Publications [#247308] of Berndt Mueller

Papers Published
  1. Kunihiro, T; Müller, B; Ohnishi, A; Schäfer, A, Towards a theory of entropy production in the little and big bang, Progress of Theoretical Physics, vol. 121 no. 3 (2009), pp. 555-575 [555], [doi] .

    We propose a broadly applicable formalism for the description of coarse grained entropy production in quantum mechanical processes. Our formalism is based on the Husimi transform of the quantum state, which encodes the notion that information about any quantum state is limited by the experimental resolution. We show in two analytically tractable cases (the decay of an unstable vacuum state and reheating after cosmic inflation) that the growth rate of the Wehrl entropy associated with the Husimi function approaches the classical Kolmogorov-Sinai' entropy. We also discuss various possible applications of our formalism, including the production of entropy in the early stages of a relativistic heavy ion collision.