• Bound States of Spherically Symmetric Potentials: Heat Capacity Calculations

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      Schrodinger equation, degeneracy, quantum models.

    • Abstract


      We solve the time-independent Schro¨dinger equation for spher-ically symmetric potentials. First, we consider simple cases of a particle on a ring and a particle on a sphere to illustrate the degeneracy arising due to symmetry. We then consider three different spherically symmetric potentials: (i) spherical well potential, (ii) isotropic three-dimensional harmonic oscillator, and (iii) spherically confined isotropic three-dimensional har-monic oscillator. Our discussion mainly focuses on the energy levels of the bound states and the associated degeneracies. Finally, we calculate the heat capacity of endohedral fullerenes using two simple models—particle in a spherical box and con-fined harmonic oscillator.

    • Author Affiliations


      Chandan Kumar1

      1. Department of Physical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali, Knowledge City SAS Nagar, Sector 81, Mohali 140 306, Punjab.
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