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Recent developments in collapse models

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06020033

Abstract

Collapse models are one of the most promising attempts to overcome the measurement problem of quanum mechanics: they descibe, within one single framework, both the quantum properties of microscopic systems and the classical properties of macroscopic objects, and in particular they explain why measurements always have definite outcomes, distributed according to the Born probability rule. We will discuss some recent developments in this field: i) we will show how it is possible to formulate collapse models in such a way that the mean energy of physical system does non increse indefinitely, a typical feature of the models first proposed in the literature; ii) we will discuss recent experiments aiming at testing the validity of the superposition principle, thus of collapse models, at the mesoscopic level.