0
$\begingroup$

Let $H(r, R)$ be a hamiltonian of a system in center-of-mass and relative coordinates, being $r = r_1 - r_2$ and $$R = \frac{m_1r_1 + m_2 r_2}{m_1 + m_2}$$ Consider the Hamiltonian to contain coupling terms between $r$ and $R$ as expressed in the next equation $$H(r,R) = H_{rm}(r) + H_{CM}(R) + rR.$$ The question is how can we find the complete basis of wavefunctions that diagonalize the total Hamiltonian?

My suggestion is to first diagonalize the relative and CM components, so we can build a new basis of the form $$\Psi_{n,m}(r,R) = \psi_n(r) \phi_m(R)$$ Therefore we can diagonalize the coupling term as $$\left< \Psi_{n,m}(r,R) \right| rR \left|\Psi_{n,m}(r,R)\right>$$ Is it right or are there any other way to find the complete solution?

$\endgroup$

1 Answer 1

1
$\begingroup$

Yes Recall a complete set as sum of products of the $\psi_n$ and the $\phi_m$. Remember that you have to use the reduced mass $$ M_{red}= \frac{m_1m_2}{m_1+m_2} $$ from the identity $$ \frac 12 m_1 {\bf v}_1^2+\frac 12 m_2 {\bf v}_2^2 = \frac 12 \frac{m_1m_2}{m_1+m_2} ({\bf v}_1-{\bf v}_2)^2 + \frac 12 (m_1+m_2) ({\bf V}_{CoM})^2 $$ when finding the $\psi_n(r_1-r_2).$

$\endgroup$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.