By Gerald D. Mahan

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It's reassuring that an identical result's present in perturbation thought. The eigenfunction of the continuum country is unquestionably suffering from perurbation conception. For continuum states, the 2 phrases in (6. 112) supply ( X /k (r)Vk (k) 1 w(k, r) ¼ pﬃﬃﬃﬃ /(k; r) þ (0) V ok E(k)ÀEk ' Z three d okay¢ V(k, k¢)/(k¢, r) P þ E(k)ÀE(k¢) (2p)3 (6:138) The expression in curly brackets is self sustaining of O. The perturbed eigenfunction c(k, r) pﬃﬃﬃﬃ is proportional to at least one= V while O??. The continuum eigenfunction is stricken by the perturbation V, even if the eigenvalue isn't. for example, allow H0 describe aircraft waves so there are not any certain states. Then f(k, r) exp(ikÁr). The perturbation is a Yukawa capability: V(r) ¼ g eÀks r r (6:139) the place g and ks are constants. step one, continuously, is to calculate the matrix components. For aircraft wave eigenfunctions, the matrix point is simply the Fourier remodel of the capability. An overbar notation is used to indicate the remodel: " (kÀk¢) ¼ V Z d3 reÀirÁ(kÀk¢) g eÀks r r (6:140) The Yukawa strength happens frequently in physics, and its Fourier rework is frequently wanted. The quintessential is evaluated through first doing the angular integrals. outline n ¼ cosh, the place h is the attitude among r and Q ¼ ok À k¢: " (Q) ¼ 2pg V Z ? rdreÀks r zero Z 1 À1 d#eÀirQ# ¼ Z 1 d#eÀirQ# (6:141) À1 1 iQr ÀiQr 2 sin(Qr) )¼ (e Àe iQr Qr (6:142) Matrix tools and Perturbation idea | 179 " (Q) ¼ 4pg V Q Z ? dreÀks r sin(Qr) ¼ zero 4pg Q 2 þ k2s (6:143) the rest necessary is the Laplace rework of the sine functionality, that is present in normal tables: V(r) ¼ geÀks r r V" (Q) ¼ 4pg Q 2 þ k2s (6:144) The Coulomb power is a unique case of Yukawa with ks ¼ zero and g ¼ Ze2. The Fourier remodel of the Coulomb power is V(r) ¼ Ze2 r 2 " (Q) ¼ 4pZe V 2 Q (6:145) This completes the dialogue of the matrix point. The eigenvalue is unaffected by way of the aptitude. The adjustments of the eigenfunction are discovered from perturbation idea. There are not any sure states, so we commence with & ' Z three 1 d ok¢ V(kÀk¢)eik¢Ár w(k, r) ¼ pﬃﬃﬃﬃ eikÁr þ P (2p)3 E(k)ÀE(k¢) V (6:146) switch the mixing variable within the final time period to Q ¼ ok À k¢. Then the integrand has an element of exp(ik Á r) that's introduced outdoor of the bracket: & ' Z three eikÁr d Q V(Q)eiQÁr w(k, r) ¼ pﬃﬃﬃﬃ 1 þ three P E(k)ÀE(k þ Q) (2p) V (6:147) The final time period, with the fundamental, is now only a neighborhood functionality of r that has a nonzero price close to the beginning. It offers the swap within the eigenfunction in first-order perturbation concept. The indispensable is tough to judge for arbitrary values of okay and r. a substantial simplification is completed through identifying the distinct price of okay ¼ zero: & ' Z three 1 d Q eiQÁr w(0, r) ¼ pﬃﬃﬃﬃ 1À4pg (2p)3 (Q 2 þ k2s )E(Q) V (6:148) & ' Z 1 4mg ? dQ sin(Qr) ¼ pﬃﬃﬃﬃ 1À 2 p" h r zero Q Q 2 þ k2s V (6:149) The angular crucial was once performed in keeping with (6. 142). the remainder crucial is evaluated through contour integration or by means of taking a look up the outcome in tables: Z zero ? dQ sin (Qr) p ¼ (1ÀeÀks r ) Q Q 2 þ k2s 2k2s ( ) 1 2mg Àks r w(0, r) ¼ pﬃﬃﬃﬃ 1À 2 (1Àe ) "h k2s r V (6:150) (6:151) This equation is sketched in determine 6.