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Quantum Physics

Title: Consistent histories, the quantum Zeno effect, and time of arrival

Abstract: We present a decomposition of the general quantum mechanical evolution operator, that corresponds to the path decomposition expansion, and interpret its constituents in terms of the quantum Zeno effect (QZE). This decomposition is applied to a finite dimensional example and to the case of a free particle in the real line, where the possibility of boundary conditions more general than those hitherto considered in the literature is shown. We reinterpret the assignment of consistent probabilities to different regions of spacetime in terms of the QZE. The comparison of the approach of consistent histories to the problem of time of arrival with the solution provided by the probability distribution of Kijowski shows the strength of the latter point of view.
Subjects: Quantum Physics (quant-ph)
Journal reference: Phys. Rev. A 62, 032103 (2000)
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.62.032103
Report number: EHU-FT/0002
Cite as: arXiv:quant-ph/0003041
  (or arXiv:quant-ph/0003041v1 for this version)

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From: Inigo L. Egusquiza [view email]
[v1] Mon, 13 Mar 2000 11:09:00 GMT (13kb)