Open Quantum Systems

Dynamics of Nonclassical Evolution

  • Subhashish Banerjee

Part of the Texts and Readings in Physical Sciences book series (TRiPS, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 249-280

About this book


This book discusses the elementary ideas and tools needed for open quantum systems in a comprehensive manner. The emphasis is given to both the traditional master equation as well as the functional (path) integral approaches. It discusses the basic paradigm of open systems, the harmonic oscillator and the two-level system in detail. The traditional topics of dissipation and tunneling, as well as the modern field of quantum information, find a prominent place in the book. Assuming a basic background of quantum and statistical mechanics, this book will help readers familiarize with the basic tools of open quantum systems.

Open quantum systems is the study of quantum dynamics of the system of interest, taking into account the effects of the ambient environment. It is ubiquitous in the sense that any system could be envisaged to be surrounded by its environment which could naturally exert its influence on it. Open quantum systems allows for a systematic understanding of irreversible processes such as decoherence and dissipation, of the essence in order to have a correct understanding of realistic quantum dynamics and also for possible implementations. This would be essential for a possible development of quantum technologies.


Quantum Statistical Mechanics Path Integrals Master Equations Influence Functionals Dissipative Harmonic Oscillator Spin-Boson Model

Authors and affiliations

  • Subhashish Banerjee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsIndian Institute of Technology JodhpurJodhpurIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Hindustan Book Agency 2018 and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3181-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3182-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-8849
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-8857
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