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Let $V(x) = −u \delta(x) - v \delta(x − a)$ where $u, v > 0$ correspond to a potential with two $\delta$ wells. Let $v > u$. If $a$ is very large, there is certainly a bound state: the particle sits in the $\delta$-well. As $a$ decreases to a certain critical value, the bound state disappears. I need help finding that value.

My idea was: Before the bound state disappears, its energy approaches $0$. I'm trying to assume that the energy $E$ is a very small negative number, solve the Schrodinger equation, and find the suitable value of $a$, but I'm having trouble doing this.

Would someone be able to help me with this problem?

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I would suggest at least finding the bound state and its energy before you try to do anything sexy with limits and such. – DJBunk Nov 5 '12 at 23:43
Do know how to find the eigenvectors and eigenvalues in a case like this? – DJBunk Nov 6 '12 at 3:09
I got something for you, give me a minute – Dylan Sabulsky Nov 6 '12 at 3:14

I'm not going to answer your exact question, but this is a good example (from an old copy of Griffith's that my loser chem bro uses [real women and men of physics use Shankar and Sakurai]

Consider the double delta-function potential $$V(x)=-\alpha[\delta(x+a)+\delta(x-a)]$$ where $a$ and $\alpha$ are positive constants. enter image description here enter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description here Hope this helps! -Dylan

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Hi Dylan - you shouldn't directly put in scans from a textbook, instead type out the relevant parts of the material, using block quote syntax if necessary. Could you edit this accordingly? (Perhaps someone else will be willing to do it, but don't count on that.) – David Z Nov 6 '12 at 18:29
Hey David, I'll try to later on today. Sorry about that! – Dylan Sabulsky Nov 6 '12 at 22:08

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