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# One-Dimensional Piecewise-Constant Potentials

## Abstract

In a discussion of the stationary SEq, a major problem is that there are only very few realistic potentials for which closed solutions exist. To make analytical statements, one therefore almost always has to introduce approximations or simplifying assumptions; apart from that, one depends on numerical results. This also applies to the one-dimensional case to which we restrict ourselves here. In this chapter, we simplify typical potentials by replacing them with ‘steps’, i.e. by piecewise constant potentials; see Fig. 15.1. As long as we do not assume that there are infinitely high potential walls at an arbitrary distance, we will also have to deal with continuous spectra.