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Physics beyond Copenhagen

Thursday 13th June 2013

Department of Physics, University of Warwick

Organiser: M. Hadley, R.A. Römer (Physics, Warwick), A.S. Sanz (Madrid)

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Background and Purpose

This year we commemorate the 210th anniversary of the celebrated Young’s two-slit experiment (1803) and the 100th anniversary of Bohr’s atomic model (1913), and the 90th anniversary of Compton’s experimental evidence of Einstein’s hypothesis on the quantisation of light (1923). However, more than 80 years since Heisenberg and Schrödinger wrote down the basic formulations of quantum mechanics, the operator formalism and the wave function equation, we still don’t fully understand how to interpret quantum mechanics. Is the probabilistic interpretation the only one permissible? How do we understand concepts such as the potentially super-luminal “speed” of the wave function collapse upon “measurement”? Do we really believe that C60 molecules and proteins used in modern two-slit experiments “split” and travel through both slits in order to give the required and observed interference patterns? Fortunately, alternative approaches exist, some of which, such as de Broglie-Bohm mechanics, even offer an ontological view of the world. In this PhysicsDay, we want to bring together some of the leading UK and EU researchers in the field to discuss recent advances in the field.



Time Title Speaker
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
09:00-10:00 Registration and Morning Coffee  
Morning Chair: Mark Hadley
10:00-10:15 Bohmian rhapsody Mark Lewney
10:15-11:00 The Schrödinger Equation: Fragment of a deeper theory? Basil Hiley
11:00-11:45 Applied Bohmian mechanics: Exploiting the dynamical properties of quantum phase Angel S. Sanz
11:45-12:30 Violation of Bell's inequality in fluid mechanics Robert Brady
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break and Poster Session  
Afternoon Chair: Rudolf A Römer
14:00-14:45 Self-organized wave-particle eigenstates Emmanuel Fort
14:45-15:30 Giving Bohm's theory credibility Mark Hadley
15:30-16:00 Tea Break and Poster Session  
Late Afternoon Chair: Angel Sanz
16:00-16:45 Quantum Relaxation of the 2D Harmonic Oscillator Eitan Abraham
16:45-17:30 Mechanism for the suppression of quantum noise at large scales on expanding space Antony Valentini
17:30-18:00 6-string theory and practice Mark Lewney
18:30- something to eat  
19:00- Farewell  



Participation is by invitation only. Please contact if you think this workshop looks as if it would be of interest to you. Normally, we would be happy to accept self-invitations, but will not be able to pay for any expenses in this case.

The symposium will start at 09:00 a.m. on 13th June 2013, at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry and not in Warwick. See for travel details and for maps of the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.

This list of participants is accurate as of 24.05.2013.

Name Affiliation Status
  Mark Hadley Warwick 13 June
  Rudolf A. Römer Warwick 13 June
  Angel S. Sanz Madrid 13 June
  Robert Brady University of Cambridge 13 - 14 June
  Eric Reiter   13 June
  Emmanuel Fort ESPCI 12 - 13 June

Jon Cartwright

  13 June

Mike Towler

University of Cambridge/UCL 13 June

Nahuel Sznajderhaus

University of Leeds

12 - 13 June

Mark Lewney


13 June

Basil Hiley

Birkbeck, London 13 June

David Carvalho

Warwick 13 June

Gerard McCaul

Warwick 13 June

Antony Valentini

Clemson University 13 June

Andrew Goldsborough

Warwick 13 June

Ricardo Marques de Sousa

Warwick 13 June

Eitan Abraham

Heriot-Watt University 13 June

Sze Wa Wong

Warwick 13 June

Daniel Martin

Warwick 13 June

Moda Cao

Warwick 13 June

Åshild Øie Dybdal

Warwick 13 June

Richard Wing

Warwick 13 June


Venue and Accommodation

All talks will be held in the Physics Lecture Theatre (PLT) on the third floor of the Physics Building. Registration will be held on the Physics Concourse outside the PLT. Physics is building 48 on the campus map.

The workshop will start with the registration at the University of Warwick. Note that the university is located at the outskirts of Coventry city and not in the town of Warwick. See for travel details and for maps on the central campus. In case you come by car, parking is available for delegates at car park 15.

Accommodation for invited speakers shall be provided at:

Radcliffe House
The University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Road
Coventry, CV4 7AL UK
Tel: +44 (0) 24 7647 4711
Fax: +44 (0) 24 7669 4282

In case you are self-invited, please call the conference centre directly and arrange your stay.



Prof. Rudolf A Römer
Physics Department
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)24 76574328
Fax: +44 (0)24 76150897

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