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What is a isotropic harmonic potential?

  1. Apr 18, 2005 #1
    Well, what is it? If two particles are interacting in an isotropic harmonic potential, then how does this differ from an ordinary harmonic potential?
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  3. Apr 18, 2005 #2


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    Isothrope harmonic potential means that INSTEAD OF

    [tex] V(x,y,z)=k_{1}\frac{x^{2}}{2}+k_{2}\frac{y^{2}}{2}+k_{3}\frac{z^{2}}{2} [/tex]


    [tex] V(x,y,z)=\frac{k}{2}\left(x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}\right) [/tex]

    You can see that this case is spherically symmetric...

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