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Accurate Spectral Collocation Computation of High Order Eigenvalues for Singular Schroedinger Equations.

Version 1 : Received: 25 November 2020 / Approved: 26 November 2020 / Online: 26 November 2020 (11:07:47 CET)

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Gheorghiu, C.-I. Accurate Spectral Collocation Computation of High Order Eigenvalues for Singular Schrödinger Equations. Computation 2021, 9, 2. Gheorghiu, C.-I. Accurate Spectral Collocation Computation of High Order Eigenvalues for Singular Schrödinger Equations. Computation 2021, 9, 2.

Journal reference: Computation 2020, 9, 2
DOI: 10.3390/computation9010002

Abstract

We are concerned with the use of some classical spectral collocation methods as well as with the new software system Chebfun in order to compute high order (index) eigenpairs of singular as well as regular Schrodinger eigenproblems. We want to highlight both the qualities as well as the shortcomings of these methods and evaluate them vis-a-vis the usual ones. In order to resolve a boundary singularity we use Chebfun with the simple domain truncation technique. Although this method is equally easy to apply with spectral collocation, things are more nuanced in the case of these methods. A special technique to introduce boundary conditions as well as a coordinate transform which maps an unbounded domain to a nite one are the ingredients. A challenging set of "hard" benchmark problems, for which usual numerical methods (f. d., f. e. m., shooting etc.) fail, are analysed. In order to separate "good"and "bad"eigenvalues we estimate the drift of the set of eigenvalues of interest with respect to the order of approximation and/or scaling of domain parameter. It automatically provides us with a measure of the error within which the eigenvalues are computed and a hint on numerical stability. We pay a particular attention to problems with almost multiple eigenvalues as well as for problems with a mixed (continuous) spectrum. In the latter case we try to numerically highlight its existence. Special attention will be paid to the higher eigenpairs (the pair of eigenvalue and the corresponding eigenfunction approximated by an eigenvector spanning its nodal values).

Subject Areas

spectral collocation; Chebfun; singular Schrodinger; high index eigenpairs; multiple eigenpairs; accuracy; numerical stability

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