Times of arrival and gauge invariance


Das, S. (2021). Times of arrival and gauge invariance. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/21060114


Das, Siddhant. Times of arrival and gauge invariance. Perimeter Institute, Jun. 18, 2021, https://pirsa.org/21060114


          @misc{ pirsa_PIRSA:21060114,
            doi = {10.48660/21060114},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/21060114},
            author = {Das, Siddhant},
            keywords = {Quantum Foundations},
            language = {en},
            title = {Times of arrival and gauge invariance},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2021},
            month = {jun},
            note = {PIRSA:21060114 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

Siddhant Das Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitiät München (LMU)

Talk Type Conference


"We revisit the arguments underlying two well-known arrival-time distributions in quantum mechanics, viz., the Aharonov-Bohm and Kijowski (ABK) distribution, applicable for freely moving particles, and the quantum flux (QF) distribution. An inconsistency in the original axiomatic derivation of Kijowski’s result is pointed out, along with an inescapable consequence of the “negative arrival times” inherent to this proposal (and generalizations thereof). The ABK free-particle restriction is lifted in a discussion of an explicit arrival-time setup featuring a charged particle moving in a constant magnetic field. A natural generalization of the ABK distribution is in this case shown to be critically gauge-dependent. A direct comparison to the QF distribution, which does not exhibit this flaw, is drawn (its acknowledged drawback concerning the quantum backflow effect notwithstanding). Based on a recent paper (https://arxiv.org/abs/2102.02661), to be published in Proceedings of the Royal Society A."