Relativistic harmonic oscillator, the associated equations of motion, and algebraic integration methods

D. Babusci, G. Dattoli, M. Quattromini, E. Sabia

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We consider the relativistic generalization of the harmonic oscillator problem by addressing different questions regarding its classical aspects. We treat the problem using the formalism of Hamiltonian mechanics. A Lie algebraic technique is used to solve the associated Liouville equations, yielding the phase-space evolution of an ensemble of relativistic particles, subject to a "harmonic" potential. The nonharmonic distortion of the spatial and momentum distributions due to the intrinsic nonlinear nature of the relativistic contributions is discussed. We analyze the relativistic dynamics induced by two types of Hamiltonian, which can be ascribed to those of harmonic oscillator type. Finally, we briefly discuss the quantum aspects of the problem by considering possible strategies for the solution of the associated Salpeter equation. © 2013 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number033202
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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