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Vitali D., Tessieri L., Grigolini P. Wave-function collapse and the quantum fluctuation-dissipation process. In: Physical Review A, vol. 50 (2) pp. 967 - 976. American Physical Society, 1994.
We study the effect that the state-vector reduction of Ghirardi, Rimini, and Weber (GRW) [Phys. Rev. D 34, 470 (1986)] has on the quantum fluctuation-dissipation process. A conventional fluctuation-dissipation process stems from the interaction between a system of interest and a macroscopic number of microscopic variables, thereby suggesting the possible occurrence of an enhancement of the GRW wave-function collapse. We carry out an exact treatment of the joint action of conventional quantum dissipation and GRW wave-function collapse in the special case where the system of interest is a harmonic oscillator. We prove that the GRW dynamics does not lead to any significant departure from the predictions of ordinary quantum mechanics, if the region of astronomically large times is disregarded, where the energy of the system diverges as an effect of a slow but steady increase caused by the GRW collapses.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.50.967
Subject Wave-function collapse
Quantum fluctuation-dissipation process

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