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The Theory of Open Quantum Systems

Heinz-Peter Breuer and Francesco Petruccione


This book treats the central physical concepts and mathematical techniques used to investigate the dynamics of open quantum systems. To provide a self-contained presentation, the text begins with a survey of classical probability theory and with an introduction to the foundations of quantum mechanics, with particular emphasis on its statistical interpretation and on the formulation of generalized measurement theory through quantum operations and effects. The fundamentals of density matrix theory, quantum Markov processes, and completely positive dynamical semigroups are developed. The most imp ... More

Keywords: open quantum systems, decoherence, master equations, quantum Markov processes, non-Markovian quantum dynamics, quantum optics, quantum Brownian motion, quantum information, relativistic quantum processes

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heinz-Peter Breuer, author
Physikalisches Institut, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg, Germany

Francesco Petruccione, author
School of Pure and Applied Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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