February 24: Gil Ariel, CIMS
Transition State Theory in a Solvable Model
Transition state theory is a method for calculating transition rates between
metastable states in ergodic dynamical systems.In this method one counts the
number of times a typical trajectory between one metastable set to the other
crosses a given hypersurface that separates the states in phase space. This
count gives the average rate of crossing the surface. In this talk I will
present an analysis of the predictions of Transition state theory and its
underlying assumptions in the context of the KacZwanzig model. This model
is a simplified system in which a 1D particle is coupled to a bath of
harmonic
oscillators.
