Charged oscillator in a heat bath in the presence of a magnetic field

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We obtain the generalized susceptibility for the motion of a charged oscillator in a harmonic potential well in the presence of a uniform external magnetic field, and linearly coupled to a heat bath, by using the generalized quantum Langevin equation we obtained in an earlier paper. The result is then used to calculate the autocorrelation function of the position operator of the oscillator by the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. The free energy of the oscillator is then obtained in terms of the determinant of the susceptibility matrix. Applications are made to two types of heat baths: the Ohmic case and the case of blackbody radiation. As a special case (no heat bath) of our general formalism, a well-known eigenspectrum result is obtained but in a simple and rather novel fashion. © 1990 The American Physical Society.

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Physical Review A

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