Conformal Laplace superintegrable systems in 2D: Polynomial invariant subspaces

M. A. Escobar-Ruiz, Willard Miller

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2nd-order conformal superintegrable systems in n dimensions are Laplace equations on a manifold with an added scalar potential and independent 2nd order conformal symmetry operators. They encode all the information about Helmholtz (eigenvalue) superintegrable systems in an efficient manner: there is a 1-1 correspondence between Laplace superintegrable systems and Stäckel equivalence classes of Helmholtz superintegrable systems. In this paper we focus on superintegrable systems in two-dimensions, n = 2, where there are 44 Helmholtz systems, corresponding to 12 Laplace systems. For each Laplace equation we determine the possible two-variate polynomial subspaces that are invariant under the action of the Laplace operator, thus leading to families of polynomial eigenfunctions. We also study the behavior of the polynomial invariant subspaces under a Stäckel transform. The principal new results are the details of the polynomial variables and the conditions on parameters of the potential corresponding to polynomial solutions. The hidden gl 3-algebraic structure is exhibited for the exact and quasi-exact systems. For physically meaningful solutions, the orthogonality properties and normalizability of the polynomials are presented as well. Finally, for all Helmholtz superintegrable solvable systems we give a unified construction of one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) quasi-exactly solvable potentials possessing polynomial solutions, and a construction of new 2D PT-symmetric potentials is established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number305202
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number30
StatePublished - Jun 15 2016

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  • Laplace equations
  • conformal superintegrability
  • exact and quasi-exact solvability
  • special functions

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