Weak measurements offer insights into the behavior of quantum systems. Combined with postselection, quantum mechanics predicts a range of experimentally testable phenomena. In this paper I consider weak measurements performed on time-dependent preselected and postselected ensembles, with emphasis on the decay of excited states. The results show that the standard exponential decay law is a limiting case of a more general law that depends on both the time of postselection and the choice of final state. The generalized law is illustrated for two interesting choices of postselection.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|State||Published - Mar 3 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics