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On the Time-Dependent Analysis of Gamow Decay

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Gamow's explanation of the exponential decay law uses complex "eigenvalues" and exponentially growing "eigenfunctions". This raises the question, how Gamow's description fits into the quantum mechanical description of nature, which is based on real eigenvalues and square integrable wave functions. Observing that the time evolution of any wave function is given by its expansion in generalized eigenfunctions, we shall answer this question in the most straightforward manner, which at the same ti...

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10.1088/0143-0807/32/5/019

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Institution:
University of Oxford
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MPLS
Department:
Statistics
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Author
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Eur. J. Phys. More from this journal
Volume:
32
Issue:
5
Pages:
1311
Publication date:
2010-11-24
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1361-6404
ISSN:
0143-0807
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uuid:1b8d3452-42ab-4fda-a254-bd575add85cd
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104672
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2012-12-19

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