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Dxeiqx /n (x)/‘ (x) (2:176) The phrase ‘‘matrix element’’ is the evaluation of an integral that contains any function plus two eigenstates. It may be evaluated in several different ways. With luck, it might be found in a table of integrals in the section on Hermite polynomials. Another approach is using generating functions. Here we give a third approach invented by Feynman. The first step is to rewrite this expression in terms of operators, using the bra and ket notation. In the exponent, the operator x is written using eqn.

Most physics problems contain just the term Ai(z), since it is well behaved at large value of z. 7. The potential V(x) is linear for x > 0 and ? for x < 0. As an example of the use of Airy functions, consider the potential & V(x) ¼ ? 7. 6 shows that Ai(z) oscillates for negative values of z. , each node) is a solution to the eigenvalue equation. Some mathematical tables give values for the zeros zn of Airy functions. 5206, etc. Since zn < 0, then En > 0. The constant C1 is a normalization constant that is derived in a later section.

4. Now have the incident particle from the right, so the eigenfunction when E > V0 has the form ( w(k, x) ¼ I¢eÀipx þ R¢eipx Àikx T¢e x>0 (2:65) x<0 and (k, p) have the same meaning as before. The amplitude I¢ is assumed known, and the values of R¢ and T¢ are found by matching the eigenfunction and its slope at x ¼ 0: I¢ þ R¢ ¼ T¢ (2:66) Àip(I¢ÀR¢) ¼ ÀikT¢ (2:67) R¢ ¼ I¢ pÀk kþp (2:68) T¢ ¼ I¢ 2p kþp (2:69) It is interesting to compare these reflection and transmission amplitudes with those coming from the other direction.

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