From quantum foundations to applications and back

Research paper by Gisin, N, Fröwis, F.

Indexed on: 30 May '18Published on: 28 May '18Published in: Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences


Quantum non-locality has been an extremely fruitful subject of research, leading the scientific revolution towards quantum information science, in particular, to device-independent quantum information processing. We argue that the time is ripe to work on another basic problem in the foundations of quantum physics, the quantum measurement problem, which should produce good physics in theoretical, mathematical, experimental and applied physics. We briefly review how quantum non-locality contributed to physics (including some outstanding open problems) and suggest ways in which questions around macroscopic quantumness could equally contribute to all aspects of physics. This article is part of a discussion meeting issue ‘Foundations of quantum mechanics and their impact on contemporary society’.