Arrow of Time in Quantum Mechanics: A Popular Talk by Dr. Andrew Jordan and Dr. Kater Murch
Institute for Quantum Studies
Schmid College of Science and Technology
Mathematics & Physics at Schmid College
Abstract: The question of why we perceive time moving from past to future is perplexing, especially in light of the fact that microscopic laws of motion are the same running forward or backwards in time. Some have thought that the answer to this puzzle may lay in quantum wavefunction collapse. We will discuss how recent experiments have shown that quantum measurement may not be as irreversible as commonly thought, and discuss deep questions relating to the flow of time and quantum physics. We will approach the topic from three points of view, that of the experimentalist, the quantum theorist, and the philosopher.