Universität Wien FIND

260007 VO Modern Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (2017W)

2.50 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 26 - Physik

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Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 02.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 09.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 16.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 23.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 30.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 06.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 13.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 20.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 27.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 04.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 11.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 08.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 15.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 22.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Monday 29.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Josef-Stefan-Hörsaal, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Quantum foundations research in the course of the 80 years of the existence of quantum theory has predominately focused on interpreting the theory without ever arriving at a consensus on what its philosophical and epistemological implications are. Through no-go theorems, such as Bell’s theorem or the Kochen-Specker theorem, we now know what quantum mechanics is not, but still quantum researchers cannot seem to agree on what it is. Recently, new research efforts have concentrated on the aim of explaining the physical content of quantum theory by attempting to formulate a set of simple, plausible physical principles from which the theory may be reconstructed. An important aspect of this approach is to view quantum theory within the broader “landscape” of general probabilistic theories. In the current lecture, I will start by presenting traditional and modern no-go theorems for quantum theory and then go on to explain underlying physical ideas and techniques that enable the reconstruction of quantum formalism therefrom.

Topics: Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, Kochen-Specker theorem, Bell’s theorem, non-local boxes, non-local and no-signalling polytopes, no finite-speed influences, non-extendibility of quantum theory, Pusey-Barrett-Rudolph theorem, no finite information content in a quantum
system, generalized probabilistic theories, reconstructions of quantum theory, quantum theory with no causal order.

Assessment and permitted materials

One final written exam at the end of the course

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Theoretische Physik I-II

Examination topics

Will be announced later

Reading list

Will be announced later

Association in the course directory

MF 6, MaG 17, MaG 18, MaV 5

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