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Quantum measurement: a bridge to classical physics
Author(s): Gerard G. Emch
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Paper Abstract

In light of the lessons learned in the last 35 years from the quantum statistical mechanics description of phase transitions, I argue that the dichotomy in the evolution of quantum systems proposed by von Neumann, and pursued by Wigner in spite of the Einstein--Bohr criticisms on the attendent lack of resolution in terms of classical reality, fails to take into account the middle term suggested by the existence of superselection rules, Wigner's own discovery (with Wightmann and Wick). I claim that the part of the measurement problem concerned with the stable transfer of microscopic information to macroscopic physics can be treated entirely within the framework of a deterministic, conservative evolution of the joint system, i.e. without requiring the type of evolution von Neumann proposed besides that governed by the Schroedinger equation. I sustain this claim with the use of an exactly solvable model akin to the x-y model of statistical mechanics and involving its thermodynamical limit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5105, Quantum Information and Computation, (4 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.488674
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Gerard G. Emch, Univ. of Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5105:
Quantum Information and Computation
Eric Donkor; Andrew R. Pirich; Howard E. Brandt, Editor(s)

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