Analytic influence functionals for numerical Feynman integrals in most open quantum systems

Nike S. Dattani, Felix Pollock, David M. Wilkins

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Fully analytic formulas, which do not involve any numerical integration, are derived for the discretized influence functionals of a very extensive assortment of spectral distributions. For Feynman integrals derived using the Trotter splitting and Strang splitting, we present general formulas for the discretized influence functionals interms of proper integrals of the bath response function. When an analytic expression exists for the bath response function, these integrals can almost always be evaluated analytically. In cases where these proper integrals cannot be integrated analytically, numerically computing them is much faster and less error-prone than calculating the discretized influence functionals in the traditional way, which involves numerically calculating integrals whose bounds are both infinite.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalQuantum Physics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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