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Discussions with Einstein on Epistemological Problems in by Niels. Nonel Laureates in Physics. (Albert Einstein) BOHR

By Niels. Nonel Laureates in Physics. (Albert Einstein) BOHR

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Here, the number of quasi-particles decreases with increasing energy ωk . (the operator a ˆ† does not carry any quantum number labels) of energy ω. e. within the new picture, a ˆ† is an operator that creates particles. The total energy of these states is given by ω × (occupation number). e. the Hamiltonian basically counts the number of particles. While, at first sight, this may look unfamiliar, the new interpretation is internally consistent. e. it allows an interpretation of the HO states as a superposition of independent structureless entities.

Next quantize the theory by promoting fields to operators αk → α ˆ k and πk → π ˆk , and declaring [ˆ πk , α ˆ k ] = −iδkk . The quantum Hamiltonian operator, again of harmonic oscillator type, then reads ˆ =1 H 2 ˆk + ωk2 α ˆk α ˆk , π ˆk π k ωk2 where = λk . 4, we then define ladder ωk ωk operators ak ≡ αk + ωik π ˆk ), a†k ≡ αk − ωik π ˆk ), whereupon the Hamiltonian 2 (ˆ 2 (ˆ assumes the now familiar form 1 ˆ = H . 39) ωk a†k ak + 2 k For the specific problem of the first excited mode in a waveguide of width Ly , ωk = 1/2 k 2 + (π/Ly )2 .

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