This set of tutorial reviews is dedicated to all aspects of irreversibility and time asymmetry in quantum mechanics. The main themes addressed are:
- theoretical aspects of quantum irreversible dynamics
- open quantum systems and applications
- foundational aspects of irreversible quantum dynamics
- asymmetric time evolution and resonances
This volume will benefit graduate students and researchers looking for a readable account of the current status of the field. It is also suited for lecturers looking for advanced material for their courses and seminars.
Table of ContentsQuantum Theory of Irreversibility: Open Systems and Continuum Mechanics.- Selected Aspects of Markovian and Non-Markovian Quantum Master Equations.- Aspects of Open Quantum Dynamics.- Concepts and Methods in the Theory of Open Quantum Systems.- Decoherence-Free Subspaces and Subsystems.- Controlled Quantum Open Systems.- Three Different Manifestations of the Quantum Zeno Effect.- Progressive Decoherence and Total Environmental Disentanglement.- Dynamics of Dissipative Quantum Systems: From Path Inegrals to Master Equations.- Quantum Entropies in a Classical Context.- Irreversibility and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics.- An Attempt at Relativistic Spontaneous Localization Theory.- The Quantum Jump Approach and Quantum Trajectories.- Irreversibility, Resonances and Rigged Hilbert Spaces. - Markovian Master Equations and Resonances in Quantum Open Systems.- A New Topology for an Axoim of Quantum Mechanics.- The Importance of Boundary Conditions in Quantum Mechanics.- Time Asymmetric Quantum Mechanics and Relativistic Resonances.- Irreversibility in the Framework of Hermitian and Non-Hermitian Treatments of Resonance States.