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Homework Help: Help! Stern-Gerlach Experiment and Spherical Harmonics!

  1. Nov 10, 2008 #1
    Hey, this is going to be abit long winded....

    In a Stern-Gerlach experiment a beam of hydrogenic atoms in the l=1 state travelling along the y-axis is first passed through an inhomogeneous magnetic field in the z-direction to yield three beams corresponding to three eigenstates Y(z,1), Y(z,0) and Y(z,-1). One of the beams is selected and then passed through an inhomogeneous magnetic field in the x-direction. Discuss the outcome of the experiment in each of the folowing cases:

    (a) The Y(z,-1) beam is selected
    (b) The Y(z,0) beam is selected
    (c) The Y(z,1) beam is selected

    In each case compute the probability of the beam going into the states of a,b, and c.

    Could you please show your working, am so confused! Thanks :)
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