Quantum dots as a probe of fundamental physics: deviation from exponential decay law

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Abstract

Abstract: We explore a possibility of measuring deviation from the exponential decay law in pure quantum systems. The power law behavior at late times of decay time profile is predicted in quantum mechanics and has been experimentally attempted to detect, but with failures except a claim in an open system. It is found that electron tunneling from resonance state confined in man-made atoms, quantum dots, has a good chance of detecting the deviation and testing theoretical predictions. How initial unstable state is prepared influences greatly the time profile of decay law, and this can be used to set the onset time of the power law at earlier times. Comparison with similar process of nuclear alpha decay to discover the deviation is discussed, to explain why there exists a difficulty in this case. Graphic Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number113
JournalEuropean Physical Journal D
Volume76
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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