Fundamental Problems in Quantum Physics
Date of approval: 02 December 2010
Abstract: The challenges facing the research in quantum foundations are of primary interest, both theoretical and experimental: the status of quantum physics is still under debate, in particular concerning the transition from the microscopic to the macroscopic world. The understanding of the microscopic laws governing quantum phenomena is crucial for novel and innovative descriptions at mesoscopic and macrospcopic scales. The impact will result in a better understanding of molecular behaviour, in advancing focussed experiments and in the development of the theory into relativistic regimes. The proposal aims at strengthening the cooperation, and boosting the research activity, among European groups working in the foundations of quantum physics. The COST action will create the necessary platform for enhancing synergetic effects among the participants, exchanging knowhow, coordinating the research.
Keywords: Quantum foundations, Bohmian mechanics, collapse models, Bell-type experiments, entanglement, nonlocality, nonlinear Schrödinger equations, stochastic differential equations, relativistic interactions, quantum transport, quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics of equilibrium and non equilibrium, many particle quantum systems.