Proceedings PaperDecoherence and dissipation from theory of continuous measurements
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Decoherence aiid dissipation of a quantum system occurs due to its entanglement with the environment (reservoir) . In the course of interaction of the system with the reservoir information about the system is 'recorded' in the state of the reservoir. This is why influence of the reservoir on the system (i.e. the system's decoherence and dissipation) may be accounted in the framework of quantum theory of continuous measurements. Constructing such a theory with the help of restricted path integrals (RPI) gives a model-independent theory of decoherence and dissipation. The special role of information in decoherence and dissipation is explicitly revealed by this approach. This makes it possible to apply the RPI approach for the analysis of decoherence in quantum informatic devices.