Quantum Physics


Does the Non-Locality of Quantum Phenomena Guarantee the Emergence of Entropy?

Authors: Jonathan J. Dickau

Quantum-Mechanical objects and phenomena have a different nature, and follow a different set of rules, from their classical counterparts. Two interesting aspects are the superposition of states and the non-locality of objects and phenomena. A third aspect, that gives quantum-mechanical objects which have common roots a non-local connection, is quantum entanglement. This paper takes up the question of whether these three properties of quantum mechanical systems facilitate the action of entropy's increase, in terms of creating a condition where energy is dispersing, or going from being localized to being more spread out over time. Quantum Mechanics gives each quantum entity the nature of a container or vehicle for both energy and information, some part of which is necessarily non-local. The author feels that quantum-mechanical systems take on aspects of computing engines, in this context. He discusses how the onset of chaos is possible with even the simplest calculational processes, how these processes also result in complexity building, and why both of these dynamics contribute to the character of entropy as observed in ordinary affairs, or with macroscopic systems.

Comments: 23 Pages. Special thanks to Paola Zizzi, who invited this submission for the Quantum Spaces special issue of Entropy. It was later withdrawn by the author, but appears here as submitted, with a slight correction to the abstract.

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[v1] 21 Sep 2009

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