- Conference date: 29-31 July 2002
- Location: San Diego, California (USA)
The compatibility of irreversibility, as expressed by the second law of thermodynamics, with ordinary quantum mechanics is a challenging problem. Our solution requires an extension of the latter. Such an extension of a reversible formalism is made possible by the presence of self‐energy processes (already found in quantum electrodynamics) which enables the widening of the dynamics by the introduction of specific additionnal variables leading to the recognition of such processes. A projection technique modeled on the one introduced long ago by the Brussels group defines a subdynamics which is shown to contain entirely the starting formulation (it corresponds now to a restricted class of initial conditions, namely the reversible one). A new kinetic description is obtained in which e.g. collision processes for privileged components arise from the original interaction. This method is applied successively to various models and we focus in this paper on the possible presence of temporal behaviours excluded in ordinary quantum mechanics. Among those differences, the possibility appears of a purely exponential decay for a particle while ordinary quantum mechanics requires long time tails associated with the finite lower bound in the spectrum of the Hamiltonian.
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