A Philosopher's Understanding of Quantum Mechanics: by Pieter E. Vermaas

By Pieter E. Vermaas

Modal interpretations offer a normal framework during which quantum mechanics will be regarded as a concept that describes fact when it comes to actual structures owning yes homes. Modal interpretations are quite new makes an attempt to offer quantum mechanics as a thought which, like different actual theories, describes an observer-independent truth. during this e-book, Pieter Vermaas info the result of this paintings. He presents either an available survey and a scientific reference paintings approximately the right way to comprehend quantum mechanics utilizing a modal interpretation. The e-book may be of significant worth to undergraduates, graduate scholars and researchers in philosophy of technology and physics departments with an curiosity in studying approximately modal interpretations of quantum mechanics.

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Consider, for instance, two or more measurements performed on a system a at different instants and assume that the composite co of a and the measurement devices evolves freely. Then the statistical predictions about the correlations between the respective outcomes (and by correlations I mean not only correlations between outcomes which are simultaneously displayed by the devices but also sequential correlations between outcomes displayed at different times) depend solely on the state of co at a given instant and the Hamiltonian H^ of co.

This orthodox interpretation is in complete harmony with the standard formulation. That is, the orthodox interpretation reproduces the prediction of the standard formulation that a measurement by means of a device with a pointer reading magnitude M^ = YljmjRj yields with probability Tr^(W^JR^) the outcome mj that corresponds to the eigenvalue aj of the measured magnitude A*. To see this note that by the projection postulate, the state of the measurement device collapses with probability to the state Given this collapsed state W*, the Born probability TV(W^JRp is 1.

It seems therefore that a measurement interaction should affect the dynamics of states in the same way as any other interaction affects this dynamics. Hence, from a methodological point of view it seems preferable if one could remove the exceptional status of measurements in quantum mechanics. The same remarks hold mutatis mutandis for interpretations of quantum mechanics. So, within interpretations it also seems methodologically more sound if measurement interactions could be taken as ordinary physical interactions.

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