Loss of coherence and dressing in QED

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Abstract

The dynamics of a free charged particle, initially described by a coherent wave packet, interacting with an environment, i.e., the electromagnetic field characterized by a temperature T, is studied. Using the dipole approximation, the exact expressions for the evolution of the reduced density matrix both in momentum and configuration space and the vacuum and the thermal contribution to decoherence are obtained. The time behavior of the coherence lengths in the two representations are given. Through the analysis of the dynamic of the field structure associated with the particle the vacuum contribution is shown to be linked to the birth of correlations between the single momentum components of the particle wave packet and the virtual photons of the dressing cloud
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-16
Numero di pagine16
RivistaPHYSICAL REVIEW A
Volume74
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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