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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The difference between $R(r)$ vs $r$ graph for $4s$ and $5p$ orbital

Both orbitals have equal number of radial nodes (number of radial nodes = $n-l-1=3$). So the curve cuts the $x$-axis in 3 points. If it was $\psi^2$ vs $r$, then the curve would touch the $x$-axis at ...
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Schrodinger's equation with negative sign

In time dependent Schrodinger's equation as given in Schrodinger's lecture (Four Lectures on Wave mechanics, Blackie & Son, 1949, pg22) he arrives at $$\nabla^2\psi-\frac{4 \pi m ...
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What is probability current in quantum mechanics?

What is probability current in quantum mechanics? Why define such a thing? I mean the meaning of probability current. I know the formula for it but I just don't get the idea of a flow of probability ...
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Normalizing a wave function in a mixed well

So I got this potential and want to solve for the even wavefunctions http://imgur.com/GKAy4nD Since it's symmetric around the origin I need only to look at the interval [0,b] and solve for the ...
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What do “ℜe” and “A*” mean?

What do "$\mathfrak{Re}$" and "A*" mean in the following equation (taken from James Binney and David Skinner's QM lecture notes, equation 1.12), \begin{align} p(S\text{ or ...
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How do I calculate momentum for a particle in a box, using the momentum quantum operator? [on hold]

For a particle in a one dimensional box with $U(x) = 0$ between $x = 0$ and $x = L$ (infinite Potential well) the momentum for $n = 1,2,3,...$ is given by: $$p_n = \frac{nh}{2 L}$$ The wave ...
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Why do the two amplitudes need to match together through the region between the boxes?

This is an excerpt from Feynman's lectures 3; Suppose we think of the situation in Fig. 7–3, which has two boxes held at the constant potentials $ϕ_1$ and $ϕ_2$ and a region in between where ...
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Why does the wave function have to be continuous? [duplicate]

When solving one dimensional problems in quantum mechanics it is often assumed that the first derivative of the wave function is continuous. What justifies this assumption?
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Why can the probability function for a particle in an infinite square well be larger than 1?

For a particle in a one dimensional infinite potential well of width $L$ the probability function is: $$P_n(x)=\left(\frac{2}{L}\right)\sin^2\left(\frac{n\pi x}{L}\right)$$ for $0\leq x\leq L$. The ...
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Electron as a standing wave and its stability

1. When it was an era of classical mechanics we used to believe in the Bohr's atomic model. It interpreted electrons as particles (although I couldn't understand how come Bohr who interpreted ...
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Double slit experiment observation

In the double-slit experiment, if you shoot particles through the slits one by one and observe which slit they travel through, is there still an interference pattern on the screen behind the slits? If ...
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Density of classical states in quantum theory

Let's first treat electrons as classical objects. I can evaluate the classical energy of each state in a configurational space (3N real numbers and, say, spins) using just Coulomb's law. Then I ...
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Wave Function concept

What do we mean when we say wave function of electron? Does it mean wave nature of electrons? I am really confused.Without clearing this confusion i cannot proceed to molecular orbital theory.I am ...
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Quantum Mechanics in Electric Field

I am working on a problem which looks like this. Consider a charged particle with charge $q$ trapped in a box of length $L$ with finite constant potential $ V_0 $ on both ends. A constant (static) ...
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Electron wave function seen in Quantum Cascade Laser?

http://sciencequestionswithsurprisinganswers.org/images/qcllevels.gif How did they observe and take a picture of the electron wave function without collapsing it? Does this prove that the wave ...
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Isn't the 'slit' in a double-slit experiment also a wave?

I'm new to QM so excuse my naivety. I was watching an online MIT QM course that described the double-slit experiment (with electrons) when it occurred to me that I have a question. In the video, the ...
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Where does the factor of $x$ come from in this formula for expectation value?

Given the normalised ground-state wave-function: $$\Psi(x, t)=\begin{cases} \sqrt\frac{2}{d}\cos(\frac{\pi x}{d})e^\frac{-i\hbar\pi^2t}{2md^2} & \ \lvert x\rvert<\frac{d}{2}, \\ 0 & ...
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Cancelling waves and preservation of energy

In quantum physics, a particle is "defined" by a wavefunction. If you would take 2 particles with the same wavefunction, and negate one of them. They would cancel each other other out. Take for ...
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C60 orbital calculation [migrated]

I am currently trying to reproduce the results published by Hands et al.1 using MALTAB. They calculated the bases of the C60 wave functions of HOMO, LUMO and LUMO+1. Now I have written these functions ...
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Solutions to time-independent Schrödinger's equation with symmetrical (even) potential [duplicate]

A problem from Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics asks to prove the following: Given a symmetric potential $V(x)$ $(=V(-x))$, the solutions to the time-independent Schrödinger's equation ...
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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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What does a light wave look like (3d model)

What does a light wave look like? The only models I can seem to find online are 2D waves, they just look like sin() graphs. I have seen the models of the two components of "light waves" (electric ...
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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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What state the wave function collapses into after an inaccurate measurement?

I'm watching MIT online lectures Quantum Physics I (roughly from one hour mark in the video). The lecturer explains wave functions that describe "Stationary States" that consist of a single energy ...
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The definition of the vacuum state of quantum field by path-integral

In the review Entanglement entropy of black holes by Sergey Solodukhin (arXiv:1104.3712, equation 13), I see a definition of vacuum state of quantum field by path integral over half of the total ...
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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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$\sqrt{\frac{\omega ^2}{c^2}-k_z^2}$ in cylindrical harmonics

The radial component of the solution of the wave equation in cylindrical coordinates is $$J_\nu \bigg(\rho\sqrt{\frac{\omega ^2}{c^2}-k_z^2}\,\,\bigg).$$ But I always thought that $\frac \omega c$ ...
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Transfer function of a space varying wave equation

$$\frac{\partial ^2 \psi}{\partial x^2}-\mu \epsilon \frac{\partial ^2 \psi}{\partial t^2}-\mu \sigma \frac{\partial \psi}{\partial t}=0$$ Is the wave electromagnetic wave equation in lossy, source ...
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Plane wave expansion of cylindrical functions:Summation of the Hankel functions

I understand that; in cylindrical coordinates, the basic solutions of the Helmholtz equation are of the form Hankel function of integer order times a complex exponential term ...
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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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Constructing solutions to the time-dependent Schrödinger's equation

The following question is from David Griffiths' Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: Problem 2.13 A particle in the harmonic oscillator potential starts out in the state $$\Psi(x,0) = A[3 ...
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Does measurement change the evolution of wave function?

Basically any measurement is on wave function $|\psi\rangle$ is done by operator $X$ such that $X|\psi\rangle$ results observable $x$ with some probability. But what happens to $|\psi\rangle$? Does ...
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Does a free electron, one that's not either in an atom or a wire, have an associated wave-function?

Would a free electron, one that's not either in an atom or moving through a wire, but moving through empty space on its own, have an associated wave-function? Or, is an electron described as a ...
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Solution of the Radial Part of the Schroedinger Equation [closed]

The general Schroedinger Equation is: $$\left[-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\triangle +V(r,\vartheta,\varphi)\right]\psi_{nlm}=E\psi_{nlm}$$ When considering free waves, i.e. $V(r,\vartheta,\varphi)=0$ and a ...
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How to visualize a Schrödinger cat state?

I recently read about Schrödinger cat states (SCS), which are basically a superposition of two coherent states $|\alpha\rangle$ with opposite phases, that is, $$ |cat\rangle = |\alpha\rangle \pm ...
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Property of the wave functions of a free particle

How can I show that the following holds? $$\langle nlm\mid \partial_z^2\mid nlm\rangle=-\int_0^{4\pi}d\Omega\int_0^{\infty}drr^2\left|\partial_z\psi_{nlm}\right|^2$$ The wave functions of a free ...
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How do phase carries structural information about the function? [closed]

Suppose you are on a railway platform and you hear the sound of train coming towards you. Now, Using Fourier transformation we can convert the time domain function (here take sound as a function) ...
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Time evolution of a wavepacket

I do not understand why if $H\psi = E\psi$, then the time-evolution of the wavefunction is given by $e^{-iEt/h}\psi(x)$.
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For an event that can occur in many ways, why is the wavefunction of the event the sum of wavevfunction for each way separately?

The wavefunction of identical particles is given as: $$\psi_{1,2} (x_1,x_2) = \psi_1(x_1)\psi_2(x_2) + \psi_2(x_1)\psi_1(x_2)$$ . Why is it so? Why is it the sum of the two states? What is the ...
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Why do we must initially assume that the wavefunction is complex?

The sound waves are real, and they can interfere, so corresponding apparat may be used in quantum mechanics. We also may use the time dependence in a form of orthogonal matrix multiplying the initial ...
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Analytical non-separable solution for schrodinger equation

I am an undergraduate with the background of a first course in Quantum Mechanics. I want to find out if there exist non-unique solutions to Schrodinger equation. So I have to find potentials ...
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What is the difference between real orbital & complex orbital?

While reading Atomic orbitals, I came before these two terms. The 'real orbital' is given here: Real orbitals An atom that is embedded in a crystalline solid feels multiple preferred axes, ...
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Indistinguishable particles and probability density

I am given the following (probably simple) exercise, but I think I misunderstand something: Let $\psi_{a,b}(r_1,r_2)$ be a two-particle state, calculate the probability density for distinguishable ...
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Where do these two equalities for the expectation value come from precisely? Doesn't $\Psi^* x \Psi = x |\Psi|^2$?

Where do these two equalities for the expectation value come from precisely? : $$\begin{align} \langle x\rangle &= \int_{-\infty} ^\infty \Psi^* x \Psi\,\mathrm{d}x \\ \langle x^2\rangle &= ...
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The Tunnelling Man [closed]

What's the probability that I will tunnel through a solid wall? By "tunnel" I mean, the probability of finding me on the other side of the wall. Assumptions Wall thickness = $d$ Clearly state any ...
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Mach-Zehnder interferometry wave functions

Consider the set up below: I have read that in the apparatus the wavefunction is given by: $$|\psi \rangle=e^{i\theta}|c \rangle +i |b \rangle$$ where $\theta$ is the phase added by the phase ...
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Importance of bound states

While solving a potential well problem we get scattering states and bound states (if exist). Number of the bound states we get depends on the potential profile. What I want to ask is, what is the ...
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What is the meaning of integrating over the state space?

If $\lvert\psi\rangle$ denotes the state space corresponding to a qubit, then what is the meaning of the $$\int d\psi$$ where the integral is over whole state space of a qubit? How do I evaluate it? ...
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Finding the wave function of a quantum harmonic oscillator [duplicate]

How can I find the wave function of a quantum harmonic oscillator? If I measure its energy several times, my measurements will change the state of a system. All I know are the possible states, given ...
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Why is probability of finding the electron at a certain point when one of the slits is closed $|\Psi|^2 $ & not $|\Psi|^2 dx$?

Let in a given physical condition, the wave-function to a particle be assigned as $|\Psi (x_i,0,0,t)|^2 dx$. Now, at the double-slit experiment , the probability of finding the particle at any $x$ ...