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Bell's theorem and fluid-mechanical experiments using droplets: are local hidden-variable theories possible after all?

Recent fluid-mechanical experiments by the groups of Couder in Paris and Bush at MIT, mimic a surprisingly wide range of quantum effects. The essential ingredient of these fluid-mechanical systems is ...
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Born-like measuring rule in classical experiments

this 2011 paper "Born's rule from measurements of classical signals by threshold detectors which are properly calibrated" by Khrennikov investigates the theoretical possibility of Born-like ...
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Couder-Fort Oil Bath Experiments and Quantum Entanglement Phenomena

The oil bath experiments of Couder and Fort have been able to reproduce various "pilot wave like" quantum behavior on a macroscopic scale. Particularly striking is the fact that the double-slit ...
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In the many worlds interpretation of q.m. what makes a superposition af states split in two sepearate ones?

I was wondering, what agent makes a superposition of, let´s say, the two spins of an electron, máke them split into two separate ones (up and down). And is this not in contradiction to the law of ...
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In the oil droplet experiments that suggest de Broglie’s pilot wave theory might be accurate, what does the fluid surface correspond to?

As a particle travels to a screen, it is traveling through 3-dimensional space. In the oil droplet experiment, there are only two dimensions of any importance—the droplet merely moves along the ...
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Can't many-worlds interpretation explain wavefunction collapse?

According to the many-worlds interpretation when universe splits in interaction, the observer in each universe measures corresponding pure state thus seeing collapse. Well, it may be an ...
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Does physics claim that every possible world has or will exist? [closed]

Has physics proven that every possible world has or will exist? Someone on-line, who actually seems fairly intelligent, but troll-ish, claims that there is good reasons for it, not from any ...
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Does it make sense to speak of amplitudes of finite closed boundaries in QFT?

A example of amplitude in Relativistic Quantum Mechanics or specifically in QFT is the amplitude of a field configuration on a space-like hyper-surface of space-time to "lead" to another field ...
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Does recent paper show Bohmian mechanics is correct?

The following paper was recently featured in a German science magazine (Spektrum der Wissenschaft): "Experimental nonlocal and surreal Bohmian trajectories" (DOI:10.1126/science.1501466) The abstract ...
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Multiple measurements and the any worlds interpretation

My question has some similarities to but also differs significantly from this question which was described in many of its answers as not being a quantum mechanical measurement and was I think, ...
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Why not measure the velocity of a quantum particle by $\frac{\Delta \vec{x}}{\Delta t}$

Why is it not possible in quantum mechanics to measure the velocity (and thus momentum) of a particle just by two position and time measurements and get it approximately by $$ \vec{v} = ...
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When does the world split in MWI

I've been reading Eliezer Yudkowsky's blog post regarding decoherence and many worlds, and although he is not a physics but a strong proponent of MWI, I can basically see why he feels that MWI is a ...
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Interpretation of a case of the double square well

Consider a 'double square well' potential (where $E < 0$) defined as: $$V(x) :=\begin{cases} -V_0~~~~~~~~~~~~~\text{for }\frac{b}{2} < x < \frac{b}{2} + a \text{ and } -a - \frac{b}{2} < ...
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Do we really know which slit the photon passed through in Afshar's experiment?

The plain old double slit experiment displays interference when we don't measure which slit the photon passed through, and no interference when it is measured. Let's turn our attention to the case ...
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Meaning of “realism” in quantum mechanics

When physicists doing work in quantum measurement, decoherence, Bells' inequalities etc. use the term "realism" what exactly do they mean? I'm looking for answers targeted towards, say, someone whose ...
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Statement of vector model of angular momentum in Eisberg and Resnick

While serving as a teaching assistant for a sophomore-level Quantum Physics course, I came across the following paragraph in Eisberg and Resnick regarding orbital angular momentum (section 7-8, page ...
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Is the trajectory of a quantum particle a well defined concept and how does this depend on the interpretation of quantum mechanics?

A common statement about quantum physics is that the "trajectory" of a particle is no longer a well defined concept because of the uncertainty relations for position and momentum. If one interprets ...
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Does Free Will Theorem imply that quantum mechanics plays crucial role in our brain’s functioning (consciousness)?

Does Free Will Theorem imply that quantum mechanics plays crucial role in our brain’s functioning (consciousness)? Is opposite statement of Free Will Theorem right: If elementary particles have a ...
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Question about Bell's Theorem and hidden variable equations [closed]

I am trying to understand Griffiths explanation of Bell's theorem in chapter 12 of 2nd edition Intro to QM (or the afterword section A.2 in the 1st edition). He starts with given two detectors ...
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Einselection locality in decoherence theory

Consider two polarity-wise entangled photons A and B in an EPR experiment. The process of measuring the polarization of photon A by Alice is described by the decoherence of the 2-photons system ...
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Quantum mechanics interpretation clarification

My question is based upon this video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC0zHIf2Gkw From 9:00-10:00 Max Tegmark says an isolated galaxy with an observer inside will not evolve according to ...
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What is the justification for continuing to model space-time as a manifold in string theory?

Background The question I have arises from taking seriously the idea that, in a physical theory, one should first define all physical quantities via (thought) experiment. Justification and ...
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Motivation for Wigner phase space distribution

Most sources say that Wigner distribution acts like a joint phase-space distribution in quantum mechanics and this is justified by the formula $$\int_{\mathbb{R}^6}w(x,p)a(x,p)dxdp= \langle ...
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How can all information be localized if local realism is dead?

I'm confused about whether quantum mechanics is local or not. The authors of a recent, much publicized experiment argue that their results "imply statistically significant rejection of the ...
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Successor to Copenhagen Interpretation as Orthodox Interpreation of Quantum Mechanics

First, I read the questions FAQ for this and I hope this does not violate the rules. I am not asking for personal opinion, but for observations of hard evidence of trends on this subject. When I ...
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Does the canonical commutation relation relate to the fact that momentum is the generator of spatial translations?

In classical mechanics momentum is the generator of spatial translations. This remains true in quantum mechanics. The way we define the momentum operator in one-dimension, for example, already shows ...
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What's so confusing about quantum physics? [closed]

Okay, just right off the bat, I want to make it clear that this is a stupid question. Check out this graph, from SMBC: Ignore the 'political discourse' part and replace it with 'talking about ...
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What is the physical meaning of weak expectation values?

In the two-state formalism of Yakir Aharonov, the weak expectation value of an operator $A$ is $\frac{\langle \chi | A | \psi \rangle}{\langle \chi | \psi \rangle}$. This can have bizarre properties. ...
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Is there a video of a double-slit experiment using walking oil droplets (aka dotwaves)?

I've heard there have been experiments with walking droplets in a double-slit setup, and I've seen videos of many of the other quantum phenomenons walking droplets can emulate, but I can't find one of ...
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Hydrogen atom nodes and Bohmian trajectories

Wouldn't the fact that the solutions to the hydrogen atom orbital shape have nodes prove that the Bohmian interpretation is incorrect, since in that interpretation, the electrons would have a fixed ...
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Does Dirac's argument against classical mechanics stand in contradiction to Bohm's theory?

In his book on Quantum Mechanics, P.A.M. Dirac talks about the stability of the atom as a means of demonstrating the need for quantum mechanics. He writes: The necessity for a departure from ...
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Quantum Theory just lazy physics?

Is it true that physicists decided that because they couldn't predict with certainty the location of an electron at any given time, that they just created equations using probability instead, still ...
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Controlling the universe through the “Many-worlds” interpretation [closed]

I was reading upon a comic when I found some interesting content concerning the "Many-worlds" interpretation and how it could be used in quite an extreme manner. Imagine we had a "END" machine. When ...
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What stands behind the quantum nonlocality appearing in entanglements, and why Bell's inequalities are violated?

I noticed the question whether Bell's inequalities are based on a false premise, (Could Bell's Theorem be based on a false premise?) but I bring another argumentation of the question. Also I ...
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Many-worlds interpretation

Regarding many-worlds interpretation as an alternative explanation to Copenhagen. If we take the generation or possibility of alternative universes as an explanation for the collapse of wavefunction ...
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Where are the worlds in many-worlds interpretation?

What does it mean in MWI for other universes to exist? Are they in some sector of spacetime beyond our cosmic horizon or is it more complicated? I'm not asking this on Philosophy SE because people ...
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Many worlds and “extreme” worlds

I assume there are worlds in the MWI where extremely improbable things (improbable according to our world) have happened repeatedly. Broken eggs reform themselves repeatedly etc... Will scientists in ...
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Many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics

From my layman's perspective, it feels like the many worlds interpretation is invoked out of the inability to explain why one observation occurs out of many possibilities. Given no explanation why one ...
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Help needed to understand “On the reality of the quantum state”

I am having trouble to understand the reasoning in the following paper, On the reality of the quantum state. MF Pusey, J Barret and T Rudolph. Nature Phys. 8, 475–478 (2012); arXiv:1111.3328. ...
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Decoherence and interpretations

With quantum decoherence, are there still any "gaps" in our knowledge of quantum mechanics that hint (either in terms of the physics, philosophy, or otherwise) at the need for further interpretation? ...
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How does the Physics work for the Quantum Suicide thought experiment?

On page 5 of this paper written by Max Tegmark, Tegmark discusses a thought experiment called 'Quantum Suicide'. As far as I understand it, this experiment was created to show the experimental ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the density matrix in a double continuous basis $|\alpha\rangle$, $|\beta\rangle$?

(a) Any textbook gives the interpretation of the density matrix in a single continuous basis $|\alpha\rangle$: The diagonal elements $\rho(\alpha, \alpha) = \langle \alpha |\hat{\rho}| \alpha ...
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Many-worlds interpretation (MWI) and conservation of energy [duplicate]

I am not an expert of many-worlds interpretation (MWI), and what I say may be stated incorrectly. In that case i welcome corrections. If the MWI is true and it explains quantum theory and it splits ...
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Is the universe fundamentally deterministic?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. I realise that this maybe a borderline philosophical question at this point in time, therefore feel free to close this question if you ...
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Does a particle “exist” between emission and detection?

In considering a simple Young's double slit setup: The classical idea that a particle must exist with defined position and momentum between the source and detection plate leads to philosophical ...
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Under what circumstances is observing a superposition possible?

According to Ian Stewart's 2013 Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction (pp. 119-120), Experiment and theory suggest that superposed states should not be observable as such; only individual ...
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References on De Broglie-Bohm pilot wave theory

Are there any good books related to the not much popular De Broglie-Bohm pilot wave theory and its application in hydrodynamics, walking droplets concepts?
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Has this experiment really demonstrated wave-function collapse?

My question is: why did the following experiment claim that it had demonstrated the wave-function collapse? Experimental proof of nonlocal wavefunction collapse for a single particle using ...
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How does one intrepret probabilites in the many-worlds interpretation?

Let's say I flip a coin, and don't look. From the copenhagen interpretation, the state of the coin is: $\frac1{\sqrt2}(i|\text{heads} \rangle - |\text{tails}\rangle)$ If I observe the coin, there is ...
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Can multiple timelines exist according to theoretical physics? [closed]

Multiple timelines is not a reality yet (as of 2016's science and technology), but exists only in Marvel/DC universe. It is something that is used to explain the paradox of time-travel. If you go back ...