TITLE

Semiclassical behavior at a quantum avoided crossing

AUTHOR(S)
Joyeux, Marc
PUB. DATE
February 1995
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;2/15/1995, Vol. 102 Issue 7, p2816
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
For a polynomial potential with resonant fundamental frequencies (1:2 and 1:3 resonances), quantum avoided crossings can occur when quantum eigenvalues are plotted versus a parameter in the Hamiltonian. In the present paper, primitive (EBK) semiclassical behavior at the quantum avoided crossing is reinvestigated, using the exact analytical calculation of the action integrals, which was devised recently [Chem. Phys. 185, 263 (1994)] for an approximate resonance Hamiltonian that can be deduced from the exact polynomial Hamiltonian by low order perturbation theory. The previously reported behavior, that is semiclassical levels passing through the intersection instead of avoiding each other, is shown to happen if there exist two superimposed branches in the plot of the second action integral I2 as a function of the energy. These results are interpreted in terms of semiclassical diabatic basis and of quantum dynamical tunneling. In contrast, if the semiclassical system enters the (anti)crossing region with semiclassical quantum numbers I2 which do not lie on superimposed branches of the plot, it is shown that at least one, and possibly two, level(s) must cross the separatrix, that is pass from the inside to the outside of the resonance region (or conversely) in order to adapt to the quantum avoided crossing. This causes (i) corresponding semiclassical quantum number I2 to change (ii) the close correspondence between quantum and semiclassical mechanics to break down. © 1995 American Institute of Physics.
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