Title

On the separation of identical particles in quantum mechanics

Abstract

It is often said, in connection with the Pauli principle of quantum mechanics, that 'if the spatial wavefunction is symmetric under a coordinate swap, the particles huddle together; if antisymmetric, they spread apart'. While this saying is often true, this essay uncovers a counterexample.

Publisher

IOP Publishing

Publication Date

11-1-2020

Publication Title

European Journal of Physics

Department

Physics and Astronomy

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1088/1361-6404/aba9f3

Keywords

Identical particles, Pauli principle, Exchange symmetry

Language

English

Format

text

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