Transmission and reflection of a wave packet with a small width in one-dimensional quantum mechanics Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The transmission and the reflection of a wave incident on a potential in one-dimensional quantum mechanics are usually discussed by assuming that a plane wave eikx or a broad wave packet is incident. We are interested in what happens if the width of the incident wave packet is very small. In this case, the incident wave packet can spread out in such a way that part of the wave packet turns around before reaching the potential area and proceeds backward. This can clearly be visualized by means of the Bohm trajectories associated with the wave packet. We discuss a complication that arises in this case regarding the notion of the reflection probability.PACS Nos.: 03.65–w, 03.65.Nk

publication date

  • October 1, 2003