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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Rotating fermion and spin structure on manifold

We know that doing a 2$\pi$ rotation would give a minus sign to wavefunctions of electrons. Since electrons are spin $1/2$ objects. How is this related to the spin structure on the manifold in which ...
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Conditions to find standing waves harmonics

I came up with a doubt on standing waves conditions. The type of question I find difficult to answer is of the following type. Consider a rope. I do not know if the rope is fixed at both end or at ...
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Situations in which there is path difference interference or formation of standing waves [on hold]

I came up with a doubt about standing waves and path difference in general. Consider these two different cases as examples. If I have a rope fixed at one end and I make the free end oscillating, I ...
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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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How to plot numerically the wave functions according to the Hamiltonian?

It is often difficult to analytically solve the Schrodinger equation, and so we need to obtain a solution numerically. An example plot is shown below. Here, the wave functions for a three junction ...
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What does the Schrodinger Equation really mean?

I understand that the Schrodinger equation is actually a principle that cannot be proven. But can someone give a plausible foundation for it and give it some physical meaning/interpretation. I guess I'...
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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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How to understand permutations of particles in Quantum Mechanics?

I'm studying identical particles in Quantum Mechanics and I'm having a hard time to understand the idea of permutations of particles from a mathematical standpoint. From one intuitive point of view ...
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Normalisation of angular wave function: particle in a circular box

For a particle in a circular box (with radius $R$) with zero potential inside the circle and infinitely high potential outside of the circle, the Schrödinger equation in polar coordinates is: $$-\...
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Double slit experiment and entanglement [duplicate]

Just wondering, what would happen in this experiment. In the experiment you would first have two entangled particles. Then you fire one of the particles, lets say "Particle A", at a double slit ...
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Applicability of wavefunction matching when Hamiltonian (not just potential) varies

A simple tunnelling calculation can be performed for a potential step by calculating the eigenfunctions for the Hamiltonian on either side of the step and matching the wavefunctions (and using ...
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Show that $(x-iy)g(r)$, $z g(r)$ and $(x+iy)g(r)$ are mutually orthogonal [closed]

I want to show that $$\psi_1(x,y,z) = (x-iy)g(r)$$ $$\psi_2(x,y,z) = \sqrt{2}zg(r)$$ $$\psi_3(x,y,z) = -(x+iy)g(r)$$ where $g(r)$ is an arbitrary function of $r = \sqrt{x^2 + y^2 + z^2}$, are ...
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Gauge transformation of vector potential multiplies wavefunction by phase

Consider an electron in an electromagnetic field with scalar and vector potentials $\phi, \mathbf{A}$. Suppose for simplicity that $\mathbf{A}$ is time independent. Suppose also that we know the ...
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How can an orbital be recognised from the wavefunction notation?

I am a student and was working up the exercises in my book when I came across a problem that required me to identify the orbital given by $ \psi_{3,2,1}\,.$ What I can work out is that the sub-shell ...
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wave equation in dielectric medium [closed]

Maxwell's equations: $$\nabla \cdot \mathbf{E} = \frac {\rho} {\epsilon}$$ $$\nabla \times \mathbf{E} = - \frac {\partial \mathbf{B}} {\partial t}$$ $$\nabla\cdot \mathbf{B} = 0$$ $$\nabla \times \...
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Why does a electric Potential have to be real, but not a Potential in quantum mechanics?

So I had this Problem when I had to learn about classical electromagnetism: Why is it, that we use complex numbers when calculating stuff, but in the end only the real part is important (for example ...
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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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What happens when two wavefunctions meet?

Apologies for the over-broad question(s), but I'm having a hard time finding out where to look to answer these myself: If a particle is a wavefunction describing a probability amplitude distributed ...
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Can a quantum mechanical system have more than one wave-function?

I was told that a quantum mechanical system is completely determined by its wave function. But superposition principle says that given two wave functions of some system, a linear combination of them ...
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Protocol for solving time independent Schrodinger equation

Just a short question about the protocol for solving the time-independent Schrodinger equation for different potentials and the reasons for accepting and rejecting solutions. Take for example the ...
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Can a physical wavefunction be non-smooth (its first derivative is discontinuous)?

Here's an argument that might support the statement that such a non-smooth wavefunction is not physical: You cannot add a finite number of smooth functions to get a non-smooth function. By fourier ...
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Modern interpretation of wave-particle duality

As far as I understand, in the early days of quantum theory there was quite a lot of debate over how to interpret what it meant for a quantum mechanical object to exhibit both wave-like and particle-...
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Energy Conservation in Changing Potential Well

If you prepare a particle in a basis state, $|n\rangle$ of an infinite potential well of length $L$, the energy of that state will be $\langle E\rangle = E_n$, with zero variance. If you then ...
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What is so special about atomic nodes and why do they exist? [duplicate]

Using Schrodinger’s wave equation we see that there are certain nodes, i.e radial nodes where the probability of finding the electron is minimum. These nodes are sometimes very close to the nucleus ...
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Probability and double slit

if a beam of identical particles at random distances from each other (or exactly 1/2 lambda between each other) travelling with the same v towards a double sllit do not interfere with each others wave ...
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Physical position eigenfunction normalisation

We know that the Dirac function $$\delta(a)=\lim_{a \rightarrow 0} \delta_{a}(x)$$ can be written as an infinitesimally narrow Gaussian: $$ \delta_{a}(x) := \frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi a^2}}e^{-x^2/2a^2}$$ ...
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How can we justify identifying the Dirac delta function with the eigenfunction of position? [duplicate]

I can think of at least two different ways to understand eigenfunctions of operators in quantum mechanics. But neither one seems to provide a good explanation for why we take the position-basis ...
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Solution for Schrödinger equation for constant box potential?

It is known that in a box potential, when we set $V = 0$ inside and $V = \infty$ on the boundaries, the solution to the equation $$ - \frac{\hbar}{2m} \bigg( \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} + \frac{ \...
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What do operations on single Qubits of Unfactorable Superpositions Do?

So suppose I have the following Quantum Circuit: A ---- |Control| -----|Hadamard|---- B ---- |xxxxxxx|------------------------ Which is a 2 input Controlled Gate (applying some gate of two choices ...
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Does the Hamiltonian time-evolution operator actually change the state of the system?

According to my understanding of things, the time evolution operator in QM looks something like this, $$U = \exp(-iHt/\hbar)$$ Which acts on the state vector / wave-function of the system to ...
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Semi-infinite / Asymmetric potential well

I'm asked to come up with an ansatz and solve for the coefficients of a asymmetric infinite potential well, where: $$ V = \begin{cases} \infty \text{ for } x< 0 \\ V_0 \text{ for } 0 \leq x \leq L ...
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Where does the position operator come from?

In quantum mechanics the momentum and energy operators appear in Schroedinger's equation. In fact in the derivation of Schroedinger's equation from the classical wave equation the momentum operator ...
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Finding the velocity of a given wavepacket [closed]

I've been given a wave packet, that is moving from right to left toward a (known) potential, which has in time $t = 0$ has the form: $$ψ(x, t = 0) = Ae^{−c(x−x_0)^2}e^{ik_0x}$$ and I need to ...
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Can we write the wave function of the living things? If yes then how? [closed]

In quantum mechanics we studied that everything has a wave function associated with it.My question is can we write down the wave functions of things. Then how we can write down the wave functions of ...
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How can an atom be in an ensemble of energy states?

So I was reading this pdf and in sections 3.2.3 it states theres is an atom with |$\psi_{o}\rangle$ which is a linear combination of two energy eigenstates (a ground |0$\rangle$ and excited state |1$\...
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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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Normalization of wave function meaning…?

I just have one question. I'm doing a problem where I'm told to normalize a wave function, which is split up into two regions, namely where $r \leq r_0$ and $r > r_0$. My question is, why am I ...
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Schrödinger's interpretation of his wave function before Born

The below shows some excerpt from Feynman's lecture notes. 21–4 The meaning of the wave function When Schrödinger first discovered his equation he discovered the conservation law of Eq. (21....
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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 x_1x_2\...
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Can Schrödinger Equation be derived from Huygens' Principle?

Notes of Enrico Fermi start from an analogy between mechanics and optics and with 4 pages he derives the Schrödinger equation. In all my courses, I have seen as an axiom - this is how wave-particles ...
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Can particle quantum spin be described with a wave function? [closed]

I'm a little confused about the idea of spin. It's been non-technically described to me as "like magnetic dipole moment", except only two possible "directions". But I feel like that's a bad analogy, ...
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Can someone explain what the wave function is? [duplicate]

I've been doing she research I don't really understand what a wave function is. I used to think it was the de Broglie's wavelength but I've soon found otherwise. Just a simple and clear explanation ...
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Wavefunctions “adapted” to the perturbation ? Relation to Faraday effect

I came accross the following statement in a book: If one wants to switch on a magnetic field, one must first choose the appropriate complex unperturbed wave functions (that are "adapted" to the ...
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Wavefunction of electron in 3D infinite well with non-zero potential

Consider an electron moving in a potential $V$ defined by $$V(x,y,z) = \left \{ \begin{array}{ll} \alpha(x^2 + y^2) & 0 \leq z \leq a \\ \infty & \text{otherwise} \end{array} \right. $$ ...
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Degeneracy in one dimension

I'm reading this wikipedia article and I'm trying to understand the proof under "Degeneracy in One Dimension". Here's what it says: Considering a one-dimensional quantum system in a potential $V(...
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Non-separable solutions of the Schroedinger equation

I'm studying an undergraduate Quantum Mechanics course and I have some doubts about the solution of the Schroedinger equation by the separation of variables method. If we suppose that the solutions ...
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Schrödinger-Pauli Equation Solutions

The Schrödinger-Pauli equation is the non-relativistic limit of the Dirac equation, and therefore describes spin-1/2 particles in an external electromagnetic field. It is given by: $$\left[\frac{1}{...
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How can energy be negative in a finite square well?

Say if the potential $V(x) < 0$ in the well but the sides or the scattered states its zero potential, anyways How is that the energy in the well is less than zero? Is it because the potential ...
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Quantum mechanics: Path integrals vs normal

What are the similarities and differences in the theory for quantum mechanics using path integrals versus the normal method using wave functions?