Quantum theory of friction

Barnett, S.M. and Cresser, J.D. (2005) Quantum theory of friction. Physical Review A, 72 (2). 022107-1. ISSN 1050-2947 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.72.022107)

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We present a Markovian quantum theory of friction. Our approach is based on the idea that collisions between a Brownian particle and single molecules of the surrounding medium constitute, as far as the particle is concerned, instantaneous simultaneous measurements of its position and momentum.