Conditions for Quantum Violation of Macroscopic Realism

Johannes Kofler, Caslav Brukner

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Why do we not experience a violation of macroscopic realism in everyday life. Normally, no violation can be seen either because of decoherence or the restriction of coarse-grained measurements, transforming the time evolution of any quantum state into a classical time evolution of a statistical mixture. We find the sufficient condition for these classical evolutions for spin systems under coarse-grained measurements. However, there exist "nonclassical" Hamiltonians whose time evolution cannot be understood classically, although at every instant of time the quantum state appears as a classical mixture. We suggest that such Hamiltonians are unlikely to be realized in nature because of their high computational complexity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number090403
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 103026 Quantum optics

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