To test the applicability of the WKB semiclassical approximation to correctly describe the tunneling frequencies and energy levels in asymmetric double wells, we have considered the cases where the asymmetry comes from the nondegeneracy of the two minima and when it comes from the asymmetry in the shape of the barrier between both minima. To do this, we compare the tunneling frequencies and energy levels obtained through the WKB method for symmetric and asymmetric cases with exact results obtained by a basis set procedure. Our results show that the semiclassical WKB approximation has to be used with caution for asymmetric double wells. © 1994 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Copyright © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
|Journal||Journal of Computational Chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1994|