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Unformatted text preview: PHYS852 Quantum Mechanics II, Spring 2010 HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT 12 Topics covered: Partial waves. 1. Consider S-wave scattering from a hard sphere of radius a . First, make the standard s-wave scattering ansatz: ( r, , ) = e ikr r (1 + 2 ikf ( k )) e ikr r Then, find the value of f ( k ) that satisfies the boundary condition ( a, , ) = 0. What is the partial amplitude f ( k )? What is the s-wave phase-shift ( k )? Satisfying the required boundary condition at r = a requires 0 = e ika (1 + 2 ikf ( k )) e ika , (1) which gives the s-wave partial amplitude as f ( k ) = e ika sin( ka ) k (2) The phase-shift is related to the partial amplitude via Eqs. (137) or (138) in the lecture notes, which give ( k ) = ka (3) From Eq. (137) in the notes, it then follows that the scattering length is a . Thus we can interpret the scattering length of a particular scatterer as the radius of the hard-sphere whose scattering amplitude matches that of the scatterer in the low energy ( k 0) limit. 1 2. For P-wave scattering from a hard sphere of radius a , make the ansatz ( r, ) = bracketleftbiggparenleftbigg 1 kr i ( kr ) 2 parenrightbigg e ikr + (1 + 2 ikf 1 ( k )) parenleftbigg 1 kr + i ( kr ) 2 parenrightbigg e ikr bracketrightbigg Y 1 ( . Verify that this is an eigenstate of the full Hamiltonian for r > a by showing that it is a linear superposition of two spherical Bessel functions of the third-kind. Again solve for the partial amplitude, f 1 ( k ), by imposing the boundary condition ( a, , ) = 0. What is the phase-shift 1 ( k )? Show that it scales as ( ka ) 3 in the limit k 0. This is a general result that for small k we have ( k ) k 2 +1 , called threshold behavior. Take the limit as k 0 and show that 1 ( k ) is negligible compared to ( k ). This is an example of how higher partial waves are frozen out at low energy....
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2011 for the course PHYS 852 taught by Professor Moore during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.
- Spring '11