An expression is obtained for the electronic decoherence time of the reduced density electronic matrix in mixed quantum-classical molecular-dynamics simulations. The result is obtained by assuming that decoherence is dominated by the time dependence of the overlap of minimum-uncertainty packets and then maximizing the rate with respect to the parameters of the wave packets. The expression for the decay time involves quantities readily available in non-Born-Oppenheimer molecular-dynamics simulations, and it is shown to have a reasonable form when compared with two other formulas for the decay time that have been previously proposed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Chemical Physics|
|State||Published - Aug 8 2005|