Informations (semester 2024/25/1)
Lectures: every Tuesday 10:1512:00, in room KF88.
Lecturer: Gábor Takács
The course has a team set up in MS Teams under the name Quantum World (2024/2025/1), available only for registered students. The access code is sent via Neptun.
Summary
The course gives an introduction to foundations of quantum theory. The focus is on developing physical formalism and theoretical understanding of conceptual foundations of quantum theory. This not a course on the interpretations of quantum theory, although it inevitable involves some philosophical aspects. The goal is to enable the students to understand ongoing research and open issues in the foundations of quantum physics.
Note that the course presupposes the material of the BSc course Quantum Mechanics 1 (BMETE15AF49). In addition, familiarity with the materials of the BSc courses Mechanics 2 (BMETE15AF32) and Quantum Mechanics 2 (BMETE15AF36) is also strongly recommended.
Classes
The course consists of 2x45 minutes of lectures. The language of the course is English; consultation in Hungarian is available upon request.
Course outline

Review of standard (textbook) quantum theory

Hidden variables and nogo theorems

The EPRBell experiment and its ramifications

Consistent quantum histories

Some important quantum paradoxes and their resolutions

Open quantum systems and environmental decoherence

Emergence of a classical world

Outlook
Prerequisites
Additional material
Lecture notes for the course
Final requirement
Oral exam covering the course material, based on the list of exam topics.