Time-Dependent Probability Density of Nonstationary States of an Electron in a Ring

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This Demonstration considers the probability density of nonstationary states of an electron of mass in a ring of radius . The wavefunction is given by



which is a superposition of eigenstates, with and . The upper plot shows the probability density as a function of the angle (in radians). The lower diagram shows a polar plot of the probability density of the electron around the ring as a function of time . The color changes with the probability density, red indicating the highest density, and blue, the lowest.


Contributed by: Valerie Greenwood, Rachel Kallianis and Anne Huetteman (May 8)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



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[2] B. D. Anderson, "Cyclic Polyynes as Examples of the Quantum Mechanical Particle on a Ring," Journal of Chemical Education, 89(6), 2012 pp. 724–727. doi:10.1021/ed200439u.

[3] S. Stuart, Particle on a Ring [Video], YouTube. (Apr 11, 2023) www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOhhTfdDZt8.


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