1st Edition

Dynamical Tunneling Theory and Experiment

Edited By Srihari Keshavamurthy, Peter Schlagheck Copyright 2011
    436 Pages 30 Color & 272 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    406 Pages 30 Color & 272 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    A prominent aspect of quantum theory, tunneling arises in a variety of contexts across several fields of study, including nuclear, atomic, molecular, and optical physics and has led to technologically relevant applications in mesoscopic science. Exploring mechanisms and consequences, Dynamical Tunneling: Theory and Experiment presents the work of international experts who discuss the considerable progress that has been achieved in this arena in the past two decades.

    Highlights in this volume include:

    • A historical introduction and overview of dynamical tunneling, with case histories ranging from simple and emblematic to complex and involving experimental counterparts
    • An emphasis on the semiclassical theory of tunneling put forth by various research groups using different approaches
    • Developments in tunneling with cold atoms and molecular manifestations
    • Advances in our ability to perform delicate and precise experiments in atomic systems
    • The visualization and control of photonic tunneling
    • The role of dynamical tunneling on energy flow and localization in large molecules

    In the near future, complex tunneling processes occurring in few and many-body systems will be able to be predicted, understood, and controlled. Comprising all relevant topics and authors in the context of present-day research on dynamical tunneling, this self-contained volume provides readers with the basis for further discovery into the potential of this powerful phenomenon.

    An Overview of Dynamical Tunneling, Eric J. Heller

    Dynamical Tunneling with a Bose–Einstein Condensate, Winfried K. Hensinger

    Chaos-Assisted Dynamical Tunneling in Atom Optics, Daniel A. Steck and Mark G. Raizen

    Tractable Problems in Multidimensional Tunneling, Stephen C. Creagh

    Semiclassical Analysis of Multidimensional Barrier Tunneling, Kin’ya Takahashi

    Direct Regular-To-Chaotic Tunneling Rates using The Fictitious Integrable System Approach, Arnd Bäcker, Roland Ketzmerick, and Steffen Löck

    Complex Semiclassical Approach to Chaotic Tunneling, Akira Shudo and Kensuke S. Ikeda

    Resonance-Assisted Tunneling in Mixed Regular-Chaotic Systems, Peter Schlagheck, Amaury Mouchet, and Denis Ullmo

    Dynamical Tunneling from the Edge of Vibrational State Space of Large Molecules, David M. Leitner

    Dynamical Tunneling and Control, Srihari Keshavamurthy

    Tunneling of Ultracold Atoms in Time-Independent Potentials, Ennio Arimondo and Sandro Wimberger

    Dynamic Localization in Optical Lattices, Stephan Arlinghaus, Matthias Langemeyer, and Martin Holthaus

    Control of Photonic Tunneling in Coupled Optical Waveguides, Stefano Longhi

    Quantum Discrete Breathers, Ricardo A. Pinto and Sergej Flach

    Tunneling in Open Quantum Systems, Alvise Verso and Joachim Ankerhold



    Srihari Keshavamurthy is a theoretical chemist with the department of chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. He received his BSc degree from the University of Madras, MS from Villanova University, and PhD from University of California, Berkeley. After a postdoc at Cornell, he joined IIT Kanpur in December 1996. Srihari’s primary interest is the mechanisms of chemical reaction dynamics and control from the classical-quantum correspondence perspective.

    Peter Schlagheck is a theoretical physicist with the department of physics at the University of Liège. He received his PhD in 1999 at the Technical University of Munich. After a postdoc at the Université Paris Sud from 1999 to 2001, he became assistant at University of Regensburg in 2002. In 2009, he obtained a faculty position at the University of Liège. Schlagheck’s research interests include the transport of ultracold atoms and tunneling in the presence of chaos.