Quantum Mechanics is a Mathematical Model Plancks constant/2
Quantum Mechanics is a Mathematical Model Plancks constant/2 10-34 Joule-sec One assumes: These can not be derived (1) energy, E (-/i)i))/i)t -- they are postulates! t = time (2) momentum, P (/i)i))
(3) particle probability density, (r,t) The gradient operator = i/i)x + j/i)y + k/i)z = 2 = 2/i)x + 2/i)y2 + 2/i)z2 deriving the Schrodinger Equation In classical physics we write kinetic energy as
T = mv2 = (mv)2/2m = P2/2m P = mv = momentum Using P (/i)i)) (QM assumption)QM assumption) (1/2m) P P (1/2m)(/i)i))2 T (-2/2m)2 Schrodinger Equation for Hydrogen atom
E = kinetic energy + potential energy Coulomb potential energy (-/i)i)) /t = (-2/2m)2
Finally, these operators act on (QM assumption)r,t)! - e2/r Schrodinger Equation for H atom [(-22 /2m)2 - e 2/r ] (r,t) (r,t) = i /t
The physics in this equation is not easily visualized. *(r,t) (r,t) dV represents the probability that the electron in the hydrogen atom can be found within a volume, dV= dxdydz, at (r,t). Since the electron must be somewhere, * dxdydz = 1 This turns out to be very important!
Hydrogen Schrodinger Equation time dependence [(-22 /2m)2 - e 2/r ] (r)e iEt/ = E (r) e iEt/ time dependence is exponential, E = constant (-/i)i)) /t e iEt/ = E e iEt/ Model predicts experimental atomic structure
observed in the laboratory (model is correct!) Model implies that an electron behaves like a wave when it is confined to 10-8 cm distances. All one needs is differential equations to solve for (r)! With the time dependence factored out [(-22 /2m)2 - e 2/r ] E (r) = E E(r) its an eigenvalue equation!
A strange outcome is that the mathematical boundary condition on , * dxdydz = 1 limits the allowed values for E. Quantization of Energy! Quantization is a mathematical result!
Ensuring that the integral does not diverge is not easy! 1 eV = 1.6 x 10-19 Joule n = 1, 2, 3, Old classical model for the hydrogen atom
The mathematics helps us describe and quantify this electron cloud. Details! All this comes from requiring that the Integral converge. Everything that we know is made of atoms: the
mathematics that determines the structure of atoms and the molecules formed from them is crucial to all of chemistry, biology and materials science! ICE Graphene Cosmology and such Those who study the smallest particles electrons,
quarks, neutrinos and the rest of the basic building blocks of our world have an extraordinary story -about how our universe developed from the big bang. The story is based on mathematics. First of all, they start with a kind of Schrodinger equation model one which is appropriate for particles which are moving very fast. It is called Quantum Field Theory. In this field theory there is a field operator, (QM assumption)r,t), for the electron. Then they do something rather startling: they postulate that the laws of physics (their equations) should be invariant under a kind of rotation, called a gauge transformation.
They discovered that it wont work unless they have a photon (called a gauge particle) to undo the rotation. 1. Initial state 2. Rotate A A
3. Transform A
4. Final state invariance Note that the photon field must also be transformed. The photon undoes the rotation and
preserves the symmetry! These symmetries are called Gauge Symmetries. In putting this idea into a mathematical formalism they found that the exact formula for how the extra (photon-like) particles interact with the electrons and quarks fell out of the their invariant equations. Math again gives the answers! From this approach (and a lot of sophisticated mathematics) came the Standard Model of particle physics the theory of everything. HOWEVER, the symmetry is broken when the photon-like particles take
on mass. Not to waste an unexpected result, the particle physicists used this symmetry breaking to describe how the universe evolved from the Big Bang! The idea is this: as the universe cools it condenses out the gauge particles (they take on mass) and the symmetries are broken. From the equations, the particle physicists have been able to develop a step by step scenario describing how the universe as we know it emerged from the big bang . Many questions remain. Thank you!
From this field operator a kind energy operator, called a Lagrangian density, L, is constructed. A similar operator in classical physics is known to reproduce Newtons law, F= ma, when one minimizes Ldt over the path of the motion. Then the particle physicists do a very interesting thing : They demand that this Lagrangian energy operator be invariant under a special mathematical operation, called a gauge transformation. The gauge transformation is a kind of rotation which changes the complex phase of the electron by an arbitrary function which depends on where (in space-time) the particle is.
Cosmology and such Those who study the smallest particles electrons, quarks, neutrinos and the rest of the basic building blocks of our world have an extraordinary story -- about how our universe developed from the big bang. The story is based on mathematics. First of all, they start with a kind of Schrodinger equation model one which is appropriate for particles which are moving very fast. It is called Quantum Field Theory. In this field theory there is a field operator, (r,t), r,t), for the
electron. The field operator is a linear combination of all possible free particle states for an electron. With this field operator one can create (or destroy) a free electron at any point in space, and with any energy if the math calls for it. What they find is that the invariance can not occur unless one introduces another field, called the gauge field. This gauge field emerges as the force field by which electrons interact with each other: the photon field! In other word, the gauge SYMMETRY demands that the photon exists! Furthermore, the modified Lagrangian (wth the photon field) prescribes
exactly how the electron interacts with the photon! This gave them the idea to look at the expanding, cooling universe as a series of symmetries which are broken as particle fields Crystallize out. It has been so successful that it is now the accepted story of how the universe started from a small dense, hot system to the vast array of galaxies and stars as we know it today. = 2, m = -2,-1, 0, 1, 2
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