Transition state theory and dynamical corrections in ergodic systems

Fabio A. Tal, Eric Vanden-Eijnden

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The results of transition state theory are derived rigorously in the general context of ergodic dynamical systems defined by a vector field on a Riemannian manifold. A new perspective on how to compute the dynamical corrections to the transition state theory transition frequency is given. Hamiltonian dynamical systems are considered a special case and the so-called Marcus formula for the rate constant is re-derived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-509
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Applied Mathematics


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