By A. J. Leggett (auth.), Dmitri V. Averin, Berardo Ruggiero, Paolo Silvestrini (eds.)
This quantity is an outgrowth of the second one foreign Workshop on Macroscopic Quantum Coherence and Computing held in Napoli, Italy, in June 2000. This workshop amassed a few specialists from the most important Universities and study associations of a number of nations. the alternative of the site, which acknowledges the function and the traditions of Naples during this box, assured the members a stimulating surroundings. the purpose of the workshop has been to file at the fresh theoretical and experimental effects at the macroscopic quantum coherence of macroscopic structures. specific realization used to be dedicated to Josephson units. The correlation with different atomic and molecular platforms, displaying a macroscopic quantum behaviour, was once additionally mentioned. The seminars supplied either ancient assessment and up to date theoretical floor at the subject, in addition to details on new experimental effects relative to the quantum computing zone. the 1st workshop in this subject, held in Napoli in 1998, has been ennobled through vital experiences on observations of Macroscopic Quantum Coherence in mesoscopic platforms. the present workshop proposed, between many stimulating effects, the 1st observations of Macroscopic Quantum Coherence among macroscopically specific fluxoid states in rf SQUIDs, twenty years after the Leggett's suggestion to experimentally attempt the quantum habit of macroscopic structures. reviews on observations of quantum behaviour in molecular and magnetic platforms, small Josephson units, quantum dots have additionally been relatively stimulating in view of the belief of a number of attainable q-bits.