Comments on the structural features of the Pais-Uhlenbeck oscillator

B. Bagchi, A. Ghose Choudhury, Partha Guha

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We explore the Jacobi last multiplier (JLM) as a means for deriving the Lagrangian of a fourth-order differential equation. In particular, we consider the classical Pais-Uhlenbeck problem and write down the accompanying Hamiltonian. We then compare such an expression with our alternative derivation of the Hamiltonian that makes use of the Ostrogradski's method and show how a mapping from the one to the other is achievable by variable transformations.

Original languageBritish English
Article number1375001
JournalModern Physics Letters A
Issue number14
StatePublished - 10 May 2013


  • Jacobi's last multiplier
  • Ostrogradski's method
  • Pais-Uhlenbeck oscillator


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