About conditional probabilities of events regarding the quantum mechanical measurement process

Publication Year:
2006
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3139
Author(s):
Schürmann, Thomas
artifact description
We consider the successive measurement of position and momentum of a single particle. Let P be the conditional probability to measure the momentum with precision dk, given a previously successful position measurement of precision dq. Several upper bounds of the probability P are derived. For arbitrary, but given precisions dq and dk, these bounds refer to the variation of the state vector of the particle. The first bound is given by the inequality P<=dkdq/h, where h is Planck's quantum of action. This bound is nontrivial for all measurements with dkdq