(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); [SOLVED] Klein Gordon equation, probability density

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Use the Klein-Gordon Equation to show that

[tex]\partial_{\mu}j^{\mu} = 0[/tex]

2. Relevant equations

KG:

[tex]\left(\frac{\partial^{2}}{\partial t^{2}} - \nabla^{2} + m^{2}\right) \phi = (\partial_{\mu}\partial^{\mu} + m^{2}) \phi = 0[/tex]

j:

[tex]j^{\mu} = \frac{i}{2m} \left[\phi^{*}(\partial^{\mu} \phi) - (\partial^{\mu} \phi^{*}) \phi]\right[/tex]

3. The attempt at a solution

OK, so I've expanded j out, taking the differentials and have the following for my components:

time component:

[tex]\frac{i}{2m} \left[\phi^{*} \frac{\partial^{2} \phi}{\partial t^{2}} - \phi \frac{\partial^{2} \phi^{*}}{\partial t^{2}}\right][/tex]

space components:

[tex]\frac{i}{2m} \left[- \phi^{*} \frac{\partial^{2} \phi}{\partial r^{2}} + \phi \frac{\partial^{2} \phi^{*}}{\partial r^{2}}\right][/tex]

(where I've used r = (x,y,z) )

Putting them in this form:

[tex]\frac{i \phi^{*}}{2m} \left[\frac{\partial^{2} \phi}{\partial t^{2}} - \frac{\partial^{2} \phi}{\partial r^{2}}\right] - \frac{i \phi}{2m} \left[\frac{\partial^{2} \phi^{*}}{\partial t^{2}} - \frac{\partial^{2} \phi^{*}}{\partial r^{2}}\right][/tex]

Which looks slightly more like the KG equation. However, my trouble is with the mass terms, I have no (mass)² terms to complete the KG equation and hence show the desired expression is zero. Can anyone see what I'm missing here?

**Physics Forums - The Fusion of Science and Community**

# Klein Gordon equation, probability density

Have something to add?

- Similar discussions for: Klein Gordon equation, probability density

Loading...

**Physics Forums - The Fusion of Science and Community**