Towards a Mathematical Understanding of Surface Hopping Algorithms
A/Prof. Zhen-Nan Zhou
Department of Mathematics, Duke University, USA

We develop a surface hopping algorithm based on frozen Gaussian approximation for semiclassical matrix Schrödinger equations. The algorithm is asymptotically derived from the Schrödinger equation with rigorous approximation error analysis. The resulting algorithm can be viewed as a path integral stochastic representation of the semiclassical matrix Schrödinger equations. Our results provide mathematical understanding to and shed new light on the important class of surface hopping methods in theoretical and computational chemistry. Also, I would like to report our recent progress on the improved surface hopping algorithm with various numerical tests.

About the Speaker

Dr. Zhennan Zhou obtained his PhD degree in 2014 from University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2014. He is now a William W. Elliott Assistant Research Professor in Duke University. His research interests are in the applied analysis of PDE and stochastic models, and numerical approximation of scientific problems arising from quantum mechanics, theoretical chemistry, solid state physics, materials science, biology, etc. 

2017-01-05 10:30 AM
Room: A203 Meeting Room
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