QM3: Relaxation and Decoherence in Classical and Quantum Physics

Module title: Relaxation and Decoherence in Classical and Quantum Physics (QM3)

Module convenor: ?? (Birmingham)

1. Classical description of relaxation: from Liouville theorem to kinetic equation, collision integral. Caldeira-Leggett model (classical), stochastic models, Brownian motion, Master equation.

2. Quantum Mechanics: density matrix, quantum Liouville equation, Caldeira-Leggett (quantum), Spin-Boson model. Decoherence. Quantum optics, lasing and super-radiance.

Duration: 
2hrs
Academic year: 
2009-2010
Starts: 
16/02/2010 - 13:00