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Questions tagged [quantum-interpretations]

This tag is for questions relating to what, if anything, the quantum mechanical formalism and experimental results say about the way the world works.

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What are the (philosophical) implications (if any) of this experiment in relation to the Bohr-Einstein debates and hidden variable theories? [duplicate]

What are the (philosophical) implications  (if any ) of this experimental result, in relation to the Bohr - Einstein debates and hidden variable theories of quantum mechanics? A related question ...
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Why do atoms interact differently? [closed]

We live in a 3-dimensional Universe, so why don't atoms (electrons) follow the same rules as humans, planets and other 3-dimensional objects? So does that mean electrons and other quantum objects pop ...
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Why does the effect of measuring an entangled particle is not apparent when examining only one particle? [closed]

As far as I understand, the Bell test experiments show that observations (measurements) of entangled particles have an effect on one another. This effect is apparent when examining the results of ...
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Probability of finding a particle in a superposition

In QM, is it possible to ask what the probability of finding a particle in a superposition will be? Once a particle is in a superposition, it is possible to find out the probability that it will be ...
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Does the free will theorem is based on delayed-choice quantum erasure experiment?

I have been reading the article "free will theorem" by Conway and Kochen and just wanted to know is their theorem has anything to do with delayed-choice quantum erasure experiment?
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What is the meaning of “extradistant” in this context?

This the context. In his book The Outer Limits of Reason Noson Yanofsky says: There are, however, disadvantages to hidden variables that have kept most physicists away. For example, the equations ...
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Are bubble chamber tracks inconsistent with quantum mechanics?

I am reading the book How Is Quantum Field Theory Possible? by Sunny Auyang, and he raises an interesting point in chapter 4 (p. 23): L. E. Ballentine argued that the projection postulate leads to ...
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Where to draw the line between quantum mechanics theory and its interpretation(s)?

I've completed a full year QM course (undergraduate level) and I am left confused on where to draw the line between quantum mechanics theory and its interpretation(s). I would personally like to stick ...
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Is the Born rule indeed wrong?

This is a question about the validity of a preprint, arXiv:quant-ph/0509089, which claims that the "Copenhagen Interpretation of QM is incorrect" (same title, authored by Guang-Liang Li and Victor O.K....
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Interpretation of the wave function in newtonian spacetime

A Newtonian spacetime is a quintuple $(M, \mathcal{O}, \mathcal{A}, \nabla, t)$ where $(M, \mathcal{O}, \mathcal{A}, \nabla)$ is a 4 dimensional differentiable manifold with a torsion free connection, ...
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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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What's the basic ontology of QFT?

I've been studying QFT for almost a year now but am still fairly unclear on the basic ontology of the theory. Here's what I'd consider the "basic ontology" of non-relativistic quantum mechanics: A ...
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How to understand the transition amplitude in the Copenhagen interpretation

In Chapter 8 of Townsend's A Modern Approach to Quantum Mechanics, he states that the expression $\langle x', t' | x_0, t_0 \rangle$ gives the amplitude for a particle that is at position $x_0$ to at ...
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Scan Quantum mechanics: Status of current research

I recently stumbled on a new interpretation of Quantum mechanics, called Scan Quantum Mechanics, given by Beatriz Gato-Rivera. She suggests a quantity called quantum inertia, which divides the ...
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Interpreting wave-particle duality due to wave crests [closed]

I have been thinking a lot about the double slit experiment and am wondering whether any theorist has ever considered the following interpretation for wave-particle duality: Could the reason we ...
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Is reality really epistemological in its complete sense?

Taking the case of Schrodinger's cat, if the measurement of the cat is not yet done, then I don't know whether the cat is dead or alive. Epistemologically speaking, since I don't know about the ...
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Why is this Pilot-wave model on a discrete spacetime is stochastic? [duplicate]

In Gluza & Kosek (2015) (DOI 10.1007/s10701-016-0026-7; paper available at Springer (NB: PDF)) It introduces a pilot-wave model on a discrete spacetime lattice. However, the pilot-wave model is ...
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What is the physical meaning of the zeroness of the antidiagonal of the matrix representation of $\textbf{n}\cdot\textbf{S}$ operator?

I encountered a problem where I had to use $\textbf{n}\cdot{\textbf{S}}$. It was found to be: What does it mean physically, that the antidiagonal of this matrix is 0, for any $\textbf{n}$?
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Measurement problem: Origin of probabilities in Many-Worlds Interpretation

As far as I can tell there appears to be an active group of academics (including the likes of Sean Carrol) who believe in the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics, but feel that the origin ...
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Have there been any papers on a relativistic relative state (“MWI”) interpretation of QM with continuous spectra?

I've read the original papers on the relative state interpretation ("MWI") of Quantum Mechanics. They seem compelling, but they only addressed a nonrelativistic system and operators with discrete ...
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Doubt about the probabilistic nature of quantum stuff and the field theory

To the quantum field theory, is it like there's "two layers of reality", one in which things are just probabilities waves that collapses into the quantum fields or is the quantum field and its waves ...
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How to interpret this construction of the states in QFT?

Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics To make this question clear it might be useful to contrast with non-relativistic quantum mechanics. In any quantum theory, the states of a system are unit rays in ...
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Energy in Many-Worlds Interpretation

A few answers on here seem to suggest to something like the following: In the Many Worlds Interpretation, the amplitude of a branch exponentially decreases over time and so the energy of that branch ...
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Is many-worlds interpretation only a philosophical matter?

Is many-worlds interpretation only a philosophical matter? It seems to me that we can't exclude a possible test for this hypothesis. I explain. For superposition principle each world would follow the ...
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Does something prevent superposition at our scale?

I often encounter the argument that quantum mechanics reduces to classical mechanics at sufficiently big scales, as soon as h becomes sufficiently small respect to the actions involved. I clearly ...
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Are superposition and uncertainty principles logically dependent?

If we assume superposition and define an Hilbert space with canonical commutation relations we can derive uncertainty relations. So it seems the uncertainty principle isn't required, or should be ...
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Why is wave-function collapse still being taught in quantum mechanics? [closed]

I don't really understand why wave-function collapse is still being taught while we seem to have better interpretations of QM available nowadays. During the early development of quantum mechanics the ...
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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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Conceptual understanding of operators in QM

Do operators in QM represent in some fashion the action of the measurement apparatus on a state being measured? Usually operators in QM are introduced as abstract transformations whose eigenvectors/...
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Does Bell's theorem imply nonlocality using a false assumption?

In https://arxiv.org/abs/1409.5158, the author concludes that Bell tests cannot refute local realism, because they employ a wrong analysis. He says: "The quantum joint prediction cannot be ...
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Commutator $\vec{L}$ with $\vec{X}\cdot\vec{P}$

Let $\vec{X}=(X_1,X_2,X_3)^T$ and $\vec{P}=(P_1,P_2,P_3)^T$. Define $\vec{L}=\vec{X}\times\vec{P}$. Then, I can calculate $\vec{L}=(X_2P_3-X_3P_2,\,X_3P_2-X_2P_3,\,X_1P_2-P_1X_2)^t$. For all ...
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What is the reason for the reported opposite-of-QM handedness of photons in a Bell test with circularly polarized photons? [closed]

In https://file.scirp.org/pdf/OPJ_2016111414355792.pdf, a Bell test using circularly-polarized photons is reported. The data shows that coincidences happen in the reverse handedness predicted by ...
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Are all Bell tests valid only for linearly-polarized photons? [duplicate]

In https://arxiv.org/abs/1407.2605, it is argued that all photons are necessarily circularly polarized, and linearly-polarized photons must be a superposition of such circularly-polarized photons. ...
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Why does superposition principle and Copenhagen interpretation not contradict with themselves?

In quantum mechanics, when we say that a particle in a state $|x_1\rangle$, physically the states $|x_1 \rangle $ and $c |x_1\rangle$ (for some $c\not = 0\in \mathbb{C}$) are the same, i.e they ...
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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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How do we know that entanglement allows measurement to instantly change the other particle's state? [duplicate]

I have never found experimental evidence that measuring one entangled particle causes the state of the other entangled particle to change, rather than just being revealed. Using the spin up spin down ...
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Observer in Many Worlds Interpretation [duplicate]

Something has been bothering me about the Many Worlds Interpretation. Proponents of it (e.g. Sean Carroll) often claim that it does away with the observer, or at least the paradox-inducing status the ...
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Safer version of quantum suicide?

Quantum suicide imagines a gun which will shoot a person in a box, and this gun is rigged up to the release of radioactive decay which has a quantum probability of 50% chance of decaying or not ...
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How does the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics relate to Consciousness? [closed]

According to the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, each quantum event causes the world to "branch" into a superposition of outcomes. How come "my" consciousness only chooses one of ...
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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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Bell inequality as a game: Why is it impossible to always win?

Another Bell's Theorem Question I am trying to follow the simple model of Bell's Theorem outlined in this paper: https://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~vazirani/s07quantum/notes/lecture1.pdf. Please read ...
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Does retro-causality imply unpredictability?

In some interpretations of Quantum mechanics (e.g. transactional interpretation), the future affects present. Is this a source of unpredictability in such interpretations, which makes them have the ...
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Many World's Hypothesis [closed]

According to the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics by Hugh Everett, taking the double slit experiment as an example, every possible outcome that can happen does happen. And the chances ...
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The Many-Worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics [duplicate]

How does the Many-Worlds interpretation really work conceptually? Very often I hear something like: When a decision is made, there is this splitting of the Universes. Each outcome happens but each in ...
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Does the various interpretation of quantum mechanics have any impact on how we interpret quantum field theory?

Does the various interpretation of quantum mechanics have any impact on how we interpret quantum field theory? Or can QFT be considered as one of the interpretation of QM, I mean the later case as in ...
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How acts a Double slit with a clock?

We have the simple arrangement of the double slit, but with the addition of a precise clock. The screen is also substituted by a CCD camera, so one can check when there is an event (hitting of the ...
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Does Lucien Hardy's “Paradox” show that all realist interpretations of quantum mechanics cannot be made lorentz invariant?

https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.68.2981 Reading the abstract he claims that if a realist interpretation claims to be lorentz invariant, it produces the wrong predictions. ...
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The many world interpretation and immortality [closed]

This question might not be appropriate as it is philosophical on a similar level as the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment. In any case it might be interesting to think about it nonetheless. The ...
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Is the Universal Wavefunction a sensible ontological concept?

It seems to me that several quantum interpretations rely on the idea that there exists a wavefunction that completely specifies the state of the universe. Of these, the Many Worlds Interpretation is ...