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Preparing a certain superposition of electron states

  1. May 5, 2009 #1
    Can someone link me some sort of article or journal that lays out the general process of preparing a mixed state of lets say an electron. I was curious as to how exactly you could know it is in one in the first place.
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  3. May 6, 2009 #2


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    Electrons tend to have short decoherence times. It's tricky.
    If you want a simple(r) illustration of preparing and manipulating mixed states, I'd suggest a book on NMR techniques, which are very often all about putting a system into a known state, letting it evolve into a mixed state over time, and then measuring it again.
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