How adiabatic is quantum tunneling?


Journal Article

We consider the coupling between collective and intrinsic degrees of freedom of a many-dimensional quantum system. We give a criterion for the validity of the adiabatic approximation in tunneling processes and derive an equation for the "lag" of the intrinsic wave function with respect to the adiabatic groundstate. Solutions for several simple cases are presented. © 1987.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Müller, B; Takigawa, N

Published Date

  • January 1, 1987

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 173 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 163 - 184

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-035X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-4916

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0003-4916(87)90097-2

Citation Source

  • Scopus