### Momentum wave function for a free particle

A non-relativistic free particle of mass $m$ moving in the positive $x$-direction with speed $v_{x}$ has kinetic energy

$E=\frac{1}{2} m v^{2}_{x}$

and momentum

$p_{x}=mv_{x}$

The energy and momentum are associated with a wave of wavelength $\lambda$ and frequency $\nu$ given by

$\lambda = \frac{h}{p_{x}}$

and

$\nu=\frac{E}{h}$

The propagation constant $k_{x}$ of the wave is

$k_{x}= \frac{2\pi}{\lambda}=\frac{2\pi}{\left(\frac{h}{p_{x}} \right)}=\frac{p_{x}}{\left(\frac{h}{2\pi} \right)}=\frac{p_{x}}{\hbar}$

and the angular frequency $\omega$ is

$\omega = 2\pi \nu = \frac{2\pi E}{\hbar}=\frac{E}{\hbar}$

A plane wave traveling along the $x$ axis in the positive direction may be represented by

$\psi(x,t)=A e^{-i\left(k_{x} \: x - \omega t\right)}$

Now subtitute the value of $\omega$ and $k_{x}$ in above equation then we get

$\psi(x,t)=A e^{i\left( \frac{p_{x}}{\hbar} \: x - \frac{E}{\hbar} \: t\right)}$

$\psi(x,t)=A e^{\frac{i}{\hbar}\left( p_{x} \: x - E \: t\right)}$

The superposition of a number of such waves of propagation number slightly different from an average value traveling simultaneously along the same line in the positive $x$- direction forms a wave packet of small extension. By Fourier's theorem the eave packet may be expressed by

$\psi(x,t) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi \hbar}} \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} A (p_{x}) e^{\frac{i}{\hbar}\left( p_{x} \: x - E \: t \right)} \: \: dp_{x} \qquad(1)$

The function $\psi(x,t)$ is called the momentum wave function for the motion of the free particle in one dimension.

The amplitude $A(p_{x})$ of the $x$-component of the momentum is given by the Fourier tranform

$A(p)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi \hbar}} \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} \psi (x,t) e^{-\frac{i}{\hbar}\left( p_{x} \: x - E \: t \right)} \: \: dx \qquad(2)$

In three dimension the wave function is represented by

$\psi(\overrightarrow{r},t) = \frac{1}{(2 \pi \hbar)^{3/2}} \int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} A (\overrightarrow{p}) e^{\frac{i}{\hbar}\left( \overrightarrow{p} . \overrightarrow{r} - E \: t \right)} \: \: d^{3}\overrightarrow{p} \qquad(3)$

Where $d^{3}\overrightarrow{p}=dp_{x} \: dp_{y} \: dp_{z}$ is the volume element in the momentum space. In equation $(1)$, equation $(2)$ and equation $(3)$ $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2 \pi \hbar}}$ and $\frac{1}{(2 \pi \hbar)^{3/2}}$ are normalization constants.

### Numerical Aperture and Acceptance Angle of the Optical Fibre

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### Fraunhofer diffraction due to a single slit

Let $S$ be a point monochromatic source of light of wavelength $\lambda$ placed at the focus of collimating lens $L_{1}$. The light beam is incident normally from $S$ on a narrow slit $AB$ of width $e$ and is diffracted from it. The diffracted beam is focused at the screen $XY$ by another converging lens $L_{2}$. The diffraction pattern having a central bright band followed by an alternative dark and bright band of decreasing intensity on both sides is obtained. Analytical Explanation: The light from the source $S$ is incident as a plane wavefront on the slit $AB$. According to Huygens's wave theory, every point in $AB$ sends out secondary waves in all directions. The undeviated ray from $AB$ is focused at $C$ on the screen by the lens $L_{2}$ while the rays diffracted through an angle $\theta$ are focussed at point $p$ on the screen. The rays from the ends $A$ and $B$ reach $C$ in the same phase and hence the intensity is maximum. Fraunhofer diffraction due to

### Particle in one dimensional box (Infinite Potential Well)

Let us consider a particle of mass $m$ that is confined to one-dimensional region $0 \leq x \leq L$ or the particle is restricted to move along the $x$-axis between $x=0$ and $x=L$. Let the particle can move freely in either direction, between $x=0$ and $x=L$. The endpoints of the region behave as ideally reflecting barriers so that the particle can not leave the region. A potential energy function $V(x)$ for this situation is shown in the figure below. Particle in One-Dimensional Box(Infinite Potential Well) The potential energy inside the one -dimensional box can be represented as $\begin{Bmatrix} V(x)=0 &for \: 0\leq x \leq L \\ V(x)=\infty & for \: 0> x > L \\ \end{Bmatrix}$ $\frac{d^{2} \psi(x)}{d x^{2}}+\frac{2m}{\hbar^{2}}(E-V)\psi(x)=0 \qquad(1)$ If the particle is free in a one-dimensional box, Schrodinger's wave equation can be written as: $\frac{d^{2} \psi(x)}{d x^{2}}+\frac{2mE}{\hbar^{2}}\psi(x)=0$ \$\frac{d^{2} \psi(x)}{d x