Semiclassical approach to atomic decoherence by gravitational waves

  title={Semiclassical approach to atomic decoherence by gravitational waves},
  author={D. A. Qui{\~n}ones and B. Varcoe},
  journal={arXiv: Quantum Physics},
A new heuristic model of interaction of an atomic system with a gravitational wave is proposed. In it, the gravitational wave alters the local electromagnetic field of the atomic nucleus, as perceived by the electron, which changes the energy of the system. The spectral decomposition of the wave function is calculated, from which the energy of the system can be obtained. The results suggest a shift in the energy difference of the atomic energy levels, which will induce a small detuning to any… Expand

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