Decoherence and the Quantum-to-Classical Transition
The Frontiers Collection, Springer, Heidelberg/Berlin (2007, 4th reprint 2009), 417
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Table of Contents | Preface
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A. Zeilinger in Nature (PDF)
E. Merzbacher in Physics Today (PDF)
C. Kiefer in Physik Journal (in German)
N.P. Landsman in Stud. Hist. Phil. Mod. Phys. (PDF)
About the Book (From the Publisher)
The ultimate introduction, textbook, and reference on decoherence and the quantum-to-classical transition. This detailed but accessible text describes the concepts, formalism, interpretation, and experimental observation of decoherence and explains how decoherence is responsible for the emergence, from the realm of quantum mechanics, of the classical world of our experience.
- Foundational problems at the quantum–classical border;
- The role of the environment and entanglement;
- Environment-induced loss of coherence and superselection;
- Scattering-induced decoherence and spatial localization;
- Master equations;
- Decoherence models;
- Experimental realization of "Schrödinger kittens" and their decoherence;
- Quantum computing, quantum error correction, and decoherence-free subspaces;
- Implications of decoherence for interpretations of quantum mechanics and for the “measurement problem”;
- Decoherence in the brain.
Reviews and Praise
A thorough and readable representation of today’s understanding of the topic. … An
excellent overview of the various theoretical approaches to the physics that leads to
decoherence. … An important resource for
anyone interested in decoherence.
—Anton Zeilinger, Nature 451, 18 (2008)
A very fine tour of the decoherence program in all its facets. … Schlosshauer’s book is highly recommended. … Schlosshauer has written
an excellent survey of a field that is of the greatest possible interest for the foundations
of quantum physics.
—N. P. Landsman, Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 40, 94 (2009)
A competent, accessible, and extremely engaging introduction to a fascinating topic,
encompassing both the fundamentals and the ever-increasing number of applications.
… Throughout the book the author manages to maintain the difficult balance between
conceptual and mathematical exposition. … Schlosshauer’s book is a must-have for
anyone interested in an understanding of quantum theory.
—Claus Kiefer, Physik-Journal 9/2008, 128
An excellent monograph about what the best current thoughts are on the link between
quantum and classical physics. … Schlosshauer’s book is a welcome contribution.
—Eugen Merzbacher, Physics Today, September 2008
Reads like a bestseller. An engaging and intuitive treatment of a very important subject, combining the scope of a monograph with the clarity of a textbook and the intellectual excitement of a Sherlock Holmes adventure.
—Wojciech Zurek, Los Alamos
Everyone who works in the borderlands between quantum and classical physics, from philosophers of physics to quantum-computer technologists, will find much here to stimulate and inspire.
—Gerard Milburn, University of Queensland
A thorough, readable, and very useful account of decoherence theory and its diverse applications. Valuable as a text and as a reference work, both for graduate students and for active researchers in the field.
—Steve Adler, IAS, Princeton