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Homework Help: Cylindrically symmetric potential function

  1. May 11, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I am trying solve the 3-D Schrodinger equation for a particle in a cylindrically symmetric potential. If it was the case of spherically symmetric potential, then we can approximate it to a central potential. But what will be the form of the potential in the cylindrically symmetric case? Can any suggest a way to derive it?

    2. Relevant equations
    central potential function is given by,

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. May 11, 2009 #2


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    Have you tried anything yet?

    P.S. The obvious first step is to use cylindrical coordinates ;-)
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