Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1986, 51, 1171-1177

Comments on the physical meaning of the minimum energy path

Štěpán Pick and Břetislav Friedrich

The J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Máchova 7, 121 38 Prague 2


The relation between the minimum energy path and the classical equations of motion is found, and conditions implying trajectories along gradient lines are analyzed. Attention is drawn to possible statistical features of the minimum energy path.