# Quantum harmonic oscillator with harmonic perturbation

## Homework Statement

Let's consider a harmonic oscillator with a harmonic perturbation:
$$H = \frac{p^2}{2} + \frac{x^2}{2} + a \frac{x^2}{2}.$$
Exact solution is known, but we want to derive it using perturbation theory. More specifically, suppose we want to obtain a series for the ground state energy $E(a)$. This series is known to be a convegent one (when $|a| < 1$) with sum equal to the exact answer ($1/2 \sqrt{1+a}$). We want to comfirm this fact by a direct calculation.

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## The Attempt at a Solution

Well-knows recurrence relations of Rayleigh-Schrodinger theory are applicable, and I've manually checked first five orders. The calculations quickly become very cumbersome, and there seems to be no easy way to obtain a general expression for n-th order (known in advance from the exact answer).

What is the most straightforward way to obtain this series? Will the Kato's theory be of any help in this case?

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dextercioby
1st order correction is $A |2\rangle$, 2nd order - $B |2\rangle + C |4\rangle$, 3rd order - $D |2\rangle + F |4\rangle + G |6\rangle$ and so on. The number of terms grows with n.