Rotational Friction and Diffusion of Quantum Rotors.

@article{Stickler2018RotationalFA,
  title={Rotational Friction and Diffusion of Quantum Rotors.},
  author={Benjamin A. Stickler and Bj{\"o}rn Schrinski and Klaus Hornberger},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2018},
  volume={121 4},
  pages={
          040401
        }
}
We present the Markovian quantum master equation describing rotational decoherence, friction, diffusion, and thermalization of planar, linear, and asymmetric rotors in contact with a thermal environment. It describes how an arbitrary initial rotation state decoheres and evolves toward a Gibbs-like thermal ensemble, as we illustrate numerically for the linear and the planar top, and it yields the expected rotational Fokker-Planck equation of Brownian motion in the semiclassical limit. 

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