worlds interpretation?

What does it mean in MWI for other universes to exist? Are they in some sector of spacetime beyond our cosmic horizon or is it more complicated? I'm not asking this on Philosophy SE because people ...
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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 cannot ...
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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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Wavefunction interpretations in QM

From two-slit electron-interference experiment we can infer that there is a wave $\psi(x,t)$ that can be associated with electron. The amplitude at some point is the sum of amplitudes reaching that ...
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What is the wavefunction of the Young Double Slit experiment?

I have never seen the wavefunction for this experiment and would like to know how to derive it using the Schrodinger equation. I specifically want to see how the electron wave function leaves the ...
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Wave function: what does “1% chance of finding the particle in this area” mean

Say I have 1 electron in some quantum state Defined by some wave function, and it's doing its thing fluctuating the probabilities of where it might be. What if I put a measuring device in an area ...
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Why are electron wavefunctions standing waves?

How can I convince myself that wavefunctions of electrons on molecular orbitals are indeed standing waves? Is it a consequence of the fact that electrons don't drift away from the molecule? In other ...
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Dirac equation in the presence of a defect

The 1D Dirac equation in the presence of a defect is described by a position dependent mass term known as a "kink" or "soliton". It is sign changing and tends to a constant at positive and negative ...