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Which non-Copenhagen interpretations of Quantum Mechanics have actually produced something useful? [on hold]

The question has most of it in the name. "Useful" may be interpreted as: measurably different from Copenhagen interpretation and true potentially measurably different and potentially true (i.e. not ...
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Reason for decoherence time's dependence on variables?

Zurek 2001 is a review article on decoherence in quantum mechanics. Equation 5.36 on p. 24 gives an estimate of the decoherence time, which I'll paraphrase as follows: $ \frac{t_D}{t_R} = ...
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Decoherence and interpretations

With quantum decoherence, are there still any "gaps" in our knowledge of quantum mechanics that hint (either in terms of the physics, philosophy, or otherwise) at the need for further interpretation? ...
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Resources on estimation of environment model for environemnt induced quantum decoherence

I am curious to see what literature exists about estimation of a quasi-classical environment interacting with a quantum system causing decoherence in system states. There has been in general a lot ...
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What factors affect decoherence times? [closed]

The question say it all. For example is it the mass of the system? The amount of energy? The species of atom? The electric charge?
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Transition from one state to another in Quantum Mechanics

When we measure an electron's position we know that the wave function $\psi$ peaks at the measured position and the wave function as a function of momentum is a harmonic function. When it makes the ...
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Data: decoherence time

Searching for experimental data on decoherence time. For example, this type of data can look like (but is not limited to): atomic species (eg. Carbon) vs. decoherence time. Physics stackexchange ...
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Re-entering superposition

I've realized that I'm somewhat familiar with what happens when an system in a superposition is "measured". But not at all with what happens after. Example: If there is an electron in a ...
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Meaning of “realism” in quantum mechanics

When physicists doing work in quantum measurement, decoherence, Bells' inequalities etc. use the term "realism" what exactly do they mean? I'm looking for answers targeted towards, say, someone whose ...
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Why doesn't gravity mess up the double slit experiment?

So let's say you are doing a double slit experiment. Also, let's use electrons. My question is, won't the gravity of the electron affect the earth, thereby causing it decoherence and its wave ...
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are there known fundamental limits of quantum computer scaling?

Quantum computers provide exponential speedup relative to classical computers. However, it is empirical fact that increasing of number of qubits makes the the computer harder and harder to keep ...
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How does gravity affect entanglement?

Hypothetically an entangled pair of atoms are placed inside two similar satellites orbiting at the same altitude, one of the satellite will then slow its speed and descend towards the surface of ...
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Collisional decoherence and trajectories

The density matrix of a mesoscopic particle subjected to collisional decoherence satisfies the equation $$ i\frac{\partial \rho(x,x',t)}{\partial t}= \frac{1}{2m}\left (\frac{\partial^2}{\partial ...
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Decoherence in the long time limit of density matrix elements

For a state $$ |\Psi(t)\rangle = \sum_{k}c_k e^{-iE_kt/\hbar}|E_k\rangle, $$ the density matrix elements in the energy basis are $$ \rho_{ab}(t) = c_a c^*_be^{-it(E_a -E_b)/\hbar} $$ How is it that ...
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Why decoherence?

Why do we study decoherence? I mean the postulates of quantum mechanics agree with experiments perfectly and we all know how a superposition state looks like, for example the spin-z up state is ...
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Wave function collapse and Schrodinger's equation without measurement

Will wave function collapse without measurement? Since all matters are described by wave functions, then in principle, I should be able to describe wave function collapse by Schrodinger's equation. ...
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Is the wavefunction of particles inside a gas spread or localized?

For an individual free particle that starts localized, the wave function packet spreads over time, so the particle becomes less localized. Suppose now that we have a gas of those particles inside a ...
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Theoretically, how does quantum decoherence induce noise?

The decoherence process has allowed us to explain various (classical and decoherence) sources of measurement noise in quantum systems. I intuitively understand this physical concept of ...
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How is decoherence due to the environment compatible with the Copenhagen interpretation?

Let's say that "decoherence" is that transition from a pure quantum state to a mixed state due to interactions with the environment. (A reasonable definition?) How is that compatible with the ...
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Are Thomas Breuer's subjective decoherence and Scott Aaronson's freebits with Knightian freedom the same things in essence?

In his remarkable works (1,2 and their recent development 3) Thomas Breuer proves by diagonalization the phenomenon that the observer cannot distinguish all phase space states of a system where he is ...
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Does decoherence explain all instances of wave function collapse?

Specifically, how can decoherence explain the appearance of flecks of metallic silver on a photographic plate when exposed to the very weak light of a distant star? EDIT: Perhaps the advocates of ...
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Is the wave function of a particle re-created after a measurement stops?

Yeah, I haven't quite understood, or been told, what happens to, for example an electron and it's wavefunction, when you stop to measure it? I mean, an electron has a wave function describing it's ...
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Atomic natural line width

In laser cooling, with a model of a 2-level atomic system, spontaneous emission is stated to be dependent on the "natural line width" of the excited state of the atom. This width is defined as the ...
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Derivation of the dynamical master equation for collisional decoherence of a massive particle

I'm working on the problem of collisional decoherence of a massive particle interacting with an environment of light particles. The problem. I have some confusion regarding the derivation of the ...
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Eigenvalues of density operator under quantum channel

Consider a 2x2 density operator $\rho$ with eigenvalues $\lambda_{1},\lambda_{2}$ (where $\lambda_{1}\geq\lambda_{2}$) evolving into a 4x4 density operator $\rho'$ (with eigenvalues ...
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What does quantum phenomena exist as prior to observation?

It's been said that according to the Schrodinger equation, independent of observation, particles exist in a state of a wave function, which is a series of potentialities rather than actual objects. ...
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Problem with tracing over the environment and obtaining reduced density operator [closed]

I'm reading an article by Bas Henson given here. On page 25 he deals with the double slit experiment Given the wavefunction which is his equation 1.75, he claims he has traced over the environment ...
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What causes continuous errors in a qubit?

I read that due to decoherence a qubit in a superpositon gets destroyed or put into one definite eigenstate. This kind of error seems to occur due to interactions with other stuff like the environment ...
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Do the interference terms disappear really after decoherence?

I was reading decoherence from this site, where I found the following bold words which states that the out-of-phase components do not really get dissappear after decoherence: What happens to a ...
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Why is it necessary for all the component-states to have same phase for interference?

I am currently reading Decoherence. In this site, it is written : Now here is the absolutely key point: every component eigenstate has an associated phase . It is this phase$^1$ which gives the ...
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decoherency of number states

The meaning of decoherency is: When a nonclassical state, transitions to a classical state. It means that the state lost it's phase information. I can't understand how it happens in number states.
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What makes quantum decoherence different from dissipation?

From my understanding quantum decoherence and dissipation are completely different ways of modelling information loss to the environment. Dissipation can be modeled using the Caldeira-Leggett model ...
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Why isn't everthing in a superposition state? [duplicate]

I know that a superposition is a state in which there are 50% and 50% (other % also) chances of two things to happen so why am I not in a superposition state? Example, I am at rest and i now choose to ...
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Born's rule and Schrödinger's equation

In non-relativistic quantum mechanics, the equation of evolution of the quantum state is given by Schrödinger's equation and measurement of a state of particle is itself a physical process. Thus, ...
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Why is the dephasing time T2* gaussian?

In MRI dephasing is characterized by $T_2^*$. $T_2^*$ is measured by performing a Ramsey experiment and is defined as the 1/e decay time of the measured oscillation. I have read, in Universal ...
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Why is the distance in non-local entanglement for teleportation limited by time

In a recent paper, researchers described a system that can teleport a quantum state without the need for the entangled particles to actually "meet" each other. I'm reading, in particular, ...
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Solving for the density operator in the quantum Brownian motion master equation

I want to solve for the density operator in the quantum Brownian motion master equation, \begin{align} \begin{aligned} ...
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Quantum coherence and decoherence

In Quantum Mechanics coherent states are defined as eigenstates to some annihilation operator. Afaik this notion is due to Roy Glauber. Now, I just read that if you have a spin-state for example, ...
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Is the collapse of the wave function inherently time asymmetric?

Schroedinger's equation, as we all know, is time symmetric. In quantum field theory, we have to come up with a more sophisticated CPT reversal, but the essential point remains unchanged. However, the ...
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Without apparatus can we say that the system is measured(decohered) by the environment?

"Einselection" and "tridecompositional uniqueness theorem" seem to resolve the preferred basis problem. But the premise is that there are three parts in discussion.(system, apparatus, environment) ...
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How does a Wavefunction collapse?

I have been wondering and researching... How does a wavefunction collapse into one state?More specifically, what conditions cause a wavefunction for a quantum particle to collapse? Does this have to ...
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What are observables? [closed]

What are observables and how are they related to quantum decoherence and wavefunction collapse. I read this: Observables - what are they? but it was about the technical details on observables. Even ...
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Decoherence and collapse

It is said that the decoherence does not solve the problem of measurement and/or the emergence of classicality, can somebody explain it with simple analogies or in a manner accessible to a ...
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is decoherence continuous?

Pardon my naivete here. In a quantum system, it seems that even a few photons from the environment can decohere the entangled particles in the system in a trillion trillionth of a second ( or faster). ...
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How does quantum decoherence occur?

My question is how does quantum decoherence happen. What happens with a quantum system when "observed?" Can you give a mathematical explanation that is simple, precise, and easy to understand?
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Wave Function Collapse Versus Decoherence

I'm aware that wave function collapse is still a topic of debate-and that decoherence is a pretty good explanation for how things might approach wave function collapse, in some sense. But the way I've ...
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Decoherence, collpse, and WHEN does the collapse occur?

The idea that decoherence stands behind the so-called collapse (reduction) of the wave-function doesn't seem satisfactory. Consider a quantum particle whose wave-function is of the form (1) ...
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What events lead to quantum decoherence?

Is there a very specific definition for all types of events where quantum decoherence occurs? Is it merely any event that is "thermodynamically irreversible" and/or "causes entropy to increase"? Is it ...
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Quantum Mechanics and Direction of time [duplicate]

It has always fascinated me that time is symmetrical in classical physics while, in life, we all experience the flow of time in only one direction. There is no preference as to the direction of time ...
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If there is no collapse of the wave-function does this mean that the many worlds interpretation of QM must be wrong?

If as some people suggest, there is no collapse of the wave function (is there a standard name for this position), then must one rule out the many-worlds interpretation of QM?