Foundations of Physics

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 333–353

Discrete Excitation Spectrum of a Classical Harmonic Oscillator in Zero-Point Radiation


DOI: 10.1007/s10701-015-9866-9

Cite this article as:
Huang, W.CW. & Batelaan, H. Found Phys (2015) 45: 333. doi:10.1007/s10701-015-9866-9


We report that upon excitation by a single pulse, a classical harmonic oscillator immersed in the classical electromagnetic zero-point radiation exhibits a discrete harmonic spectrum in agreement with that of its quantum counterpart. This result is interesting in view of the fact that the vacuum field is needed in the classical calculation to obtain the agreement.


Stochastic electrodynamics Quantum mechanics Classical dynamics Vacuum field Harmonic oscillator Excitation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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