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PHY491H1/1491HCurrent Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

Course Title PHY491H1/1491H
Session winter
Year of Study 4th year
Time and Location 24L: MW3-5, Room: MP408

John  Sipe


Official Description

Views of the nature of scientific theories. Quick review of conventional textbook quantum mechanics.  Elements of formal measurement theory and wave function collapse; de-coherence and the classical/quantum boundary. Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics. Operationalist quantum mechanics.  Hidden variable theories; possibilities and problems. “Beables.” Contextuality and non locality.
Bell theorems. Bohm deBroglie theory and generalizations. Modal interpretations and consistent histories quantum mechanics of Gell-Mann and Hartle. Relative state interpretations (Everett “many worlds,” more modern versions). Interactional interpretation. A sketch of collapse theories.

Textbook: n/a some notes will be distributed.

Prerequisite: PHY456 or equivalent.


Prerequisite: PHY456H1
Co-requisite: n.a.
Exclusion: n.a.
Recommended preparation: n.a.
Textbook n.a.