Decoherence and the Quantum-to-Classical Transition (The Frontiers Collection)

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From the reviews:

"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. A particular strength is that it includes accounts of several experiments demonstrating the decoherence mechanism in detail ... An important resource for anyone interested in decoherence. It is very well written and it will contribute to further conceptual and theoretical development and to new experiments."

Review by Anton Zeilinger, published in Nature 451, 18 (2008)

"An excellent monograph about what the best current thoughts are on the link between quantum and classical physics. … rewarding reading for physicists who do not have the time or the mathematical preparation to delve into all the details. For such readers, the book includes interesting and accessible discussions of recent experiments … . a welcome contribution. The index is well organized to help readers find their way around. And the more than 500 up-to-date references are a bonus for the more interested, persistent reader." (Eugen Merzbacher, Physics Today, September, 2008)


"A very fine tour of the decoherence program in all its facets. ... Schlosshauer's book is highly recommended. ... [He] 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, Vol. 40, 2009)

From the Back Cover

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.

Topics include:

• 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.

Written in a lucid and concise style that is accessible to all readers with a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics, this stimulating book tells the "classical from quantum" story in a comprehensive and coherent manner that brings together the foundational, technical, and experimental aspects of decoherence. It will be an indispensable resource for newcomers and experts alike.


"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



Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.8 pounds
  • Hardcover : 418 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 3540357734
  • ISBN-13 : 978-3540357735
  • Product Dimensions : 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Publisher : Springer (April 7, 2008)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 13 ratings
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