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Is an electron everywhere at once?by steersman
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Dec2503, 12:44 AM

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Is an electron everywhere at once within a waveform?



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Dec2503, 03:33 AM

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it's probablity dictates the electron to be in other places rather than the one observed by the experiment, the experiment affects the state of an electron (which is in a superposition).



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Dec2503, 11:50 AM

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Check out this thread by loop quantum gravity: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthr...&threadid=9661 


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Corrections encourged. 


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Dec2503, 05:35 PM

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Dec2603, 03:22 PM

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Isn't this related to Schrödinger's cat mystery?



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Dec2603, 04:02 PM

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So even as part of an atom, the electrons probability distribution is everywhere? What about the wave equation solutions for the hydrogen atom for example. I thought that they described various symetrical distribution patterns that are localized (i.e. depending on the its quantum numbers). 


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Dec2603, 04:55 PM

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The atomic electrons are "localized" only in the sense that their probability densities approach zero as r approaches infinity. The only way to truly localize a particle to a finite region of space is to confine it in a potential well whose walls are infinitely high (on the energy axis). This, of course, is not physically realizable. 


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Thanks again, 


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A moonsized asteroid crashing into an earthlike planet 100 million light years away makes a hellofa huge sound in that local environment, regardless of whether or not anyone observes it.
Prove that wrong. 


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