# Normalizing: One dimensional wave function

1. Mar 31, 2013

### Roodles01

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
At time t = 0 a particle is described by the 1D wave function
ψ(x,0) = (2α)^1/4 e^-ikx-α
Verify that this is normalized

2. Relevant equations
Er! I have just started this sort of thing, so just a bit confused.
I think I can do this if there are limits as to where the particle is restricted like the example on this wiki page, but I don't have the restrictions shown in the above question, so how do i do this?

3. The attempt at a solution

ψ(x,0) = (2α)^1/4 e^-ikx-α
To normalize we need to find the value of arbitrary constant, A, from;
∫IψI^2 dx = 1 (between ±∞)

from ψ = A(2α)^1/4 e^-ikx-α
we have
ψ^2 = A^2 (2α)^1/4 (e^-ikx-α * e^ikx-α)

ψ^2 = A^2 (2α)^1/4

∫IA^2 (2α)^1/4I dx = 1 (between ±∞)

. . . . . . . . er . . . . . come to an end.
Thank you

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2. Mar 31, 2013

### vela

Staff Emeritus
Your mistake is in the last step: $e^{-a}e^{-a} = e^{-2a}$.