[✓] Solve the Kronig Penney model determinant?

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 So I have been trying very hard for the last day or so to solve the Kronig-Penney model for finite barriers to no avail with Mathematica. The unfortunate bit is that it doesn't seem like my 4x4 matrix is wrong and that I just can't seem to get Mathematica to simplify out the result nicely. It is particularly infuriating because I have exactly the same steps written down at this point as a solution guide (Kronig-Penney Solution). But take note of what's said in the first paragraph of page 2. The only interesting solutions that exist are ones for which the coefficients of A, B, C, D (for equations C5 to C8) have a determinant that is equal to zero. They then quote the result below stating that you can arrive at the result if you are determined.After setting all of our equations equal to zero the matrix that we are to take the determinant of should look something like this: (K = x, gamma = y) m = {{Exp[I*x*b], Exp[-I*x*b], -Exp[y*b], -Exp[-y*b]}, {I*x*Exp[I*x*b], -I*x* Exp[-I*x*b], -y*Exp[I*b], y*Exp[-I*b]}, {Exp[I*x*a], Exp[-I*x*a], -Exp[I*k*a], -Exp[I*k*a]}, {I*x*Exp[I*x*a], -I*x* Exp[-I*x*a], -y*Exp[I*k*a], y*Exp[I*k*a]}} But no matter how many times I take the determinant, FullSimplify, expand, reduce or divide out any terms that are outside the parentheses because the det(m) = 0 I just can't seem to get the result quoted in the solution. I really don't want to just quote a result from online so I would really appreciate a hand in understanding how I can solve this.Thank you
5 months ago
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 Okkes Dulgerci 1 Vote In Mathematica imaginary number is I not i.
5 months ago
 I switched it to lowercase 'i' for the post so that it would show up more clearly. The matrix determinant still does not simplify out nicely.
5 months ago
 That switch from I to i means the code will not cut-and-paste to an actual functional example of the problem. It is expected that posts requesting assistance will contain code one can use to replicate the issue at hand.I will add that Ix is not the same as I x (note space between, which is an implicit Times infix operator). Whether that's the source of trouble I do not know but it's something to check.