Physics Department Seminar | University of Alaska Fairbanks |
J O U R N A L C L U B |
A “Mostly Equation-Free” Introduction to the Quantum Measurement Paradox |
by |
Kenneth Arnoult |
Formerly with the Geophysical Institute, UAF |
ABSTRACT The Quantum Measurement Paradox (aka. the Quantum Measurement Problem) is one of the oldest unresolved paradoxes in quantum theory. Simply stated, the paradox is that there appears to be two sets of rules required to describe the evolution of a quantum system. Schrödinger’s equation can be used to describe an undisturbed quantum system that slowly changes in time. However, when a measurement of that system is performed, a very abrupt change occurs in the system which cannot be modeled using Schrödinger’s equation. Another set of rules is required to accurately describe the abrupt change. Why are two sets of rules required to describe our one reality? In this talk, I will briefly summarize the Quantum Measurement Paradox and then present some of the more promising attempts to resolve the paradox.
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Friday, 14 November 2014 | ||
Globe Room , Elvey Bldg. | ||
3:45 PM |