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wave function

n.
A mathematical function used in quantum mechanics to describe the propagation of the wave associated with any particle or group of particles.
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wave function

n
(General Physics) physics a mathematical function of position and generally time, used in wave mechanics to describe the state of a physical system. Symbol: ψ
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We now look at the corresponding heat wave function. According to our analysis it must satisfy
(11) Essentially, this approach is based on the idea that only a conscious observer can collapse a wave function.
A dampened wave function described by equation (4) was studied.
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Now begins the calculation of the wave function [psi] resulting from the continuous interaction of the free-electron wave function [phi] with the perturbed vacuum state.
One of the main problems concerning quantum physics is how to interpret Schrodinger's wave function and the way it describes the physical world.
To determine the ground-state magnetic ordering of the chromium chalcogenides, we used density functional theory (DFT) as implemented in the Vienna Ab Initio Simulation Package (VASP) [25-28] code, which uses the projector-augmented wave (PAW) pseudopotentials and a plane-wave basis set to expand the electronic wave function. The Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof implementation of the generalized gradient approximation (PBE-GGA) was used to model the exchange-correlation effects [29, 30].
Point canonical transformation [2-4], dynamical group [5,6], factorization method [7], supersymmetric quantum mechanics, and shape invariance [8-10] are methods among many which were used in the search for exact solutions of wave function. Also, there are a lot of investigations that show how methods used to obtain analytical solutions of the Schroodinger equation can be extended to Dirac case [11-15].
where [mu] is the reduced mass, and the normalized wave function for harmonic oscillators is defined as