Semiclassical Scattering for Two and Three Body Systems


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Semiclassical scattering theory can be summarized as the study of connections between classical mechanics and quantum mechanics in the limit ℏ → 0 over the infinite time domain -∞ < t < ∞. After a brief discussion of Semiclassical Analysis and Scattering Theory we provide a rigorous result concerning the time propogation of a semiclassical wavepacket over the time domain -∞ < t < ∞. This result has long been known for dimension n ≥ 3, and we extend it to one and two space dimensions. Next, we present a brief mathematical discussion of the three body problem, first in classical mechanics and then in quantum mechanics. Finally using an approach similar to the semiclassical wave-packet construction we form a semiclassical approximation to the solution of the Schrödinger equation for the three-body problem over the time domain -∞ < t < ∞. This technique accounts for clustering at infinite times and should be applicable for researchers studying simple recombination problems from quantum chemistry.



Semiclassical, Scattering