Remarks on boundary conditions for scalar scattering

T. D. Visser, P. S. Carney, E. Wolf

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The question is discussed whether potential scattering problems can be treated as boundary value problems associated with differential equations, as is sometimes suggested in the literature. We show that, except in some very special cases, this is not possible. The values of the wave function and its normal derivative on the boundary of a finite-range potential cannot be prescribed arbitrarily but are implicit in the integral equation of potential scattering. We derive two coupled singular integral equations for the boundary values for the case when the scattering potential is homogeneous.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-247
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 7 1998


  • Boundary values in scattering
  • Nonrelativistic scattering
  • Potential scattering
  • Surface integral equations in scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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