Special Issue "Quantum Information 2012"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2013)
Prof. Dr. Jay Lawrence
The James Franck Institite, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA; and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, USA
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Interests: condensed matter and many-body theory; quantum information and quantum foundations; entanglement, measurement and decoherence
Quantum Information impacts broadly on other fields ranging from biology to general relativity. A central organizing theme of this issue will be the relationship between quantum mechanics and thermodynamics, in both its practical (as in the thermodynamics of information processing) and foundational aspects; quantum physics clearly impacts on the foundations of thermodynamics, but the converse may hold to a larger extent than previously thought as well. One recent perspective argues that thermodynamics, with a new concept of state, is more fundamental than quantum mechanics, which emerges at zero temperature. This perspective reduces statistical mechanics to a useful calculational tool, regarding its ensembles and statistical mixtures as misleading. Another perspective agrees regarding the traditional picture, but aims for a deeper foundation of statistical mechanics in terms of quantum entanglement between the system and the rest of the universe. Still other perspectives argue that principles governing information, or even information itself, form the primary concepts, with quantum mechanics and other principles, perhaps the structure of space-time itself, as emergent. We welcome submissions addressing such foundational issues as well as those on more specific topics illustrating the broad impact of quantum information.
Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
- quantum thermodynamics
- quantum chaos and complexity
- foundations of statistical mechanics
- quantum information in biology
- quantum information and relativity
Prof. Dr. Jay Lawrence
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