Effects of subfemtosecond quantum correlations in neutron scattering on water.

Abstract

Several recent experiments have shown that protons, and to some extent also deuterons, show anomalous cross sections when the neutrons have energies in the range 10-100 eV (this results in a Compton scattering process where an essential part of the energy is transferred to one of the scattering particles). Here, an experiment on partially deuterated water, carried out by Chatzidimitriou-Dreismann et al., is analyzed in terms of a theory, which assumes that during the short duration (<10(-15) s) of this scattering process, protons are exchange correlated and cannot be considered as independent scattering objects. The quantum decoherence time for protons in liquid water is estimated from a simple model for the interaction of the water protons with hydrogen bonds.

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@article{Karlsson2003EffectsOS, title={Effects of subfemtosecond quantum correlations in neutron scattering on water.}, author={Erik B Karlsson}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2003}, volume={90 9}, pages={095301} }