Potential well


In a potential energy surface, the region surrounding a local energy minimum. Typically taken to include at least those points in configuration space such that a path of steadily declining energy can be found that leads to the minimum in question, and such that no similar path can be found to any other minimum. If the PES were a landscape, this would be the region around the minimum that could be filled with water without any flowing down and away toward another minimum.



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