Rotational and vibrational diatomic molecule in the Klein-Gordon equation with hyperbolic scalar and vector potentials 

Rotational and vibrational diatomic molecule in the Klein-Gordon equation with hyperbolic scalar and vector potentials 

Sameer M. Ikhdair; Department of Physics, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus, Turkey
July 11, 2019

We present an approximate analytic solution of the Klein-Gordon equation in the presence of equal scalar and vector generalized deformed hyperbolic potential functions by means of parameteric generalization of the Nikiforov-Uvarov method. We obtain the approximate bound state rotational-vibrational (ro-vibrational) energy levels and the corresponding normalized wave functions expressed in terms of the Jacobi polynomial where and for a spin-zero particle in a closed form. Special cases are studied including the non-relativistic solutions obtained by appropriate choice of parameters and also the -wave solutions.

Keywords: Bound states, Klein-Gordon equation, hyperbolic potential functions, deformation theory, Nikiforov-Uvarov method.

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I Introduction

In nuclear, molecular and high energy physics [1,2], one of the interesting problems is to obtain exact solutions of the relativistic wave equations like Klein-Gordon (KG), Dirac and Salpeter wave equations for mixed vector and scalar potential. The KG equation has also been used to understand the motion of a spin-zero particle in large class of potentials using different methods. This allows us to introduce two types of potential coupling, which are the four-vector potential () and the space-time scalar potential ().

For the case the solution of these wave equations with physical potentials has been studied recently. Furthermore, their exact solutions are possible only for certain central potentials such as Morse potential [3], Hulthén potential [4], Woods-Saxon potential [5], Pöschl-Teller potential [6], reflectionless-type potential [7], pseudoharmonic oscillator [8], ring-shaped harmonic oscillator [9], potential [10], five-parameter exponential potential [11], Rosen-Morse potential [12], and generalized symmetrical double-well potential [13], etc by using different methods. It is remarkable that in most of these works, the scalar and vector potentials are almost taken to be equal (i.e., ) [2,14]. Recently, interest in the solutions of the KG equation for the case where has surged. It presents bounded solutions in the relativistic view, although the KG equation reduces to the Schrödinger-like problem in the nonrelativistic limit. However, the reduced equation can show the relativistic properties of the system. For the most recent contributions, one may consult the papers in [2,6,9,10] and references therein. Therefore, the choice (positive energy states) produces a nontrivial nonrelativistic limit with a potential function and not It represents the concept of the exact spin symmetry that occurs in nuclei (i.e., when the difference potential In the negative energy states (corresponding to ) the nonrelativistic limit is the trivial interaction free-mode. It represents the concept of the pseudospin symmetry (i.e., occurs when the sum potential [15]. The spin symmetry is relevant for mesons [16]. The pseudospin symmetry concept has been applied to many systems in nuclear physics and related areas [15-17] and used to explain features of deformed nuclei [18], the super-deformation [19] and to establish an effective nuclear shell-model scheme [17,20]. This, of course, does not diminish the importance of such problems. It only limits it’s contribution (with the proper physical interpretation) to the relativistic regime [14]. However, in some few other cases, it is considered the case where the scalar potential is greater than the vector potential (in order to guarantee the existence of KG bound states) (i.e., ) [21-24]. Many authors have considered a more general transformation between the unequal vector and scalar potentials given by (or )where and being arbitrary constants of certain proportions have to be chosen after solving the problem under consideration (cf. Ref. [25] and references therein). Nonetheless, such physical potentials are very few. The bound state solutions for the last case is being obtained for the exponential potential with the -wave () KG equation when the scalar potential is greater than the vector potential [21].

The problems connected with the molecular structure provide interesting and instructive applications of quantum mechanics, since molecules are considerably more complex in structure than atoms. Two distinct problems arise in connection with molecular structure. The first is to obtain the electronic wave functions and potential energy functions of the nuclear coordinates. This problem can be solved analytically only in the simplest cases. The second is to obtain the solution of the nuclear motion equation. In this regard, the construction of a suitable potential function of a diatomic molecule is very important. It has been found that the potential-energy function for the lowest electronic states of actual diatomic molecules can be expressed by means of the Morse potential [26]:


which has three adjustable positive parameters and At it has a minimum value at zero and approaches exponentially for large If is somewhat smaller than it becomes large (but not infinie) as This potential is important in the field of molecular physics describing the interaction between two atoms [26,27]. Overmore, progress has been made in the field of diatomic molecules and extensive use of the potential functions have been introduced [28,29]. At present the Morse potential is still one of the potential functions used most in molecular physics and quantum chemistry [30]. However, it has few asymptotic inaccuracies in the regions of small and large To avoid these inaccuracies, many works have been carried out in that direction to improve Morse potential [31]. In 1986, Schiöberg [32] suggested hyperbolical (empirical) potential functions of the form:


where and are three adjustable positive parameters with ( is the spectroscopic dissociation energy) and is a parameter. In contrast to the everywhere-regular Morse potential, is highly singular at the origin with and singularities. The two potentials behave similarly near the extremum point It has the minimum value at the point


and approaches exponentially for large Unlike the Morse potential (1), the empirical potential (EP) function approaches infinity at the point In the region of large it is closer to the experimental Rydberg-Klein-Rees (RKR) curve than the Morse potential for some diatomic molecules. For a diatomic molecular model instead of the nuclear model, we consider the reduced mass definition. If the nuclei have masses and the reduced mass is defined as and at this point the diatomic molecular model can be included to the the pseudospin symmetry concept. In this context, it is worth noting that the energy of the nuclear motion (in ) is widely separated from the energy in atomic vibration and rotation (in ). That is why, one is able to separate the two motions and study the atomic vibration and rotation separately from the nuclear motion.

Lu et al [33] obtained an approximate solution for the Schrödinger equation of diatomic molecule oscillator with the positive sign EP functions given in Eq. (2) ( case) by means of the hypergeometric series method. Further, rigorous energy eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for the Schrödinger eqauation are also obtained using a similar method Since there are no exact analytical solutions for the EP functions without an approximation to the centrifugal term some approximation [34] was used to obtain these solutions. One of these approximations have been employed in solving the rotating Morse potential for any -state [34,35]. The ro-vibrating energy eigenvalues of the EP functions were determined with a semiclassical (SC) procedure (the Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization condition) and a quantum-mechanical (QM) method (the Schrödinger equation) [33]. Furthermore, several approximation schemes have been developed to find better analytical formulas for Eq. (2) with [33,36]. Overmore, Jia et al [37] have used the basic concepts of the supersymmetric quantum mechanics formalism and the functional analysis method to investigate approximately the pseudospin symmetric solutions of the Dirac equation for the arbitrary pseudo-orbital angular momentum number and to obtain the bound state solutions for the nuclei in the relativistic EP as a diatomic molecular model. Very recently, the NU method [38-40] was applied to solve the radial Schrödinger wave equation with the EP functions for case [41]. The analytic solution is used to obtain the ro-vibrating energy states for selected and diatomic molecules using the relevant potential parameters and spectroscpic constants given in Ref. [32].

Over the past years, the quantum deformation [42] has been the subject of interest because of its relevance with applications in nuclei [43-45], statistical quantum theory, string beam theory and conformal field theory [46-49]. Recently, some authors have introduced few potentials in terms of hyperbolic functions [50,51] in the view of -deformation [52].

Encouraged with the high performance of the above inter-molecular potential, we write the EP functions as

where giving a magnitude for that is larger than one. For an inverse transformation the magnitude for varies between zero and one. In the context of the quantum deformation [52], the above form is similar to a -deformed (perturbed) generalized deformed empirical potential (-DEP/GDEP) functions. It is worth noting that the range of parameter was taken as in [50] and has been extended to or  or even complex by Ref. [51]. Such -deformed potential functions have been introduced for the first time by Arai [42] for real values. When  is complex, these functions are called the generalized deformed potential functions. In this paper, we intend to find the analytic solution of the KG equation for the equal scalar and vector -DEP/GDEP with any orbital angular quantum number ( The specific choice of allows one to make KG equation approximately soluble for it’s relativistic energy eigenvalues and wave functions. Further, it opens up a new approach of generating the non-relativistic solution which is found to coincide with the previous Schrödinger solution of Eq. (4). In the present calculations, we apply a parameteric generalization procedures of the NU method which are making our calculations straightforward and simple.
The present paper is organized as follows. In sect. 2, we present a parameteric generalization of the NU method which holds for the exponential-type potentials. In sect. 3, we obtain an approximate analytic NU bound state solution of the ()-dimensional KG equation for equal scalar and vector -DEP/GDEP functions with arbitrary -states. In sect. 4, we discuss two special cases, the vibrational () and the non-relativistic limit (Schrödinger solution). In Sect. 5, we calculate the ro-vibrating energy states for selected and diatomic molecules in the non-relativistic approach. Section 6 contains the relevant conclusions.

where and are at most second-degree polynomials and is a first-degree polynomial. The primes denote derivatives with respect to To find a particular solution of Eq. (5), one can decompose the wave functions, as follows:


leading to recast (5) in the hypergeometric-type equation




and satisfies the Rodrigues relation


In the above equation, is a constant related to the normalization and is the weight function satisfying the condition




The weight function should be carefully chosen because it has an influence on the performance of orthogonal wave functions, orthogonal in the interval of the type Laguerre and Jacobi polynomials etc. It is defined with a compact support often called domain of influence which can be spheres in three-dimensions. Generally speaking, the weight function commonly used is exponential function. Furthermore, the weighted integral  and weighted average are defined by and if real-valued orthogonal polynomial functions, respectively, with and etc. Since and the derivative of needs to be negative [38] which is the essential condition in making the choice of particular solution relevant to the real bound state solution. The other part of the wave functions in Eq. (6) is mainly the solution of the logarithmic derivative:




is a polynomial of order one. The determination of is the essential point in the calculation of for which the discriminant of the square root in the last equation is set to zero. This gives the polynomial which is dependent on the transformation function Also, the parameter defined in Eq. (8) takes the form


In this regard, we can construct a parameteric generalization of the NU method valid for any central and non-central exponential-type potentials. We begin by comparing the following general hypergeometric equation


with it’s counterpart equation (5) to obtain


where the parameters and () are constants to be determined during the solution process. Thus, following the method, we may obtain all the analytic polynomials and their relevant constants necessary for the solution of a radial wave equation. These analytic expressions are given in Appendix A.

Iii The KG Solution of Equal Scalar-Vector GDEP Functions

In relativistic quantum mechanics, we usually use the KG equation for describing a scalar particle, i.e., the spin- particle dynamics. The discussion of the relativistic behavior of spin-zero particles requires understanding the single particle spectrum and the exact solutions to the KG equation which are constructed by using the four-vector potential and the scalar potential . In order to simplify the analytic solution of the KG equation, the four-vector potential can be written as The first component of the four-vector potential is represented by a vector potential i.e., In this case, the motion of a relativistic spin- particle in a potential is described by the KG equation with the potentials and [1] For case [39] the ()-dimensional KG equation is recasted to a Schrödinger-like equation and thereby the bound state solutions are easily obtained by using the well-known methods developed in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics [2].

Let us now consider the ()-dimensional time-independent KG equation describing a scalar particle (spin- particle) with Lorentz scalar and Lorentz vector potentials which takes the form [2,14,53]


where and denote the reduced mass and relativistic binding energy of two interacting particles, respectively, with is the momentum operator. It would be natural to scale the potential terms in Eq. (17) so that in the nonrelativistic limit the interaction potential becomes not We follow Alhaidari et al [14] to reduce the above equation to the form [54]


Thus, after making use of the equal scalar and vector GDEP functions ( Eq. (18) recasts to


where It is woth noting that the solution of the ()-dimensional KG equation can be reduced to the solution of the Schrödinger equation with the following appropriate choice of parameters: and where is the reduced atomic mass for the diatomic molecular system [14,54] In addition, we take the interaction potential as in (4) and decompose the total wave function with a given angular momentum as a product of a radial wave function and the angular dependent spherical harmonic functions : [53-56]


with angular momentum quantum numbers being and This reduces Eq. (19) into the form


where is the centrifugal potential and the boundary conditions as we are dealing with bound-state solutions Moreover, if is not too large, the case of the vibrations of small amplitude about the minimum, we can then use the approximate expansion of the centrifugal potential near the minimum point as [33]



and higher-order terms are neglected. In fact, Eq. (22) is the approximate expansion of the centrifugal potential and is valid for all , the minimum point of since is not singular there However, the expansion is not valid near the singularity point Overmore, it is a good approximation for small vibrations around the equilibrium separation When we have to use an approximation for the centrifugal term similar to the non-relativistic cases which is valid only for value [33,53]. However, for -waves, we remark that the problem can be solved exactly and the solution is valid for any deformation parameter At this point, it is important to mention that very similar expressions to the above expression for the energy states have also been found over the past years for the hyperbolical (exponential-type) potentials with in Eq. (2) for (cf. Ikhdair and Sever in Ref. [36]). Very recently, a new improved approximation scheme [36,39] for the centrifugal potential term was proposed which appears to be very different from the ones used by Refs. [33,53,54].
Putting for and defining the parameters
we obtain the hypergeometric wave equation

where If we apply the previous transformations, the above expressions reduce into their non-relativistic limits:

and also when the deformation parameter the above equations reduce to their counterparts as in Refs. [33,41].
Now comparing Eq. (26) with Eq. (5), we obtain particular values for the set of constant parameters given in Section 2:

Using Eqs. (28) together with Appendix A, we find the following particular physical solutions for the parameters:




where which gives possible real solutions. In what follows, from Appendix A, we find the ro-vibrational energy equation with the aid of (28) as


which can be written more explicitly as

where and signify the usual vibrational and rotational angular momentum quantum numbers, respectively.
Let us now turn to the calculations of the corresponding wave functions for the potential under consideration. Thus, referring to the general model in Appendix A, the explicit form of the weight function reads

which gives the first part of the wave functions (6) as


with the essential requirement that and For example, if then and if then Also, the second part can be found as


and, hence, the unnormalized wave functions are being expressed in terms of the Jacobi polynomials as


where being the normalization constants and with is Pochhammer’s symbol For example, if then and if then lie within or on the boundary of the interval

Hence, the total wave function of the -DEP/GDEP functions is


where the normalization constants are calculated explicitly in Appendix B.

Iv Discussions

In this section, we are going to study two special cases of the energy eigenvalues given by Eq. (34). First, we consider the -wave () vibrational energy equation:


where where is the number of bound states for the whole bound spectrum near the continuous zone. is the largest integer which is less than or equal to the value of that makes the right side of Eq. (39) vanish, that is,

If then The corresponding normalized wave functions can easily be found directly from Eq. (38) as

where are the normalization constants and calculated in Appendix B.

Second, we discuss the non-relativistic limit of the energy eigenvalues and wave functions in the non-relativistic limit. Obviously, the currently calculated KG solutions, under the previously mentioned transformations, can be reduced to their associated Schrödinger ones for the GDEP functions as


or more explicitly as


which is identical to Eq. (28) of Ref. [33] if one sets and This represents the approximate Schrödinger solution of Eq. (2) for the ro-vibratinal molecules. The non-relativistic limits for the vibrational energy states () read


and the corresponding unnormalized wave functions from Eq. (38) are


where and are defined in Eq. (27) and the condition for turns to become


Thus, the finiteness of is reflected in the above condition. If then

V Applications to Diatomic Molecules

We have calculated the non-relativistic energy states for the two selected and diatomic molecules using energy equation (35) with and (23). The spectroscopic constants of these two molecules are given in Table 1. The vibrating ground state energy eigenvalues (in ) for the molecule in the non-deformed EP functions are found using the NU method for the potential parameters given in Table 2. Our numerical results obtained in the present NU model are listed together with the numerical results obtained by using SC (as Semi-Classical) procedure and a QM (as Quantum-Mechanical) method mentioned in Ref. [32] for various potential parameters. Obviously, as shown in Table 2, the results obtained in the present model are in high agreement with those obtained by QM. However, the SC procedure is proportionally different. Therefore, the differences between our results and SC procedure are less than i.e., they are negligible because of these approximations: and [57]. The second application is applied to molecule. We confine our study to calculate the ro-vibrating energy states for the potential using the following potential parameters: and [32] together with the parameters given in Table 1. For the previously given set of physical parameters, we plot the non-relativistic energy spectrum curve as a function of vibrational quantum number as seen in Figure 1 Obviously, in a reference to Figure 1, the energy spectrum of the diatomic molecule approaches the value of as approaches or This is also verified analytically from Eqs. (44) and (46). Moreover, a plot of the non-relativistic energy spectrum curve as a function of the potential strength for the above given set of physical parameters and for molecule is shown in Figure 2. The relationship is noticed to be nearly linear for any arbitrary value of vibrational quantum number . The attractive energy value increases with the increasing potential strength. The splittings of the energy states of -waves obtained by the NU method and SC procedures are presented in Table 3. The present results from NU method and obtained from the SC procedures are also compared with four-different experimental results labeled and taken from Ref. [32] It is obvious from Table 3 that our results are very close with the experimentally determined values as well as the SC procedure results. Finally, the approximated rotating and vibrating energy states of the given in Eq. (2) for the and molecules are also calculated for the case. Table 4 shows the energy levels for vibrational and rotational quantum numbers.

Vi Conclusions

To summarize, we have presented the approximate bound state energy eigenvalues and their corresponding normalized wave functions of the relativistic spin- particle in the radial ()-dimensional KG equation with equal scalar and vector -DEP/GDEP functions by means of the parametric generalization of the NU method. We point out that the KG wave functions are found in terms of the Jacobi polynomials. The analytic expressions for the relativistic energy expression and the corresponding wave functions of this molecular system can be reduced to the well-known non-relativistic solutions and to the -waves solutions as well. The relativistic energy defined implicitly by Eq. (33) is rather a transcendental equation and it has many solutions for any arbitrarily chosen values of usual quantum numbers and The method presented in this paper is general and worth extending to the solution of other molecular interaction problems. The method is simple and useful in solving other complicated systems analytically without giving any restriction on the solution of some quantum systems as is the case in the other models. We have also seen that for the nonrelativistic model, the approximate energy spectrum can be obtained either by directly solving the Schrödinger equation [41] or rather by even applying appropriate transformations to the relativistic solution as currently shown. We should emphasize that the approximate bound state energy spectrum obtained in the present work might have some interesting applications in different branches like atomic and molecular physics and quantum chemistry. The present solution is describing the inter-molecular structures and interactions in diatomic molecules [32-36,41,58,59]. The present study is also useful in calculating the vibrating energy for different radial quantum numbers as well as the rotating energy for different orbital quantum numbers. To conclude, the proposed -deformation potential with a flexible and fixed value (real or complex) can generate various potential models with various energy solutions

The author thanks the three anonymous kind referees for the very constructive comments and suggestions. He is also grateful for the partial support provided by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).

Appendix A Parameterized Version of the NU Method

We complement the theoretical formulation of the NU method in presenting the essential polynomials, energy equation and wave functions together with their relevant constants as follows.

(i) The key polynomials: