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Title: Non-uniqueness of quantum transition state theory and general dividing surfaces in the path integral space

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  1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Queens College, City University of New York, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York 11367, USA and Ph.D. Programs in Chemistry and Physics, and Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016, USA
  2. Department of Chemistry, James Franck Institute, and Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, The University of Chicago, 5735 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA
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Journal of Chemical Physics
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Journal Volume: 146; Journal Issue: 17; Related Information: CHORUS Timestamp: 2018-02-14 20:10:53; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9606
American Institute of Physics
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Jang, Seogjoo, and Voth, Gregory A. Non-uniqueness of quantum transition state theory and general dividing surfaces in the path integral space. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4982053.
Jang, Seogjoo, & Voth, Gregory A. Non-uniqueness of quantum transition state theory and general dividing surfaces in the path integral space. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4982053.
Jang, Seogjoo, and Voth, Gregory A. Sun . "Non-uniqueness of quantum transition state theory and general dividing surfaces in the path integral space". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4982053.
title = {Non-uniqueness of quantum transition state theory and general dividing surfaces in the path integral space},
author = {Jang, Seogjoo and Voth, Gregory A.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1063/1.4982053},
journal = {Journal of Chemical Physics},
number = 17,
volume = 146,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun May 07 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Sun May 07 00:00:00 EDT 2017}

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