The two-dimensional (2D) relativistic bound states of a spinless particle placed in scalar and vector Cornell potentials (with ) are obtained under the influence of external magnetic and Aharonov-Bohm (AB) flux fields using the wave function ansatz method. The relativistic energy eigenvalues and wave functions are found for any arbitrary state with principal and magnetic quantum numbers. Further, we obtain the eigensolutions in any dimensional space without external fields. We also find the relativistic and nonrelativistic bound states for Coulomb, harmonic oscillator, and Kratzer potentials.

1. Introduction

Relativistic wave equations such as Dirac and Klein-Gordon equations have been of much concern for theoretical physicists [1, 2]. The KG is almost employed in describing the spin-zero particle dynamics in relativistic quantum mechanics. The existence of strong fields or high speeds introduces relativistic phenomena that cannot be described using the Schrödinger equation. A discussion of the relativistic behavior of spin-zero particles needs understanding the single particle spectrum and consequently the exact solutions to the KG which are constructed using the four-vector potential and the scalar potential . It can be said that the motion of a relativistic spin-zero particle in a potentials is described by the KG equation with the potential and [3].

Over the past few years, there has been an increasing interest in obtaining the exact solutions to the spinless KG particles exposed to different potential models [46]. Various techniques are used in solving such wave equations as the Nikiforov-Uvarov (NU) method [7, 8], the supersymmetric approach [911], the point canonical method [12, 13], the asymptotic iteration method [14, 15], the exact quantization rule [16, 17], the shifted expansion technique [18], parametrized version of NU method [19], perturbative treatment [20], and wave function ansatz method [21, 22].

One of the potentials that has received much attention in particle physics was the Cornell (Coulomb plus linear) potential. It has been used successfully in models describing binding states of heavy quarks [2325]. The Cornell potential contains a short range part dominated by a Coulombic-term of quark and gluon interaction ~ from perturbative quark chromodynamics (QCD) and the large distance quark confinement known from lattice QCD as a linear term ~ [2631]. In some situations when the parameter is small, it provides a particular case of perturbed Coulomb problem in atomic physics [32]. This potential has been used to study the strange, charmed, and beautiful baryon masses in the framework of variational approach [33].

The ground state energy () of the KG equation with scalar-vector Killingbeck potentials [34] has been found using the ansatz method [3537]. Furthermore, the ground state energy of the KG equation with scalar-vector Cornell potentials [38] has been calculated under the influence of the magnetic and Aharonov-Bohm fields.

Very recently, we have studied the scalar charged particle in scalar-vector (harmonic oscillator plus Cornell) potentials with and without external magnetic and Aharonov-Bohm flux fields [39] and obtained its relativistic energy eigenvalues and wave functions using the analytical exact iteration method [40, 41]. The behavior of a spinless relativistic particle moving under the Cornell potential with the Coulomb singularity in the presence of static magnetic and AB flux fields has not been investigated yet for any principal and magnetic quantum numbers.

The aim of this work is to extend [38] to include the bound state solutions for any and quantum numbers. Thus we solve the radial KG equation in 2D space for unequal mixture of scalar-vector Cornell potentials with and without constant magnetic and AB flux fields for the first time. For the real relativistic bound state solutions, we should choose and , where is the mass of particle (electron) and is its energy while the nonrelativistic solution can be obtained when . We choose not to pursue the case since its nonrelativistic limit is the trivial interaction-free mode. This does not diminish the importance of such problems. It only limits its contribution to the relativistic regime. This includes the general case , where , where is a real number. On the other hand, the class of problems with are unbounded as we will see from our solution. Moreover, we present the exact energy eigenvalues and wave functions of the pure scalar Cornell potential in presence of magnetic field with various values of Larmor frequencies for any vibrational and rotational quantum numbers using the wave function ansatz and series method [4044]. In addition, some special cases of KG solutions are obtained for the Coulomb and harmonic oscillator interactions in 3D space without the external fields.

The structure of this paper is as follows. In Section 2, we introduce the KG equation in 2D space for unequal mixture of scalar-vector Cornell potential under external magnetic and AB flux fields. We obtain the energy eigenvalues and wave functions for any and state. Section 3 is devoted for discussing some particular cases such as KG-scalar Cornell problem with and without external fields, KG-Coulomb, and KG-harmonic oscillator problems without external fields in any dimensional space. Our concluding remarks are given in Section 3.

2. 2D Relativistic Bound State Solutions in External Fields

The Klein-Gordon atom for the spinless particle with mass and charge moving in external electromagnetic field and AB flux field given by potentials , , and reads [45, 46] We choose [4752] and the scalar-vector potentials in the form of the Cornell (Coulomb plus linear) potentials describing quark-antiquark interactions [23, 24, 2831] are as follows: which are extensively used in particle physics [30, 31]. Moreover, the vector potential in the symmetric gauge is defined by such that and , where the applied magnetic field is perpendicular to the plane of transversal motion of the particle and describes the additional AB flux field created by a solenoid in cylindrical coordinates [5052]. The wave function in (1) is defined by where is the eigenvalue of angular momentum. Now in the solution of the KG equation the relationship between the attractive scalar and repulsive vector potentials is given by , where is arbitrary constant that refers to the existence of energy eigenvalues and hence the KG equation could be reduced to the Schrödinger-type second order differential equation as In case when , the above equation reduces to the Schrödinger equation. Now we will treat the energy solutions of the two cases in (5) as follows.

2.1. The Energy Solution

The energy states require that (i.e., case) which, in the nonrelativistic limit, corresponds to the solution of the wave equation: where stands for nonrelativistic wave function. Thus, the choice of the case , is not mostly to do with finding exact analytical solution but simply to enable one to obtain a non-relativistic limit with a potential function and not . Accordingly, it would be natural to scale the potential term in (6) so that in the non-relativistic limit the interaction potential becomes not . With the scalar and vector Cornell potentials: given in (3), we can rewrite (5) as with By inserting (4) and (9) into (7), we can obtain [40, 41, 53] withand the asymptotic behaviors and . Notice the energy depending on the strength of the magnetic field characterized by the Larmor frequency, , and the new eigenvalue of angular momentum (magnetic quantum number), , where refers to the flux quantum and is an integer. The frequency is called the cyclotron frequency of rotation [54] corresponding to the classical motion of a charged particle in a uniform magnetic field and is the Larmor frequency in units of Hz [54].

Hence, the Schrödinger-type equation with unequal scalar-vector Cornell potential can be written as with the effective potential It is interesting to look at the results obtained from (10) for a special case ; that is, we have KG-pseudoharmonic problem: which corresponds to the differential equation of a harmonic oscillator with a centrifugal term. It is similar form to the one given by (7) in [55] with the equivalence , , and (, , and are the parameters used in [55]). So by putting the parameter values, into (14) of [54], we obtain the energy equation as Now we find a solution to (10) by making the following choice of the wave function [40, 41]: where and are parameters whose values are to be determined in terms of the potential parameters. Substituting (19) into (10), we obtain the following series [40]: with where the two parameters and are determined in order that the radial wave functions must be finite everywhere and vanish at and as . In the absence of the magnetic field we require that .

To obtain the recurrence relation which can connect various expansion coefficients , we make identical powers of in (20), that is, equate the coefficients of to zero. Thus, the relations become where and . Here, the positive sign of parameter has been selected. The power series for large values of or is convergent. For convenience, we take the ratio of two successive terms, that is, , which becomes It is apparent from the above relations that the power series converges when . Hence, the series must be truncated (bounded) for . At this value of , we obtain the following equations: where the negative sign of the coefficient has been chosen in (22). Also the parameter in (22) is physically taken as and the following relationship between the potential parameters must be achieved: The energy equation can be obtained via (23) as We may find solutions to the above transcendental equation in terms of , , , and . The above energy equation is correct for and not only for (i.e, ). On the other hand, the solution for the case can be obtained very simply from the above energy equation by making some transformations: and , that is, , , , and [39].

2.2. The Wave Function Solution

We can find the wave function in (4) with the help of (19), (24)–(28) as with where is the normalization constant.

Notice that the present model has been solved in 2D space with an external uniform magnetic field since it is perpendicular to the plane where the vector and scalar Cornell potentials have the dimensions of and ; that is, [52]. However, without the magnetic field, the model can be solved in any desired dimensional space by considering the change [56, 57], where refers to a spatial dimensional space and also the existence of interdimensional degeneracy.

3. Some Special Cases

In this section, we will obtain the energy levels with and without external magnetic field and AB flux field and the energy levels in three dimensional (3D) space. Two special cases of much interest are considered, namely, the Coulomb and harmonic oscillator.

Firstly, let us consider the present system without external fields; that is, . We are solving the Schrödinger-type equation with the effective potential: Hence, the energy equation and wave functions reduce to where It is clear that, for the case , there exist bound state solutions for a relativistic spin-zero particle. For , the KG equation reduces to a Schrödinger-like equation and thus the bound state solutions are easy to obtain using well-known methods developed in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics [45].

If the vector potential is taken zero, that is, , , the effective potential is Therefore, the energy can be found as and wave function Secondly, the energy equation and wave functions reduce to 3D space if we replace as Thirdly, if the potential parameter , the Cornell potential reduces to the relativistic Coulomb potential with . The effective potential becomes which consists of the Coulomb plus new centrifugal term potentials. Therefore the energy levels and wave function become where is being obtained from (28). The wave function is Thus, there exist solutions both for positive as well as for negative energies, respectively. The solutions yielding negative energy are physically connected with antiparticles. Since antiparticles can indeed be observed in nature, we have already obtained an indication of the value of extending the nonrelativistic theory. In the nonrelativistic limit the difference of total energy of the particle and the rest mass is small. Therefore, we define and remark that the kinetic energy nonrelativistic which means [45]. In the nonrelativistic limit we obtain

Fourthly, if the potential parameter , the Cornell potential reduces to the relativistic Kratzer potential with . The effective potential is The energy formula is as follows: and, the first inspection to the solution in [58], we can obtain the nonrelativistic energy as which is identical to (14) of [58].

Fifthly, if potential parameter , the Cornell potential reduces to the relativistic harmonic oscillator potential with . The effective potential is which consists of the linear plus harmonic plus centrifugal term potentials. The energy levels can be found as and wave function where As before, in the nonrelativistic limit we can also obtain Finally, we can take the vector potential of any mixture, say, for example, and , then energy equation reads as and the wave function

4. Concluding Remarks

To sum up, in this paper, we used the wave function ansatz method to study the bound state solutions of the KG equation in 2D space for unequal mixture of the Cornell potential with and without external magnetic and AB flux fields of arbitrary Larmor frequency and AB strength . We obtained the energy eigenvalues and wave functions for any arbitrary principal (vibrational) and magnetic (rotational) quantum numbers and . We applied an appropriate transformation: to make our solution valid for any dimension without magnetic and AB flux fields. The present results show that the problems of relativistic quantum mechanics can be also solved exactly as in the non-relativistic ones.

It is noticed that the solution of KG with pure scalar Cornell potential provides the general bound state solution for the well-known Cornell plus harmonic oscillator solution for a spinless particle. The bound state solution exists for the relativistic spin- particle only when . This is obvious from (29) where the KG possesses bound state spectrum when and or when the scalar potential is larger than the vector potential there are very few exactly solvable KG equations [59]. The relativistic bound state solutions can also be obtained in this work for any mixture with , where . The significance of this bound on is the existence of energy eigenvalues (see [6064] and references therein). The choice of the case is simply to reduce our solution to the nonrelativistic (Schrodinger) energy states of the single particle. However, the solution of KG equation for the case corresponds to the energy states of the antiparticle (antisymmetric case) with some simple transformations in (29); that is, and [39]. The well-known bound state solutions for some special cases including the Coulomb and harmonic oscillator potentials can be recovered without the magnetic and AB flux fields. The results show that the splitting is not constant and mainly dependent on the strength of the external magnetic field and AB flux field. We have seen that the effective potential function and corresponding energy levels are raised in energy when magnetic and AB flux field strengths increase.

The method is effective in solving the singular Cornell potential and produces the desired results. To test the accuracy of our results, specific choices of the potential parameters recover the results of the exactly solvable Coulomb, harmonic oscillator, and Kratzer potentials.


The author thanks the kind referees for their suggestions and comments which have greatly improved the paper. This work is partially supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.