Anatomy of a quantum 'bounce'

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Abstract

We discuss some of the properties of the 'collision' of a quantum mechanical wave packet with an infinitely high potential barrier, focusing on novel aspects such as the detailed time dependence of the momentum-space probability density and the time variation of the uncertainty principle product Δxt · Δpt. We make explicit use of Gaussian-like wave packets in the analysis, but also comment on other general forms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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