On Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 1:05:26 PM UTC, agrays...@gmail.com wrote:
> On Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:39:14 PM UTC, agrays...@gmail.com 
> wrote:
>> If you write a superposition as a sum of eigenstates, why is it 
>> important, or relevant, or even true that the component states are coherent 
>> since eigenstates with distinct eigenvalues are orthogonal. This means 
>> there is no interference between the components of the superposition. AG
> Put another way; from what I've read, coherence among components of a 
> superposition is necessary to guarantee interference, but since an 
> eigenstate expansion of the superposition consists of orthogonal, non 
> interfering eigenstates, the requirement of coherence seems unnecessary. AG 

*For decoherence to occur, one needs, presumably, a coherent superposition. 
But when the wf is expressed as a sum of eigenstates with unique 
eigenvalues, those eigenstates are mutually orthogonal; hence, IIUC, there 
is no coherence. So, how can decoherence occur when the state function, 
expressed as a sum of eigenstates with unique eigenvalues, is not coherent? 
I must be missing something, but what it is I have no clue. AG *

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