The Quantum Divide: Why Schrodinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive

The Quantum Divide: Why Schrodinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive

by Christopher C. Gerry, Kimberley M. Bruno
     
 

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Using a selection of key experiments performed over the past 30 years or so, we present a discussion of the strikingly counter-intuitive phenomena of the quantum world that defy explanation in terms of everyday "common sense" reasoning, and we provide the corresponding quantum mechanical explanations with a very elementary use of associated formalism.

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Using a selection of key experiments performed over the past 30 years or so, we present a discussion of the strikingly counter-intuitive phenomena of the quantum world that defy explanation in terms of everyday "common sense" reasoning, and we provide the corresponding quantum mechanical explanations with a very elementary use of associated formalism. Most, but certainly not all, of the experiments we describe are optical experiments involving a very small number of photons (particles of light). We begin with experiments on the wave-particle duality of electrons, proceed to experiments on the particle nature of light and single photon interference, delayed choice experiments and interaction-free detection, then go on to experiments involving the interference of two photons, quantum entanglement and Bell's Theorem, quantum teleportation, large-scale quantum effects and the divide between the classical and quantum worlds, addressing the question as to whether or not there is such a divide.

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"The burgeoning fields of quantum computing, information processing and simulation develop rapidly as a consequence of theoretical insight and technological developments. The latter have enabled us to take single atoms or ions and count single photons, and many of the thought experiments discussed in earlier treatments of quantum physics have now been conducted in laboratories. This lucid account by Gerry and Bruno presents a mature discussion of the link between the microscopic quantum and the macroscopic classical worlds and will be useful for professional physicists, students and the educated layman." — Ifan Hughes, Department of Physics, Durham University

"...a balanced and up-to-date account of fascinating quantum phenomena well beyond the double-slit experiment and Schrödinger's cat paradox." — NATURE PHYSICS

"Gerry and Bruno succeed in introducing the quantum world in a readable but not oversimplified way. Their engaging and original account will particularly satisfy those who find popular texts on quantum mechanics lacking in technical detail. The Quantum Divide will leave readers understanding Feynman's quote with its original intent-not as an admission of defeat but as an invitation to the fascinating world of quantum physics. " — Science

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199666560
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
1,239,811
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher C. Gerry, Department of Physics, Lehman College, City University of New York,Kimberley M. Bruno, Vice Principal, Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, Brooklyn, New York

Christopher Gerry is Professor of Physics at Lehman College, The City University of New York, where his areas of research include theoretical quantum optics, quantum information theory, quantum metrology and sensing, and group theoretical methods in quantum optics and quantum theory in general.

Kimberley Bruno is Vice Principal of Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, Brooklyn, New York.

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