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Observation: more decoherence or interference?

  1. Sep 17, 2003 #1
    Does observation decohere the object, or also interfere with the observer, to manifest macroscopic reality? A classical measurement might result either from equilibrium of object phase itself or of phase difference relative to the observer.

    How, then, do these large-scale effects of object assimilation compare to those of interaction with the observer? What you sense directly - is it so because of its own decohered aggregate quantum nature, or because that other aggregate decohered along with you the observer?
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  3. Sep 17, 2003 #2


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    NO, decoherence isn't to do with observation, a large quantum system will suffer decoherence before any measuremnt is made on it. It's just the tendency of very large quantum systems to behave classically.
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