Quantum Foundations of a Classical Universe Conference - overview
Quantum Foundations of a Classical Universe
August 11-14, 2014
IBM Watson Research Center
Yorktown Heights, NY
When can a quantum state, pure or mixed, be said to be classical? Can this definition be made statically, or are dynamical considerations needed?
What properties of dynamics produce and preserve classicality for long times, and how is this related to the production of records? What determines where the records are located, what they record, and how long they last? How much recorded information can a quantum system retain about its past before becoming too full to remember any more, and what happens thereafter?
How is classicality connected with self-organization and computational complexity, and in particular to the emergence of the kind of observers relevant to anthropic reasoning in cosmology? How should such observers be defined and counted?
Finally, connecting the last question to the first: when can fluctuations such as Boltzmann brains be said to occur in a quantum system, such a thermal state, whose density matrix is time-independent?
|Scott Aaronson||Charles Bennett||Sean Carroll||Peter Gacs||James Hartle|
|Adrian Kent||Stefan Leichenauer||Ke Li||Ken Olum||Don Page|
|Jason Pollack||Jess Riedel||Tom Siegfried||Graeme Smith||John Smolin|
|Mark Srednicki||Wojciech Zurek||Michael Zwolak|
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