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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.

Recommended preparation
                            n/a some notes will be distributed.
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Distribution requirement

Additional information

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.

course title
year of study
4th year
time and location
24L: LEC0101: M3-5/W3-5, Room: MP408, In Person LEC9101: M3-5/W3-5, On line Synchronous At this time, the University has not made a final decision about course delivery for the Winter 2021 term. The Faculty of Arts & Science will be updating Winter term course delivery information based on public health guidelines.

Delivery Methods

In Person

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Online - Synchronous
A course is considered Online Synchronous if online attendance is expected at a specific time for some or all course activities, and attendance at a specific location is not expected for any activities or exams.
A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.