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Department of Physics

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Publication details for Prof Richard Abram

Bettess, P & Abram, R A (2002). Finite and infinite elements for a simple problem in quantum mechanics. Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering 18(5): 325-334.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

Finite element and infinite element models are used to predict the behaviour of a simple example problem in quantum mechanics, that of a linear harmonic oscillator. It is shown that good agreement with the analytical solution is obtained and that the infinite elements give a significant improvement in accuracy at virtually no cost. It is concluded that finite and infinite elements models are a promising method for quantum mechanics problems.