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Fundamental Theories of Physics

Ensembles on Configuration Space

Classical, Quantum, and Beyond

Authors: Hall, Michael J. W., Reginatto, Marcel

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  • Presents a unified approach to quantum and classical mechanics
  • Contributes to a better understanding of decoherence and the quantum measurement problem
  • Style is lucid and the authors draw upon many years of experience in the field
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This book describes a promising approach to problems in the foundations of quantum mechanics, including the measurement problem. The dynamics of ensembles on configuration space is shown here to be a valuable tool for unifying the formalisms of classical and quantum mechanics, for deriving and extending the latter in various ways, and for addressing the quantum measurement problem.  A description of physical systems by means of ensembles on configuration space can be introduced at a very fundamental level: the basic building blocks are a configuration space, probabilities, and Hamiltonian equations of motion for the probabilities. The formalism can describe both classical and quantum systems, and their thermodynamics, with the main difference being the choice of ensemble Hamiltonian. Furthermore, there is a natural way of introducing ensemble Hamiltonians that describe the evolution of hybrid systems; i.e., interacting systems that have distinct classical and quantum sectors, allowing for consistent descriptions of quantum systems interacting with classical measurement devices and quantum matter fields interacting gravitationally with a classical spacetime.

About the authors

Michael Hall works at the Centre for Quantum Dynamics at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. His research covers many areas of the foundations of quantum mechanics, including quantum information theory, quantum metrology, uncertainty relations, quantum time observables and interpretational aspects.

 

Marcel Reginatto is a physicist at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig, Germany. His research in theoretical physics focuses on foundations of physics, with emphasis on quantum theory and general relativity. His work in applied physics concerns analysis of data and mathematical models of experiments. 

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“This is an indepth discussion of multidimensional physics in the classic and quantum interpretations of the energy principles. It is a very advanced text for serious physicists and engineers.” (Joseph J. Grenier, Amazon.com, July, 2016)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-34166-8
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Hardcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-34164-4
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81692-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ensembles on Configuration Space
Book Subtitle
Classical, Quantum, and Beyond
Authors
Series Title
Fundamental Theories of Physics
Series Volume
184
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-34166-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-34166-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-34164-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81692-0
Series ISSN
0168-1222
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 280
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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