Bounding the Minimum Time of a Quantum Measurement

TitleBounding the Minimum Time of a Quantum Measurement
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsShettell, N, Centrone, F, García-Pintos, LPedro
Date Published9/13/2022
KeywordsFOS: Physical sciences, Quantum Physics (quant-ph)

Measurements take a singular role in quantum theory. While they are often idealized as an instantaneous process, this is in conflict with all other physical processes in nature. In this Letter, we adopt a standpoint where the interaction with an environment is a crucial ingredient for the occurrence of a measurement. Within this framework, we derive lower bounds on the time needed for a measurement to occur. Our bound scales proportionally to the change in entropy of the measured system, and inversely proportional to the number of possible measurement outcomes and the interaction strength driving the measurement. We evaluate our bound in two examples where the environment is modelled by bosonic modes and the measurement apparatus is modelled by spins or bosons.