Magnitude of resulting decay rates due to Anti-Zeno effects

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Regarding the Quantum Anti-Zeno effect (AZE), we know that frequent measurements of a decaying system (such as a decaying radioactive nucleus) can induce greater decay rates.

However, if I understand correctly, you can change the percentage of change in the decay rate. For example, if you have condition x, you might only get a 2% increase in decay rate, however, with condition y you can get, say a 12% increase in decay rate.

The question is, what influences the percent of change from the original decay rate to the new decay rate in a system experiencing the Anti Zeno Effect?

I also have a second question: it has been proposed that to increase beta decay rates, one might shoot photons at the decaying nucleus in order to induce the AZE. What would be the variable here that would influence the percent of change, in this case, decay rate of the isotope?
 

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we know that frequent measurements of a decaying system (such as a decaying radioactive nucleus) can induce greater decay rates
Where did you get that from?
The question is, what influences the percent of change from the original decay rate to the new decay rate in a system experiencing the Anti Zeno Effect?
First you have to find a system where you can influence it at all.
In general: The type of observation and the frequency of it can have an influence.
 

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