Decoherence due to fluctuating electromagnetic fields

L. H. Ford, J. T. Hsiang

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We discuss the loss of coherence in interfering electron beams due to fluctuating electromagnetic fields. This effect arises from fluctuations of the Aharonov-Bohm phase and results in a loss of contrast in the interference pattern. We present some explicit results for various examples of classical time-varying electromagnetic fields. In some cases, the effect may be large enough to observe in electron interferometry experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Tenth Marcel Grossmann Meeting
Subtitle of host publicationOn Recent Developments in Theoretical and Experimental General Relativity, Gravitation and Relativistic Field Theories
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9789812704030
ISBN (Print)9789812566676
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006


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