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EmQM13 – The Time-Symmetric Formulation of Quantum Mechanics, Weak Values and the Classical Limit of Quantum Mechanics

Jeff Tollaksen, Institute for Quantum Studies and Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University Related


The two-state vector formalism provides a complete description of pre- and post-selected quantum systems and has uncovered a host of new quantum phenomena which were previously hidden. The most important feature is that any weak coupling to a pre- and post-selected system is effectively a coupling to a “weak value” which is given by a simple expression depending on the two-state vector. In particular, weak values, are the outcomes of so called “weak measurements” which have recently become a very powerful tool for ultra-sensitive measurements. Using weak values, I will show that the classical limit of quantum mechanics is a far more complicated issue; it is in fact dramatically more involved and it requires a complete revision of all our intuitions. The revised intuitions can then serve as a guide to finding novel quantum effects.