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Help with this Hamiltonian

  1. Sep 1, 2003 #1
    given a classic hamiltonian of the form H=f(x)P**n what would be it quantum version of it?..how do you quantizy this?... (n is an integer)
    Should you take all the possible permutation of it?..i have this problem...thanks.
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  3. Sep 1, 2003 #2
    I think first of all you have to expand f(x) into a Taylor series and then make every xm*pn symmetric.My first impulse would be to write it (xm*pn + pn*xm)/2, but I have strong doubts about it as I seem to have heared my teacher say "stick to those simple ones".
  4. Sep 1, 2003 #3
    hint. The Energy has to equal n*hbar
  5. Sep 1, 2003 #4


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    I don't see the point of expanding f(x). Here's what I'd do

    H = [f(x)*P^n + P^n*f(x)]/2

  6. Sep 1, 2003 #5
    Well, as a first thing I have to make sure H is a linear operator.
  7. Sep 1, 2003 #6


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    Of course it's linear. Regardless of what particular form it takes so long as it's a Hamiltonian I.e.

    H(a|Psi1> + b|Psi2>) = aH|Psi1> + bH|Psi2>

    I.e. you take H and multiply it through. And example of a non-linear operator is O where O(A) = A^2

    In the present case

    H(Psi) = [f(x)P^n][a*Psi1 + b*Psi2]
    = [f(x)P^n](a*Psi1) + [f(x)P^n](b*Psi2)
    = a*[f(x)P^n]Psi1 + b*[f(x)P^n]Psi2
    = a*H(Psi1) + b*H(Psi2)

    However I don't see what possible physical system this Hamiltonian could belong to and thus the reason to call it a Hamiltonian. But that's par for the course sometimes. Goldstein's text has an example of a Hamiltonian in the problem section for which I can't see what physical system it describes either.

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