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The harmonic oscillator with dissipation within the theory of open quantum systems. (English) Zbl 0861.60097
Summary: Time evolution of the expectation values of various dynamical operators of the harmonic oscillator with dissipation is analytically obtained within the framework of the Lindblad theory for open quantum systems. We deduce the density matrix of the damped harmonic oscillator from the solution of the Fokker-Planck equation for the coherent state representation, obtained from the master equation for the density operator. The Fokker-Planck equation for the Wigner distribution function, subject to either the Gaussian type or the $\delta$-function type of initial conditions, is also solved by using the Wang-Uhlenbeck method. The obtained Wigner functions are two-dimensional Gaussians with different widths.

60K40Physical applications of random processes
82C31Stochastic methods in time-dependent statistical mechanics