Average Force on the Wavefunction Versus Force on Plane Wave Constituents

Francesco R. Ruggeri
2019 Zenodo  
The Schrodinger equation for a bound state includes the classical potential V(r) for which –d/dxj V represents Fj or force in the j direction. It has been argued in a previous note (1), that one may attribute physical meaning to the Fourier series of V(r). In such a case, V(r) and W(r) (the wavefunction) are quantities averaged over momentum (or vectors) as well as being averages over time. One may write the product of V(r)W(r) as one of two Fourier series and then reorganize into a series with
more » ... basis exp(ikr). In such a case, one examines an interaction with V at each momentum wave level. Then the average is only over time as different k momentum states of in W combine with different p momentum states of the Fourier series of V(r). For a p momentum wave, one may write: p2/2m fp + Sum k Vk f(p-k) = E fp where W= Sum over p fp exp(ipx) in one dimension ((1)) The objective of this note is to observe differences in the interaction of a single plane wave with a potential ((1)) and the interaction of W with V in the Schrodinger equation. In particular, for a particle in a box with infinite walls, V(x)=0 inside the one dimensional box, yet the Fourier series of W includes all p values. From ((1)), even though V(x)=0 as an average, there seems to still be an interaction with various Vk values (Vk= the kth Fourier transform) in the interior of the box as ((1)) holds at all x points.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3552057 fatcat:dd44vhtg3nhmtcsxs6do5pofse