Quantum Dynamics of a Particle in a Tracking Chamber

  • Rodolfo Figari
  • Alessandro Teta

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physics book series (SpringerBriefs in Physics)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Rodolfo Figari, Alessandro Teta
    Pages 1-29
  3. Rodolfo Figari, Alessandro Teta
    Pages 31-61
  4. Rodolfo Figari, Alessandro Teta
    Pages 63-86
  5. Rodolfo Figari, Alessandro Teta
    Pages 87-90
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 91-101

About this book


In the original formulation of quantum mechanics the existence of a precise border between a microscopic world, governed by quantum mechanics, and a macroscopic world, described by classical mechanics was assumed. Modern theoretical and experimental physics has moved that border several times, carefully investigating its definition and making available to observation larger and larger quantum systems. The present book examines a paradigmatic case of the transition from quantum to classical behavior: A quantum particle is revealed in a tracking chamber as a trajectory obeying the laws of classical mechanics. The authors provide here a purely quantum-mechanical description of this behavior, thus helping to illuminate the nature of the border between the quantum and the classical.


Classical behavior in quantum systems Classical tracks in a cloud chamber Environmental decoherence Microscopic-macroscopic boundary Quantum classical transition Quantum environments

Authors and affiliations

  • Rodolfo Figari
    • 1
  • Alessandro Teta
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica - INFN sezione di NapoliUniversità Federico IINapoliItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di MatematicaSapienza Università di RomaRomaItaly

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