Is it possible for two bosons to occupy the same quantum state explain?

In summary, the symmetric combination of two single particle wavefunctions Gab(r1,r2)=Ga(r1)Gb(r2)+Ga(r2)Gb(r1), where G is psi, displays the exchange symmetry characteristics of bosons (equation G(r1,r2)=G(r2,r1)). This means that when interchanging the particles among coordinates, the result remains the same. This is similar to simple arithmetic operations such as multiplication and addition, where the order of the numbers does not affect the result. Therefore, it is possible for two bosons to occupy the same quantum state because interchanging them results in the same wavefunction.
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Show that the symmetric combination of two single particle wavefunction

Gab(r1,r2)=Ga(r1)Gb(r2)+Ga(r2)Gb(r1)

where G is psi ( i don't have symbol on my computer)

displays the exchange symmetry characteristics of bosons (equation

G(r1,r2)=G(r2,r1))

Is it possible for two bosons to occupy the same quantum state explain?

Please give me some tips how to do first part of the problem. I am totaly lost
 
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Just write r2 where you had r1 and also write r1 where you had r2.
You get the same result.
 
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Let's use 2 simple examples:

5 * 6 = 30. Ok but 6*5 also = 30.
So when you are multiplying 2 things together, it doesn't matter what order you write them in. You get the same result.

Also:
4 + 3 = 7. But 3 + 4 also = 7.
Similar to multiplication. It doesn't matter what order you write the numbers in. You get the same result.
 
  • #4
You can also interchange particles among coordinates. You should get the same result.

Daniel.
 

Related to Is it possible for two bosons to occupy the same quantum state explain?

1. Can two bosons occupy the same quantum state?

Yes, it is possible for two bosons to occupy the same quantum state. In quantum mechanics, bosons are particles that do not follow the Pauli exclusion principle, which states that two identical fermions cannot occupy the same quantum state. Therefore, bosons can occupy the same state without violating any fundamental principles of quantum mechanics.

2. How is this possible?

This is possible because bosons have integer spin, which means they have symmetrical wave functions. This allows them to occupy the same quantum state without interfering with each other, unlike fermions which have half-integer spin and have anti-symmetrical wave functions.

3. Does this have any practical applications?

Yes, this phenomenon has important implications in various fields of physics, such as in the study of superconductivity and superfluidity. In these systems, the particles behave like bosons and can occupy the same quantum state, leading to unique properties and behaviors.

4. Are there any limitations to this concept?

While it is possible for bosons to occupy the same quantum state, there is a limit to the number of bosons that can occupy a single state. This limit is determined by the size of the system and the energy levels of the particles.

5. How does this concept relate to Bose-Einstein condensates?

Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) is a state of matter that occurs when a group of bosons are cooled to near absolute zero temperature. In this state, a large number of bosons occupy the lowest energy state, which is known as the ground state. This phenomenon is only possible due to the fact that bosons can occupy the same quantum state, making BECs a direct result of the principles of quantum mechanics.

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