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Macroscopic quantum phenomena are particularly important when considering the problem of Schrodinger's cat. This book contains a coherent and self-contained account of such phenomena, focusing on the central role played by macroscopic quantum tunneling. Beginning with an explanation of the nature and significance of the cat problem, Shin Takagi introduces the concept of macroscopic quantum tunneling. He deals with typical examples in detail, elucidating how quantum mechanical coherence may be lost (so-called 'decoherence') or how it may be maintained despite the effects of environment and measurement processes. Recent experimental and theoretical advances are discussed, and the remaining problems described. The final chapter describes an experiment to decide between quantum mechanics and macrorealism in the light of Einstein's moon. Assuming only a knowledge of elementary quantum mechanics, this book emphasises conceptual aspects rather than technical details. It provides a firm introduction to the subject for graduate students and researchers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521675710
ISBN-10: 0521675715
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 12mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Shin Takagi

Shin Takagi is Professor of Physical Sciences at Fuji Tokoha University and is probably best known for the Leggett-Takagi equation explaining the spin dynamics of superfluid helium 3.

Books By Author Shin Takagi

Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling by Shin Takagi

Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling

Hardback, August 2002