Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Observation determines outcome term?

  1. Oct 7, 2013 #1
    Is there a term to describe the phenomenon that observation seems to effect the outcome of superposition?
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 7, 2013 #2
    The term you seem to be looking for is called the "observer effect." Terms that are also very closely related are "wavefunction collapse" and "decoherence."
  4. Oct 7, 2013 #3
    Thank you very much. I will research the term "observer effect".
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook