What happens to normalization of wavefunction when you add a perturb correction?

• bjnartowt
In summary, the normalization of a wavefunction is a mathematical concept that ensures the total probability of finding a particle in all possible states is equal to 1. Adding a perturb correction can affect the normalization of the wavefunction, and it is important to maintain proper normalization for accurate quantum mechanical calculations. Other factors, such as boundary conditions and the presence of other particles, can also affect the normalization. To adjust the normalization after adding a perturb correction, scientists must find a new normalization constant through mathematical calculations.
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Homework Statement

Consider any ket. Find the perturbative correction to that ket. Then,

|n> = |n0> + |n1>

Here, |n0> is the ket from the unperturbed hamiltonian (who cares what it is), and |n1> is the 1st order correction.

Do you introduce a new normalization when you add the perturbative correction? It seems the sensible thing to do.

The Attempt at a Solution

Yes, the 'sum' ket is also normalized to unity. <n|n>=1.

1. What is the normalization of a wavefunction?

The normalization of a wavefunction is a mathematical concept that ensures the total probability of finding a particle in all possible states is equal to 1. In other words, it ensures that the particle is accounted for and has not vanished or appeared elsewhere.

2. How does adding a perturb correction affect the normalization of a wavefunction?

When a perturb correction is added to a wavefunction, it alters the energy and shape of the wavefunction. This can affect the normalization of the wavefunction, as the total probability of finding the particle in all possible states may no longer be equal to 1. Therefore, the normalization constant may need to be adjusted to maintain the proper normalization.

3. Why is it important to maintain the normalization of a wavefunction?

The normalization of a wavefunction is important because it ensures the accuracy of quantum mechanical calculations. A non-normalized wavefunction can lead to incorrect predictions and results in quantum mechanics. Additionally, normalization is a fundamental principle in quantum mechanics and is necessary for the interpretation of physical phenomena.

4. Can the normalization of a wavefunction be affected by other factors besides perturb corrections?

Yes, there are other factors that can affect the normalization of a wavefunction. These include boundary conditions, the potential energy of the system, and the presence of other particles. In general, any change to the wavefunction can potentially affect its normalization.

5. How do scientists adjust the normalization of a wavefunction after adding a perturb correction?

Adjusting the normalization of a wavefunction after adding a perturb correction involves finding the new normalization constant that ensures the total probability of finding the particle in all possible states is equal to 1. This is typically done through mathematical calculations and may require multiple iterations to obtain an accurate result.

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