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GR0877 Problem 89

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SOLUTION: (D) The reflection coefficient R is defined in terms of the incident and reflected probability current density j: \displaystyle R = \frac{|j_{refl}|}{|j_{inc}|}, where \displaystyle j_{refl} = - \frac{\hbar k}{m} |B|^2 and \displaystyle j_{inc} = \frac{\hbar k}{m} |A|^2. Thus, \displaystyle R = \frac{|B|^2}{|A|^2}. According to the standard boundary conditions, \psi is always continues and d \psi/dx is continues (except at points where the potential becomes infinite). Therefore, for the point x = 0 one has A + B = C for continuity of \psi and A k_1 - Bk_2 = Ck_2 for continuity of d \psi/dx. From these two equations \displaystyle \frac{B}{A} = \frac{k_1 - k_2}{k_1 + k_2} and \displaystyle R = \frac{|B|^2}{|A|^2} = \left(\frac{k_1 - k_2}{k_1 + k_2}\right)^2.

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  1. cathaychris
    15.10.2011 at 09:30

    Fastest way to solve this one is by observing the limit as k2->k1 (such that the added potential step gets smaller). You can see that only (D) has the limit of R=0.

  2. cizmoe
    10.11.2011 at 07:42

    You may also notice that from Fresnel’s equations (d) is by definition the reflection coeffiecent.

  3. 11.10.2012 at 03:51

    I believe there is a typo in that the first derivative continuity should give k_1A-k_1B=k_2C since the reflected and incident waves have the same wavenumber in this problem.

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