Impenetrable barriers in phase-space

SR Wiggins, L Wiesenfeld, C Jaffe, T Uzer

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Dynamical systems theory is used to construct a general phase-space version of transition state theory. Special multidimensional separatrices are found which act as impenetrable barriers in phase-space between reacting and nonreacting trajectories. The elusive momentum-dependent transition state between reactants and products is thereby characterized. A practical algorithm is presented and applied to a strongly coupled Hamiltonian.
Translated title of the contributionImpenetrable barriers in phase-space
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5478 - 5481
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume86 (24)
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001

Bibliographical note

Publisher: American Physical Soc
Other identifier: IDS number 441PV


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