It is well known that the exact solution of the Schrödinger Equation (SE) plays a vital role in quantum mechanics, and solving this equation is still an interesting work in the existing literature  -  . Generally, the SE is very difficult to solve for most physical central potentials    . It is for this reason that approximation and numerical methods are frequently used to arrive at the solution   -  .
Recently, the study of hyperbolic and exponential-type potentials has attracted a lot of interest by many authors due to their wide range of applications in physics    -    -  . However, the bound state solutions can only be obtained analytically for some of these potentials among which Pöschl-Teller     , Hulthen  , Manning-Rosen     and Rosen-Morse     potentials. Moreover, when, in three-dimensional space, the angular momentum quantum number is non zero, one can only solve the SE approximately using a suitable approximation scheme for the centrifugal term  . Such an approximation scheme includes the conventional approximation scheme proposed by Greene and Aldrich   ; the improved approximation scheme    suggested by Jia, Chen and Cui; the elegant approximation scheme   ; the approximation scheme proposed by Wei and Dong  and a recent approximation scheme suggested by Chen, Lou and You , and given by  :
where , and are adjustable dimensionless parameters.
In this work, we use the approximation scheme (1) to deal with the centrifugal term and solve, by means of the Fröbenius method (FM), the SE with the class of hyperbolic potentials defined by
where , , , , , , , ; and . This class includes many potentials, among which:
• The modified Pöschl-Teller potential (PTP)  which has been used to describe bending molecular vibrations    ;
• The PTP of the form 
This potential is an important diatomic molecular potential which has wide applications in physics and chemical physics  . It has been used to account for the physics of many systems which includes the excitons, quantum wires, and quantum dots  ;
• The Rosen-Morse potential (RMP)   and the Manning potential  which are generally used to explain vibrations of polyatomic molecular structures      ;
• The Manning-Rosen potential (MRP)   which is an important mathematical model for molecular vibrations and rotations   ;
• The Hartmann potential  . This potential exhibits in general an asymmetric double-well. It is therefore hoped that it can serve as a useful tool in the study of phenomena whose behavior is described by asymmetric double-wells  .
We have to add that the class of potentials under consideration contains all the approximation schemes of the orbital centrifugal term mentioned above. It also can be used to model the Gaussian potential well (GPW) through the expression 
where , , , are adjustable parameters.
Based on the foregoing, it can be said that the potential under consideration can be reduced to a lot of potentials which are known to play a very important role in many fields of physics such as molecular physics, solid state, and chemical physics. Consequently, it is for considerable interest to find general solution of its associated SE.
The rest of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we apply the approximation (1) to the exact SE, and then convert the resulting equation into a dimensionless eigenvalue problem that can be solved by the use of the FM. In Section 3, we establish the Fröbenius series solution of this problem and show how to determine the bound state spectrum. Section 4 is devoted to three special cases, namely, the MRP, the PTP and the Pöschl-Teller polynomial potential (PTPP), with an application to the GPW in three dimensional space. In each case, the bound state energies obtained by means of the FM are presented and compared with those given by other methods. Finally, we present our conclusions in Section 5.
2. The Approximate Radial Schrödinger Equation
The time-independent SE for a particle of mass M that moves in three-dimensional space under the effect of a spherically symmetric potential is given by
Taking and considering potential (2), we obtain the radial SE as
Using a new variable of the form
we obtain the following differential equation:
where . Obviously, Equation (8) cannot be solved exactly when due to the centrifugal term . To reduce this equation into a differential equation that can be solved by means of the FM, we must use a suitable approximation for the centrifugal term. We here consider the approximation scheme (1) proposed by Chen, Lu and You  . Substituting this approximation into Equation (8) and making the change of variable , such that the domain maps to , we find
where the coefficients are such that
; , (10)
3. Expansion around a Regular Singular Point
It is clear that and are both regular singular points for the differential Equation (9). The FM can therefore be applied with the wave function represented as generalized power series
where . Let us seek in the form (12). We first make the substitution . The resulting differential equation can be written as
where the coefficients are calculated from the two following equations:
It can be verified that
; ; , (17)
; . (18)
Consequently, Equation (13) can be rewritten as
; , (24)
Note that Equation (19) can be solved near by writing
Substitution of Equation (25) into (19) leads to the recurrence relation
for the expanding coefficients, with the understanding that for . Setting in the above relation, we obtain the indicial equation which is solved by and . We can therefore conclude that the two solutions of the radial SE obtained as generalized series, one with and the other with , are linearly independent. The value of determines the behavior of for ( ) and ( ). Clearly, only is acceptable, since only in this case . Such a solution to the radial SE contains only the series with , and in the following will be denoted by
where the dependence on the energy eigenvalue is explicitly marked. The function has an important property that , which can be regarded as a boundary condition for the radial equation at . If is associated with a bound state, it has another important property, i.e., , which can be considered as the boundary condition for bound state wave function at . It means that for arbitrary , the wave function obtained from (27) is not square integrable. If, for a particular value of , , the wave function is square integrable. In other words, this condition determines the energies of the discrete spectrum. We have to emphasize that in practice, the function has to be approximated by truncating the series in Equation (27) at suitably high order N, which requires high precision computing since some of the expanding coefficients in Equation (27) are extremely big for high values of i, especially when the and/or the parameters are significantly large, and is not sufficiently small. To deal with this problem, one can appeal to a new software package for arbitrary precision computation, named MPFUN 2015 and developed by David H. Bailey  . In our calculations, the precision level is set to 60 digits and equals 10−9. The number of terms in the series (27) is 501. We have chosen fortran 90 as the programming language. One has to add that the truncated series is a function of whose zeros correspond to bound state values of .
Before finishing this section, we have to indicate that when the class of potentials (2) is subject to the condition that , we found it most appropriate to make the change of variable instead of using the transformation . The radial SE can in this case be modified as
, , , (29)
By putting the series (12) and its two first derivatives into Equation (28), and then changing variables to , we obtain the recurrence relation
for the expanding coefficients. The coefficients are such that
; , (31)
The indicial equation, namely has two solutions, i.e.,
When , the boundary conditions for bound wave functions are satisfied.
4. Numerical Results for Some Special Cases
To test the accuracy of our approximate results, we consider three special cases, namely the case of the MRP   , that of the Second Pöschl-Teller potential (SPTP)  and the case where , with an application to the Gaussian potential well (GPW)   . For each case, we give a numerical comparison of the energy eigenvalues obtained by using the FM with those obtained with the use of other methods.
4.1. The Manning-Rosen Potential
The MRP is defined by     :
Here, and the strength parameter A are two dimensionless parameters, while the screening parameter b, having a dimension of length, is related to the range of potential. It can be verified that the class of potentials (2) reduces to MRP by choosing
, , ,
, and .
The MRP is used as an important mathematical model for molecular vibrations and rotations   . It has considerable applications in several bound state and scattering problems in physics. For or 1, this potential reduces to the familiar short-range Hulthen potential  having useful applications in nuclear, particle, solid-state and chemical physics. There is a relative minimum value at with value for or and .
Let us indicate that approximate analytical solutions of -wave SE for the MRP have been presented in  by a proper approximation of the centrifugal term. Furthermore, a purely numerical integrating procedure has been programmed  as well for bound states, invoking the Mathematica package, which offers decent results, especially in the short potential well, i.e., small and .
In Table 1, we report our calculated energies for selected states having principal quantum number , two different values of parameter , and three different values of the screening parameter b. The parameter has been chosen such that , which implies that and . Our results are compared to both the previous ones  and the exact results obtained with the aid of the Mathematica package program by Lucha and Schöberl  as shown in Table 1. It is obvious that the present results are in good agreement with the accurate numerical ones and those calculated by Qiang and Dong  .
4.2. The Second Pöschl-Teller Potential (SPTP)
We here consider the PTP given by 
where the parameters and are relevant to the potential depth, while describes the width of the potential. The SPTP can be obtained from the class of potentials (2) by choosing and
We show, in Table 2, the energy levels calculated by the FM, those obtained numerically by means of the Mathematica package developed by Lucha and Schöberl  and the approximate analytical ones  , respectively for a number of given principal quantum number n and angular quantum number with some typical values of parameter . It is found that our results agree noticeably with numerically exact ones. Some of them are even better than those obtained by Chen and Dong  .
Table 1. Eigenvalues as a function of b for 2p-6g states and for and ; A = 2b, and .
Table 2. Energy eigenvalues in atomic units ( ) for and .
4.3. The Pöschl-Teller Polynomial Potential
As another interesting special case of the class of potentials under consideration, we consider the potential of the form
which we call “Pöschl-Teller polynomial potential” since it is a polynomial function in the PTP of the form . The PTPP can be obtained from Equation (2) by choosing . It has a very interesting aspect that it can be used to model the Gaussian function by suitably choosing the values of , K and the coefficients  .
In order to show that the potential (35) can have useful applications in physics, we study the three-dimensional SE for the attractive Gaussian potential defined by
where is the well depth and determines its width. Note that this potential has been introduced to model nucleon-nucleon scattering  and has played an important role in nuclear physics. In semiconductor physics, the potential (36) has been used as a model potential to investigate the electronic structure of the quantum dots with single or more electrons   , impurity  and excitons  .
The radial SE associated with the attractive Gaussian potential (36) can be written as
where . By using the approximation scheme (4) in Equation (37), we obtain the following differential equation:
Here, , and , . Using the approximation scheme (1) for the centrifugal term , and changing variables from R to , we obtain the dimensionless SE (28) with , , .
Figure 1 shows the variation of potential as a function of the radial position (dashed curve) and the change in discrete electron energy levels ( ) for different values of and when and Ryd. Here and Ryd are the Bohr radius and Rydberg energy, respectively. Note that and are radial and angular quantum numbers, respectively. Our results are compared with those obtained by means of the Köksal’s empirical formula  and the numerically calculated ones by the exact Hamiltonian diagonalization on a finite basis of Coulomb sturmian functions defined by
Figure 1. Bound state energy values of attractive Gaussian potential for different radial and angular quantum numbers.
where denotes the associated Laguerre polynomial and n the principal quantum number. The normalization constant , given by
is obtained from the normalization condition . We have chosen as the number of Coulomb sturmian functions and 0.75 as the value of . For the case of , we also consider results calculated by using a simple analytical expression provided by the variational method  . It is obvious that our results are much better than those obtained using the Köksal’s empirical formula  . They are in good agreement with the numerically calculated ones . In the case of , our results are very closer to both the numerically obtained ones, the Köksal’s ones and the variational ones . We appreciate that the present results appears to approach the numerical eigenvalues reasonably well even when and is not small, while the accuracy of the empirical formula decreases noticeably with and most remarkably with  .
In this work, we have applied a recent approximation scheme to the centrifugal term to solve the SE with a new class of spherically symmetric hyperbolic potentials in the framework of the FM. First, we have shown that our class of potentials can be reduced to a lot of hyperbolic or exponential potentials which are known to play a very important role in many fields of physics. Next, we have proved that the application of the FM to the family of potentials in question allows an easy determination of the bound state spectrum provided that the centrifugal potential is adequately approximated. Finally, we have calculated the bound state energy eigenvalues for three special cases, namely the MRP, the SPTP and the PTPP, with an application to the GPW. For each case, it is found that our results are in good agreement with those obtained by other methods for short-range potentials, i.e., small and .
One has to add that our approach can also be used to determine the approximate bound state wave functions. After substituting the calculated bound state energies to the recursion relation (26) or (30), the coefficients of the generalized series (25) can be successively determined in order to obtain the unnormalized wave functions.
Nyengeri Hippolyte would like to thank the Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur-Commission de la Coopération au Développement (ARES-CCD) for having provided him with a desktop and a printer which have greatly facilitated the achievement of this work.
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