Boletín de la Sociedad Matemática Mexicana

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 389–429 | Cite as

Analytic approximation of transmutation operators and related systems of functions

  • Vladislav V. Kravchenko
  • Sergii M. Torba
Original Article


In Kravchenko and Torba (J Comput Appl Math 275:1–26, 2015) a method for approximate solution of Sturm–Liouville equations and related spectral problems was presented based on the construction of the Delsarte transmutation operators. The problem of numerical approximation of solutions and eigendata was reduced to approximation of a primitive of the potential by a finite linear combination of certain specially constructed functions obtained from the generalized wave polynomials introduced in Khmelnytskaya et al. (J Math Anal Appl 399:191–212, 2013) and Kravchenko and Torba (Complex Anal Oper Theory 9:379–429, 2015). The method allows one to compute both lower and higher eigendata with an extreme accuracy. Since the solution of the approximation problem is the main step in the application of the method, the properties of the system of functions involved are of primary interest. In Kravchenko and Torba (J Comput Appl Math 275:1–26, 2015) two basic properties were established: the completeness in appropriate functional spaces and the linear independence. In this paper we present a considerably more complete study of the systems of functions. We establish their relation with another linear differential second-order equation, find out certain operations (in a sense, generalized derivatives and antiderivatives) which allow us to generate the next such function from a previous one. We obtain the uniqueness of the coefficients of expansions in terms of such functions and a corresponding generalized Taylor theorem, as well as formulas for exact expansion coefficients involving the operations mentioned above. We also construct the invertible integral operators transforming powers of the independent variable into the functions under consideration and establish their commutation relations with differential operators. We present some error bounds for the solution of the approximation problem depending on the smoothness of the potential and show that these error bounds are close to optimal in order. Also, we provide a rigorous justification of the alternative formulation of the proposed method allowing one to make use of the known initial values of the solutions at the left endpoint of the spectral problem.


Transmutation operators Schrödinger equation Approximate solution Sturm–Liouville problem Spectral parameter power series Formal powers 

Mathematics Subject Classification

34A25 34A45 34B24 34L16 34L40 35L05 35Q40 41A25 41A30 41A58 45L05 47G10 47N20 47N40 65L05 65L15 


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  1. 1.Departamento de MatemáticasCINVESTAV del IPN, Unidad QuerétaroQuerétaroMexico

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