Time in quantum mechanics / J.G. Muga, R. Sala Mayato, Í.L. Egusquiza, eds.
Contributor(s): Muga, J. G. (Juan Gonzalo) | Sala Mayato, R. (Rafael) | Egusquiza, I. L. (Iñigo L.)Material type: TextSeries: Lecture notes in physics: 734-Publisher: Berlin ; New York : Springer-Verlag, ©2008-Edition: 2nd edDescription: 1 online resource : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783540734734; 3540734732; 9783540734727; 3540734724; 9783642031748; 3642031749Subject(s): Quantum theory | Time measurements | Time measurements | Quantum theory | Physique | Quantum theory | Time measurements | fysica | physics | instrumentatie | instrumentation | meettechnieken | measurement techniques | quantumfysica | quantum physics | Physics (General) | Fysica (algemeen)Genre/Form: Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Time in quantum mechanics.DDC classification: 530.12 LOC classification: QC174.13 | .T56 2008ebOther classification: O413. 1 | O412. 1 Online resources: Click here to access online
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Earlier ed. published 2002 as Vol. m 72, in Lecture notes in physics.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Print version record.
The treatment of time in quantum mechanics is still an important and challenging open question in the foundation of the quantum theory. This book describes the problems, and the attempts and achievements in defining, formalizing and measuring different time quantities in quantum theory, such as the parametric (clock) time, tunneling times, decay times, dwell times, delay times, arrival times or jump times. This multi-authored book, written as an introductory guide for newcomers to the subject, as well as a useful source of information for the expert, covers many of the open questions. After the brief historical overview in the introduction, 12 contributions are devoted to conceptual and theoretical investigations as well as experimental issues in quantum-mechanical time measurements. This novel monograph should attract physicists as well as philosophers of science working in the foundations of quantum physics. For this revised second edition, all chapters have been updated and extended where appropriate. From the reviews of the first edition: "Beginning with a clear introduction to the perplexing issue of the nature of time in quantum mechanics, the reader then undertakes a stimulating excursion through a sequence of chapters written by leading researchers. Theory and experiment are nicely balanced, and extensive lists of references accompany each chapter. ... Furthermore, the book is enlightening from a sociological perspective to see how 'sides' of these controversies developed and later reconciled as unified approaches ..." The Physicist, 39/5 (2002).
Characteristic Times in One-Dimensional Scattering -- The Time-Energy Uncertainty Relation -- Jump Time and Passage Time: The Duration ofs a Quantum Transition -- Bohm Trajectory Approach to Timing Electrons -- Decoherent Histories for Space-Time Domains -- Quantum Traversal Time, Path Integrals and "Superluminal" Tunnelling -- Quantum Clocks and Stopwatches -- The Local Larmor Clock, Partial Densities of States, and Mesoscopic Physics -- "Standard" Quantum-Mechanical Approach to Times of Arrival -- Experimental Issues in Quantum-Mechanical Time Measurement -- Microwave Experiments on Tunneling Time -- The Two-State Vector Formalism: An Updated Review.