Eigenstates for the Hulthen Potential
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The Hulthen potential is a short-range potential that behaves like a Coulomb potential for small values of but decreases exponentially for large values of . It has been applied to problems in nuclear, atomic and solid-state physics.[more]
The Hulthen potential has the following form:
you can adjust the parameter . In the limit as , this reduces to a Coulomb potential . For , the potential simulates a three-dimensional delta function .
Consider the radial Schrödinger equation, in atomic units :
in terms of the reduced radial function . The Schrödinger equation can be solved in closed form for -states (). The (unnormalized) solutions are given by
In the limit as , the energy approaches the Coulomb value .
Choose "eigenvalues" to show the potential curve in black and the Coulomb potential in red. For each, the energy levels for , and are shown as horizontal lines. Assume . Choose "eigenfunctions" to show plots of the radial functions in black and the corresponding Coulombic (hydrogen atom) functions in red; they merge as is increased.[less]
Contributed by: S. M. Blinder (July 2020)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA
To solve the Schrödinger equation, make the variable transformation with and define the constants
The differential equation becomes
subject to the boundary conditions and . The solution is found to be
The second boundary condition requires that
This leads to the forms of and given above.
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