Seminars IFIC

PT-symmetry, nonlinear eigenvalue problems, and Painlevé transcendents

by Prof. Carl M. Bender (Washington University in St. Louis)

Thursday, 19 October 2017 from to (Europe/Brussels)
at Campus Burjassot ( 4-4-4426 - Seminari Física Teòrica )
Semiclassical (WKB) techniques are commonly used to find the high-energy behavior of the eigenvalues of linear time-independent Schrödinger equations. In this talk we generalize the concept of an eigenvalue problem to nonlinear differential equations. The role of an eigenfunction is now played by a separatrix curve, and the special initial condition that gives rise to the separatrix curve is the eigenvalue. The Painlevé transcendents are examples of nonlinear eigenvalue problems, and nonlinear semiclassical techniques are devised to calculate the behavior of the large eigenvalues. This behavior is found by reducing the Painlevé equation to the linear Schrödinger equation associated with a non-Hermitian PT-symmetric Hamiltonian. The concept of a nonlinear eigenvalue problem extends far beyond the Painlevé equations tohuge classes of nonlinear differential equations.