Does an isolated quantum system relax

  title={Does an isolated quantum system relax},
  author={Bernhard Rauer and Thomas Schweigler and Tim Langen and J{\"o}rg Schmiedmayer},
  journal={arXiv: Quantum Gases},
Statistical mechanics is one of the most comprehensive theories in physics. From a boiling pot of water to the complex dynamics of quantum many-body systems it provides a successful connection between the microscopic dynamics of atoms and molecules and the macroscopic properties of matter. However, statistical mechanics only describes the thermal equilibrium situation of a system, and there is no general framework to describe how equilibrium is reached or under which circumstances it can be… 

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