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The Dirac oscillator. A relativistic version of the Jaynes-Cummings model

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The dynamics of wavepackets in a relativistic Dirac oscillator (DO) is compared with that of the Jaynes-Cummings model. The strong spin-orbit coupling of the DO produces the entanglement of the spin with the orbital motion similar to that observed in the model of quantum optics. The resulting collapses and revivals of the spin extend to a relativistic theory our previous findings on a nonrelativistic oscillator where they were known as spin-orbit pendulum. The Foldy-Wouthuysen transformation can be performed exactly for the DO. It produces the well known smoothing effect over the Compton wavelength. Thus, after this transformation, zitterbewegung disappears just as the components of the WP associated to negative energy states.

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in2p3-00003884 , version 1 (24-01-2000)

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P. Rozmej, R. Arvieu. The Dirac oscillator. A relativistic version of the Jaynes-Cummings model. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 1999, 32, pp.5367-5382. ⟨10.1088/0305-4470/32/28/314⟩. ⟨in2p3-00003884⟩
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