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juanrga
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Nov5-11, 11:42 AM
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Quote Quote by Demystifier View Post
I know that many people here have a very high opinion on the Ballentine's QM textbook. I am also one of them, but one particular subsection of it is (in my opinion) wrong. This is the subsection on the quantum Zeno paradox, or as Ballentine calls it, the "watched pot" paradox in Section 12.2 (Exponential and Nonexponential Decay). In this subsection, he presents a nice standard argument that a continuous observation may prevent decay (which in my opinion is correct), and then in the last paragraph argues that it is false. I think that his argument that it is false - is false itself. What do you think?
Best known as Quantum Zeno effect, which has been measured

http://pra.aps.org/abstract/PRA/v41/i5/p2295_1

Maybe Balentine dislikes the quantum zeno effect because is directly related to collapse process in QM, which he rejects, but collapse works

http://pra.aps.org/abstract/PRA/v43/i9/p5168_1