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By C. Altafini


Abstract. In this paper, the Dyson series corresponding to the time-varying Hamiltonian of a finite dimensional quantum mechanical system is expanded in terms of products of exponentials of a complete basis of commutator superoperators in the corresponding Liouville space. The Cayley-Hamilton theorem and the Wei-Norman formula allow to express explicitly the functional relation between the Dyson series and the product of exponentials via a set of first order differential equations. Since the method is structure preserving, it can be used for the exact unitary integration of the driven Liouville-von Neumann equation. 1

Year: 2011
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