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A General Conceptual Framework for Decoherence in Closed and Open Systems

Castagnino, Mario and Laura, Roberto and Lombardi, Olimpia (2006) A General Conceptual Framework for Decoherence in Closed and Open Systems. In: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    In this paper we argue that the formalisms for decoherence originally devised to deal just with closed or open systems can be subsumed under a general conceptual framework, in such a way that they cooperate in the understanding of the same physical phenomenon. This new perspective dissolves certain conceptual difficulties of the einselection program but, at the same time, shows that the openness of the quantum system is not the essential ingredient for decoherence.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Quantum mechanics; environment-induced decoherence; self-induced decoherence
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2006] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 20th Biennial Mtg (Vancouver) > PSA 2006 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Prof. Olimpia Lombardi
    Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:14
    Item ID: 2990
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2990

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