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Day September 7, 2012

Exact quantization of a PT-symmetric (reversible) Liénard-type nonlinear oscillator

V. Chithiika Ruby, M. Senthilvelan, M. Lakshmanan

We carry out an exact quantization of a PT symmetric (reversible) Lienard type one dimensional nonlinear oscillator both semiclassically and quantum mechanically. The associated time independent classical Hamiltonian is of non-standard type and is invariant under a combined coordinate reflection and time reversal transformation. We use von Roos symmetric ordering procedure to write down the appropriate quantum Hamiltonian. While the quantum problem cannot be tackled in coordinate space, we show how the problem can be successfully solved in momentum space by solving the underlying Schrodinger equation therein. We obtain explicitly the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions (in momentum space) and deduce the remarkable result that the spectrum agrees exactly with that of the linear harmonic oscillator, which is also confirmed by a semiclassical modified Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization rule, while the eigenfunctions are completely different.
Quantum Physics (quant-ph)