Unitary approach to the quantum forced harmonic oscillator
Abstract
In this paper we introduce an alternative approach to studying the evolution of a quantum harmonic oscillator subject to an arbitrary time dependent force. With the purpose of finding the evolution operator, certain unitary transformations are applied successively to Schrödinger's equation reducing it to its simplest form. Therefore, instead of solving the original Schrödinger's partial differential equation in time and space the problem is replaced by a system of ordinary differential equations. From the obtained evolution operator we workout the propagator. Even though we illustrate the use of unitary transformations on the solution of a forced harmonic oscillator, the method presented here might be used to solve more complex systems. The present work addresses many aspects regarding unitary transformations and the dynamics of a forced quantum harmonic oscillator that should be useful for students and tutors of the quantum mechanics courses at the senior undergraduate and graduate level.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 August 2014
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.1409.0236
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1409.0236
 Bibcode:
 2014arXiv1409.0236V
 Keywords:

 Quantum Physics
 EPrint:
 Eleven pages