Revivals of Quantum Wave Packets

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Bluhm, Robert ; Kostelecky, Alan ; Porter, James ; Tudose, Bogdan (1997)
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    arxiv: Condensed Matter::Quantum Gases | Quantum Physics

We present a generic treatment of wave-packet revivals for quantum-mechanical systems. This treatment permits a classification of certain ideal revival types. For example, wave packets for a particle in a one-dimensional box are shown to exhibit perfect revivals. We also examine the revival structure of wave packets for quantum systems with energies that depend on two quantum numbers. Wave packets in these systems exhibit quantum beats in the initial motion as well as new types of long-term revivals. As an example, we consider the revival structure of a particle in a two-dimensional box.
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