Decoherence of matter waves by thermal emission of radiation

19. Feb 2004  — (Nature 427, pp. 711, 2004)


Decoherence of matter waves by thermal emission of radiation


by Lucia Hackermüller, Klaus Hornberger, Björn Brezger, Anton Zeilinger & Markus Arndt

Interfering C70 fullerenes gradually lose their wave properties with increasing temperature. Their heat radiation effects a quantum-to-classical transition in quantitative agreement with decoherence theory.