Weak Measurements

This page is a link to a number of movies on weak measurements. The movie looks at a variety of possibilities for the intial state of a measureing apparaturs, with dynamical variables p and q, which are conjugate variables.

The system being measured is a spin system with total spin of 12.5 (so any component of the spin have eigenvalues that go from -12.5 to 12.5 by integer leaps.

The hamiltonian of coupling between the measuring dial and the spin is
H= pS
where S is the component of the spin half way between z and x
and the interaction is switched on for 1 unit of time. The unitary transformation caused by the measurement is the displacement operator for the q coordinate, so that the state is phi(q-S) where phi(q) is the initial state of the measuring apparatus.

The initial state of the spin system is the Sz= 12.5 eigenstate, and the final state is Sx=12.5. The state of the measuring apparatus will thus be
< Sz=12.5|phi(q-S)|Sz=12.5> The following movies will use a variety of functions phi, with "widths" of D, where D is the standard deviation of q if it exists, or a measure of the width if the standard deviation does not exist (eg for the Lorentzian). The movies display the above final function for the various phi as a function fo D.

In the plots, the value of D is the top number on the right side of the picture, and the total probability for getting the final state to be Sx=12.5 is the lower number listed. In all cases the weak value of the S which is
Weak Value= /
is 12.5 sqrt(2)=17.8

All of the functions phi(q) ae normalised so that the integral of the square equals 1. in all of the movies D goes from .03 to 6. Thus at the beginning all are essentialy exact measurements of S.

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