Decoherence and the Appearance of a Classical World in Quantum Theory

  • Erich Joos
  • H. Dieter Zeh
  • Claus Kiefer
  • Domenico Giulini
  • Joachim Kupsch
  • Ion-Olimpiu Stamatescu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. E. Joos
    Pages 1-5
  3. C. Kiefer
    Pages 227-258
  4. D. Giulini
    Pages 259-315
  5. J. Kupsch
    Pages 317-356
  6. I.-O. Stamatescu
    Pages 357-381
  7. H. D. Zeh
    Pages 383-393
  8. E. Joos
    Pages 395-397
  9. E. Joos
    Pages 399-406
  10. I.-O. Stamatescu
    Pages 415-418
  11. I.-O. Stamatescu
    Pages 433-443
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 445-500

About this book


This book describes the phenomena that arise from the interaction between quantum systems and their environment. Since the first edition appeared in 1996, the concepts of decoherence have become firmly established experimentally and are now widely used in the literature. Its major consequences are the emergence of "classicality", superselection rules, the border line between microscopic and macroscopic behavior, the emergence of classical spacetime, and the appearance of quantum jumps.

Most of the new developments in this rapidly evolving field are discussed in this second edition: chaos theory, quantum information, neuroscience, primordial fluctuations in cosmology, black holes and string theory, experimental tests, and interpretational issues. While the major part of the book is concerned with environmental decoherence derived from a universal Schrödinger equation, later chapters address complementary or competing approaches, such as consistent histories, open system dynamics, algebraic methods, and collapse models.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Erich Joos
    • 1
  • H. Dieter Zeh
    • 2
  • Claus Kiefer
    • 3
  • Domenico Giulini
    • 4
  • Joachim Kupsch
    • 5
  • Ion-Olimpiu Stamatescu
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.SchenefeldGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  3. 3.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität zu KölnKölnGermany
  4. 4.Physikalisches InstitutUniversität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  5. 5.Technische Universität KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany
  6. 6.Forschungsstätte der Ev. Studiengemeinschaft (FESt)HeidelbergGermany
  7. 7.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05576-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-05328-7
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