Dissipative quantum tunneling

  • Hermann Grabert
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 268)


Recent theoretical predictions on the influence of dissipation and temperature on quantum mechanical tunneling are presented. Based on a generalized quantum mechanical version of Kramers' Brownian motion approach the rate of transitions out of a metastable well is determined. The temperature dependence of the rate is studied and the crossover from the Arrhenius law valid at high temperatures to quantum rate theory valid at low temperatures is discussed. Special attention is given to the phenomenon of macroscopic quantum tunneling in Josephson systems.


Partition Function Zero Mode Josephson Junction Quantum Tunneling Crossover Region 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Grabert
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  1. 1.Service de Physique et de Résonance MagnétiqueCentre d'Etudes Nucleaires de SaclayGif sur Yvette CedexFrance

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