WIAS Preprint No. 1426, (2009)

Implementing exact absorbing boundary condition for the linear one-dimensional Schrödinger problem with variable potential by Titchmarsh--Weyl theory


  • Ehrhardt, Matthias
  • Zheng, Chunxiong

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 65M99 81-08


  • absorbing boundary conditions, variable potential, Schrödinger equation, Titchmarsh-Weyl m-function, unbounded domain




A new approach for simulating the solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation with a general variable potential will be proposed. The key idea is to approximate the Titchmarsh-Weyl m-function (exact Dirichlet-to-Neumann operator) by a rational function with respect to a suitable spectral parameter. With the proposed method we can overcome the usual high-frequency restriction for absorbing boundary conditions of general variable potential problems. We end up with a fast computational algorithm for absorbing boundary conditions that are accurate for the full frequency band.

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