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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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Why do people still talk about bohmian mechanics/hidden variables [closed]

I was reading the Feynman lectures in physics and after thinking about it for a while it seems particularly unreasonable to talk about hidden variables. Let us say that the electron has some internal ...
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Flaws of Broglie–Bohm pilot wave theory?

I recently learned about an oil drop experiment that showed how a classical object can produce quantum like behavior because its assisted by a pilot wave. How has this not gained more attention? What ...
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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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Why would Pilot-Wave be wrong?

If this question has already been asked or is super basic, apologies. I'm a physics novice and this is my first question on this side of the site. In classical physics, waves and particles are ...
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Quasiparticles in Bohmian mechanics

My questions are about de Broglie-Bohm "pilot wave" interpretation of quantum mechanics (a.k.a. Bohmian mechanics). Do quasiparticles have any meaning in Bohmian mechanics, or not? Specifically, is ...
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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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What is wrong with the De Broglie–Bohm theory a.k.a “Causal Interpretation” of quantum theory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do people still talk about bohmian mechanics/hidden variables I've heard of De Broglie–Bohm theory a.k.a causal interpretation of quantum theory. The predictions match ...
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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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Shor's algorithm and Bohmian Mechanics

Do quantum computer's tell us anything about the foundations of quantum theory? In particular Shor argued in the famous thread by 't Hooft Why do people categorically dismiss some simple quantum ...
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What is a 'wavicle?'

What is a wavicle? I learned in electronics class that electrons are little particles. In physics they even say that the electron orbits the nucleus thus exhibiting angular momentum. But in chemistry ...
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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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Bohmian loophole in PBR-like theorems

I'm reviving and expanding this question, because of the new paper today, by Aaronson et al. The more general question is: How does quantum-potential Bohmian mechanics relate to no-go theorems for ...
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Pilot waves and quantum eraser; pilot wave simulation

I recently watched this video about the quantum eraser experiment on PBS spacetime: Link. Has an experiment like the quantum eraser been tried with the pilot wave theory, ie bouncing droplet ...
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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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Quantum momentum decomposition

Consider the time-dependent Schroedinger equation for a single non-relativistic particle with mass $m = 1$. The kinetic energy of the system is [ref] $$ T := \tfrac{\hbar^2}{2} \int |\nabla \psi|^2 dx ...
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Calculate the entropy per atom in Bohmian Mechanics

Bohmian mechanics description of a large number of interacting atoms would require a large phase space due to the large number of classical degrees of freedom. The entropy per atom is given as the ...
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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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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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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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The Madelung equations are Euler equations for quantum mechanics. What is the Lagrangian description of quantum hydrodynamics?

The Madelung equations of quantum mechanics suggest the hydrodynamic model of quantum mechanics (quantum mechanics is described as a fluid of universes in a multiverse, which, in the non-relativistic ...
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Is Bohmian Mechanics incompatible with loop corrections?

For those who continue to be unsatisfied with Quantum Mechanics (QM), Bohmian Mechanics (BM) is an alternative worth considering. It is sometimes claimed that BM is equivalent to QM, but Lubos Motl ...
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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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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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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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Surreal Trajectories in Bohmian Mechanics [duplicate]

In February of this year, articles started popping up describing the results reported in this paper by Mahler et al: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/2/e1501466.abstract Taken from this ...
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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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Does Hardy's paradox represent a proof against Bohm's interpretation of the quantum mechanics?

This is a thought-experiment, see "Quantum Mechanics, Local Realistic Theories, and Lorentz-Invariant Realistic Theories", Phys. Rev. Lett., Vol. 68, No. 20, page 2981, year 1992, that rules out local ...
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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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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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In Bohmian mechanics, how does the particle's position affect where a particle is detected?

In Bohmian mechanics / pilot wave theory / de Broglie–Bohm theory, my understanding is that a particle's trajectory evolves based on its wave function, and that the position that particle is detected ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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Is Bohmian mechanics incompatible with Leggett inequality?

As far as I know violation of Bell's theorem is not a problem for De Broglie–Bohm theory because this theory is explicitly nonlocal; But since the violation of Leggett inequality is considered to ...
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De Broglie- Bohm Quantum Theory

From what I have read the Standard Model of Particle Physics uses quantum mechanics,special relativity, along with other assorted mathematics to make predictions and provide a framework for QED, QCD, ...
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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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How does the de Broglie-Bohm picture explain the double-slit experiment with single particles?

If the particle has a single well-defined trajectory in the de Broglie-Bohm theory, how come that the interference pattern still appears even with single particles?
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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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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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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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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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Can two distinct quantum universes ever have the same configuration, and what does it mean for many-worlds? [closed]

First, I hear that, on a whiteboard, one may casually invert causality and run time in reverse. Next, I hear that there are interpretations of QM, like Chaitin's Great Programmer interpretation or de ...
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Consistent histories and Bohmian mechanics, many worlds in disguise?

This was posted on here in someone's Phys.SE answer: No, in the many worlds interpretation, every parallel universe is real, but in consistent histories, once you choose your projection operators, ...
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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 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 ...