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Quantization linear potential

  1. Jun 17, 2015 #1
    Suppose to have a hamiltonian with a linear potenzial like z x, where x is the variable and z a parameter. Which is the spectrum of the Hamiltonian of this sistem?
     
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  3. Jun 17, 2015 #2
    Depends... if the particle is to be bounded in a 1-D infinite potential well then a linearly-varying potential gives rise to Airy function solutions and hence the eigenvalues are inherently numerical (I remember this distinctly from a recent Mathematica simulation of a stationary electric field perturbing an electron confined to a 1-D box). You can find a derivation in David Miller's Quantum book. If the walls are finite then the numerical solution is more difficult to find.
     
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