# Schrodinger Equations

1. Sep 16, 2011

### physicsg

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

Suppose the wave function for a particle of mass m in one dimension is
psi(x)= (const)ex2/4l2

express this wave function in terms of a fourier series or integral.

I know that psi(x)=$\sum$k (ak *eikx) for a plane wave. I have no idea where to go from here. Any help is appreciated. I don't even know what the L in the wave function represents. Psi(x) should look like a gaussian curve.

Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
2. Sep 16, 2011

### vela

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You're missing a negative sign in the exponent. It should be $$\psi(x) \propto e^{-\frac{x^2}{4l^2}}$$If you express it as a Fourier integral, you have$$\psi(x) = \frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{-\infty}^\infty f(k)e^{ikx}\,dk$$You need to figure out what f(k) is.