Quantum mechanical reactive scattering by a multiconfigurational time-dependent self-consistent field (MCTDSCF) approach

Audrey Dell Hammerich, Ronnie Kosloff, Mark A Ratner

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The major obstacle to the description of systems containing a large number of degrees of freedom is the exponential increase of computational time and effort with dimensionality. A strategy is presented to overcome this obstacle as well as the shortcoming of the omission of correlations, while still maintaining the simplicity and strengths of a mean-field description, based upon identifying the crucial dynamical correlations and incorporating them with multiconfigurations. The collinear reactive scattering of H + H2 illustrates the techniques involved and their adaptability, flexibility, and breadth of applicability. MCTDSCF simulations, constructed from time-dependent variational principles, are compared with the numerically exact solution of the Schrödinger equation; agreement is found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-108
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 27 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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