Thermal quantum time-correlation functions from classical-like dynamics
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Hele, T. (2017). Thermal quantum time-correlation functions from classical-like dynamics. Molecular Physics, 115 1435-1462. https://doi.org/10.1080/00268976.2017.1303548
Thermal quantum time-correlation functions are of fundamental importance in quantum dynamics, allowing experimentally measurable properties such as reaction rates, diffusion constants and vibrational spectra to be computed from first principles. Since the exact quantum solution scales exponentially with system size, there has been considerable effort in formulating reliable linear-scaling methods involving exact quantum statistics and approximate quantum dynamics modelled with classical-like trajectories. Here, we review recent progress in the field with the development of methods including centroid molecular dynamics, ring polymer molecular dynamics (RPMD) and thermostatted RPMD (TRPMD). We show how these methods have recently been obtained from ‘Matsubara dynamics’, a form of semiclassical dynamics which conserves the quantum Boltzmann distribution. We also apply the Matsubara formalism to reaction rate theory, rederiving $t$ → 0$_+$ quantum transition-state theory (QTST) and showing that Matsubara-TST, like RPMD-TST, is equivalent to QTST. We end by surveying areas for future progress.
Timothy J. H. Hele wishes to thank Jesus College, Cambridge for a Research Fellowship.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00268976.2017.1303548
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/264300