# For proton and electron of identical energy encounter same potential

1. Nov 5, 2006

### somebody-nobody

For proton and electron of identical energy encounter same potential barrier .For which probability of transmission greatest?

2. Nov 5, 2006

### dicerandom

That depends on the exact height and length of the barrier as well as the energy of the incident particles. For a given height and length of the barrier you can find an energy less than the height of the barrier for which either particle would have a transmission probability of 1 and the other particle would have something less than 1.

You can see a decent treatment of the problem on Wikipedia. Take a look at the form of the transmission coefficient T for the case $E<V_0$. If you choose $k_1$ such that $\sin(k_1 a) = 0$ then the transmission coefficient will be 1. $k_1$ depends on the mass of the particle and the difference between the height of the barrier and the energy of the particle.