KTH/Nordita/SU seminar in Theoretical Physics

Quantum but no mechanics --- an introduction to quantum probability theory

by Klas Markström (Umeå)



In this lecture I will give an introduction to the parts of quantum mechanics which can be viewed as an extension of classical probability theory instead of as a physical theory. This can be viewed as a parallel to the elation between classical probability theory and statistical mechanics. I will also discuss why, from a mathematical perspective, this is not just any extension of probability but in many ways instead the most natural one.