- Conference date: 29-31 July 2002
- Location: San Diego, California (USA)
The short‐memory approximation, a constructive procedure to derive dissipative equations for the macroscopic evolution of micro‐reversible dynamical systems, is applied to the Wigner formulation of quantum mechanics. The dissipative dynamics of a single quantum particle in a confining external potential is shown to take the form of a damped harmonic oscillator whose effective frequency and damping coefficients depend on the shape of the quantum‐mechanical potential.
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