Toshihiko Hiraiwa, Kouichi Soutome, Hitoshi Tanaka
We investigate a simple forced harmonic oscillator with a natural frequency varying with time. It is shown that the time evolution of such a system can be written in a simplified form with Fresnel integrals, as long as the variation of the natural frequency is sufficiently slow compared to the time period of oscillation. Thanks to such a simple formulation, we found, for the first time, that a forced harmonic oscillator with a slowly-varying natural frequency is essentially equivalent to diffraction of light.
Comments: 4 pages, 3 figures