Foundations of Physics

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 177–197

A Discussion on the Properties of Gamow States


DOI: 10.1007/s10701-014-9860-7

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Gadella, M. Found Phys (2015) 45: 177. doi:10.1007/s10701-014-9860-7


Gamow states are vector states for the pure decaying part of a quantum resonance. We review and analyze the properties of Gamow vectors in different representations. In particular, we discuss the controversial problem of assigning a mean value of the energy for a Gamow state from several points of view. The question on whether a Gamow state is a pure state or not is also analyzed here, as has relevance on the assignation of a non-zero value for the entropy for a Gamow state.


Quantum resonances Gamow states Energy averages on Gamow states 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Física Teórica, Atómica y ÓpticaUniversidad de ValladolidValladolidSpain

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