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PHYS 490/773 - Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Physics (PHYS) 490 is also referenced as PHYS 773.

Code PHYS 490/773
Semester/year offered Winter 2005
Instructor Various
Location TBA
Time and day Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Course outline

Week 1: Postulates of quantum theory - Joseph Emerson

January 4: Postulates of quantum theory I

January 6: Postulates of quantum theory II

Week 2: Measurement & interpretation - Joseph Emerson

January 11: Generalized states, measurements, transformations

January 13: Interpretations of Bohr, von Neumann and Dirac

Week 3: State collapse & hidden variables - Joseph Emerson

January 18: Problems for the orthodox interpretation

January 20: Incompleteness and constraints on hidden variables

Week 4: The many worlds interpretation - David Wallace

January 25: Many worlds I

January 27: Many worlds II

Week 5: The de Broglie-Bohm interpretation - Sheldon Goldstein

February 1: de Broglie-Bohm I

February 3: de Broglie-Bohm II

Week 6: The statistical interpretation - Leslie Ballentine

February 8: Statistical I

February 10: Statistical II

Week 7: Spontaneous collapse models - Phillip Pearle

February 15: Continuous spontaneous localization "lite"

February 17: Continuous spontaneous locatlization

Week 8: Experimental interlude I - Anton Zeilinger

March 1: Interference of macromolecules

March 3: Complementarity & which-path information

Week 9: The consistent histories interpretation

March 8: Consistent histories I

March 10: Consistent histories II

Week 10: Experimental interlude II - Alain Aspect

March 15: Bell's theorem & non-locality

March 17: Entanglement & superluminal signaling

Week 11: Axioms & logic - Lucien Hardy/Matthew Leifer

March 22: Physical axioms for quantum theory

March 24: Quantum logic

Week 12: Advanced topics in hidden variables - Antony Valentini

March 29: Quantum non-equilibrium systems I

March 31: Quantum non-equilibrium systems II

Week 13: Epistemic features of the quantum state - Joseph Emerson

April 5: Chaos and quantum/classical correspondence

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USEQIP - Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing

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