Quantum diffusion

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Quantum diffusion

If you place a drop of ink into a glass of water, the ink will slowly dissipate into the surrounding water until it is perfectly mixed. If you record your experiment with a camera and play the film backwards, you will see something that is never observed in the real world. Such diffusive and irreversible behaviour is ubiquitous in nature. Nevertheless, the fundamental equations that describe the motion of individual particles — Newton’s and Schrödinger’s equations — are reversible in time: a film depicting the motion of just a few particles looks as realistic when played forwards as when played backwards.
In this snapshot, we discuss how one may try to understand the origin of diffusion starting from the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics.

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Sujet mathématique

Théorie des probabilités et statistique

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Antti Knowles
Senior Editor:
Carla Cederbaum
Junior Editor:
Sabiha Tokus




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Sujet mathématique

Algèbre et théorie des nombres
Pédagogie et éducation
Mathématiques discrètes et fondements des mathématiques
Géométrie et Topologie
Calcul numérique et calcul scientifique
Théorie des probabilités et statistique

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Chimie et sciences de la terre
Ingénierie et technologie
Humanités et sciences sociales
Sciences de la vie
Pensées mathématiques

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