Emergent Quantum Mechanics (EmerQuM11)

Venue: Vienna

Location: Vienna, Austria

Event Date/Time: Nov 10, 2011 End Date/Time: Nov 13, 2011
Registration Date: Nov 11, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 01, 2011
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We intend to bring together many of those physicists who are interested in
or work on attempts to understand quantum mechanics as emerging from a
suitable classical (or, more generally: deeper level) physics.

[The unresolved puzzles of quantum mechanics] "have inspired a large
literature in physics and philosophy. There are two distinct approaches. One
is to assume that quantum theory is exact, but that the interpretive
postulates need modification, to eliminate apparent contradictions. Many
worlds, decoherent histories, Bohmian mechanics, and quantum theory as
information, all fall in this category. Although their underlying
mathematical formulations differ, empirically they are indistinguishable,
since they predict the same experimental results as does standard quantum
The second approach is to assume that quantum mechanics is not exact, but
instead is a very accurate approximation to a deeper level theory, which
reconciles the deterministic and probabilistic aspects. This may seem
radical, even heretical, but looking back in the history of physics, there
are precedents. Newtonian mechanics was considered to be exact for several
centuries, before being supplanted by relativity and quantum theory, to
which classical physics is an approximation. But apart from this history,
there is another important motivation for considering modifications of
quantum theory. This is to give a quantitative meaning to experiments
testing quantum theory, by having an alternative theory, making predictions
that differ from those of standard quantum theory, to which these
experiments can be compared."
Stephen L. Adler and Angelo Bassi in Science (2009)

EmerQuM11 Advisory Board:
Robert Carroll (Champaign-Urbana) | Lajos Diosi (Budapest)
Hans-Thomas Elze (Pisa) | Maurice de Gosson (Vienna)
Vitaliy Rusov (Odessa) | Organizer: Gerhard Grössing (Vienna)

Keynote speakers:

Stephen L. Adler (Princeton), Gerard 't Hooft (Utrecht)

Invited speakers:

Guido Bacciagaluppi (Aberdeen), Robert Carroll (Champaign-Urbana)
Lajos Diosi (Budapest), Hans-Thomas Elze (Pisa)
Pjotr Garbaczewski (Opole), GianCarlo Ghirardi (Trieste)
Maurice de Gosson (Vienna), Gerhard Grössing (Vienna)
Basil Hiley (London), Bei-Lok Hu (College Park)
Jose M. Isidro (Valencia), Andrei Khrennikov (Växjö)
Edward Nelson (Princeton), Garnet Ord (Toronto)
Vitaliy Rusov (Odessa), Christof Wetterich (Heidelberg)