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Basic postulates of Quantum mechanics and
Schroedinger equation
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Basic ingredients of wave mechanics
The wave mechanics formulated such a way that the postulates and the
experimental observations should come as outcome of the theory
Explanation of photo-electric effect says that energy of wave representing
fundamental particles should be quantized
E=h+
Einstein's relation
De Broglie's further generalization of the wave-particle dual nature extended
to electrons leads to
\=
h
p
ince wave nature of the particle are confirmed we may choose simple form
of wave to represent the matter wave
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ince wave nature of the particle are confirmed we may also choose simple
form of wave to represent the matter wave
1( x , t )=sin2n
(
x
\
−+t
)
!e are familiar with such waves in a string under "artesian coordinates
#f we consider Bohr model of atoms such wave exist in spherical
coordinates$ therefore we may choose generalized coordinates for the
formalism of the wave-mechanics with "artesian as special case%
chroedinger equation may be regarded an equation that gives form of the
wave under correct potential% &or example in Bohr model it is spherically
symmetrical potential
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chroedinger equation is and equation from first principles of experimental
observations listed as and
E=h+
\=
h
p
#t should be consistent with relation with energy momentum of a classical
system
E=
p
2
2m
+V
ince quantum waves interfere same as in the way classical wave the
solutions they should be linear as in classical waves such as water waves%
Therefore if and are two independent solution
of the differential equation then
also must be solution to this equation ' ee Davisson and (ermer
experiment for interference of quantum waves
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1
( x , t )
1
2
( x , t )
1( x , t )=C
1
1
1
( x , t )+C
2
1
2
( x , t )
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#n case of free particles the function should be free sine or cosine wave
with a constant frequency or wave length%
"ombining the equation we have we can rewrite the classical equations as
p
2
2m
+V=E
h
2
2m\
2
+V ( x , t )=h+
E=h+
\=
h
p
)sing the change of variable
k=
2n
\
o=2n+

2
k
2
2m
+V ( x , t )=ℏo
#n order to maintain linearity assumption term on the differential equation
depend only on the first power of $ i%e%$ all term should contain
this function
1( x , t )
wavenumber
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1( x , t )=sin2n
(
x
\
−+t
)
1( x , t )=sin ( k x−ot )
)sing the change of variable
k=
2n
\
o=2n+

2
k
2
2m
+V ( x , t )=ℏo
#n this equation if expressed in the form of the differential equation in
order to get in the *+ we need second order differential
operator with space
k
2
,lso in order to get on -+ we need a differential equation that
is first order in time%
!e may propose an empirical form of the equation of a matter wave
o
o

2
1( x , t )
∂ x
2
+V ( x , t )1( x , t )=ß
∂1( x , t )
∂t
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o

2
1( x , t )
∂ x
2
+V ( x , t )1( x , t )=ß
∂1( x , t )
∂t
!here and are undetermined constants
o ß
1( x , t )=sin ( k x−ot )
!ith the trial solution under constant potential the differential
equation becomes
−osin(k x−ot )k
2
+sin(k x−ot )V
0
=−ßcos(k x−ot )o
V
0
This is possible in the special case of where
cos ( k x−ot ) =sin ( k x−ot )
x , t
This difficulty can be overcome by using a trial solution that is a
combination of sine and cosine waves
1( x , t )=cos ( k x−ot ) +¸sin( k x−ot )
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1( x , t )=cos ( k x−ot ) +¸sin( k x−ot )
&inding the derivatives with space

2
1( x , t )
∂ x
2
=−k
2
cos ( k x−ot ) −k
2
¸sin ( k x−ot )
∂1( x , t )
∂t
=−osin ( k x−ot ) −o¸cos ( k x−ot )
&inding the derivatives with time
o

2
1( x , t )
∂ x
2
+V ( x , t )1( x , t )=ß
∂1( x , t )
∂t
ubstituting in the equation with constant potential V
0
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ubstituting in the equation with constant potential
o

2
1( x , t )
∂ x
2
+V ( x , t )1( x , t )=ß
∂1( x , t )
∂t
−ok
2
cos ( k x−ot ) −ok
2
¸sin( k x−ot ) +
V
0
cos ( k x−ot ) +V
0
¸sin ( k x−ot ) =
−ßosin ( k x−ot ) +ßo¸cos ( k x−ot )
(
−ok
2
+V
0
+ßo¸
)
cos ( k x−ot )
.lacing together the coefficients of sine and cosine functions
(
−ok
2
¸+V
0
¸−ßo
)
sin( k x−ot ) =0
/eaningful solutions are possible when the coefficients vanish
leading to two algebraic equations
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(
−ok
2
+V
0
+ßo¸
)
cos ( k x−ot )
(
−ok
2
¸+V
0
¸−ßo
)
sin( k x−ot ) =0
−ok
2
+V
0
=−ßo¸
The two equations are
−ok
2
+V
0
=ßo/ ¸
By subtracting one from other
0=−ßo¸−ßo/ ¸
−¸=1/ ¸
¸
2
=−1
¸=!i
)sing this result we may obtain value of other constants
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−ok
2
+V
0
=−ßo¸
¸=!i
−ok
2
+V
0
=∓i ßo
By comparing with the equation equating different parts of the energy

2
k
2
2m
+V
0
=ℏo
o=−

2
2m
ℏ=∓i ßo
ß=!i ℏ
0o specific difference is there for selection of either positive or
negative sign for beta$ therefore choosing positive sign as choice
ß=+i ℏ
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!ith the selection of constants we arrive at the form the equation
o

2
1( x , t )
∂ x
2
+V ( x , t )1( x , t )=ß
∂1( x , t )
∂t
o=−

2
2m
ß=+i ℏ
!ith new value of the constants


2
2m

2
1( x , t )
∂ x
2
+V ( x , t )1( x , t )=i ℏ
∂1( x , t )
∂t
This is the wave equation satisfying all assumption of the quantum
mechanics
o far we have not proved that this equation is valid for any arbitrary
potential other than free particle% #n any arbitrary potential we need to
prove the validity from the experimental results
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Meaning and properties of wave functions
!ave functions give state of a system$ the time evolution of a classical
state is given time variation of the wave functions
is interpreted as the probability amplitude of the particle's
presence
µ(¯r , t )
.osition vector in a three dimensional space
!ave function contains all information about the state of system
µ(¯r , t )
¯r
can ta1e any value in the space
d P(¯r , t )
.robability of finding a particles in the
in the volume element
d r
3
=dx dy dz
∣µ(¯r , t )∣
2
#s interpreted as probability density
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d P(¯r , t )=C∣µ(¯r , t )∣
2
d
3
r
#s interpreted as probability density
0ormalization constant
µ(¯r , t )
"onsider the wave function representing total solution of the chrodinger
equation
µ(¯r , t )=c
1
µ
1
(¯r , t )+c
2
µ
2
(¯r , t )+.......+c
n
µ(¯r , t )
The total solution of the system may be decomposed in terms multiple
states in which system exist
µ(¯r , t )=

i=1
n
c
i
µ
i
(¯r , t )
complex coefficient
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Ze
+
e

r
v
n=1
n=2
n=3
#n the case of atomic orbitals
we may identify the following
µ
1
(¯r , t )
µ
2
(¯r , t )
µ
3
(¯r , t )
µ(¯r , t )=

i=1
n
c
i
µ
i
(¯r , t )
0ormalized wave function
.robability finding particle in a
specific i th orbital is given by
P
i
(¯r , t )=

c
i

2

i=1
n

c
i

2
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2
2m

2
µ(¯r , t )+V (¯r , t )µ(¯r , t )=i ℏ
∂µ(¯r , t )
∂t
The general form the chrodinger equation for three dimensional
space
This is a fully phenomenological equation that can be arrived only by
argument validity of which can verified only by experiments%
&or a system consists of one particle the total probability of finding a
particle anywhere in space is given by

d P(¯r , t )=1
#n this case the wave function must be square integrable$ that is

∣µ(¯r , t )∣
2
d
3
r
is finite

∣µ(¯r , t )∣
2
d
3
r=
1
C
is
normalizatio
n constant

∣µ(¯r , t )∣
2
d
3
r=1
for normalized wave
function
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The state of classical particle at time is determined by position
and the momentum
t ¯r
¯p
#n 2uantum mechanics infinite number of parmeters is associated with
the state of a particle at any time 3infinite number of points
are in this function4
µ(¯r , t )
Quantum mechanical description of the free particle
chroedinger equation for a free particles


2
2m

2
µ(¯r , t )=i ℏ
∂µ(¯r , t )
∂t
This differential equation is satisfied by the equation of the form
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This differential equation is satisfied by the equation of the form


2
2m

2
µ(¯r , t )=i ℏ
∂µ(¯r , t )
∂t
,ccording to de Broglie hypothesis a plane wave should satisfy the
condition
ℏo=

2
¯
k
2
2m
E=
p
2
2m
!hich is equivalent to classical condition
This differential equation can have trial solution
µ(¯r , t )=Ae
i (
¯
k⋅¯r −ot )
∣µ(¯r , t )µ

(¯r , t )∣=

A e
i(
¯
k⋅¯r −ot )
A

e
−i(
¯
k⋅¯r −ot )

2
∣µ(¯r , t )∣
2
=∣A∣
2
.lane wave predict uniform probability in the space
wavevector
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principle of super position says that plane wave with any wave length is
a solution to chroedinger equation
µ(¯r , t )=A
1
µ
1
(¯r , t )+A
2
µ
2
(¯r , t )+...+A
n
µ
n
(¯r , t )............
A
n
=A
n
(k)
0ormalization factor of the wave-function at a particular momentum
&or free particle there must be a continuous distribution of wavelengths$
then the summation can be replaced with an integral
µ( x , t )=
1
(2n)
1/2

g(k) e
i (
¯
k x−o(k )t )
d k
, constant arising from the normalizing factor of &ourier transform 5d
0ow for the sa1e of simplicity let us assume plane waves parallel to
axis
x
µ(¯r , t )=
1
(2n)
3/2

g(
¯
k)e
i(
¯
k⋅¯r −o(
¯
k )t )
d
3
k
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#f we choose at a particular origin of time this wave can be further
simplifies as
µ( x , 0)=
1
(2n)
1/ 2

g(k) e
i k x
d k
This is the mathematical representation a &ourier transform of function$
therefore the validity of the formula is not limited to free particle%
g(k)
Form of wave packet at given time
Ak
k
0
k
∣g(k)∣
Behavior of such wave
pac1ets may be studies using
simple case of interference of
waves
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The qualitative behavior of the interference of the wave can be identified
with interference of three waves
*et the wavenumber corresponding these three waves are given by
k
0
,
k
0
+
Ak
2
k
0

Ak
2
,
, nd let their amplitudes are proportional respectively
1
2
, 1,
1
2
!e then have
µ( x , t )=
g(k
0
)
(2n)
1/2
(
e
i k
0
x
+
1
2
e
i
(
k
0

Ak
2
)
x
+
1
2
e
i
(
k
0
+
Ak
2
)
x
)
=
g(k
0
)
(2n)
1/2
e
i k
0
x
(
1+cos
(
Ak
2
x
)
)
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k
0

Ak
2
k
0
+
Ak
2
k
0
µ( x , t )=
g(k
0
)
(2n)
1/2
e
i k
0
x
(
1+cos
(
Ak
2
x
)
)

Ax
2
Ax
2
x
0
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The interference between completely destructive when the phase
difference between
e
i k
0
x
e
i
(
k
0
!
Ak
2
)
x
and
out of phase
e
i
(
!Ak
2
)
x
=e
i n
(
Ak
2
)
x=!n
That mean between two destructive interference we can have
relation for the products
Ak Ax=4n
, single particle moving in space given as interference of collection waves
of different wavelengths and frequencies which constructively interfere in a
region around mean position of the particle ' from this relation we may
derive a relation between mean change in position and momentum of the
particle
Ak Ax=4n
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(k−k
0
)( x−x
0
)=4n
mean wavenumber
mean position
(
2n
\

2n
\
0
)( x−x
0
)=4n
/ultiplying both sides with .lanc1's constant
(
2nh
\

2nh
\
0
)( x−x
0
)=4nh
( p−p
0
)( x−x
0
)=2h
ApAx=2h
This means that when we measure the momentum or position of a
particle simultaneously we cannot measure the with accuracy
specified by this relation
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This result is spacial case of the +eisenberg )ncertainty principle
which is in the form of an inequality
ApAx≥

2
Ta1e the case of a single plane wave
µ( x , 0)=A e
i k x
ince this wave have a well defined wavenumber the the uncertainty
in the position is infinite
#n the similar fashion for a point particle the uncertainty in the
momentum is infinite
#n stead of considering a stationary wave$ if we ta1e the case of time
variation only in a wave we can get an uncertainty relation connecting
energy and time associated with wave
AEAt ≥

2
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Uncertainty relation and atomic parameters
V (r)=−
1
4nc
0
e
2
r
"onsider an electric field in the "oulomb field of an electron
V (r)=
−k
2
r
,ll constants of the problem
,ssume that the wavefunction of ground state is described by a spherically
symmetrical wave function let the average position of the electron is given by
r
0
Therfore the potential energy becomes
¯
V≃
−k
2
r
0
0ote that as electrons have wave nature position is not exact
#f electron is confined in a space having dimension the momentum is
given by
r
0
ApAx≥

2
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#f electron is confined in a space having dimension the momentum is
given by
r
0
ApAx≥

2
Ap ≥

r
0
The average momentum in this case is zero however average 1inetic energy
is not zero
¯
T≥T
min
=
(Ap)
2
2m
=

2
2mr
0
2
Total energy compatible with the uncertainty relation is given by
¯
E=
¯
T+
¯
V =

2
2mr
0
2

k
2
r
0
¯
V≃
−k
2
r
0
The value of is given by minimum of this function
r
0
*et
f (r)=
a
r
0
2

b
r
0
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f (r)=
a
r
0
2

b
r
0
d f (r
0
)
d r
0
=
−2a
r
0
3
+
b
r
0
2
0=
−2a
r
0
3
+
b
r
0
2
/inimum is at value
br
0
=2a
k
2
r
0
=2

2
2m
r
0
=

2
mk
2
ubstituting this in energy relation
¯
E=

2
2mr
0
2

k
2
r
0
=

2
2m
(

2
mk
2
)
2

k
2
(

2
mk
2
)
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¯
E=

2
2m
(

2
mk
2
)
2

k
2
(

2
mk
2
)
=−
mk
4
2ℏ
2
=
mk
4
2ℏ
2

mk
4

2
E
n
=−
(
1
(
4nc
0
)
2
mZ
2
e
4
2ℏ
2
)
1
n
2

Z=1, n=1
k=
e
2
4nc
0
¯
E=−
m
(
e
2
4nc
0
)
4
2ℏ
2
=−
m
(
e
2
4nc
0
)
4
2ℏ
2
E=−
(
1
(
4nc
0
)
2
me
4
2ℏ
2
)
This is the same expression we get the Bohr model for first orbit of
+ydrogen
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Phase space and Hilert Space
+amiltonian dynamics is best represented in phase space which is similar
to configuration space but include the momentum coordinates also
(q , p)
q
p
-epresentation of one
dimensional motion in the
phase space
#n phase space for system that have
n degrees freedom is represented
by a point that have 6n coordinates
(q
1,
q
2,
.... q
n
, p
1,
p
2,
.... p
n
)
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#n quantum mechanics state of system is represented in +ilbert space it is a
form of the abstract linear vector space
µ(¯r , t )=

i=1
n
c
i
µ
i
(¯r , t )
#n quantum mechanics state of system is represented in +ilbert space$
each vector
, particular state of the system is given by
µ
i
(¯r , t )
#n +ilbert space the inner product is defined as
µ
i
(¯r , t )
Each vector is orthogonal to
each other

µ
i

(¯r , t )µ
j
(¯r , t )d
3
r
!hen the state vectors are orthogonal

µ
i

(¯r , t )µ
j
(¯r , t )d
3
r=C6
ij
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Summary ! Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
2uantum mechanics is formulated based on these postulates$ we have
already discussed some these$ therefore$ we may summarize
74 tate of system is represented by a vector in the +ilbert space
µ
i
(¯r , t )
64 Every measurable physical quantity is is described by an
operator acting on the +ilbert space representing the system
A
´
A
"onsider the example of a plane wave here wavefunction is given by
µ( x , t )=A e
i (k x−ot )
,s every information is contained in this function the momentum also
may be obtained from this
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/omentum of this plane wave is obtained from the wavefunction by
application of the operator
´ p=−i ℏ
¯

´
p=−i ℏ

∂ x
#n one dimension
/omentum of the plane wave is given by
´
pµ(r , t )=−i ℏ

∂ x
Ae
i (k
x
x−ot )
=ℏk
x
Ae
i(
¯
k
x
x−ot )
i
=ℏk
x
µ( x , t )
!e can identify from the de Broglie relation that
ℏ k
x
=
h
2n
2n
\
x
=p
x
´ pµ(r , t )=ℏk
x
µ( x , t )=p
x
µ( x , t )
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´ pµ( x , t )=p
x
µ( x , t )
This is the form of an eigenvalue equation ' 8ust li1e in the theory of
matrices and linear algebra
´
Aµ(¯r , t )=aµ(¯r , t )
The general form of this equation is
operator
vector 0umber vector
This form is called eigenvalue equation familiar in matrix form
9perator transform a vector 3wavefunction4 to a new one% #f the
transformation involves only the scaling of a vector 3wavefunction4 then
it is the eigenvalue of the problem
Eigenvalue problem is also a part of matrix algebra
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#n the same manner in which we obtain the value of momentum we can
obtain other observables li1e position and energy from the wave
function- ta1e case of 7d plane wave wavefunction
´ x µ( x , t )=x µ( x , t )
´ x=x
´ x A e
i (k
x
x−ot )
=x Ae
i(k
x
x−ot )
=x µ( x , t )
form of the operator
´
Eµ( x , t )=e µ( x , t )
The energy operator is given as
form of the operator
´
E=i ℏ

∂t
i ℏ

∂t
µ( x , t )=i ℏ

∂t
Ae
i(k x−ot )
=ℏoA e
i (k x−ot )
µ( x , t )=A e
i (k x−ot )
Eigenvalue of energy
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,ccording the principle of super position the system exist in a super
position of all possible states of the system
µ(¯r , t )=

i=1
n
c
i
µ
i
(¯r , t )
n can have finite or infinite number of states
!hen the states are orthogonal we have the relation

µ
i

(¯r , t )µ
j
(¯r , t )d
3
r=C6
ij
!hen they are orthogonal and normalized

µ
i

(¯r , t )µ
j
(¯r , t )d
3
r=6
ij
!hen an observation is made on the system the system falls into one of
the possible states of the system
µ(¯r , t )=µ
i
(¯r , t )
with probability

c
i

2
0ow ta1e the case of full wavefunction representing the state of a system
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54 ,ny possible result of measurement of a physical quantity is one
of the eigenvalue of corresponding observable
´
A
A
#n the case of discrete solution of the wave function we can write
0ow the postulate regarding the measurement can be stated as
µ(¯r , t )=

i=1
n
c
i
µ
i
(¯r , t ) ∫
µ

(¯r , t )µ(¯r , t ) d
3
r=1
´

i
(¯r , t )=a
i
µ
i
(¯r , t )
Each of the state vectors obey eigenvalue equation
!hen the operator operates on the total wave function of the system the
probability finding a particular eigenvalue is given by
P(a
i
)
P(a
i
)=

c
i

2
=
∣∫
µ
i

(¯r , t )µ(¯r , t )d
3
r

2
=


µ
i

(¯r , t )

i=1
n
c
i
µ
i
(¯r , t )d
3
r

2
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:4 !hen the physical quantity is measured on a system in the
normalized state the probability of finding the non-
degenerate eigenvalue of the corresponding observable is
where is the normalized eigenvector of associated
eigenvalue
A
µ(¯r , t )
a
i
P(a
i
)=
∣∫
µ
i

(¯r , t )µ(¯r , t )d
3
r

2
µ
i
(¯r , t )
´
A
a
i
;4 time evolution of the state vector is governed by the
chroedinger equation
µ(¯r , t )
´
Hµ(¯r , t )=i ℏ
∂µ(¯r , t )
∂t
+amiltonian operator of the system< corresponding observable give total energy of
the system
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"#pectation value
´ ¯r , =

¯r P(¯r , t ) d
3
r
The expectation value is the mathematical expectation$ for the result of a
single measurement% 9n otherwise$ it is the average of results of large
number of measurements on an independent system
=

µ

(¯r , t )¯r µ(¯r , t )d
3
r
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Particle in a time$independent scalar potential
eparation of variables in chrodinger equation


2
2m

2
µ(¯r , t )+V (¯r , t )µ(¯r , t )=i ℏ
∂µ(¯r , t )
∂t
*et us loo1 if there exist solutions of the form
µ(¯r , t )=¡(¯r )X(t )
*et us loo1 if there exist solutions of the form
−X(t )

2
2m

2
¡(¯r )+X(t )V (¯r , t )¡(¯r )=i ℏ¡(¯r )
∂X(t )
∂t
Dividing all terms by the relation ¡(¯r )X(t )

1
¡(r)

2
2m

2
¡(¯r )+V (¯r , t )=i ℏ
1
X(t )
∂X(t )
∂t
space dependent part time dependent part
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The space dependent part and time dependent part of the can be
equated if and only if both sides of the equation can be equated to a
constant we choose that constant to be

1
¡(r)

2
2m

2
¡(¯r )+V (¯r , t )=i ℏ
1
X(t )
∂X(t )
∂t
ℏo

1
¡(r)

2
2m

2
¡(¯r )+V (¯r , t )=i ℏ
1
X(t )
∂X(t )
∂t

1
¡(r)

2
2m

2
¡(¯r )+V (¯r , t )=ℏo
i ℏ
1
X(t )
dX(t )
d t
=ℏo
The time dependent part can be solved get solution in the differential
equation as
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i ℏ
1
X(t )
dX(t )
d t
=ℏo
=
d X(t )
X(t )
=−i odt
X(t )=A e
−i ot
By integration
!e may set the constant as one and move that part to space dependent
solution$ that is
µ(¯r , t )=¡(¯r ) e
−i ot
imilarly the space dependent part should satisfy the differential equation

1
¡(r)

2
2m

2
¡(¯r )+V (¯r , t )=ℏo


2
2m

2
¡(¯r )+V (¯r , t )¡(r)=ℏo¡(r)
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, stationary state is state with well defined energy


2
2m

2
¡(¯r )+V (¯r , t )¡(r)=E¡(r)
ℏo=E
|


2
2m

2
+V (¯r , t )
¦
¡(r)=E¡(r)
#n the compact form
´
H¡(r)=E¡(r)
The *+ of the equation may be written as
9perator form of the +amiltonian
´
H
is a linear operator since
´
H
(
\
1
¡
1
(r )+\
1
¡
1
(r)
)
=\
1
´

1
(r)+\
1
´

1
(r)
´
H¡(r)=E¡(r)
Eigenvalue equation of a linear operator
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%equired properties of eigenfunctions &wavefunctions'
This is a fundamental requirement as
the evaluation of position and
momentum involves these conditions
for conservation and for ma1ing these
quantities well defined
µ( x)
finite
single valued
continuous
d µ( x)
d x