Why can't a particle in a container have zero energy?


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Yinhan_Liu_1D
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Why can't a particle in a container have zero energy?

Postby Yinhan_Liu_1D » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:29 am

Is it because that the zero-point energy is already E1?

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Re: Why can't a particle in a container have zero energy?

Postby Navarro_Bree_1D » Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:00 pm

According to the website, "Fermilab Today," at the quantum scale, space never has zero energy because electrons have both particle-like and wave-like properties. Their constant movement can be measured in kinetic energy. From my understanding, I think a particle in a container cannot have zero energy due to its particle-like and wave-like functions.

Source: https://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive/ ... dmore.html

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Re: Why can't a particle in a container have zero energy?

Postby Katie 1E » Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:17 pm

I think it's also because the lowest possible energy level is n=1, which by default means that the electron has energy. Also, a particle with no energy means that it s completely motionless, which is impossible.


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