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Day October 2, 2012

Infinite families of (quasi)-Hermitian Hamiltonians associated with exceptional \(X_m\) Jacobi polynomials

Bikashkali Midya, Barnana Roy

Using an appropriate change of variable, the Schroedinger equation is transformed into a second-order differential equation satisfied by recently discovered Jacobi type \(X_m\) exceptional orthogonal polynomials. This facilitates the derivation of infinite families of exactly solvable Hermitian as well as non-Hermitian trigonometric and hyperbolic Scarf potentials whose bound state solutions are associated with the aforesaid exceptional orthogonal polynomials. These infinite families of potentials are shown to be extensions of the conventional trigonometric and hyperbolic Scarf potentials by the addition of some rational terms characterized by the presence of classical Jacobi polynomials. All the members of a particular family of these `rationally extended polynomial-dependent’ potentials have the same energy spectrum and possess translational shape invariant symmetry. The obtained non-Hermitian potentials are shown to be quasi-Hermitian in nature ensuring the reality of the associated energy spectra.

Mathematical Physics (math-ph); Quantum Physics (quant-ph)

Comment on “Numerical estimates of the spectrum for anharmonic PT symmetric potentials” by Bowen et al

Carl M. Bender, Stefan Boettcher

The paper by Bowen, Mancini, Fessatidis, and Murawski (2012 Phys. Scr. {\bf 85}, 065005) demonstrates in a dramatic fashion the serious difficulties that can arise when one rushes to perform numerical studies before understanding the physics and mathematics of the problem at hand and without understanding the limitations of the numerical methods used. Based on their flawed numerical work, the authors conclude that the work of Bender and Boettcher is wrong even though it has been verified at a completely rigorous level. Unfortunately, the numerical procedures performed and described in the paper by Bowen et al are incorrectly applied and wrongly interpreted.

Quantum Physics (quant-ph); Mathematical Physics (math-ph)