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Coherent states for the bouncing pendulum and the paddle ball

Andrews, Mark

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The coherent states of the simple harmonic oscillator with an impenetrable barrier at its center are studied. This half oscillator is the equivalent of a pendulum that bounces elastically off a vertical wall directly below the point of suspension with the angle of swing sufficiently small. The system can also be considered as a paddle ball, where the paddle is fixed and the ball is constrained by a spring attached to the paddle. The coherent states are almost the same as the familiar Gaussian...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/16414
Source: American Journal of Physics
DOI: 10.1119/1.2825388

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