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Biophysics

, Volume 63, Issue 5, pp 825–830 | Cite as

On the Influence of Observation of the Processes in Quantum Systems: Is it Possible to Determine an Observer Effect in Biological Systems?

  • V. A. NamiotEmail author
  • L. Yu. ShchurovaEmail author
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Abstract—The issue of how observation of a process in quantum mechanics may influence its outcome is described by case studies of quantum emission by a two-level system and the passage of a particle through a potential barrier. In the first case, the observation can reduce the probability of quantum emission by the two-level system (the quantum Zeno effect). In the second case, the observation of a particle can significantly increase the probability for a particle to pass through a barrier, sometimes even by many orders of magnitude (the barrier anti-Zeno effect). The possibility of such effects in biological systems is discussed.

Keywords: Zeno effect barrier anti-Zeno effect influence of observation in biological systems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Lebedev Physical Institute, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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