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    Default Quantum Zeno effect

    Is the Quantum Zeno effect a real thing? Basically if I observed a "possibly" decaying particle ... would that actually prevent it from decaying? Or is there some other mechanism involved that somehow interferes with the particle?

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    Default Re: Quantum Zeno effect

    You don't think we observe decaying particles?

    I may be misunderstanding your question

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    Default Re: Quantum Zeno effect

    Quote Originally Posted by grapes View Post
    You don't think we observe decaying particles?

    I may be misunderstanding your question
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Zeno_effect

    http://tf.nist.gov/general/pdf/858.pdf

    IF I am reading correctly constantly observing a system will force it to stay in its initial? most probable? state.


    "The quantum Zeno effect (also known as the Turing paradox) is a situation in which an unstable particle, if observed continuously, will never decay.[1] "

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    Default Re: Quantum Zeno effect

    Quote Originally Posted by tom View Post
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Zeno_effect

    http://tf.nist.gov/general/pdf/858.pdf

    IF I am reading correctly constantly observing a system will force it to stay in its initial? most probable? state.


    "The quantum Zeno effect (also known as the Turing paradox) is a situation in which an unstable particle, if observed continuously, will never decay.[1] "
    Thank you this is a new one to me. I am a big fan of Turing. I need to study this

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