Nonclassical phase-space trajectories for the damped harmonic quantum oscillator

L. A. Pachón, G.-L. Ingold, and T. Dittrich

Chem. Phys. 375, 209–215 (2010)

The phase-space path-integral approach to the damped harmonic oscillator is analyzed beyond the Markovian approximation. It is found that pairs of nonclassical trajectories contribute to the path-integral representation of the Wigner propagating function. Due to the linearity of the problem, the sum coordinate of a pair still satisfies the classical equation of motion. Furthermore, it is shown that the broadening of the Wigner propagating function of the damped oscillator arises due to the time-nonlocal interaction mediated by the heat bath.