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Day April 12, 2013

Non-Hermitian Hamiltonians in decoherence and equilibrium theory

Mario Castagnino, Sebastian Fortin

There are many formalisms to describe quantum decoherence. However, many of them give a non general and ad hoc definition of “pointer basis” or “moving preferred basis”, and this fact is a problem for the decoherence program. In this paper we will consider quantum systems under a general theoretical framework for decoherence and we will present a tentative definition of the moving preferred basis. These ideas are implemented in a well-known open system model. The obtained decoherence and the relaxation times are defined and compared with those of the literature for the Lee- Friedrichs model.

Quantum Physics (quant-ph)