A philosophical exploration of simulating and controlling the quantum world

January 2017December 2019
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Understanding the nature of quantum mechanical systems is notoriously difficult, yet, despite this, specially designed laboratory systems are increasingly providing clues as to how to control the quantum world. This project aims to conduct the first investigation into whether certain types of laboratory systems that simulate quantum mechanics can illuminate the way the quantum world is put together, and how such a move could be justified. The anticipated outcome of the project is to provide novel insight into the structure of quantum mechanics and the controllability of quantum systems, both of which present significant benefit to the design and commercialisation of laboratory engineered devices that utilise quantum effects.

Project members

Dr Peter Evans

Dr Peter Evans

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry