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Numerical solution methods for quantum stochastic processes
Author(s): Eli Pollak
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Paper Abstract

The study of quantum stochastic processes presents severe difficulties, both on the theory level as well as on technical grounds. The numerically exact solution remains prohibitive even today. In this paper we review and present new results for three different methods used for the modelling of quantum stochastic processes. These include a mixed quantum classical approach, semiclassical initial value representations of the quantum propagator and the reduced density matrix approach as typified by the quantum Wigner-Fokker-Planck equation. A new semiclassical initial value representation that does away with cumbersome prefactors which depend on the monodromy matrix elements but is exact for a harmonic oscillator is presented and its properties analysed. A recently proposed systematic method for improving semiclassical initial value representations is reviewed. The generalization of the Wigner-Fokker-Planck equation to stochastic processes with memory is obtained by using a novel integral equation representation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2003
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5114, Noise in Complex Systems and Stochastic Dynamics, (7 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.488566
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Eli Pollak, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5114:
Noise in Complex Systems and Stochastic Dynamics
Lutz Schimansky-Geier; Derek Abbott; Alexander Neiman; Christian Van den Broeck, Editor(s)

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