## Semiclassical tunneling in real time: Wave-packet dynamics in static and driven barrier potentials

We study to what extent propagation of wave packets through potential barriers can be described semiclassically in real time. By analyzing the semiclassical approximation to the exact path-integral representation of the quantum-mechanical time evolution operator, we show that in the long-time sector it is dominated by quasiclassical fluctuations associated with caustics. Contrary to the description of tunneling in imaginary times, simple tunneling paths even for complex energies do not exist. Our findings lead to an extended semiclassical propagation scheme for wave-packet dynamics which is numerical efficient and accurately describes deep incoherent tunneling through static and externally driven barrier potentials.