Relativistic Quantum Measurement and Decoherence

Lectures of a Workshop Held at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici Naples, April 9–10, 1999

  • Heinz-Peter Breuer
  • Francesco Petruccione
Conference proceedings

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 559)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. David Z. Albert
    Pages 1-13
  3. Pieter Kok, Samuel L. Braunstein
    Pages 15-29
  4. Heinz-Peter Breuer, Francesco Petruccione
    Pages 31-65
  5. Adrian Kent
    Pages 93-115
  6. Sandu Popescu, Nicolas Gisin
    Pages 117-123
  7. William G. Unruh
    Pages 125-140

About these proceedings


The development of a consistent picture for the processes of decoherence and quantum measurement requires a treatment which is compatible with the theory of relativity. This volume reviews some of the approaches suggested to solve or circumvent the arising difficulties. Starting from an analysis of the level of compatibility of the measurement problem with the special theory of relativity, the role of non-locality and entanglement are discussed. The subject is also addressed from the point of view of quantum optics and quantum information theory, as well as on the basis of group theoretic and algebraic methods. The emergence of decoherence in quantum electrodynamics is discussed from an open systems perspective.


coherence decoherence quantum electrodynamics quantum information quantum optics

Editors and affiliations

  • Heinz-Peter Breuer
    • 1
  • Francesco Petruccione
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of PhysicsUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-41061-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-45369-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
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