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Wave functions and magnetic fields

  1. Feb 3, 2009 #1
    Can anyone explain why these two field patterns are so similar?

    The (3,2,1) hydrogen wave function, and this pattern generated from a magnet on a CRT. (attached to post)
     

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  3. Feb 4, 2009 #2

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    They are nowhere similar. Did you check the mathematics? Besides the fact that they look different to me, there is a PHASE information in the hydrogen wavefunction that isn't shown in the intensity plot! That's what the "+" and "-" are for!

    Besides, even if they "look" similar, what's the whole point in all of this? There's no room for "coincidence"?

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  4. Feb 4, 2009 #3
    I don't know, that's why I was asking you.. Why do they look similar?
     
  5. Feb 4, 2009 #4

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    They don't look similar. You ignored completely the first part of my response. I'm done!

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  6. Feb 4, 2009 #5
    sorry.

    I think they are very similar, visually.. But I'm also wondering if the 'field patterns' are also similar at a fundamental level.

    Not yet. I'm not sure where to start.
    I was hoping someone could explain the visual similarities (which you don't see) in layman's terms.
     
  7. Feb 7, 2009 #6
    Any more thoughts on this? I know I'm not the only one who can see visual similarities between the above images.
     
  8. Feb 8, 2009 #7
    Would the field patterns on the CRT change if the magnet was cooled to absolute zero, or heated?
     
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