Constraint polynomial approach: an alternative to the functional Bethe Ansatz method?

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Recently developed general constraint polynomial approach is shown to replace a set of algebraic equations of the functional Bethe Ansatz method by a single polynomial constraint. As the proof of principle, the usefulness of the method is demonstrated for a number of quasi-exactly solvable (QES) potentials of the Schrödinger equation, such as two different sets of modified Manning potentials with three parameters, an electron in Coulomb and magnetic fields and relative motion of two electrons in an external oscillator potential, the hyperbolic Razavy potential, and a (perturbed) double sinh-Gordon system. The approach enables one to straightforwardly determine eigenvalues and wave functions. Odd parity solutions for the modified Manning potentials are also determined. For the QES examples considered here, constraint polynomials terminate a finite chain of orthogonal polynomials in an independent variable that need not to be necessarily energy. In the majority of cases the finite chain of orthogonal polynomials is characterized by a positive-definite moment functional \({\mathcal {L}}\), implying that a corresponding constraint polynomial has only real and simple zeros. Constraint polynomials are shown to be different from the weak orthogonal Bender–Dunne polynomials. At the same time the QES examples considered elucidate essential difference with various generalizations of the Rabi model. Whereas in the former case there are \(n+1\) polynomial solutions at each point of a nth baseline, in the latter case there are at most \(n+1\) polynomial solutions on entire nth baseline.

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AM acknowledges discussions with A. M. Ishkhanyan, B. M. Rodríguez-Lara, and M. Znojil in different stages of this work. The work of AEM was supported by the Australian Research Council and UNSW Scientia Fellowship.

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Moroz, A., Miroshnichenko, A.E. Constraint polynomial approach: an alternative to the functional Bethe Ansatz method?. Eur. Phys. J. Plus 135, 73 (2020).

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