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Quantum Institute : 2015 Quantum Lunch Seminar Schedule


  • Coordinator
    Sebastian Deffner
  • Quantum Lunch Location:
    T-Division Conference Room, TA-3,
    Building 123, Room 121

Quantum Institute: Visitor Schedule

The Quantum Lunch is regularly held on Thursdays in the Theoretical Division Conference Room, TA-3, Building 123, Room 121.

The organizing committee includes Malcolm Boshier (P-21), Diego Dalvit (T-4), Michael Di Rosa (C-PCS), Sebastian Deffner (T-4 & CNLS), Changhyun Ryu (P-21) , Nikolai Sinitsyn (T-4), Rolando Somma (T-4), Christopher Ticknor (T-1), and Wojciech Zurek (T-4).

For more information, or to nominate a speaker, contact Sebastian Deffner.

To add your name to the Quantum Lunch email list, contact Ellie Vigil.

Wednesday January 21, 2015
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Speaker: William Wootters (Williams College)

Technical Host: Wojciech Zurek

TOPIC: The ubit model in real-amplitude quantum theory

The logical structure of quantum theory is unchanged if we replace the usual complex probability amplitudes with real amplitudes, but the physics is in general quite different. Here I consider a specific model within real-amplitude quantum theory in which a hypothetical binary quantum system, the ubit, substitutes for the complex phase factors of the standard theory. In a certain limit, this model yields an effective theory that looks very much like ordinary quantum theory, but it exhibits spontaneous decoherence of isolated systems. In our model the ubit has no location and can interact with everything; so the model itself is highly nonlocal. Nevertheless, the effective theory that emerges from the model does not allow instantaneous signaling.

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