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Developing methods for incorporating thermalisation effects into MCTDH

Ash, Ceridwen; (2022) Developing methods for incorporating thermalisation effects into MCTDH. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The premise of the work that was undertaken in this thesis is the use of mathematical modelling techniques to solve fundamental questions in quantum chemistry. In particular, this project focusses on how thermalisation effects, particularly in the context of proton transfer, can be incorporated into the exact quantum dynamics method MCTDH, which is the multiconfigurational time-dependent Hartree method. This is a computational method set up to solve the time-dependent Schr¨odinger equation (TDSE) exactly for small systems or molecules. The question posed in this thesis is what can scientists do when the gas phase zero temperature picture is no longer a useful description for the reactions and processes that we are interested in. For instance, if we look at proton transfer, there is still a lot of uncertainty about the exact mechanism and the role that is played by the environment in this process. In this project ML-ρ-MCTDH is developed and applied in three studies of proton transfer, looking first at a model of symmetric proton transfer, followed by a brief study of salicylaldimine and finally looking at porphycene. Chapter 1 introduces the topic and chapters 2 and 3 cover the theory and methodology underpinning the research focus. In the remaining chapters results are presented and discussed.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Developing methods for incorporating thermalisation effects into MCTDH
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2022. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10155093
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