Mixed Weyl symbol calculus and spectral line shape theory

T. A. Osborn, M. F. Kondrat'eva, G. C. Tabisz, B. R. McQuarrie

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A new and computationally viable full quantum version of line shape theory is obtained in terms of a mixed Weyl symbol calculus. The basic ingredient in the collision-broadened line shape theory is the time-dependent dipole autocorrelation function of the radiator-perturber system. The observed spectral intensity is the Fourier transform of this correlation function. A modified form of the Wigner-Weyl isomorphism between quantum operators and phase space functions (Weyl symbols) is introduced in order to describe the quantum structure of this system. This modifi cation uses a partial Wigner transform in which the radiator-perturber relative motion degrees of freedom are transformed into a phase space dependence, while operators associated with the internal molecular degrees of freedom are kept in their original Hilbert space form. The result of this partial Wigner transform is called a mixed Weyl symbol. The star product, Moyal bracket and asymptotic expansions native to the mixed Weyl symbol calculus are determined. The correlation function is represented as the phase space integral of the product of two mixed symbols: one corresponding to the initial configuration of the system, the other being its time evolving dynamical value. There are, in this approach, two semiclassical expansions - one associated with the perturber scattering process, the other with the mixed symbol star product. These approximations are used in combination to obtain representations of the autocorrelation that are sufficiently simple to allow numerical calculation. The leading O((Latin small letter h with stroke)0) approximation recovers the standard classical path approximation for line shapes. The higher-order O((Latin small letter h with stroke)1) corrections arise from the noncommutative nature of the star product.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4149-4169
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and General
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 4 1999
Externally publishedYes

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