Physics & Computer Science
We study the role of continuous measurement in the quantum to classical transition for a system with coupled internal (spin) and external (motional) degrees of freedom. Even when the measured motional degree of freedom can be treated classically, entanglement between spin and motion causes strong measurement back action on the quantum spin subsystem so that classical trajectories are not recovered in this mixed quantum classical regime. The measurement can extract localized quantum trajectories that behave classically only when the internal action also becomes large relative to ħ.
Ghose, Shohini; Alsing, Paul M.; Deutsch, Ivan H.; Bhattacharya, Tanmoy; Habib, Salman; and Jacobs, Kurt, "Recovering Classical Dynamics from Coupled Quantum Systems Through Continuous Measurement" (2003). Physics and Computer Science Faculty Publications. 61.
This article was origianlly published in Physical Review A, 67(5): 052102. © 2003 The American Physical Society