Understanding the quantum zeno effect

Hiromichi Nakazato*, Mikio Namiki, Saverio Pascazio, Helmut Rauch

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The quantum Zeno effect consists in the hindrance of the evolution of a quantum system that is very frequently monitored and found to be in its initial state at every single measurement. On the basis of the correct formula for the survival probability, i.e. the probability of finding the system in its initial state at every single measurement, we critically analyze a recent proposal and experimental test that make use of an oscillating system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jul 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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