How the result of a measurement of a component of the spin of a spin-1/2 particle can turn out to be 100

Yakir Aharonov, David Z. Albert, Lev Vaidman

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We have found that the usual measuring procedure for preselected and postselected ensembles of quantum systems gives unusual results. Under some natural conditions of weakness of the measurement, its result consistently defines a new kind of value for a quantum variable, which we call the weak value. A description of the measurement of the weak value of a component of a spin for an ensemble of preselected and postselected spin-(1/2 particles is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1351-1354
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1988

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