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Macroscopic Quantum Coherence

Proceedings of the International Conference Northeastern University, Boston, U. S. A. 11-13 July, 19...

ISBN-10: 981023368X
ISBN-13: 9789810233686
PUBLISHER: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
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Product Description: As the end of the nineteenth century neared, it was clear to many in the physics community that if only Newton's equations plus Maxwell's equations could be solved adequately, there would really be nothing very new in physics on a fundamental level. Then carne relativity and quantum mechanics. As we now approach the end of the twentieth century, it is clear to many in the physics community that if one could adequately solve somebody's gauge field theory (or somebody else's string model), then nothing fundamentally new would ever again enter into physics. To others in the physics community, it is somewhat doubtful that our present physical understanding of the world, especially of quantum mechanics, has reached such a pinnacle.This conference was organized to discuss the present state of affairs in our knowledge, both experimental and theoretical, of the basic tenets of quantum mechanics. Many fields of physics in which quantum mechanics plays a central role were included: (i) atomic and molecular beams; (ii) photon beams; (iii) atomic interference in atom-surface physics and atom wire physics; (iv) Bose-condensed systems; (v) quantum "1/f" noise; (vi) quantum electrodynamics effects in water, colloidal systems and biological systems; (vii) quantum interference in neutrino physics; (viii) periodic-in-time driven quantum systems; (ix) superconducting quantum circuits; and (x) quantum computer circuit elements.The large variety of different topics, all of current importance, allowed for various viewpoints that axe usually not present when conferences devoted to narrower topics are held. The cross-fertilization of ideas was greatly appreciated by the participants, and will be of equalinterest to the reader of the proceedings.

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