Although one can show formally that a time-of-arrival operator cannot exist, one can modify the low-momentum behavior of the operator slightly so that it is self-adjoint. We show that such a modification results in the difficulty that the eigenstates are drastically altered. In an eigenstate of the modified time-of-arrival operator, the particle, at the predicted time of arrival, is found far away from the point of arrival with probability 1/2.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|State||Published - Mar 1999|