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Normalization of Radial wavefunction of hydrogen atom

  1. Jul 21, 2012 #1
    All I need to evaluate the normalization coefficient. I need a step by step guide. It will be a great help if someone please tell me where can i get the solution (with intermediate steps). I think the solution can be done using the orthogonal properties of associated Laguerre polynomial. I need the steps. Thanks.
     

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  3. Jul 21, 2012 #2

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  4. Jul 24, 2012 #3
    thanks a lot. the book contains the solution. but i still have one more confusion. the radial wavefunction (normalized) in the book has a minus sign. but i found many places where the minus sign has not been included. though the probability density requires the mod square of ψ, i want to know the shape of ψ. hence, what is the real value of it? should i include minus sign?
     

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  5. Jul 24, 2012 #4

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    Wavefunctions are always uncertain up to a phase. So you can multiply the wavefunction by -1, or in fact by any number of the form exp(i * phi) where phi is any real value, without changing any observables.
     
  6. Jul 24, 2012 #5
    i have an equation,
    f(ρ) = [itex]\rho^{l+1}[/itex][itex]e^{-\rho}[/itex][itex]\upsilon(2\rho)[/itex]

    i want to transform it to the following multiplying only the right hand side with [itex](-1)^{2l+1}[/itex][itex](2)^{l+1}[/itex],
    f(ρ) = [itex](-1)^{2l+1}[/itex][itex](2\rho)^{l+1}[/itex][itex]e^{-\rho}[/itex][itex]\upsilon(2\rho)[/itex]

    is it possible?

    i want to use [itex](2\rho)^{l+1}[/itex] instead of [itex]\rho^{l+1}[/itex], because, the normalization coefficient normalizes with respect to ρ whatever the the function f(ρ) is. and [itex](2)^{l+1}[/itex] is not a function of ρ.

    i want to multiply by [itex](-1)^{2l+1}[/itex], because i found that if the associated Laguerre polynomial is [itex]AL^{2l+1}_{n+l}(x)[/itex]=[itex]\frac{d^{2l+1}}{dx^{2l+1}}[/itex][itex]L^{}_{n+l}(x)[/itex]. now, in some places, i found A=1 and other places [itex]A=(-1)^{2l+1}[/itex]. besides, is it something related to Condon-Shortley Phase factor?
    as after multiplyng by anything which is not a function of [itex]\rho[/itex] will still satisfy the associated laguerre differential equation, can i do this multiplication of [itex](-1)^{2l+1}[/itex][itex](2)^{l+1}[/itex]? thanks.
     
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