# Eigenvalues/functions of a mixed potential

1. Oct 6, 2009

### jdwood983

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Find the first two energy eigenfunctions and eigenvalues for a particle in a potential

$$V(x)=\frac{1}{2}m\omega_0^2\left(x^2-2cx\right)$$

2. Relevant equations
$$H=\frac{p^2}{2m}+V(x)=\frac{p^2}{2m}+\frac{1}{2}m\omega_0^2\left(x^2-2cx\right)$$

$$-\frac{\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{\partial^2\psi}{\partial x^2}+\frac{1}{2}m\omega_0^2x^2\psi(x)-m\omega_0^2cx\psi(x)=E\psi(x)$$

3. The attempt at a solution

I think what is confusing me is having the mixed potential, which is the whole point of the problem. I have tried using a completing the square and making the substitution of

$$\frac{1}{2}m\omega_0^2\left(x^2-2cx\right)\rightarrow\frac{1}{2}m\omega_0^2\left(u^2-c^2\right)$$

but not really sure where this leads me (thought I might've ended up with a Bessel function or. I also tried solving it without substitution but end up with a quadratic in x differential equation

$$y''+(ax^2-bx-c)y=0$$

but unsure of where to start with this as wikipedia says this is the Weber-Hermite function, but I don't know what to do with this, at least not from what wiki says.

Any pointers as to where I should go from either starting point? (Or perhaps a starting point not considered that would be a better option)

2. Oct 7, 2009

### gabbagabbahey

Hi jdwood 983, welcome to PF!

I haven't tackled the problem myself yet, but you might try solving it in the momentum basis instead and see if that leaves you with something less complicated...

3. Oct 7, 2009

### jdwood983

The professor said he wants this done in coordinate space, so that's a no go :(

Thanks for the welcome!

4. Oct 7, 2009

### kuruman

$$-\frac{\hbar^{2}}{2m}\frac{d^{2}\psi(u)}{du^{2}}+\frac{1}{2}m\omega^{2}u^{2}\psi(u)=(E+\frac{1}{2}m\omega^{2}c^{2}})\psi(u)$$