Quantum Speed Limit is Not Quantum

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The quantum speed limit (QSL), or the energy-time uncertainty relation, describes the fundamental maximum rate for quantum time evolution and has been regarded as being unique in quantum mechanics. In this study, we obtain a classical speed limit corresponding to the QSL using Hilbert space for the classical Liouville equation. Thus, classical mechanics has a fundamental speed limit, and the QSL is not a purely quantum phenomenon but a universal dynamical property of Hilbert space. Furthermore, we obtain similar speed limits for the imaginary-time Schrödinger equations such as the classical master equation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number070402
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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