Making relativistic quantum mechanics simple

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The fundamentals of a quasi-relativistic wave equation, whose solutions match the Schrödinger results for slow-moving particles but are also valid when the particle moves at relativistic speeds, are discussed. This quasi-relativistic wave equation is then used for examining some interesting quantum problems where the introduction of relativistic considerations may produce remarkable consequences. We argue in favor of the academic use of this equation, for introducing students to the implications of the special theory of relativity in introductory quantum mechanics courses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number055404
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • foundations of physics
  • quantum mechanics
  • relativistic quantum mechanics
  • relativity


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