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Isotropic harmonic oscillator

  1. Oct 2, 2007 #1


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    Find the find the eigenfunctions and eigenvalues of a two-dimensional isotropic harmonic oscillator.

    I don't understand what does isotropic here mean.

    isotropic can be defined "not changing" when the coordinate change to any other position. Am I correct?

    Like mass, pressure, magnitude...

    but how to imagine a two-dimensional isotropi harmonic oscillator? IF you were me, how would you imagine it?
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  3. Oct 2, 2007 #2


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    "isotropic" does not mean "not changing". It means "identical in all directions". Here it just means that the "spring constant" is the same in both directions. You can just ignore it- most harmonic oscillator problems assume "isotropic" without saying it.
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