The presence of a distant detector does not seem to influence spontaneous emission
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Física, Caixa Postal 68528,
21945-970 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Accepted: 4 June 1997
It is shown that a recent claim, according to which the spontaneous-emission process could be altered by continuously monitoring the emitting system by means of a spherical counter of quantum efficiency placed at a finite distance L, is unfounded. The error arises from an incorrect reasoning.
PACS: 03.65.Bz – Foundations, theory of measurement, miscellaneous theories (including Aha ro nov-Bohm effect, Bell inequalities, Berry's phase)
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