Austrian Institute for Nonlinear Studies

Emergent Quantum Mechanics and beyond

If one can say that much of traditional science operates by an implicit linear mapping of objects of knowledge onto observing knowledge acquisitors (i.e., by linear information transfer from objects to observers), then one may very well characterize the present situation in the natural sciences as one of a movement towards a «nonlinear», e.g. circular, relation between objects of knowledge and their investigators (observers). Recursive models, feedback loops, emergence of complex behavior and structures, just to highlight some ideas, are such new modeling devices derived from a nonlinear ansatz.
Concerning the formal meaning of the word, the extension of linear models in the sciences to nonlinear ones has opened vast new areas of research, including investigations of systems with unprecedented degrees of complexity.
In this regard, our interests focus on these aspects in Quantum Theory, Theoretical Biology and Medicine, and in new methods and tools of Systems Theory and studies of Complexity. With our research about various topics in said field.
Our small institute was founded in 1990, as a group of independent researchers. The funding is completely private. We are in contact, and sometimes in collaboration, with a number of national and international research institutions and scientists.

  • Extreme beam attenuation in double-slit experiments: Quantum and subquantum scenarios
    AINS paperAnn. Phys. 353 (2015) 271-281quant-ph/arXiv:1406.1346 We show that during stochastic beam attenuation in double slit experiments, there appear unexpected new effects for transmission factors below 10 -4, which can eventually be observed with the aid of weak measurement techniques. These are denoted as quantum sweeper effects, which are characterized by the bunching together of low counting rate particles within…
  • Fractal Evolution
    Fractal evolution – Hierarchically Emergent Fractal Evolution (HEFE)We have discovered a universal dynamical property in discrete systems (like QCA or CML) which we call fractal evolution [Fussy and Grössing 1994]. .It is observed in lattice models if any additional temporal feedback operation is introduced (involving some memory of the system’s states or some randomly generated mechanism) and if a normalization…
  • EmQM17
    David Bohm Centennial Symposium, in the framework of the fourth International Symposium on Emergent Quantum Mechanics (EmQM17), University of London, 26-28 October, 2017.See our conference webpage. See also theConference Proceedings in a Special Issue of „Entropy“ including the AINS-paper on„Vacuum Landscaping: Cause of Nonlocal Influences without Signaling“, Entropy 2018, 20(6), 458.
  • Implications of a deeper level explanation of the deBroglie-Bohm version of quantum mechanics
    Quantum Stud.: Math. Found. 2, 1 (2015) 133-140quant-ph/arXiv:1412.8349 Elements of a „deeper level“ explanation of the deBroglie-Bohm (dBB) version of quantum mechanics are presented. Our explanation is based on an analogy of quantum wave-particle duality with bouncing droplets in an oscillating medium, the latter being identified as the vacuum’s zero-point field. A hydrodynamic analogy of a similar type has recently…
  • EmQM15
    In 2015 we have organized – together with the Fetzer-Franklin Fund – the Third International Symposium on Emergent Quantum Mechanics: EmQM15.See our conference webpage. The free access Conference Proceedings of our EmQM15 symposium were published online on 30 March 2016:Journal of Physics: Conference Series Volume 701 (2016).
  • EmQM13
    The EmQM13 conference took place 23-25 october 2015 in Vienna, Austria. See also the free access Conference Proceedings of our earlier EmQM13 symposium, published online on 14 April 2014:Journal of Physics: Conference Series Volume 504 (2014). The AINS paper Relational causality and classical probability: Grounding quantum phenomenology in a superclassical theory
  • An Explanation of Interference Effects in the Double Slit Experiment: Classical Trajectories plus Ballistic Diffusion caused by Zero-Point Fluctuations
    Annals of Physics 327 (2012) 421-437quant-ph/arXiv:1106.5994 An explanation of interference effects in the double slit experiment is proposed. We claim that for every single „particle“ a thermal context can be defined, which reflects its embedding within boundary conditions as given by the totality of arrangements in an experimental apparatus. To account for this context, we introduce a „path excitation field“,…
  • EmQM11
    Emergent Quantum Mechanics (EmerQuM11) on the occasion of Heinz von Foerster’s 100th birthday.See the EmerQuM11 conference webpage AINS contributions: Gerhard GroessingHerbert SchwablJohannes Mesa Pascasio
  • Emergence and Collapse of Quantum Mechanical Superposition: Orthogonality of Reversible Dynamics and Irreversible Diffusion
    Physica A 389, 21 (2010) 4473-4484quant-ph/arXiv:1004.4596 Based on the modelling of quantum systems with the aid of (classical) non-equilibrium thermodynamics, both the emergence and the collapse of the superposition principle are understood within one and the same framework. Both are shown to depend in crucial ways on whether or not an average orthogonality is maintained between reversible Schrödinger dynamics and…
  • On the Thermodynamic Origin of the Quantum Potential
    Physica A 388 (2009) 811-823quant-ph/arXiv:0808.3539 The quantum potential is shown to result from the presence of a subtle thermal vacuum energy distributed across the whole domain of an experimental setup. Explicitly, its form is demonstrated to be exactly identical to the heat distribution derived from the defining equation for classical diffusion-wave fields. For a single free particle path, this thermal…