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Claus Kiefer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585205

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585205.001.0001

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Phenomenology, decoherence, and the arrow of time

Phenomenology, decoherence, and the arrow of time

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(p.329) 10 Phenomenology, decoherence, and the arrow of time
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Quantum Gravity
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Claus Kiefer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585205.003.0010

This final chapter starts with a brief review of quantum-gravity phenomenology. It then focuses on an important conceptual issue – the relevance of quantum gravity for the general interpretation of quantum theory. A central part is devoted to the discussion of the quantum-to-classical transition, with decoherence as its crucial mechanism. It is shown that the quantum states used in cosmology can be interpreted in a sensible way. The chapter also contains a discussion of the arrow of time in the light of quantum cosmology and ends with a brief outlook and reflections.

Keywords:   Quantum-gravity phenomenology, interpretation, quantum universe, decoherence, Everett interpretation, primordial fluctuations, arrow of time, reflections

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