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Chapter 9: Scattering in One Dimension

We now consider another one-dimensional problem, the scattering problem. In doing so we need to consider scattering-type solutions and what they mean. For standard scattering situations, the wave functions we use are usually those valid for regions of constant potential energy such as complex exponentials (plane waves) when E > V0 and real exponentials when E < V0.1

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1There is one other possibility that is not often considered. If E = V0, the solution to the Schrödinger equation yields a linear solution.

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