# Solutions of the Schrödinger equation in a Hilbert space

- Alexander Boichuk
^{1}Email author and - Oleksander Pokutnyi
^{1}

**2014**:4

https://doi.org/10.1186/1687-2770-2014-4

© Boichuk and Pokutnyi; licensee Springer. 2014

**Received: **1 October 2013

**Accepted: **11 December 2013

**Published: **6 January 2014

## Abstract

Necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a solution of a boundary-value problem for the Schrödinger equation are obtained in the linear and nonlinear cases. Analytic solutions are represented using the generalized Green operator.

## Keywords

## Introduction

The Schrödinger equation is the subject of numerous publications, and it is impossible to analyze all of them in detail. For this reason, we only briefly describe the methods and ideas that underlie the approach proposed in this paper for the investigation of the linear and a weakly nonlinear Schrödinger equation with different boundary conditions.

In this work, we develop constructive methods of analysis of linear and weakly nonlinear boundary-value problems, which occupy a central place in the qualitative theory of differential equations. The specific feature of these problems is that the operator of the linear part of the equation does not have an inverse. This does not allow one to use the traditional methods based on the principles of contracting mappings and a fixed point. These problems include the most complicated and inadequately studied problems known as critical (or resonance) problems [1–4]. Therefore, for the investigation of periodic problems for the Schrödinger equation, we develop the technique of generalized inverse operators [5–8] for the original linear operator in Banach and Hilbert spaces.

On the other hand, we use the notion of a strong generalized solution of an operator equation developed in [9]. The origins of this approach go back to the works of Weil and Sobolev. Using the process of completion, one can introduce the concept of a strong pseudoinverse operator for an arbitrary linear bounded operator and thus relax the requirement that the range of its values be closed. In this way, one can prove the existence of solutions of different types for the linear Schrödinger equation with arbitrary inhomogeneities. Thus, one may say that, in a certain sense, the Schrödinger equation is always solvable. There are three possible types of solutions: classical generalized solutions, strong generalized solution, and strong pseudosolutions [10].

For the analysis of a weakly nonlinear Schrödinger equation, we develop the ideas of the Lyapunov-Schmidt method and efficient methods of perturbation theory, namely the Vishik-Lyusternik method [11]. The combination of different approaches allows us to take a different look at the Schrödinger equation with a constant unbounded operator in the linear part and obtain all its solutions by using the generalized Green operator of this problem constructed in this work. Possible generalizations are discussed in the final part of the paper. By an example of the abstract van der Pol equation, we illustrate the results that can be obtained by using the proposed method.

## Auxiliary result (linear case)

### Statement of the problem

*H*is Hilbert space and vector-function $f(t)$ is integrable; for simplicity, the unbounded operator ${H}_{0}$ has the following form [12] for each $t\in [0;w]$:

*T*is a strongly positive self-adjoint operator in the Hilbert space

*H*. Since the operator

*T*is closed, the domain $D(T)$ of the operator

*T*is a Hilbert space with scalar product $(Tu,Tu)$. The operator ${H}_{0}$ is self-adjoint in the domain $D=D(T)\oplus D(T)$ with product

for $0<\mu -1<\frac{1}{\parallel {R}_{\mu}(U(w))\parallel}$, and any $\overline{c}\in {H}_{T}$. Then we can formulate the first result as a lemma.

**Lemma 1**

*Suppose that the operator*$I-U(w)$

*has a closed image*$R(I-U(w))=\overline{R(I-U(w))}$.

- 1.
*Solutions of the boundary*-*value problem*(1), (2)*exist if and only if*${U}_{0}(w)(\alpha +{\int}_{0}^{w}{U}^{-1}(\tau )f(\tau )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\tau )=0.$(5) - 2.
*Under condition*(5),*solutions of*(1), (2)*have the form*$\phi (t,\overline{c})=U(t){U}_{0}(w)\overline{c}+(G[f,\alpha ])(t),$(6)*where*$\begin{array}{rcl}(G[f,\alpha ])(t)& =& U(t)\sum _{k=0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{(\mu -1)}^{k}{\left\{\sum _{l=0}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{\mu}^{-l-1}{(U(w)-{U}_{0}(w))}^{l}\right\}}^{k+1}\\ \times (\alpha +{\int}_{0}^{w}U(w){U}^{-1}(\tau )f(\tau )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\tau )\\ -U(t){U}_{0}(w)(\alpha +{\int}_{0}^{w}U(w){U}^{-1}(\tau )f(\tau )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\tau )\\ +{\int}_{0}^{t}U(t){U}^{-1}(\tau )f(\tau )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\tau ,\end{array}$*is the generalized Green operator of the boundary*-*value problem*(1), (2)*for*$0<\mu -1<1/\parallel {R}_{\mu}(U(w))\parallel $.

- (1)
Classical generalized solutions.

- (2)
Strong generalized solutions. Consider the case where $R(I-U(w))\ne \overline{R(I-U(w))}$ and $g\in \overline{R(I-U(w))}$. We show that the operator $I-U(w)$ can be extended to $\overline{I-U(w)}$ in such a way that $R(\overline{I-U(w)})$ is closed.

*X*with the norm ${\parallel x\parallel}_{\overline{X}}={\parallel (\mathcal{I}-\mathcal{U}(w))x\parallel}_{F}$, where $F=\overline{R(I-U(w))}$ [9]. Then the extended operator

has a unique solution ${(\overline{\mathcal{I}-\mathcal{U}(w)})}^{-1}g$, which is called the generalized solution of equation (7).

**Remark 1**It should be noted that there exist the following extensions of spaces and the corresponding operators:

- (3)
Strong pseudosolutions.

These elements are called *strong pseudosolutions* by analogy with [5].

We now formulate the full theorem on solvability.

**Theorem 1**

*The boundary*-

*value problem*(1), (2)

*is always solvable*.

- (1)(a)
*Classical or strong generalized solutions of*(1), (2)*exist if and only if*${U}_{0}(w)(\alpha +{\int}_{0}^{w}{U}^{-1}(\tau )f(\tau )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\tau )=0.$(8)*If*$(\alpha +{\int}_{0}^{w}{U}^{-1}(\tau )f(\tau )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\tau )\in R(I-U(w))$,*then solutions of*(1), (2)*are classical*. - (b)
*Under assumption*(8),*the solutions of*(1), (2)*have the form*$\phi (t,\overline{c})=U(t){U}_{0}(w)\overline{c}+\left(\overline{G[f,\alpha ]}\right)(t),$*where*$(\overline{G[f,\alpha ]})(t)$*is an extension of the operator*$(G[f,\alpha ])(t)$. - (2)(a)
*Strong pseudosolutions exist if and only if*${U}_{0}(w)(\alpha +{\int}_{0}^{w}{U}^{-1}(\tau )f(\tau )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\tau )\ne 0.$(9) - (b)
*Under assumption*(9),*the strong pseudosolutions of*(1), (2)*have the form*$\phi (t,\overline{c})=U(t){U}_{0}(w)\overline{c}+\left(\overline{G[f,\alpha ]}\right)(t),$*where*$\begin{array}{rcl}\left(\overline{G[f,\alpha ]}\right)(t)& =& U(t)\overline{G}[g]+{\int}_{0}^{t}U(t){U}^{-1}(\tau )f(\tau )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\tau \\ =& U(t){\overline{(\mathcal{I}-\mathcal{U}(w))}}^{-1}g+{\int}_{0}^{t}U(t){U}^{-1}(\tau )f(\tau )\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}d\tau .\end{array}$

## 1 Main result (nonlinear case)

### 1.1 Modification of the Lyapunov-Schmidt method

We seek a generalized solution $\phi (t,\epsilon )$ of the boundary-value problem (10), (11) that becomes one of the solutions of the generating equation (1), (2) ${\phi}_{0}(t,\overline{c})$ in the form (6) for $\epsilon =0$.

where *q* is a positive constant.

The main idea of the next results was used in [15] for the investigation of bounded solutions.

**Theorem 2** (Necessary condition)

*Suppose that the nonlinear boundary*-*value problem* (10), (11) *has a generalized solution* $\phi (\cdot ,\epsilon )$ *that becomes one of the solutions* ${\phi}_{0}(t,\overline{c})$ *of the generating equation* (1), (2) *with constant* $\overline{c}={c}^{0}$ *and* $\phi (t,0)={\phi}_{0}(t,{c}^{0})$ *for* $\epsilon =0$. *Then this constant must satisfy the equation for generating amplitudes* (12).

*Proof*If the boundary-value problem (10), (11) has classical generalized solutions, then, by Lemma 1, the following solvability condition must be satisfied:

Since $\phi (t,\epsilon )\to {\phi}_{0}(t,{c}^{0})$ as $\epsilon \to 0$, we finally obtain [by using the continuity of the operator function $Z(\phi ,t,\epsilon )$] the required assertion.

To find a sufficient condition for the existence of solutions of the boundary-value problem (10), (11), we additionally assume that the operator function $Z(\phi ,t,\epsilon )$ is strongly differentiable in a neighborhood of the generating solution ($Z(\cdot ,t,\epsilon )\in {C}^{1}[\parallel \phi -{\phi}_{0}\parallel \le q]$).

where ${A}_{1}(t)={Z}^{1}(v,t,\epsilon ){|}_{v={\phi}_{0},\epsilon =0}$ (Fréchet derivative). □

**Theorem 3** (Sufficient condition)

*Suppose that the operator*${B}_{0}$

*satisfies the following conditions*:

- (1)
*The operator*${B}_{0}$*is Moore*-*Penrose pseudoinvertible*; - (2)
${\mathcal{P}}_{N({B}_{0}^{\ast})}{U}_{0}(w)=0$.

*Then*, *for an arbitrary element* $c={c}^{0}\in {H}_{T}$ *satisfying the equation for generating amplitudes* (12), *there exists at least one solution of* (10), (11).

*This solution can be found by using the following iterative process*:

### 1.2 Relationship between necessary and sufficient conditions

First, we formulate the following assertion:

**Corollary** *Suppose that a functional* $F(\overline{c})$ *has the Fréchet derivative* ${F}^{(1)}(\overline{c})$ *for each element* ${c}^{0}$ *of the Hilbert space* *H* *satisfying the equation for generating constants* (12). *If* ${F}^{1}(\overline{c})$ *has a bounded inverse*, *then the boundary*-*value problem* (10), (11) *has a unique solution for each* ${c}^{0}$.

**Remark 2** If the assumptions of the corollary are satisfied, then it follows from its proof that the operators ${B}_{0}$ and ${F}^{(1)}({c}^{0})$ are equal. Since the operator ${F}^{(1)}(\overline{c})$ is invertible, it follows that assumptions 1 and 2 of Theorem 3 are necessarily satisfied for the operator ${B}_{0}$. In this case, the boundary-value problem (10), (11) has a unique bounded solution for each ${c}^{0}\in {H}_{T}$ satisfying (12). Therefore, the invertibility condition for the operator ${F}^{1}(\overline{c})$ expresses the relationship between the necessary and sufficient conditions. In the finite-dimensional case, the condition of invertibility of the operator ${F}^{(1)}(\overline{c})$ is equivalent to the condition of simplicity of the root ${c}^{0}$ of the equation for generating amplitudes [5].

In this way, we modify the well-known Lyapunov-Schmidt method. It should be emphasized that Theorems 2 and 3 give us a condition for the chaotic behavior of (10) and (11) [16].

### 1.3 Example

*H*:

*T*is an unbounded operator with compact ${T}^{-1}$. Then there exists an orthonormal basis ${e}_{i}\in H$ such that $y(t)={\sum}_{i=1}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{c}_{i}(t){e}_{i}$ and $Ty(t)={\sum}_{i=1}^{\mathrm{\infty}}{\lambda}_{i}{c}_{i}(t){e}_{i}$, ${\lambda}_{i}\to \mathrm{\infty}$. In this case, the operator system (10), (11) for the boundary-value problem (14), (15) is equivalent to the following countable system of ordinary differential equations (${c}_{k}(t)={x}_{k}(t)$):

Then we can obtain the next result.

**Theorem 4** (Necessary condition for the van der Pol equation)

*Suppose that the boundary*-

*value problem*(16), (17)

*has a bounded solution*$\phi (\cdot ,\epsilon )$

*that becomes one of the solutions of the generating equations with pairs of constants*$({c}_{1}^{k},{c}_{2}^{k})$, $k\in N$.

*Then only a finite number of these pairs are not equal to zero*.

*Moreover*,

*if*$({c}_{1}^{{k}_{i}},{c}_{2}^{{k}_{i}})\ne (0,0)$, $i=\overline{1,N}$,

*then these constants lie on an*

*N*-

*dimensional torus in the infinite*-

*dimensional space of constants*:

**Remark** Similarly, we can study the Schrödinger equation with a variable operator and more general boundary conditions (as noted in the introduction).

*H*with the boundary condition

*Q*is linear and bounded and acts from the Hilbert space

*H*to ${H}_{1}$. As in [12], we define the operator-valued function

A detailed study of the boundary-value problem (18), (19) will be given in a separate paper.

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