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Day November 19, 2010

Perfect transmission scattering as a PT-symmetric spectral problem

H. Hernandez-Coronado, D. Krejcirik, P. Siegl

Transmissions |T|^2 as a function of energy k2 for the step-like potential <i>v</i> with a = Pi/4, epsilon_1 = 0.2, epsilon_3 = 0.5, beta_3 = -100, beta_2 = 0, beta_1 = -120 (continuous red line), and beta_1 = -200 (dashed blue line). See [5] for animated plots of |T|^2 as a function of potential.We establish that a perfect-transmission scattering problem can be described by a class of parity and time reversal symmetric operators and hereby we provide a scenario for understanding and implementing the corresponding quasi-Hermitian quantum mechanical framework from the physical viewpoint. One of the most interesting features of the analysis is that the complex eigenvalues of the underlying non-Hermitian problem, associated with a reflectionless scattering system, lead to the loss of perfect-transmission energies as the parameters characterizing the scattering potential are varied. On the other hand, the scattering data can serve to describe the spectrum of a large class of Schroedinger operators with complex Robin boundary conditions.
Mathematical Physics (math-ph); Quantum Physics (quant-ph)