Since 2002 Perimeter Institute has been recording seminars, conference talks, and public outreach events using video cameras installed in our lecture theatres. Perimeter now has 7 formal presentation spaces for its many scientific conferences, seminars, workshops and educational outreach activities, all with advanced audio-visual technical capabilities. Recordings of events in these areas are all available On-Demand from this Video Library and on Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive (PIRSA). PIRSA is a permanent, free, searchable, and citable archive of recorded seminars from relevant bodies in physics. This resource has been partially modelled after Cornell University's arXiv.org.
There is a common framework for the measurement problem for sensors such as radars, sonars, and optics in a common language by casting analysis of signals in the language of quantum mechanics (Rigged Hilbert Space). The use of this language can reveal a more detailed understanding of the underlying interactions of a return signal that are not usually brought out by standard signal processing design techniques.
In 2005 R. Spekkens presented a generalization of noncontextuality that applies to imperfect measurements (POVMs) by allowing the underlying ontological model to be indeterministic. Unlike traditional Bell-Kochen-Specker noncontextuality, ontological models of a single qubit were shown to be contextual under this definition. Recently, M. Pusey showed that, under certain conditions, exhibiting an anomalous weak value implies contextuality.
Measurements performed at variable strengths show that non-commuting physical properties are related by complex-valued statistics, where the complex phase expresses the action of transformations along orbits represented by the eigenstates. In strong measurements, the dynamics along the orbits is completely randomized, which means that the pure states prepared by such a measurement actually represent ergodic statistics where the coherence between components originates from quantum dynamics.
Peculiarities of quantum mechanical predictions on a fundamental level are investigated intensively in matter-wave optical setups; in particular, neutron interferometric strategy has been providing almost ideal experimental circumstances for experimental demonstrations of quantum effects. In this device quantum interference between beams spatially separated on a macroscopic scale is put on explicit view.
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