A description of quantum systems at the time interval between two successive measurements is presented. Two wave functions, the first preselected by the initial measurement and the second post-selected by the final measurement describe quantum systems at a single time. It is shown how this approach leads to a new concept: a weak value of an observable. Weak values represent novel characteristics of quantum systems between two measurements. They are outcomes of a standard measuring procedure that fulfills certain requirements of "weakness". We call it weak measurement. Physical meaning and underlying mathematical structure of weak measurements are explored.
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 1998|