On the separation of identical particles in quantum mechanics
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.
Styer, Daniel F. 2020. "On the separation of identical particles in quantum mechanics." European Journal of Physics 41(6): 065402.
European Journal of Physics
Physics and Astronomy
Identical particles, Pauli principle, Exchange symmetry