Measuring Incompatible Observables by Exploiting Sequential Weak Values.


One of the most intriguing aspects of quantum mechanics is the impossibility of measuring at the same time observables corresponding to noncommuting operators, because of quantum uncertainty. This impossibility can be partially relaxed when considering joint or sequential weak value evaluation. Indeed, weak value measurements have been a real breakthrough in the quantum measurement framework that is of the utmost interest from both a fundamental and an applicative point of view. In this Letter, we show how we realized for the first time a sequential weak value evaluation of two incompatible observables using a genuine single-photon experiment. These (sometimes anomalous) sequential weak values revealed the single-operator weak values, as well as the local correlation between them.

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@article{Piacentini2016MeasuringIO, title={Measuring Incompatible Observables by Exploiting Sequential Weak Values.}, author={Francesco Piacentini and Alessandra Avella and Moran Levi and Marco Gramegna and Giorgio Brida and Ivo Pietro Degiovanni and Eliahu Cohen and Rudi Lussana and Federica A. Villa and Alberto Tosi and Franco Zappa and Marco Genovese}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2016}, volume={117 17}, pages={170402} }