We study a particular solvable potential and analyse the effect of PT symmetry on its bound state as well as scattering solutions. We determine the transmission and reflection coefficients for the PT-symmetric case and also formulate the problem in terms of an SU (1, 1) potential group, which allows unified treatment of the discrete and the continuous spectra in a natural way. We find that (bound and scattering) states of the PT-symmetric problem supply a basis for the unitary irreducible representations of the SU (1, 1) potential group, and this gives a straightforward group theoretical interpretation of the fact that the (complex) PT-invariant potential has a real energy spectrum.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)