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Water induced decoherence

  1. Mar 13, 2009 #1
    In the double slit experiment, and observer such as a photon can hit an electron and thereby interact with. ie, a photon either hits an electron, or it doesn't. In this case, the photon hitting an electron induces decoherence.

    If we make a similar analogy with water, ie. a water molecule "hitting" some quantum entity via hydrogen bonding, can water also induce decoherence of this quantum entity? If so, how does it do so? What is this interaction? Is it hydrogen-bonding? If so, isn't it a gradient of interaction? (IE. it doesn't really hit or not hit, rather it's just a partial dipolarization.)
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