Boltzmann-conserving classical dynamics in quantum time-correlation functions: “Matsubara dynamics”
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Hele, T., Willatt, M. J., Muolo, A., & Althorpe, S. (2015). Boltzmann-conserving classical dynamics in quantum time-correlation functions: “Matsubara dynamics”. Journal of Chemical Physics, 142 (134103)https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4916311
We show that a single change in the derivation of the linearized semiclassical-initial value representation (LSC-IVR or “classical Wigner approximation”) results in a classical dynamics which conserves the quantum Boltzmann distribution. We rederive the (standard) LSC-IVR approach by writing the (exact) quantum time-correlation function in terms of the normal modes of a free ring-polymer (i.e., a discrete imaginary-time Feynman path), taking the limit that the number of polymer beads N → ∞, such that the lowest normal-mode frequencies take their “Matsubara” values. The change we propose is to truncate the quantum Liouvillian, not explicitly in powers of ħ2 at ħ0 (which gives back the standard LSC-IVR approximation), but in the normal-mode derivatives corresponding to the lowest Matsubara frequencies. The resulting “Matsubara” dynamics is inherently classical (since all terms O(ħ2) disappear from the Matsubara Liouvillian in the limit N → ∞) and conserves the quantum Boltzmann distribution because the Matsubara Hamiltonian is symmetric with respect to imaginary-time translation. Numerical tests show that the Matsubara approximation to the quantum time-correlation function converges with respect to the number of modes and gives better agreement than LSC-IVR with the exact quantum result. Matsubara dynamics is too computationally expensive to be applied to complex systems, but its further approximation may lead to practical methods.
Boltzmann equations, Normal modes, Molecular dynamics, Correlation functions, Fourier transforms
T.J.H.H., M.J.W., and S.C.A. acknowledge funding from the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. A.M. acknowledges the European Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) for an Erasmus student placement scholarship. T.J.H.H. also acknowledges a Research Fellowship from Jesus College, Cambridge and helpful discussions with Dr. Adam Harper.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4916311
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/247931