# How to understand the physics meanings for system x--> ix?

For example, in Harmonic oscillator, we find E--> -E when x--> i x. How to understand physical meanings or in mathematics? How to understand the wave function in this case?

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For example, in Harmonic oscillator, we find E--> -E when x--> i x.
I don't think it is true, unless one also makes the transformation p->ip.

In harmonic oscillator, if we take x--> ix, the energy becones E_n= -(n+1/2), the wave function is changed by replacing "ix". We can check the cases n=0,1, etc. we find they indeed satisfy the Schrödinger equation.

What is the reason why also p-->ip?

bhobba
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In harmonic oscillator, if we take x--> ix, the energy becones E_n= -(n+1/2), the wave function is changed by replacing "ix". We can check the cases n=0,1, etc. we find they indeed satisfy the Schrödinger equation.What is the reason why also p-->ip?

A mathematical quirk maybe - every mathematical idiosyncrasy doesn't necessarily have some deep meaning.

Thanks
Bill

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