How do protons oscillate?

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1. Aug 5, 2015

Devin

How do protons oscillate? Do they move back and forth with a constant velocity, or sorta like a mass on a spring? If so, what is the frequency of oscillation? Thanks

2. Aug 6, 2015

e.bar.goum

What makes you think that protons oscillate in general? I can set up a system where I can make a proton oscillate in space, but in that case, I could give it any frequency I wanted.

3. Aug 6, 2015

snorkack

Constant velocity is characteristic of flat-bottomed, square well. Big nuclei approach it, small ones do not.

4. Aug 6, 2015

Staff: Mentor

The question makes some unclear assumption about protons which is probably not true.

Even in large nuclei, the protons inside form a standing wave, so they don't oscillate.

5. Aug 6, 2015

Devin

I know so little about the tiny world that provides us our laws. I am under the assumption that particles oscillate in general. I just want to know how. Not why. The why is easy.

6. Aug 6, 2015

Staff: Mentor

They can oscillate, but in general they do not.

7. Aug 6, 2015

HomogenousCow

Protons are just like everything else, under some conditions they can oscillate, under others they will behave in other ways.

8. Aug 6, 2015

snorkack

Can it be said that wave functions which undergo some sort of periodic change tend to emit something?

9. Aug 6, 2015

Staff: Mentor

That depends on the periodic change and its cause.

10. Aug 7, 2015

snorkack

What kinds of wave functions have modulus changing?
Changing the argument of wave function while leaving the modulus constant should leave the probability density constant.

11. Aug 7, 2015

Staff Emeritus
It's your assumption. How can we explain it?

12. Aug 7, 2015

ZapperZ

Staff Emeritus
Protons don't oscillate on its own.

Unless you are able to show us where you got such an idea, there is no way for us to answer a question that started off with a false premise. It is like you are asking us to explain why unicorns are purple.

Zz.