Reduction and Emergence in Bose-Einstein Condensates

Richard Healey

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A closer look at some proposed Gedanken-experiments on BECs promises to shed light on several aspects of reduction and emergence in physics. These include the relations between classical descriptions and different quantum treatments of macroscopic systems, and the emergence of new properties and even new objects as a result of spontaneous symmetry breaking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1007-1030
Number of pages24
JournalFoundations of Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Bohr's reply
  • Bose-Einstein condensates
  • Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen argument
  • Emergence
  • Reduction
  • Relative phase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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