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Squeezed light and nonclassical motion in mechanics

Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Vavilova 38, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation

From the fact of observation of squeezed light follows the possibility of a nonperturbing or nondemolition measurement (observation) of a single microscopic object in a widely distributed quantum-mechanical state. Macroscopic bodies—objects of classical mechanics—are usually found in states with narrow wave packets, although quantum mechanics does not forbid them to be in states with wide wave packets. The absence of macroscopic bodies in such states requires explanation. In this article it is shown that in virtue of a special, geometrical nature of the gravitational field the absence in nature of macroscopic bodies in widely distributed states can be due to the focusing action of the self-gravitational field of a macroscopic body on its wave packet. Thus, the gravitational field can play an important role in the relaxation of the classical limit of quantum mechanics.

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PACS: 42.50.Dv
DOI: 10.1070/PU1993v036n09ABEH002309
Citation: Bykov V P "Squeezed light and nonclassical motion in mechanics" Phys. Usp. 36 (9) 841–850 (1993)
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Оригинал: Быков В П «Сжатый свет и неклассические движения в механике» УФН 163 (9) 89–99 (1993); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0163.199309d.0089

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