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Akpan N. Ikot, Louis E. Akpabio, Ita O. Akpan, Michael I. Umo, Eno E. Ituen, "Quantum Damped Mechanical Oscillator", International Journal of Optics, vol. 2010, Article ID 275910, 6 pages, 2010.

Quantum Damped Mechanical Oscillator

Academic Editor: Ortunato Tito Arecchi
Received16 Oct 2009
Revised06 Feb 2010
Accepted08 Mar 2010
Published25 May 2010


The exact solutions of the Schrödinger equation for quantum damped oscillator with modified Caldirola-Kanai Hamiltonian are evaluated. We also investigate the cases of under-, over-, and critical damping.

1. Introduction

Quantum theory has been shown to be the fundamental law of nature and presently is the most correct theory of all microscopic and macroscopic systems [13]. Quantum effects usually manifested themselves at the microscopic level. The quantum theory is, however, governed by the Schrödinger equation whereas classical theory is governed by the Hamilton equation, for instance [3]. Dissipation is usually ascribed as having a microscopic nature. There have been attempts to understand dissipation at a more fundamental level [126]. The simplest model for dissipation is damped oscillators with one or two degrees of freedom. In the canonical approach, two different Hamiltonian representations have been introduced for these damped oscillators. One representation of the damped system is the Caldirola-kanai (CK) oscillator which is a one-dimensional system with an exponentially increasing mass [13, 1820, 2326]. Another representation is the Bateman-Feshbach-Tikochinsky (BFT) oscillator, which consists of a damped and an amplified oscillator [3, 2326]. The CK, on one hand, is an open system whose parameters such as mass and frequency are all time dependent [1, 2],and, on the other hand, the BFT is a closed system whose total energy is conserved and the dissipated energy from the damped oscillator is transferred to amplified [3, 26]. Recently, Tarasov has evaluated the quantization and classical distribution for dissipative systems [27, 28]. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the damped harmonic mechanical oscillator. The damping is here considered in the form of Caldirola-Kanai Model [1, 2] and the recently developed model [4]. However, the problem of quantum oscillator with time-varying frequency had been solved [512]. The Hamiltonian of this model is usually quadratic in coordinates and momenta operators [47]. Our primary goals will be to construct the Lagrangian for this simple damped system and use the constructed Lagrangian to evaluate the equation of motion for the damped Harmonic oscillators and also evaluate the minimum uncertain relation for each damping regime.

2. Review of Bateman-Feshbach-Tikochinsky Oscillator

In a genuine dissipative system, the energy of the damped subsystem of the system must be dissipated away and transferred to another subsystem. This invariably means that the damped oscillator is described by a two-dimensional system; one subsystem of which dissipates the energy and the other of which gets amplified by the transferred energy. This kind of model has been suggested long ago by Bateman [23] and later by Morse and Feshbach [25] and Feshbach and Tikochinsky [24]. The equation of motion of the one-dimensional damped harmonic oscillator is where the parameters , , are time independent. However, since the system in (1) is dissipative, a straightforward Lagrangian description leading to a consistent canonical quantization is not available [29]. In order to develop a canonical formalism, one requires (1) alongside its reversed image counterpart [29]: so that the composite system is conservative. The BFT oscillator is now described by the Lagrangian of systems in (1) and (2) as follows: where is the damped harmonic oscillator coordinate and corresponds to the time-reversed counterpart. The Hamiltonian is given by where The BFT oscillator is just the sum of two-decoupled oscillator with opposite signs in the limit of zero dissipation : where we have introduced the hyperbolic coordinates and as

3. Caldirola-Kanai and Modified Caldirola-Kanai Oscillators

The CK oscillator with a variable mass has Hamiltonian of the form [13] or in the form [1, 2, 8] where m is the mass of the oscillator, γ is the damping coefficient, and are the coordinate and momentum operators, and is time-dependent frequency of the oscillator. The Lagrangians associated with (8) and (9) are given as respectively. The equations of motion for the classical coordinate and momentum of (10) and (11) are of the forms

We write the modified Caldirola-Kanai model [4] where (8)-(9) are obtained from (14) when is expanded to first order in increasing power of with variable parameter being set to 1. The Lagrangian of this modified Caldirola-Kanai Oscillator becomes and its equation of motion for the classical coordinate and momentum takes the form The solution of (16) is where and approximating for small damping yields Substituting (18) into (17) results in We summarized the general solution of (16) for the over-damped (OD), critically damped (CD), and under-damped (UD) as respectively.

4. Investigation of the Under-Damped (UD), Over-Damped (OD), and Critical Damped (CD) Oscillators

4.1. The Under-Damped Oscillator

We consider the quantum damped oscillator with time-dependent varying frequency given by (17). Subjecting (17) to continuity conditions [8], we obtain the arbitrary constants A and B as with corresponding to delta kick, and the classical trajectory becomes

The wave functions of (8)-(9) and (14) are determined by different methods [1315], and for the latest review see [16]. An invariant operator for the general time-dependent oscillator whose eigenfunction is an exact quantum state up to a time-dependent phase factor had been introduced by Lewis and Riesenfeld [17]. We introduce a pair of operators first order in position and momentum [3, 8, 1820] as follows: and they are required to satisfy the quantum Liouville-von Neumann equations defined as where in (23) must satisfy the classical damped equation of (16).

The operator in (24) and its Hermitian conjugate satisfy at any time t the boson commutation relation [8], and must also satisfy the Wronskian condition where . The number operator defined by also satisfies (25) [3] such that each number state is also an exact quantum state of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation where is the modified Caldirola-Kanai Hamiltonian of (14). The wave function that satisfies (14) can be written as [22] where in (31) is a complex number and the wave function in co-ordinate representations of (31)-(32) are Gaussian packets with time-dependent coefficients in quadratic form under the exponential function [8].

We obtain the quantum dispersion coordinate in the form and the uncertainty in momentum is where the quantity is given as and the reduced mass of the modified oscillator is defined as [4] These results show that the spreading of the wave packet is suppressed by the appearance of dissipation [21]. However, the generalized uncertainty relation has the value where

Equation (37a)-(37b) is a generalized uncertainty relation and it satisfies the Heisenberg Uncertainty relation when the variable parameter β is set to unity. Figure 1 shows the uncertainty in coordinate for , , , , , and . The products of (32) and (33) give a generalized Heisenberg relation which reduces to the exact when the variable parameter is set to unity and the damping coefficient is set to zero.

4.2. The Over-Damped Oscillator

The Over-damping occurs when the damping factor . When this happens, the solution to the classical trajectory takes the form and imposing the boundary conditions [8] leads to We obtain the uncertainty in the coordinate as Similarly, the dispersion of momentum takes the form However, since , in (39) and (40), then the dispersion cannot be less than and in both equations, respectively. Figure 2 shows the uncertainties in the coordinate for the Over-damped Oscillator for various damping factors of , 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, and , respectively.

4.3. The Critical Damped Oscillator

The equation for the critical damped oscillator is of the form, when , Subjecting (41) to continuity condition [8], The uncertainty in the coordinate in space is given by and dispersion in the momentum counterpart is We observed in (43) that so that the product of dispersion becomes When the variable parameter is set to unity, Figure 3 shows the variation of in (44) for various damping factors.

5. Conclusion

We have evaluated within the frame of Caldirola-Kanai model the damped harmonic oscillator for different damping regimes. Here, we obtain the modified Caldirola-Kanai Hamiltonian and show that the undamped regime satisfied the uncertainty relation with the chosen variable parameter being set to unity. In the region of strong and critical damping, Heisenberg uncertainty relation is violated even when this variable parameter is set to unity.


This work was supported by the Imienyong Nandy and Leabio Research Foundation under Grant no. INL-743-214.


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