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Day April 16, 2012

Weak Measurements in Non-Hermitian Systems

A. Matzkin

“Weak measurements” — involving a weak unitary interaction between a quantum system and a meter followed by a projective measurement — are investigated when the system has a non-Hermitian Hamiltonian. We show in particular how the standard definition of the “weak value” of an observable must be modified. These studies are undertaken in the context of bound state scattering theory, a non-Hermitian formalism for which the Hilbert spaces involved are unambiguously defined and the metric operators can be explicitly computed. Numerical examples are given for a model system.

http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.3296
Quantum Physics (quant-ph)