© 2008

Time in Quantum Mechanics

  • J.G. Muga
  • R. Sala Mayato
  • Í.L. Egusquiza

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 734)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. J. Gonzalo Muga, Rafael Sala Mayato, Iñigo L. Egusquiza
    Pages 1-30
  3. Paul Busch
    Pages 73-105
  4. C. Richard Leavens
    Pages 129-162
  5. Jonathan J. Halliwell
    Pages 163-193
  6. Rafael Sala Mayato, Daniel Alonso, Iñigo L. Egusquiza
    Pages 235-278
  7. Iñigo L. Egusquiza, J. Gonzalo Muga, Andrés D. Baute
    Pages 305-332
  8. Daniela Mugnai, Anedio Ranfagni
    Pages 355-397
  9. Yakir Aharonov, Lev Vaidman
    Pages 399-447
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 449-455

About this book


The treatment of time in quantum mechanics is still an important and challenging open question in the foundation of the quantum theory. This book describes the problems, and the attempts and achievements in defining, formalizing and measuring different time quantities in quantum theory, such as the parametric (clock) time, tunneling times, decay times, dwell times, delay times, arrival times or jump times. This multi-authored book, written as an introductory guide for newcomers to the subject, as well as a useful source of information for the expert, covers many of the open questions. After the brief historical overview in the introduction, 12 contributions are devoted to conceptual and theoretical investigations as well as experimental issues in quantum-mechanical time measurements. This novel monograph should attract physicists as well as philosophers of science working in the foundations of quantum physics. For this revised second edition, all chapters have been updated and extended where appropriate.

From the reviews of the first edition:

"Beginning with a clear introduction to the perplexing issue of the nature of time in quantum mechanics, the reader then undertakes a stimulating excursion through a sequence of chapters written by leading researchers. Theory and experiment are nicely balanced, and extensive lists of references accompany each chapter. […] Furthermore, the book is enlightening from a sociological perspective to see how 'sides' of these controversies developed and later reconciled as unified approaches […]." The Physicist, 39/5 (2002)


Experiment Transit measurement mechanics quantum clocks quantum mechanics time measurement time-energy uncertainty relation tunneling time uncertainty

Editors and affiliations

  • J.G. Muga
    • 1
  • R. Sala Mayato
    • 2
  • Í.L. Egusquiza
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Química-Física Facultad de Ciencia y TecnologiaUniversidad del País VascoSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Física Fundamental IIUniversidad de La Laguna38203 La Laguna (S/C de Tenerife)Spain
  3. 3.Física Teorikoaren Salla Zientzia eta TeknologiaEuskal Herriko Unibertsitatea644 PKSpain

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Time in Quantum Mechanics
  • Editors Gonzalo Muga
    R. Sala Mayato
    Inigo Egusquiza
  • Series Title Lecture Notes in Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-73472-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-09256-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-73473-4
  • Series ISSN 0075-8450
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIV, 455
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published as volume m 72 in the series: Lecture Notes in Physics
  • Topics Quantum Physics
    Measurement Science and Instrumentation
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