A nonlinear optical test for the collapse of wave functions during intermolecular collisions in gases

I. E. Mazets, B. G. Matisov, E. Abraham, N. Leinfellner

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Abstract

We discuss modifications of the kinetic equation for the density matrix of molecular quantum particles. The changes include non-local effects which follow from the assumption of the collapse of wave functions during velocity changing collisions. We present an experimental proposal which represents a test of the new model. A nonlinear medium response caused by action of strong laser light can give new insight into the description of gas kinetics with the quantum theory. © 1998 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-359
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters A
Volume244
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1998

Keywords

  • Gas kinetics
  • Nonlinear-optical phenomena
  • Quantum jumps
  • Quantum measurement

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