Introduction to the quantum first detection problem

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Eli Barkai, Bar-Ilan University
11/03/2019 - 10:30
Physics 301

We consider quantum dynamics on a graph, with repeated strong measurements performed locally at a fixed time interval τ. For example a particle starting on node x and measurements performed on another node x'. From the basic postulates of quantum mechanics the string of measurements yields a sequence no,no,no, ... and finally in the n-th attempt a yes, i.e. the particle is detected. Statistics of the first detection time nτ are investigated, and compared with the corresponding classical first passage problem. Dark states, Zeno physics, a quantum renewal equation, winding number for the first return problem (work of A. Grunbaum et al.), total detection probability, detection time operators and time wave functions are discussed.


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