Abstract:
We consider a quantum system dynamics caused by successive selective and non-selective measurements of the probe coupled to the system. For the finite measurement rate $\tau^{-1}$ and the system-probe interaction strength $\gamma$ we derive analytical evolution equations in the stroboscopic limit $\tau \rightarrow 0$ and $\gamma^2 \tau = const$, which can be considered as a deviation from the Zeno subspace dynamics on a longer timescale $T \sim (\gamma^2 \tau)^{-1} \gg \gamma^{-1}$. Non-linear quantum dynamics is analyzed for selective stroboscopic projective measurements of an arbitrary rank. Non-selective measurements are shown to induce the semigroup dynamics of the system-probe aggregate. Both non-linear and decoherent effects become significant at the timescale $T \sim (\gamma^2 \tau)^{-1}$, which is illustrated by a number of examples.