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Probability of a wave function

  1. Jan 4, 2009 #1
    Hi everyone,

    Assume that we have an electron in the Coulomb field of a proton, whose wave function is specified. How can I find the probability of finding this electron in the ground state of the hydrogen atom?

    Thank you.
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2009 #2

    malawi_glenn

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    find the projection of that given wave function with the wave function of ground state for hydrogen.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2009 #3
    Why do we do that? I couldn't understand the reason.
     
  5. Jan 5, 2009 #4

    malawi_glenn

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    It is the formalism of quantum mechanics?

    Think of vectors in the plane, wavefuctions are vectors in Hilbert space.

    The probability for state |a> to be in state |b> is given by: |<a|b>|^2
     
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