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According to wave function collapse you only have one outcome, so what happens to the other superpositions?

If the superpositions of a wave function are not needed because only one of the superpositions is allowed, what happens to the eigenvalues of the "null" superpositions? Is the energy transferred ...
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Bohmian Quantum Mechanics diffusion

About one year ago I attended a pretty interesting seminar of Nino Zanghì on the actual state of Bohmian mechanics. Now, during my undergraduate studies, I didn't have the possibility to take a class ...
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Information conservation during quantum measurement in $\psi$-epistemic interpretations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Information conservation during quantum measurement I asked a version of the following quesiton previously on Physics.stackexchange, where it didn't get a lot of ...
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Identifying fragments when there is a superposition of fragments in quantum Darwinism

In Zurek's theory of quantum Darwinism, information about the pointer states of a system imprint themselves upon fragments of the environment carrying records about the state of the system. ...
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Can events unhappen for a conscious program on a reversible quantum computer? [closed]

Some time far into the future, humans have made the technology breakthroughs to construct decoherence-proof reversible quantum computers with quantum fault tolerance. They have also solved the hard AI ...
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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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Do multiple electrons exist during superposition?

Wikipedia says: Quantum superposition is a fundamental principle of quantum mechanics that holds that a physical system—such as an electron—exists partly in all its particular, theoretically ...
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Is energy conserved in decay of hydrogen atom in superposed state?

This looks like a paradox. Let's say we have an hydrogen atom. Superposition of states could be possible for electrons. But if an electron is in a superposition, I guess it could decay into a lower ...
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Could this mean that Schrodinger's Cat thought experiment is false?

Since it is uncertain on whether or not the cat could be dead or alive, it is concluded that it depends on the observer to make it either dead or alive. But lets look at a clock. It doesn't take ...
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Many worlds interpretation

I think many worlds interpretation is inconsistent with the EPR paradox. Quantum mechanics says that particles are really in more places at the same time and the particle is really only probability ...
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EPR vs. EPRBB? Why can't we perform the original EPR experiment?

The EPR gedanken experiment was invented by Einstein Podolsky and Rosen in 1935. It involved positions and momenta. In 1957, Bohm revised this gedanken experiment into one involving spins, or ...
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Does the many worlds interpretation eliminate the spooky action at a distance paradox? [closed]

I'm sorry if this is a stupid question. I'm a novice at physics. I have read the article about entanglement and EPR paradox. The spin of two particles is measured when they are very far apart, and ...
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Uncertainty and wave-trains

My textbook and the following extract from feynman's lectures present the same idea regarding wavetrains and uncertainty in their wavelengths. Why is it that a wavetrain confined to some space has an ...
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Does the measurement on a subatomic particle give its mass value?

No doubt I am wondering about the Young's double slit phenomena. If we observe or measure the properties of a subatomic particle, we are able to know its mass, velocity and it comes to existence. So ...
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Is there anything wrong with the cybernetic interpretation of quantum mechanics by Ross Rhodes?

The interpretation is outlined here It certainly gives a good logical explanation of most quantum oddities.
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Terminology for “measurable” and “hidden” realms in quantum physics

Please excuse if some of my terminology is vague, the whole point of this question is to clarify terminology. In quantum physics, one frequently encounters situations where there are some kind of two ...
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Does quantum theory obey locality?

Bell's inequality together with the Aspect experiment shows that that we cannot have local realism. But does quantum theory obey locality? and if not how can locality be violated but not special ...
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If the only observer dies, could observer 2 ever have see a different result?

My layman's understanding of QFT is that once a system is observed, any future observation will always yield the same result. Would this hold true if the original-and-only observer, without any ...
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How could the multiverse theory be disproven?

Theorists (physicists) suggest that there is the term/entity, the Multiverse that contains a huge number of universes not necessarily like our own. I personally find this theory very elegant because ...
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If Copenhagen interpretation is true, why can't a blind man throw a ball through a wall?

If it is true that particles are in different potential locations until an observer comes along and collapses the wave function, then how can a blind man throw a ball and hit a wall if the particles ...
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Does quantum reversibility require many worlds?

The source S sends a photon into the beam splitter below. There is a 50% chance that it will be detected at A and a 50% chance it will be detected at B. ...
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Who are “we”, and what counts as a “question” in consistent histories?

If the preferred basis in quantum mechanics and/or choice of consistent histories in consistent histories is arbitrary, and can only be determined by the "questions we ask", just who exactly is this ...
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Are the limits to prediction by QM provable?

Quantum mechanics states that only two aspects of a quantum system can be predicted with certainty: 1) the average and 2) the standard deviation of many measurements of identically prepared quantum ...
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Does quantum mechanics separate ontology from gnoseology? [closed]

I mean this answer here. Laws present to us what we know (what we may know). But what we know cannot define what is real; it only defines our actions & assumptions. We may know only probabilities ...
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Physical quantities have definite values?

I don't really know if this question has an anwser but I thought it was worth to try asking. My point here is the following: in Quantum Mechanics, to describe the states of a system we use a Hilbert ...
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Does Bell's theorem exclude local hidden variables as explanation for radioactive decay?

Often it is said that Bell's theorem (and the observed violations thereof) rules out local hidden variable theories as the explanation for the seeming non-determinism found in quantum mechanics. I'm ...
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What trajectory do particles follow in the two-slit experiment in Bohm-de Broglie theory

In Bohm de Broglie interpretation of QM particles have trajectories; in the classic two-slit experiment what trajectories do they follow, and how is the interferance pattern interpreted? Are ...
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Particle position and speed [duplicate]

If I understand correctly, particle is something at a point of time, where you can tell it's position, but what if particle is moving, then you can tell it's speed. From what I understand wave is NOT ...
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Spectral lines on a detector

How can it be possible for a single electron to go through 2 slits at the same time and create 2 spectral lines on a detector. What is wrong with that theory, but at the same time produce results as ...
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Relational Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and Universal Wave Function

Why is there no universal wave function for a relational interpretation of quantum mechanics? "Quantum mechanics is a theory about the physical description of physical systems relative to other ...
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EPR Paradox resolution: the spin is fixed at creation but its measurement isn't?

The Wikipedia article on the EPR paradox uses the example of an electron and positron created from a common source, each moving in an opposite direction to the other. Detector A is used to measure the ...
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Atom in a box and collapse of the wave-function

Suppose I have an atom trapped in an optically transparent box. I'm assuming the atom is bouncing off of the walls and not bonding, i.e. the center of mass of the atom experiences a square well. Now ...
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Entanglement distillation - Interpreting a protocol

I have a general question regarding the interpretation of a enganglement distillation protocol. In general you have a set of entanglet qubit pairs in a Werner-state. Point of matter of this is that I ...
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Can the Lorentz force stabilize the Hydrogen atom?

I've recently been working on relative equilibria for some systems of particles. (ie. studying equilibrium solutions in a rotating frame. Saturn's rings for example.) This has evolved into some ...
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Is the time of collapse of the wave function empirical?

Is the time of the collapse of the wave function empirical? Suppose there is a very long von Neumann chain of observations of a quantum system. Suppose also practically irreversible decoherence ...
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The System and the Measuring Gadget

In Quantum Mechanics the value of an observable results from the interaction between the "system" with the "Measuring gadget". But when the experimenter[or the technologist concerned] is ...
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Worlds branching or diverging in Many-Worlds Interpretation? [closed]

In recent years there seems to have been a growing discussion surrounding MWI's ontology. In the 2010 volume "Many Worlds?", Simon Saunders has a chapter dedicated to discussing whether the worlds in ...
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How do you properly analyze decoherence when the system-environment interaction is strong?

The standard decoherence analyses work something like this. Split the universe into a system and its environment, and split the Hamiltonian as the sum of the system Hamiltonian, environment ...
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Which non-Copenhagen interpretations of Quantum Mechanics have actually produced something useful? [on hold]

The question has most of it in the name. "Useful" may be interpreted as: measurably different from Copenhagen interpretation and true potentially measurably different and potentially true (i.e. not ...
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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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Many-world interpretation: simple physics explanation? [closed]

We went a little off topic in physics class today and my teacher was explaining how quantum physics explains the idea of parallel universes. She believes in a idea called many world interpretation ...
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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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Light interference single particle 4 slits experiment - what are interpretations apart from many-worlds interpretation?

Someone knowledgeable about physics advised me to read a book "David Deutsch: The Fabric of Reality, 1997". The book gives experiment like two-slit one, difference is that 2-slits compared to 4-slits ...
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A real 'two line' (non-interference pattern) when observed

I have seen many interference patterns from double slit experiments but I have never seen a real 'two line' pattern when observed. Does this actually exist or is it only a conclusion? if there is an ...
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Using the double slit experiment to prove or disprove the de Broglie-Bohm pilot wave theory

Probably a dumb question... If you have a double slit experiment with a second experiment (single or double slit) at 90 degrees intersecting the path of the first experiment, would the interference ...
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Can string theory and the Penrose interpretation coexist?

Is it possible for string theory to coexist with the Penrose interpretation of quantum mechanics? Does string theory require the many worlds interpretation?
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Can the rate of branching in the many worlds interpretation be influenced?

If I understand correctly, in the many worlds interpretation, worlds branch when irreversible interactions occur, and that these interactions occur on very low-levels. Since they occur on such low ...
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Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics and Locality

I have read these posts here: Why do people still talk about bohmian mechanics/hidden variables Disproof of Bell’s Theorem What combinations of realism, non-locality, and contextuality are ruled ...
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Entanglement and the boundaries of fiction

If entanglement is just a correlation from when the particles were in proximity, and there is no causality between the two, can the state of one particle be changed after being measured, and that ...
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What does Bell's theorem rule out?

What exactly did Bell's theorem rule out? Did it rule out "locality", so we must give up and think of Copenhagen or maybe some realism theories (Bohmian for example)? ... That's how I understand ...