Monte carlo integration with oscillatory integrands: implications for feynman path integration in real time

Nancy Makri, William H. Miller

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Abstract

A new method is described for the Monte Carlo evaluation of integrals of the form {A figure is presented} exp[iS(x)] that occur in the Feynman path integral representation of the time evolution operator, exp(-iHt/h). The method is general, strictly Monte Carlo based (and thus applicable to high dimensionality), and has the desirable feature that the stationary phase (i.e. semiclassical) approximation to the integral is obtained in its worst limit. Application to a non-trivial test case (the Airy integral) illustrates these features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-14
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Volume139
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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