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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How does a photon travel through an electron cloud?

We all know that the exact position and exact velocity of an electron in an atom cannot be determined simultaneously, as per the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. We only talk about the probability of ...
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Coupled quantum harmonic oscillator

Given the following Hamiltonian for two identical linear oscillators with spring constant $k$ and interaction potential $\alpha x_1x_2$; I was asked to find the expectation value $\langle ...
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Why is the full eigenfunction a product of eigenfunctions and not a sum?

For example suppose there is a two electron system. Why is the full eigenfunction a product of the spatial eigenfunction and spin-wave-function for the two electron system?
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Probability to be in a particular state

If I have a wavefunction $\psi = \sum_{n=0}^{\infty} a_n e^{i \phi_n} | n \rangle$ and $(|n \rangle)$ is a set of orthonormal functions. Is it correct that the probability to be in a state $|k\rangle ...
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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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What is the physical reason behind linearity of Schrodinger's equation?

What is the physical reason for Schrodinger equation to be linear? Though in physics many interactions or dynamics are found non linear.
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Different mathematical methods in quantum mechanics?

My understanding is that in quantum mechanics the wavefunction may be expressed as a function or as a ket vector (composed of many orthogonal ket vectors). I'm not too sure about the further ...
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Question about Hartle and Hawking's universal wavefunction?

My apologies in advance if this question is poorly worded or doesn't make any sense, however I have just finished reading into this theory and it seems as though Hawkings No Boundary Universe is ...
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Koopmann von Neumann (KvN) Theory

I was just wondering does anyone have any informative sources apart from the obvious wikipedia articles regarding Koopmann von Neumann (KvN) theory? Or if its possible could someone explain the basic ...
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Bound states in 1D & 2D [duplicate]

Why does Mother Nature allow bound states in arbitrarily weak attractive potential in 2D but not in 3D? See, for example, this article, arXiv:math-ph/0208011.
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What does “coherent wave function of a macroscopic body” mean?

What is meant by the "coherent wave function of a macroscopic body"? I found this phrase in a paper on QM, but am unfamiliar with the terminology.
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What does the notation $\Psi_k/(\Psi_k,\Psi_k)^{1/2} $ mean?

I am currently reading the paper "Gravitation and quantum mechanics for macroscopic objects" by F. Karolyhazy (1966). In his paper, he uses certain notation that I haven't come across before (he also ...
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1-particle momentum eigenfunction in terms of field operator for real Klein-Gordon field

Suppose $\phi(x)$ is a real Klein-Gordon field, then the single-particle wave function $\psi(x)$ corresponding to a momentum $p$ is given by (QFT, Ryder) $$\psi_p(x)=\langle0|\phi(x)|p\rangle.$$ The ...
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Doubt in a certain equation of a research paper [closed]

In the given paper, I am stuck at equation (7). The equation that I am trying to solve for particle outside the well is : (1/g)*(g'') + (1/(r*g))*g' - (k_o)^2 = 0 where g = Radial wave function. r = ...
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Expected value $<\hat{x}>$ of: $\Phi(x,t)=Ne^{-a[(Mx^2/\hbar)+it]}$ is infinite, why?

The problem says: A particle of mass $M$ is described by the wave function: $$\Phi(x,t)=Ne^{-a[(Mx^2/\hbar)+it]}$$ where a is a positive constant. Asked to determine such things as the ...
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Complex Conjugate of Wave Function's Derivative

I am reading Griffiths QM textbook and I got confused by the following identity: How to prove from $$\frac{\partial \Psi}{\partial t} = \frac{i\hbar}{2m} \frac{\partial^2 \Psi}{\partial x^2} - ...
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Eigenfunctions corresponding to degenerate spectra

It is well knwon that an eigenstate can be obtained by superposing wavepackets. In other words, if $\Psi({\bf x},t)$ is the solution of the time dependent Schroedinger equation for an initial ...
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Wavefunctions and Quark Confinement

While I have a decent knowledge of general relativity (and, of course, classical mechanics), I am quite a novice when it comes to quantum mechanics, so I apologize if this is a rather basic question. ...
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Relation between p+ip wave Superconductor and Moore-Read State

I am quite interested in the understanding of the relation between p_ip wave superconductor(SC) and the Moore-Read(MR) state. They share many similar properties, for example, p+ip SC has majorana as ...
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Determining the Wave Function From Initial Conditions

This is Problem 2.6 (b) in Griffiths, Intro to QM: A particle in an infinite square well has its initial wave function an even mixture of the first two stationary states: $\Psi(x,0) = ...
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Does a wavefunction interact with itself?

Considering the double slit experiment with a charged particle, after the particle passes through the slits, do the two portions of the wavefunctions feel the electromagnetic attraction of the other ...
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Why is $\omega = \sqrt{K/m}$ valid for a quantum oscillator?

I'm working in the 3rd edition of Modern Physics by Serway, Moses, and Moyer. In 6.6, it talks about a quantum oscillator. I don't fully understand how the definition of frequency works. Now, we ...
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Determine the normalisation constant of a piecewise wavefunction

I'm trying to find the normalisation constant $N$ for the following wavefunction: $$ \psi\left(x\right) = \left\{ \begin{array}{lr} N \left(x^2 - l^2\right)^2 &\: \left|x\right| \le l ...
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Is the mechanics of the wave function in the quantum mechanics deterministic?

Is possible a non-deterministic propagation of the wave function in the QM?
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Where does either Bohr or Heisenberg mention the idea of the wave function collapsing?

Could someone reference a paragraph written either by Heisenberg or Bohr where they mention the idea of the wave function collapsing?
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Spin-½ and beyond: Measuring spin components other than ± ħ / 2: How to formulate the probability function?

It is my understanding that in quantum mechanics (for 1/2 spin particles) the probability function that describes the direction of a particle's spin state is proportional to the overlap of the ...
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Interpretation of the wave function in quantum mechanics

I just started watching the coursera lectures on the basics of quantum mechanics and one of the first lectures were on deriving Schrodinger's equation and its interpretation it under Born's ...
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Differences between probability density and expectation value of position

The expression $\int | \Psi\left(x\right)|^2dx$ gives the probability of finding a particle at a given position. If wave function gives the probabilities of positions, why do we calculate ...
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Variable definition in wave function for scattering particle?

For the wave function of a scattered particle when finding the scattering aptitude we have: $$\psi(r)=Ae^{ik_0∙r}+\frac{2\mu}{\hbar^2} ∫G(r-r')V(r')\psi(r')d^3r'$$ I was wondering what the variables ...
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Symmetric eigenfunctions?

So a symmetric eigenfunction / wavefunction is defined as: $$P_{ij} ψ_a (r_1,r_2,…,r_i,…,r_j,…,r_N )=ψ_a(r_1,r_2,…,r_i,…,r_j,…,r_N )$$ But for it to be symmetric does this have to be true for all $ij$ ...
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Normalising a wave function in parts?

If we have the wave function $\psi_{100}(r,\theta,\phi)=R_{10}(r)Y_{00}(\theta,\phi)$ when we are normalising it we do the following: $$1=\int| \psi_{100}(r,\theta,\phi)|^2sin(\theta) r^2drd\theta ...
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Observables in Quantum Mechanics

Studying on own quantum mechanics I came across: Preceeding text: A basic postulate of quantum mechanics tells us how to set up the operator corresponding to a given observable. Observables, ...
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Differences between wave function and set of orthonormal wave functions?

I'm reading a QM book. It first says for wave function: "The state of a physical system (or particle) is completely specified by an entity associated with it called a wave function, Ψ , that in ...
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Wave packets and amplitude

If a wave packet is given by: My question is basically how do we choose the write $A(k)$ to fit the particle we are looking at, or does it not matter (as my matter as my textbook seems to imply) ...
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Mathematical derivation of interference pattern for electrons?

One of the most famous experiments in quantum mechanics in the context of wave-particle duality is certainly passing a beam of electrons through two slits, which results in an interference pattern ...
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(Level: Undergrad) Continuity Conditions on the Wavefunction and Initial Values

I know that a physically meaningful $\Psi$ needs to be continuous. However, recently I came across a problem in which they were considering a wavefunction for the infinite square well potential and ...
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What is the analogy of $|x\rangle$ in quantum field theory?

Let me start from path integral formulation in quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. In QM, we have $$ U(x_b,x_a;T) = \langle x_b | U(T) |x_a \rangle= \int \mathcal{D}q e^{iS} \tag{1} $$ ...
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How can we “know” that system interacted with another system or environment in quantum mechanics/decoherence?

I might be raising measurement problem in quantum physics in different words, but I will ask the question. Quantum decoherence has been proposed by proponents as a theory that eliminates all weird ...
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Differences between wavefunction, probability and probability density?

I am trying to understand the differences between wavefunction, probability and probability density. There are different definitions on the internet. For example: ...
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Adding versus multiplying identical photons' wavefunctions?

I am currently confused with understanding many identical photons' wavefunctions. I think that photon wavefunctions are supposed to be multiplied together to describe the total state of all bosons. ...
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Are all identical fermions in orthogonal states as opposed to different general states?

A professor told me that most physicists assume that all identical fermions are in completely orthogonal states. If that is true, then does that mean that that the total wave function is highly ...
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I am learning Quantum Mechanics and I have some questions about some basic concept [closed]

What does a "STATE" exactly mean in quantum mechanics? What is the equivalence of "STATE" in classical mechanics? If we have a wave function $\Psi$ , its absolute square $|\Psi|^2$ is the ...
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Noncanonical commutation relation and noncanonical wave mechanics [closed]

Consider noncanonical operators $\hat{x}_1,\hat{x}_2,\hat{p}_1,\hat{p}_2$ satisying the following condition in the $q_1,q_2$ - basis ($\psi=\langle q_1,q_2|\Psi\rangle$)(similar to wave mechanics): ...
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Finite Square Well Inside an Infinite Square Well

Ok here's a potential I invented and am trying to solve: $$ V(x) = \begin{cases} -V_0&0<x<b \\ 0&b<x<a \\ \infty&x>a \\ \end{cases}$$ and $V(-x) = V(x)$ (Even ...
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Logic of the 'imaginary wave function collapse' argument in Double Slit experiment

My question is in regards to the stance that the 'wave function collapse' is not an actual physical occurrence. That is, you are not, by observation, changing the particles position from a wave to a ...
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Sign of the wave function in orbital representation?

I have some fog in my head and a rather simple question for you: When the sign of the wave function is representated on orbitals, what is this sign? I mean is it the sign of the real part of the ...
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Finite potential well, parity of solutions

I'm working through some problems for a QM exam and I've realised I don't really understand the concept of parity of solutions. I'm looking at a simple finite potential well problem: $$V(x)=0, \quad ...
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Probability of measuring momentum [closed]

Suppose we have this wavefunction: $$ \psi = A \left( cos(kx) + cos (2kx) \right) $$ I have to find the possible results of measurement of momentum and their probabilities. Attempt For a momentum ...
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Representations in quantum mechanics [closed]

This might be a very simple question. I just want someone to point me the right direction to understand things like this: $$ \langle x|x'\rangle=\delta(x-x') \\ \psi(x)=\langle x|\psi\rangle \\ ...
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Is there any operator behind probability, in quantum mechanics?

In Quantum mechanics, the probability of finding a particle at position $x$ is given by $|\psi(x)|^2$, where $\psi$ is the wave function. Wonder what is the operator which gives this probability? Is ...