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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 333–353 | Cite as

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

  • Wayne Cheng-Wei Huang
  • Herman Batelaan
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Stochastic electrodynamics Quantum mechanics Classical dynamics Vacuum field Harmonic oscillator Excitation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We gratefully acknowledge comments from Prof. Peter W. Milonni. The funding support comes from NSF Grant No. 0969506. This work was completed utilizing the Holland Computing Center of the University of Nebraska and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), which is supported by NSF Grant No. OCI-1053575.

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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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