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Reduction and Emergence in Bose-Einstein Condensates

Healey, Richard (2010) Reduction and Emergence in Bose-Einstein Condensates. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    A closer look at some proposed Gedanken-experiments on BECs promises to shed light on several aspects of reduction and emergence in physics. These include the relations between classical descriptions and different quantum treatments of macroscopic systems, and the emergence of new properties and even new objects as a result of spontaneous symmetry breaking.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in Foundations of Physics
    Keywords: emergence, reduction, Bose-Einstein condensate, relative phase, Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen argument, Bohr's reponse
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Condensed Matter
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Specific Sciences > Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Richard Andrew Healey
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2010
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:19
    Item ID: 5388
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5388

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