We analyze the dynamics of a quantum mechanical system in interaction with a reservoir when the initial state is not factorized. In the weak-coupling (van Hove) limit, the dynamics can be properly described in terms of a master equation, but a consistent application of Nakajima-Zwanzig's projection method requires that the reference (not necessarily equilibrium) state of the reservoir be endowed with the mixing property.
- Master equation
- Nakajima-Zwanzig's projection method
- van Hove's limit
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)