On the exact discretization of Schrödinger equation
Abstract
We show that the exact discrete analogue of Schrödinger equation can be derived naturally from the Hamiltonian operator of a Schrödinger field theory by using the discrete Fourier transform that transforms the operator from momentum representation into position representation. The standard central difference equation that is often used as the discretized Schrödinger equation actually describes a different theory since it is derived from a different Hamiltonian operator. The commutator relation between the position and momentum operators in discrete space is also derived and found to be different from the conventional commutator relation in continuous space. A comparison between the two discretization formulas is made by numerically studying the transmission probability for a wave packet passing through a square potential barrier in one dimensional space. Both discretization formulas are shown to give sensible and accurate numerical results as compared to theoretical calculation, though it takes more computation time when using the exact discretization formula. The average wave number $k_0$ of the incident wave packet must satisfy $k_0\ell < 0.35$, where $\ell$ is the lattice spacing in position space, in order to obtain an accurate numerical result by using the standard central difference formula.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 August 2020
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.2008.03698
 arXiv:
 arXiv:2008.03698
 Bibcode:
 2020arXiv200803698C
 Keywords:

 Quantum Physics
 EPrint:
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