We consider a quantum system subjected to a controlled phase transformation and interaction with the environment in between the acts of selection, which leads to the emergence of interference effects. It is shown that the shift of the dependence of the statistics of contacts' information with the environement on the controlled phase shift can be interpreted as a geometric phase. This interpretation is consistent with the known operational approach to the geometric phase. As a result, we suggest generalising the operational approach to the realm of pre- and post-selected quantum states.
- Mach - Zehnder interferometer
- quantum geometric phase
- two-state vector formalism
- Mach-Zehnder interferometer