Workshop on Entanglement

Workshop on Entanglement

November 28-29, 2014 – University Paris Diderot

Initially, the concept of entanglement has been coined by Schrödinger to describe a fundamental property of a composed, physical system whose parts have interacted in their common past (Schrödinger, 1935) :

“When two systems, of which we know the states by their respective representatives, enter into temporary physical interaction due to known forces between them, and when after a time of mutual influence the systems separate again, then they can no longer be described in the same way as before, viz. by endowing each of them with a representative of its own. I would not call that one but rather the characteristic trait of quantum mechanics, the one that enforces its entire departure from classical lines of thought. By the interaction the two representatives [the quantum states] have become entangled.”

Entanglement is the central concept of quantum mechanics, which can explain non-locality phenomena, as in all EPR-like experiments. Entanglement can even be used as a physical resource in information protocols, like quantum cryptography or quantum teleportation.
Moreover, as recently suggested by some researchers, the concept of entanglement can be represented within the framework of a generalized, possibly weakened, version of quantum theory where all a priori references to the physical world have been relaxed –which thus gives rise to applications beyond the strict material domain.
This workshop aims to deal with the concept of entanglement according to its different aspects and its possible interpretations. Historical, physical, metaphysical, informational and generalized approaches to this very fruitful concept will be addressed.

Alexander Afriat, Roberto Angeloni, Harald Atmanspacher, Guido Bacciagaluppi, Michael Esfeld, Thomas Filk, Alexei Grinbaum, Hartman Roemer, Pierre Uzan, Harald Walach

Organization of the workshop: 
Pierre Uzan (SPHERE), Gabriel Catren (CNRS, projet ERC Philosophie de la Gravitation Quantique Canonique), Roberto Angeloni (BMC, SPHERE)

This workshop has received funding
from the European Research Council under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme –(FP7/2007-2013 Grant Agreement N° 263523, ERC Project PhiloQuantumGravity)–
from the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship –(BOHRREC FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF Grant Agreement
N° 624339)–
and from the Research Unit SPHERE, UMR 7219 (CNRS, Universities Paris 7-Diderot and Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne).

University Paris Diderot, Room Luc Valentin, 454A (4th floor),
Condorcet building, 4, rue Elsa Morante, 75013 Paris

More details are available on the SPHERE website here.