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Tannor Quantum Mechanics derivative of variance of position

  1. Jan 16, 2016 #1
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    In the Tannor textbook Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, there is a second derivative of chi on p37. It looks like this:

    χ"(t) = d/dt ( (1/m) * (<qp + pq> - 2<p><q> ) (Equation 1)

    Where χ is the variance of position, or χ= <q^2> - <q>^2 and q is position and p is momentum, and m is mass. Eventually this equation transforms into the following:

    χ"(t) = (2/(m2)) * ( <p2> - <p>2 - m*V"(<q>)*χ) (Equation 2)

    There is obviously Ehrenfest theorem used here. I found that the first term inside the bracket in Equation 1 goes to 0 using integrals. The second becomes the following:


    = (2/(m2))(m*<q>V'(<q>) - m*(<q>*q-<q>2)V"(<q>) - <p>2)

    and now I'm stuck. What's the next step? How do I get <p2>?
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  3. Jan 21, 2016 #2
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