### Abstract

A new theory for the description of dissipative systems by nonlinear Schrödinger‐type field equations (NLSE’s) with logarithmic nonlinearity, which has been recently developed by the authors, is applied to investigate the frictionally damped free motion and similar spatially unrestricted aperiodic problems. Wave‐packet solutions as well as time‐dependent wave‐function solutions are derived and discussed. In the limit of vanishing friction(friction constant γ→0) these solutions turn into the well‐known solutions of the respective linear Schrödinger field equation. The same applies to the mean values of position, momentum, and energy, as well as to the uncertainty product of position and momentum. For γ≠0, however, interesting new effects appear. In contrast to the linear theory the uncertainty product of position and momentum does not diverge any more for infinitely long times, *t*→∞, but asymptotically approaches a definite constant value which depends on characteristic parameters of the system like its mass, initial width, and friction constant γ. Another effect, the faster spreading of the Gaussian wave‐packet solution compared to the linear theory, can be explained with the help of a special property of our *n* *o* *n* *l* *i* *n* *e* *a* *r*differential equation. In a way similar to what is usually only known for *l* *i* *n* *e* *a* *r*differential equations, the wave‐packet solutions of our NLSE can be obtained by *s* *u* *p* *e* *r* *p* *o* *s* *i* *t* *i* *o* *n* of the wave functions which are individually also solutions of the same NLSE. The properties of the time‐dependent superposition coefficients appearing in this connection are discussed. The extension to the corresponding three‐dimensional problem as well as the differences arising in the investigation of the NLSE’s of the free fall and the motion in a constant electric field are given. Concluding, some differences are discussed which appear applying our nonlinear field theory to describe periodic or aperiodic motions, respectively.

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