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Unformatted text preview: Physics 216 Midterm Exam Spring 2010 MIDTERM EXAM INSTRUCTIONS : This is an open book exam. You are permitted to consult the textbooks of Shankar and Baym, your handwritten notes, and any class handouts that are posted to the course website. One mathematical reference book is also permitted. No other consultations or collaborations are permitted during the exam. In order to earn total credit for a problem solution, you must show all work involved in obtaining the solution. However, you are not required to rederive any formulae that you cite from the textbook or the class handouts. The point value of each problem is indicated in the square brackets below. 1. [40] Suppose we define G ( t ) ≡ integraldisplay ∞ −∞ dxK ( x,t, ; x, 0) (1) where K ( x,t ; x ′ ,t ′ ) is the propagator. Assume that the system has a timeindependent Hamiltonian and a discrete energy level spectrum. (a) Prove that the Fourier transform of G , tildewide G ( E ) ≡ lim ǫ → i planckover2pi1 integraldisplay ∞ G ( t ) e iEt/ planckover2pi1 e − ǫt dt (2) has poles at all the discrete energy levels of the system. Take ǫ to be a positive infinitesimal quantity. HINT: For a timeindependent Hamiltonian, the timeevolution operator has a simple form. Writing K ( x,t ; x ′ ,t ′ ) as a coordinatespace matrix element of the time evolution operator, insert a complete set of energy eigenstates. Then, computeoperator, insert a complete set of energy eigenstates....
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 Spring '09
 Physics, ground state, path integral technique

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