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Zero point energy

  1. Jan 5, 2015 #1
    hi, i have studied zero point energy as hf/2 , my question- is it present in cavity only? what is the value of f , does this value change with different atom-cavity system?
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  3. Jan 5, 2015 #2


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    Its strange that you're talking about a cavity, because hf/2 is actually the zero point energy of a quantum harmonic oscillator with frequency f. Its not a general formula for all quantum systems.
    If you want to calculate such a thing for an atom, you should have a model to somehow treat that atom as a harmonic oscillator and depending on that model, f will be different. But I think such a model is only a rough approximation of things.
  4. Jan 6, 2015 #3
    it means each mode of radiation field is linked with harmonic oscillator
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