Extracting the Universe from the Wave Function

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Event Location:
Hebb Theatre
Intended Audience:
Undergraduate
Speaker:
Sean Carroll (Caltech)
Local Contact:

Douglas Scott

Event Information:

Quantum mechanics is a theory of wave functions in Hilbert space. Many features that we generally take for granted when we use quantum mechanics - classical spacetime, locality, the system/environment split, collapse/branching, preferred observables, the Born rule for probabilities - should in principle be derivable from the basic ingredients of the quantum state and the Hamiltonian. I will discuss recent progress on these problems, including consequences for cosmology and quantum gravity.

Add to Calendar Event Start: Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 5:00 pm Event End: 6:00 pm Extracting the Universe from the Wave Function Event Information: Quantum mechanics is a theory of wave functions in Hilbert space. Many features that we generally take for granted when we use quantum mechanics - classical spacetime, locality, the system/environment split, collapse/branching, preferred observables, the Born rule for probabilities - should in principle be derivable from the basic ingredients of the quantum state and the Hamiltonian. I will discuss recent progress on these problems, including consequences for cosmology and quantum gravity. Event Location: Hebb Theatre

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