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Unformatted text preview: PHYS 455 Homework III Assigned: November 22, 2011, Tuesday. Due: November 30, 2011, Wednesday. 1. Quantum Zeno Effect is the quantum analog of the Zeno paradox. One of many alternative versions of the paradox is summarized by the statement “A watched pot never boils”. It is possible to claim that the quantum analog of the paradox is more convincing than the classical ones. In this problem, we will see on a 2level system what the strange feature of the paradox is. Consider a twolevel system that we may call as a “pot”. We will use the 2 × 1 matrix representation. Let us identify the two states in the standard basis as the “cold” state and the “boiled” state. φ cold = • 1 ‚ , φ boiled = • 1 ‚ . Let the time development operator for the pot be given as U ( t 1 + Δ t,t 1 ) = • cos ω Δ t sin ω Δ t sin ω Δ t cos ω Δ t ‚ . This might me considered as describing a “heating” process as it transforms the “cold” state φ cold into the “boiled” state φ boiled in a certain time. But, of course, this is not a perfect heating as the same process will convert the boiled state into the cold state eventually. But, in a small 2level system, where there is not much “phase space”, theseeventually....
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2012 for the course MATH 435 taught by Professor Starg during the Spring '11 term at Al Ahliyya Amman University.
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