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Physical Review Letters
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Are dynamical quantum jumps detector dependent?

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Abstract

Dynamical quantum jumps were initially conceived by Bohr as objective events associated with the emission of a light quantum by an atom. Since the early 1990s they have come to be understood as being associated rather with the detection of a photon by a measurement device, and that different detection schemes result in different types of jumps (or diffusion). Here we propose experimental tests to rigorously prove the detector dependence of the stochastic evolution of an individual atom. The tests involve no special preparation of the atom or field, and the required efficiency can be as low as η 58%. © 2012 American Physical Society.

Date

30 May 2012

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Physical Review Letters

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