Kinetic Schemes in Open Interacting Systems

Abraham Nitzan, Michael Galperin*

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We discuss utilization of kinetic schemes for description of open interacting systems, focusing on vibrational energy relaxation for an oscillator coupled to a nonequilibirum electronic bath. Standard kinetic equations with constant rate coefficients are obtained under the assumption of time scale separation between the system and bath, with the bath dynamics much faster than that of the system of interest. This assumption may break down in certain limits, and we show that ignoring this may lead to qualitatively wrong predictions. Connection with more general, nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) analysis is demonstrated. Our considerations are illustrated within generic molecular junction models with electron-vibration coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4886-4892
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - 6 Sep 2018


FundersFunder number
US- Israel Binational Science Foundation
US− Israel Binational Science Foundation
National Science FoundationCHE-1665291, 1665291
U.S. Department of EnergyDE-SC0018201
University of PennsylvaniaCHE-1565939
Israel Science Foundation


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