Journal of Computational Electronics

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 33–44 | Cite as

A Note on the Symplectic Integration of the Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation

  • Clemens Heitzinger
  • Christian Ringhofer


Numerically solving the nonlinear schröedinger equation and being able to treat arbitrary space dependent potentials permits many application in the realm of quantum mechanics. The long-term stability of a numerical method and its conservation properties is an important feature since it assures that the underlying physics of the solution are respected and it ensures that the numerical result is correct also for small time spans. In this paper we describe symplectic integrators for the nonlinear schröedinger equation with arbitrary potentials and perform numerical experiments comparing different approaches and highlighting their respective advantages and disadvantages.

nonlinear schröedinger equations symplectic integration difference methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clemens Heitzinger
    • 1
  • Christian Ringhofer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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