Open Quantum System Approach to the Modeling of Spin Recombination Reactions

M. Tiersch, U. E. Steiner, S. Popescu, H. J. Briegel

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In theories of spin-dependent radical pair reactions, the time evolution of the radical pair, including the effect of the chemical kinetics, is described by a master equation in the Liouville formalism. For the description of the chemical kinetics, a number of possible reaction operators have been formulated in the literature. In this work, we present a framework that allows for a unified description of the various proposed mechanisms and the forms of reaction operators for the spin-selective recombination processes. On the basis of the concept that master equations can be derived from a microscopic description of the spin system interacting with external degrees of freedom, it is possible to gain insight into the underlying microscopic processes and develop a systematic approach toward determining the specific form of the reaction operator in concrete scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4020-4028
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2012


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