Application of a semiclassical model for the second-quantized many-electron Hamiltonian to nonequilibrium quantum transport: The resonant level model

David W.H. Swenson, Tal Levy, Guy Cohen, Eran Rabani*, William H. Miller

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Abstract

A semiclassical approach is developed for nonequilibrium quantum transport in molecular junctions. Following the early work of Miller and White [J. Chem. Phys. 84, 5059 (1986)], the many-electron Hamiltonian in second quantization is mapped onto a classical model that preserves the fermionic character of electrons. The resulting classical electronic Hamiltonian allows for real-time molecular dynamics simulations of the many-body problem from an uncorrelated initial state to the steady state. Comparisons with exact results generated for the resonant level model reveal that a semiclassical treatment of transport provides a quantitative description of the dynamics at all relevant timescales for a wide range of bias and gate potentials, and for different temperatures. The approach opens a door to treating nontrivial quantum transport problems that remain far from the reach of fully quantum methodologies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number164103
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume134
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Apr 2011

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