Open Systems and Measurement in Relativistic Quantum Theory

Proceedings of the Workshop Held at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici Naples, April 3–4, 1998

  • Editors
  • Heinz-Peter Breuer
  • Francesco Petruccione
Conference proceedings

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 526)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Heinz-Peter Breuer, Francesco Petruccione
    Pages 1-30
  3. Philippe Blanchard, Arkadiusz Jadczyk
    Pages 57-79
  4. Heinz-Peter Breuer, Francesco Petruccione
    Pages 81-116
  5. GianCarlo Ghirardi
    Pages 117-152
  6. Philip Pearle
    Pages 195-234
  7. Back Matter

About these proceedings


This book treats modern aspects of open systems, measurement, and decoherence in relativistic quantum theory. It starts with a comprehensive introduction to the problems related to measuring local and nonlocal observables and the constraints imposed by the causality principle. In the articles that follow, the emphasis lies on new theoretical models. Quantum dynamical semigroups and stochastic processes in Hilbert space are introduced, as are dynamical reduction models. Further topics include relativistic generalizations of the continuous spontaneous localization model and of the quantum state diffusion model and decoherence and the dynamical selection of preferred basis sets in the framework of continuous measurement theory and of the decoherent histories approach. Mathematical aspects of quantum measurement theory and dynamical entropies are also studied from the viewpoint of the operational approach to quantum mechanics.


coherence decoherence diffusion quantum mechanics quantum theory relativistic quantum mechanics

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-65978-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-48808-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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