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in what sense is to interpret the sentence the schrodinger operator has infinite propagation speed. And what about the fact that if there is a singularity at $t=0$, then at $t=\epsilon$ there isn't anymore?

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Consider the Schrodinger equation with an initial condition supported in a bounded region. At any positive $t$, the wave function is nonzero arbitrarily far away. In that sense, the particle can travel (albeit with small probability) at arbitrarily high speeds.

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Ok, thank you, that explains very well the infinite speed. What about singularities? Is it true that if the initial condition is not smooth, the solution becomes smooth 'istantaneously'? –  balestrav Jun 28 '12 at 19:47
    
It may do so. Or it may start out smooth and then get a singularity at some later time. –  Robert Israel Jun 28 '12 at 21:54
    
Could you provide some examples of this behavior? –  balestrav Jun 28 '12 at 22:11

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