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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Double slit experiment and single particles. Is the wave function just a mathematical model?

I really do want to apologize in advance, I know this question has been 'answered' before. I have this 'problem' of feeling negatively toward much of today's 'mystical' interpretations of physics, ...
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On use of Hamiltonians for Helium

The Hamiltonian of helium can be expressed as the sum of two hydrogen Hamiltonians and that of the Coulomb interaction of two electrons. $$\hat H = \hat H_1 + \hat H_2 + \hat H_{1,2}.$$ The wave ...
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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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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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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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Kronig-Penney model

I am studying the Kronig-Penney model as treated in the book by Kittel: Introduction to Solid State Physics. In this model one considers a period potential which is zero in the region $[0,a]$ ...
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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

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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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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A method providing FTL communication? [closed]

I would like to see a rebuttal of my proposition of how to provide FTL communication by what I call "The Hedgehog Method". I have seen question #78460 but would not bother about entanglements nor ...
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Uncertainty in the hydrogen ground state [closed]

The following question is put forward by one of my students. 1.In spherical polar coordinates, can radial momentum have the form $(h/2\pi i)[\partial/\partial r - 1/r]$? 2. If it is so, what is the ...
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How do I describe two entangled electrons in the same state except for a different spin

I am trying to formulate the wave function that describes two entangled electons having the same position but opposite spin. According to the Pauli exclusion principle this should be possible. And ...
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Energy difference between symmetric and antisymmetric wavefunctions

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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How can I show that an arbitrary wavefunction in a 1D SHO is periodic in time?

I want to show that an arbitrary wavefunction $f$ in a one dimensional harmonic potential reproduces itself after a period T up to a phase factor: $f(x,t+T)=Af(x,t)$, $|A|=1$ I am not sure if this ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to find the hydrogen atom's radial wavefunctions?

Is there a way to actually find the equation of $R(r)$ without looking at a table with these equations already given? I'm given $n$, $\ell$, and $m$.
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Understanding the Wave Function and Excited States

A wave function is an infinite dimensional vector space, how can it "live" in $\mathbb{R}^3$? Given the equation that is built like: $$\Psi (x,t) = \sum ^{\infty} _{n=1} c_n \psi _n (x) e^{-i E_n t / ...
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details for the double slit experiment

In the double slit experiment with electrons, are all electrons going through the slits? If the electron gun is directed between two slits, than it should hit the central part between the slits, isn't ...
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A well-defined quantum probability in the beginning of the universe?

In mathematics or statistics, a well defined probability requires a large sample space. However, in the beginning of the universe, when the first quantum collapse happened, the sample space contains ...
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When Eigenfunctions/Wavefunctions are real?

When the Hamiltonian is Hermitian(i,e. beyond the effective mass approximation), generally under which conditions the eigenfunctions/wavefunctions are real? What happens in 1D case like the finite ...
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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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Integers, Energy levels, and wavenumbers for a particle in a 2D box

(This question is not about coding) I have built a little code in Python that allows the user to plot the energy vs the wave number of particle in a 2D box, depending on what values for the integers ...
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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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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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Bloch's theorem

I am studying Bloch's theorem, which can be stated as follows: The eigenfunctions of the wave equation for a period potential are the product of a plane wave $e^{ik \cdot r}$ times a modulation ...
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Given wave function at $t=0$, what is the process of deriving time dependent wave equation? [closed]

Suppose $$\Psi (x, t=0)=Ae^{i\alpha _1}\psi _1(x)+Be^{i\alpha _2}\psi_2(x)+Ce^{i\alpha _3}\psi_3(x).$$ If $\psi _n$ are the energy eigenfunctions how would I derive $\Psi (x,t)$? I am having trouble ...
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When can we assume that the wavefunction is separable

While working out the stationary states of a single particle in a 3d infinite potential box ($V=0$ inside a cuboid of known dimensions, $V=\infty$ everywhere else), I realized I had to assume the ...
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How to determine the trasmission coefficient of a gaussian wave packet scattering on an finite square well?

I am doing a scattering simulation of a gaussian wave packet on a finite square well. I have solved numerically the Schroedinger equation and I know the values of the wave function after the ...
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Imaginary Eigenvalue Of A Hermitian Operator

The eigenfunctions of a Hermitian operator are real. But consider a function $\psi(x)=e^{-\kappa x}$, $x\in\mathbb{R}$, where $\kappa$ is a real constant. Then, $$\hat p \psi(x)=-i\hbar ...
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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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How does a unique electron probability distribution correspond to one wavefunction?

I'm reading the Wikipedia article on DFT, and it says that there is a one-to-one correspondence between the ground state particle density $$n_0(\vec{r}) = N \int \text{d}^3 r_2 \int \text{d}^3 r_3 ...
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Calculating the Reflection Coefficient of a Potential Step Explicitly

So I'm using the following definition for the Reflection coefficient : $$\frac{\vec{j}_{reflected}}{\vec{j}_{incident}}$$ Hence, since : $$\psi_{reflected}=Be^{-ikx}$$ and ...
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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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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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Ground State Functional and Vacuum-Vacuum Transition Amplitude

In Path Integral formalism, the vacuum-vacuum transition amplitude is defined to be (the functional integration is over all field configurations in the whole spacetime; $\Phi_{\vec{x}}(\tau)$ is the ...
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Stationary state of time-independent Schroedinger equation is always real valued function?

I am reflecting on the solution of the time-independent Schroedinger equation. My reasoning is that the stationary state of the time-independent Schroedinger equation must be a real valued function ...
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Entropy before and after collapse of the wavefunction/ and interpretation?

Seems like it might be pretty rudimentary but I want to see if my thinking is on the right track as well as what the result means. The question is, is the entropy of the collapse of a wavefunction or ...
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fermions and quantum gates

Say that I have 2 qubits - 2 spin half fermions. my initial condition is $|00\rangle$ in the spin-wave function and some anti-symmetrical spacial wave function. I'm wondering about what happens when ...
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Hamiltonian (temperature?) and frame of reference

So we can define a particle by defining its kinetic and potential energy, knowing that we can get a wavefunction describing a particle. But the kinetic energy involves motion, and motion can be ...
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Plane wave expansion in cylindrical coordinates

I am trying to solve scattering problem in 2D and got to expand the wave function in cylindrical system which comes out to be Hankel function. Can you tell me how to expand the plane wave $\exp(i ...
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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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Does the wave function of a particle completely describe the state of the particle?

In classical mechanics, if you know the position and momentum of a particle at time $t$ and the Hamiltonian, you can predict the particle's position and momentum at any time. In quantum mechanics, if ...
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Majorana wavefunction

I'm trying to compute the wavefunction for a Majorana state in an nanowire/superconductor hybrid system, like arXiv: Majorana Fermions and a Topological Phase Transition in ...
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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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Understanding wave functions

I'm currently writing an essay on the measurement problem, and I'm not quite certain that I've fully understood the purpose of the wave function, in that does the following sentence make sense with ...
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Non-separable solution for the Schrödinger equation

Schrödinger solutions are usually if not always of the type: $\psi=\operatorname{T}(t)*\operatorname{X}(x)$ (we use the separation of variables method to arrive at the time independent Schroedinger ...
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Meaning of $C$ in wavefunction equation ($\Psi_{MO} = C_1\phi_A(1s) + C_2\phi_B(1s)$, where $C_1=\pm C_2$)

I've just cracked open a biophysics textbook and it's all fine up until the introduction of the letter C in a wavefunction equation, and declaring C1= ±C2 I've had lectures on eigenfunctions etc. ...
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Physical interpretation of normalization of wave fuctions

Does normalization of wave function mean that we are getting our state vector to unit length? If that's the case what does it mean physically? Also is the underlying vector space finite dimensional? ...