Modular path integral methodology for real-time quantum dynamics

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Abstract

In a recent communication [N. Makri, J. Chem. Phys. 148, 101101 (2018)], it was shown that the locality of interactions in many systems of interest allows a decomposition of the path integral and its evaluation via sequential linking of the paths of relatively small "modules" (e.g., chemical groups or monomers). The present paper describes the modular path integral methodology for simulating dynamical properties by propagating the density matrix in real time. The procedure is first presented for the simple topology of a single-file arrangement of units interacting via nearest neighbor couplings and subsequently extended to the calculation of two-particle correlations in arrays that may also contain some long-range interactions, to the treatment of systems with side chains or cyclic structures, to the simulation of internal dynamics in long organic molecules, and to the modifications required for coupling of one or several units of a system to dissipative environments. Illustrative applications to the dynamics of interacting two-level-systems are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number214108
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume149
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 7 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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