Quantum Physics: A First Encounter: Interference, Entanglement, and Reality

Paperback | April 30, 2016

byVALERIO SCARANI

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Quantum physics is often perceived as a weird and abstract theory, which physicists must use in order to make correct predictions. But many recent experiments have shown that the weirdness of the theory simply mirrors the weirdness of phenomena: it is Nature itself, and not only ourdescription of it, that behaves in an astonishing way. This book selects those, among these typical quantum phenomena, whose rigorous description requires neither the formalism, nor an important background in physics.The first part of the book deals with the phenomenon of single-particle interference, covering the historical questions of wave-particle duality, objective randomness and the boundary between the quantum and the classical world, but also the recent idea of quantum cryptography. The second partintroduces the modern theme of entanglement, by presenting two-particle interference phenomena and discussing Bell's inequalities. A concise review of the main interpretations of quantum physics is provided.

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Quantum physics is often perceived as a weird and abstract theory, which physicists must use in order to make correct predictions. But many recent experiments have shown that the weirdness of the theory simply mirrors the weirdness of phenomena: it is Nature itself, and not only ourdescription of it, that behaves in an astonishing way....

Valerio Scarani received his degree in 1996 in the Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Lausanne (Switzerland), with a work in mathematical physics. He got his Ph.D. from the same institution four years later with an experimental research project in nuclear magnetic resonance. He moved to the group of Nicolas Gisin at the University of Geneva...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:125 pagesPublished:April 30, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1.Quantum Interferences1. The Heart of the Matter2. Taking a Closer Look3. Dimensions and Borderlines4. Authority Ruled Down5. A Nice Idea2. Quantum Correlations6. Indistinguisability at a Distance7. On the Origin of Correlations8. Paris, Innsbruck, Geneva9. Roads for an ExplanantionEpilogue

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"This book here stands out of the ordinary. Its straightforward style and jubilant tone calls to mind great popularizers such as Galileo, Gamow, Landau, or Feynman. [...] I have found this short book absolutely charming." --Alain Laverne, Universite Paris 7