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Time-energy uncertainty does not create particles

Roberts, Bryan W. and Butterfield, Jeremy (2020) Time-energy uncertainty does not create particles. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this contribution in honour of Paul Busch, we criticise the claims of many expositions that the time-energy uncertainty principle allows both a violation of energy conservation, and particle creation, provided that this happens for a sufficiently short time. But we agree that there are grains of truth in these claims: which we make precise and justify using perturbation theory.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Roberts, Bryan W.b.w.roberts@lse.ac.uk0000-0003-0548-1280
Butterfield, Jeremyjb56@cam.ac.uk0000-0002-0215-5802
Additional Information: Forthcoming in: Journal of Physics: Conference Series: Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics in Memoriam Paul Busch
Keywords: Time-energy uncertainty, particle creation, energy conservation, perturbation theory, Paul Busch, Mandelstam-Tamm uncertainty principle
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Depositing User: Jeremy Butterfield
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2020 02:51
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2020 02:51
Item ID: 17443
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Date: 7 July 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17443

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