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How to teach and think about spontaneous wave function collapse theories: not like before

Diósi, Lajos (2017) How to teach and think about spontaneous wave function collapse theories: not like before. [Preprint]

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Abstract

A simple and natural introduction to the concept and formalism of spontaneous wave function collapse can and should be based on textbook knowledge of standard quantum state collapse and monitoring. This approach explains the origin of noise driving the paradigmatic stochastic Schrödinger equations of spontaneous localization of the wave function. It reveals, on the other hand, that these equations are empirically redundant and the master equations of the noise-averaged state are the only empirically testable dynamics in current spontaneous collapse theories.


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Diósi, Lajosdiosi.lajos@wigner.mta.hu
Additional Information: This paper shall be part of the anthology "Collapse of the Wave Function" edited by Gao Shan, to be published by Cambridge University Press
Keywords: quantum theory, wave function, spontaneous collapse
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Prof Lajos Diósi
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2017 12:06
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2017 12:06
Item ID: 14072
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 27 October 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14072

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