**Calendar Description:**
**Lecture times and locations:**
Tuesdays 2:30-3:50 p.m. at Perimeter Institute, Bob Room, Thursdays 2:30-3:50 p.m. at RAC 2009
**First lecture:**
Tuesday, January 12, 2010.
**Prerequisite:**
For undergraduates: permission of the instructor, or AMATH 473/PHYS 454.
There are no prerequisites for graduate students.
**Motivation:**
From a practical point of view, quantum theory has been an enormously successful
theory. It correctly predicts both non-relativistic and relativistic phenomena to extraordinary precision and has driven major technological developments such as the laser,
superconductivity and micro-circuitry. More recently, we have seen the coherence and
entanglement of single quantum systems veried routinely in todays labs and these distinctive quantum phenomena are now being directly exploited as the basis for emerging
quantum technologies. And yet, in spite of these successes, there are questions and controversy surrounding very basic issues about the physical nature of the theory. While
such questions are sometimes dismissed as mere philosophy, the study of these foundational issues has played a critical role in conceptual breakthroughs in areas ranging from
quantum computation and quantum cryptography to the nature of quantum chaos and
the quantum-classical transition.
**Description:**
After a review of the axiomatic formulation of quantum theory, the generalized operational structure of the theory will be introduced (including POVM measurements,
sequential measurements, and CP maps). There will be an introduction to the orthodox
(sometimes called Copenhagen) interpretation of quantum mechanics and the historical
problems/issues/debates regarding that interpretation, in particular, the measurement
problem and the EPR paradox, and a discussion of contemporary views on these topics. The majority of the course lectures will consist of guest lectures from international
experts covering the various approaches to the interpretation of quantum theory (in
particular, many-worlds, de Broglie-Bohm, consistent/decoherent histories, and statistical/epistemic interpretations, as time permits) and fundamental properties and tests
of quantum theory (such as entanglement and experimental tests of Bell inequalities,
contextuality, macroscopic quantum phenomena, and the problem of quantum gravity,
as time permits).
Video lectures and lecture notes from the previous course offering are available here.
**Schedule:**
Lecturer |
Tentative Lecture Title |
Date |
Joseph Emerson |
Axioms for quantum mechanics |
Week of January 11, 2009 |
Joseph Emerson |
Basic problems of interpretation |
Week of January 18, 2009 |
Joseph Emerson |
Constraints on hidden variable models |
Week of January 25, 2009 |
Robin Blume-Kohout |
Probability and its interpretation |
Week of February 1, 2009 |
Gregor Weihs |
Experimental tests of Bell inequality |
Week of February 8, 2009 |
Reading week-no lectures |
Reading week-no lectures |
Week of February 15, 2009 |
Alex Wilce |
Convex sets framework for probabilistic theories |
Week of February 22, 2009 |
Roderich Tumulka |
deBroglie-Bohm interpretation |
Week of March 1, 2009 |
Chris Fuchs |
Quantum Bayesian view |
Week of March 8, 2009 |
Lev Vaidman |
The many-worlds interpretation |
Week of March 15, 2009 |
Tony Leggett |
Fundamental tests of quantum mechanics |
Week of March 22, 2009 |
Michel Devoret |
Macroscopic quantum coherence |
Week of March 29, 2009 |
**Transportation:** Shuttle transportation to/from PI and RAC is available as follows. Priority will be given to students registered in the course. Pick up at EIT will be at the entrace facing DC. The shuttle driver can be reached at the following number: 519-572-4198.
Tuesdays
2:05 EIT to PI
2:25 EIT to PI (this trip is reserved for those who have class on main campus until 2:20)
3:55 PI to EIT
Thursdays
2:05 EIT to RAC
2:25 EIT to RAC (this trip is reserved for those who have class on main campus until 2:20)
3:55 RAC to EIT
**You can find the complete PI Video Archives at:**
http://pirsa.org/C10002 |