Springer, 2008. — 388 p. — (The Frontiers Collection). — ISBN 978-3-540-71883-3.Coherence, entanglement, and interference arise from quantum superposition, the most distinctive and puzzling feature of quantum physics. Silverman, whose extensive experimental and theoretical work has helped elucidate these processes, presents a clear and engaging discussion of the role of quantum superposition in diverse quantum phenomena such as the wavelike nature of particle propagation, indistinguishability of identical particles, nonlocal interactions of correlated particles, topological effects of magnetic fields, and chiral asymmetry in nature. He also examines how macroscopic quantum coherence may be able to extricate physics from its most challenging quandary, the collapse of a massive degenerate star to a singularity in space in which the laws of physics break down. Explained by a physicist with a concern for clarity and experimental achievability, the extraordinary nature of quantum superposition will fascinate the reader not only for its apparent strangeness, but also for its comprehensibility. Table of contents The Enigma of Quantum Interference Correlations and Entanglements I: Fluctuations of Light and Particles Correlations and Entanglements II: Interferometry of Correlated Particles Quantum Boosts and Quantum Beats Sympathetic Vibrations: The Atom in Resonant Fields Symmetries and Insights: The Circulating Electron in Electromagnetic Fields Chiral Asymmetry: The Quantum Physics of Handedness Condensates in the Cosmos: Quantum Stabilization of Degenerate Stars
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