Consider the dimensionless harmonic oscillator Hamiltonian
H=½ P2+½ X2, P=-i d/dx.
- Show that the two wave functions ψ0(x)=e-x2/2 and ψ1(x)=xe-x2/2 are eigenfunction of H with eigenvalues ½ and 3/2, respectively.
- Find the value of the coefficient a such that ψ2(x)=(1+ax2)e-x2/2 is orthogonal to ψ0(x). Then show that ψ2(x) is an eigenfunction of H with eigenvalue 5/2.
3. The attempt at a solution
For orthogonality the wave function product must equal to zero, and for eigenfunction we take the second derivative for both wave functions and make a comparison between the eigenvalues.
But I can’t finalise the problem, so I appreciate any help in advance.