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I'm working through a step potential and I am confused as to why one of the coefficients doesn't go to zero.

V(x) = 0 when x < 0;

V(x) = V_not when x > 0;

a. Calculate reflection coefficient when E < V_not

I can solve the reflection part, it is a step towards it that i am confused about.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

Now i know the solutions solve to:

Aexp(ikx)+Bexp(-ikx) where k= sqrt(2mE)/hbar when x<0

Cexp(lx) where l=sqrt(-2m(E-V_not)/hbar when x>0

So my question is why doesn't B=0? Because when x->-infinity it goes to infinity so B has to be 0. The only reason i can think it wouldn't is because of tunneling. If this is the case how do I spot this. Is it only relevant in step potentials?

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# Homework Help: Step potential

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