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Kinematic spin decoherence of a wave packet in a gravitational field

Research paper by Yue Dai, Yu Shi

Indexed on: 20 Aug '19Published on: 13 Mar '19Published in: International Journal of Modern Physics D



Abstract

International Journal of Modern Physics D, Ahead of Print. The spin state of a wave packet of a spin-1/2 particle in a gravitational field is a mixed state, obtained by integrating out the momentum degree of freedom. The entropy of this spin mixed state depends on the deviation of spacetime from the flatness. In terms of a succession of local inertial frames, it is shown that spin decoherence occurs even if the particle is uniformly moving or static in a gravitational field.