Centre de Physique Théorique


Mercredi 12 octobre 2022

15h30 – 16h30, En ligne, lien donné ultérieurement

Spontaneous wave function collapse models : an update

Angelo Bassi Department of Physics, University of Trieste

Quantum mechanics is grounded on the superposition principle, which is the source both of its tremendous success and technological power, as well as of the problems in understanding it. The reason why superpositions do not propagate from the microscopic to the macroscopic world are subject to debate. Spontaneous wave function collapse models have been formulated to take into account a progressive breakdown of quantum superpositions when systems are large enough ; they do so by modifying the Schrödinger dynamics, and therefore they are empirically testable. Deviations are tiny, and require precision measurements. I will review collapse models, together the most recent experimental tests.