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VLSI Design
Volume 6 (1998), Issue 1-4, Pages 313-319

Numerically Absorbing Boundary Conditions for Quantum Evolution Equations

1Fachbereich Mathematik, TU-Berlin, Berlin D-10623, Germany
2Department of Mathematics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA

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Transparent boundary conditions for the transient Schrödinger equation on a domain Ω can be derived explicitly under the assumption that the given potential V is constant outside of this domain. In 1D these boundary conditions are non-local in time (of memory type). For the Crank-Nicolson finite difference scheme, discrete transparent boundary conditions are derived, and the resulting scheme is proved to be unconditionally stable. A numerical example illustrates the superiority of discrete transparent boundary conditions over existing ad-hoc discretizations of the differential transparent boundary conditions. As an application of these boundary conditions to the modeling of quantum devices, a transient 1D scattering model for mixed quantum states is presented.