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particleinabox. One we have not discussed yet is the socalled particle—on—aring, which is our first
model to consider rotational kinetic energy. In this model, the particle is restricted to follow a perfectly
circular path with constant radius R. It can crudely model the motion of electrons in the conjugated 7T
orbital system of benzene and other aromatic molecules. The natural coordinates for circular motion are
polar coordinates. In this case, the Schrodinger equation can be written as: h2 62
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This is a simple linear differential equation with constant coefﬁcients. The boundary conditions for this
equation must be 111(6) = 1/)(6 + 211), which results in the following solutions for the energy eigenfunctions and eigenvalues: _ _1_ 'm9
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Schrodinger equation be 111(6) = 1M6 + 2n)? 6%)4T ICQWMSfaw«Qs to wig“ L9,) Mowﬁ “HAL #9ng HM Alf/[6?) Wit/15+ é: fngVkMt/kavtgz 30 SL musf meef a? War“ 3154.;
(Alum Limit (emf; .. (We): ’Z/Jﬁadn) 2) Quantum corrals are a class of nanoscale structures composed of a collection of individual
atoms arranged on the surface of a metal in the form of a polygon. Outside the walls ofthis corral,
electrons are free to move along the surface of the atom. Electrons within the confines of the corral are restricted to stay within the corral. STM Image of a Quantum Corral. M.F. Crommie, C.P. Lutz, D.M. Eigler, E.J. Heller. Waves on a metal
surface and quantum corrals. Surface Review and Letters 2 ( 1), 127—137 (1995). Consider an electron existing inside a squareshaped quantum corral of iron atoms on the surface of a
copper crystal. lfthe longest wavelength of light that this electron can absorb is 7.50 x 10'6 m, what is . the length of the side of the corral? ”(roll/l awl Vt; .c Yaw‘lﬁlc m Z”? lama 3) All of the free particles we have discussed up until this point have been described by a single
quantum state and wave vector k. When we considered such a free particle, we asserted that we could
not determine the particle’s position at all (0x = 00) because the momentum of the particle was known
exactly (0px = 0). Now, consider a free particle in a superposition of 2 momentum states, such that its wave function is: 9’06) = ie—iklx + ie—ikzx {2' \/§ In this case, there is Uncertainty in the momentum because we will have a finite probability of observing the particle with 2 different momenta. We call such a superposition a “wave packet”, and it allows us to
more precisely predict the position of free particles. For this problem, let k1 = 4.31 x 1010 In‘1 and let k2 = 4.74 x 1010 m”1
3. Determine the average momentum of this particle. 4W: isﬁgak‘xfaﬂzctzmw .me )le 4k»: Jlf;ixtk>/KX I ($7335 (0‘760H£+ ﬁeﬁhx)(ﬁ:‘0 ~ka \ b: wizlagiﬂ c. How precisely can we determine the position of this particle? I.
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 Quantum Chemistry, Schrodinger Equation, free particle, squareshaped quantum corral

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