Optimization of a neutron-spin test of the quantum Zeno effect

Paolo Facchi*, Yoichi Nakaguro, Hiromichi Nakazato, Saverio Pascazio, Makoto Unoki, Kazuya Yuasa

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A neutron-spin experimental test of the quantum Zeno effect (QZE) is discussed from a practical point of view, where the nonideal efficiency of the magnetic mirrors, used for filtering the spin state, is taken into account. In the idealized case, the number N of (ideal) mirrors can be indefinitely increased, yielding an increasingly better QZE. In contrast, in a practical situation with imperfect mirrors, there is an optimal number of mirrors, [Formula Presented] at which the QZE becomes maximum: more frequent measurements would deteriorate the performance. However, a quantitative analysis shows that a good experimental test of the QZE is still feasible. These conclusions are of general validity: in a realistic experiment, the presence of losses and imperfections leads to an optimal frequency [Formula Presented] which is in general finite. One should not increase N beyond [Formula Presented] A convenient formula for [Formula Presented] valid in a broad framework, is derived as a function of the parameters characterizing the experimental setup.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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