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From QHO to Angular Momentum

  1. Sep 1, 2010 #1
    I watched a lecture that derived the properties of the angular momentum operators J and J3 using two QHOs and a bunch of algebra. The initial assumption was that two independent QHOs somehow correspond to angular momentum and everything was derived from there. I understand all the algebra (pretty basic stuff) but I don't understand the initial assumption.

    Or, am I way off base and is the only relation between angular momentum and two independent QHOs that the two oscillators satisfy the J plus and J minus operator algebra?

    You can see the lecture here if you want (AM stuff is 27 minutes in).
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