Decoherence and the Appearance of a Classical World in Quantum Theory

  • Domenico Giulini
  • Erich Joos
  • Claus Kiefer
  • Joachim Kupsch
  • Ion-Olimpiu Stamatescu
  • H. Dieter Zeh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. E. Joos
    Pages 1-3
  3. C. Kiefer
    Pages 137-156
  4. C. Kiefer
    Pages 157-186
  5. D. Giulini
    Pages 187-222
  6. J. Kupsch
    Pages 223-247
  7. I.-O. Stamatescu
    Pages 249-267
  8. H. D. Zeh
    Pages 269-282
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 283-366

About this book


Decoherence, a concept known only to few physicists when the first edition appeared in 1996, has since become firmly established experimentally and understood theoretically, as well as widely reported in the literature. The major consequences of decoherence are the emergence of "classicality" in general, superselection rules, the border line between microscopic and macroscopic behavior in molecules and field theory, the emergence of classical spacetime, and the appearance of quantum jumps. The most important new developments in this rapidly evolving field are included in the second edition of this book, which has become a standard reference on the subject. All chapters have been thoroughly revised and updated. New fields of application now addressed span chaos theory, quantum information, neuroscience, primordial fluctuations in cosmology, black holes and string theory, experimental tests, and interpretational issues. While the major part of the book is concerned with environmental decoherence derived from a universal Schrödinger equation, later chapters address related or competing methods, such as consistent histories, open system dynamics, algebraic approaches, and collapse models.


black holes chaos coherence cosmology decoherence differential equation field theory open quantum system quantum field quantum field theory quantum information quantum mechanics quantum theory relativistic quantum mechanics string theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Domenico Giulini
    • 1
  • Erich Joos
    • 2
  • Claus Kiefer
    • 1
  • Joachim Kupsch
    • 3
  • Ion-Olimpiu Stamatescu
    • 4
    • 5
  • H. Dieter Zeh
    • 5
  1. 1.Fakultät für PhysikUniversität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.SchenefeldGermany
  3. 3.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany
  4. 4.Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen StudiengemeinschaftHeidelbergGermany
  5. 5.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-03265-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-03263-3
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