A search for shape-invariant solvable potentials

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The author investigates a simple method of constructing potentials which is related to the work of Bhattacharjie and Sudarshan (1962) and for which the Schrodinger equation can be solved in terms of known special functions. It turns out that this method can be related to supersymmetric quantum mechanics and this relationship can help to decide which special functions, satisfying linear homogeneous second-order differential equations, can be solutions of the Schrodinger equation with potentials of the form V(x)=W2(x)-W'(x). The author illustrates this procedure with the example of orthogonal polynomials and obtains explicit expressions of wavefunctions of a wide class of shape-invariant potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number020
Pages (from-to)689-702
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1989


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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