How to solve 2d problems numerically.

by ehj
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ehj is offline
Dec17-12, 02:59 PM
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I havn't had much classes on numerical methods in quantum mechanics and I'm wondering how one would solve a general problem involving 2d motion. With general, I mean a problem that cannot be separated. Consider for instance the hamiltonian

[itex]\hat{H} = \frac{\widehat{p}_{x}^{2}+\widehat{p}_{y}^{2}}{2m}+x^{2}y^{2}[/itex]

How does one find the eigenvalues and eigen functions numerically?
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DrDu is offline
Dec18-12, 09:21 AM
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1. Use a basis of e.g. harmonic oscillator eigenfunctions and a diagonalization routine for symmetric matrices (e.g. Lapack).
2. Use a grid of points and finite difference approximation for the derivatives. Then diagonalize the matrix like in 1.

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