The Kronig-Penney model in a quadratic channel with δ interactions: II. Scattering approach


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The main purpose of the present paper is to introduce a scattering approach to the study of the Kronig-Penney model in a quadratic channel with δ interactions, which was discussed in full generality in the first paper of the present series. In particular, a secular equation whose zeros determine the spectrum will be written in terms of the scattering matrix from a single δ. The advantages of this approach will be demonstrated in addressing the domain with total energy E ∈ [ 0 , 1 2 ) , namely, the energy interval where, for under critical interaction strength, a discrete spectrum is known to exist for the single δ case. Extending this to the study of the periodic case reveals quite surprising behavior of the Floquet spectra and the corresponding spectral bands. The computation of these bands can be carried out numerically, and the main features can be qualitatively explained in terms of a semi-classical framework which is developed for the purpose.

Original languageEnglish
Article number424007
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Floquet spectrum
  • Kronig-Penney model
  • multimode graph
  • quantum graphs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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