Environmental decoherence versus intrinsic decoherence

P. C. E. Stamp

Abstract

We review the difference between standard environmental decoherence and ‘intrinsic decoherence’, which is taken to be an ineluctable process of Nature. Environmental decoherence is typically modelled by spin bath or oscillator modes—we review some of the unanswered questions not captured by these models, and also the application of them to experiments. Finally, a sketch is given of a new theoretical approach to intrinsic decoherence, and this scheme is applied to the discussion of gravitational decoherence.

Footnotes

  • One contribution of 11 to a Theme Issue ‘Decoherence’.

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