Numerical solutions of the Schrödinger equation with source terms or time-dependent potentials Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We develop an approach to solving numerically the time-dependent Schrödinger equation when it includes source terms and time-dependent potentials. The approach is based on the generalized Crank-Nicolson method supplemented with an Euler-MacLaurin expansion for the time-integrated nonhomogeneous term. By comparing the numerical results with exact solutions of analytically solvable models, we find that the method leads to precision comparable to that of the generalized Crank-Nicolson method applied to homogeneous equations. Furthermore, the systematic increase in precision generally permits making estimates of the error.

publication date

  • December 2014