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Homework Help: Two state oscillations and quantum oscillator

  1. Sep 18, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I was asked an interesting question once that I'd like to solve but have no idea where to start.

    It's hard to remember the exact details but basically:

    Two electrons are in a harmonic oscillator potential but in two separate states [itex] \left | m \right \rangle [/itex] and [itex] \left | n \right \rangle [/itex]. I know these are stationary states but the combination of them are not.

    I was asked something like what would the energy between the states need to be for the states to oscillate.

    My understanding is that this means that the a certain condition electrons have equal probability of transition to the higher state m or dropping to the lower state n so the electrons basically hop back and forth between these states.

    Does this make sense and how would I go about approaching this problem with the math?
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