Classical nonlinearity and quantum decay: The effect of classical phase-space structures Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract We investigate the decay process from a time dependent potential well in the semiclassical regime. The classical dynamics is chaotic and the decay rate shows an irregular behavior as a function of the system parameters. By studying the weak-chaos regime we are able to connect the decay irregularities to the presence of nonlinear resonances in the classical phase space. A quantitative analytical prediction that accounts for the numerical results is obtained.

publication date

  • January 1, 2001