Monday, March 17, 2008

How Fundamental Particles Lose Track Of Quantum Mechanical Properties

We have another report on the study on the mechanism of the differences between the quantum world and our classical world. This is another study on the effect of decoherence on a quantum system that couples to an external "bath".

It would be interesting to compare this to an earlier report on the emergence of a classical system from a single-particle state after just one interaction. It is also interesting to see how Roger Penrose would handle this. He seems to think that our classical world emerges due to some coupling or interaction between the quantum systems and gravity, and that eventually destroys the quantum system and out comes the classical system. These two papers above seems to indicate that the mere act of decoherence might be sufficient to produce the classical world.


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