Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics in memoriam Paul Busch, 18th - 19th June 2019

  • Date and time: Tuesday 18 June 2019, 10.00am
  • Location: K/133 Kings Manor, York, UK (This building is a short walk from York’s railway station, not on the university’s campus.)

Event details

The aim of the meeting is to bring together researchers whose work relates to the interests of Paul Busch who, while holding a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship (2017-18), passed away last year after a short illness.

Paul Busch, an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences, had been a professor of Mathematics at the University of York since 2005. He also served as president of  the International Quantum Structures Association until last year and was a pupil of Peter Mittelstaedt, one of its founding members.

Paul made many fundamental contributions to the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics, in particular to the theory of measurement and uncertainty relations. A characteristic feature of his approach was to clarify conceptual issues besetting the foundations of quantum theory, by providing mathematically rigorous answers.

The meeting will run over two full days, with sessions dedicated to the topics which were central to Paul’s work.

Speakers and Titles

Guido Bacciagaluppi (Utrecht, NL) - POVMs and Complementarity 

Roberto Beneduci (Calabria, I) - Space Localization of the Photon

Dennis Dieks (Utrecht, NL) - Quantum Reality, Perspectivalism and Covariance

Brigitte Falkenburg (Dortmund, D) - What Is Unsharp Quantum Reality?

Stan Gudder (Denver, USA) - A Theory of Quantum Entanglement

Teiko Heinosaari (Turku, FI) - Quantum incompatibility witnesses

Jukka Kiukas, (Aberystwyth, UK) - Subspace constraints for joint measurability

Pekka Lahti (Turku, FI) - Uncertainty And Complementarity: Two Key Notions In Paul's Studies At The Heart Of Quantum Mechanics

David B Pearson (Hull, UK) - Spaces of quadratic functions, and their application to spectral theory

Oliver Reardon-Smith (York, UK) - Preparation uncertainty for multi-slit interferometry

Heinz-Jürgen Schmidt (Osnabrück, D) - Quantum thermodynamics and sequential measurements

Victoria J Wright (York, UK) - A Gleason-type theorem for qubits based on mixtures of projective measurements

Slides of selected talks are available here.

The schedule can be found here and the list of abstracts for the talks can be found here

Please register before 1st June 2019. Fees are £25 (£10) for participants (students). If you wish to attend but are not able to pay the fee, please let us know by ticking the relevant box on the registration form.

Please fill in this form before 1st June 2019 if you wish to present a poster.

Roger Colbeck (York, UK)
Leon Loveridge (South-Eastern Norway, NO)
Stefan Weigert (York, UK)

Getting here

If you are travelling from abroad, this information about airports may be useful.

See this link for the location, which indicates the location of King's manor on Google maps


Financial support by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Department of Mathematics (York, UK) is gratefully acknowledged.