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Deriving the Hamiltonian

  1. Apr 15, 2010 #1


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    In his lectures on Quantum Physics, Richard Feynmann derives the Hamiltonian matrix as an instantaneous amplitude transition matrix for the operator that does nothing except wait a little while for time to pass.(Chapter 8 book3)

    The instantaneous rate of change of the amplitude that the wave function is in a specific state is the sum or integral of the Hamiltonian times the wave function.

    He then says that for a particle in position coordinates (Chapter 16 section 12) the integral of the Hamiltonian matrix times the wave function equals the - h/2m.Laplacian plus the potential. This is Shroedinger's equation and he goes on to say that there is no derivation of this. Shroedinger just came up with it.

    My question is: starting with the Shrodinger equation how do we find the Hamiltonian matrix?
    I also wonder whether there is a better motivation than Feynmann's explanation.
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