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It is assumed that any decay process is described in a Hilbert space $\Cal H=\oplus \Cal H_D$, where $\Cal H_A$ corresponds to an unstable particle and $\Cal H_D$ to its decay products. It is shown that the generalized Weisskopf-Wigner condition (which guarantees an exponential decay law of the given unstable particle) has a close relation to the irreversibility of decay processes as well as of collision ones described in the same space $\Cal H$. If unitarity is added the principal structure of $\Cal H$ is identical with that onwhich the scattering theory of Lax and Phillips is based.
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