Current Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics
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.
- Breadth requirement
- Distribution requirement
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.