The term "harmonic oscillator" is used to describe any system with a "linear" restoring force that tends to return the system to a equilibrium state. There is both a classical harmonic oscillator and a quantum harmonic oscillator. Both are used to as toy problems that describe many physical systems.

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Understanding transverse oscillation in 1 mass, 2 spring systems

Lately I have been working through some nice problems on mass-spring systems. There are tons of different configurations - multiple masses, multiple springs, parallel/series, etc. A few possible ...
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Free energy of coupled classical harmonic oscillators

I'm looking to find the thermodynamic (NVT) free energy of a classical coupled harmonic oscillator system such as the one below: (image taken from ...
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Cubic perturbation to coupled quantum harmonic oscillators

I recently came across this two-dimensional problem of a particle in a potential of the form $$V = \displaystyle{\frac{1}{2}m \omega^2} \big(y^2 + x^2y \big) - \alpha y,$$ where $x$ and $y$ are known ...
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The Hamiltonian for clocks?

I am rather a theoretician and looking for a formalism to represent biological clocks by Hermitian operators. The simplest thought model I am looking for is a formal representation of a clock (for ...
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Relativistic genarization of Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

I am trying to find out relativistic description of a quantum harmonic oscillator. For a classical relativistic oscillator mass is a function of co-ordinates(http://arxiv.org/abs/1209.2876). ...
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Driven-damped oscillator: deduce the phase and/or resonant freq from amplitudes at varying freqs

Suppose that we have a fairly standard driven-damped harmonic oscillator (i.e. linear spring restoring force, linear damping force, sinusoidal driving force, etc). The catch is: we don't know the ...
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Measure energy state of quantum harmonic oscillator

When discussing the quantum mechanical harmonic oscillator we are talking about energy eigenstates. How would one actually measure in which state an harmonic oscillator is in? Could you weigh it and ...
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Energy Levels of 3D Isotropic Harmonic Oscillator (Nuclear Shell Model)

One simple way of detailing the very basic structure of the nuclear shell model involves placing the nucleons in a 3D isotropic oscillator. It's easy to show that the energy eigenvalues are $E = ...
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Simulation of oscillator with frequency dependent damping

What would be the equation for the frequency dependent damping of harmonic oscillator? Is there something like: $$ \ddot{x}+2\delta\dot{x}+\omega_0^2x = \frac{F}{m}f(t) $$ with frequency dependent ...
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Zero-point energy amplitude calculation

On this page https://www.miniphysics.com/simple-harmonic-oscillator.html It is stated that for a linear restoring force of $F = -k \Delta x$, the total energy is $ E = K + U $ or rather $ \\ E = ...
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Classical probability of harmonic oscillator

I am trying to derive the classical probability density function to find the harmonic oscillator at position $x$. I am confused between the random variables involved here $x, t$ and not able to ...
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Is there an analog to the Runge-Lenz vector for a harmonic potential?

The Runge-Lenz vector is an "extra" conserved quantity for Keplerian $\frac{1}{r}$ potentials, which is in addition to the usual energy and angular momentum conservation present in all central force ...
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WKB approximation in two dimensions

Does anybody know how to implement the WKB approximation for the two-dimensional Schrodinger equation with a harmonic oscillator potential: $\frac{1}{2}\Biggl[-\biggl(\frac{\partial^2}{\partial ...
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What are you studying when you study a Harmonic Oscillator in QM?

This probably is a naive question - so please forgive a self-studier. In the text I am studying, one builds a HO by placing a particle in a potential that increases quadratically from the origin. The ...
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Degeneracy, spherical harmonics

In a 3D oscillator, the energy levels are known to be $(n_x + n_y + n_z + \frac{3}{2})\hbar \omega = (n + \frac{3}{2})\hbar \omega$. Say for $n = 1$, any of the $n$'s can be $1$ and the rest are $0$. ...
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Mean energy harmonic oscillator

I know that for a particle under the potential $$V(x,y,z)=\frac{k}{2}(x^2+y^2+z^2)$$ the equipartition theorem says that it contributes to the mean energy to $\frac{3k_BT}{2} $ (one half for each ...
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Is there an equation that tells you more about the amplitude of an object which is in resonance?

I'm a high school senior and I have to write a paper about resonance and differential equations. I've been searching the Internet for a long time, but I haven't found an equation that is properly ...
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Amplitude of a Forced Harmonic Oscillator

For an assignment in one of my maths units at uni, I've been asked to derive and solve the differential equation of motion for a forced harmonic oscillator, with the forcing function having the form ...
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Expectation value using Functional Derivatives

I have, $$K_E=\int D[q(\tau)] \ e^{\int -L_E(q(\tau)) d\tau}$$ We are calculating a Euclidean integral with Euclidean Lagrangians and what not. It seems as though I can calculate other integrals if ...
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Are there any conditions under which the Christoffel symbols can be treated as a damping term in a harmonic oscillator?

(Mathjax did not seem to be working as I composed this question. Hopefully it will kick into action once I post.) Note I am a novice at tensor notation. I am working with the following Lagrangian ...
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Why do trees sway?

Resonance can also occur in three dimensions (such as wind induced swaying) I tried to make a free body diagram (I know it is terribly wrong) to find the forces that causes the tree to undergo ...
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1D Harmonic Oscillator: Eigenstate (|x=0>) at position x=0

Given an harmonic oscillator I need to calculate the eigenvector $|x=0\rangle$. Knowing that $$x|x=0\rangle = 0 \quad \Rightarrow \quad (a + a^\dagger) | x = 0 \rangle = 0 $$ I started to plug in the ...
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Damped oscillator undergoing viscous and coulomb damping

I am asking this for a damped oscillator in this situation: What if there are two damping forces present, one being friction and the other being air resistance? When the damping force is dependent on ...
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Obtaining the correlator of harmonic oscillator

The two point function for harmonic oscillator can be written as $$\langle \langle x(t_1)x(t_2) \rangle \rangle =\frac{\int Dx(t) x(t_1)x(t_2) e^{-S(x)}}{\int Dx(t) e^{-S(x)}} \tag{21} \, .$$ In ...
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Are there exact expressions for the Floquet states of a periodically-forced, undamped harmonic oscillator?

For this question I was looking for the Floquet states of a quantum harmonic oscillator driven by a non-resonant harmonic force, and I had a rather harder time finding it than the simplicity of the ...
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Period of small oscillations of liquid in a bottle

I have seen that water in a bottle of water when perturbed invariably starts oscillation back and forth, with the shape of the water surface remaining intact. I was wondering if there was any way to ...
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Coupling of LC circuits

I am reading an old article in a physics journal in which the author explains that the frequency between two identical, but capacitively coupled oscillators becomes ...
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Average energy of a damped-forced harmonic oscillator during a period t

In my textbook, it's stated without proving the following identity for a classical damped-forced harmonic oscillator: $$ \bar{E}^t = \bar{T}^t + \bar{V}^t = 2 \bar{T}^t \, , $$ which states that ...
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Creating an arbitrary state of the quantum simple harmonic oscillator

Suppose $\mathcal{B}=\{|0\rangle, |1\rangle, |2\rangle, ... \}$ is the energy eigen-basis of a quantum simple harmonic oscillator. I want to create the state \begin{equation} |\Psi\rangle = ...
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The classical correspondence in the harmonic oscillator

In the harmonic oscillator, the ground state is the one with minimum uncertainty (and also other squeezed states that satisfy the 'equal to' in the Heisenberg inequality). This should mean that these ...
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Where is there posted dampening coefficients for viscous dampers?

Depending on the size of the viscous dampener the coefficient will change, however i am trying to model a "physical" system with calculating everything out, so that way i can test failure before it ...
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If $| \alpha(t) \rangle = e^{-i\omega t} |\alpha_0 \rangle$, then why is there time dependence in expected values?

The time evolution of a coherent state $| \alpha(t) \rangle$ is given by: $$| \alpha(t) \rangle = e^{-i\omega t} |\alpha_0 \rangle$$ So then it seems to me that it should be $$\langle \alpha(t)| = ...
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Decoupling the Hamiltonian by a Discrete Fourier transform

For $N$ coupled oscillators(periodic BC) whose Hamiltonian is given as $H=\sum\limits_{i=1}^N (\frac{p_i}{2m} + \lambda(x_{i+1} - x_i)^2)$ decoupling can be achieved by change of variables by using ...
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Forced Quantum Harmonic Oscillator

I'm just starting my journey to QFT and Particles physics and I have a question about the problem of QHO witch we hit with a force $F(t)$ for $ t< t' $, for which the force is zero for $t>t'$. ...
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Confusion regarding the trial solution taken in the mathematical treatment of forced oscillations, at steady state

In the text-book that I am currently using, it is given that in case of forced oscillations, the periodic external driving force is a complex-driving force, and is generally of the form $F_0e^{jwt}$. ...
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Quantum oscillator, position mean value problem

A quantum harmonic oscillator of mass $m$ and frequency $\omega$ is at time $t=0$ in the state: $$ \left|\psi(t)\right> = \sum_{n=N-\Delta N}^{N+\Delta N}\left|n\right>\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\Delta N ...
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Raising and lowering 3D harmonic oscillator state

A good solution to the 3D harmonic oscillator is shown here. This gives the basis states $|n,\ell\rangle$ My question is if there are some operators comparable to the 1D SHO that will raise either n ...
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Finding Tension in an Elastic String?

I know that this is a homework type question and I'm not asking a particular physics question, but I'm really desperate for help. Here's the question: I tried to divide the string to 2 parts with ...
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Uncoupling a coupled oscillator Hamiltonian by change of variables

I'm working on the problem of two entangled harmonic oscillators with Hamiltonian: $$H = \frac{1}{2} [p_1^2 + p_2^2 + k_0(x_1^2 + x_2^2) + k_1(x_1 - x_2)^2].$$ Introducing the variables $x_± = ...
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Is strictly harmonic 2D lattice made of Hooke springs possible?

If we connect a set of point masses in a 1D lattice with Hooke springs and consider longitudinal oscillations, we'll have a strictly harmonic system, for which there exist eigenmodes and the frequency ...
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A basic question about Heisenberg State Kets (in particular the simple harmonic oscillator)

I know base kets in the Heisenberg picture are $U^\dagger |{a}\rangle$ but if the base kets are the base of the hamiltonian, and the hamiltonian is independent of time, are all of the base kets ...
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Equations of motion for a pendulum and spring system

The question is available here: I've modeled the building as a rod on a torsional spring (with a pendulum hanging from the top). $\phi$ is the angle from the centre for the pendulum and $\theta$ ...
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Periodic sequence with exponentially increasing period?

I have to develop a physical model for a certain type of biological oscillation that can be built upon periodic sequences. From earlier questions I know that any periodic sequence (containing $0$s ...
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Delivered/Reflected Power by Drive on a Hamiltonian System

Imagine a SHO with a drive F(t). (or in general a Hamiltonian system) What is the power delivered to the system and can we talk about the power reflected? is i am imagining say a MW oscillator ...
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How can I model a polyatomic molecule as a system of coupled oscillators?

(Classical Mechanics) Let's say I have a polyatomic molecule, what is the best way for finding the equations of oscillations if they are bounded by a torsion spring?
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Damping and stiffness constants of water

I'm working on a simulation of water drops falling into a pool. I'm specifically interested in the waves generated by the impact of the drops. In order to calculate the vertical motion of the waves, I ...
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Velocity in harmonic motion - Why are these angles congruent?

I learned about harmonic motion and I found the derivation of the formulas: And so, the velocity in harmonic motion is the projection of the velocity in angular motion. The only thing that is not ...
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Variation of the effective spring constant of a trampoline-like arrangement of springs with diameter

I'm currently investigating the simple harmonic motion of the following system of springs: The second diagram represents the center mass executing simple harmonic motion up and down about the ...
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Quanta exchange between 2 harmonic oscillators during an Otto cycle

The focus of my current studies lies on the "Quantum Otto cycle" (e.g. presented on the first pages of this paper). The "machine" as well as the "baths" are represented by harmonic oscillators. Both ...
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Ideas for a Torsional Spring

For a physics laboratory I have been tasked with building an effective torsional pendulum that must be able to time up to five minutes. I have been researching the best materials to use for the ...