Reflection coefficient of step potential

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why reflection coefficient R=1 in step potential though there happens transmission also as a negative exponential when E<V0
 

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SpectraCat
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why reflection coefficient R=1 in step potential though there happens transmission also as a negative exponential when E<V0
There is no transmission when E<V0 for a step potential ... that would mean the particle was traveling inside the classically forbidden region ...
 
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clem
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The coefficients R and T are determined by the probability of an incident particle traveling to - or + infiity.
 

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