Dynamics of quantum trajectories provides an efficient framework for description of various quantum effects in large systems, but it is unstable near the wave function density nodes where the quantum potential becomes singular. A mixed coordinate space/polar representation of the wave function is used to circumvent this problem. The resulting modified trajectory dynamics associated with the polar representation is nonsingular and smooth. The interference structure and the nodes of the wave function density are described, in principle, exactly in the coordinate representation. The approximate version of this approach is consistent with the semiclassical linearized quantum force method [S. Garashchuk and V. A. Rassolov, J. Chem. Phys. 120, 1181 (2004)]. This approach is exact for general wave functions with the density nodes in a locally quadratic potential.
Published in Journal of Chemical Physics, Volume 121, Issue 18, 2004.
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