Juxtaposing density matrix and classical path-based wave packet dynamics

Mortaza Aghtar, Jörg Liebers, Johan Strümpfer, Klaus Schulten, Ulrich Kleinekathöfer

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In many physical, chemical, and biological systems energy and charge transfer processes are of utmost importance. To determine the influence of the environment on these transport processes, equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations become more and more popular. From these simulations, one usually determines the thermal fluctuations of certain energy gaps, which are then either used to perform ensemble-averaged wave packet simulations, also called Ehrenfest dynamics, or to employ a density matrix approach via spectral densities. These two approaches are analyzed through energy gap fluctuations that are generated to correspond to a predetermined spectral density. Subsequently, density matrix and wave packet simulations are compared through population dynamics and absorption spectra for different parameter regimes. Furthermore, a previously proposed approach to enforce the correct long-time behavior in the wave packet simulations is probed and an improvement is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number214101
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - Jun 7 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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    Aghtar, M., Liebers, J., Strümpfer, J., Schulten, K., & Kleinekathöfer, U. (2012). Juxtaposing density matrix and classical path-based wave packet dynamics. Journal of Chemical Physics, 136(21), [214101]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4723669