Protective measurements offer an intriguing method for measuring the wave function of a single quantum system. With contributions from leading physicists and philosophers of physics – including two of the original discoverers of this important method – this book explores the concept of protective measurement, investigating its broad applications and deep implications. Addressing both physical and philosophical aspects, it covers a diverse range of topics, including experimental possibility of protective measurements, connections with the PBR theorem, and the implications of protective measurements for understanding the nature of quantum reality. Including a clear and concise introduction to standard quantum mechanics, conventional measurements, and the fundamentals of protective measurements, this is a valuable resource for graduate students and researchers interested in the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics.
Contributors: Lev Vaidman, Yakir Aharonov, Eliahu Cohen, Gennaro Auletta, Lajos Diósi, Robert Flack, Basil J. Hiley, Peter J. Lewis, Michael Dickson, Mauro Dorato, Frederico Laudisa, Guy Hetzroni, Daniel Rohrlich, Peter Holland, Aurelien Drezet, Maximilian Schlosshauer, Tangereen V. B. Claringbold, Vincent Lam, Shan Gao