A system can be represented by (H is the Hamiltonian operator).

Show is an eigenfunction of and calculate the eigenvalue. Then, by normalizing, find .

I have the answer, but not sure how they get it. It is:

Eigenvalue = 3

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- February 24th 2008, 10:20 AMDiscreteWQuantum Physics
A system can be represented by (H is the Hamiltonian operator).

Show is an eigenfunction of and calculate the eigenvalue. Then, by normalizing, find .

I have the answer, but not sure how they get it. It is:

Eigenvalue = 3

- February 24th 2008, 07:43 PMtopsquark
The eigenvalue equation is

So you need to show that

for some constant value of . Really all you are doing here is using the differential operator on the trial wavefunction and solving for .

To get a value for A, then

(You may assume that A is a real number.) This integral is easily done by integration by parts, or using a substitution to rewrite it as a gamma function, or simply looking it up in a table. It's a rather well known integral in Physics.

-Dan