Stochastic quantum molecular dynamics

Physical Review B 80, 212303 (2009)

Stochastic quantum molecular dynamics

Heiko Appel, Massimiliano Di Ventra

An approach to correlated dynamics of quantum nuclei and electrons both in dynamical interaction with external environments is presented. This stochastic quantum molecular dynamics rests on a theorem that establishes a one-to-one correspondence between the total ensemble-averaged current density of interacting nuclei and electrons and a given external vector potential. The theory allows for a first-principles description of phenomena previously inaccessible via standard quantum molecular dynamics such as electronic and nuclear relaxation in photochemistry, dissipative correlated electron-ion dynamics in intense laser fields, nuclear dephasing, etc. As a demonstration of the approach, we discuss the rotational relaxation of 4-N,N-dimethylamino͒benzonitrile in a uniform bath in the limit of classical nuclei.

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