Continuum limit semiclassical initial value representation for dissipative systems

  • Pollak E
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In this paper, we consider a dissipative system in which the system is coupled linearly to a harmonic bath. In the continuum limit, the bath is defined via a spectral density and the classical system dynamics is given in terms of a generalized Langevin equation. Using the path integral formulation and factorized initial conditions, it is well known that one can integrate out the harmonic bath, leaving only a path integral over the system degrees of freedom. However, the semiclassical initial value representation treatment of dissipative systems has usually been limited to a discretized treatment of the bath in terms of a finite number of bath oscillators. In this paper, the continuum limit of the semiclassical initial value representation is derived for dissipative systems. As in the path integral, the action is modified with an added nonlocal term, which expresses the influence of the bath on the dynamics. The first order correction term to the semiclassical initial value approximation is also derived in the continuum limit.

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