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Schrödinger-cat states: size classification based on evolution or dissipation
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The issue of estimating how "macroscopic" a superposition state is, can be addressed by analysing the rapidity of the state's evolution under a preferred observable, compared to that of the states forming the superposition. This fast evolution, which arises from the larger dispersion of the superposition state for the preferred operator, also represents a useful characteristic for interferometric applications. This approach can be compared to others in which a superposition's macroscopality is estimated in terms of the fragility to dissipation.

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Date Published: 25 May 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5468, Fluctuations and Noise in Photonics and Quantum Optics II, (25 May 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.547048
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Gunnar Bjork, Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Piero G. L. Mana, Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5468:
Fluctuations and Noise in Photonics and Quantum Optics II
Peter Heszler, Editor(s)

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