Quantum decoherence is the *irreversible loss of ordering of the phase angles* between the components of a system in a quantum superposition resulting in classical or probabilistically additive behavior, thereby suppressing interference of wavefunction components.

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Why don't the internal electric and nuclear forces holding atoms and molecules together cause decoherence during a buckyball double-slit experiment? [on hold]

My understanding is that anything that qualifies as an "observation" or "measurement" will cause the "fuzziness" of the superposition to disappear to the local observer, and the results of said ...
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Dissipation vs dephasing in master equation

I have a two-dimensional system, with Hamiltonian $H_s=ωσ_x$ which is interacted with the environment through $σ_z$. The decoherence process is described by a master equation like: $$∂ρ/∂t= −iω[σ_x,ρ]...
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Decoherence: What is the spectral density of a bath of gaseous particles?

I am studying the decoherence theory of a two-level system in interaction with a background gas. Caldira and Leggett (1987) showed that any environment can be modeled by a bath of harmonic oscillators....
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Proof of Tridecompositional Uniqueness Theorem (Elby and Bub, 1994)

I'm looking for a proof of the Tridecompositional Uniqueness Theorem (Elby and Bub, 1994). Could someone help me? References: Maximilian Schlosshauer, arXiv:quant-ph/0312059; p.12-13. A. Elby &...
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Probabilities with the Density Matrix

The density matrix of the system is given by: $$ [\rho_{S}(t)]_{mn} = [\rho_{S}(0)]_{mn} e^{-i\omega_{0}(m - n)t} e^{-i \delta(t)(m^2 - n^2) - \gamma(t)(m - n)^2}, ...
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The Hamiltonian of the Spin-Boson Model

I came across the following two specifications of the spin boson model with weak system-environment coupling: Dissipative/Population Decay Model: $$ \mathcal{H} = \frac{\omega_{0}}{2}\sigma_{z} + ...
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What is the influence of QED vacuum in electron-double-slit experiments?

In a recent question on superpositions of different quarks it was explained, that the superpositions of different electric charged particles cannot exist, in contrast to strangeness quantum number. It ...
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Quantum entanglement and affecting the particles [duplicate]

I am trying to grasp some aspects of the quantum entanglement, but the existing resources (including some of the links here) seem a bit confusing. I am trying to find an answer to the following ...
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What is an incoherent state?

I am reading through a recent paper which speaks frequently of "incoherent states" without ever defining what such a state is. I gather from the context of the paper that it has something to do with ...
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Meaning of non diagonal terms in decoherence

It is my understanding that the non-diagonal terms in the density matrix of a macroscopic system that it is initially in an entangled state go exponentially fast to zero as the system interacts with ...
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Variation of schrodinger cat replaced by quantum computer

In the "classical" imaginary Schrodinger's cat experiment, which seems to be no longer serious, or at least irrelevant, by many (some?) people, everything is explained away by decoherence. Now, let ...
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Simple question about decoherence

In simple terms, decoherence is the mechanism through which a quantum system in superposition that interacts with the environment undergoes a quick "apparent collapse" and is no longer found in ...
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Implications of weak measurement on entanglement

What are the implications of weak-measurement on entangled particles, and how does that resolve the problem of non-superluminal quantum "communication"? If I understand correctly, entangled particles ...
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Schrödinger's cat experiment in the context of decoherence

I am trying to visualize in more detail the Schrödinger's cat experiment in the context of decoherence. Please let me know if the description below makes sense or is somehow flawed. If the ...
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Exact solution of Qubit Decoherence using Transfer Matrix

I'm going through a particular paper on decoherence: Exact Solution of Qubit Decoherence models by a transfer matrix method I'm having trouble understanding a particular step in the mathematics ...
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How is the lifetime of a symmetric and antisymmetric state determined by its constituents

In the context of quantum mechanics, there is the concept of so called symmetric and antisymmetric states, which can have multiple constituents. A type of hybridized state, if you will. To keep the ...
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When does the world split in MWI

I've been reading Eliezer Yudkowsky's blog post regarding decoherence and many worlds, and although he is not a physics but a strong proponent of MWI, I can basically see why he feels that MWI is a "...
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If all the particles of a Bose-Einstein condensate become entangled with each other,does the system still remain a Bose-Einstein condensate?

I know that an entangled system is found in a single entangled state and that when you try to observe the individual state of a particle from an entangled system using a reduced density matrix, you ...
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Modelling the onset of decoherence in a subspace as a transition out of the subspace

http://arxiv.org/pdf/0903.3297v1.pdf I am currently reading papers discussing the Zeno Effect. The linked paper discusses modelling a transition out of a wanted subspace as the onset of decoherence. ...
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Decoherence Free Subspaces and how they stay this way, using the Zeno Effect

I am currently reading papers discussing the Zeno Effect, which discuss how measuring a system at high frequencies can almost freeze the state of a system, or keep the system in a specific subspace of ...
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Einselection locality in decoherence theory

Consider two polarity-wise entangled photons A and B in an EPR experiment. The process of measuring the polarization of photon A by Alice is described by the decoherence of the 2-photons system ...
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Can decoherence occur just by simple reflection?

I create an entangled photon pair. One photon is sent inside a resonant cavity which reflects the photon many number of times. Will there be decoherence between photon in the resonant cavity and its ...
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Can particles recohere after measurement?

I try to elaborate the relation between decoherence and the ouputs problem. Talking about the Stern-Gerlach experiment Caldeira writes here: "Recovery of coherence should be achieved simply by ...
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Conservation of quantum coherence?

Is coherence conserved under unitary transformation? As we saw in the process of generating entanglement, coherence between states of the subsystem is transferred to quantum correlations (related to ...
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Finding the dependence of dephasing time on flux noise in Transmon Qubits

Before introducing some relevant concepts I'll begin by stating my question. What I am looking for is the connection between the noise the flux through the SQUID in my transmon qubit (related to the ...
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Did Leggett and Caldeira solve the measurement problem?

In 1983 Leggett and Caldeira published a paper (see also here) that shows the evolution of the density matrix in a dissipative system. Follow-up work by Zurek and others shows the relevance to ...
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Continuous spectra and quantum decoherence

Suppose that some quantum wave function $\psi = \int a_i \,i\rangle \,\,di$ where pseudo-spanning ket "vectors" of $\psi$, $i \rangle$, are continuous. (thus the use of integral.) By normalization, $...
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Decoherence and interpretations

With quantum decoherence, are there still any "gaps" in our knowledge of quantum mechanics that hint (either in terms of the physics, philosophy, or otherwise) at the need for further interpretation? ...
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Resources on estimation of environment model for environemnt induced quantum decoherence

I am curious to see what literature exists about estimation of a quasi-classical environment interacting with a quantum system causing decoherence in system states. There has been in general a lot ...
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What factors affect decoherence times? [closed]

The question say it all. For example is it the mass of the system? The amount of energy? The species of atom? The electric charge?
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Data: decoherence time

Searching for experimental data on decoherence time. For example, this type of data can look like (but is not limited to): atomic species (eg. Carbon) vs. decoherence time. Physics stackexchange ...
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Re-entering superposition

I've realized that I'm somewhat familiar with what happens when an system in a superposition is "measured". But not at all with what happens after. Example: If there is an electron in a superposition,...
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Meaning of “realism” in quantum mechanics

When physicists doing work in quantum measurement, decoherence, Bells' inequalities etc. use the term "realism" what exactly do they mean? I'm looking for answers targeted towards, say, someone whose ...
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Why doesn't gravity mess up the double slit experiment?

So let's say you are doing a double slit experiment. Also, let's use electrons. My question is, won't the gravity of the electron affect the earth, thereby causing it decoherence and its wave ...
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How does gravity affect entanglement?

Hypothetically an entangled pair of atoms are placed inside two similar satellites orbiting at the same altitude, one of the satellite will then slow its speed and descend towards the surface of Earth....
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Collisional decoherence and trajectories

The density matrix of a mesoscopic particle subjected to collisional decoherence satisfies the equation $$ i\frac{\partial \rho(x,x',t)}{\partial t}= \frac{1}{2m}\left (\frac{\partial^2}{\partial x'^...
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Decoherence in the long time limit of density matrix elements

For a state $$ |\Psi(t)\rangle = \sum_{k}c_k e^{-iE_kt/\hbar}|E_k\rangle, $$ the density matrix elements in the energy basis are $$ \rho_{ab}(t) = c_a c^*_be^{-it(E_a -E_b)/\hbar} $$ How is it that ...
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Why decoherence?

Why do we study decoherence? I mean the postulates of quantum mechanics agree with experiments perfectly and we all know how a superposition state looks like, for example the spin-z up state is ...
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Wave function collapse and Schrodinger's equation without measurement

Will wave function collapse without measurement? Since all matters are described by wave functions, then in principle, I should be able to describe wave function collapse by Schrodinger's equation. (...
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Is the wavefunction of particles inside a gas spread or localized?

For an individual free particle that starts localized, the wave function packet spreads over time, so the particle becomes less localized. Suppose now that we have a gas of those particles inside a ...
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Theoretically, how does quantum decoherence induce noise?

The decoherence process has allowed us to explain various (classical and decoherence) sources of measurement noise in quantum systems. I intuitively understand this physical concept of decoherence-...
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Atomic natural line width

In laser cooling, with a model of a 2-level atomic system, spontaneous emission is stated to be dependent on the "natural line width" of the excited state of the atom. This width is defined as the ...
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Derivation of the dynamical master equation for collisional decoherence of a massive particle

I'm working on the problem of collisional decoherence of a massive particle interacting with an environment of light particles. The problem. I have some confusion regarding the derivation of the ...
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Eigenvalues of density operator under quantum channel

Consider a 2x2 density operator $\rho$ with eigenvalues $\lambda_{1},\lambda_{2}$ (where $\lambda_{1}\geq\lambda_{2}$) evolving into a 4x4 density operator $\rho'$ (with eigenvalues $\lambda'_{1},\...
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Problem with tracing over the environment and obtaining reduced density operator [closed]

I'm reading an article by Bas Henson given here. On page 25 he deals with the double slit experiment Given the wavefunction which is his equation 1.75, he claims he has traced over the environment ...
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What causes continuous errors in a qubit?

I read that due to decoherence a qubit in a superpositon gets destroyed or put into one definite eigenstate. This kind of error seems to occur due to interactions with other stuff like the environment ...
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Why is it necessary for all the component-states to have same phase for interference?

I am currently reading Decoherence. In this site, it is written : Now here is the absolutely key point: every component eigenstate has an associated phase . It is this phase$^1$ which gives the ...
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Do the interference terms disappear really after decoherence?

I was reading decoherence from this site, where I found the following bold words which states that the out-of-phase components do not really get dissappear after decoherence: What happens to a ...
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Transition from one state to another in Quantum Mechanics

When we measure an electron's position we know that the wave function $\psi$ peaks at the measured position and the wave function as a function of momentum is a harmonic function. When it makes the ...
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decoherency of number states

The meaning of decoherency is: When a nonclassical state, transitions to a classical state. It means that the state lost it's phase information. I can't understand how it happens in number states.