Quantum theory of friction

S.M. Barnett, J.D. Cresser

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We present a Markovian quantum theory of friction. Our approach is based on the idea that collisions between a Brownian particle and single molecules of the surrounding medium constitute, as far as the particle is concerned, instantaneous simultaneous measurements of its position and momentum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)022107-1
Number of pages22106
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005


  • quantum theory
  • quantum physics
  • friction
  • optics
  • photonics

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Barnett, S. M., & Cresser, J. D. (2005). Quantum theory of friction. Physical Review A, 72(2), 022107-1. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.72.022107