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Deflating the Aharonov-Bohm Effect

Wallace, David (2014) Deflating the Aharonov-Bohm Effect. [Preprint]

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I argue that the metaphysical import of the Aharonov-Bohm effect has been overstated: correctly understood, it does not require either rejection of gauge invariance or any novel form of nonlocality. The conclusion that it does require one or the other follows from a failure to keep track, in the analysis, of the complex scalar field to which the magnetic vector potential is coupled. Once this is recognised, the way is clear to a local account of the ontology of electrodynamics (or at least, to an account no more nonlocal than quantum theory in general requires); I sketch a possible such account.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Wallace, Daviddavid.wallace@balliol.ox.ac.uk
Keywords: Gauge theory; Aharonov-Bohm Effect; nonlocality; electromagnetism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: David Wallace
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2014 15:39
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2014 15:39
Item ID: 10884
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: July 2014
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10884

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