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Modern Physics
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Modern Physics

Modern Physics

Book edition 2nd Edition
Author(s) Randy Harris
Pages 633 pages
ISBN 9780805303087

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does the wave function have a well-defined momentum? Explain.

The constant in the front multiplies the initial function and two opposing moving plane waves are added, so the momentum is not clearly defined.

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Identification of given data

  • The wave function is

Step 2: Concept/significance of Eigenvector

The eigenvectors of a linear transformation are those vectors where the transformation only modifies the magnitude of the vectors and not the angle. The "eigenvalue" of vectors refers to the ratio by which they differ from the original, and the vectors it works with are referred to as the "eigenvectors" corresponding to the eigenvalue.

Step 3: Determination ofthe wave function has well-defined momentum: 

The momentum operator is:

Replace the value of the wave function in the above equation.

Hence, the constant in the front multiplies the initial functionand two opposing moving plane waves are added, so the momentum is not clearly defined.

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