Dynamic shear suppression in quantum phase space

Maxime Oliva, Ole Steuernagel

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Classical phase space flow is inviscid. Here we show that in quantum phase space Wigner's probability current J can be effectively viscous. This results in shear suppression in quantum phase space dynamics which enforces Zurek's limit for the minimum size scale of spotty structures that develop dynamically. Quantum shear suppression is given by gradients of the quantum terms of J's vorticity. Used as a new measure of quantum dynamics applied to several evolving closed conservative 1D bound state systems, we find that shear suppression explains the saturation at Zurek's scale limit and additionally singles out special quantum states.
Original languageEnglish
Article number020401
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2019


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