The Quantum Zeno Effect


The Quantum Zeno effect, also known by terms such as "a watched pot never boils", was named after Zeno, the fourth century Greek philosopher famed for his paradoxes and conumdrums. It is usually invoked for a class of effects in which constant monitoring of a quantum subsystem drastically slows down it's dynamics.
Last modified: June 24, 1994

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