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Origins of randomness in statistical and quantum mechanics
Author(s): M. B. Weissman
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Paper Abstract

There are three major sources of the 'randomness' underlying noise phenomena. These are the random outcomes of quantum 'measurement' processes, the random ensembles of statistical mechanics, and the algorithmic complexity of many dynamical processes. Here I dwell on the possible connections between the first two sources of randomness. It is often held that the empirical irreversibility of quantum measurement arises from statistical mechanics. I present somewhat speculative arguments that in fact the irreversible approach to statistical ensembles may be rooted in an irreversible quantum decoherence process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 June 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6600, Noise and Fluctuations in Circuits, Devices, and Materials, 660002 (8 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.727076
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M. B. Weissman, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6600:
Noise and Fluctuations in Circuits, Devices, and Materials
Massimo Macucci; Lode K.J. Vandamme; Carmine Ciofi; Michael B. Weissman, Editor(s)

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