A Particle in a Square Well

  • Brian C. Hall
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 267)


It is difficult to solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation explicitly, even in relatively simple cases. (Even for the free Schrödinger equation, we made do in Chap.4 with solutions that are either approximate or that involve an integral that is not explicitly evaluated.) Usually, then, one analyzes the time-independent Schrödinger equation (the eigenvector equation for \(\hat{H}\)) and then attempts to infer something about the time-dependent problem from the results. There are a number of problems, including the harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom, in which the time-independent Schrödinger equation can be solved explicitly.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian C. Hall
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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