Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Collapse-induced orientational localization of rigid rotors

Björn Schrinski, Benjamin A. Stickler, and Klaus Hornberger
We show how the ro-translational motion of anisotropic particles is affected by the model of continuous spontaneous localization (CSL), the most prominent hypothetical modification of the Schrödinger equation restoring realism on the macroscale. We derive the master equation describing collapse-induced spatio-orientational decoherence and demonstrate how it leads to linear- and angular-momentum diffusion. Since the associated heating rates scale differently with the CSL parameters, the latter can be determined individually by measuring the random motion of a single levitated nanorotor.

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