Fresnel Type Path Integral for the Stochastic Schrödinger Equation

Research paper by T. J. ZASTAWNIAK

Indexed on: 01 Jul '97Published on: 01 Jul '97Published in: Letters in Mathematical Physics


A path integral representation is obtained for the stochastic partial differential equation of Schrödinger type arising in the theory of open quantum systems subject to continuous nondemolition measurement and filtering, known as the a posteriori or Belavkin equation. The result is established by means of Fresnel-type integrals over paths in configuration space. This is achieved by modifying the classical action functional in the expression for the amplitude along each path by means of a stochastic Itô integral. This modification can be regarded as an extension of Menski's path integral formula for a quantum system subject to continuous measurement to the case of the stochastic Schrödinger equation.