|Decoherence, the quantum to classical transition and the environment (1)|
|Juan Pablo Paz|
|Physics department, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales|
|Wednesday 09 July 2008 , 11h00|
|Salle de séminaire du groupe de Physique Statistique|
In these lectures I will present an overview of the physics of the process of environment induced decoherence. In the first lecture I will discuss the relevance of this process to understand the emergence of classicality out of a fundamentally quantum substrate. I will discuss general features about the evolution of quantum open systems and focus on the paradigmatic example of quantum Brownian motion to illustrate the main features of decoherence (timescales, pointer states, etc).