On the Classical Limit of Quantum Mechanics

Foundations of Physics 10.1007/S10701-008-9259-4 39 (1):20-32 (2008)
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Abstract

Contrary to the widespread belief, the problem of the emergence of classical mechanics from quantum mechanics is still open. In spite of many results on the ¯h → 0 asymptotics, it is not yet clear how to explain within standard quantum mechanics the classical motion of macroscopic bodies. In this paper we shall analyze special cases of classical behavior in the framework of a precise formulation of quantum mechanics, Bohmian mechanics, which contains in its own structure the possibility of describing real objects in an observer-independent way.

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Valia Allori
University of Bergamo