Harmonic Oscillator Models

  • Lev I. Deych
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Abstract

It is as difficult to overestimate the role of harmonic oscillator models in physics in general and in quantum mechanics in particular as the influence of Beatles and Led Zeppelin on modern popular music. Harmonic oscillators are ubiquitous and appear every time when one is dealing with a system that has a state of equilibrium in the vicinity of which it can oscillate, i.e., in a vast majority of physical systems—atoms, molecules, solids, electromagnetic field, etc. It also does not hurt their popularity that the harmonic oscillator is one of the very few models which can be solved exactly.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lev I. Deych
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  1. 1.Physics Department, Queens College and the Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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