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Completeness and orthonormality in PT-symmetric quantum systems

By S. Weigert

Abstract

Some PT-symmetric non-Hermitian Hamiltonians have only real eigenvalues. There is numerical evidence that the associated PT-invariant energy eigenstates satisfy an unconventional completeness relation. An ad hoc scalar product among the states is positive definite only if a recently introduced "charge operator" is included in its definition. A simple derivation of the conjectured completeness and orthonormality relations is given. It exploits the fact that PT symmetry provides a link between the eigenstates of the Hamiltonian and those of its adjoint, forming a dual pair of bases. The charge operator emerges naturally upon expressing the properties of the dual bases in terms of one basis only, and it is shown to be a function of the Hamiltonian

Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:1372

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