Complete solutions of the Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg curve crossing problems, and their generalizations and applications

Nakamura, Hiroki
February 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 500 Issue 1, p495
Academic Journal
The compact analytical complete solutions recently obtained for the two-state Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg problems are reviewed and explained. The theory covers both Landau-Zener (LZ) type in which the two diabatic potential curves cross with the same sign of slopes and the nonadiabatic tunneling (NT) type in which the potentials cross with different signs of slopes. The theory is applicable virtually in the whole range of energy and coupling strength and is convenient for practical use. The new theory for time-dependent nonadiabatic transition can be formulated from the time-independent theory of the LZ-type. The utilizability of the theory to various multi-channel problems and also to multi-dimensional problems is demonstrated and explained. The intriguing phenomenon of complete reflection which appears in the NT-case is explicitly utilized to propose a new type of molecular switching and to control molecular processes such as molecular photodissociation. Also proposed is a new way of controlling molecular processes by using time-dependent external fields. Finally, a trial to formulate a unified analytical theory to cover both Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg and Rosen-Zener-Demkov types of nonadiabatic transitions is briefly touched upon. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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