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Quantum backflow in a ring

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Free motion of a quantum particle with the wave function entirely comprised of plane waves with non-negative momenta may be accompanied by negative probability current, an effect called quantum backflow. The effect is weak and fragile and has not yet been observed experimentally. Here we show that quantum backflow becomes significantly more pronounced and more amenable to experimental observation if, instead of letting the particle move along a straight line, one forces it to move in a circular ring.
Original languageEnglish
Article number022217
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2021


  • PhysRevA.103.022217

    Rights statement: Arseni Goussev, Quantum backflow in a ring, Phys. Rev. A 103, 022217. © 2021 American Physical Society.

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