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PHY491H1/1491H
Current Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics

Official description

Review of conventional, textbook quantum mechanics. Formal measurement theory and wave function collapse; quantum states and nonseparability, violation of local causality; Bell theorems; quantum tricks; decoherence and the emergence of classical behaviour. Hidden variables; deBroglie-Bohm theory and generalizations; many-worlds interpretation and other theories of beables. Consistent histories approach of Omnes and Gell-Mann and Hartle; nature of True and Reliable statements.

Prerequisite
PHY456H1
Co-requisite
n.a.
Exclusion
n.a.
Recommended preparation
n.a.
Textbook
                            n/a some notes will be distributed.
                        
Breadth requirement
BR=5
Distribution requirement
DR=SCI

Additional information

Different interpretations of quantum mechanics are presented and discussed, comparing and contrasting the various approaches to understanding the formalism of the theory.  We begin with “textbook quantum mechanics” and then discuss the Copenhagen view, operationalist quantum mechanics, hidden variable theories, Bohm-deBroglie theory, consistent histories, relational quantum mechanics, relative state approaches (many minds and many worlds), Qbism, the interactional interpretation, and collapse theories.  

course title
PHY491H1/1491H
session
winter
year of study
4th year
time and location
24L: LEC0101: MW3 24T: TUT0101: MW4
instructor

Delivery Methods

In Person

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Online - Synchronous
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Asynchronous
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