The problem of the time calculation seldom discussed in the quantum theory can remain actual even for very simple quantum systems. These systems are often of the periodic character, so we need the time periods of the electron motion as parameters. This kind of parameter is usually approached in a semiclassical way. Perhaps the best known example concerns the time periods of the electron orbital motion in the hydrogen atom  .
Other well-known examples of a semiclassical motion are the free particle in a potential box and the harmonic oscillator. In the last case a difficulty concerning time is provided by an unstable size of the velocity connected with a moving particle.
In order to make the problem of calculations of the time periods to be very simple, only the electron in the hydrogen atom and the particle moving in a one-dimenssional potential box are considered exactly in the paper. The time quanta in the harmonic oscillator are calculated only in an approximate way.
The main aim of the paper was to point out that a relativistic change of a difference between two oscillation periods of time in a quantum system can be obtained with the aid of the time quantum which has its size independent of the examined system.
2. Electron Circulating in the Hydrogen Atom and Its Time Periods
A successful Bohr theory of the atom (see e.g.  ) assumed planar circular orbits about the nucleus. The radius of the nth orbit is defined by formula 
and the quantum numbers of the orbits are labelled by
m is the electron mass, - e - electron charge. The electron velocity on the nth orbit is 
so the time period Tn connected with the electron circulating along the same orbit is deduced from the formula
The task is to calculate the difference
transformed into a relativistic interval of time (see Sec. 3) for an arbitrary pair of the quantum states, say and . Let us assume that
so the difference in (6) is a positive number.
3. Relativistic Difference of the Time Periods Given in (6)
In order to improve (6) we apply the relativistic theory in the sense that the components entering (6) should be multiplied respectively by the factors (see e.g.   )
In effect we get a proper relativistic change of the time periods connected with the difference (6). Two terms in each of the power expansions (7) and (8) seem to be sufficient because
At the end of (12) appeared a supplement having a dimension of time and being proportional to the difference
Also we have that
These results make (6) proportional to both (13) and (15).
4. Electron Oscillation in a One-Dimensional Potential Box and Its Properties
For a constant potential within the potential box of length L we have the electron energy states 
where n is the integer quantum number, m the electron mass, and h is the Planck constant.
Formula (16) is equivalent to the kinetic energy expression
therefore by putting (16) equal to (17) we obtain the electron velocity in the potential box:
For a given n this velocity can be considered as having a constant value for the whole length L.
Due to the boundary conditions at the box ends, the electron behaves like a free particle oscillating along the length
for each oscillation time period Tn. A non-relativistic approach to Tn gives from (18):
Our aim is to examine the difference
The assumption of implies a negative time difference in (21); see (20).
5. A Relativistic Difference of the Time Periods Entering (21)
A constant velocity (18) implies an approximately free-electron motion along the distance L entering (19). A relativistic modification of the time difference (21) becomes similar to that obtained in the case of the difference (6):
where the term in brackets in (22) is a positive number; see (24). We have
because of the assumption done below (21). But in the next step:
A sum of results obtained in (23) and (24) (taken with a minus sign) gives
which is formally equal to the result calculated in (12). Evidently see (23) the difference
is proportional to . The component (24)—because of its minus sign in (22) makes the whole expression (25) to get the same property of proportionality.
A supplement obtained at the end of (25) is identical to that entering (12) calculated for the hydrogen atom. This enables us to consider the term having
as a quantum of time correcting the difference of the time periods
obtained either for the hydrogen atom, or in the potential box.
6. Approximate Approach to the Time Quanta in Case of the Harmonic Oscillator
In this case we assume—for the sake of simplicity—that the time periods T belonging to different quantum states are equal giving the circular frequency
where k is the oscillation constant and m is the mass of the oscillator . All energy states are given by the formula
where is the oscillator amplitude characteristic for state n.
The states are equally separated by the terms :
The velocity of the oscillating particle between the limits
has its maximum at a central particle position .
In calculating the relativistic correction to the time period T we take into account—for the sake of simplicity—the average particle velocity
In effect the relativistic correction to T becomes:
But because of (30) we have
which gives with the aid of the formula (28) for
We examined the differences of the time periods possessed by the electron either in the case of its circulation in the hydrogen atom, or when the electron is enclosed as a particle moving in a one-dimensional potential box. The approach to the time properties of each of these physical systems is modified by the relativistic theory.
It is found that contribution given by the relativistic term of time for both systems is the same. This enables us to consider the relativistic corrections introduced to the differences of the time periods as representing the quanta of time: the size of quanta is proportional to the difference of the quantum numbers which define separately any of the time periods present in each system. Therefore, in order to obtain the correction, the quantum numbers multiply solely one term independent of the physics of the examined system. This term is a constant ratio
built up of the fundamental constants of nature. It can be noted that the denominator entering the fraction in (36) is equal to the Dirac’s energy expression separating theseas of electron particles and antiparticles; see e.g. .
An approximate treatment concerning (36) was applied in calculating the time quanta of the harmonic oscillator. In this case the non-relativistic oscillation periods of time are assumed to be equal for all quantum levels and the relativistic correction concerns—in average—solely an individual oscillation period of time. In effect of the used approximations the result in (36) should be multiplied by a constant factor
which is not much different than unity.
The paper is elaborated in course of my prayers to the Almighty God for a young Victoria—suddenly deceased.