Macroscopic Matter Wave Interferometry

  • Stefan Nimmrichter

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Stefan Nimmrichter
    Pages 1-7
  3. Stefan Nimmrichter
    Pages 9-83
  4. Stefan Nimmrichter
    Pages 239-242
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 243-279

About this book


Matter‐wave interferometry is a promising and successful way to explore truly macroscopic quantum phenomena and probe the validity of quantum theory at the borderline to the classic world. Indeed, we may soon witness quantum superpositions with nano to micrometer-sized objects. Yet, venturing deeper into the macroscopic domain is not only an experimental but also a theoretical endeavour: new interferometers must be conceived, sources of noise and decoherence identified, size effects understood, and possible modifications of the theory taken into account. This thesis provides the theoretical background to recent advances in molecule and nanoparticle interferometry. In addition, it contains a physical and objective method to assess the degree of macroscopicity of such experiments, ranking them among other macroscopic quantum superposition phenomena.


Decoherence Macroscopic Quantum Mechanics Macroscopicity Matter Waves Molecule Interferometry Nanoparticle Interferometry Near-Field Interference Techniques Quantum-Classical Transition

Authors and affiliations

  • Stefan Nimmrichter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Duisburg‐EssenDuisburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07096-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07097-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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