# Exact Solutions of the Schrödinger Equation for Pseudoharmonic Potential

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The pseudoharmonic potential belongs to the small number of problems for which the Schrödinger equation is exactly solvable [1] and is thus of intrinsic interest. The solution is outlined in the Details below.

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Contributed by: S. M. Blinder (May 2019)

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The Schrödinger equation for the radial function , in the case of zero angular momentum, is given by

.

The eigenfunctions for bound states are found to be

,

where is an associated Laguerre polynomial. The solution of the differential equation initially gave associated Laguerre functions , with

and

.

The quantization is determined by the condition that the eigenfunctions must approach 0 as . The asymptotic behavior of Laguerre functions is given by:

as .

This would overtake the converging factor in the solution as , unless is an integer , which would then produce a singularity in a gamma function of the denominator. The corresponding eigenvalues are thereby determined:

with .

Reference

[1] I. I. Gol'dman and V. D. Krivchenkov, *Problems in Quantum Mechanics* (B. T. Ge\:01d0likman, ed., E. Marquit and E. Lepa, trans.), Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1961.\:202c

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