Scattering and tunnelling
Scattering and tunnelling

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Scattering and tunnelling

Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the meanings of key terms and use them appropriately

  • describe the behaviour of wave packets when they encounter potential energy steps, barriers and wells

  • describe how stationary-state solutions of the Schrödinger equation can be used to analyse scattering and tunnelling

  • for a range of simple potential energy functions obtain the solution of the time-independent Schrödinger equation and use continuity boundary conditions to find reflection and transmission coefficients

  • present information about solutions of the time-independent Schrödinger equation in graphical terms.


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