Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
We describe the bound state and scattering properties of a quantum mechanical particle in a scalar N-prong potential. Such a study is of special interest since these situations are intermediate between one and two dimensions. The energy levels for the special case of N identical prongs exhibit an alternating pattern of non-degeneracy and (N−1) fold degeneracy. It is shown that the techniques of supersymmetric quantum mechanics can be used to generate new solutions. Solutions for prongs of arbitrary lengths are developed. Discussions of tunneling in N-well potentials and of scattering for piecewise constant potentials are given. Since our treatment is for general values of N, the results can be studied in the large N limit. A somewhat surprising result is that a free particle incident on an N-prong vertex undergoes continuously increased backscattering as the number of prongs is increased.
Gangopadhyaya, A, A Pagnamenta, and UP Sukhatme. "Quantum Mechanics of Multi-Prong Potentials." Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General 28(18), 1995.
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