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Seven Steps Towards the Classical World

Allori, Valia and Duerr, Detlef and Goldstein, Sheldon and Zanghi, Nino (2002) Seven Steps Towards the Classical World. [Published Article]

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    Classical physics is about real objects, like apples falling from trees, whose motion is governed by Newtonian laws. In standard quantum mechanics only the wave function or the results of measurements exist, and to answer the question of how the classical world can be part of the quantum world is a rather formidable task. However, this is not the case for Bohmian mechanics,which, like classical mechanics, is a theory about real objects. In Bohmian terms, the problem of
    the classical limit becomes very simple: when do the Bohmian trajectories look Newtonian?

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    Item Type: Published Article
    Keywords: classical limit of quantum mechanics; local plane waves; decoherence; Bohmian mechanics.
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Depositing User: Dr Valia Allori
    Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 09:16
    Last Modified: 25 Sep 2012 09:16
    Item ID: 9341
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Optics B

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