Quantum Trajectories

Pratim Kumar Chattaraj

November 1, 2010 by CRC Press
Reference - 429 Pages - 93 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439825617 - CAT# K11224
Series: Atoms, Molecules, and Clusters


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    • Includes contributions from international experts in the fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and the philosophy of science
    • Provides conceptual insights into many-body quantum dynamics
    • Presents an easy way to analyze the quantum domain behavior of classically chaotic systems
    • Explores possible extensions to quantum computing


    The application of quantum mechanics to many-particle systems has been an active area of research in recent years as researchers have looked for ways to tackle difficult problems in this area. The quantum trajectory method provides an efficient computational technique for solving both stationary and time-evolving states, encompassing a large area of quantum mechanics. Quantum Trajectories brings the expertise of an international panel of experts who focus on the epistemological significance of quantum mechanics through the quantum theory of motion.

    Emphasizing a classical interpretation of quantum mechanics as developed by de Bröglie and Bohm, this volume:

    • Introduces the concept of the quantum theory of motion
    • Explains the connection with conventional quantum mechanics
    • Presents various numerical techniques generated from the Bohmian approach
    • Describes the epistemological significance of quantum trajectories
    • Provides an authoritative account of the foundations of quantum mechanics vis-à-vis that of the Bohmian mechanics

    The popularity of using the quantum trajectory as a computational tool has exploded over the last decade, finally bringing this methodology to the level of practical applications. Many of the experts in the field who have either developed the methodology or have improved upon it have contributed chapters to this volume, making it a state-of-the-art expression of the field as it exists today and providing insight into the future of this technology.