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We consider the interaction of a quantum system (spin-1/2) with a macroscopic quantum apparatus (harmonic oscillator) which in turn is coupled to a bath of harmonic oscillators. Exact solutions of the Markovian Master equation show that the reduced density matrix of the system-apparatus combine decoheres to a statistical mixture where up and down spins eventually correlate with pointer states of the apparatus. For the zero temperature bath these pointer states turn out to be coherent states ofdoi:10.1103/physreva.61.012102 fatcat:rdwji5zj7fh67os56fdvmu3f5u