• Classical limit of scattering in quantum mechanics—A general approach

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      Scattering theory; quantum mechanics; classical limit

    • Abstract

       

      The classical and quantum physics seem to divide nature into two domains macroscopic and microscopic. It is also certain that they accurately predict experimental results in their respective regions. However, the reduction theory, namely, the general derivation of classical results from the quantum mechanics is still a far cry. The outcome of some recent investigations suggests that there possibly does not exist any universal method for obtaining classical results from quantum mechanics. In the present work we intend to investigate the problem phenomenonwise and address specifically the phenomenon of scattering. We suggest a general approach to obtain the classical limit formula from the phase shiftδl, in the limiting value of a suitable parameter on whichδl depends. The classical result has been derived for three different potential fields in which the phase shifts are exactly known. Unlike the current wisdom that the classical limit can be reached only in the high energy regime it is found that the classical limit parameter in addition to other factors depends on the details of the potential fields. In the last section we have discussed the implications of the results obtained.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      D Sen1 2 A N Basu1 S Sengupta1

      1. Condensed Matter Physics Research Centre, Department of Physics, Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Calcutta - 700 032, India
      2. Barasat Govt. College, Barasat, West Bengal, India
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