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I Energy spectrum of a chain of quantum oscillators

  1. Sep 30, 2016 #1
    I am trying to derive the energy spectrum of a 1D chain of identical quantum oscillators from its Hamiltonian by Fourier transforming the position and momentum operator.

    I came across this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonon#Quantum_treatment
    However, I am unsure of the mathematics. Specifically, ## \sum x_l x_{l+m} ## onwards.
    I am unsure of how ## \sum x_l x_{l+m} ## and ## \sum p_l^2 ## is derived from the two Fourier transformed coordinates and how the potential energy term is expressed.

    Can anybody explain or provide another source that is more clear in the math?
     
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  3. Sep 30, 2016 #2
    well i saw a very lucid treatment of your problem in the following-
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    https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/...quantum.../MIT22_51F12_Ch9.pdf>
    by P Cappellaro - ‎2011
    i think it may help,thanks
     
  4. Sep 30, 2016 #3
    Thank you for the help. However, in the notes you provided, the final Hamiltonian does not have a ##\hbar##, but in the wiki, there is a ##\hbar##. Is that a mistake or am I missing something here?
     
  5. Oct 1, 2016 #4
    many a time physicists use such units as h bar=c=1 esp. in high energy physics but you may check whether the dimensional requirements need a hbar and if it is necessary you can always put in planck's constant ....
     
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