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M. Busse and K. Hornberger
Pointer basis induced by collisional decoherence
J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 43, 015303 (2010)


We study the emergence and dynamics of pointer states in the motion of a quantum test particle affected by collisional decoherence. These environmentally distinguished states are shown to be exponentially localized solitonic wave functions which evolve according to the classical equations of motion. We explain their formation using the orthogonal unraveling of the master equation, and we demonstrate that the statistical weights of the arising mixture are given by projections of the initial state onto the pointer basis.

(24 pages, 9 figures)

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