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Zeno inhibition of polarization rotation in an optically active medium

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Gonzalo Fonrodona, Isabel and Porras, Miguel A. and Luis Aina, Alfredo (2015) Zeno inhibition of polarization rotation in an optically active medium. European journal of physics, 36 (4). ISSN 0143-0807

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/36/4/045001


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Abstract

We describe an experiment in which the rotation of the polarization of light propagating in an optically active water solution of D-fructose tends to be inhibited by frequent monitoring whether the polarization remains unchanged. This is an example of the Zeno effect that has remarkable pedagogical interest because of its conceptual simplicity, easy implementation, low cost, and because the same the Zeno effect holds at classical and quantum levels. An added value is the demonstration of the Zeno effect beyond typical idealized assumptions in a practical setting with real polarizers.


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© 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd. We acknowledge support from Projects of the Spanish Ministerio de Economi a y Competitividad No. MTM2012-39101-C02-01 (MAP), No. FIS2013-41709-P (MAP), No. FIS2013-41709-P (IG), and No. FIS2012-35583 (AL).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Quantum-theory; Apparatus; Paradox
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Optics
ID Code:32961
Deposited On:01 Sep 2015 16:54
Last Modified:01 Sep 2015 16:54

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