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How does Bohmian mechanics explain the effect of information in the double-slit experiment?

De Broglie and David Bohm found a method (1952) that explains the double-slit experiment and its variations, which are so central to QM, in an intuitive way without appeal to probability, wave-...
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How do electrons stay in orbitals in Bohmian Mechanics?

I've been reading various realist interpretations of quantum mechanics and in Bohmian Mechanics, I found that the "wave" aspect of a quantum particle is removed from the particle to preserve ...
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Is it possible to split a photon into two? And if so, how would Bohmian mechanics explain that?

In standard QM, photons are waves, but in Bohmian mechanics, photons are particles being guided by waves. So, if you split the wave, do you also split the particle? How would that work?
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How does the apparatus in QM cause the interruption of the interference pattern in the Pilot-Wave theory?

In the wikipedia page, it is written that the apparent collapse of the wave function in the Pilot-Wave theory happens because "the environment registering the detection effectively separates the ...
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Resolving the measurement problem with mathematical theorems? [closed]

The key debate, around the measurement problem is whether collapse should be interpreted as a physical process(Bohmian Mechanics) or as an immaterial process(e.g. Copenhagen Interpretation, ...
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Separation of Klein-Gordon-/Dirac-equation (Bohmian-mechanics)

With the function $R{ e }^{ \frac { i }{ \hbar } S }$ one can separate the Schrödinger equation $$i \hbar \frac{\partial \psi}{\partial t}=\left(-\frac{\hbar^{2}}{2 m} \nabla^{2}+V\right) \psi$$ into ...
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How does the superposition of states come up in Bohmian Mechanics?

In Bohmian Mechanics, it assumes a universal wave field in which particle's motion can be calculated using Newton's law of motion: \begin{equation} m\frac{d^{2}x}{dt^{2}} = - \nabla(V+U) \end{...
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Can the pilot wave in Bohmian mechanics be derived from velocity-dependent potential?

In the derivation of the pilot wave, Bohm wrote the Schrodinger equation in this way: \begin{equation} \frac{\partial{S}}{\partial{t}} + \frac{(\nabla{S})^2}{2m} + V(x,t) - \frac{\hbar^2}{4m}[\frac{...
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De-Broglie Wavelength and the Pilot Wave Theory

I researched a lot of questions on De-Broglie waves on this website and discovered a dense fog of confusion amongst everyone. Louis De-Broglie proposed "Matter Waves" and a simple equation describing ...
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Relativistic Bohmian Mechanics [duplicate]

Is there a relativistic interpretation of Bohmian Mechanics, akin to QFT for the Copenhagen Interpretation?
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Bohmian vs Copenhagen Interpretation

Is there any experiment that could settle the debate between De Broglie - Bohm Pilot Wave Theory and the Copenhagen Interpretation?
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Is 'measurement' deterministic in the pilot wave theory?

From what I read, measurements in pilot wave theory affect the particles as well as the guiding waves. Is it a random process or is everything deterministic according to the theory?
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Derivation of the Guiding Wave equation

I've been searching around the internet for a derivation of the guiding wave equation, but I can't find a derivation anywhere. I know that Bohmian Mechanics is not a mainstream idea but I was hoping ...
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Does this thought experiment proves that Standard Quantum Mechanics and Pilot Wave Theory make different predictions?

Here is a thought experiment that is supposed to show that standard quantum mechanics and pilot wave theory do not make the same prediction : Take the double slit experiment, and add a detector in ...
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In the pilot-wave theory, is the quantum potential moving electrons randomly inside atoms?

As we know, in the pilot-wave theory (Bohmian mechanics), particles are guided on certain trajectories by the wavefunction. Here (In Bohmian mechanics, do electrons move inside an atom?) I asked about ...
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In Bohmian mechanics, it the uncertainty due to non-locality?

In the pilot-wave interpretation of quantum mechanics, each particle is driven by the pilot wave on the universal configuration space, and therefore its trajectory is determined nonlocally, and ...
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In Bohmian mechanics, do electrons move inside an atom?

Look at http://www.bohmian-mechanics.net/whatisbm_pictures_hydrogen.html. It is mentioned that in the rest states of a bound electron, the position of the electron is stationary, since the ...
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Bosons in Bohmian mechanics

I would like to know if even bosons in the same quantum state, like in a BEC, can be discerned (by their positions) in Bohm's mechanics.
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In a pilot-wave model, is knowing the position of the particle sufficient for predicting its behavior?

Suppose that we somehow exactly know the position of an electron before hitting the double-slit structure (for example we know it's 20cm away from the structure and it's closer to the left slit). In ...
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How does Bohmian Mechanics explain superconductivity?

I'm looking for sources that discuss how Bohmian Mechanics explains superconductivity. Are there still Cooper pairs? Phonons? I saw one vague reference to vortices, but no details. This is my first ...
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Can quantum randomness be somehow explained by classical uncertainty? [closed]

In quantum mechanics, the outcome of each measurement is random, distributed according to the squared amplitude of the wave function obtained from the Schrodinger's equation. Now, can someone suggest ...
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How could quantum effects occur in the early universe without an observer?

In inflationary cosmology, primordial quantum fluctuations in the process of inflation are considered responsible for the asymmetry and lumpiness of the universe that was shaped. However, according to ...
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Can particles popped into existence from the vacuum have electromagnetic effects on other particles?

I know my question might have problems, but I am curious about it. In quantum field theory, particle-antiparticle pairs continuously pop in and out of existence from vacuum. These particles have a ...
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What are the similarities/differences between the behaviors of Quantum particles and bouncing droplets? [duplicate]

Bouncing droplets on a fluid surface show many weird behaviors of the quantum world. Look at this for example: https://arxiv.org/abs/1307.6920 They can show tunneling, double-slit interference ...
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Does (Tomas) Bohr's modified double slit argument really doom Couder's quantum/classical fluid dynamics analogy?

I'm just an amateur, probably why I find the de Broglie/Bohm/Couder approach to QM compelling. But Copenhagen struck back: in a coincidence, Bohr's grandson is a fluid physicist who claims that ...
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Why does Bell's field theory model need to be stochastic on a space-time lattice?

In "Beables for quantum field theory", John Bell has presented a realistic interpretation of any fermionic quantum field theory, along the pilot-wave ideas. This model is formulated on a spatial lattice ...
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Can we have an arbitrary set of trajectories in Bohmian mechanics?

In Bohmian mechanics, the initial configurations and the pilot wave determine the future of the system. Given a set of initial positions for particles and a set of arbitrary trajectories, can we ...
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How did Big Bang determine the initial conditions of the universe?

My question is that how did the Big Bang determine the initial distribution of the particles and their wavefunctions? In theories like Bohmian mechanics or Many worlds, how was the universal ...
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Non-locality of the Madelung equations?

As far as I understand, the Madelung equations $$ \frac{\partial \rho}{\partial t} + \nabla \cdot \rho \mathbf{u} = 0 \\ \frac{\partial \mathbf{u}}{\partial t} + \mathbf{u} \cdot \nabla \mathbf{u} = -\...
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What is the shape of the initial universal wavefunction?

In the many-worlds theory and Bohmian mechanics, the universe has an "initial" "universal" wavefunction which then evolves according to the Schrodinger's equation and determines the future of the ...
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Does a pilot-wave theory need to be stochastic in a discrete space-time?

I have found an article about Bohmian mechanics on a lattice with discrete space and time, the link of which is given below: https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.02883 Here the motion of quantum particles is ...
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Pilot-Wave vs. Quantum Mechanics vs. String Theory [closed]

I wanted to know that are the main shortcomings of contemporary Pilot-Wave theory which is holding it back from dominating physics departments? To what extent is the facukty biase, do you think, ...
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Bohm's view of double-slit experiment, wave-particle duality

I gather that Bohm denies the notion that the act of measurement decides whether a photon will be a wave or a particle. Bohm's idea seems to be that the photon is always a particle with a real ...
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Would pilot-wave gravity reconcile Bohmian mechanics with relativity? [closed]

I was reading Can Bohmian mechanics be made relativistic? from 2016 that attempts to reconcile Bohmian mechanics with relativity. It’s conclusion says: Is such a theory then fundamentally—and/or ...
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How much is the amount of uncertainty in initial positions in Bohmian Mechanics?

In Bohmian mechanics, it is believed that the randomness (uncertainty, lack of knowledge) which is seen in the outcome of experiments is due to the uncertainty in the initial particle positions at the ...
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Is Bohmian mechanics wrong in the case that space and time are quantized?

Bohmian mechanics assumes that particle trajectories are continuous. Also, it claims the random outcome of certain experiments (like the double-slit experiment) to be due to the random initial ...
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Accessible resources for learning Bohmian mechanics? (Undergrad)

I am an undergraudate physics and math major. For context, I've taken senior level quantum 1 as well as real and complex analysis. I'd be really interested in focusing on understanding the ...
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Do we have a potential (quantum) in Bohm quantum mechanics that is associated with the phase factor $S$?

In Bohm quantum mechanics when we express the wavefunction as $\psi= R \exp(iS/\hbar)$ a quantum potential that depends on R is found, is there another potential that depends on the phase function S?
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Could two particles be released in parallel to test if their quantum probability waves interact, showing whether pilot waves exist?

What if you just release two streams of particles next to each other in parallel? Then you don't even need the double slits. See if their waves interact, and you'll know whether pilot waves are real ...
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Does Bohmian mechanics really solve the measurement problem?

I'm working a lot on Bohmian mechanics related theories and just realised something that had escaped me until now but actually seems to throw a wrench in the core idea of the theory. I tried to ...
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Connection between theory of superconductivity and Bohmian mechanics

I stumbled upon an interesting chapter of Feynman Lectures about Superconductivity and was surprised to see that the equations of motion of the superconducting electron fluid (21.38 and 21.39) hold a ...
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Is Bohmian mechanics really incompatible with relativity?

This is something I've been wondering about. For those who don't know, Bohmian mechanics is an interpretation of quantum mechanics that is in the class of what are known as "hidden variable theories", ...
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Does the de Broglie-Bohm pilot wave theory make any new predictions?

I find the de Broglie-Bohm pilot wave theory interesting but what I still feel missing in the descriptions I could find so far is that it reformulates what we already know but nobody speaks of new ...
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Phase of a Wave and Phase Space

What relation does the phase of a wave have with the phase space? Namely, how are they related historically and/or physically? P.S. if it helps, I came across this question while thinking about the ...
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Couder's walking droplets - what are issues of using its intuitions to interpret quantum analogoues? [duplicate]

There are these popular experiments with droplets having wave-particle duality, e.g. here is Veritasium video with 2.3M views, great webpage with materials and videos, a lecture by Couder. Among ...
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Is it possible to form modern physics using entirely “classical” theory?

Each of the big theories of modern physics have a somewhat more "classical" equivalent, that is The Lorentz aether theory for special relativity The Bohm theory for quantum mechanics Pauli-Fierz ...
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In Pilot wave theory how far does the wave stretch?

The one thing I find difficult to understand is how far does the Pilot Wave extend. Does the Pilot Wave permeate through the entire universe?
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If Pilot wave theory turns out to be the correct way of interpreting quantum mechanics what are the implications?

I've read a few articles on Pilot Wave theory. Part of the theory describes how particles have a deterministic path and particles can't be in two places at once. If this turned out to be true would ...
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In pilot wave theory where is the wave?

As a non specialist, for a single particle system it's easy to appreciate the concept of a pilot wave extending through all Euclidean space, guiding a particle which ends up at a location determined ...
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Is Bohmian quantum mechanics noncontextual and can it be tested?

Concerning to the different plausible modifications of Quantum Mechanics, we have the so-called Bohmian Quantum Mechanics. It is frequently stated that Bohmian Quantum Mechanics is non-local, but is ...