Homework Help: Changing size particle in a box

1. Dec 4, 2012

chaotic

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

there is a infinite quantum well with size L and there is a particle in it with mass m. suddenly the size of the quantum well is doubled. What will be the wave function at a later time t ?

2. Relevant equations

ψ= $\sqrt{2/L}$ sin (n pi x / L)

E = n^2 pi^2 h^2 / 2mL^2

3. The attempt at a solution

do we need to find cn again with 2L ?

2. Dec 4, 2012

Simon Bridge

Yes.
I'd normally do this by expressing the initial state of the particle, in the 1L well, in terms of a superposition of states of the final 2L well... then finding the time-evolution of those states.

I'd have expected the initial state to be a specified n state (i.e. the ground state).

A lot depends on context - eg.
If there is a mechanism for decay present, then the question could be answered in terms of the energy lost in the decay from initial to final states. (Otherwise the system remains in a composite state until some measurement of energy is made.)