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Homework Help: Free particle wavefunction

  1. Dec 28, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    At time t=0 free particle is found in state psi=const*sin(3x)*exp[i(5y+z)]. What values for energy and for momentum we can get if we measure them at t=0 and with what probability?


    2. Relevant equations
    Well, we know that eigenvalues of energy and momentum operator for free particle are (hbar*k)^2/(2m) and hbar*k respectively.



    3. The attempt at a solution
    So, does measured momentum equal hbar*(0, 5, 1) and energy 13(hbar)^2/m? Is probability 100%? Book hints that we can get different values for momentum, not just one I stated before. How is it possible?
     
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  3. Dec 29, 2011 #2

    BruceW

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    You've got the y and z momentum correct. But You've not got the correct x momentum. In the wavefunction, the bit that depends on x is: sin(3x) So you've got to think of how to express this in terms of eigenstates.
     
  4. Dec 29, 2011 #3
    With the use of Fourier transform? But if my limits of integration are infinity, I get diverging integrals. What limits should I use?
     
  5. Dec 29, 2011 #4

    BruceW

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    you don't need to do anything complicated. I'm sure you must have learned about how to write a sine function as a sum of two complex exponentials... (that's the hint)
     
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