Quantum Darwinism is a theory explaining the emergence of the classical world from the quantum world as due to a process of Darwinian natural selection; where the many possible quantum states are selected against in favor of a stable pointer state. It is proposed by Wojciech Zurek and a group of collaborators including Ollivier, Poulin, Paz and Blume-Kohout. The development of the theory is due to the integration of a number of Zurek’s research topics pursued over the course of twenty-five years including: pointer states, einselection and decoherence.
A study in 2010 has provided preliminary supporting evidence of quantum Darwinism with scars of a quantum dot "becoming a family of mother-daughter states" indicating they could "stabilize into multiple pointer states."
... of equal significance to the light this theory shines on quantum explanations is its identification of a Darwinian process operating as the selective ... As argued by the thesis of Universal Darwinism, Darwinian processes are not confined to biology but are any following the simple Darwinian algorithm Reproduction/Heredit ... Quantum Darwinism appears to conform to this algorithm and thus is aptly named Numerous copies are made of pointer states Pointer states evolve in a continuous, predictable manner, that is descendants inherit many of ...
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