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Entanglement quick question

  1. Jan 27, 2006 #1
    just checking:
    when one particle of an entangled pair enters a magnetic field, the entanglement is gone as it starts to re-align in the magnetic field's direction, right?
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  3. Jan 27, 2006 #2
    Of course

    You can only detect or measure the entanglement on a particle once. If you don’t record it, trying to measure the same particle a second time will be of no use.
    See Stern-Gerlach devices, they use magnetic fields to detect spin entanglements.
  4. Jan 27, 2006 #3
    thought so, just wanted to make sure.
    my friend though he could make one spin turn at his end while making the other to turn too.
    i told him i think he'll just break the entanglement...
  5. Jan 27, 2006 #4


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    Be careful! The entering itself into the magnetic field is not going to destroy the entanglement irreversibly. (however, what RandallB writes is correct: it is not because you do not conserve the result that the measurement is not irreversible) It will modify the relationship between the entangled constituents. It is only if an irreversible measurement is made that way that the entanglement is gone. This is the idea of delayed-choice quantum erasers.
    If you don't believe this, spin echo is exactly an illustration of this phenomenon.
  6. Jan 27, 2006 #5
    How do you then do an "irreversible" measurement, as opposed to a reversible one? What is the difference between a reversible and irreversible measurement (if it is not related to entering a magnetic field and/or conserving the results)?
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