Il Nuovo Cimento B (1971-1996)

, Volume 110, Issue 5–6, pp 751–769 | Cite as

Superselection rules; old and new

  • A. S. Wightman


This paper is a historical review of the development of the notion of superselection rule starting from the recognition in 1952 of the charge and univalence superselection rules. Some applications to environmentally induced superselection rules in the last decade are briefly described.


03.65.Bz Foundations theory of measurement miscellaneous theories 


01.30.Cc Conference proceedings 


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  • A. S. Wightman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Joseph Henry LaboratoriesPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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