Generalized point interactions in one-dimensional quantum mechanics

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Iop Publishing Ltd


There is a four-parameter family of point interactions in one-dimensional quantum mechanics. They represent all possible self-adjoint extensions of the kinetic energy operator. If time-reversal invariance is imposed, the number of parameters is reduced to three. One of these point interactions is the familiar delta function potential but the other generalized ones do not seem to be widely known. We present a pedestrian approach to this subject and comment on a recent controversy in the literature concerning the so-called delta' interaction. We emphasize that there is little resemblance between the delta' interaction and what its name suggests.



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Journal of Physics A-mathematical and General. Bristol: Iop Publishing Ltd, v. 30, n. 11, p. 3937-3945, 1997.