Absorption and injection models for open time-dependent quantum systems

F. L. Traversa, Z. Zhan, X. Oriols

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Abstract

In the time-dependent simulation of pure states dealing with transport in open quantum systems, the initial state is located outside of the active region of interest. Using the superposition principle and the analytical knowledge of the free time evolution of such a state outside the active region, together with absorbing layers and remapping, a model for a very significant reduction of the computational burden associated with the numerical simulation of open time-dependent quantum systems is presented. The model is specially suited to study (many-particle and high-frequency effects) quantum transport, but it can also be applied to any other research field where the initial time-dependent pure state is located outside of the active region. From numerical simulations of open quantum systems described by the (effective mass) Schrödinger and (atomistic) tight-binding equations, a reduction of the computational burden of about two orders of magnitude for each spatial dimension of the domain with a negligible error is presented. © 2014 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number023304
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Volume90
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2014

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