Frontiers of Quantum Theory

The Research Group

Nowadays, quantum theory's mathematical formalism is well established and recognised by almost all physicists as a successful model for the calculation of experimental predictions. However, quantum theory and theory of relativity appear to contradict each other. Moreover, there is no consensus regarding the interpretation of the theory or, consequently, its meaning for our understanding of the world.

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The RG Frontiers of Quantum Theory was dedicated to the fringes of quantum theory. In doing so, the limits of its validity were explored in the following contexts:

•    Boundary with classical statistics of open many-body systems, especially quantum decoherence

•    Boundary with the general theory of relativity, especially signatures of quantum noise on large scales

•    Epistemology: How valid are predictions based on a statistical theory? Why is quantum theory a statistical theory?

•    Didactics: Which interpretation of quantum theory is preferred by experts? What knowledge of quantum theory exists among the general public? Do curricula, teacher's workshops, reference works have an acceptable level?

Publication

In one of the 2007 issues of the Junge Akademie Magazin (JAM), there was a very accessible contribution by the then-spokesperson of the RG on the questions and discussions of the Research Group: Cord Müller, "Der Mond ist doch auch da, wenn niemand nach ihm guckt!", Junge Akademie Magazin Nr. 6, p. 16 f.

 

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Members

  • Ronny Thomale

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    Ronny Thomale
    Physics
    Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg
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  • Ulrich Schollwöck

    Ulrich Schollwöck
    Theoretical Physics
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
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  • Christian Fleischhack

    Christian Fleischhack
    Mathematics / Theoretical Physics
    Universität Paderborn
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  • Cord Müller

    Cord Müller
    Theoretical Physics
    Bayerisches Landesamt für Maß und Gewicht
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  • Gerhard Ernst

    Gerhard Ernst
    Philosophy
    Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
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  • Mathias Kläui

    Mathias Kläui
    Physics
    Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
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  • Walter Hofstetter

    Walter Hofstetter
    Physics
    Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
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  • Melanie Schnell

    Melanie Schnell
    Chemistry
    DESY - Deutsches Elektronensynchrotron, Hamburg
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  • Volker Springel

    Volker Springel
    Theoretical Astrophysics
    Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies
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  • Christine Silberhorn

    Christine Silberhorn
    Physics
    Universität Paderborn
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  • Philip Walther

    Philip Walther
    Chemistry / Physics
    Universität Wien (Österreich)
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  • Rafaela Hillerbrand

    Rafaela Hillerbrand
    Philosophy / Physics
    Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
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  • Tobias Bollenbach

    Tobias Bollenbach
    Biological Physics / System Biology
    Universität zu Köln
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