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Perturbation Theory (Non-Degenerate)

  1. Nov 23, 2012 #1
    If I have V(x)=[itex]\frac{1}{2}[/itex]m[itex]\omega^{2}[/itex]x[itex]^{2}[/itex] (1+ [itex]\frac{x^{2}}{L^{2}}[/itex])

    How do I start to solve for the hamiltonian Ho, the ground state wave function ?? Calculate for the energy of the quantum ground state using first order perturbation theory?
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  3. Nov 25, 2012 #2
    [itex]H= H_{0} + H_{p} [/itex]

    So basically, you have an aditional term, [itex]H_{p} = \frac{1}{2L^{2}}mω^2 x^4 [/itex], that perturbates your hamiltonian.
    You already know the solution for the harmonic oscillator, [itex]H= H_{0} = \hbarω(n + \frac{1}{2}) [/itex], so you just have to find the corrections for the [itex] H_{p} [/itex].

    hope i made myself clear ( ;
  4. Nov 26, 2012 #3
    so does this mean my hamiltonian would be [itex]H= \hbarω(n + \frac{1}{2}) + \frac{1}{2L^{2}}mω^2 x^4 [/itex] ?
  5. Nov 26, 2012 #4
    Don't you know the ground state wave function of unperturbed oscillator.you can see them elsewhere and then just evaluate(with normalized eigenfunctions)
  6. Nov 26, 2012 #5
    I actually dont know the wave function.. That's also my prob... if i only know the wave function I'll be able to solve this.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2012
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  8. Nov 26, 2012 #7
    Is this the same for an anharmonic oscillator? That is the problem about.
  9. Nov 26, 2012 #8
    No,you use unpertubed harmonic oscillator wave function for calculation.
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