Safed Workshop

The Quantum World in Real Time:
  Is It Accessible?

June 24-29, 2007

Explosion 2: Workshop
Safed, Israel



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    One of the central challenges facing theoretical Chemistry and Physics is the computation of quantum dynamics in complex systems. Due to the oscillatory nature of quantum mechanical properties, this problem has remained elusive even with present state of the art powerful computational facilities. The need for a general methodology cannot be overstated, since the ability of computing quantum dynamics in real time would impact our understanding of diverse topics, such as spectroscopy, molecular reaction dynamics, solid state physics, ab-initio quantum chemistry, quantum computation, Bose-Einstein condensates to name a few.

    Various groups all over the world are employing different techniques and approaches to find solutions to the problem. Broadly, they include multiconfigurational time dependent Hartree Fock (MCTDHF) methods, classical expansions, Bohmian mechanics, semiclassical based methods, path integral methods, reduced equations of motion and the use of stochastic Schroedinger equations. Each approach has its advantages and successes but also disadvantages. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together leaders of the central scientific groups from all over the world to discuss the various approaches and perhaps come up with new ideas and synergies with would enable the Safed workshop to be a turning point which leads to a truly new and general methodology fro solution of this important problem.






Members of the organizing committee:

Eli Pollak, Chemical Physics Dept., Weizmann Institute of Science
Jianshu Cao, Dept. of Chemistry, M.I.T., Boston, Mass.
Kenneth G. Kay, Dept. of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University
Ronnie Kosloff, Dept. of Chemistry, Hebrew University
Eitan Geva, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Michigan
Uri Peskin, Dept. of Chemistry, Technion, Haifa
Eran Rabani, Dept. of Chemistry, Tel-Aviv University
David Tannor, Chemical Physics Dept., Weizmann Institute of Science